Chalet | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Wooden Swiss style chalet in idyllic, secluded, hillside location on Umbrian hill farm with south facing views over Tuscany. With two bedrooms, kitchen/living room heated by wood-burning stove, shower room/toilet and outdoor barbecue the chalet contains all that you will need for your stay including towels and bedding. It stands on a grassy meadow in 64 acres (24 ha.) of mainly oak forest shared with one other house. The estate includes vineyard, overgrown olive groves, chestnut forest, pastures with wild herbs and flowers and a small lake (30m x 25m).
Located in the Upper Tiber Valley, 22km from Città di Castello and Umbertide, less than an hour from Arrezo and Perugia, Carpina is perfect for relaxing, get away from it all breaks, for walking or mountain biking and as a base from which to visit the many beautiful hilltowns of the area. With patience and a little luck wild animals including boar, deer, owl, hare, porcupine or owls may be heard or glimpsed at dawn or dusk close to the chalet itself. Cherries, plums, figs, grapes, mushrooms, walnuts, hazelnuts, and chestnuts are all to hand, in season.
There is mobile phone coverage, a small TV and a selection of DVDs for rare rainy days but no internet, wifi or television reception. Lifts to and from Trestina (10km), local transport links, or further afield can be arranged. The nearest restaurant is 4 km away, open all week in summer, Thursday through Sunday in winter.
Spring and summer evenings can be pretty special, with fireflies, owls, and the frog chorus from the lake while Autumn mornings often find Carpina bathed in sunshine while the valley below remains shrouded in mist.
PLEASE NOTE: As parts of the track are difficult for some vehicles I will meet you on arrival and show you how to drive the track. Alternatively I can transport luggage, shopping and young children the 900m. to and from the chalet if you prefer to leave yur car at the top of the track car. In case of snow or heavy rain, non 4x4s should park at the top of the track.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia 80 km, Nearest railway: Trestina 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
The Umbria region
Umbria and Toscana are famed for their natural beauty, hilltowns, walled cities, renaissance and mediaeval art and architecture, Etruscan heritage, wine, olives and food.
Citta Di Castello
The Upper Tiber valley runs from Umbertide in Umbria to above Arrezzo in Toscana and includes the walled cities of Città di Castello and San Sepulcro, as well as many hilltowns including Montone, Cisterna and Monte Santa Maria Tiberina. It is close to Lake Trasimeno and Castiglione di Lago, as wel as Cortona and Castiglon Fiorentino.
Carpina itself is located at 500m. altitude above the Nestor valley, close to Morra (on the old road connecting Città di Castello to Castiglion Fiorentino), 109 km from Trestina, 22km from Città di Castello and Umbertide, 1 hour from Arezzo and Perugia, 2 hrs from Florence. Wild animals such as wild boar, deer, porcupine, hares and owls may be seen and/or heard (with luck (and a little patience) at dawn or dusk on the track to the chalet and, occasionally, around the chalet itself at night.
The are is great for walking, relaxing and getting away from it all. Plums, cherries,walnutsm hazelnuts, chestnuts and mushrooms are all at hand, according to the season. There are many tracks suitable for mountaoin biking, but fitness is required if cycling back up to the chalet from the valleys below.
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