Spello, a little village in Umbria not far from the famous town of Assisi, is undoubtedly one of the region's most precious gems, and it is no coincidence that it belongs to the "Borghi più belli d'Italia" (the most beautiful villages in Italy), an association that comprises only the towns that have succeeded in preserving their monuments and artistic masterpieces in perfect architectural harmony, along with a quality of life that can infuse a new rhythm and taste into our times. Girdled by the circle of walls, in its narrow lanes, well-tended and decked with flowers, in the characteristic tower-houses and welcoming and lively squares, visitors can find all the evidence of its ancient history. Lunario is in perfect harmony with the extraordinary charm of this little hamlet, and the visitor will find it hard not to fall in love with both. The house has been carved out of an ancient church and skilfully renovated by the owners. A small lane leads down through a gate directly into the house's beautiful garden that boasts a magnificent view of the hills and the plain stretched out in front. An ancient patio, equipped for eating in the open air, shady spots where guests can sit and read or rest, comfortable loungers for sunbathing: everything is in harmony and the details are attended to with the same tasteful style as the interior where the classy elegance of the finishing touches comes as a delightful surprise. The atmosphere is warm, welcoming and comfortable, the bathrooms are embellished with precious materials, and the bedrooms with their different styles share the same impeccable charm. Just a few steps away is the main square of the village with all its services, the famous wine cellars, the shops selling typical products and lots of quality restaurants. In the summer season the guests can cool off in the small swimming pool (2.80 x 5m and 1.30m deep) that has been placed in a corner of the panoramic garden and matches its surroundings nicely. Small dogs are accepted, on particular conditions. Guests arriving by car are provided with a special permit by the owner so that they can access the residents-only area and park just 50 metres from the house. This accommodation is for non-smokers.
Bigger groups of up to 9 people can jointly book the Casetta del Lunario which has the same owner. It can accommodate up to three guests and is just a few steps away. The two houses are separated by a small wall and a little lane.
(The gate gives onto the path from where a few steps lead down to the Portico Antico, equipped for dining in the open air, and the panoramic garden)
GROUND FLOOR: hall leading into spacious kitchen with dining table (dishwasher, coffee machine, oven for heating croissants, 2 hobs and grill), large double sitting room with dining area, satellite TV and Bang&Olufsen Round System stereo for part of the house and the garden (access also from the portico), 1 double bedroom (master bedroom) with king size bed, TV, antique fireplace and picture windows, walk-in wardrobe, 1 bathroom in Carrara marble with jacuzzi , 1 small bathroom with shower.
Stairs lead up to the FIRST FLOOR, to study with sofa bed, 1 split-level double bedroom (Ethnic Bedroom) with double futon bed, TV and picture windows, 1 bathroom with shower.
GROUND FLOOR (with access only from the garden): 1 double bedroom (Garden Bedroom) with TV and small open en suite bathroom with shower.
Extra costs and further information
Final cleaning is included in the price
One set of bed and bath linen per week included in the price
Cot for babies under 2 years with bars available: free of charge
Domestic pets: not allowed
Swimming-pool opening times (if available) Apr 27, 2013 - Sep 28, 2013
Refundable damage deposit to be paid in Euros on arrival € 500
Central heating included in the price
Electricity included in the price
Other services included in the price:
Cleaning during the week: 2 hours, 6 times a week for a total of 12 hours. Welcome pack (fresh fruit, 1 bottle of wine, mineral water). The daily cleaning service is limited to the rooms and baths and to garden/pool (except Sundays and public holidays).
Further costs to be paid on the premises in cash:
Extra cleaning: Euro 12 per hour. Preparation of dinner on request (reservation 4 weeks before arrival): Euro 20 per hour (minimum 100 Euro). Unlimited Wireless internet use: Euro 30 per week per computer (computer not provided). Extra services on request (wine tasting, wine tours, cooking classes).
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|General||TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms|
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