Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
La Molinella is an enchanting 16th century millhouse siting in its own two acres of gardens and woodland surrounded on 3 sides by streams, right in the heart of the rolling hills on the Tuscan and Umbrian border.
Carefully restored to maintain the original features while including today's comforts. The furniture is country antique, the style is shabby chic creating a simple, relaxed, welcoming home.
The informal garden has a stream running through it, an old millpond and a beautiful swimming pool with Roman steps. The grounds are filled with lavender, rosemary and flowers which blend gently into the surrounding meadows and woodland. There are wonderful views across the valley to the distant mountains from the pool and the pergola with it's daybed is the perfect place to take a siesta and appreciate the Mediterranean way of life.
The position of the house is quite unusual for a mill, in that it is set half way up the range of hills, and not down in the valley. This means very good sun exposure, although the house has lots of shade with a pergola at the back and trees throughout the garden.
The trees also provide a screen from the road, which is about two hundred yards away. This coupled with the fact that the house is set in the midst of meadows and woods, ensures the maximum of privacy.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||3.5 km|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, CD player|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Umbria region
La Molinella is on the North-Western edge of Umbria, close to the Tuscan border. This part of Italy has some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, with extensive oak and chestnut forests that provide homes for some supposedly rare animals. Porcupine, red squirrel and wild boar all thrive and are seen frequently in the area.
There are several ancient cities of cultural interest such as Perugia, Arezzo, Cortona, Gubbio, San Sepolcro, Assisi and Deruta which are well worth a visit.
Lake Trasimeno is near by, which has a beach (not great!) and regular ferry
services to the three small islands which are very beautiful. The lake is huge and a day there feels quite like a day at the sea.
There are many restaurants and trattorie, details of those we recommend are in the house. The countryside is very beautiful for walking and horse-riding and there are stables nearby if you are interested in riding.
Two minutes away is the nearest village which has two bars, two grocery stores and a post office. About 15 mins away is Trestina, which has everything one needs including banks, supermarkets and petrol.
During the summer the whole area is full of musical events, starting with the Perugia Jazz festival in July. Preggio has a classical festival, which is set in the old church under the stars. Also every weekend, one village or another has their annual festa with food in the village square and dancing of all types until late into the night.
Citta Di Castello
Citta di Castello is a walled medieval market town dating from the 13th century with the historical centre hardly changed since the 15th century.
The 2 main squares still host weekly markets selling everything from fruit and vegetables to hardware and attracting people from the surrounding area, locals and tourists alike.
The town boasts many bars and restaurants to relax in between sightseeing at the museums and churches and shopping for the renowned hand woven linen of the area.
Also not to be missed is the “passegiata” an Italian tradition where the locals walk the main corso and congregate in the main square. Young and old promenade and gather from late afternoon, the, the square fills along with the bars, the volume of chatter rises to become almost deafening, dogs bark and it seems the whole town is enjoying the cool of the evening. Then as if by magic at 20.00 ( dinner time) the square empties and the bars are left with only tourists wondering where all the people went.
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