- 3 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- Sleeps 8
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Enormous apartment with stunning terrace - panoramic views towards Assisi. WiFi.
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Overall rating: 4.6 / 5.0 based on 354 reviews and 47 properties
Villa Marianna:APT A, 7 miles from central Spoleto
Spoleto, Umbria, Italy
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Last updated on July 05, 2014
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- Ironing Facilities
- Washing Machine
- Starter Welcome Pack : toileteries + food + wine
- Full fridge
- Outdoor Grill
- Hair Dryer
- Full range
- Flat Screen/HDTV
- Parking space
- Pet friendly - ask
- Smoking allowed - ask
- Suitable for children - ask
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - ask
- 100 square meters
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38 guest reviews
100% of guests would stay again
Glyn and Owen Hendry
Johannesburg, South Africa
We will return for another tranquil September fortnight at Villa
We are a retired couple who loved every minute of our fortnight at Villa Marianna, The setting is perfect, 11 minutes drive from Spoleto ,with all the amenities, to the apartment in the forested mountains overlooking assisi. It is centrally situated so that places in all directions are easy to find. The apartment was comfortable with good beds and tons of hot water. Our daughter of 32 years, accompanied us and enjoyed the holiday equally.
Quiet location, beautiful view
We stayed in the apartment D of the Villa Marianna. The apartment was and felt better than expected from the website pictures: space, well equipped, clean and in good condition. The sole disadvantage is that this apartment doesn't have an outside terrace, where the other apartments have.
The service is friendly and very good, also in case of little problems to be solved. For its situation: you need a car to go out and do your shopping,mthe reward is quietness, cool in the morning and evening, view onto assisi (55 km).
The swimming pool is three minutes walk.
A haven of tranquility and fabulous views
This villa (we stayed in apartment B) was just so much more than we expected - particularly in terms of space outside, the beautiful setting of the swimming-pool. You can see for miles and miles but not hear anything apart from nature - birds, sheep, etc. Although there are five apartments in the villa, we weren't disturbed by other guests. The rooms were very spacious and cool. Although the kitchenette was not elaborate it had pretty much everything we needed. Laurie, our host, was extremely welcoming and very helpful on many levels. Also, the price was all-inclusive - no hidden extras at all. Thoroughly recommended for families and for adults.
beautiful spot,enchanting hosts, very comfortable apartment. many wonders of italy within short driving distances. go for it!
ps. I was thinking about writing something negative too to let is sound more real, but simply couldn't find anything:)
Villa Marianna was the perfect base for relaxing and exploring the Umbrian countryside with Spoleto on the doorstep providing all your cultural, shopping, and eating requirements. The Villa has all you need with rustic charm, and was very clean and spacious (apt a). Norma and Laurie provided excellent service and back-up in an easy going friendly way. We enjoyed a visit to Rome (90mins by train) and some jaw dropping scenery around Norcia and Castelleccuio, as well as visiting many local places. We had a fantastic holiday and the children aged 14yrs loved the large outdoor spotless pool!
Great spaces for families who like adventure!
Upon first contact Norma had me sold on staying at one of their properties. She worked hard at finding just the right accommodation for us and Villa Marianna was wonderful! It feels remote but it's not.
The location is fantastic for day trips to Norcia, Spoleto, River Rafting near Cascata della Marmore, Orvieto, Todi, Assisi...but then again, you can relax by the pool. We opted for a little of both.
The pool was a bit of a jaunt. Bring everything with you or you're going to get a workout! We knew this about the property when we booked but for young kids it's safe and you're not tempted to 'run inside for something'. Might I suggest some paving stones to make it easier of a walk? The gravel can be a bit dodgy. The pool, as some reviewers would note, was sometimes busy but not crowded. It's big enough to even do laps which some did (making us feel a little guilty about stuffing ourselves in Norcia).
The apt was very well equipped and the laundry so handy to have in the suite. It was quiet and spacious. The welcome basket was a wonderful inclusion and very intuitive! Thank you Norma! One thing I would love to see is some of those lovely archive photos in the suites! Needs art.
