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For details about renting Casa dell’Ortolano (The Garden House) or Il Casale (The Farm House) see the Rentals section. Casa dell’Ortolano has been receiving guests since 2007 whereas Il Casale had its first rental season in 2014. Here is a sample of what those who have stayed at Casa Nova have written in the Guestbooks we keep here, or in online reviews about it:-

For other recent reviews, see our listings on Facebook, Trip Advisor and VRBO (Casale; Ortolano).


“Absolutely amazing and very family friendly. [Casa dell’Ortolano] I can’t begin to express how this home made me feel. The sunrises and sunsets could not have been more beautiful.  The grounds were spacious and well kept...Fresh pomegranates too!...My kids loved the bio-pool...”  (On Trip Advisor)

“[Il Casale]...The perfect place to gather family and friends for long lunches and even longer dinners siting on the terrace and basking in the glorious views...  The infinity pool is truly glorious...” (On Trip Advisor)

“I don't have the right words to express how wonderful our stay at Casa dell’ Ortolano was.” (On VRBO)

“The perfect peaceful holiday home, [Casa dell’Ortolano] with an absolutely stunning garden, pool, views and lovely bedrooms all with ensuites...” (On Trip Advisor)

“Our extended family of 15, kids, grown-ups, and grandparents, has truly enjoyed this beautiful house and garden. [Il Casale] Private and peaceful. Well equipped and comfortable.” (On VRBO)

“This was an amazing house to stay with our family for two weeks. The bedrooms and bathrooms are very spacious. [Il Casale] We have several chefs in the family and they made great use of the fully stocked kitchen and the outside pizza oven...” (On VRBO)


“The views were breathtaking, [Casa dell’Ortolano] the natural swimming pool divine and perfect for lengths, the very well equipped kitchen and the wonderful bathrooms.” (On Trip Advisor)


“We absolutely loved the house. [Casa dell’Ortolano] In august it gets pretty hot in Umbria so we spent most of our time at the pool, which was stunning. The views and the sunsets you'll see here are just amazing. Super quiet place too” (On Trip Advisor)


“We simply loved it from start to finish. [Casa dell’Ortolano] The weather was a great backdrop but the star of the show were the house, grounds and pool. We had intended on doing quite a lot of travelling to the many lovely towns and scenic spots in the area but in the end did little as we enjoyed being around the house so much...I was a little wary about the organic pool at first but by the end was totally won over by the eco friendly nature of it even if it meant the odd frog passing you as you were swimming along.” (On Trip Advisor)


“Fabulous place. [Casa dell’Ortolano] Fantastic house with generous bedrooms each en suite. Kitchen to die for and great views.” (On Trip Advisor)

“We have just returned from a wonderful week at Casa Nova. [Casa dell’Ortolano] The hosts had thought of everything from bathrobes and hairdryers to a fantastic array of kitchen equipment fit for a chef. An ideal spot for discovering Umbria and Tuscany with plenty of delightful days out. Alternatively loads of room to relax inside or out in this spacious and extremely comfortable home. We made a great BBQ and picked incredible asparagus from the kitchen garden.” (On Trip Advisor)

“Superb. [Il Casale] Really lovely house, beautifully decorated and really well equipped, esp the kitchen. Bedrooms and bathrooms really high quality. Excellent long views over the valley below. Seating outside on a warm summer evening was blissful. The pool is just like in the picture! So much to see and do in nearby in Umbria and in Tuscany - Gubbio, Arezzo, Assisi, Perugia all fabulous, and near enough for a day's excursion. Ideal for a large group: lots of space, plenty of bedrooms. We have been back once already!” (On Trip Advisor)


“Beautiful comfortable and cosy house with view of the Umbrian mountains. [Il Casale] A group of about 20 of us rented the house for a few days around New Year, and we had a wonderful time. Large comfortable bedrooms, well equipped bathrooms, a lovely kitchen and living room, with 2 dishwashers ....A huge selection of DVDs and big screen TV. Within an hour's drive of Arezzo, Assisi, Perugia.” (On Trip Advisor)


