APPARTAMENTI ARIETANI: Guests comments about il Balcone & la Mansarda
Judy McDonald, New South Wales
Dear Michele and Stephen,
I had an absolutely wonderful time in Montone. The apartment was terrific - loved the balconies and the activity in the piazza! The locals were so welcoming. All the best fof 2008.
Liz and Noel Boucher, Victoria
Dear Stephen and Michele,
Just a quick note to let you know we had a wonderful time in Montone. The Mansarda Apartment allowed us to observe the lif of the village as it played out in the square below us - like being in an opera set.
With appreciation and thanks.
Christine Engel, Victoria
We had a wonderful stay in the apartment [la Mansarda] and found the village of Montone charming, we particularly enjoyed being able to look down on the square and observe the comings & goings.
Anita and Rob Glover, New South Wales
Once again a big thanks for the opportunity to holiday in Montone. We were very pleased that we opted for 2 weeks.
We will certainly spread the good word for you. Thanks again.
Julie Shillington, New South Wales
We had a fantastic week at Montone. Our youngest boy made a friend while playing soccer. Thanks again for all the info in the apartment [il Balcone]. It was a great help to us. We would love to return one day.
Helen and Keith Bell, Victoria
Dear Steve & Michele,
Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity to experience life in a small Italian village, a dream of ours for some time... We looked forward each day to our pre-dinner limoncello in Bar Erba Luna and Guido's panini porchetta were "to die for"... After heading out most days to surrounding towns, we looked forward to coming "home" to Montone + our balcony apartment which was fabulous....
Thanks again for a unique experience that will reamin with us forever.
Joan & David Hart, New South Wales
We and our son and his girlfriend had a wonderful week in Montone.
We had intended to use our time in Montone to visit all the little towns around but in fact enjoyed a few peaceful days as well. What a gorgeous spot - the town was delightful.
Rosemary & Don Yule, Queensland
Appartamenti Arietani are the apartments in heaven. As another couple we met remarked "is it possible to get any more beautiful than this?" as we looked out over the stunning countryside.
The apartment (la Mansarda) was so welcoming after some really dodgy hotels we had stayed in - so comfortable and clean.
The restaurants were great & the little grocery had everything except Dilmah tea.
I can easily see how Montone could become an obsession. It will be hard for anything else to compare.
John & Ann Shackleton, Victoria
The apartment (il Balcone) was excellent in location and facilities. We really did enjoy our time there. Montone proved to be a delightful village, a good place to just relax & set out to discover northern Umbria.
We certainly will recommend your accommodation to our friends and hope that one day we may return.
Doug & Pam Timmins, New South Wales
Dear Stephen & Michele,
The apartment (la Mansarda) exceeded our expectations - the furnishings & equipment/facilities were excellent & well up to Australian holiday standards.
Montone was a very pretty location & village - the countryside was beautiful, sunflowers out & fields being "mow" for hay etc. Very restful & plenty of local trips to be made. The restaurants were excellent.
Well done & thank you for your creativity & initiative.
Sally McInnes, Victoria
We loved every minute of our stay in Montone and we are hoping to return again in the very near future.
Steph Taylor, Queensland
Dear Stephen & Michele,
I had a wonderful vacation/study tour in Montone and environs. The accommodation was great, neighbours friendly, locals hospitable; all in all a fabulous trip. I will certainly recommend all your properties to my friends.
Paula & David Stevenson, New South Wales
We had a great stay & enjoyed both being so close to the life of the town & also being able to easily explore the surrounding areas. The days were clear & blue & warmed up nicely for our stay. We had some great meals in the restaurants. We will pass on our recommendations for your apartments.
John & Florence Dawson, New South Wales
We had a marvellous time and found the village and its residents absolutely delightful.
Many thanks for providing this unique experience.
David & Bronwyn Stanley, New South Wales
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Umbria. Your apartment was wonderful and we easily accessed all the areas we wanted to visit. We found the notes in the apartments very helpful.
Dan & Maralyn O'Brien, New South Wales
Ciao Steve and Michele ,
As you know, we had a great time in Montone again - and a big factor in that was the way you have set up Appartamenti Arietani. Just as in 2004, when we spent 5 weeks in Casa Valdeste, we felt very at home in il Balcone. There's plenty of room; it has all the mod-cons (more than adequate room in the kitchen and bathrooms); there's virtually everything you need to keep you occupied during 'down-time' (TV, radio, games, books, etc); it's clean and everything works!
Sharon Rodwell on behalf of a party of 11, Victoria
We loved every moment of our time in Montone. In fact we felt very privileged to share in the life of this little Italian town.
Your apartments (all the apartments plus Casa Valdeste) were perfect in every way. Thank you so much. I'm sure that at least some of us will be back.
Our best wishes.
Rosina & Arthur Knight, New South Wales
We had a lovely time in Montone and will treasure all our memories of the people we met and the beautiful places we visited. The Apartment had everything we needed and I have already recommended it to many people.
Megan & Angus MacIsaac, Victoria
Dear Michele and Stephen,
We are just back in Australia after 3 months in France & Italy. Montone was by far our favourite place. Our 3 weeks there in June were absolutely fantastic, & your apartments are just wonderful. We sampled all the bars & restaurants. We managed to visit most of the major towns, which are so accessible. The locals made us really welcome, even though we speak no Italian. The kids (3 & 5) used the square & streets as their playground. Now we are back in Melbourne, daydreaming about Montone & the beautiful countryside of Umbria.
We are so glad we found your apartments & the village of Montone. Thanks again.
