Food, wine and relaxing by our outdoor fireplace are the few simple things we enjoy and we can enjoy all of these things (and so can you) at our house in the hilltop village of Morruzze!
Casa Mambiche is a rare find. It's small, but completely cozy. It's well-equipped, comfortable, safe, happy, sunny, and charming. We absolutely loved it. The deck has a fantastic view of the Atlantic side of the island, and of the fort as well. My toddler and I loved eating cereal on the deck every morning and watching the island wake up. The master bedroom is so lovely. Napping there in the afternoon was one of my favorite vacation "activities". The second bedroom was perfect for our daughter: small, dark, and cool. The kitchen had absolutely everything we needed to be able to cook our own meals whenever we chose to. The front patio has a lovely little foot shower, and a full-sized outdoor shower as well, which we really appreciated after long, sandy, sweaty days at the beach. The neighborhood is a great mix of retired Americans and locals. Be forewarned: the roosters start early and the salsa goes late. It didn't bother us at all, but we love being in the mix of things. It was fun to hear neighbors calling to each other from up and down the street. The house was not fancy by any means, but it was spotlessly clean, had everything we needed (towels, beach umbrella, sand toys, etc.), is stylishly decorated, and gave us a happy little home for our week on Vieques. Thanks Matt and Catherine!
Das Haus ist super gemütlich und schön eingerichtet. Toller Blick aufs Meer! Tiersounds am Morgen und Abend. Man wohnt mitten drinnen.
Hat alles gut geklappt. Nochmals Danke Matt!
Our family of 4 had a great stay at Mambiche House. The house is simple, comfortable (great beds!!) and has a gorgeous view. We were able to get around the island easily and have a great home base. The tips and information left were so useful, so we could really dive right in to our trip. Vieques was better than we could have imagined. The neighbors were very friendly and helpful. I was sick in bed for 3 days and still couldn't complain too much with a great view, a comfortable bed, and decent wifi. We will be back!
We had a great time in Vieques and a nice stay at Mambiche House. The view is lovely and the porch is the perfect place to enjoy it. I wish I had realized how close the neighbors would be. The house is very much in a neighborhood and is not the place for travelers looking for seclusion. There is wireless internet, but the connection is not fantastic. Had I known, I would have left the electronics I brought at home. There is no safe either, which is something to keep in mind. All in all, the house is a perfect place to stay if you want to get out, explore the island, and take advantage of the kitchen to steam up some Caribbean lobsters for dinner one night!
Mambiche House became our Vieques home for a week. The bed was comfy and AC great on those warmer nights, and extra bedroom nice to have for naps. The deck was perfect for our evening Rum & Tonics, drying our laundry (we opted not to use the lovely dryer), and the occasional visiting chicken. The kitchen offered the essentials plus spices etc. We rented Matthews car, complete with all it's character, it got us everywhere on the island.
We walked into Isabell Segunda regularly, too. The street the house is on is a well developed street and has both gringo and locals, plus a number of chickens (roosters are crazy) cats dogs yay. You're in the heart of local living. We'd stay there again for it's great value and welcoming space. Thanks for opening up your home!
This is a very nice house. The kitchen is stocked with anything you may need, including if you want to get a fresh lobster at the docks and cook it. There are 2 beach chairs and an umbrella, a convenient cooler -- all very thoughtful.
The location is also quiet nice if you prefer to be away from all the noise of the town but still be able to walk to it. The house is on top of a hill, so it's a nice exercise with a rewarding view to walk up it.
The hosts are incredibly responsive. We've had some initial issues, but they could not have responded faster. Things happen so I was very appreciative for their immediate attention to things.
Matt was extremely prompt in his responses, and provided great insight to our trip. The house was spotless when we arrived, everything was in perfect working condition, and it truly is an exceptional place. I would highly suggest anyone considering a trip to Vieques seriously consider this as an option for their stay. Many thanks to Matt, Ida, and Nano.
We had the most wonderful stay in Vieques at this house! The location was removed enough from the center of Isabel II to be quiet, but close enough to the main road to be a convenient drive anywhere on the island. The cottage was very comfortable - stocked with every thoughtful convenience. From start to finish, Matthew and Catherine were always easy to contact and very helpful. They have caretakers for the house that live just up the street, and they too were very accommodating and welcoming. We stayed for nearly a month, and tried to extend our vacation as it was coming to an end! Can't wait to return to Casa Mambiche!
We loved the Stone House in Morruzze. It felt like a relaxing home away from home. All communication with Matthew was excellent prior to arriving and the notes he supplied on the surrounding area, where to find what, recommendations on places to eat etc were fantastic and invaluable. Mario was there to greet us and although he speaks no english (and us, very little italian) we were able to communicate just fine. The house was extremely comfortable and well equipped for our family of four. The peace and quiet of rural setting after dashing around through cities was fantastic and the house is well located to explore some of the wonders of Umbria. We would highly recommend this house if you want to get away from it all like we did. Already we are yearning to get back there. Thanks Matt!
We stayed in Morruzze for 10 days and had a marvellous time. It´s defvinitely the best place I´ve ever stayed at in Italy. The house is beautiful, has a great patio and every comfort you need. The cities of Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi etc. are not far away, so you can experience typical Italian cities and afterwards you return to Morruzze and can relax in absolute quietness (expect for the donkey in ther neighbourhood :-)).
Matt was very helpful and answered all our questions. Mario often came by to chat and give us tipps- so we felt to be in good hands.
All in all it was a great trip to Umbria!
Matt was an excellent guest. He left the cottage in a great condition and was very easy to communicate with. We'd love to have him stay again.
Matthew and his friends were great guests to have. They enjoyed the house and treated it with respect. Communication was delightful. I can only recommend Matthew to other hosts.
I was very happy to know them, they are a nice couple, friendly and very respectful people.
We had so much fun at Matt and Catherine's place. The area is a food lover's dream. We visited a town near by during the chestnut festival. There are so many wonderful little family run restaurants in the area and Matt showed us the best place to buy pecorino, an amazing butcher and fantastic Italian ceramics. We brought our two small children with us and never were lacking in things to do. Plus, it was wonderful to come back to the house, light a big fire and just cook!
Matthew and his wife, Catherine, have lovingly restored and upgraded their home in Morruzze, surely one of the prettiest and quietest ducal villages in Umbria. Located half-way between Orvieto and Todi, the house has views to the Tiber over fields of sunflowers and wheat. The garden is beautifully landscaped, and the grape arbor and nearby outdoor fireplace provide the perfect setting to dine al fresco ! Harry Parker