Le Silve di Armenzano, Assisi
Tel: 39 075 801 9000
Concierge.com's insider take:
Set amid the thick forests of Monte Subasiothe mountain south of Assisi where Saint Francis and his followers lived as hermitsthis remote but welcoming country estate combines monastic seclusion with self-indulgent amenities (like two large pools and a gourmet restaurant). Though the hotel is open from March through mid-November, Le Silve really comes into its own at the height of summer: At 2,300 feet above sea level, it's gloriously cool even on July and August eveningsand rather chilly in spring and autumn. The austere decor of the 20 bedrooms (exposed-stone walls, dark wood furniture) is another reason for sticking to high season; it can get quite gloomy here on gray days. The views down across the southern reaches of the mountain are magnificent, and most guests enjoy them from around the pool. In addition to the tenth-century manor farm that houses the hotel, the property includes three smaller farmhouses (two with shared pool) that are offered for weekly rental. Considering the isolation, it's just as well that Le Silve takes its food seriously: The surrounding 570-acre farm estate produces olive oil, cheese, and cured meats, and the menu is overseen by Marco Bistarelli, chef of Il Postale in Città di Castello.
Closed late November to early March.