This was our first visit to La Cuccagna and I hope it won't be our last! I thoroughly recommend everything about the agriturismo, as well as about a trip to this part of Italy. Sarah and Sal could not have been more welcoming or helpful and Sarah's detailed emails and patience with our family logistics during the booking process were fantastic. (Flying Stansted to Perugia was definitely a good idea, despite the traffic getting to Stansted!) As others have noted, both Sarah and Sal were wonderfully helpful and knowledgeable guides to the area, with information about places to visit, where to park, restaurants - and Sal even told us where we could buy medieval-style door hinges for a Wendy house my husband was building at home!
La Cuccagna itself is in an ideal location - just 30 mins from Gubbio and a touch more to Perugia, 45 mins to Assisi(but we did drive very cautiously on terrifying Italian roads!) The scenery is glorious, and, thanks to Sarah and Sal's eco-friendly approach, I've never seen so many stunning butterflies and bees as I did in their gardens. The views from the pool are even more amazing than in the photos!
We had a the smaller self-catering apartment, La Stalletta, for my husband and I, and a twin room in the B&B for our two children (aged19 and 22). All the rooms were immaculate, with linen changed every 3-5 days. The combination of self-catering and B&B was perfect for us: delicious breakfasts with all the other guests, and the chance to eat on our own at lunch or in the evenings, watching the achingly beautiful sunsets over this perfect green valley.
Sarah and Sal also offer a fantastic pizza evening, with Sal making the pizzas in the Southern Italian style in a wood oven: superb and unusual toppings, delicious side-dishes and huge quantities. Do book this if you have the chance! We also enjoyed Sal's pasta-making workshop, and learnt a huge amount in a very relaxed atmosphere - and then discovered that Sarah and Sal had planned a surprise dinner party for us that night, with my Italian friends who drove all the way from Rome to join us, having been warmly welcomed by Sarah when they telephoned that morning, Thank you, Sarah and Sal and Rosa, for making that reunion so special for all of us.
All in all, a magical holiday in an outstandingly beautiful part of Italy. There are so many stunning villages to discover, full of amazing art treasures - and we became used to being the only ones in the museums, or almost! (If you like Etruscan art, don't miss the tombs near Perugia- the Hypogeum: deserted and so interesting and atmospheric.) Forget the queues and crowds of Tuscany and the big cities - come and indulge yourself in tiny hill-top towns, with restaurants serving unbelievably good food in beautiful piazzas or medieval rooms. We spent two weeks here and returned to some villages twice, to savour the atmosphere and to fix the wonderful views, paintings and architecture in our minds. Thank you to Rosa, Ruby and Camellia, who worked so hard, with Sarah and Sal, to give us a fantastic holiday - we hope to come back!
- 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