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Montecchio is small with few amenities. However, it has a small grocery store and La Perla restaurant was very good. Be careful though it is not open for long in the evenings. You really need to drive to Orvieto for serious grocery shopping which is about 27 km away so be prepared.
We stayed at the stunning Villa La Macee for 10 days in September/October 2018, the quintessential country home that provided a base for exploring the more rural side of Umbrian life.
Whether we were enjoying a sunrise cup of coffee on the terrace or a sunset glass of wine strolling around the olive grove, the sweeping views were breathtaking.
The villa interior is immaculate, comfortable, and perfectly appointed with all the creature comforts of home including good and reliable WiFi service. It looks exactly as described and shown. The master bathroom offers a gorgeous clawfoot tub overlooking the local hills which is perfect for a relaxing soak after a long day of exploration.
Sabrina, the concierge/caretaker is a lovely woman who lives locally and provided an unparalleled knowledge of the area. She was always available with a prompt reply via text for any question or to provide a recommendation including making reservations for dinner, massages, and horseback riding. She is warm and welcoming and our stay would not have been the same without her. Staying so far outside of a large city may seem challenging, but Sabrina went out of her way to be inviting and showed us a warm friendship that made us feel like true locals!
There are many fine sections around the grounds from which to perch and take in the sights and sounds of the small towns perched high in the surrounding hills. The pool remained open upon request as it was late in the season and though we only used it once, it was easy to be envious of summer travelers who surely enjoyed it and the cabana during the warmer weather. The trampoline provided for a fun photo prop.
There are several sweet little local shops, cafes, and restaurants within a 5-15 minute drive of the villa. This gave the villa a feeling of being private and hidden but not isolated. The local grocery store 10 minutes away in Collelungo was open at convenient hours and was perfect for gathering the provisions to craft homemade Italian meals. Particularly enjoyable for dinner were the Kairos Kafe and Ristaurante Semiramide.
We hired Alessandra, a fabulous local masseuse, who came to Macee and set up her table on the terrace. A massage overlooking the countryside was an opulent treat.
Be aware that staying in this location truly requires a car as there is no local transport, though it is possible to hire Ivan, the caretaker, for car service.
Enjoy your stay at Macee and say ciao to Aurora, the farm kitty, for us!