“All the bedrooms [Casa dell’Ortolano], including the ground floor, have very comfortable beds with beautiful bedlinen, good storage and all are airy and light. The bathrooms are luxurious and the kitchen fully equipped...” (On Trip Advisor)

“Wow- amazingly beautiful! [Il Casale] We were a large group of people and loved every minute of it. All of the bedrooms are super –so no squabbling there and there are lots of places to sit, both in and out. The house has been beautifully designed without feeling formal. The kitchen was fantastic and our hosts were very welcoming. The pool is spectacular and big enough to do proper lengths. Even though it was August there was a slight breeze, which was just enough to keep us from seriously overheating. There is so much to do and see nearby and some lovely, reasonable places to eat out. It’s a really special place and we would love to go back” (On Trip Advisor)

“The most beautiful place I've ever stayed!  Sitting watching the sun come up with a coffee in hand, looking over the cloud covered valley is a memory I will never forget!” (On Casa Nova SRL Facebook page)


“Brilliantly conceived and constructed house.  Loved the floors, the bookshelves, the books, the lizards, the cuckoos...etc. Most of all, of course, the views.”

“A delightful stay in such an idyllic spot. The house and views simply stunning. We wouldn’t change a thing. Perfect for our wide age range (9mths - 65 yrs). We hope to return!!”

“Everything we needed was here. We made great use of all the kitchen equipment, especially the pasta machine!”

“The house [Il Casale] is stunning with very tasteful interior décor. The kitchen and appliances were better than home! Clean and quiet, the house is very suitable for a large group or very large family. The pool is fantastic and we only wished that we had been able to spend more time however, we would highly recommend to friends and family looking to stay in the area....” (On Trip Advisor)

“...The house [Casa dell’Ortolano] provided comfortable and well-appointed accomodations for all five members of our group as well as a full kitchen where we cooked most of our evening meals. Our hosts were gracious and helpful. The house also afforded breath-taking views and was situated in a lovely garden. What more could one ask from a guest house in beautiful Umbria!” (On Trip Advisor)

“[Casa dell’Ortolano]...Perfectly appointed rooms, up-to-date kitchen and bathrooms and technology, as lovely as the pictures. We stayed a week and sorry it was not longer. To wake up to the views of the valley covered in fog, which burned off before our drives and to watch the sunset drinking prosecco was heavenly. The family owners love their property and continually work to improve it, as if they could! I hate to tell others to go to Casa Nova because we would like to keep it as a secret for ourselves.” (On Trip Advisor)


“The house is extremely comfortable and the views over the valley fantastic. We had great weather, meaning that we were out exploring or riding vespas every day...”

“...a very comfortable house for four couples travelling together. The kitchen was a very well-equipped cook's kitchen... The house, which was well-situated high above the valley, had great views and it was quite relaxing just to sit and look out over the valley.” (On Trip Advisor.)

“Fantastic base for visiting Umbria and Tuscany! Very clean, comfortable and well stocked. Beautiful veggie garden.” (On Trip Advisor.)

“Beautiful, high-quality accommodation - a magical place.” (On Trip Advisor.)

“Beautiful children friendly house with fabulous views, garden and shallow depth pool, perfect for our non swimming toddler.” (On Trip Advisor.)


“Very relaxing experience! Love the house and the kitchen.  And especially liked the little touches...”

“Almost exactly four years later we came back and it was just as good as we remembered. We had lovely weather and the wildflowers were spectacular...The kitchen is a delight to use.”

“A wonderful week with young boys, a toddler and a baby.  All enjoyed ourselves hugely. Greatly appreciate the thoughtful and pleasing equipment and spacious accommodation.”

“We all had a fabulous week, doing very little but enjoying being at the Garden House. We all want to come back, so watch this space!!”


