Honeymoon review: Tenuta di Murlo Estate, Umbria

PW’s Zoe escapes to the culture-rich Italian region in search of rest and relaxation

Honeymoon review: Tenuta di Murlo Estate, Umbria
The beautiful Tenuta di Murlo Estate

Nestled in the breathtaking Umbrian hills, as soon as we arrived at the Tenuta di Murlo Estate we knew we were in for a treat.

With stunning views as far as the eye can see and an amazingly-resorted interior, our home for our three-day visit, Villa Caminata, wouldn’t look out of place on the pages of an interior design magazine!

The rustic, traditional-style kitchen has everything you need to whip up a culinary delight, but if that’s too much effort, you can also choose an in-villa dining experience with meals prepped from Il Caldaro restaurant, or even your own private butler and chef service, if you really don’t want to venture far! Situated at the bottom of the Estate, the restaurant serves up dishes with ingredients sourced from the Murlo grounds, however ‘when in Rome’ as the saying goes… pizza was the only choice for us, baked in the medieval oven – and of course washed down with a glass of red!
Every morning we were spoilt by the breakfast laid out for us. Just the fuel we needed for days spent exploring the Estate, which includes its own castle and olive groves. The Estate is also the perfect base to venture out to the surrounding historic places of Assisi and Perugia… where we certainly walked off the pizza!

The wonderfully-attentive staff were always on hand to help – offering guided walks around the Estate, bicycle hire, fishing, shooting lessons, Italian cooking lessons and even truffle foraging. Amazing.

With a choice of five villas which have all been lovingly restored, including Villa Torre; the rebuilt ruins of the Estate’s medieval defence tower which boasts a super-cool roof terrace, this really is a go-to place for those seeking a taste of Italy’s rustic beauty. In fact, why not go the whole way and actually tie the knot there? The wedding pics would be awesome!

Prices from €1,200 per week for a cottage, €1,400 for an apartment and €2,900 for a villa. For more information, visit

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