Eddie and Anne Boyd, Scotland, 2016 (5 star clients)
12 years have passed since we visited Il Poggio. What a mistake - we should have returned much, much sooner !
An excellent apartment on a small olive farm just outside the village of Agello.
We received, as before, an extremely warm welcome from Steffi, Sergio, daughter Anna and Nonna Angelina.
A haven of peace and tranquility yet within easy reach of all the good things Umbria and Tuscany have to offer such as quality restaurants, medieval villages, Lake Trasimeno etc.
Our favourite eateries were Masolino in Panicale and Monna Lisa in Castiglione del Lago ( excellent seafood especially spaghetti alle vongole and the calamarrata). Closer to the apartment, about a 10 minute drive Ristorante Al Battibecco in Corciano is vibrant and favoured by locals.
Total relaxation is guaranteed. Walk the dogs, check if the hens have laid eggs and then unwind in the hot tub in the rear garden.
La dolce vita !!
We will return.
Jenny & Michael Blackstaff, Hampshire, 2016 (5 star clients)
Il Poggio is right at the top of the Summer's Leases chart - up there with, for example, Casa di Livia (except that the Poggio dogs don't eat books). Beautifully appointed flat, glorious garden and views, and lovely owners - friendly but unobtrusive.
Having now been there, there are things that we would add to the website that we feel would create a greater "Wow factor" to grab the attention even more. They are as follows:
1. Make explicit in the blurb that visitors are free to wander round and sit in the 3 acres of olive groves that surround the house and come virtually up to it;
2. Add another picture of the near environment; for example a medium zoom of the view of the lovely little hill town of Agello from the house;
3. Also add a picture of Lake Trasimeno. (You mention it in the blurb, but there's nothing like a picture to grab people's attention.) If this were to mean sacrificing one or two pictures of the interior, we think that it would be a price worth paying. What, in our view, really sells Il Poggio, is its peaceful, beautiful environment.
We are currently in the process of trying to sell our house. If and when there is a reasonable degree of certainty in our situation we intend to put in a booking for Il Poggio next year.
Setia Lindsay, Vancouver
Lovely property with a breathtaking view from every window! Sergio and his Mama were wonderful hosts. What a lovely surprise to arrive to a fridge stocked with proscuitto, cheeses, and jam and a bottle of wine! The jacuzzi tub (kept cool for the summer) was a delightful amenity after a long hot day of sightseeing! Mama loves children and the kids really enjoyed her - she even cooled them off with the garden hose one afternoon, which they thought was hilarious!
Do not miss out on the Umbrian dinner!
Fun in the Jacuzzi
View up to villa from garden area
Crispin and Sue Davies, Hythe (5 star clients)
Yet another gem from Summer's Leases. The welcome was excellent from Stephie, Sergio, Anna and the 3 very friendly dogs. Stephie gave us a conducted tour of the apartment and then asked if there was anything else that we needed. The welcome pack was full to bursting and lasted for days.
Whenever we wanted to ask anything Stephie and Sergio were always to hand and very helpful. Having our own car meant that we could buy lots of olive oil - which keeps on reminding us that we need to book for next year!
Pam Tifft, Portland
Our stay with Stephie, Sergio and Angela was magnificent in large part because of these three people and their wonderful dogs Milou, Benno, and Teddy. We had many great conversations and plenty of romps through the fields, as well as a 17th birthday party for our daughter in the garden with lasagna made by Stephie and Angela as a gift for Anika!
We loved the location and the walk up the hill to Agello for food and supplies.... everyone was terribly nice even though our Italian is so limited. We also had the supreme Il Poggio dinner that we still exclaim over when telling friends of that amazing culinary experience. What a fabulous treat that was!
The Hendy family, Dorset
Fantastic property in a perfect location for exploring Umbria and Tuscany. The property owner's were incredibly helpful, finding out train times, showing us the way to station, making sure the hot tub was hot enough (the weather was a little cold, but it was April), nothing was too much trouble. The decor of the property was very tasteful and it was equipped with everything and more that you could possibly need on holiday.
We had the Umbrian supper which was a real treat, the food was fantastic, it is a definite must for anyone staying at the property.
Margaret Stuart, Dumfries (5 star client)
The house is excellent on many counts...
The welcome from Sergio and his Mamma was warm and remained so throughout our stay. Nothing was too much trouble and any request was met at once, eg a shower attachment to the hose to cool us down in some of the hottest weather they had experienced in their area was provided and was most welcome!! [Webmaster’s comment: this was before the Jacuzzi arrived!]
Mamma was a source of goodies from the garden and from her larder - we shared in the tomato sugo bottling day and enjoyed the outcome.
The Umbrian meal was a great experience, shared with our friends. Mamma cooked for five and we ate the leftovers next day!!!
The location is excellent for sightseeing throughout the central area of Italy with good road and rail links to major cities and lesser known areas. We managed to see a good many hill towns and do some shopping in spite of the temperatures and always were pleased to return “home” to Il Poggio.
The dogs were a bonus for us. We enjoyed their company and the fun of playing with them.
The peace and the luxury of having a little house of one’s own for a few weeks was a great bonus to us. We felt that we were experiencing a real piece of Italian life, especially as the Festa was on in Agello and we were warmly welcomed by the villagers when we joined their al fresco dinners and concerts. We loved the ambience of Umbria and will return again.
Lissa and Dan Hoeprich, Colorado
We loved Il Poggio! The apartment was wonderful as were the grounds and the hosts. It was very convenient for places we wanted to see and very relaxing too. The arrival packet was wonderful plus the kitchen was extremely well stocked. We cooked there every evening, except for Angela's incredible dinner, and all we could need was at hand. We're hoping to return.
5 star clients have been on 5 or more Summer's Leases holidays