I had lunch with my friend Suzy Menard last week. Suzy’s one of my “Italy friends” – we share both a personal passion and a professional life centered on Italy. Suzy and her husband Bill own Bella Italia, a wonderful store selling Italian imports, especially ceramics, in Bethesda, MD. Suzy and I ate at the new Assagi Mozzarella Bar, right next to her store. Yum!
We were catching up on what we’ve both been doing in the past few months and turns out that Suzy and Bill were busy buying a small estate in Umbria! La Fattoria del Gelso , just outside of Assisi, is nestled on 40 hectares of a working farm. The main building is a two-story farmhouse built in the 1700s. There’s also a separate annex just across a courtyard. Suzy showed me photos of the estate and it seems to have every modern convenience while maintaining that rustic charm – there’s WiFi and satellite television and an enormous modern kitchen. In total there are 8 bedrooms – what a great place to bring a group of friends.
And get this – since they just purchase the property, they would like some folks to try it out and give them feedback on their stays. So they’re offering this entire estate for rent for just 1,500 euros per week this summer and I think, fall. WOW! If you bring a group of 10, that’s less than 100 euros per person for the week! It should cost three times that amount. Suzy assures me that the estate is in perfect working order and there’s someone on call to help with any problem 24/7. If you’re thinking about Umbria in the near future, contact Suzy and tell her I sent you! I just might take advantage of this deal myself!
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