Voc. San Salvatore, 27, 06026 Pietralunga (Perugia)
In 1990, Gino Martinelli, a graduate in agriculture, inherited the former San Salvatore monastery, overlooking the Carpina Valley in the Pietralunga Forest, which he then converted into this organic farm and agriturismo. At La Cerqua guests can enjoy beautiful scenic views and purchase farm produce, sample speciality cuisine in the zero mile restaurant, take part in educational activities and enjoy horse riding.
The 8 guest rooms located in the main house comprise: terracotta paving, wooden beams, niches and old open fireplaces and comfortable Arte Povera style furniture combined with modern technology, such as internet access, flat screen TVs and kettles for preparing herbal teas. There is also ample beautiful communal space, from the dining room with large open fireplace to the reading room with small library, the music room, the “biobar” organic bar with veranda, the swimming pool and the barbecue area.
You'll also find further accommodation in the Old Hayloft - 2 mini-apartments surrounded by gardens - and in the Balucca country house - 8 tastefully furnished rooms at the heart of the farm (with goats, sheep, piglets and barnyard animals). There is also a large apartment with 2 rooms, a kitchen, a garden and private parking.
Silvana’s traditional cuisine (with gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and children’s options also available) uses local, organic produce and ingredients from the farm itself, also available for guests to purchase in the shop along with “Magician’s Garden” nature posters and the must-have illustrated manual of “leaf peeping”, written by the owner.
On the organic farm guests can relax around the sunny acorn-shaped swimming pool, enjoy archery among the oak trees, visit the small educational nature oasis known as the “Il Giardino del Mago” (The Magician’s Garden), stroll through the Pietralunga Forest (following the map or with Gino as your guide), enjoy horseback excursions along the Ippovia Umbra bridleway and take part in cookery workshops.
Nearby you’ll find the medieval hamlets of Pietralunga and Montone and cities of art such as Gubbio, Perugia and Assisi, to name just a few.
Inform the agriturismo of any animals at the time of booking.
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First: Big compliment to Gino, the "girl for everything", for his obliging guest care. To his wife for the excellent meals, prepared in best quality, and to the whole family up to Zoe, the watchful bitch adapted to the peaceful house.
We came to this accommodation via the small catalogue of certified organic hotels, which is mainly distributed in Germany, and were pleasantly surprised that it is possible to live quite well today as a holidaymaker in a former monastery oriented towards poverty.
We liked the seclusion of La Cerqua in the Umbrian forests very much. Anyone who has mastered the slalom approach around the threateningly deep potholes can expect to relax in a really lovingly and purposefully furnished beautiful accommodation. The former monks never had such spacious rooms, shower/WC and pleasant beds at their disposal as it is now. Who needs it: There is even WLAN behind the old, almost meter-thick walls.
It is read that wolves are said to roam the Umbrian woods. While hiking for hours (Gino gives tips) through these vast woods, where you hear nothing but birdsong and beautiful butterflies in the luscious broom splendour marvel at, you think at some point, now Rotkäppchen must come around the corner.
If, like us, you are not too tired or too far away to go on your daily excursions by car into the hustle and bustle of the medieval or the excellently preserved Renaissance cities such as Gubbio, Perugia, Orvieto, Urbino and Assisi, which are considered to be crowd-pullers, you will be delighted to return to the idyll of La Cerqua in the evening. There everyone who wants can let the impressions of the day linger at the pool or in the deck chair. And, also important: If you wish, you can expect a delicious, country-specific dinner in organic quality.
For us rather unusual, in Italy however probably usual are the "sweet pieces" and/or homemade cakes with the breakfast. The fried sausages with scrambled eggs from the Tetrapack that can be found in most chain hotels can be found in La Cerqua in vain. It's the difference! Test it, get involved in being different and you won't regret it.
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Reception at the excellent reception... Impeccable table service not to mention the Easter dinner... All good. Qualified and very friendly riding instructors my wife and I were immediately at home as we spent the 2 Easter holidays very well we will come back soon.... Thanks to all
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Owners friendly and kind, lovely place, divine cuisine with gluten and gluten free and spacious room, comfortable and impeccable cleanliness.
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