Laurie was so charming and very helpful. He offered up a great deal of things for us to do with our kids aged 5 & 6. There is a lovely restaurant 5 minutes away which we went to 2x and the meals were great. You can even do take away! He also suggested a dinner with a local family in which they serve authentic family style Umbrian fair...at their home. Do this! The experience is worth it and the people you meet are fascinating.
We did walk down to the farm with is beyond the pool and the farmer was incredibly kind as well. He even gave my girls the freshest eggs they'll ever eat! And the little butterflies, ladybugs, crickets, and beetles around were great fun to catch. Heaven for the kids!
Thank you for everything Norma and Laurie! It was a wonderful introduction to Umbria. Read more
Response from Umbria Holiday Rentals - 08/25/2013
The pool is a few minutes walk down-hill. However, for this reason, there is a designated car lane, which is especially useful if you have children and lots of things to carry or a person in the group with mobility problems, because the car can be parked next to the pool. And, there is a WC next to the pool too,
Lovely, relaxing holiday in beautiful location with stunning vie
The moment I inquired about renting a property with Umbria Holiday Rentals, I was impressed with the personal service in terms of speed of response and detailed information given. This was reinforced when I mentioned we'd be arriving in Spoleto at around 2am but Laurie still turned out cheerfully to meet us and escort us to our apartment in the mountains!The apartment is spacious and comfortable with stunning views and we swam every day. The pool is very well maintained and wasn't busy apart from on Sundays when people tended to arrive from other properties. We met some lovely families but it would also be possible to be quite private if you wished.Laurie and Norma were really warm and helpful, we felt like we were their personal guests. Really I would give 4.8 stars out of 5, the only criticisms are minor such as an odd selection of glasses and limited cooking utensils as we tended to eat in in the evenings. The beach towels were welcome but the bath towels provided were rather small and thin. This didn't detract from our enjoyment though and we didn't complain - I got the feeling if we'd asked then Laurie would have sorted things out for us! Spoleto is a fascinating city to explore and while away your day and we made a trip to Rome, so this was the perfect balance of a lovely rural setting with nearby city attractions for us.
Well equipped apartment with huge pool and total sun trap of a t
We've done a lot of apartment renting across Italy and France and to be honest, the standards are very variable. Villa Marianna stands out from the crowd. In a beautiful countryside setting it's one of 5 apartments in the same building. The apartment is very well equipped - and it's small things that make a difference - a decent oven (not just hot plates), sharp knives, a salad spinner, a tin opener that works and a corkscrew that doesn't disintegrate when first used. The highlight of the apartment is the terrace which really made our holiday. Sitting outside in the early evening with our aperitifs became our favourite thing. Typically this sort of apartment is quite dark in the interior so you want to make as much use of the outside space as you can, and the terrace made this a real pleasure. The pool was also amazing. I think it was about 20m and allowed for proper swimming. The temperature was 40 degrees on some days so in high summer, you need a pool and being able to do decent laps meant we could eat more gelati! The owners are great. Norma was very easy to deal with whilst booking and Laurie met us at the local supermarket and escorted us up for the first time and gave us the low down on the area. Very helpful. We spent our holiday cycling around the area - it's beautiful but hilly! Great location for exploring the different sides to Umbria. Whilst you've got endless hill-towns (and go to the smaller ones - far fewer tourists!), you're also not far away from Norcia and the Grand Piano - probably one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. A perfect holiday.
We spent 10 days in Villa Marianna Spoleto in July. It was our second visit, we were there last year also in the same apartment! We were a party of 5, 2 adults and 3 children. The apartment was spacious and comfortable and had everything we needed. The pool is beautiful and there are great restaurants locally. Laurie was extremely friendly and helpful. We would definitely visit again.
Our stay at Villa maarianna
We loved our apartment at Villa Marianna. When we arrived we found coffee, pasta sauce, pasta,olive oil, wine and a variety of staples that Laurie and Norma had provided for us to get started after our 24 hour trip from the states. That was a wonderfully thoughtful treat.
The apartment was lovely and we enjoyed sitting on the deck each evening with our glass of wine and watching the valley below light up. Spoleto and the surrounding area is a great place for a relaxing vacation and renting a property like this is, in my opinion, the only way to go. We look forward to a return visit.
