Guest house | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Nestled into the hillside at 'La Licina', an ancient country estate, 'La Ginestra' is an ideal place to relax.
Just minutes from the centre of Spoleto, famous for it's summer arts festival, its restaurants and its picturesque winding medieval streets. Away from traffic and the main roads, it is a haven of quiet and privacy, yet close to all services and attractions.
Steps away from your door, set among a four hectare olive grove, is the swimming pool; with a shallow end perfect for children, and lounge chairs for sun-bathing or reading in the shade.
With only one other apartment on the large property, your privacy is assured - yet the helpful English-speaking owners are nearby to assist you; with directions to nearby attractions, arranging a tour or cooking class, or to suggest one of the many restaurants in the area.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia 50 km, Nearest railway: Spoleto 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors||
Lovingly restored, the apartment boasts all the modern amenities, while retaining its original hand-hewn timbers and barrel-vaulted arches. Its orientation to the west provides beautiful sunsets and evening light. It is furnished in the style of an Umbrian country home, with an eye toward tasteful comfort.
The well equipped kitchen is large enough for the whole family to sit together, or choose dine 'al fresco' on your terrace and watch the sun set as you enjoy your dinner.
Both bedrooms feature large windows to let in light and fresh country air, with the massive stone walls providing natural cooling during the height of summer.
There is a shared laundry facility near the main house.
Wireless internet is provided at no charge.
|Further details outdoors||
The apartment is in a building separate from the main home, with privacy provided by the hillside above you.
A private drive allows parking right outside your front door, facilitating access and for carrying in groceries and wine from the many nearby shops.
The large terrace and garden is exclusively for your use, and is equipped with table, chairs, benches and umbrella - so that you can enjoy sunbathing, or dining al fresco, just steps from your kitchen. Explore the olive grove, where many of the trees are hundreds of years old.
Stroll across the field to the excellent nearby restaurant, "La Macchia", where Claudio, the owner, will welcome you warmly. Sample Umbrian delicacies outdoors, surrounded by Italian families on summer evenings, or by the fire inside in colder months. No need to use your car, so go ahead and order a bottle of wine with your meal, perhaps from the vineyards of Montefalco, visible across the valley. Or carry home a pizza from their wood-fired oven to enjoy with a cold glass of Orvieto from your fridge. (Some visitors say their pizza is the best in Umbria.)
The Umbria region
Umbria is sometimes described as the "new Tuscany"; a reference to its unspoiled natural beauty and friendliness of its people. Locals still outnumber tourists here, guaranteeing a truly authentic experience for visitors.
Hilly and rural in character, Umbria, known as "the green heart of Italy", is justly famous for its cuisine; truffles, olives, cheeses and cinghiale (wild boar). It also enjoys a reputation for some of the best wine in the country, including the reds from Montefalco, and the whites from Orvieto and Montefascione.
Medieval villages dot the landscape, with decaying towers and ruins on many hillsides.
Important towns include Assisi, home of St. Francis, Orvieto, Perugia, and of course Spoleto.
Spoleto is famous for its summer arts festival, drawing participants and spectators from around the globe; transforming its sleepy streets, ancient amphitheatre and piazzas into a buzz of activity for a few weeks each summer.
Most of the city centre is closed to cars, so you may wander the winding streets and explore its Duomo, numerous churches and speciality shops at a leisurely pace. It boasts many fine restaurants, for every budget, most with outdoor seating, offering specialities from the area, and wine from Umbria and other regions.
Assisi is just 20 minutes away, Orvieto, with it's cathedral and underground caves (cool on a hot afternoon), less than an hour.