Borgo della Marmotta
Style Rooted in rusticity
Setting Picturesque Poreta hillside
Borgo della Marmotta is the kind of hotel you lose your heart to: a 17th-century hamlet set amid 12,000 olive trees, with views of Spoleto Valley and deliciously romantic rooms.
Need to know
- Rooms 20, including six suites.
Double rooms from $176.37 (€136), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
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- More details Rates include breakfast (a generous Continental spread), served in what was once an animal pen (don't worry, it was a while ago).
- Facilities Gardens, library, WiFi in communal areas (€2 an hour). In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar and Erbario Toscano products.
- Poolside A vine-clad pergola leads to the Bondi-blue T-shaped pool, surrounded by lush greenery and overlooking Poreta and Castello di Spoleto. Dark wood recliners punctuate the pool edge, blending in with the trees and shrubbery. Guests should note that the outdoor, unheated pool is open seasonally, from 10 May–6 October.
- Check-out 9am. Earliest check-in, 10.30am. Reception is open between 9am–1pm and 2pm–8pm.
- Children This hotel is better suited to couples.
- Also Treat your dog to the holiday of a lifetime, by bringing him/her along too.
- Hotel closed Over Christmas.
Food and drink at Borgo della Marmotta
Only breakfast is served here, but the owners make sure that it counts, providing a delicious – mainly home-made – spread of sweet croissants, conserves, cold cuts and cheeses. The breakfast room has plenty of original details: intricate stone work, a beamed ceiling, and an imposing fireplace. When it comes to lunch and dinner, ask Filippo for recommendations.
- Dress code Fit farmer: linen and lumberjacks. If you’ve always had a yen to do so, now is the time to wear a straw hat and dungarees.
- Top table Rise early to nab one of the tables outside, and watch the hens pecking around the garden. Clusters of olive trees provide plenty of shady options, too.
- Room service None – this is a very relaxed affair.
There’s no set bar, but there’s a respectable line-up of spirits on a tray in the cosy lounge. Just help yourself, and log your liquors.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More...
Borgo della Marmotta Loc. Poreta 1, Spoleto, Umbria, 06049
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Our favourite rooms
Opt for a Superior Garden Room, for obvious reasons. All the rooms (each one set in its own building) are sensitively designed, with an emphasis on natural materials: ceilings striped with dark wooden beams, exposed stone walls, terracotta floors, wicker chests, local linen and cotton. Beds are either chunky doubles splashed with colour or delicate four-posters, and all rooms come with a private patio. Filippo’s mother is responsible for the interior design – she even painted the watercolours on the walls.
Leave plenty of room in your suitcase – and fill it with bottles of the hotel’s own olive oil (Moraiolo, Frantoio or Leccino are all luscious blends), squeezed from the plump olives dangling in the garden.
The hotel runs an olive tree adoption scheme – take a tree under your wing (from €100 a year) and you’ll be signing up to a regular supply of Umbria’s ‘green gold’.