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“A wonderful house with a most welcoming hostess”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of L'Ombricolo

L'Ombricolo
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L'Ombricolo
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“A wonderful house with a most welcoming hostess”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2011

We stayed at L'Ombricolo for 4 nights in September 2011 and can't recommend it highly enough. It's in a stunning location and has been renovated to a high standard in a very comfortable rather than chic style. The owner, Dawne, could not do enough to make our stay enjoyable. She cooked the most delicious meals and ate with us which we enjoyed very much as she is such an interesting lady. The website indicates there are dogs in the house and cats outside which made for a very homely atmosphere and was one of the reasons we chose to stay there. We will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2010

Dawne is an excellent cook. Splurge for dinner and you won't regret it. L'Ombricolo is a peaceful place off the beaten track with easy access to many wonderful sights. (Civita di Bagnoregio is one to visit....but don't forget the Monster Park in Bomarzo!)
Belinda and Luna will welcome you as only the best 4-legged friends can. They are lovely, well-behaved dogs that made it feel like home for us.
L'Ombricolo was a wonderful find. The story of its creation is part of it's charm. Be sure to inquire about it's history.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank andiamoaitalia
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Naples, Italy
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19 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2010

We spent a few days at L'Ombricolo over Easter 2010. L'Ombricolo it's a great country house, renovated with taste and care over the years by Dawne who is an excellent and extremely caring host. We were treated to great breakfasts and dinners. The house is in a beautiful spot of the italian countryside right at the boundary between Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria. Bomarzo, Orvieto and many other gems can be easily reached by car. Definitely the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy some treasures of the Italian Renaissance.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank mariodibi
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Coventry, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2010

We arrived in L'Ombricolo after a long and tiresome journey to a gem of a place. The welcome was warm and inviting and the house was beautiful, with views to die for. We stayed for two nights and ate with Dawne, whose cooking skills are second to none. We thorougly recommend this place to anybody wishing for a relaxing stay with fantastic food.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank juliefarrugia
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2008

If you are looking for an anonymous hotel then this is not the place for you. If however, you want to stay somewhere a little different then this is the place. The atmosphere is relaxed and home from home with most conversations taking place around the kitchen table! Dinner has a real dinner party atmosphere, providing the opportunity to mix with other travellers and local friends invited in by Dawne the host. The traditional italian 5 course dinner is second to none and includes sparking wine to kick of the evening and limoncello to finish. The 5 rooms are comfortably furnished with the 2 downstairs providing access directly to the sprawling grounds. The property is ideally placed for exploring the area around Orvietto and Dawne is more than willing to make table reservations and provide itinerary suggestions, as required.

PS Beware if you do not like dogs, here like the guests 'Luna' and 'Belinda' are treated as members of the family!

  • Liked — Relaxed atmosphere
  • Disliked — Putting on weight due to the fabulous dinners
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2007

This guest house is not only gorgeous (it has been featured in Architectural Digest and Karen Brown's Romantic Inns for good reason), but very comfortable and peaceful. The website pictures are very accurate. The bathroom was very modern and came equipped with a fluffy bathrobe-a touch I always appreciate.

The hostess Dawne is very welcoming and is a terrific cook as well. We thouroughly enjoyed aour wonderful dinner with her. She has lived a most fascinating life in both the UK and Italy and we loved hearing about it over dinner. She was also most helpful in providing maps and directions for taking the most scenic route to our next destination.

This is the perfect spot to relax and get over jet lag on arrival from Rome, or to take in the peaceful and lush setting before heading home. Located an easy 90 minutes from FCO, it is easy to find and a good location from which to explore the southern towns of Umbria and parts of Lazio. Especially Cita di Bagnoregio which is about a 15 minute drive.

I will always think about staying here on my way from or to Rome if I have travel plans in the area. Highly recommended both for the lovely house and setting and for the very friendly and accomadating hostess.

  • Liked — Its' beauty, comfort and friendly hostess
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank colk
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MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2006

My wife and I along with my brother and sister-in-law made a brief stop at L'Ombricolo on our intense two-week whirlwind Italy tour. We were in this part of the country primarily to visit the dying city, Civita di Bagnoregio, which was a sublime experience for all of us. We arrived a little late on the first night, but our hostess Dawne had a magnificent meal ready for us. If you leave her table wanting for anything, it is truly your own fault.

While we all enjoyed the food and wines immensely, we found our hostess to be more than a little stodgy and quite rude at times because we were apparently not as sophisticated or cultured as she. She rolled her eyes at our various cultural blunders and corrected our Italian mispronunciations like a second-grade grammar teacher. I also think she was dismissive of us because we were much younger than she or her "average" guest. No matter though because we managed to spend relatively little time with her except for her rather annoying little habit of taking her own dinner right along with us on both evenings we were there. If we would have known that, we would have undoubtedly arranged for dinner out on the second night. It was also quite strange to see how she treated her man-servant, Oleg, who we found to be very pleasant however eccentric he may seem.

Overall, the house itself is wonderfully restored and we enjoyed our rooms with their comfortable beds and quaint furnishings. The sitting rooms were very plush with live fires in the grand fireplace on both nights and more than enough food and drink to satisfy everybody. Breakfasts were equally enormous with a bounty of fresh fruits/yogurt/croissants/etc. Do try the persimmons...you'll thank me later. Just keep your interactions with Dawne to a minimum and you'll have a great time. Trust me.

  • Liked — the food and wine
  • Disliked — read the review
  • Tips/Secrets — ditto
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
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Property: L'Ombricolo
Address: Localita Ombricolo 1, 01020, Viterbo, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Province of Viterbo > Viterbo
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Ranked #35 of 39 Speciality Lodging in Viterbo
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Number of rooms: 5

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