3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
- english, italian, danish
About Rikke Misciattelli
In 2002 we moved from Copenhagen in Denmark, where we both grew up, to Montegiove to take over the daily management of the family estate “Castello di Montegiove”. We have never regretted this decision, even though the first years in Montegiove were not at all like a fairytale. The castle and the old Olive mill had to be completely restored; the roofs all had big holes so we spent all rainy days running around with pots and pans to pick up the water. Today the castle and Olive mill has been through a thorough and respectful renovation. Lorenzo: I spent almost all my childhood summers together with my grandfather in Montegiove, following daily life at the estate and in the wine cellar. I still recall adventuring round in the castle and walks in the splendid and unspoiled nature around Montegiove. I always hoped, that one day, I could take care of the estate, and that happened after years of study at the “Royal Veterinarian and Agricultural University” and the “University of Aberdeen” ending up with a Ph.D. and a short carrier as scientist and assistant professor, before moving to Italy. Rikke: I worked with pattern making and designs in the fashion industry before moving to Italy. My big passion is decorating and putting things in order so moving to a place like this where everything needed a loving hand has been a fantastic challenge for me. Today I am the practical person in the household making all ends meet for our busy modern family. We still feel so lucky waking up in the morning and looking out at the beautiful valley, and we are never getting tired of the absolute silence and peace that is so rare to find in the modern world of today. Sometimes the clouds are hanging lower than Montegiove and it feels like we are on an island in the middle of the sea.
Rikke Misciattelli purchased this Castle in 1780
Why Rikke Misciattelli chose Montegabbione
Lorenzo inherited the property together with his sister from their grandfather Paolo. The property has been in the Misciattelli family since 1780.
What makes this Castle unique
It is very easy to travel gluten free in Italy. We can provide gluten free kitchen tools and an oven for our Celiac guests and a guide to gluten free restaurants and shopping in the area.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 6
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Beautiful renovated Olive Mill in the most fantastic and special setting. There were six of us, the grandparents staying in the accessible main bedroom with ensuite off the kitchen and two adults and children in the upstairs 2 bedrooms with bathroom - very spacious and comfortable sitting / dining area. It was very well equipped including a very helpful folder full of advice and guidance from restaurants to walks and local places to visit. Rikke and Lorenzo were so hospitable providing guidance, and a wonderful tour of their amazing castle home and cellars where they produce their wonderful range of wine. The swimming pool, whilst a short walk around the castle ring wall was in the most beautiful setting and with a shower room, loo and changing room the short walk from the Olive Mill was very pleasant. Rikke kindly organised a cook to come and cater for 2 evening meals which meant we could enjoy the honesty box of wine and relax! The nearest reasonably sized supermarket is 20 minutes away in Fabro, so you need to stock up for supplies. There are wonderful restaurants and places to visit in the local area. We hired e-bikes which we thought were going to be a challenge for our two children (aged 9 and 13) and grandparents (81), but they were brilliant for 1-2 hour late afternoon rides to the hill-top village of Montegabbione for ice-creams and exploring local villages taking the hills with ease. An absolutely wonderful stay and I cannot thank Lorenzo and Rikke enough for their kindness and welcome.
Perfection in the green hills of Umbria
It's tough for a perfectionist to actually say that something was perfect - however, when you see it you know it. And "perfect" is what I'd say about the time my friend and I spent in Montegiove. The setting, the house, the amenities, the breezes, and the view all contributed, but it was the graciousness of our host and hostess that made the perfection complete. Rikke and Lorenzo know just how to be attentive and concerned with every comfort while never being intrusive. Every question was answered, every request was gently addressed and, more, we were shown the sort of courtesy and kindness that only true hosts extend to their guests. All of this assured our relaxation and made for the perfect vacation. Molte grazie. We are eager to return and stay longer.
Sam and Janet - June 2012
Ideally situated castle with a rehabilitated stone olive mill
We and another couple stayed in the olive mill at Castello Montegiove for a week, and used it as our travel base for exploring nearby Tuscany and Umbria. The apartment is spacious and comfortable with a lovely private garden, and the setting at the top of a small hill town is a wonderful thing to come home to after each day of exploration. Easy day trips are Orvieto, Siena, Montepulciano, Cortona, Assisi, Spello, Castiglione del Lago (and Panicale on the way), and one must not miss La Scarzuola, which is almost within walking distance. We used the kitchen extensively for breakfasts and late dinners (often eating our main meal as lunch while out and about).
We loved the tour of the castle: the wine making cellar (cantina) and its first-rate operation, museum quality rooms and furninshings, ancestral portaits, rediscovered ancient frescoes, the library, special decorative pottery stoves that were invented by an ancestor, the chapel dedicated to its own Beata who lived there and started an order of nuns that exists to this day, a stunning stone spiral stairway, and the WWII cannon that the Germans abandoned during their retreat.
The tour of the vineyards was incredibly informative about the technical issues and process of growing and tending the vines. We met the herd of curious and friendly Chiannina cattle who came up to us when we entered the pasture with the owner who is a trained agronomist with a specialty in animal husbandry, and has joined in the effort to bring back this most ancient (Etruscan) breed of cattle, which nearly became extinct.
