Villa Marianna:APT A, 7 miles to Spoleto centre
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Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
THERE IS NO RESTAURANT AT VILLA MARIANNA - A TRANQUIL ENVIRONMENT.
Set in 100s of acres of private land, it is all yours while you are at Villa Marianna. You can walk for hours in any direction. Indeed, St Francis and his desciples used to pass Villa Marianna on their journeys between Assisi and Rieti.
There are a few farmsteads on the land so you will see a handful of locals tending the land, on which our cows, sheep, horses, geese, ducks and peacocks graze.
Free high speed WiFi in every apartment.
With large pool - 120 sq mts, this is a very large fabulous 16C stone manor house (car necessary) - 5 apartments. 7 miles from central Spoleto, above Bazzano, on the side of Spoleto towards Assisi - excellent location for sight-seeing.
Close to Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto + Rome. And, Spoleto, teaming with shops, bars and restaurants, is just 7 miles.
From the villa, amazing panorama towards Assisi that stretches over valleys, mediaeval hill-top towns, olive groves and vineyards, all the way to a seeming infinity ! Large private patio areas and balconies outside the apartments, with plenty of tables and parasols etc for al fresco eating. Picnic anywhere you choose in the extensive grounds. Lounge around the pool, next to which is a toilet. Chill out exactly where the mood takes you. No end of space in the acres surrounding you for those who wish to "get away" and be reclusive.
While the private pool is available to all our guests, to date, the pool is often quiet, since most of our guests in central Spoleto do not have cars and/or are not interested in a pool property. Indeed, the pool is often empty for large chunks of the day.
Private car park for residents.Our peacocks, hens, goats and horses in next field.
High speed internet available, free of charge, via WIFI or cable.
Please note that the large pool is not available to the public. It is ONLY available to our holiday rental guests ! And, to date, it has been often quiet and, at times, empty !
Ideal for lovers and families alike.
A romantic, mountain retreat, above Bazzano Superior, with sensational views, where there is so much space that guests can do what they like, without feeling inhibited. Quiet nooks and crannies for lovers, wide open sandy areas for children, spacious patio areas for dining alfresco, endless pilgrim trails for walkers and cyclists, heavenly views, bird-song, a huge pool for family gatherings, local restaurants with proximity to the Umbrian 'hot-spots' ....Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, Spello, Casteluccio, Norcia, Trevi, Montefalco, and, Rome, a mere 1.15 mins, by train, or, Spoleto, just 20 mins, by car, via the quiet Giro D'Italia route, a spectacularly beautiful country road. And, while exploring Umbria is a must for most, if you tear yourselves away from this mind-blowingly beautiful and historic villa in the hills above Bazzano, the buzzy, fairy-tale city of Spoleto will satiate a yearning for the bright lights with shops, bars, restaurants and churches, amidst its arched, cobbled streets.
Villa Marianna, a fabulous 16C manor house with WiFi in every apt, its rooms large, light and airy. In an intensely romantic setting, the 5 self-catering apartments are well-spaced from each other : A + C occupy the entire 1st floor, B + D occupy the entire ground floor, each apartment separated by spacious hall-ways, and E in a position on its own, annexed at the end of the house.
Hewn from the rocks, this majestic manor house looks over the pool and the magnificent, panoramic landscape, embracing monasteries, olive groves, woods, vineyards, fields of poppies, cherry orchards and hill-top villages, furling and unfolding through valleys and across a grand plain towards Assisi.
This is a great walking area and there are many marked paths from Villa Marianna to a diversity of places, several following in the footsteps of St Francis !
If you are seeking an intimate experience with Nature, fun and frolics by the pool, and, easy access to all the "hot spots" of Umbria, then, Villa Marianna is for you.
5 huge + 1 medium apartments
LOCATION : 7 MILES TO SPOLETO HISTORIC CENTRE/car necessary
Arrival/Departure dates flexible, subject to availability
APT A can sleep 8 persons, IF each of the 2 triple bedrooms (each with double bed and single bed) sleeps 3 persons.
A small extra tariff may be charged for extra persons.
Children up to 2/free of charge.
VILLA MARIANNA : APT A
2 or 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6 - 8...
