The Country House Montali

Umbria, Italy

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Gourmet vegetarian country hotel

Hotel/B&B

Country House Montali is a country hotel located on top of a mountain near Lake Trasimeno and Perugia. The hotel is on a 25 acre olive grove surrounded by evergreens.

The hotel is run by a couple, Alberto and Malu, who built the hotel in 1990.

The 10 guest rooms are arranged in three separate single-storey stone buildings, all designed by Malu, an architect who has specialised in restoring historic monuments.

All the rooms are equipped with modern comforts: private facilities, telephone, hand-carved teakwood furniture, original oil paintings, and with patios or verandahs to enjoy the cool evenings breezes and magnificent sunsets. However, the rooms have no TVs.

The hotel also features a swimming pool, as well as a leisure room with a pool table and wi-fi.

The per-guest fee (not per-room) includes a room as well as breakfast and dinner. Lunch is available for an extra fee by letting the staff know in the morning. Dinners are four course meals, including dessert.

Montali is known internationally for its cuisine, and has been featured on the BBC and Dutch TV.

Montali is happy to make vegan meals for guests, and to accommodate food allergies, as long as you let them know your needs when you make your reservation.

Added by Bobby Taylor on Mar 12 07 (last updated Oct 22 12)

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Montali is amazing. My wife and I (both vegan) stayed there for two nights recently, and we loved it.

We ate all our meals there, including lunch, and we spent most of each meal exclaiming at how good the food was. At dinner, they really pull out all the stops, delivering delicious gourmet four course meals. Imagine if Horizons or Dragonfly opened a hotel, and that's Montali.

My one complaint about the food is the tea. I asked for black tea and was given Twinings English Breakfast in a bag. Considering the incredibly high quality of the food and other drinks, this really stuck out as a weakness. I'd love to see Montali offer some quality loose-leaf teas instead.

Both of the owners, Alberto and Malu, are charming and accomodating, and the entire staff was friendly and helpful during our stay. The other guests who were there were also very friendly, and we enjoyed meeting them.

Our room was very nice, with high ceilings and a rustic but modern feel. However, there was something in our room that aggravated my allergies. I'm not sure what, but I suspect the rooms may need more ventilation in the bathroom, as it took a while for the humidity to go away after we showered. Maybe a bathroom ventilation fan is in order?

The grounds of the hotel are absolutely gorgeous. There are great views over the olive grove. We didn't get a chance to explore the nearby countryside, but Lake Trasimeno looked very appealing when we drove by. Overall, staying at Montali is incredibly peaceful. You're in a beautiful remote spot, with friendly staff, and you're served incredible vegan meals. What more could you ask for?

After our first night there, we were already discussing when we'd go back again. Next time, we plan to stay for longer.

If you're planning a trip to Italy anywhere near Montali (or even not near), I can't recommend this place highly enough. I'm sure that it will be one of highlights of your trip.

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Cuisines

  • Italian
  • Eclectic (Varied)
  • Mediterranean

Features

  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Quiet
  • Romantic
  • Wi-Fi

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