Relais Cantico della Natura ****
Peace, harmony, relaxation, and wellbeing await guests of the Relais Il Cantico della Natura. In Montesperello di Magione, in Umbria, the farm stay stands on a hillside overlooking Lake Trasimeno. The Relais is a 17th century farmhouse, which was originally built as a convent and later converted to an agricultural residence being abandoned after the Second World War. The characteristic aspect of that period remains intact, made of magnificent local stones. Carefully restored in recent years, and furnished with late 19th century antiques, the farmhouse consists of one main building and two smaller outbuildings that create a small rural hamlet. Outside there is a large swimming pool and outdoor furniture that blend harmoniously with the surrounding environment, reflecting the eco-compatibility of the accommodation, which was among the first to join the Ecoworld Hotel network. Inside, guests will find services and amenities worthy of a refined hotel, including a Wellness Centre with a sauna, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, and a room for beauty treatments and massages. The restaurant serves the very best of authentic local cuisine, while on the property and in the surrounding area, there are many recreational and sports activities available, as well as the towns around Lake Trasimeno, Umbria and Tuscany to explore.
Installed in what was once the cellar of the 17th century farmhouse, the Spa of the Relais Cantico della Natura contains a sauna, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, and a treatment and massage room. Some of the most exclusive treatments are the olive oil therapy and chocolate therapy. There are several wellness packages available for single, couples, and groups.
The Relais Cantico della Natura has a range of accommodation types to suit the specific needs of each guest. The 7 rooms and 2 Junior Suites are named after the months of the year and are all equipped with air conditioning, a fan, a telephone, satellite TV, a minibar safe, kettle, and cabled and wireless internet connection. There are also 3 Suites with a fireplace, lounge, a four-poster bed, and lake view. Another suite is located in an outbuilding in the olive grove, with a private garden area, and another, with an old wrought iron bed and 18th century wardrobe, has an old cast iron stove still in perfect working condition.
The Restaurant of the Relais Cantico della Natura spreads over different areas of the farmhouse: from the atmospheric interior dining room, to the outdoor patio surrounded by an age old olive grove, to the swimming pool terrace and gazebos erected for special occasions, to a suite where a couple can book a romantic dinner in complete privacy. The à la carte menu is constantly changing so that it uses fresh seasonal products in dishes inspired by local gastronomic tradition. The restaurant also caters for children and those with special dietary requirements.
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The Relais Cantico della Natura overlooks Lake Trasimeno, one of the most important nature reserves in Italy. It is a territory with a rich variety of fish and birds, and the typical flora and fauna of the Mediterranean scrub. The lake contains three islands, which are certainly worth a visit, starting from Isola Maggiore, which is connected to the other two islands by a ferry service. The most popular towns around the lake are Castiglion del Lago and Passignano, both of great historical and artistic interest and favourite holiday destinations for tourists from all over the world. Nearby, there is also Città della Pieve, with its medieval centre and cultural attractions such as the Cathedral, the Church of S. Francesco, and the Oratory of Santa Maria dei Bianchi. The Relais is also within easy reach of the great cities of art such as Arezzo, Assisi, Perugia, and Siena.