Relais il Canalicchio
What We Love
- A charming room or suite at a historic Umbrian country hotel, with breakfast and moreJuicy plum tomatoes, locally-pressed olive oil and wine from the local vineyards
- Waking to a view of the rolling Umbrian hillside
- Enjoying a discount at the heavenly spa
- Finishing a long country walk with a dip in the pool
What To Know
- The hotel's 15th-century building sits in a former medieval village
- Your guestroom overlooks vineyards and olive groves
- Pavone Restaurant serves fine Umbrian cuisine
The mere setting of this gorgeous country abode is conducive to dreamy sighs – throw in a holistic wellness center and you’ll practically be swooning. The Relais il Canalicchio is a restored 15th-century building overlooking the golden vineyards, rich olive groves and juicy green hills of Umbria.
Striking the perfect balance between rustic and luxurious, the interiors have buckets of country charm. You can spend you days here strolling through the countryside and returning to an authentic Italian dinner with a glass of locally-made wine. Go for a dip in the outdoor pool or spend the day basking in a buttery pool of sunshine.
How to Get There
I gave been bringing groups of travelers to Italy for 20 years. Usually I choose a hotel within walking distance of local restaurants or bars. I was reluctant to book this hotel because of its isolated locale. I was so pleasantly surprised! The setting was breathtaking, the staff was warm and accommodating, the food was excellent. The cooking class was great- each person prepared their own food, which eliminated too many hands in the food!
After our daily excursions, we all enjoyed the ambience and tranquility of this beautiful hotel. There was a piano player in our group which also helped pass the evenings. Even the staff joined in our sing slings. I will definitely bring another group here in the future.
If you want peace and quiet, lovely staff and wonderful views then this is the pkace to stay. Ae had 5 nights here and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, walking in the morning and relaxing by the pool in the afternoon.
We arrived 6th October for five nights We stayed in room 121 with fabulous views. the barking dogs below were in no way inconvenient. The bedroom and bathroom was very well appointed and generous in size. Clean and tidy with quality toiletries. The bed linen was changed every day - very impressed!! We spent the majority of our stay sitting by the pool looking across the valleys and admining the secluded houses perched on the hillsides.
We can understand the criticisms regarding food quality. The quality was more than acceptable, using local influences in the preparations of each meal including Wild Boar and Black Sausages. Sadly the desserts were a bought-in frozen product of mediocre quality. I am surprised that members of the kitchen team could not prepare two famous Italian desserts fresh each day. A good quality home-made Tiramisu would contribute to improving customer reviews.
We enjoyed the visit to the wine tasting on our doorstep. Louigi from the hotel was conducting the show-round by the owners who do not speak any English. Visiting Umbria in early October coincides with the harvest of the vines and we witnessed the grapes being processed into juice to begin the process of fermentation. Luigi was very informative, knowledgeable and was genuinely interested in ensuring that we understood the wine's journey from vine to bottle.
We would have no hesitation to recommend Relais il Canalicchio for a peace and quiet holiday and we ortunity to return again in the future.