Take a relaxing stay in a medieval village tucked away in the soft rolling hills of Umbria. A jewel of hospitality located just near the town of Todi, Borgo Petroro provides a charming country stay where visitors can slow down and unwind away from crowds and traffic while easily reaching some of the regions most coveted attractions. With its topnotch Michelin star restaurant, elegant accommodations, warm furnishings, and inviting spa, this makes for an ideal weekend getaway with all of the pampering.
Characterised by a majestic charm, this country estate is housed right within the walls of one of Umbria’s authentic medieval castles. Once a manor dating back to the thirteenth century, today the buildings have been renovated and designed to enhance the history of the castle. For anyone hoping to take some time to step away from the frenetic and take in some of Italy’s most picturesque countrysides, Borgo Petroro offers it all from the most modern amenities to a real piece of history.
Days can be spent enjoying the green heart of the region, while walking, hiking, or biking. Wine lovers can asp discover the wines of the territory on the nearby Sagrantino Wine Road, while culture lovers will appreciate the close location to the historic cities of Perugia, Orvieto, and Todi.
Guests can also take time to unwind, and dedicate some time to wellness and relaxation at Borgo Petroro’s L’Armeria spa, which offers saunas, Turkish baths, emotional showers, a jacuzzi, and a series of treatments to truly indulge mind and body.
Evenings become a food lover’s delight with carefully crafted selections served in an enchanting and elegant ambiance. As the sun sets, guests can cross the inner courtyard to the former stable of the village, now a intimate and cozy space dedicated to tastings of Umbrian wines, cheeses, and meats. From there, the culinary experience continues in location’s temple of taste – Locanda Petreja. The restaurant, curated by chef Oliver Glowig and named for the Gens Petreja of Ancient Rome, is a warm and welcoming area where diners can enjoy the unique flavors of the region showcased in a series of dishes inspired by tradition but renewed in a contemporary key.
The chef’s menus combine the absolute quality of raw materials, treated with wisdom, technique, and creativity. Appetizers highlight seasonal ingredients from the territory, fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade beads, and the Norcia truffles typical of Umbria.
Getting to mains, the pasta dishes are a must-try served with mouthwatering ingredients such as flavourful tomatoes, mussels, local vegetables, fresh seafood, and herbs. Try the mixed pasta with mussels, local field peas, candied tomatoes, and fried rosemary for a real mouthwatering experience.
The second courses rely on the quality local ingredients to create flavorful dishes with character. A standout, the pork served with spelt polenta, asparagus, lemon, lavender and chili pepper jelly and mustard seed sauce offers that balances acid, fresh, and spicy notes that cut the savory notes of the meat.
Of course, the dessert menu is not to be missed either, with its scrumptious inspirations and special pairings.
Finally, the desserts, also mirror and celebrate the territory: the inevitable chocolate comes alive in “Bacio, milk chocolate and hazelnut semifreddo” inspired by the classic chocolate, in shape and flavor, while the Umbrian lentils are proposed in the unusual guise of “Lentil ice cream with creamy white chocolate sour, rhubarb and strawberries”, a sweet born as a game to give satisfaction to the desire to give prominence to this typical legume.
A menu with infinite nuances of taste to be tasted in an environment that reflects the ancient tradition of Umbria: the sculpture of a knight is placed in the center of the restaurant, in the main room from which it takes its name (sala del cavaliere), together with an ancient press and a wagon used in the past to transport hay. The restaurant is completed by two other rooms: the stable and the noble room.
After dinner, Borgo Petroro welcomes guests in 12 rooms and suites, each furnished in a different way, with unique antique pieces, including wrought iron lamps, tapestries and trompe l’oeil paintings, furniture in reclaimed wood, a tribute to the Made in Italy craftsmanship that you can breathe in every detail. All rooms overlook the surrounding countryside or the charming courtyard, between the smell of wood logs of what was once the public oven and the boundless horizon that invites contemplation.
The welcome is warm and familiar, thanks also to the wood inserts in the stone walls and the large fireplaces in the common rooms. In the Archbishop’s room, you can let yourself be carried away by a relaxing atmosphere in front of a cup of tea, infusion or coffee offered in an interesting selection of herbal teas and 16 varieties of coffee from all over the world or by reading an interesting book or playing board games.