We spent a week with our family at the Chiesa del Carmine from June 27th to July 4th, 2015, to celebrate our symbolic wedding on July 2nd, for 30 of our close friends and family. Two words describe our experience – simply phenomenal!! From the moment we arrived and were warmly and professionally greeted by Chrissie, the property manager, we knew we’d made an excellent choice. This was further reinforced when we were given a tour of the farm house and grounds. The property has beautifully manicured gardens, a sparkling swimming pool, stunning vistas, superb accommodations, a well-appointed kitchen, and excellent locations for al fresco dining along with warm and comfortable common areas for gathering with loved ones. The pictures on the website truly reflect what the property is! The Chiesa is also an impressive venue to host a wedding. While we’re sure it can accommodate well over 50 guests, it was very comfortable for our group. Our ceremony was held in the Chiesa and thereafter, aperitifs, appetizers and a five course meal, which was superbly prepared, presented and served under beautiful azure Umbrian skies. Our night finished with dancing into the wee hours. It was a fabulous event and one we will remember for a lifetime. Perhaps in ten years we’ll all gather again to celebrate – although we’d actually love to do it annually!! We unreservedly recommend the Chiesa for anyone with discriminating tastes and high expectations.
Melody and Phil Atrill, Toronto, Canada September 2015
It was September 2013 when we chose this as our wedding venue having fallen in love with the place as soon as we saw it and, a year on, it was even more spectacular for our special day itself as the gardens had matured so beautifully. We wanted our wedding to be a small intimate affair with just our closest family and friends (c25-30 people) and Carmine was perfect. With 8 rooms it was large enough to house our immediate family for the week and our remaining guests stayed in either Casa San Gabriel (with Chrissie and David who manage Carmine) or Castello Valenzino which are both within a 1km or so. As the weather on the wedding day (Tues 2nd) looked a little unpredictable we decided to have the wedding breakfast in the church rather than our original plan of dining outside but in the end we were so glad that we did. The table setting looked amazing thanks to our wonderful wedding planner, Sarah, and the beautiful church just helped create the perfect atmosphere. Almost every single one of our guests commented that the food was by far the best that they had ever tasted at a wedding – in fact one was upset that she was only able to sample 4 of the desserts due to being so full! The magician that Sarah organised was brilliant, providing wonderful entertainment during the meal, and the after dinner music was enjoyed by everyone and went on until 4:00 in the morning. I think what we enjoyed most was that all of our guests were able to chat with each other due to the small numbers, as were we as the bride and groom without it being forced and feeling like we had to go and spend time with particular people. At one point every single person was one the dancefloor and that is certainly a rare sight at a wedding! On top of our wonderful wedding day we also had an excellent week of activities all expertly organised by Chrissie and David. On the Saturday night Alessandra came in and cooked for us, which was very welcome after a day of travelling, and on the Sunday night we had a wine tasting evening with antipasti which was enjoyed by all. On the Monday the boys played golf at a local course and had a meal in the clubhouse restaurant and the girls had a day at the villa and finally on the day after the wedding we had Alessandra return once more to prepare a sumptuous BBQ for us. Chrissie and David couldn’t have done more to make our whole week special both whilst we were there and in the 12 months leading up to the event. I think that the biggest compliment I could pay them is that we were delighted that they were able to attend our wedding as guests because they have become true friends to us over the past year. We can’t wait to go back to Carmine at some point as it has given us memories for a lifetime.
Mark and Siobhan, UK, September 2014
We had the most incredible wedding and stay at Chiesa Del Carmine
This is the 3rd visit we have made to Chiesa Del Carmine since first going to view it in October 2013 as a potential wedding venue – we hope it definitely won’t be our last! When planning our wedding, we wanted to find somewhere that felt like we were having a big party at home (albeit a much pimper home than our own!). Chiesa Del Carmine ticked all the right boxes and many more! This is the most idyllic and tranquil place in the beautiful Umbrian countryside (even when there is a wedding party going on until 5 in the morning!). The views are breathtaking and there is so much space that you can lose yourself from the rest of the group but also all be together in the cleverly arranged seating areas (which all seat at least 14). The interior is as beautiful as the exterior, nothing too fussy but all decor executed to the highest quality and comfort (especially the beds and bathrooms!). What makes Chiesa Del Carmine extra special is the wonderful team that manages and runs the property. From our first visit until the actual event 8 months later – Chrissie and David (the managers and now our friends) have been on hand to answer all questions and have come up with solutions to everything we/ our wedding party and the weather threw at them (their response time is second to none!). They were around for our entire stay and made a typically stressful occasion entirely stress free! Liliana, Alessandra, Luciano and the rest of the “dream team” also need a special mention for their hard work – cleaning, cooking, babysitting, heavy moving! They are all incredibly professional, discreet, friendly and nothing is too much trouble! We have so many wonderful memories of our wedding and it wouldn’t have been the same anywhere other than Chiesa Del Carmine. We hope we can bring our family back in the years to come.
Adam and Charlie, UK, June 2014