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Reviewed 30 May 2016

Although the resort is in a beautiful location, the 6 km drive that takes you there from the main roads is absolutely awful. There are huge potholes and rocks on the road. There's is no cellphone reception or wifi in the rooms. The basic rooms do not have tv, fridge or a landline phone. So if you have a medical emergency, you are out of luck because you cannot contact an ambulance. There is a mandatory half board of 45 euros per day that covers breakfast and dinner. The food was very good but we would have preferred eating out once in a while rather than being locked into the mandatory half board. There is also a 30 euro "club fee" per person per stay. This covers the use of the pool ( this was closed when we were there) and horseback riding if you are into that. The rooms a are average. Every place worthwhile visiting is at least 1-2 hour drive from the resort. The staff was friendly.

Date of stay: May 2016
Thank Anetteb99
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Reviewed 27 May 2016

There was a lot of good and bad with this place. The good: it's beautiful; the people are generally nice (staff and other guests); it builds a comraderie because you eat together at the halfboard; the food it pretty good.

The bad: it's in the boons - to the point it's hard to get anywhere (and the roads in and out suck); there isn't a ton to do without travelling a decent distance/time; the food isn't good enough to where you are happy about the halfboard charge - which when you get there seems like a scam (got this through RCA timeshare and thought it was included); the WiFi is spotty at best; you seemed detached from the world in a bad way.

All and all I would stay again just because of the sentimental value it has being it was the first place we stayed in Italy, but I'd probably not recommend it, nor would I look to stay for any other reason. The free wine (during dinner) is probably the best part, but unfortunately my wife was pregnant at the time. The food is good but where it is set food with no choices for dinner be prepared to get a whole bunches of courses you don't want or don't eat.

Three stars is the best review I could give. There were times on trip I felt like it was a 1 star experience, and times I felt it was a 5....think on that. Actually the worst place we stayed in Italy....

Room tip: No tip, our room was in the main building, couldn't tell you what the others are like
Date of stay: June 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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3  Thank CMOKeefe
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

You have to survive the road before you realise the resort is worth the ride! There are 2 bad roads in - don't take the one from Ficulle its dangerous! Go in from Fabro Scala and its a long rough ride but arrives at beautiful countryside with lovely buildings. Our 1 bedroom was a mile from the center but was very peaceful. We visited many small villages, drove lots of narrow steep roads with hairpin bends and ate wonderful food. The evening meal with all the guests was fascinating with many nationalities working on how to communicate. If you want any self catering the mini kitchen is adequte but there are no supplies and its a long ride to Fabro Scala for food, dishwashing liquid, paper towels etc! There is WiFi but its spotty and slow. Staff are helpful and friendly and the chef is great!

Room tip: Stay in the main building if you don't want to travel for food!!
Date of stay: April 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Dilys J
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La_casella, Proprietario at La Casella, Eco Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2016

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Stefania Lorenzi

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Reviewed 12 May 2016

We were 1 of 2 couples there for a week and had our own chef and the run of the place. We had 4 course meals with wine included every night. The spa was lovely but there was an extra fee for use.
The roads leading in and out were unpaved and treacherous in bad weather.

Room tip: We were with RCI so didn't have a choice
Date of stay: March 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Roslyn G
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La_casella, Proprietario at La Casella, Eco Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2016

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Reviewed 23 April 2016

It's said there are travelers and tourists - for a traveler this is the place in Umbria to unpack, settle-in and explore! For the tourist, stay away - you'll miss your 24/7 connectivity, convenience store shopping and crowded restaurants.
Read all the reviews before you go as they're fair - then, decide for yourself.
Arrival is indeed a bit of a surprise as the dirt road to the resort is, well, rustic.
That 15 to 20 minute journey you'll likely make twice each day, will sometimes test your nerves, and other times it is simply - cosi e la vita! The two bedroom cottage was spacious and offered privacy of two bedrooms on separate floors but only one bathroom. No internet or television (although there was one in the room, couldn't get it to work). This wound up being a blessing for really unwinding and enjoying place, poor lighting made reading difficult, and seating could be more comfortable. But, one adapts.
The rest was heaven.
Maricela welcomed us at arrival with an enthusiasm and charm, I'd forgotten all about the bumpy road in 30 seconds flat. The week was spent exploring hill towns and wineries - Citta Della Pieve, the spectacular Orvieto, Amelia, Narni, Assisi, Montepulciano and Montecchino, and list goes on...could have spent several weeks and would still have more to explore. Each town is visually stunning and totally unique in charm and architecture. Other residents of the resort opted for easy day trips to Florence or Rome by train (just in case you need that dose of a city). The whole of Tuscany and Umbria is really at your doorstep.
How do I know so much about what the others were doing? For a week, they were my family, and we caught up sometimes at daily breakfast and always at the stunning five course dinner prepared by the master Edmundo! Each meal unique and amazing and wonderful wine. Communication and sharing was masterful between all of considering we were crossing various levels of Italian, Spanish and English. The more wine the better we all spoke and understood. Pure magic facilitated by Bruna in the morning and Christiana in the evening. After a day exploring at your own pace and design you'll come home to the casa of you host Nino Antonia Nenna and La Casella. For the true traveler I recommend it!

Date of stay: April 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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5  Thank Michael D
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