“Award-winning family hotel in the beautiful Umbrian countryside, with a carefree, communal vibe and great prices”
The rustic 15th-century buildings can accommodate up to 25 families, in either large Family Rooms (an open-plan space with a double bed and 2/3 single beds) or pairs of Inter-Connecting Rooms (a double and a twin) with a shared bathroom.
We stayed in the main house and our 1st-floor room was spotless, with charming original-tiled floors and decorative ceilings. Furnishings are simple, and there are no luxuries (no TVs, DVD players, toiletries etc), but you have lots of space to spread out, and lovely antique drawers and wardrobes for your things. Most importantly, bedrooms are warm in the cooler months and airy and cool in the summer. Bathrooms are mostly small but perfectly functional, with a shower over a bath.
Four of the rooms are in Palazzo Regina, a restored building in Lippiano. It has its own kitchen for making drinks and snacks, but meals are still taken at the main hotel (5 minutes' walk). Rooms here can be booked for shorter stays.
The price is all-inclusive of food and drinks, and meals are taken communally. Breakfast is a simple buffet of cereals, breads, croissants, meats and cheeses, but we'd recommend you skimp on it in order to enjoy the amazing lunches. A bell rings at 1pm and the cooks deliver a vast array of mouthwatering dishes - veggies, salads, sausages and divine homemade pastas (the pesto was particularly memorable).
At 6pm a kids' tea is served in the dining room. This might be more pasta or homemade pizzas. Then, once the kids are in bed, olives and nibbles appear, before a 4-course adult dinner is served, along with plenty of wine. In summer this is all outside; in winter in the dining room or kitchen. Popular dishes include steak cooked on a wood fire, truffled tagliatelle and plenty of fresh fish.
On Thursdays the restaurant is closed, but you can still help yourself to snacks from the communal kitchen for breakfast. There is a local bar for light meals, or staff can help you order a takeaway / book a restaurant (and a babysitter).
Villa Pia is a family hotel. Guests come on an all-inclusive basis; children under 2 stay for free. There is masses to entertain kids both indoors and out, and heaps of useful equipment to borrow (see below). The adult dining area in the evening is within monitor distance. Best for 0-7 year-olds.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Family Rooms are for families of up to 5; open-plan with a double bed, and 2/3 single beds or a baby cot. The Inter-connecting Rooms are sets of 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin, with space for an additional bed or baby cot).
By arrangement (extra cost).
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Three child-friendly buffets a day (including a 6pm kids' tea).
The communal kitchen has a fridge full of water, milk, yoghurt, ice, baby puree, wine and beer, plus there are cereals, bread, fresh fruit, a coffee machine, liqueurs, spirits and more for you to help yourself to 24/7. The hotel has a washing machine, which guests can use one day a week.