If you are thinking of staying in Umbria, this is the place to stay.
We are travelling more slowly than most, and were fortunate to stay for 15 nights at La Cuccagna, 6 nights in the B&B section, and 9 in the self catered cottage. Whether you are able to stay one night, a few, or many, this offers everything you need for a great stay in Umbria.
The location, on a minor road high up in the hills between Perugia and Gubbio, is spectacular. It is only 10-15 minutes drive to the major road to Perugia (which all up is about 20-25 minutes drive), and it is about 20 minutes drive the other direction to Gubbio. But La Cuccagna offers peace and quiet, spectacular views (great sunsets) in a lovely Umbrian rural setting. A choice of excellent restaurants are only a few minutes drive away.
The facilities are great. In the B&B section there are four spacious ensuite rooms, a central dining and kitchen area, a covered terrace allowing outdoor dining in warmer months, and a spectacular infinity swimming pool. There is a small bar area offering wine, soft drinks and spirits, and snacks, which operates on an honesty system.
The self contained cottage has a small kitchen/dining area (but enough room for two people) and an ensuite double bedroom. It also has an outdoor dining area, a small barbeque (which we used often) and a hammock! Guests in the self contained cottage can also access the common areas of the B&B part, where wifi is available.
The hosts, Sarah and Sal, are truly great people, completely dedicated to making your stay memorable. Both have loads of advice about where to go and what to do, and are very friendly and helpful. For us, they made a really good visit, great.
La Cuccagna is centrally situated. While there we had a number of day trips - to Gubbio, Assisi, Urbino, Siena, Todi, Deruta and other medieval hill towns, all rich in history. We were fortunate to be there on 15 May and see the spectacular medieval Festival of the Ceri (giant wooden candles).
We also visited the large freshwater lake near Cortona, went bush walking at Monte Cucco national park near Sigili (breathtaking views - we could see the Adriatic Sea to the east, and the Sybilline Mountains to the south, but we did have a very clear day), and even drove to Florence and back (although that is quite a long drive, over 2 hours each way). And after all that, we had a few quiet days, when we stayed at La Cuccagna and read, wrote postcards, and went for walks along the roadway (which has very light traffic, and where you are rewarded with spectacular views).
We were also able to enjoy Sal's famous pizza night (cooked in his brick oven) and pasta night, where he taught us to make pasta and then cooked us a terrific dinner!
We were fortunate to meet some lovely guests while there - a group of friends from the USA and the UK, who were very friendly. We had a few great nights together, and will now stay in touch.
So, all up - great hosts, great area, great value, great B&B. Go there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Cuccagna offers boutique style B&B and self-catering accommodation, finished with the highest quality luxury linens, plush towels, fluffy bathrobes and organic artisan toiletries. Our rooms are rustic and simple in harmony with the natural surroundings. Furnishings are mostly handmade locally in the original style of an Umbrian farmhouse and we have used local artists, ceramics and textiles in the finishing touches. Our hilltop position offers peace and tranquillity with stunning, unspoilt views over the hills and valleys. Our horizon pool has an infinity edge that drops off into the rolling Umbrian countryside with views that stretch into neighbouring Tuscany. We are an English / Italian couple who decided to find a little piece of paradise in Umbria and open our home to offer guests a unique and authentic experience. Our guests receive a warm welcome and we pride ourselves in ensuring that they receive the highest level of personal hospitality and enjoy the most relaxing stay possible. We love the Umbrian way of life and all it has to offer and it gives us great pleasure to help our guests enjoy the very best stay in our stunning surroundings. ... more less