APT A : (120 sq mts) has 2 huge triple bedrooms/2 shower rooms/2 WCs/1 huge bed/sitting room/1 huge kitchen-diner with fitted kitchen - (sitting room contains 2 single beds that can be joined, by request, unobtrusively placed). Opens onto superb terrace/fantastic panoramic views of mountains and valleys from all windows + terrace.2 Bathrooms/2 WCs...On the 1st floor, APT A is the largest apartment with 1 huge, bed/sitting room plus 1 huge kitchen-diner with a fully fitted kitchen along one wall. And, its terrace is to die for, so stunning are the panoramic views that overlook the pool, the vineyards, the olive groves and give way to a vast landscape with valleys, mountains and woods that undulate, cascade and writhe towards Assisi, embracing every famous hill-top city you can think of.... Spoleto, Spello, Trevi, Orvieto, Perugia and Montefalco, in its sweep.Simply, but, elegantly, furnished, this apartment is perfect for families.
Booked together with APT C, the whole of the top floor is, in effect, privatised, and the 2 apartments can be seamlessly joined to become 1 extremely large apartment that can sleep up to 12 persons comfortably.
Extremely spacious, the 2nd sitting room is a bed-sitting room and, therefore, can be used as a 3rd bedroom, to sleep 2 persons in single beds, which can be joined, by request. In addition, each of the double bedrooms sleeps 3. We can arrange the sleeping as you wish. Especially suitable for lots of children.
There are some steps leading to the apartment but none inside the apartment. However, there are steps from the back of the house, leading to the large communal terraced area, overlooking the pool. But, you can avoid these steps and walk round the house directly to the communal areas and/or pool.
Worried about steps ? No need !
NO STEPS, if you book APT B, D or E, everything is on 1 level. A short flight of steps to APT A or C - once inside, everything is on one level.
However, there are steps from the back of the house, leading to the large communal terraced area, overlooking the pool. But, you can avoid these steps and walk round the house directly to the communal areas and/or the pool.
For the elderly or infirm, you can drive a car directly to the pool via a separate lane.
The pool is 110 sq mts, a large pool with plenty of room for everyone all around it. And, there is a WC.
It is a short walk from the villa, about 2 minutes, downhill. However, if you are feeling very lazy and wish to take a picnic to the side of the pool, you can take the car down a special pool lane, right to the side of the pool.
All our guests are invited to use the pool. However, most of our “non-pool” guests either do not have cars and/or are not interested in the pool. Therefore, to date, the pool has remained quiet much of the time and, at times, it is empty.
There is a large sandy area next to pool has a few swings, climbing frames + a slide for young children.
There is a private car-park adjacent to Villa Marianna....However, our guests are allowed to park closer to the villa, if there is room. The public, who will use the restaurant, MUST park in the car-park.
For parties in excess of 4 persons.....
One of the most impressive features of APTs A, B, C + D is the sheer size of these apartments !
APT A + APT C occupy the entire upper floor and, when booked together, create a totally private area because the spacious hall that divides these 2 apartments becomes part of a super-large apartment in a naturally 'privatised' area. Together, they can sleep up to 12 persons.
OR, if you were to book APTs A, B, C, D + E, the manor house could sleep up to 25 persons.
Discounted rates for the simultaneous booking of more than 1 apartment. Please enquire.
Brief description of Spoleto, 7 miles away....
Spoleto is akin to a giant, fairy-tale castle. Sprinkled with bars, restaurants and shops, peppered with piazzas, Spoleto sits magestically amidst a maze of tunnelled, cobbled lanes and alley-ways, all leading skywards to the famous Rocca, the aquaduct and, some of the best views in the world. A surreal setting, a stage-set in the making, fringed by mountains, olive groves, vineyards, mediaeval monasteries, towns, cities and tiny hill-top villages - all beckoning a visit, Spoleto is truly a temptress. Succumb to her beauty and you must use all your will-power to leave. Quite simply, Spoleto is the most captivating city in Italy, never mind Umbria, Venice and Florence, being on a par.
Venice has the water. Florence has the Uffici. Spoleto has the mountains. All three have a history to be reckoned with. All three bedazzle us with their rich cultures, their European, aristocratic connections and their sheer beauty. But, Spoleto has the upper hand for the world traveller. It resists tourism with its associated inflated rates and tacky goods on sale ! You are invited to visit Spoleto, but, not as a tourist. You will be welcomed like a long lost member of the family ! Treated like a king. And, you will pay the same rates as all the locals, especially when you pay attention to all our recommended restaurants, bars and gelaterias.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||San Benedetto del Tronto 60 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rome, Ancona, Perugia 50 km, Nearest railway: Spoleto 8 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, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame|
|Further details indoors|
Please order cots or highchairs..
|Further details outdoors|
The parking is secure in that it is on private land but the cars are not locked away in a car-park.