Laura Jo and Kent
Lovely Stay despite the weather
V Marianna was excellent and our apartment with it's large terrace was undoubtedly the best as it gave you the best views and a wonderful place to sit and have a drink in the evening sun, when it did come out. The apartment was large and well equipped, good for families. Laurie was especially helpful getting the Wi fi sorted out within 6 hours of us arriving which was great for a Saturday!!! Villa was in a lovely position with views up the Vale of Spoleto towards assisi and Montefalco. Couldn't have asked for more.
Lovely villa surrounded by beautiful landscape
The villa Marianna-apt a has wonderful views from the balcony, a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable bedrooms. Twenty minutes drive to the village and its shops and resturants. Close to Rome for an amazing day out.
Myself and my wife with our two sons aged 14 and 16 stayed at the Villa Marianna from 13-20-August 2012. Our accommodation was spacious and very comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped with oven, hob, microwave and sandwich toaster. Beach towels and a hair dryer were provided. The views of the surrounding area were outstanding and we really enjoyed using the pool.
The practical information provided helped us plan and enjoy our stay. If you are going to restaurants for a typical Umbrian meal, go hungry! Laurie and Norma are excellent hosts and our only regret is that we did not stay longer.
a lovely relaxing time
We had a very restful family holiday set in beautiful surroundings
The accommodation was spacious and comfortable with everything necessary for a stress-free time. The swimming pool kept the children entertained and there are lots of interesting places to visit, although you do need a car. The hosts were very helpful and easily contactable.
I would definitely go back
Wunderbares Refugium mit herzlichen Gastgebern
Wir waren mit 11 Personen (3 Generationen) zu Gast in der Villa Marianna und hatten das gesamte Obergeschoss sowie ein kleines appartment im Erdgeschoss gemietet. Es gab genug Platz für Gemeinsamkeit und Privatheit. Die appartments sind vorbildlich ausgestattet und wenn etwas fehlt, wird es besorgt.
Das Haus und die Wohnungen sind sehr schön und flexibel. Auf der großen Dachterrasse war Platz für eine große Tafel mit allen Gästen und die Küchen sind riesig. Die lage in den Bergen ist wunderschön - jeden abend ein spektakulärer Sonnenuntergang auf der Terrasse. Mit dem auto ist man in 15 min. in Spoleto - ohne auto geht es nicht.
Der Pool ist 100 m unterhalb des Hauses gelegen. Man hört also im Haus selbst keine Geräusche vom Pool, ist aber trotzdem gleich da. Perfekt. Er ist groß und sauber. Wassertiefe 1,40 m.
Das Haus ist die perfekte Location für einen gemeinsamen Urlaub von vielen Personen "in the middle of nowhere".
Burgess Hill, West Sussex, UK
A Heavenly Holiday
This is the third different property we have stayed in with Umbria Holiday Rentals, and it didn't disappoint! The view from the apartment and terrace was amazing. After fifteen days I was not tired of waking up to the wonderful view down the valley every morning and watching the sunset over the distant hills in the evening.
The apartments were clean, spacious and had everything we needed.
Laurie could not have been more helpful in making sure we were settled in and helped us organise a few trips out and about with the guests that we had brought with us.
We had wonderful food out in nearby restaurants and the local supermarkets stock plenty of fresh regional produce for the days when we wanted to cook for ourselves.
The local small-holder left us with a huge pile of his surplus broad-beans one day, which we made into a wonderful broad bean salad.
The pool was tranquil and a much needed therapy for the injured cyclist in our party!
None of us wanted to come home.
We will certainly be back next year.
The only reason this gets 4 stars instead of 5 for comfort is because this is a traditional Umbrian Farmhouse and is furnished as such. Don't get me wrong, it is a wonderful place, that I would happily stay at again and again.