Staying in the olive mill brought us the best of Umbrian and Tuscan countryside while being within reach of so many wonderful hill towns. We highly recommend it for either a quiet retreat, or a comfortable home base for touring.
On a clear day, you can see forever
Castello Montegiove is an easy trip on the Autostrada from Rome, and a perfect center for day trips to Perugia, Assisi, Todi, Deruta, and Orvieto. It is also the gateway to walking and exploring the hills, streams, fields and quiet roads of Umbria. There is much to do in all seasons.
Nearby --- you can actually see the buildings from the Castle’s parapets --- is la Scarzuola. This ancient monastery, on the site where Saint Francis lived in poverty, had been abandoned by the Franciscan brothers. In the mid-twentieth century, it was purchased by an Italian architect who built his “perfect city” on the grounds. He intended the fanciful city to be a center for the arts. A visit to la Scarzuola is really a walk into the sacred and the profane. Mass is still held in the chapel of the monastery. Lorenzo or Rikke can make arrangements for a tour ---an absolute must! Touring la Scarzuola, unmentioned in most guide books, was one of the high points of our month in Italy. It is unlike anything else in the world.
If you are planning a visit to Umbria, I would book one of the apartments at Castello Montegiove now --- today. We loved it so much that we extended our stay! We plan to return.
Fairy tale in Umbria
Castello Montegiove is a fairy tale come true. Just below the Castle’s wall, the olive mill, with its pair of grand, two story apartments, invites you to be part of the enchantment.
Umbria is beautiful; the hill towns captivating and the cities renowned and interesting. But those are only some of the reasons you should book this property as soon as possible. This is an extremely comfortable one-of-a-kind family retreat. It is equally perfect for a couple’s getaway.
In each of the spacious olive mill apartments, where once farm laborers produced rich olive oil, today guests can enjoy modern, luxurious and comfortable lodgings. The pictures on the website do not do the apartments justice. They are magnificent. Imagine high speed internet access in the thirteenth century stone vaulted living room. Everything is tastefully decorated and carefully appointed.
The huge barrel ceilinged kitchen and dining area is equipped with top quality equipment, china and glassware, as well as a dishwasher. The glorious kitchen speaks to the chef in each of us and encourages meals that take advantage of Umbria’s culinary specialties and complement both the wines of the Castle and the surrounding regions. Somehow Puccini seems to be the appropriate theme song.
What makes this so special are the young owners and their generous hospitality. The master and mistress of the Castle, Lorenzo and Rikke, were thoughtful and welcoming in so many ways – from the awaiting food basket and the accompanying bottle of Castle Montegiove wine and tin of olive oil to knowledgeable suggestions on what to see and where to visit. Lorenzo, a PhD agronomist, inherited the Castle and its many acres. He and Rikke, a gifted and talented clothing designer, are working to bring new life to the Castle and its land. The vineyards and winery are in production again. The groves of olive trees are fruiting and producing oil. Cattle, a breed that dates back to the Romans, have returned to the Castle’s pastures.
If the Misciatellis have time in their busy schedule, you might even be privileged to tour the Castle, their home, to learn about Lorenzo’s family, see the frescoes discovered beneath layers of paint and hear tales about the Castle’s history.
Trust me. If you want to make a memory, stay at Castello Montegiove.
Wonderful Place to Stay
The owners make you feel so welcome here, and are very accomodating. The house was clean, very well stocked, and comfortable. We loved hearing the bells ring from the town below, and the views were spectacular! Being close to the border of both Tuscany and Umbria made it easy to make day trips to the various regions and return to the peacefulness of the castle in the evenings. We can't wait to come back to visit!
The castle of Montegiove has existed since the early 12th century and has for the last four centuries been the property of the Marchesi Misciattelli. Today, still family-owned, it is the centre of an estate covering nearly 1200 hectares of beautiful Umbrian countryside, where oak forests, vineyards, olive fields and arable land blend in total harmony with ancient dry walls and farmhouses built of local stone. The principal products of the estate are wine, olive oil, cereals, beef cattle, oil seeds, forage and forest products. There is abundant wildlife such as wildboar and deer, and the local flora include truffles and mushrooms. At the surrounding land you will find marked trekking footpaths of various lengths. The beautiful surroundings and unspoiled environment make it hard to believe that Montegiove is only 17 km from Italy’s main motorway A1 (Milan – Naples), which also connects Rome and Florence.
Other Activities: Shopping, Wildlife Viewing, Wine production, Wine tasting
Golf: The nine holes course of the Golf Club Lamborghini, which was designd by Eng. Ferruccio Lamborghini, stretches over a beautiful, hilly landscape close to Lake Trasimeno and is placed inside the same property that includes also an agriturismo for vacationers.
The golf course was originally constructed in a meandering fashion to intentionally cover a widely spread area of land. Recent changes in its design make the course much more challeging to today’s golfers, inviting experts alike to its greens. Source: www.lamborghinionline.it