Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
A spacious and well-equipped ground floor apartment in a quiet rural location. Guests have free use of 4 swimming pools, a bar, restaurant and shop just a two minute walk away at a small, family run holiday complex. The two adult pools are 20m x 10m and 18m x 8m. There is a shallow children's pool next to each of the adult's pools.
Table tennis, tennis, football (Astro turf), daily outdoor yoga, pilates are also there.
The shaded terrace and gardens are a great place to dine 'al fresco', sip a sunset drink, sunbathe or to just sit and enjoy the scenery. Set in the beautiful Sibillini Mountains National Park, activities include river rafting, kayaking, walking, cycling, mule trekking, horse riding and mountain chairlifts – all safe for young children. With its dramatic hillside location on the edge of a valley, the apartment is in an unbeatable location to enjoy the extraordinary natural beauty, flora and fauna of the park.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 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, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Apartment Coccinella is built in local stone with chestnut beamed ceilings and cool tiled floors. It's laid out on one floor with a spacious lounge/dining room, separate kitchen, bedroom and large bathroom.
Lounge/dining room - with door to a large shaded terracotta paved terrace and garden. It is furnished with antiques, a wood burning stove, a comfortable sofa and armchair, a dining table and chairs for 5 people. The sofa also has a pull out bed.
Free wifi access,
There is a 37" wide screen TV, DVD and CD player.
Kitchen - With gas hob, electric oven and dishwasher.
Bedroom - Spacious double bedroom.
Bathroom - Shower, toilet and basin.
There's also a separate utility room with washing machine.
All the rooms, the terrace and garden have mountain views.
|Further details outdoors|
Apartment Coccinella has been carefully designed so it cannot be seen from inside or outside the main villa and has a completely separate entrance and parking area. As none of the villa's rooms or terrace can be seen from the apartment either, complete privacy for our guests is ensured. To see the main villa please see property reference 45075.
There is a barbecue for all those delicious local meats and fish, sun loungers and an elegant dining table and chairs. There is always a shady or sunny place in the garden or on the terrace to sit whatever time of day.
There is private off-road parking directly outside the house.
Prices are for the property per week but we can accept bookings of longer and sometimes shorter duration.
There is no fixed changeover day.
An English couple are on hand to meet you on arrival, answer any questions and provide any assistance required.
Use of the pools and sports facilities: The pools are outdoor and open for the warmer months, (usually mid May to end of September). Yoga and pilates are usually in July and August.
Apartment Coccinella is not located on the complex but is a short walk away on a quiet road. Our guests are issued with a pass to give them free access to the facilities.
The Umbria region
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.
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
The apartment is 30 minutes from Frontignano, (1340m – 1950m), with 14 km of pistes of varying difficulty, 9 lifts and usually no queues! There are several good restaurants and snack bars, ski and snow board hire, snow kite hire, ski school, a snow park and indoor skating rink. Day ski passes cost €15-22. Week passes cost around €100. The season runs from December to March.
Christmas. A Christmas break with 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.
Board games, DVDs and sledges are supplied.
Here's a selection of our local bars and restaurants:
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. 2 minute walk.
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. 10 minute drive.
La Piazzetta Pizzeria/Cafe. Seating outside in Summer. Serves good, inexpensive pasta and pizza. Nice for a morning coffee, pastry or evening beer. 10 minute drive.
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. 20 minute walk.
Il Castoro Bar. Very popular with the locals. 25 minute walk.
Bar Memole. Friendly bar with outdoor seating. 25 minute walk.
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.
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1 Dec 2011
"Rest and comfort in splendid surroundings"
First and main plus points of the Coccinella Apartment are it's peaceful location and it's fantastic view from the large terrace.
The apartment itself is spacious, tastefully decorated and comfortable, with a brand new, very completely equipped kitchen.
Reception by caretakers Barbara and Kevin was extremely kind, the unwilling satellite tv being fixed by them on the very first evening.
The area offers endless delights, with the Sibillini Mountains and the Piano Grande (Castellucio) as most memorable ones. Nice walks in the immediate neighbourhood as well (extensive documentation and maps provided).
Restaurant down the road to Preci is gorgeous, with surprisingly modest prices.
Good value for money. Certainly recommended.
9 Sep 2011
"Brilliant apartment - great views"
This is the second year running we have rented the apartment. The place is great for 2 people though we did have friends that slept on the sofa bed that was very comfortable as well. The place is very… More
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