Villanova is everything it was advertised to be and more. My direct communications with the owner assured me that I was not going to be disappointed in my choice. Karen was responsive, helpful and there were no hidden costs or surprises.
Her directions were clear and when we reached the property, it was more than we had dared to hope.
Her fabulous housekeeper, Triestina, was there to greet us and we had arranged for her prepare our dinner that first night. As I glanced at the kitchen counter, I could tell we were in for a treat! Everything was fresh, vegetables and herbs from her garden, fresh pasta, fabulous mozzarella and chicken that needed nothing but a fork to cut.
Our first night was Magic, ten of us sitting outside under the pergola being served fabulous food by the sweetest woman in Italy. We were all speechless....pretty amazing for our group. When Triestina left, the kitchen was spotless.
The house is beautiful, comfortable and unbelievably well equipped. We needed nothing,meverything was there. M
The gardens are beyond beautiful and the pool area brought hours of pleasure to young and old alike. In the evening we would sit outside near the pool and watch as the children chased fireflies.
Karen provides an informative binder with everything you could wish to know about the house and the area. There are restaurant recommendations which were terrific and we followed them and were not disappointed.
The proximity of the house to the Umbrian hill towns is perfect. Within a ninety minute drive are: Assisi, Spoleto, Deruta, Perugia, Todi (a few miles away) just to name a few. We visited all of of those mentioned, as well as a beautiful mountain lake resort called Lake Trasimeno.
We came from the San Francisco Bay Area and it was worth every dollar we spent. Our goal is to return in a few years and visit this magic place again. You will not be disappointed.