Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
We bought this house over 20 years ago and have gradually restored it. The main part of the house is believed to date from 1600, and it is a traditional casa colonica typical of the area. Our latest project is restoring the barn in the grounds to provide a games room with a table tennis table and various other activities.
The house nestles into the hill, sitting in secluded private grounds on the top of a small hill. The grounds are mainly laid to grass though there is a small area of vines and olive trees. Near the house, and shading the lawn, are a set of large trees which provide shade for lunches in the garden.
The pool is set above the house and has a wide terrace for sunbathing. It is surrounded by a low hedge.
The house has two terraces. One facing the east, outside the kitchen and perfect for breakfast. The second is a west facing terrace which also has the BBQ, enabling you to watch the sunset as you eat dinner.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia 40 km, Nearest railway: Umbertide 5 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|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
We have aimed for a style which is welcoming and comfortable, as when the house is not rented out, it is our family holiday home. We have recently replaced most of the furnishings.
The spacious kitchen is well equipped and ideal for those who like to experiment using local ingredients, as well as cooking for groups or families. There is a large sitting room with an open fire and sofas at one end, and a desk at the other. Water is supplied from our well.
The bedrooms are all a generous size: light and airy.
The thick walls keep the house cool and, in the summer months, its position captures any breeze.
|Further details outdoors|
The pool is set on a terrace above the house, with a vine and covered pergola shading the surrounding terrace at one end.
There are wide areas of lawn surrounding the house. We have recently installed a water recycling system, which means that the grounds are able to be watered throughout the summer.
There is a badminton and a boules set as well as other games.
There is enough space to park three cars.
The house is looked after by an English couple who live nearby and they are available to help with any problems.
A welcome pack is provided of milk, cold meats, bread and a bottle of wine.
All towels and sheets are provided and they are changed once a week.
The Umbria region
Umbria is a landlocked province, which is still heavily agricultural. It is not overrun by tourists, but still dominated by families who have lived here for generations.
Food in Umbria is important and taken seriously. Seasons are marked by the arrived of different produce and there are small local festivals in different towns to celebrate everything from the onion harvests to polenta to truffles. Autumn is marked by the arrival of chestnuts and the special local pans used to cook them .
Within Umbria, and easy driving distance of the house, are Orvieto, Assisi, Gubbio and many other lesser know but equally fascinating small towns. The area was key in the Renaissance and local museums have an astonishing range of work by artists such as Perugino and Piero della Francesca.
For those who pine for the sea, Umbria has a large inland lake, with popular beaches and a ferry which visits the three islands.
Umbertide is a thriving small town with a weekly market which draws in local farmers with their produce, as well as the vegetable and fish stalls which travel between the cluster of small rural communities.
The historical centre which has links back to the 15th century, has recently had substantial investment with the area around the castle, La Rocca, being landscaped. Within the castle there is an art centre which holds regular exhibitions. In the nearby church and cloisters of S. Francesco there are frequent classical music concerts.
In Perugia there is the annual Jazz Festival which is internationally renowned and tre are a wide range of cultural events in the surrounding villages and towns. Details of all of these can be obtained from the information centre in Umbertide.
In the valley below the house there is an excellent vineyard which from which you can buy wine by the bottle or the case.There are a wide selection of local restaurants ranging from relaxed pizzerias to Michelin listed restaurants.
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13 May 2013
"Peaceful, chilled, great setting in the hills. Will be back there"
Lovely spacious property in the hills above Umbertide. Good facilities including pool. You need transport to get about and into Umbertide (unless you';re a very fit cyclist. Umbertide is a small town but with all you need - cafes/restaurants/market etc. plenty of eateries round and about but eating simply at the house overlooking the hills beats the lot. Good base for seeing lots of other places if you wish.
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