Looking for a peaceful retreat located amidst the farmland of Umbria? Casa Napoletano is close to perfect. The pool is large and clean. The wood pizza oven works like a dream. Enough wood is provided to allow for a week's worth (and more) of alfresco cooking. The screens on all windows and doors are a rarity in Europe. It is possible to leave the windows open at night to enjoy the sweet country air and wake up to the sound of pheasants in the morning. The outdoor furniture and patios are high end and in excellent shape.
The photos do not do the interiors proper justice. The entire villa is constructed and decorated with care and craftsmanship. The upholstered sofas and chairs are comfortable and new. The beds, with the exception one of the downstairs mattresses, are new and spotless. It might be time to replace the downstairs mattress? Excellent hot water supply, beautiful bathrooms and fixtures, lovely linens, abundant supply of towels. No stemware wine glasses were provided as wine is commonly sipped out of small glasses at home. We asked where we might find stemware and Michael, the wonderful owner, had a set delivered to the house the next day. He is one of the easiest and most accommodating owners we have ever encountered in 30 years of renting homes in Western Europe.
Franco and Anna are caretakers for the villa. They are warm, lovely and not at all intrusive. Communication was fine even with our very limited grasp of the Italian language.
Folks should give consideration to the location of the villa. Michael honestly describes the nearest town as "a typical working village". Umbertide is indeed a place where Italians live and work. The town wouldn't qualify for "prettiest villages in Italy" status. However, the town has an excellent COOP market and another very inexpensive suoermarket. The town is also located next to the E motorway providing quick access to all the Tuscan and Umbrian sights. The surrounding hills are covered with olive trees, forest, pastures, small farms and walking roads. The villa is a 5 minute drive to town but located in an absolutely quiet and peaceful setting. The surrounding area is a nice relief from the glossy and sometimes busy Tuscany region. This undiscovered pocket of Umbria seems to be ready to become a serious holiday destination. Don't miss the beautiful town of Montone and the excellent restaurant Erba Luna perched on the edge of the village. Nearby Gubbio is not to be missed.