Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
This very stylish villa was completely restored in 2010. Its spacious, comfortable rooms are beautifully furnished and conveniently laid out on one level giving stunning, uninterrupted mountain views. With its two large terraces and pretty walled garden for al fresco dining or sunbathing, it offers a truly relaxing holiday whether you are with friends, bringing Gran and the kids or on honeymoon! Although the villa is in a tranquil location it has the added attraction of bars, restaurants, shops and a bakery just a 5 minute stroll through the quiet traffic free lanes of the village. Free use of the pool in the garden of a traditional hotel in the village, a 5 minute walk away.
Depending on your mood you can either soak up the authentic Italian atmosphere of a truly unspoilt hill village, explore the region and discover its rich culture and history or treat yourself and the kids to some really fun activities. River rafting, kayaking, horse riding, walking, cycling and mountain chairlifts are all safe for everyone and easily arranged. Nature lovers can indulge their passion in the wild Monti Sibillini National Park and as for food – there's nearby Norcia, famous for salami, prosciutto and truffles!
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia 95 km, Nearest railway: Spoleto 38 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The villa is furnished to an exceptionally high standard and is extremely comfortable and spacious. It is very light and sunny with chestnut beamed ceilings and terracotta floors.
Very comfortable lounge with 2 large squashy sofas, armchairs, coffee tables, open fireplace, TV and DVD/CD player, door to terrace.
DVD and paperback book library, maps, guidebooks and board games.
There's also a burgeoning games box to keep the kids happy including, footballs, tennis racquets and badminton sets.
Very traditional kitchen, spacious and newly fitted with dishwasher, 5 burner gas hob, large electric oven, wood burning pizza oven, indoor BBQ, microwave, large fridge/freezer and door to terrace. Ample crockery and cooking utensils for the keenest cook. Breakfast table and chairs. The wood pizza oven and barbecue may be a first for most people but we provide recipes and a little tuition if needed.
Utility room with washing machine, ironing board and steam iron, clothes airer.
Bedroom 1 - double bed. Door to terrace.
Bedroom 2 - twin/double bed.
Bedroom 3 - double bed.
Bedroom 4 - bunk beds. Door to terrace.
There are two extra single beds which can be used in any room.
4 bathrooms. All en-suite with the bedrooms.
Bathroom 1 - bath with shower over, bidet, basin, toilet.
Bathroom 2 - bath with shower over, bidet, basin, toilet.
Bathroom 3 - shower, basin, toilet.
Bathroom 4 - shower, basin, toilet.
|Further details outdoors|
Included with the villa is the free use of the pool in the garden of the Agli Scacchi hotel which is a 5 minute walk from the villa. The route is traffic free through the centre of the village.
The villa garden is walled and secluded with sun loungers, dining table, chairs, a large parasol and BBQ - a lovely place to sit or eat and enjoy the views. With two terraces at either side of the villa you can enjoy sun or shade at any time of the day.
The quiet cobbled lanes that criss-cross the village have changed little since their medieval origins and provide great opportunities for exploration of the many buildings, architecture and little hidden corners.
As the village is traffic free and quiet, the children are safe to play and explore or pop to the shops in the morning to collect your fresh bread and pastries while you have a few more minutes in bed!
Local people love and fuss over children and guests often find that their children have some Italian friends at the end of the holiday!
There is a playground with swings, slide etc within a five minute walk.
Free parking is within 20 metres.
The pool is open for the summer season months (usually mid May to late September). The initial opening date is dependent upon the weather.
An English couple are on hand to meet you on arrival, answer any questions and provide any assistance required.
The Umbria region
Walking – circular walks can be done from the village in the Monti Sibillini National Park, one of Italy's most beautiful and unspoilt. A paradise for walkers with countless trails criss-crossing the hills and passing through villages virtually unchanged since medieval times. It's a haven for wildlife and the famous Piano Grande, a high mountain plain that becomes a tapestry of wild flowers and orchids in the spring and early summer, is not to be missed with excellent trails to suit all levels of walkers.
Other family activities – mountain or road cycling, mule trekking, horse riding, river rafting, kayaking, indoor ice-skating and trout fishing. The chairlift to the summit of Monte Bove (2000 metres) is particularly popular and offers breathtaking mountain views and great walking or cycling down.
Adventure sports - rock climbing, canyoning, white water rafting, paragliding and hang gliding.
We can help arrange and provide information for the activities including maps and guides.
Here's a selection of our local bars and restaurants:
Agli Scacchi Hotel. Serves very good traditional Umbrian food. There's a shady terrace and a nice little bar/coffee area overlooking the pool. Fresh pasta with meat, truffle, trout or prawn sauces. The pasta filled with salmon trout with lemon sauce is always recommended. 5 minute walk.
La Piazzetta Pizzeria/Cafe. Good, inexpensive pasta and pizza. Seating outside in Summer. Nice for a morning coffee, pastry or evening beer. 3 minute walk.
Il Castoro Restaurant. Great atmosphere and Italians flood here to indulge in the freshest truffles that the owner collects from around Preci himself. A must have starter is the truffle omelette served on its own or with a platter of prosciutto and salami or crostini (with cheese) or bruschetta (without). The juicy veal steak is excellent as is the wild boar stew cooked with juniper berries. Pasta focuses on truffles and porcini mushrooms. The huge wood fired pizzas are perfect food for kids. House wine is around 4 euros a litre. Il Castoro is always lively, very Italian and really good value. 8 minute walk.
