CASA VALDESTE: Guests comments about Casa Valdeste
Robert & Diane Jordan, New South Wales
We really enjoyed staying at your casa in Montone. It is in a wonderful village with magnificent views and within easy reach of many major attractions.
The residents of Montone were very kind in welcoming us.
Angela & Terry Hallinan, New South Wales
(An abridged version of a long, lovely letter)
Dear Stephen & Michele,
It is with great reluctance that we return the key - in fact we’ve been hanging on to it for a week to try to prolong the magic it gave us from the minute we opened the front door at Casa Valdeste to the minute we reluctantly pulled the door shut for the last time. Well, we clearly hope it wasn’t the last time ever, as we have already started plotting & schemiong to work out how we can return one day.
You have found, in Montone, a very special place - not only did your house feel like home to us, the village welcomed us as friends and I think this is a testament to the relationship which you must have built with them over the years. ...
... It was the best holiday we have ever had & I’m sure you will be hearing from us or our family again in the future.
Martin & Lynda Collett, New South Wales
We had a wonderful week in Montone; with beautiful and fine spring weather, it was perfect for exploring Umbria. The house was very comfortable and we followed a lot of your local travel suggestions.
Jan & Steve Small, New South Wales
Dear Stephen & Michele,
We want to tell you what a wonderful time we shared with our close friends in Casa Valdeste. Your house was just perfect, amd we couldn't have wished for a more beautiful place to stay, and we had everything we could ever want in the house. Your attention to detail and information was a great help to us. Thanks again for the use of your wonderful Casa Valdeste. We will always remember our stay in Umbria.
Mark & Pam Seller, Victoria
Dear Stephen and Michele,
We had a great holiday in your very well appointed and located house in the lovely little village of Montone. We thoroughly enjoyed the ambience, the restaurants and the countryside.
Vivienne & Peter Wilson, Victoria
We had a wonderful week and were most impressed by your house (home) decorating skills - it truly had all the creature comforts of home and it was so easy to find whatever we needed. We also enjoyed the walks you had highlighted in your information booklet. We'll be delighted to recommend the accommodation to our friends and hopefully will be back there ourselves one day.
Lyn & Allan Mann, Queensland
Dear Stephen & Michele,
We had a wonderful week in Casa Valdeste... and we hope to visit Montone again.
Karen Forrest and John Kikkert, South Australia
Dear Stephen & Michele,
What a wonderful week we had in Casa Valdeste.
We were in Italy for 4 weeks and we both agree that our week in Montone was the highlight. Casa Valdeste was a home away from home and the countryside around Montone is beautiful. We loved the peacefulness of the village and lack of crowds and we wished that we had booked for a longer stay.
Thank you both so much for for creating such a wonderful place to share with others and we hope that one day we may be lucky enough to spend some more time in Montone.
Helen Colman, New South Wales
Dear Stephen & Michele,
We had a wonderful time staying at Montone and Casa Valdeste was excellent. In fact we would loved to have stayed a further five days, but of course it was booked so .... (continued at Casa Libera comments).
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.
Kerry and Stephen Brissenden, New South Wales
Where to begin to thank you for making it possible for us to enjoy such a delightful and special memory-making time in Montone and Umbria.
It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to have been able to call Casa Valdeste 'home', to have been so warmly welcomed by the folk of Montone and to have enjoyed such a glorious springtime in this most beautiful part of the world.
How wonderful to have shopped at Guido and Loriana's little market [Macelleria Naticchi]; to order gelato (in Italian) after dinner, sip caffe latte in the piazza; pick up mail at the post office and take gorgeous photos of that special town. Bella, bella ... bellissima!
Grazie mille for a truly special time, which we will never forget.
Brendan Kierce and Maria Hicks, Victoria
We had a marvellous time in and around Montone, visiting various places and enjoyed the four restaurants in Montone.
After having stayed in a number of cottages in Italy before, an absolute highlight for us was Casa Valdeste. It had everything we needed and a great location. We are certainly considering booking again next year and maybe for a longer period.
We will have lasting memories of a wonderful time in Northern Umbria.
Joanne and Kim Harland, New South Wales
(Extract of letter in the Sydney Morning Herald Travel Section 19-20 March 2005)
In January we found ourselves in the small medieval village of Montone in Umbria, staying at Casa Valdeste for a week. What a wonderful house, which has been thoughtfully renovated by Stephen Jones and Michele Day. The prices are very reasonable, especially for Italy. There was plenty of space for four adults and facilities were all you could ask. The decorations and fittings were excellent and we appreciated the lack of TV, the ability to cook for ourselves using local produce in a kitchen with all the conveniences.
The views were sensational from all windows. This was a perfect place to wind down from a hectic, touristy schedule.
Dianne and Glenn Davies, New South Wales
Dear Stephen and Michele, What a lovely time we had staying in Casa Valdeste in Montone. It is such a lovely part of the country.
We loved all the places we went throughout Umbria and always enjoyed coming back up the hill to Montone after the day out. Parking the car outside the wall and watching the afternoon or evening light on the fields and valleys below gave us great delight and some wonderful photos.
