Hotel Castello di Petroia is a very beautiful IX century authentic medieval fortress with beautifully decorated and comfortable rooms. The word "castle" conjures up something austere but on the contrary, the rooms are all extremely comfortable, beautifully decorated with wonderful furniture and high standard en-suite facilities. The oak doors are all double to ensure a peaceful night's sleep. The public areas include an interesting library, comfortable sitting areas and a wonderful terrace overlooking the Umbrian countryside. When we saw the covered roof terrace on the very top of the castle with its magnificent 360 degree outlook, we knew this would make the perfect base for a painting holiday. This 1000 year old Fortress's claim to fame is that it is the birth place of the famous Federiko da Montefeltro (Duke of Urbino). The stunning views inspired artists such as Piero della Francesca and Perugino and are recognisable in their work. The hotel is surrounded by 800 hectares of land with many marked walking trails and horseriding can be organised. The hotel has a large swimming pool. When weather doesn't permit al fresco dining, guests will use the cosy candle-lit restaurant. The restaurant is very well known for its excellent food as the hotel chef, Massimo Carleo, trained under the famous chef Gualtiero Marchesi.
" The castle was absolutely beautiful and peaceful. The tuition by Charles Mitchell very good and studio lovely with spectacular views. The food was delicious and the service by the hotel staff absolutely first rate, given with great warmth and charm. Loved the pool and the quiet places to relax and read a book in the afternoon. My friends also enjoyed the holiday very much and we want to come again with your company, as the whole experience was very well organised with two lovely people Charles and Sheila.”