Villa di Monte Solare

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HIGH IN THE UMBRIAN HILLS, Villa di Monte Solare is one of those rare finds that combines peace and serenity with terrific views. Spread over an estate of 80 hectares, this rich country property is bursting with comfort, character and history.

Dating back to 1780, the Villa itself is rich in original features such as fireplaces, frescoes and terracotta floors. Then there is the Limonaia (an old Umbrian lemon store), whose rooms all enjoy a terrace; Casa dei Gelsi, with its five spacious suites; and the Mulberry House, which even has its own swimming pool.

Classic bedrooms in Villa di Monte Solare have antique beds, original tiled floors and wooden shutters you can fling open for views of tree-covered Monte Solare. With no room numbers, it feels very much like staying in a rich uncle's hilltop mansion. Rooms in the Limonaia are more spacious and contemporary, with a wide terrace and briiliant valley views. We awoke to the crisp, clean colours of early morning and the valley below wreathed in strands of mist.

Rare wine vintages

Add to this a restaurant serving traditional Umbrian/Tuscan cuisine – chef concocts a different four-course menu each day – and a cellar stocked with over 400 Umbrian wines, including many rare vintages, and you have just the place for an indulgent away-from-it-all break. The little bar is just the place for a chilled aperitivo.

You can work off your excesses on the tennis court, in the pool or in Villa di Monte Solare's immaculate and intimate spa, with its menu of over 100 feel-good treatments. There's an old stone chapel with frescoed ceilings in the grounds (a dreamy spot to get hitched) and classical concerts are held here weekly in the summer. Formal gardens lead to the pool terrace, with cliff-edge vistas of rolling Umbrian hills.

Walk up the hill, and you have great views over Lake Trasimeno. And if you must get away, some of Umbria’s finest old towns are on your doorstep.

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Villa di Monte Solare was reviewed for Room for Romance by Claudia Vicenzi

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