The private grounds around the villa extend for miles with many criss-crossing marked tracks for the walkers amongst you, many following in the footsteps of St Francis.
Welcome Pack contains toileteries (inc toilet paper, shampoo + soap), food (inc olive oil) and wine to start you off.
The large private pool (120 sq mts) is open to all our non-pool guests. Often the pool is quiet or empty. There is plenty of space around it to accommodate many people. However, while there is an open invite to all our guests, very few guests staying in non pool apartments take us up on the invite. This is because the majority of people who enjoy pool life, actually book a property with a pool on site. Our non-pool guests tend to be more interested in museums and art, fine dining and shopping, when they visit Spoleto.
About this location
The Umbria region
Unlike Tuscany, where Chianti has been dubbed, Chianti-shire, referring to the invasion of the Brits from the British home counties over the past 50 years, Umbria has remained “unpolluted” by tourism. Indeed, you can drive along stunningly beautiful country roads, over mountains and through valleys, and never see another car ! Naturally, this keeps the prices down since the many restaurants, trattorias and pizzerias, all competing with each other, depend on local trade the year round for their income.
A trip to Umbria is a trip back in time. Mediaeval mists stretch across endless landscapes. A land of traditions and rich culture. A magnificently, unspoiled area of rolling, forested hills, sprawling grassy meadows covered with flowers, olive groves, vineyards, lakes and valleys. Dotted with picturesque medieval villages, perched on hill-tops, Umbria is famous for its cuisine………….truffle, boar, porcini mushrooms, fine wines from Orvieto and Montefalco and the friendliness and hospitality of its people. Still, the most important topic of conversation is food. Everything stops for lunch, the most important meal of the day for young and old !
The “hot-spots” of Umbria eg Perugia, Orvieto, Montefalco, Todi, Spello, Norcia, Casteluccio, Trevi, Gubbio, with Spoleto at their cultural centre, have festivals throughout the year, celebrating truffle, chocolate, various pastas, asparagus and boar – all in a context of song, dance, choral music and orchestra. The Spoleto festival is also known as the Festival of Two Worlds.
But, the Spoleto area is the most interesting place to stay in Umbria, not only because of its central location. It combines ancient and modern, simplicity and sophistication, town and country, and, the richest of cultural heritages, bound up in the handful of aristocratic families, who have owned and controlled Spoleto, since the turn of the century, with love and respect for their land. Now, the young ones are in power and are keen to open up Spoleto to the rest of the world, to show off their traditional farming methods, their cuisine and just the sheer beauty of the place.
To stay anywhere else, you risk missing the ultimate experience, the complex mix of food, fashion, religion, architecture, bars, churches, museums, art galleries, arched, cobbled streets, older than Rome…all to be found in and around this most famous city of all, Spoleto, the city of the rich and famous and, up until now, Italy's best kept secret !
Valico Dei Pellegrini
Festivals abound throughout the year in every village, hill-top town and city, whether it is the Chocolate or Jazz festival that is Perugia's famous offering or the truffle festivals of Norcia or the wine festival of Spoleto, through to the local sagras of asparagus, onions, olives, tomatoes, cheeses. And, all against a background of classical concerts, theatre and local traditions, that continue without cessation. Yes, the Italians like to party !
Spoleto, 7 miles along a very beautful and quiet country road, used by the famous Giro d'Italia bicycle race, is close to Assisi, Foligno, Trevi, Bevagna, Perugia, Todi, Orvieto, San Gemini, and Gubbio. It is about 1.5 hours to Lake Bolsena, Lake Trasimeno, Rome, 5 hours to Venice, 4 hours to Naples and 2.5 hours to Pisa, Sienna and Florence.
A favourite for Italians, the tiny city of Spoleto looks like a fairy tale book, come alive. Just 0.7 miles from Spoleto By The Pool, you can enter the walls of this tiny, exquisite city, meander in its cobbled, arched streets and feel the spirit of Spoleto's fascinating past immersed in every stone and cobble. A place where fantasy meets reality and anything could happen !