Bob & Isabel Brown, New South Wales
We had a wonderful time in Montone and found the (la Mansarda) apartment well-appointed, providing us with all we needed to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. We were impressed with your ability to anticipate those little things which make the difference. The apartment is perfect for two, airy and bright, with an excellent view of the piazza below. We were fortunate to be in Montone on the last weekend of the festival. The pageantry was magnificent.
Also, thank you for the information you provided, both prior to leaving and in the compendium we found in the apartment. Your directions regarding the surrounding area and, in particular, getting a train to Florence, were invaluable.
As you said, the people in the town were very nice to us and tried to help us where they could.
Finally, we are so pleased to be able to recommend your apartments to our friends. We have also given one of your cards to our travel agent.
Mark Andrew & Liz Grey, Victoria
Many thanks for a marvellous stay in your (la Mansarda)apartment. We completely loved the town, apartment, food, square, & in fact the whole of Umbria. Looking forward to repeating it all next year.
Geoff Collins, New South Wales
We had a fantastic time in Montone and we will return in the future. You have a beautiful property in a beautiful town in a beautiful area.
Sonja & Andrew Harney-Weterkamp, New South Wales
We had a fabulous time in your balcony apartment. Montone was a delight (like living in an Italian film), the people were friendly, the architecture and scenery were all we had hoped for and more, and the church, untouched by renovators, was an experience to be remembered.
To walk into your lovely cool hallway on a 35 degree day and to open the door and find such a lovely, tasteful apartment was the icing on the cake! You certainly made us feel welcome. Thankyou.
Bob & Linda Highett, New South Wales
Dear Stephen and Michele,
Thank you, thank you, thank you! We had the most amazing time in Montone - the absolutely, unquestionably best place we've ever seen. It is so difficult to describe, and the photos definitely cannot do it justice.
We have raved about Appartamenti Arietani to everyone since our return to Australia. Thanks again for everything.
Pamela and Peter Reilly, New South Wales
One of the most wonderful times of our recent holiday was our week in Appartamenti Arietani.
We were extremely happy with the apartments, which were very well equipped. Montone was a delight too, full of interesting things to see and do, without being flooded by other tourists.
The people of Montone were so welcoming and friendly that we felt very much at home. And when they learned that some of us were able to speak a little Italian there was no stopping them.
We ate at four of the restaurants and had excellent meals every time.
We found that there was very little that we couldn't get in Montone: fresh bread in the morning, vegetables, meat and, of course, wine. If we had needed a supermarket, Umbertide was only eight kilometres away.
This really is quite an unspoiled part of Italy. Close to many interesting medieval towns, not on the tourist track, but close to the main road.
We had already visited Montone a few years ago and were struck then by its quiet charm; to live there for a week was terrific. We have of course raved to our friends about the apartments and Montone.
Thank you again for a perfect week.
Gail Robinson, Queensland
We loved our stay in Montone, and the apartment was all we had hoped for and more; we will recommend it to our friends and hope to return in the future.
Peter Blaubaum and Anna Newbigin, Victoria
Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed our stay in your apartment in Montone. The facilities were very good and the location was perfect. Montone is certainly a beautiful town and wonderful to come home to after sightseeing each day.
Ken Smith and Sue Masters, New South Wales
We found Montone a very attractive small town with friendly locals and convenient parking outside the walls, an ideal location for revisiting Perugia, Monterchi, San Sepolcro, Arezzo and Gubbio.
The view from the apartment over Piazza Fortebraccio was great.
Apart from the fact that the apartment is well-equipped, has good plumbing, etc., we appreciated things like the duplicate sets of keys, which make holidays easier to negotiate.
Thanks again for a great week. We look forward to returning.
Glenys Osborne, Victoria
We had a wonderful week in your luxurious apartments and thoroughly enjoyed the village of Montone, the superb surrounding countryside and villages. Many thanks!
Wendy and Peter Stone, New South Wales
We had such a great time in Montone and the mansard apartment was fabulous. We already looking forward to another holiday there, hopefully in the near future, as are friends we have spoken to about our holiday in Montone.
Tony and Berni Briglia, Victoria
We just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay in your little bit of Italian paradise and thank and congratulate you on the way you've set up the (la Mansarda) apartment. We used your helpful instructions when driving and walking in the countryside and deciding on restaurants. And, yes, as you promised, the Montonesi are very friendly.
Calee Eastham, New South Wales
Dear Stephen and Michele, Many thanks for our stay in your gorgeous balcony apartment in Montone. How I love the easy grace of the Montonesi. Bella Italia is truly the place to be - actually and existentially.
Wendy Taylor, New South Wales
After we parked the car we saw this quartet just setting up as we walked through the gate. Thank you for organising such a welcome! We loved the (la Mansarda) apartment with its great fitout, and the wonderful village of Montone.
John Buckingham, New South Wales
We loved the (il Balcone) apartment and Montone, and the location provided the opportunity to do the obvious treks.
While we've spent a few weeks in the area over the last few years, we were totally unfamiliar with Montone. It has a lovely sense of community, and we really enjoyed those moments we spent wandering around, buying at the shops and going to the bars (very convenient!) and restaurants. A great discovery.
Julie O'Donnell, Phyllis and Trish, Victoria
Thank you for enting us your wonderful apartment. We would be happy to recommend your apartments to anyone; we had a wonderful time in Montone.
Narelle and Joe Parker, New South Wales (our first guests)
We recently had the pleasure of spending a week in Montone and we were so impressed we want to congratulate you on the presentation of the accommodation. We stayed in the balcony apartment, overlooking Piazza Fortebraccio. The facilities in the apartment were first class, with every detail attended to. The close proximity of Montone to the surrounding towns and cities made it an ideal base for day trips and enabled us to cover a large area and visit many wonderful places while enjoying the comforts of 'home'.