from Switzerland, April 2018
"One off cooking school"
Location, the hosts were very friendly, food and wine were great, facilities were beautiful
from Ireland, August 2017
"Superb service accommodation location marina just idyllic "
from Germany, July 2017
"Tranquility & Amazing Food - A place to rest your soul"
The sourrounding area allows for great views. Marina, the host, was very attentive and helpful making sure you feel at home and had everything you needed. As I was the only person this time she did the bike tour with me and we had dinner together over a glass of wine and some nice conversations. The room was clean and it was quite. Taking a dip in the pool on a hot and sunny day is wonderful as well. Additionally I was picked up and dropped of at the local train station which was key for me to take part in the tour, as I was not travelling by car myself. During the cooking a learned how to prepare different dishes from starters, over pasta, a main dish to desert.
From the very first email contact on, Marina was very accommodating and honest. I fully trusted her and was right to do so. Thank you!
from Great Britain, June 2017
Marina and Gianluca were wonderful. Marina especially went out of her way to accommodate me and made me feel very welcomed and at home. I wanted a very relaxing week in the sunshine and fresh air with excellent food and wine and that is exactly what I got. The food was very fresh and simple and an excellent variety too. Thank you very much for a superb holiday. I hope to return again soon. Best wishes, Georgina x
Kevin F. United Kingdom
We have recently returned form a whole week at Podere le Olle and sampled a variation of what it has to offer. Right at the start I wholeheartedly recommend this place as a base to explore this part of Umbria and into Toscana and Lazio. We had accommodation, meals, cookery lessons/experiences and trips out.
Firstly location. easiest if you have your own transport as it is in the middle of a quiet area of Umbria although there is a train station in the nearby town and either Marina or Gianluca, the owners will come and fetch you. The estate is right next to a small village and a few km from Montebaggione; there are restaurants within easy distance. To get to the house there is a polar tree-lined driveway into a secluded hollow overlooking the valley and woods below. There is the main house which has a large dining room and kitchens. Outside on the terrace is where breakfast is served. There is also a decent sized swimming pool.
Accommodation is in an adjacent building converted from a farm/stables and has two floors. Upstairs I believe have the larger rooms. the whole building has been converted beautifully, wood floors and light decor. Our room was large with good storage and a large bathroom which was very well appointed. There are very efficient insect screens on the windows which also have shutters. There is internet access in the main house.
Breakfasts are usually served outside - fruit, yoghurt, coffee and a cooked option is usually available. So taking this place as just a B&B is highly recommended. There were a number of guests at the same time as us and all enjoyed staying there very much.
Also highly recommended are the occasional cookery lessons held by Gianluca, usually using whatever is freshly available at market and in their garden. Lots of fresh vegetables beautifully cooked and served with local wines (and their label with the estate olive oil). The food and the enjoyment of learning how to cook it were particular highlights for us.
Part of our stay were also trips out to wine and cheese producers and some of the beautiful towns in the region chauffeured by Marina who does an excellent job. If you don't want to go far then there are walks around the area straight from the farm into the surrounding woods.
Finally the key components were Marina and Gianluca who work very hard to make everyone welcome; they were excellent and certainly ensured we enjoyed our stay. Definitely consider this place for a stay in Umbria.
We spent four days here, including two days in the culinary vacation program they offer. We can't say enough great things about this place. Everything was perfect. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and modern. The food and hospitality by Gianluca and Marina are truly out of the ordinary. The setting is very peaceful and scenic. It is a great place to stay if you want to make short drives to the wonderful Trasimeno Lake cities such as Citta della Pieve or even into Tuscany to visit towns such as Pienza and Montepulciano.
We really appreciated the atmosphere that encourages people to get acquainted with one another. We enjoyed meeting people from several countries in Europe.