Villa | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 13
LOCATION, LOCATION, VACATION.
Lake, Countryside, Food and Wine. History and Art.
Enjoy the best of Tuscany, the best of Umbria from a beautiful 18th century 'Casa Padronale.'
Nestled in the sweet rolling hills of Italy’s green heart is the enchanting village of Gioiella. Depending on who you ask “Gioiella” means little gem- or little joy. Either way it sums it up perfectly.
Do you need a holiday APARTMENT OR a WHOLE VILLA?
The large and spacious self-catering villa is ideal for both small and large family groups or as a romatic retreat for couples. You can rent the spacioius self-contained fully-fitted apartment independently or take the spacious villa as a whole.
The large private garden (pergola and al fresco dining/bbq), olive grove, will not be shared however because the property is let to one group at a time. If you rent it first- the outdoor spaces are all yours.
Villa Gioiella has high chestnut-beamed ceilings and french-doors with balconies on every floor. There is am amazing amount of light that allows breezes and views to pour inside. There are 4 double bedrooms, one quadruple bedroom and one single bedroom.
Beds can be arranged as twins or doubles, to fit your family dynamic- with comfortable matresses and fresh white linen and towels provided- and bathrooms on every floor.2 well equipped kitchens, with dishwashers, gas tops, ovens, toasters kettles LOTS of wine glasses! 2 living rooms rooms with wifi through out and flat large screen cable-TVs. DVDs.2 Washing machines
The PENTHOUSE APARTMENT
A grand staircase takes you up to the large, elegant two-bedroom penthouse apartment, with its fully equipped kitchen, living/dining, double and twin rooms, offers space for extended families or is perfect in itself for a smaller family unit or two couples. The Large open plan sitting and dining has a wood burning stove for spring and autumn evenings.
PERGOLA & PATIO
Alfresco dining for 12 under the pergola
2 BBQ's, 2 cots, high chair, paddling pool.
You are seconds walk from everything your body, mind, and spirit might need! ‘Bar Joy,’ serves delicious fresh bread, snacks, perfect coffee (and of course wine). Over the road, in a building still pock marked from the artillery fire of World War II, there is a grocery store (negozio) for fresh fruit and veg’- pasta (and of course wine). When- after all this, you need a little forgiveness, the church is right next-door (wine only at communion)! There are numerous restaurants in the area serving mouthwatering local treats. Villa Gioiella is nestled in Italy's big green Umbrian heart where the people, the coffee, the food and of course the wine are real, strong, delcious and flowing.
A wee hamlet, on the border of Umbria and Tuscany, Gioiella is a magical place of fortunate contrasts. Standing handsome and elegant on the highest point in the village (with the best views), behind the village church in ‘Piazza Piccola,’ surrounded by the warmth of real Italian country life. Yet, at the back of the house, with it's huge garden and olive grove you find yourself transported to the peaceful, rich, countryside with 180* uninterrupted views. Tuscany’s verdant panoramic vistas- undulating hillsides and Montepulciano’s blushing vines are just ‘over there’- bursting to share their fruit. Lake Chiusi glitters in the distance and spectacular views spectacular sunsets can be enjoyed from balconies on every floor.
Lake Trasimeno's white sandy beaches, swimming and water sport, (kite surfing, biking, hiking etc) are a 10 minute drive away. And of course you are surrounded by the medieval villages, of Cortona (Under the Tuscan Sun), Panicale, Montpulciano, Citta della Pieve etc. The location offers the best that Italy, Umbria and Tuscany have to offer... with the famous cities of Florence, Siena and Rome within 1.5 hrs drive away.
A dream lover, Italy is a thief that steals the breath right out from under your nose…transcending darkness, whispering, sotto voce, ‘Italia.’
|Size||Sleeps up to 13, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lake Trasimeno 15 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia, Florence, Pisa, Roma, Nearest railway: Chiusi 15 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|
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (7), Double beds (5), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
* Self contained penthouse apartment on top floor with fully equipped kitchen.
* DVD's, guidebooks, library
* Alfresco dining pergola.
* 2 Living rooms
* 2 BBQs
*Sky (2 flat screen cable TV)
*2 Dining rooms
*15mins to Lake Trasimeno swimming
|Further details outdoors|
* Large garden with olive grove.
*Fresh seasonal vegetables
Welcome pack provided on arrival.
Large garden with fresh seasonal vegetables.
English-speaking representative available to answer any questions and help.
The Umbria region
Cortona, Montepulciano, and Citta della Pieve, amongst the most beautiful and well-preserved ancient hilltop villages in Tuscany and Umbria, are all nearby. Medieval façades, and vibrant cobble-stoned piazzas seem older than God, but are positively current incarnations of foundations and walls whose lifetimes reach back beyond B.C, even to the elusive Etruscans.
Sample the famous wines of Brunello di Montalcio or Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Wander through Cortona's famous piazza, made famous by Francis Mayes, "Under the Tuscan Sun."
Chiusi boasts catacombs, Etruscan tombs and a fantastic museum. As well as a main railway station- the train to to Rome takes under 1 hour.
Lake Trasimeno, surrounded by olive groves and wooded hills is the cleanest lake in Italy. There are no industrial zones nearby, and the surrounding areas are sparsely populated. The local fish is delicious.
Florence and Rome can both be reached within 1hr30min.
Three of the main Etruscan cities - Perugia, Chiusi, and Cortona - are within 20 km of the lake. There are some Roman ruins.
Beaches for swimming, sailing and windsurfing at Castiglione del Lago/ Lake Trasimeno (15 mins drive). Safe for children and warm.
There are regular ferries, out to the 3 islands from Tuoro-sul-Trasimeno to Isola Maggiore (excellent restaurant there). There is a fishing village whose houses date from the 14th century. St. Francis himself slept here in 1211.Horseback riding and 9-hole golf club 20 minutes away in Panicale.
Thermal spas at Chincano Terme, Sarteano and Montepulciano, (about 30 minutes drive).
The Trasimeno climate is warm, with long summers and moderate winters. From May to September, the Lake is warm enough to swim. It has well tended beaches and variety of water activities, Lago di Trasimeno is favorite holiday destination for tourists and locals- sunning bathing on beaches or sailing, kayaking and canoeing. Fishing for pike, carp and tench is a way of life for many locals and are used in local dishes cooked with local olive oil, wines, and herbs over a wood fire. There is also an exciting nightlife.
In the small towns and villages surrounding Lake Trasimeno, there are many castles, ruins, and historic churches.
Lake Trasimeno has a dark history too. In 217 BC, Cathaginian Hannibal ambushed and massacred the Roman army on the lake's northern shore. One of the bloodiest battles (and worst defeats for the Romans) of the second Punic War.
Perugia, 40 minutes; Assisi, Siena and Orvieto about one hour away. Both Rome and Florence can be reached in under 2 hours.