Ennis Co Clare
Unforgettable location and excellent facilities made for a happy
Apartment had every convenience and excellent amenities. Excellent broadband service.Plentiful supply of sheets towels blankets not that they were necessary!It was thoughtful to have toilet paper,shampoo and detergent as well as basics such as salt pepper oil and of course a very nice bottle of wine!Apartment was very spacious and felt light and airy..Of course the pool was beautiful and plenty of li los etc also very well maintained. Lunch for a very reasonable 15€ under the trees was a meal we will treasure. Laurie was a friendly but unobtrusive host who had excellent information regarding local restaurants etc.It is in a somewhat remote but beautiful location and a car is vital really. The pool was the highlight of our stay and the wonderful local food
Ruhig gelegen mit traumhaftem Blick auf das Valle Umbra.Die Buchung klappte komplikationslos und am vereinbarten Treffpunkt wartete Laurie bereits auf uns, um uns in die Berge zu unserem Quartier zu bringen. Der Service war sehr zuvorkommend und freundlich, die Unterkunft sehr sauber und gut ausgestattet, wenn auch die Handtuchhalter und das Bett etwas wackelig waren. Und mit dem Pool, der uns fast immer alleine gehörte, vermisste man das Meer überhaupt nicht. Die Lage ist zentral, man erreicht viele schöne Orte in kurzer Zeit. Und wenn man seine Seele baumeln lassen will, bleibt man einfach am Pool und genießt die Ruhe.
Our experience in Villa Marianna was very satisfying, the house was perfect and also the location. My friends and I found the rooms very confortable and clean so we enjoyed very much this vacation and we recommend it to all the people.
relaxing family holiday
My extended family had a celebration so we needed room for 30 people including 2 babies.
The 5 flats in one villa gave us the perfect space for both privacy and being together.
The pool was great , but needed more umbrellas.
We coped with Italy`s quirky electricity, and the only complaint there was that none of the toasters worked.
It is a good 11 km from Spoleto and without a car one would have problems collecting shopping. We had 2 cars and also used the local taxi firm who was most reliable and good value.
I would recommend the Villa Marianna.
Absolutely lovely, will stay here again!
We had a lovely time at Villa Marianna with 3 young children (aged 4-10) and one teenager (15). The apartment was large, spacious, bright and very clean with a fantastic terrace overlooking beautiful Umbrian countryside.
Our younger children loved the play area and swimming pool which was also clean and well maintained, and a good size - even when there were a few other families there it never felt crowded.
Our teenager loved the wifi access in the apartment (rare for Italy, it seems to me) and lounging around in the sunshine.
There's not much that could be done to improve it but the kitchen could do with a few more utensils - one or two more largish saucepans and a few serving bowls would be good. However, the marvellous Laurie had said on arrival to ask if we needed anything else but we didn't quite get around to it, so it may be easily fixed!
The apartment is well situated in a quiet location up a mountain road (mostly two track road so not too hair-raising).
We were there from Monday to Saturday so weren't in residence over the weekend when we understand it can be much busier around the pool area when the restaurant is open.
All in all, highly recommended!
Peter, Polly, Tim, David.
Wonderful holiday in every way
Terrific location, lovely and spacious apartment,in a most interesting part of Umbria. Laurie most friendly helpful and attentive, and the local restaurants were all great. The on-site lunch on our second day was very good value,and gave us a chance to get to know some of the other guests. Swimming pool was excellent, too. No negatives of any sort to report!
superb scenery, large enough, good swimming pool, very good food by Leonardo, a dish washer would make it more comfortable
Lovely location, lovely people ...
We have just returned from our second holiday at Villa Marianna - always a gamble to return after a perfect holiday - but once again, the house and Spoleto did not fail to enchant us. Laurie as always was very welcoming - apartment spotless, scenery breathtaking, weather wonderful. We enjoyed excellent food whenever we ate out (particularly at Villa Marianna). So much to see and do in the area but oh so easy to relax by the pool. Would definitely recommend. Thank you Laurie and Norma
Lovely secluded place with beatuiiful pool, plenty to do not to far away, gorgeous views, lovely walks near you, restaurant was lovely as long as you are hungry!!! and everyone very friendly.
Amazing views, huge apartment!
