La Rondinaia is a beautifully restored farmhouse with swimming pool in northern Umbria, having complete peace and privacy it is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday. The garden is well-maintained and harmoniously planted with shrubs, flowers and trees, by the house is a heart garden. It has the sought after combination of three bedrooms and three bathrooms, 2 en-suite and one adjacent to the ground floor bedroom. All the rooms are spacious, tastefully and elegantly furnished with every comfort. It is situated in countryside between the towns of Citta di Castello (20 minutes) and Pietralunga (15 minutes). From the house and garden, there are astounding views across the hilly Umbrian landscape. There is fast (8Mbps) internet service (wifi)
The ground floor has a spacious open plan layout with well equipped kitchen, dining room and comfortable living room connected by wide arches. There is also a double bedroom, adjacent bathroom and a laundry room on this level.
The large farmhouse kitchen is equipped with 5 ring hob, oven, dishwasher and generously stocked with cooking utensils. The dining room is adjacent to the kitchen, it has a large table with seating for six and a couple of comfortable easy chairs. Both the kitchen and dining room have french windows opening out onto the garden.
The living room is next to the dining room, a large, open fireplace is the focal point, surrounded by sofas and more easy chairs. There is a TV (for use only with DVD) and a CD player for guests' use.
The downstairs bathroom and double bedroom are accessed from the living room. The doors to the bathroom and bedroom are configured so that the bathroom can be made en-suite, closing off the living room and allowing private access between bedroom and bathroom. The bedroom has french windows leading out to a terrace at the back of the house. The bathroom has a shower, bidet and washbasin.
The laundry room and stairs to the upper level are at the end of a corridor leading off the living room.
There are two generously sized en-suite bedrooms on the upper floor. The first bedroom has twin single bedrooms (these can be made into a double), the second bedroom has a double bed. Both upstairs bathrooms have a shower, bidet and washbasin. The outside of the house can be accessed from the upper floor via an external door and steps.
The small formal herb garden and large terrace are accessed via the french windows from the kitchen and living room. A few wide steps lead down to the pool area. The pool is 10 x 5 metres and has internal steps, the pool is open May to October. The pool surround is paved with cotto tiles, there are quality sun loungers and umbrellas. The garden is planted with lavender and rosemary, the elevated position offers superb views across the hilly Umbrian countryside.
The Wifi is via a satellite system and has a limited bandwidth. It is suitable for general browsing and emails but not for streaming and large downloads.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||12 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia 60 km, Nearest railway: Umbertide, Citta di Castello, Foligno, Perugia, Te|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ|
La Rondinaia is in northern Umbria, very close to the border with the region of Le Marche and not far from the region of Tuscany. The towns of the Upper Tiber Valley: Citta di Castello, Pietralunga, Montone, Umbertide, Sansepolcro and Anghiari are within easy reach as are Arezzo, Gubbio, Assisi, Perugia and Urbino. The high Appenine massif of Monte Nerone (1525m) is nearby, you can drive to the top for walks, views and an alpine climate and ecosystem. Siena, Florence, Ravenna and even Rome can all be visited from La Rondinaia, Fano on the Adriatic coast is under an hour and a half away.
Northern Umbria has a lot to offer the visitor, the countryside is predominantly rural and hilly, the towns usually have well preserved Renaissance and medieval architecture and, this being central Italy, there is a wealth of artistic masterpieces waiting to be discovered in almost every town.
The wooded hillsides around Rondinaia are truffle hunting territory. The nearest towns of Pietralunga and Citta di Castello both have autumn festas dedicated to this expensive fungus, in the case of Pietralunga, the festa is also dedicated to the Pietralunga potato, particularly suited to mashing, gnocchi and roasting because of its firm texture. Pietralunga (15 minutes' drive) has supermarkets, bars, a pizzeria and a restaurant. Citta di Castello (20-25 minutes) is the larger town and here you have a wider choice of amenities.
In addition to Citta di Castello, Sansepolcro and Umbertide, there are many smaller places to explore in the Upper Tiber Valley. Pietralunga, Montone, Monte Santa Maria Tiberina, Lippiano, Morra Citerna, Monterchi and Anghiari are all worth a visit, some for little known artworks such as Luca Signorelli's frescoes in Morra or the better known Pregnant Madonna by Piero della Francesca in Monterchi. In other towns and villages you'll come across spectacular views, architecture and great restaurants specializing in local cooking.