Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Il Capanna is the perfect retreat for two. The cottage is light and airy and has the advantage of both a swimming pool and tennis court, that might be shared with the owners, but whom visit occasionally during the summer. The cottage has easy access from the valley, and is in a quiet and peaceful location.
The cottage has a large open plan kitchen and living area, that opens onto a large raised terrace, with its stunning views to the Apennine mountains in the far distance. The terrace is the perfect place to sit and relax, snuggled into your bathrobe, first thing in the morning, with a coffee watching the antics of the Squirrels, who raid the nearby Walnut Tree. Simple tasteful furnishings with everything you could need, even a small wood burning stove . The bedroom is downstairs below the terrace and has a separate entrance leading out to the garden and down to the Tennis Court. Pretty bed linens, towels and swimming pool towels and bathrobes are provided. The bathroom with shower is next to the bedroom on the lower floor.
Il Capanna is a perfect holiday for those of you who want to enjoy a holiday in the beautiful Niccone Valley, in Umbria. This verdant heart of Italy is less touristy than its more famous neighbour. A plethora of undiscovered tiny hill towns dot the area, ripe for exploring, by car or on foot. There are wonderful walking opportunities right from your doorstep, sailing at Lago Trasimeno, 30 minutes away and even Hang Gliding and Paragliding at Monte Cucco, just over 1 hour away. Il Capanna is near to the small village of Spedalicchio, which is a short walk from the house, and has a bar/shop combined and a further village shop with, as you would expect in Italy a small deli counter and fresh bread each day. There is an excellant restaurant, Calagrana, a five minute drive from the house. The nearest town of Umbertide is a 10 minute drive, and has large supermarkets, great restaurants and a not to be missed large market each Wednesday and artisan market on Saturday mornings. The historic towns of Cortona, Perugia and Assisi are a short distance away. Firenze, Sienna and the wonderful wine towns of Montefalco and Montalcino a day trip away.
The pool is open from early to mid May, depending on the weather and temperatures and closed mid September, again depending on weather and temperatures. Please check with us, when booking. We generally take books from Mid April to Mid October, and for Tennis, the cooler months are often the best.
The Inspired Italy team are close by and offer a concierge service for booking restaurants, day trips to the nearby towns, organise Tennis Coaching, Spa Days, even dual Hang Gliding flights. They can organise a private chef for you and additional cleaning services In fact there are not many things they cannot organise for you.
Please note we accept payment by Bank Transfer to a UK Bank account. We are unable to accept payment by Pay Pal.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Passignano sul Trasimeno - lake side beach|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia 40 km, Nearest railway: Terontola 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Umbria region
Umbria is perfectly located in the centre of Italy. It is often called the Green Heart of Italy, which actaully derived from a poem by Carducci. It is less Touristy than its more famous neighbour, Tuscany, but boasts almost as many wonderful historical treasures. Orvieto, with its famous Cahthedral and white wine, Norcia for its truffles and of course astonishing Assisi,the birth place of St Francis.
The region of Umbria is a beautiful regionThe climate can be hot in summer, but the cool breeze's from the Apeninnes keep the days cool and fresh. Also making it an ideal area for the superb Sagrantino wine, a variety only grown in Umbria.
There are many small festa's, unique to each small town, however the most famous of these is the Umbria Jazz Festival held annually in early July in Perugia.
Lake Trasimeno is close to Il Capanna and is a wonderful place to explore, with its three Islands and amazing hsitory of conflict, from Roman to World War II.
Ii Capanna is ideally situated to explore Umbria and beyond. There is a mainline station close by, giving access to Rome in less than 2 hours.
Unusually for Umbrian towns, Umbertide is relatively flat, as it is at the confluence of two rivers, the Tiber and the Reggia. The area has been in habited since pre-roman times.
At the heart of the Umbertide area is the Niccone Valley.
The northern valley wall mainly resides in Tuscany, topped by five ancient castles or fortified villages, all standing opposite their Umbrian counterparts which lie along the southern valley hills and all built during the 1,000 years of Papal and Renaissance activity that made this area so important to Italian history.
Today, the 11 miles of the Niccone valley, which includes the Val di Pierle, is dotted with restored private farmhouses, luxury villas and apartments, all popular with discerning visitors.
The villages of Lisciano Niccone which is in Umbria and Mercatale di Cortona in Tuscany are overlooked by the remarkable Pierle Castle and sit at the western most extreme of this wide valley. A drive east along the valley road gives access to Preggio, once the medieval seat of power for the region and eventually to the village of Niccone, standing in the mouth of the Niccone Valley.
A short few miles away to the west is the site of the Battle of Trasimeno where Hannibal routed the Roman legions in 217BC. The area bore witness to one of histories bloodiest ever battles and even today, the stain of this incredible event can be felt amongst the hills and valleys.
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