House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
At the time we first saw it in 2006, Il Convento was a shell of a building that had not been inhabited - apart from a few sheep - for centuries. Working together with a very talented team of architects and builders, it has now been transformed into a beautiful and singular family home over four stories.
The restoration took just over three years and was eventually completed in 2010. Since then we have hosted guests from far and wide and have been delighted to see them also fall in love with this unique place, a refuge from the intensity of the modern world. There are endless ways to enjoy your time in Geppa: excellent restaurants, major historic locations like Assisi, all forms of outdoor activity and cultural events all year round. But what we love most is how Geppa seeps under your skin after a few days, so much so that the world you have left behind becomes a distant memory. That is what draws us back again and again and we are sure it will soon weave its spell on you as well!
The kitchen has custom built cypress units, and sink & floor made from local marble. There is a washing machine, dishwasher, electric hob and oven, fridge and a breakfast area with antique table and chairs.
The large Living/Dining room has huge chestnut beams painted off-white, and terracotta floors. There is a dining table for up to 12, as well as a sofa, chairs, fireplace, TV\DVD and selection of films. The Main Bedroom has a large double bed and en suite bathroom with shower. The mezzanine has double sofa bed. The top floor contains one double and one twin bedroom. The main bathroom has a bath, shower & bidet.
Just down from Il Convento is a shared infinity pool with stunning views of the mountains and valley below and plenty of seating in sun and shade, as well as a hydro-massage area and outdoor solar shower.
Things to Do: The Valnerina and Umbria offer a wide variety of outdoor activities in all seasons. Road and mountain biking in spring and early summer, rafting from spring to autumn, horse riding and mule trekking in spring and early autumn, skiing in winter and fantastic walks at nearly all times.
Umbria heaves with cultural activity all year around and this reaches its pinnacle in the summer. Our website contains a selection of some of the highlights; however every tiny commune will have at least one festival or celebration during the long hot summer, so you are sure to stumble across something diverting on your travels.
For food lovers and antiques fans, markets abound in Umbria. Our personal favourites are the antiques market in Pissignano on the first Sunday and Spoleto on the second Sunday of the month. We have provided lots of details on all of these activities on our website and there are printed guides in the house.
Places to Visit: The best way to explore the Valnerina is to just get on the SS 209 road (also called the 'Valnerina') which runs from Ferentillo to Visso and explore, taking detours off to the many little towns hanging off the sides of the mountains. Our personal highlights include:
The ancient Abbeys of San Pietro (near Ferentillo) and San Eutizio (near Preci).
Norcia: famous both as St Benedict's birthplace and as a food lover's paradise, with the finest salumni, prosciutto, pancetta, truffles, the famed lentils of Castelluccio and rare mountain cheeses on offer.
Piano Grande: a sublime mountain plain ringed by mountains and one of Italy's most magical landscapes. It is like a colossal natural amphitheatre and contains an incredible variety of wild flowers, which are at their most abundant and alluring in June.
Spoleto: a lovely old town, thoroughly civilised and refined, without taking itself too seriously, with one of Italy's most beautiful cathedrals.
Places to Eat: Eating in or out is always a pleasure and you will have to try very hard to have a bad meal in Umbria in general and the Valnerina in particular. In the end, it's what makes Italy our favourite country to visit: you always know that you are going to eat and drink well. Our website contains many personal recommendations and there is a printed local restaurant guide in the house.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rome 150 km, Nearest railway: Spoleto 17 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||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Umbria region
Geppa is in the middle of an area called the 'Valnerina', the most beautiful part of Umbria and very different from the rest of the region. The name means the 'valley of the Nera river'. Officially the Valnerina stretches for over 60km from Ferentillo to Visso on the border with the Marche region. It is a place of stunning natural beauty - high mountains, steep wooded valleys, hilltop villages, hidden monasteries and vast stretches of oak forest. Wolves still roam the summit ridges. Until the recent development of a tunnel from Spoleto, the Valnerina was accessed by high mountain roads and therefore isolated and protected from changes that have occurred to many other Italian landscapes.
Recognising the unique historical, cultural and ecological inheritance of the Valnerina, the Italian government has nominated it as a cultural landscape for UNESCO world heritage status (whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/2031/), justifying its nomination as follows:
“Unlike many other Italian and European landscapes that have become unrecognizable as a result of extensive alterations performed during the last century, the Valnerina maintains its original authentic features. The territorial structure has remained unchanged, even in its minor features, so that the different periods from Antiquity to modern times can be easily traced (water-control systems, monasteries and isolated churches, road network, farms, urban settlements, villas and castles).”