Lounge in bars, gelaterie and restaurants or, don your walking kit and set off into the hills, treading in the foot-prints of millions of pilgrims who have trod the trails of St Francis, since the 12C. In 15 minutes, from anywhere in Spoleto, you can be in the mountains, immersed in spectacular scenery. Bright green valleys, hills covered with olive groves, thick woodland, monasteries, castles and tiny villages dotted here and there – magical !
There is a flash tennis club in the centre. And, there is pony trekking in the nearby hills. Other activities include swimming, fishing, cycling, cooking courses, wine-tasting, truffle-trails as well as day trips to Florence and Rome.
Packed with monasteries, churches, art galleries and ancient monuments, Spoleto is a feast for those who hallow the good life. You can pray, eat, sing, dance, hike, fish, taste the finest wines and olive oils, learn to cook like Mama or like a top Italian chef (what's the difference ?)....or, simply meander through the arched and cobbled lanes, lined by crooked stone walls and faded pink, ochre and sienna washed, higgledy piggledy pallazzos, with ornately curved iron balconies, a deep blue sky punctuating every gap between the silhouetted shapes.....and, marvel at this God given place, a tiny city that predates Rome, where the indigenous inhabitants regard themselves as the ONLY true Italians, apart from the Venetians and the Florentines.
Come here and you see Italy in the raw. In the last 20 years, many Italians have settled here, Spoleto having always been a favourite for the Italian. And, thanks to them, Spoleto offers the finest cuisine from every corner of Italy, the locals are the friendliest you will find and the diversity of the Italian populus makes Spoleto a really fun place to stay because all these Italians have brought with them their own local customs and practices from their home towns, whether it be flag waving, ceramics or shoe making, here, you have it all. But, for me, best of all is the wine, the truffles, the olive oil, the gelato, the cappucino, the pizza. So much of it is my favourite, it is impossible to single out one thing......maybe the cloudless blue skies, the sun and the purply pink tipped mountains.
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20 Oct 2013
"We will return for another tranquil September fortnight at Villa"
We are a retired couple who loved every minute of our fortnight at Villa Marianna, The setting is perfect, 11 minutes drive from Spoleto ,with all the amenities, to the apartment in the forested moun… More
20 Sep 2013
"Quiet location, beautiful view"
We stayed in the apartment D of the Villa Marianna. The apartment was and felt better than expected from the website pictures: space, well equipped, clean and in good condition. The sole disadvantage … More
5 Sep 2013
"A haven of tranquility and fabulous views"
This villa (we stayed in apartment B) was just so much more than we expected - particularly in terms of space outside, the beautiful setting of the swimming-pool. You can see for miles and miles but … More
5 Sep 2013
beautiful spot,enchanting hosts, very comfortable apartment. many wonders of italy within short driving distances. go for it! ps. I was thinking about writing something negative too to let is sound mo… More
29 Aug 2013
Villa Marianna was the perfect base for relaxing and exploring the Umbrian countryside with Spoleto on the doorstep providing all your cultural, shopping, and eating requirements. The Villa has all yo… More
21 Aug 2013
"Great spaces for families who like adventure!"
Upon first contact Norma had me sold on staying at one of their properties. She worked hard at finding just the right accommodation for us and Villa Marianna was wonderful! It feels remote but it'… More
The pool is a few minutes walk down-hill. However, for this reason, there is a designated car lane, which is especially useful if you have children and lots of things to carry or a person in the group with mobility problems, because the car can be parked next to the pool. And, there is a WC next to the pool too,
18 Aug 2013
"Lovely, relaxing holiday in beautiful location with stunning vie"
The moment I inquired about renting a property with Umbria Holiday Rentals, I was impressed with the personal service in terms of speed of response and detailed information given. This was reinforced … More
18 Aug 2013
"Well equipped apartment with huge pool and total sun trap of a t"
We've done a lot of apartment renting across Italy and France and to be honest, the standards are very variable. Villa Marianna stands out from the crowd. In a beautiful countryside setting it&… More
15 Aug 2013
We spent 10 days in Villa Marianna Spoleto in July. It was our second visit, we were there last year also in the same apartment! We were a party of 5, 2 adults and 3 children. The apartment was spacio… More
24 May 2013
"Our stay at Villa maarianna"
We loved our apartment at Villa Marianna. When we arrived we found coffee, pasta sauce, pasta,olive oil, wine and a variety of staples that Laurie and Norma had provided for us to get started after o… More
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