Il Castoro Bar. Very popular with the locals. 8 minute walk.
Bar Memole. Friendly bar with outdoor seating. 10 minute walk.
Il Porcello Felice. Very pretty restaurant with stunning views. Outside dining on a beautiful panoramic terrace overlooking the swimming pools. Also inside seating. Very good traditional food. Wood fired pizzas, pasta, meats and trout. The sirloin with truffle sauce is fantastic. 5 minutes by car.
In July, Preci hosts a traditional food and wine festival with tastings and free evening shows. Visitors are welcome.
There are local markets at Norcia and Visso every week.
Umbria is dotted with beautiful hill towns including Spoleto, Assisi and Perugia, all of which are an easy day trip. Whether you are looking for history, art, culture or just a great lunch, you will find it in this area of Umbria.
Visitors can enjoy the many local festivals in the area, showcasing food, wine and traditional crafts.
Here are some driving times to some of the local places of interest:
St. Eutizio Abbey 5 minutes. Beautiful, 12th century Benedictine abbey. Open to the public including a museum of medieval surgery.
Visso 10 minutes. Pretty town on a river with restaurants, shops, bars and a weekly market.
Norcia 20 minutes. A medieval walled town famous for black truffles, cured hams, salami and pecorino cheese. As the birth place of Saint Benedict, it must be on everyone's shortlist for a visit. There's also a good weekly market.
Spoleto 40 minutes. Roman and Renaissance architecture, art and excellent restaurants. Food, wine and art festivals in June and July.
Trevi, Montefalco, Spello 50 to 60 minutes. Classic medieval hill towns and an excellent olive oil and wine region.
The Marmore Falls 60 minutes. The highest waterfalls in Europe are a spectacular sight reached following a beautiful drive through the Valnerina Valley.
Assisi 60 minutes. World famous pilgrimage site with classic architecture and St. Francis' Cathedral.
Perugia 70 minutes. Art and culture. Famous Italian chocolate and chocolate shops!
Rome only 2.5 hours by car or train for a day's sight seeing and shopping.
Fancy a swim?
Lake Fiastra - Beautiful freshwater swimming lake with sandy beaches. Kayaks and pedelos. Peaceful even in high season. 2 restaurants and bars. 60 minute drive.
San Benedetto - Adriatic coast. Safe sandy beaches with shallow water - great for kids. Blue flag. Many restaurants and bars. 90 minutes drive.
Civitanova - Adriatic coast. Blue flag beaches. Many restaurants and bars. 70 minutes drive.
Lake Trasimeno - Sandy beaches. Island ferries. Many restaurants and bars. 90 minutes drive.
Preci is 30 minutes drive from Frontignano, (1340m – 1950m), with 14 km of pistes of varying difficulty, 9 ski lifts and usually no queues! There are several good restaurants and snack bars, ski hire, ski school, a snow park and indoor skating rink. Day ski passes cost €15-22 depending on the season, which runs from December to March. Week passes cost around €100.
A Christmas break with a real tree and decorations. Sing carols at our local abbey and enjoy nativity plays with farm animals. Join in the village festive fun activities.
Skiing, ice skating and snowboarding.
Roast chestnuts on the open fire.
Board games, DVDs and sledges are supplied.
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7 Aug 2013
"Great villa for two families sharing"
This villa was much better than we expected - bigger than the photos suggest. Worked out really well for our group - two families of 4, both with young children. Lots of space, safe for kids, incredib… More
19 Oct 2012
"this is a roomy, comfortable place with stunning views."
It is essential to have a car, unless one is wanting to stay put. we appreciated the kitchen, comfortable beds, and plenty of bathroom space. The managers of the property were very warm and helpful. We would definitely return to the Villa Lucia.
11 Oct 2012
"Excellent villa, in beautiful location"
Villa Lucia is based the hilltop village of Preci. Beautiful views over the Umbrian hills and Preci is an idyllic place away from the hussle and bussle of everyday life. The Villa has large rooms, is beautifully cool in summer (thick stone walls), comfy beds, and two excellent terraces. Although there is no pool you do get access to the Aglia Sachi pool which is five minutes walk - and is perefcet for kids and adults. If you can try and get access to the agri-tourism pool as well as children will love this as many more children to play with - including football, table tennis etc - easy to meet friends and people to talk to.
Preci has a couple of good restaurants - the pizza place is very friendly and 2 mins away, good wood fired pizza, pasta, at reasonable prices. Carafe (litre) of wine -very drinkable - 6 euro and pizzas 5 or 6. Shops in lower village (plus one in upper village) supply everything you need and more fun than supermarkets.
Lots of villages and towns to visit - piano grande is worth the trip as different place altogether from the regular umbrian hillsides. Visso is a lovely town and can be reached easily by going over the hill top (away from main road) which cuts corner off - lots of bars, restauarants, walks by river etc.Norcia short drive away.
All round great place, friendly locals (good to practice Italian on), beautiful scenery, good food and better than Tuscany as a bit more rugged, less developed .
N.B kids were 8, 12 and 14 - so not easy to please - all boys - but agro tourism was the best thing for them.
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