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There may be more glamorous places. There may be more dramatic places. But for me, La Buia is perfection. There is no where I would rather be - the location is so beautiful and so relaxing - I could not ask for more. The only criticism: every other family holiday feels a little disappointing by comparison!!
Magnificent views, wonderful walks, the most romantic setting, steeped in history.
Très belle maison au coeur de la campagne italienne, à la frontière entre l'Ombrie et la Toscane. Une région magnifique et un accueil exceptionnel : tous les critères étaient réunis pour que notre séjour soit parfait! Nous avons pu profiter de cette grande maison de charme, composée de trois chambres (ayant chacune leur salle de bain) et de vastes pièces à vivre ensoleillées même l'hiver, avec vue imprenable sur la campagne environnante. Je ne souhaite qu'une chose : y retourner en été pour pouvoir profiter du jardin et de la piscine!
La Buia was the perfect setting for a delightful holiday. On the border of Umbria and Tuscany, the surrounding countryside is gorgeous and the house is near-perfect. My in-laws booked a one week holiday for them, their two adult children, spouses and one teenager (7 total). The house is spacious, clean, and beautifully decorated. The grounds are exquisite and enjoyable to stroll through. The pool is quite nice, although we relaxed by it rather than swim since the Fall chill had started by the time we arrived. Richard and Lucie are welcoming, but low-key, hosts who strive to provide a beautiful retreat while not being intrusive. There is a basket filled with tourism brochures, menus, guidebooks, etc. My favorite local tip was Lucie's "Circular Walk," which is a 5K loop around the surrounding countryside. Several of us are runners and we ran the loop on several days. It is a beautiful challenge! It's very hilly, which provides beautiful views and the sensation that your heart will explode (from the cardiovascular effort, although perhaps from the beauty too). I highly recommend the arrival dinner cooked by a local Italian couple. The house is filled with amazing smells upon your arrival and they cook a true feast- antipasti, pasta, meat, and dessert. There was so much food leftover! They were also quite kind in 100% accommodating a person's dairy allergy with separate portions, which allowed the rest of us to feast with butter and cheese! In addition, they brought a fantastic sparkler candle for the teenager's birthday celebration. Although the house would be perfect to lounge around in all week, we are a very active group and made several day trips. The house is set back from the main road and the backroads are in fair condition so while completely navigable, can add time to any road trips. We also tripped the breaker a few times early on before we figured out how to time appliance usage. Richard was very responsive in helping us reset it.
Elegant bright and soaring decor, large gourmet kitchen, charming spacious bedrooms, exquisite meandering gardens, intimate terraces with breathtaking views of the gorgeous Umbrian Hills, a generous, atmospheric swimming pool...the villa is equivalent of a fine Relais & Chateau with much more privacy. It is an easy, scenic drive to Florence, Siena, Assisi, Arezzo, Anghiari but you are loathe to leave the quiet, spectacular, enveloping space for touristy crowds. A superb retreat, a perfect romantic haven or accommodating place for family and friends. We had a meal prepared on the premises by an expert chef, nicely served by his assistant that was as fine as any Michelin-starred restaurant. Villa La Buia is heavenly and unique.
Having only recently moved from Australia to London, it was a perfect place to breathe, away from the hustle of the big city. Richard and India are tremendous and really do make you feel at home. 11 stars!