|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Apartmento 'Lucrezia' on the first floor has a double bedroom, ensuite bathroom, living & dining, kitchen with stovetop, microwave oven & dishwasher, laundry, DVD & CD player. Two extra persons can be acommodated on the pull-out sofa bed in the living room if required. The furniture and decor provide all creature comforts while capturing the medieval flavour of the house in rich colours and textures. Although not in use, there is an ancient fireplace which adds to the ambience. In it sits a large screen for watching movies. The bathroom has a quirky Etruscan cinerary urn as a handbasin. All cookware and crockery is provided and the dining table seats six. 'Lucrezia' was modernised by an artist and previous owner, all the work including friezes being done laboriously by hand. It offers lush but rustic accommodation at a reasonable cost and in a fabulous location.
Casa Cardinale, Montefalco boasts a unique location in an area rich in history, art, architecture, award-winning wines, sensational foods, and stunning landscapes across seasons. It is in the very heart of Italy and in a region that is relatively undiscovered.
Casa Cardinale is literally off the main piazza and offers flexible accommodation in two separate self-contained apartments which can be converted into one house. It is available for short and long stays.
This delightfully ancient and rustic building has been lovingly restored by artist Neil Moore to reflect its former glory as part of a cardinal’s home. Cosy furnishings, magnificent valley views, cobblestone lanes, proximity to cafes, restaurants, spa, shops and the frescoed church of San Francesco all add to a truly memorable experience of being transported back in time.
Visit the numerous nearby wineries and olive groves, hunt for truffles with local farmers, attend festivities in the piazza or simply unwind in a local spa and sauna. Alternatively, you might explore other historic towns such as Bevagna, Spoleto,
Spello, Perugia and Orvieto with major remnants of their Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance past, visit Assisi and its surrounds notable for the life of Saint Francis, or Deruta for its ceramics. No matter how you spend your time, this magical place will undoubtedly entice you to return and discover more of its treasures.
Montefalco is fast becoming renowned as a wine growing district and in particular for its award-winning Sagrantino wines. Wine tastings, cooking classes, truffle hunts, guided tours, shopping expeditions, hiking and bicycle excursions as well as a dedicated driver can be organised by negotiation with our property manager, Cristina Tili.
This property is an absolute hidden treasure, in that is is a mere 10 metres from the town plaza and the best restaurant for delicious home cooked meals, delightful breakfasts and personal service. Both apartments are beautifully furnished, have extremely comfortable beds and furnishings, are very quiet and the upstairs apartment has beautiful views. The amenities are first class with washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, generous quantities of linen and kitchen items, books and dvd's if there happens to be a drizzle, DVD and CD player if you need. The translation is The Cardinal's House, and it is indeed majestic and historic, yet has all the modern requirements we desire in a holiday home, either short term or long term. Montefalco is indeed the "balcony of Umbria" and the views ot the surrounding valleys, towns and mountains are breathtaking. It offers a beautiful Umbrian experience without being touristy, it feels as thought you are living like a local and are accepted thus by everyone you meet. The streets are cobbled, you can feel the history surround you and every corner you turn there is another breathtaking view or fascinating walkway to explore. The local area produces some of the very nicest wines and produce which are a delight to partake of. We stayed for 5 days and made it our base to see the surrounding area as well as have a rest and slow down after 4 weeks of travel. It was perfect and we would recommed this property highly as a destination. We would have stayed longer if time permitted. The photos are a true reflection but it is better to be there and experience it, the location is perfect in so many ways, the property is maintained exceptionally well, the Manager was extremely helpful with information and making us feel welcome, I would certainly recommend this property to friends, relatives and anyone who appreciates a fine residence in a stunning area. You are in easy reash of Asissi, Perugia, Trevi, Foligno, Bevagna, too many places to list here, they are all delightful. I think that any time of the year would be great, we were lucky enough to arrive for the Wine and Harvest Festival, which was an added treat.Do yourself a favour, enjoy!!! I am planning a return trip already.