We had a fabulous week at Villa Marianna! We booked unit a because of the terrace (which had spectacular views!) even though we did not need all of the space. The unit was well equipped and very clean! Laurie was very helpful and we had no problems checking in and meeting up with him. We had lunch at the restaurant downstairs which was a highlight...amazing food with local wine for a very reasonable price!
It was nice staying in the hills and even though it was a bit of a drive to get to the main roads, it was nice to enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside.
The only "down side" was on the first Sunday afternoon. We were away for the day and when we came back later in the afternoon, the pool was full of people who had been eating at the restaurant. All of the chairs around the pool were taken and we couldn't sit near the pool to watch our kids while they swam in the pool. If I stayed there again, I would make sure I reserved chairs in the morning on a Sunday to ensure that we actually had a place beside the pool.
We would absolutely stay there again and have since recommended the unit to family members who hope to stay there next spring.
Mel and David
Stowmarket, Suffolk, England
Mel and David at Villa Marianna
We really enjoyed our holiday in Umbria! Norma and Laurie were brilliant, we had no trouble getting hold of them, and Laurie's help at the Villa on day one was great. The apartment (A) was not as small as we expected, though it was lacking in kitchen equipment and supplies. The bathroom was lovely, the outdoors was the best part. We spent most of our time at the villa, sitting outside or at the pool, which was very well looked after, just a bit too cold! The location was perfect - Spoleto is a dream, and the mountains were beautiful. Also, Rome was only an hours drive away, which was very handy! Our favourite part were definately the views from our windows especially the fact that the sun set over the mountain valley we were in! However, we weren't too keen on all of Norma, Laurie and leonardo's friends who came to the pool a lot. They took our towels and our sunbeds, and the noise the kids made with their dirtbikes and screaming was irritating. But overall, we enjoyed the location, spent a lot of time away from the villa having a look around, it was a wonderful stay in Umbria!
Response from Umbria Holiday Rentals - 08/25/2011
We are very sorry that our guests did not advise us that they were lacking kitchen equipment and supplies because we would have remedied the situation immediately. Sometimes, when larger parties stay in more than 1 apartment simultaneously, they move things from 1 apartment to another. For this reason, we always advise our guests from the start to text us if they are missing anything whatsoever.
The pool is available to all our guests, staying in our non-pool apartments. However, more than often the pool is empty because people who stay in non-pool apartments are usually disinterested in the pool but it is a nice option for them. On the occasions that our guests were disturbed by Leonardo's friends (not our friends), we apologise.
Last year, Leonardo, our chef, proved extremely popular with our guests with his wonderful meals and occasional pool parties. But, after hearing about Leonardo's friends' antics, and assessing the situation overall this summer, we have decided to finish with the restaurant and any activity whatsoever that threatens the otherwise wonderful tranquility of Villa Marianna. All too risky. We are returning to total peace at Villa Marianna and, subject to demand by our guests staying there, we will be offering occasional meals, overlooking the pool, at great rates, supplied by local chefs.
Our non-pool guests, who may occasionally use the pool, are usually sedate types, more interested in visiting churches and museums than racing around on dirtbikes, which, thankfully, are rare in the area ! Certainly, they are not allowed in the grounds of any of our villas, apartments and pool properties. Had our lovely guests texted us about this disturbance, we would have been there in a flash and resolved the situation. Sometimes our guests can be too polite and not want to complain about anything. But, we would MUCH rather be informed that something is amiss than for our guests to have been put out at all, as these guests were.
So, to Mel and David, we apologise. But, please, next time, inform us if there is anything at all that you are not 100% happy with. Give us the chance to deal with it. Our sole aim in life is to provide perfect holidays for all our guests !
Maggie, Adam and family
We loved every moment of our stay at Villa Marianna. The views form our apartment (A) were stunning. Our hosts were delightful. Leonardo's cooking was delicious, and there is so much to see and do, that we left with great regret but were truly rested and refreshed.
Anyone with mobility issues should be aware that the path to the pool is fairly steep. Otherwise, go for it and enjoy yourselves.
Maggie adam and family Read more
Response from Umbria Holiday Rentals - 08/17/2011
Anyone with mobility issues can take their car along a special car lane directly to the pool side.
