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Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for 5 nights in May for a trip of many purposes.

First we were celebrating my sister's 30th birthday, second we were visiting my Italian family who live in Gubbio and finally we came to see the Ceri festival (15th May).

We were a group of 3 couples and when we arrived we were each shown to an apartment comprising of a kitchenette/diner/living space a double bedroom and a bathroom (no bath, only a shower but this is fine for us).

The sofa could be converted to a sofa bed, there was a decent sized fridge, a double ring electric hob, oven, cooking and dining Ware for 4 people and a sink. (no washing up stuff provided).

We were all paying a rate of €90/night using booking.com which we thought was excellent value for not only such a nice well kept place, but considering the popularity of the ceri festival and it's proximity to Gubbio town centre (about 15/20 minutes in the car and very easy roads through Cipoletto).

The grounds were beautiful. Jasmine, rose and rosemary bushes line the road and car park and lawn edges and surround the pool area. All of the lawns are well maintained which is very difficult in Italy and provides the lush green environment.

It was a cool May when we visited but we never were very cold but then again we never sat out for long in skimpy outfits. Its not so high in the hills to be a major factor but having something a bit more covered up for the evenings should you wish to sit out isn't a bad idea. Also, at other times of the year, I am unsure of what the midges situation will be. However, I did come here for my cousin's wedding in August and had no problems with temperature or midges and it was blooming gorgeous!

The restaurant is excellent both for taste, quality, portions and value.

The traditional tasting menu which comprises of a meat and cheese plaster typical to the region (brustingi and crescia bread) followed by a truffle lasagnette, meat skewers (spiedini) and a gorgeous cake and crème brulee cost us €28/head (before wine and bottled water). As a comparison, a distinctly average similar menu in picchio verde in Gubbio cost us €28/head and the wine was awful and we had to pay a cover/service charge on top. Between 6 of us we had 3 bottles of wine (not all house and please don't judge us!) and several bottles of mineral water "frizzante". The quality and set up was more of a fine dining experience and we thoroughly enjoyed it! And no cover charge or tip Required! The benefit this night was that noone needed to drive so we could all enjoy a drink and we weren't rushed around either. The setting us beautiful too so it really was a win-win situation.

The restaurant was quiet, but the day we went, the whole resort was, but don't let that be a judge of anything!

On the point of food, our breakfast was included and was taken in a small specifically set up building just past reception on most days but there was another room in reception on the day of the festival when the hotel was busier.

Typically it consisted of a choice of cases and crostata (pie/tart... Fruit or Nutella) freshly baked mini pastries such as Danish, croissants, pain au chocolate etc. Also available, w couple of cereals; one sugary like coco pops the other healthier like alpen style muesli. Fresh fruit available every day (never saw bananas though!) flavoured yoghurt pots and a bowl of natural plain yoghurt, milk etc. Fresh fruit juices (although always a mixed juice). Fresh slices of prosciutto crudo (cured but bit cooked Italian style ham), brie or camembert, and small petits pain available for bread. (this was something I found a bit disappointing as fresh Italian bread is delightful in the morning with some butter and jam).

There was a self service bean to cup coffee machine which produced a perfectly decent cup of coffee and there were tea making facilities too. A selection if gluten free and normal biscuits were available and if course a selection of jams. Water was bottled only, sparkling(frizzante) or still.

In terms of other good to know bits.

WiFi in most of the public areas was available but due to the nature of the building construction, it could be really hit or miss. For example, one part of the room you'd gave full signal strength, and 2 metres away you'd lose it completely. Mine seemed to work best outside of my apartment! But then again I was only using it to communicate with my Italian family who use what'sapp to make plans so this was OK. Internet signal and generic reception on my phone was intermittent and Internet barely usable but my husband found it fine (we're on the same network but haven't different makes of phone). However it wasn't a problem for making calls or sending sms messages.

Be aware that there is a €1.50 tourist tax per person per day and this will be at any hotel although the rate may be different. Factor this in as extra. It must be paid in cash.

Take some simple games like a deck of cards or similar, buy some beer or wine and snacks in one of the supermarkets in Gubbio and have a nice night up at the coldimolino in your apartment and don't spend loads of money. We had a few good nights back at the hotel after dinner in Gubbio playing cheat and other games. However be aware that at certain times, the shops cannot sell alcohol, the evening of the 14th May through to the morning of the 16th May of every year is an example.

The town's market is open on Tuesdays.

You must have a car really to get to the Coldimolino because it is out of town and as the name suggests, in the country! The road leading up to it is signposted sufficiently. The road surface leading upto it is average to poor and partly a gravel/dirt track. Be aware that local pets may not move off the road readily (like dogs) so drive carefully.

There is parking just outside the complex but you can drive your car right outside the apartments etc so you can save humping and dumping your luggage for a few hundred metres if you wish.

Toiletries consist of two bottles of a nice olive oil extract based shower gel and shower caps.

Towel bale is one large but a little bit thin bath sheet and 2 Italian style (linen) towels.

Toilet paper economic style but good (weird comment to make I know but if you go you'll understand!)

Apartment cleaned daily by staff and bed made up.

TV un bedroom, channel 11 is the local TV channel.

Why not 5*?

Because the pool wasn't clean enough to take a dip. I appreciate they may think clients think it's too cold in May but as British people, the day we declared pool day, we hoped to swim but there were too many "creatures" in it to make me not want to! This pool was sparkling clean when we visited in August.

The walls between apartments weren't adequately sound proofed. Whereas we weren't disturbed at any point by next door we could hear them washing up and chatting in their living space. Also, the people in the apartment above made a lot of noise on the mornings and made dust fall on the floor in our bedroom! I don't know if they were just noisy, heavy footed clients or that is just how the structures made it seem!

Also, towels weren't changed for the duration of our stay. I would normally expect them to be changed once every 3 days in a hotel.

Other than those minor points (and that is nit picking) this is an excellent good value place to stay in Umbria! It is also super excellent for weddings... The rood I had in August not only was plentiful but out of this world excellent and I am very critical normally about places to eat. This really hits the mark and exceeds it's reputation. Food absolutely excellent.

Date of stay: May 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank PlaneGirl88
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Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

We have rented a 2 bedroom appartment here for a stay of 4 days.
Very friendly reception, nice surrounding and great view over the hills. Had a great breakfast.
Appartment was good but very basic.
For a short stay a perfect place to be....quiet but in 15 minutes in Gubbio center...

Date of stay: April 2016
Trip type: Travelled with family
1  Thank RobH3522
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

We have spent just a night at Coldimolino, but we will never forget about it. Everything was perfect, the location is amazing, there is a wonderful view and the place is very quiet. The atmosphere is wonderful, perfect for romantic stays. We also took advantage of the swimming pool, which was really nice. There are also tennis courts in loco for those who might be interested. The breakfast was excellent, high quality food and service. Also, the people were very friendly and professional, the atmosphere just great. Definitely one of our best choices.

Date of stay: July 2013
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Thank elenacC4335SR
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Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

We still do know know if we loved it so much as we arrived there after a pilmigrage of 35 km just before the rain started, but we had the impression of reching paradise! The hotel is really amazing, great 360 view of the hills, very nice and confortable room. Very friendly andhelpful staff. We had dinner in the restaurant which was very good quality and fairly priced. Fully reccomended.

Date of stay: April 2014
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank iCharlie79
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Overwhelming place to stay, superb view, excellent food, nice people. many thanks to Maurizio and the whole crew.

Room tip: You have the choice between deluxe rooms in the main house and appartments in the annex. I prefer the main hiuse for it's authentic style.
Date of stay: August 2011
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Narciso_Fumanti
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