My husband and I have just stayed in this beautifully appointed apartment for two weeks. Montefalco is a very tranquil town with a lot of character. Great restaurants/cafes and the friendliest town folk. It is perfectly situated as a base but you must have a car if you wish to explore this beautiful area. Casa Cardinale has everything you will need to make your holiday comfortable and it is decorated with much Umbrian charm. I do recommend that you take your own pillows though if you prefer them soft. The water pressure is also very weak but this shouldn't be a problem in summer as you won't need a shower to warm up. Cristina is a most welcoming young woman who made our transition from Firenze to Montefalco a breeze. All in all, we fell in love with this beautiful place and were very sad to leave.
During our three weeks on holiday in Italy through Cinque Terra, Florence, Assisi and Rome a highlight was Lucrezia at Casa Cardinale. It was completely as described....warm, clean, many amenities, and just around the corner from a fabulous restaurant. The owners were easy to work with in scheduling and Cristina was welcoming upon arrival. A car will be needed to visit a dozen or so interesting hill towns in the area, all the while relishing the local Sagarantino wine and hearty Umbrian fare. We would definitely return.
Casa Cardinale is tucked away just off the central piazza in the medieval hill town of Montefalco, and offers accommodation in two attractive en-suite apartments which have been beautifully and comfortably restored by past and present owners. Soft details and furnishings have been added in natural fabrics and colours. When you walk in there is a feeling of going back in time over original stone steps, with all the original little details spread throughout the apartments. There is also a large collection of books to go with this which adds to the richness of the experience.
Cobblestone alleys lead from the central piazza into all directions, and offer a multitude of cafes, restaurants, shops and galleries to explore. These lanes lead to beautiful views over the surrounding vineyards and hillsides -the panoramic sunsets are to die for.There are some original places of worship which offer cool tranquilty and a place to reflect.
Casa Cardinale goes a long way to give an experience of the original Italy!
Casa Cardinale in Montefalco is an excellent base from which to explore Umbria. Montefalco is well known for a very full bodied red wine and for the local olive oil. Both are excellent but the red wine is a bit pricey.
The huge old wooden doors at the entry to Casa Cardinale are only about ten meters from the square (piazza) so its location couldn't be better. There is temporary parking on the piazza and free overnight parking about 5 minutes walk away. On the piazza there are wine stores, a small grocery and several restaurants. Alchemista, the closest restaurant, is truly outstanding!
We stayed in the Lucrezia apartment which is on the first floor. It is spacious and beautifully decorated. It is well equipped with a dishwasher and washing machine; no dryer but clothes air-dry very quickly. The kitchen has a 2 burner gas cooktop which we found to be adequate for the cooking we did while we were there. The bed is very comfortable. We were only two so we didn't use the hideabed and I can't comment on it. The only shortcoming during our visit was low water pressure, which made having a shower pretty frustrating.
There is a fairly long set of stairs / stone steps up to the first floor, so not recommended for anyone who has a real problem with stairs. However the shortcomings of this apartment were minor compared to the great location, convenience and security we enjoyed here. The people of Montefalco are friendly and respectful; we felt very secure and comfortable staying here. We would certainly recommend it to friends and we would love to stay here again in the future. Just one street over from the apartment we found Tessuti Pardi, maker of fabulous linens - we wished we had another suitcase with us, and right nearby there is a huge old church where one evening we enjoyed a wonderful free concert of opera pieces.
We would strongly recommend anyone staying here to have a car so that you are able to explore the small towns of the area. We found Umbria to be very different from Tuscany, and each of the towns we visited had its own character.
The owner of this apartment lives in Australia, but Christina, the local agent, is very helpful and easy to contact.
Located in the medieval hill town of Montefalco in Umbria, Casa Cardinale boasts a unique location in the very heart of Italy and in a region that is as yet relatively undiscovered.
It is approx two hours from each of Rome and Florence, 45 min from Perugia, 20 min from Foligno railway station and within driving distance of a range of beautiful historic towns e.g. Asissi, Spello, Orvieto, Bevagna & Spoleto.