Feel a bit selfish bcause we will return & want to be able to enjoy the place to ourselves like we seemed to be doing most days, but its much too good not to share. This wonderful place has everything we wanted & more. I cant reccomend it too highly,book, you'll love it. ps more like 2 hours from Rome though.
nature and culture
beautiful environment, and a lot of excursion possibilities in pure nature as well as in beautifull villages.Well-equiped appartement.Unfortunately the restaurant was not opened in (our) primetimes.
My husband and 3 year old son had a great 9 days at Villa Marianna. Very peaceful as just out of season which suited us perfectly. Splendid views. Pool lovely but cold but this did not deter my son who had it most days to himself and the poolside facilities needed some attention. The apartment was not fancy but very adequate with plenty of hot water. Overall a very good experience and Laurie is very charming and helpful.
Gary and Jayne
Peace, culture and beauty in the Umbrian countryside
Recently returned from two weeks spent at Villa Marianna. Location is superb, as long as you are a reasonably confident driver. You get fantastic views, isolation and access to most of Umbria's sights within about an hour from the villa.
Lawrie, one of the partners in the Villa, went out of his way to accommodate all guests needs and is a real plus point for any person considering visiting this, or any other of their properties in the area. The only real blemish on the time spent here was some noisy neighbours in one of the other apartments for a few days. If you choose to stay in a 'shared' property, I guess this is always a risk. Given the size of the property and grounds this was mostly a minor inconvenience though.
Typically, we get to the end of a holiday feeling it is time to get back to normality, but this is probably the first time I have entirely wanted the experience to continue, which probably says more about the holiday than anything else.
In conclusion almost a perfect location for those who want to get away from it all, but still have access to other activities.
Spoleto visitors for 12 years
Easy living away from city fuss
It was nice to stay away from the city centre especially because of road biking hobby; nice hills and good steeps!
We were always helped and adviced if needed.
Nancy et al
Villa Mariana provides unparalleled beauty and peace.
The Villa is located between wooded hills and offers stunning views of neighboring towns, whose colors beautifully shifted as the day passed. The Villa is fairly remotely located, not making numerous trips to Spoleto reasonable for those who might want a more "city" oriented vacation. The beauty and peace more than make up for the distance to town for those who love to hike, read, and enjoy a drink on the balcony. The apartment was spacious and equipped with everything one needs. Laurie was generous, gracious and wonderful about meeting every need and answering every question.
Beautiful location, lovely apartment
Myself and my parents stayed at Villa Marianna for several days. Because it was early in the season, it was extremely peaceful and quiet. I understand the Villa becomes a bit more active in the summer. If you're in Umbria for the hills and beautiful views, Villa Marianna will not disappoint.
Our apartment was huge for just the three of us (it could have slept 6-8), and relatively new. If you don't mind doing a bit of house cleaning yourself (sweeping/washing floors), it would be a great place to take an family vacation with your kids and extended family.
Overall, we very much enjoyed our stay.
An all-round Success.
A beautiful spot 11km from Spoleto with a lovely view of the valley out as far as asissi. The owner was so warm and hospitable. He was always at the end of a phone if we needed help. Leonardo the cook was a superman, whose culinery skills were outstanding. We dined al fresco several times and couldn't believe the huge amounts of local food and wine. The children seemed very happy for our whole 11 day stay, and were sad that we had to move on. We would definitely go back, not least because of the personal touch we experienced there from Norma and Laurie.
My wife and I spent 10 days in this extraordinary well located villa. Its surroundings, all the Umbrian Hill Mountains provided a magnificent view of beauty, peace
and joy. It was all what we had been looking for. Our housekeepers were extreemely helpful and accomodating.
We would surely recommend the place. We hope to come back some time in the future.
Wonderful week in Umbrian hills
We rented Villa Marianna completely for our wedding. We stayed with our families in the villa for a week and had a great time! The pool was beautiful and Leonardo, the Chef organised some special tours for us and made a true Umbrian lunch with large quantities of truffles. As for the villa, it's very spacious, it has everything inside to fully accomodate and equip a whole family for a week (including welcome package!)and Laurie was great with the check in! In short: we've had a fantastic week!