“A most enjoyable family holiday here in excellent accommodation in wonderful countryside.”

“A restful week in a most comfortable and well equipped house.”


“The location of Casa Nova was great and the views were amazing.  There were so many things to do and see... The atmosphere of the house was warm and cozy which made it easy to settle in.”

“We have enjoyed very much staying in beautiful and comfortable Casa Nova, in company with Pliny’s shade.  We visited many gorgeous towns...”

“Beautiful house and wonderful views... We made Garden House Fig and Chocolate cake...”

“Beautiful house, furnishings and views.  We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay.”

“Another lovely visit to Casa Nova!  Lovely views, weather and company.  What more could one wish for.”

“We leave after 2 wonderful weeks in your beautiful house. The breathtaking views are amazing and were a real joy to wake to each morning...We thoroughly enjoyed all the produce from the gardens...Great central position for cultural visits...”

“All so very comfortable and set in delightful scenery.  We take away many happy memories.”

“Lovely warm house.  Fantastic autumn weather.”


“We have enjoyed the views driving and walking up your hill, the views from our bedroom at all times of day, and particularly on a night with a full moon and mountains of clouds...endless fraises des bois from your homestead with produce from local markets...the wonderful design and livability of Casa Nova...”

“This little piece of heaven has begun to feel like home...we hope to be back and share again in the magic this place offers.”

“Having two small children it could have been very difficult to have a relaxing vacation but the Garden House was perfect for us!”


“It’s a magic place...When we arrived the blossom was still out and the light just heaven...No wonder you love it here!”

“What could be better than this? It truly has been a magical week and we’re all ready to stay MUCH longer.  It’s been gorgeous weather and we’ve been serenaded by the cuckoo and the songthrush by day and the frogs and - wondrous! - the nightingale by night.  Thank you so much for anticipating our every whim...”

“Mid week at the lovely Garden House - a mix of rest and exploring. Such a great spot for roaming through central Italy.  Thanks for the care you take to make us comfortable so far away from home.  The small touches mean a lot.”

“What an amazing week! Broad beans, chickens, quails, pigeons, frogs, cats, doves and fireflies...We all ate ourselves silly and drank in the views. The house is perfect, we wouldn’t change a thing. You have thought of everything.”

“We really enjoyed our stay at Casa Nova.  We loved eating fresh vegetables, especially the tomatoes, and my mum had a wonderful 50th birthday.”

“Absolutely fantastic.  Loved it so much - will return again next year!”

“Brilliant house and swimming pool/garden.”

“Brilliant holiday.  House lived up to expectations and more! Hope to return someday.”

“Magic! We have loved every minute of our stay. A wonderfully comfortable house in one of the world’s most beautiful settings.  I cannot wait to come back.”

One group of guests this year wrote us a song about Casa Nova and performed it at the outdoor theatre.  You can read it here.


“What a wonderful place to return to after a day of touring the Italian countryside.”

“Wow! When can we move in? We’ve loved our week here - your house is beautifully furnished - but still has that home from home feel.  Thank you for providing this cosy retreat for our honeymoon.  It has been a real pleasure dealing with you - your help and assistance both before and during our stay has made all the difference to our Italian experience!! Very best wishes for all future Eden plans and we hope one day to return and see them”

“This has been a fantastic holiday and the best possible introduction to Umbria.  The house has been a great base for us and has a real sense of family and home.  The attention to detail in the design and finish of the house is first class...For our families it doesn’t come better than this and we will be back.”

“A fantastic house with amazing views...Do as suggested and use the fruit around the house - we have made a delicious plum cake...”

“Beautiful house in a beautiful location! Wonderful place for a relaxed holiday.

“The house somehow managed to surpass the expectations set by the Casa Nova website.”

“This really is 5 star accommodation. You have thought of everything and more - even toys for the wee one.  We could have done with three weeks not two weeks as we were torn each day between relaxing here and visiting the many wonderful towns - we would recommend this to anyone.”


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