Castello di Baccaresca is the ideal starting point to get to know the Umbrian countryside. Set in a rural location surrounded by nature, around a 30-minute drive from Gubbio. As you'll have already noticed, the hotel was previously a castle. It's a pretty impressive sight as you first approach, driving along the winding path amongst the trees, until it appears ahead on the hilltop.
The gardens surrounding the castle building are vast - we loved taking evening strolls through them, just before the sun goes down. You'll find the pool out here. There's lots of comfy sun loungers where you can relax while you enjoy the views across the Umbrian Valley. Inside the renovated building you can still feel the history of the place - it's elegant and characterful, with antiques and paintings to admire as you wander through. The rooms are all unique - in some you can still see the original features of the castle.
If you're coming to Umbria to try the delicious food and local wines, then this is the place for you. The restaurant serves the best of Umbrian cuisine - we can't stop thinking about the gnocchi with gorgonzola and walnuts we had there. When it comes to the wine, they have a great selection and will even organise a tasting session for you if you like.
A real highlight of the hotel though, is the wellness Centre that’s equipped with a steam room Finnish sauna, whirlpool and treatment rooms - it's the perfect place to relax (reservations are recommended).
Car hire is recommended for this hotel. Castello di Baccaresca is approx. 2 hours 30 mins from Rome Airport or 3 hours from Pisa Airport.