We enjoyed all your maps and information and other guests' comments, and felt envious of those who stayed longer than a week.
The shopkeepers were all very friendly, helpful and patient. We have wonderful memories and marvellous photos of our time spent in Montone and are so pleased we were able to stay in Casa Valdeste.
Trevor and Margot Ling, Victoria
Dear Stephen and Michele, Your wonderful Casa Valdeste was a perfect introduction to Bella Italia for all four of us. Naturally, we'll be telling our friends (but not too many as we'll want to revisit). Incidentally, the house was the best-equipped of all the villas we stayed in, in our three months in Italy and France. With thanks for sharing it with us.
Yvonne Barber, New South Wales
We had a wonderful week in Montone and would certainly recommend it to others. It was an ideal location to explore other parts of Umbria and even Tuscany. The house was very comfortable and quiet, and we especially enjoyed the local ceramic pieces and the travel information, books, etc. The locals were friendly and helpful.
Terry and Wendy Barnett, Victoria
We left your wonderful house in Montone this morning after a fabulous week. The house is terrific; you have renovated it to a very high standard. The village suited us perfectly and it was such a bonus to arrive for the last two days of the festival [la Donzione della Santa Spina].
Ross and Judith Trewin, New South Wales
Dear Stephen, We really enjoyed our time in Montone and appreciated the thought that you and Michele have put into equipping the house - a real home from home! It was so pleasant to walk into such an inviting and attractively decorated place, and after hotel rooms the space was great. The quality kitchen inclusions made cooking a breeze. Montone is in an ideal position for exploring so many wonderfully interesting places, but we were always so happy to return to one of the prettiest and friendliest little towns one could imagine.
Dan and Maralyn O'Brien, New South Wales
Steve & Michele, We'd like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to experience life in an Italian town, and for going to so much trouble to make Casa Valdeste a second home. We felt we were at home from the moment we set foot inside the door, and when it was time to leave, there were almost a few tears. We're looking forward to returning to Montone in the near future. We're sure your new venture [Appartamenti Arietani] will be as successful as Casa Valdeste.
Sue Taylor and Ian Peter, Queensland
Dear Steve and MIchele, Thank you so much for the best holiday ever! We loved every minute of Umbria and feel that we have experienced something incredibly special and unique. Montone is beyond words. How could anyone understand without visiting? Casa Valdeste was so beautiful and comfy; you've done a great job.
Michael Moore, New South Wales
What a gem you have in Casa Valdeste! We had the most wonderful week. Not only was the town of Montone a real find, with views to die for in all directions, but the house itself was a tremendous surprise. We felt privileged to be staying in such superior accommodation. You have certainly done a magnificent job on the renovations and the result will be a joy to anyone staying there in the future. To sit up in bed in the mornings and look straight out the window to the distant hills was a dream come true. We enjoyed every bit of Montone, tried all the local restaurants, shopped in all the local shops, visited the museum, and walked all over the town several times. We also went to several surrounding towns but always had the joy of returning to Casa Valdeste. Many, many thanks for a memorable stay. We enjoyed every moment.
Yvonne and Geoff Schroder, Victoria
We're having a splendid time in Montone - what a treasure, with fabulous views of the surrounding valley. Everything perfect... Casa Valdeste is heaven.
Rodney Eve, New South Wales
We had a very enjoyable week at Casa Valdeste and are sorry that we didn't stay longer ... perhaps next time. The villa is certainly delightful and extremely well equipped ... far beyond our expectations. Montone provided some interesting moments including an archery tournament the weekend we arrived. We would certainly recommend Casa Valdeste without any hesitation.
Kerrie Graham, New South Wales
We have arrived at number 18 [Casa Valdeste], we absolutely love it. From the first moment we walked in we knew we would have THE best time here in Umbria. Everything in the house is lovely. You have done yourselves very proud.
Sandra Dandie, New South Wales
We arrived back from our 6 week holiday last week and wanted to let you know how wonderful we found Montone and especially Casa Valdeste. We stepped into Casa Valdeste and were blown out by the quality and thoughtfulness of your renovations and at how well appointed the house was. We really felt at home and it was a welcome break from an otherwise hectic schedule. With going on a number of day trips while staying in Montone, it was really great to have such a comfortable and pleasant base to return to in the evening. We would love to have stayed a lot longer! Montone is such a lovely place to just walk in and around. Thank you again.
Stan Gibbs, New South Wales
We shall always remember with pleasure our two weeks spent in Casa Valdeste. Situated in the centre of the beautiful hilltop village of Montone. Casa Valdeste is a faithfully restored and elegantly furnished and decorated house. It provided a wonderful base from which we were able to experience the rhythm of village life and explore the fertile valleys, hilltop villages and interesting cities of Umbria and Tusacany.
We also wish to thank the many guests who have left lovely comments as well as recommendations about restaurants and places to visit in a guest-started guests' book in Casa Valdeste. Your comments really make us believe that what we are doing is worthwhile.
Michele Day and Stephen Jones