Podere Vigliano, a 275 year old farmhouse, beautifully restored in the old style is situated on 10 acres in the Umbrian countryside bordering Tuscany.
Enter the cypress lined driveway to the enchanting private grounds. Walk among the olive groves, vineyard, fruit trees, oak forest, and manicured gardens, or relax by the private swimming pool, in an easy chair under the pergola sipping wine, and enjoying the peaceful views.
Choose between the four alfresco dining spots on the groomed property - each with views of the surrounding hills and the ever present silent golden silhouette of the hill town above. Relax and refresh by the private swimming pool. Start your day with an outdoor shower by the pool, cappuccinos, figs plucked from the tree, pecorino cheese and local honey-or hike up to the town cafe.
Each bedroom offers a clean, effortless style of its own with window views for fresh air and light streaming in. Several comfy spots inside to gather or find some alone time.
We are walking distance to the walled town with several great restaurants, bars, wine bar, forno, and grocery stores. Monteleone hosts several well known festivals. Cooking classes or a cook at the farmhouse can be arranged, as well as customized tours or itineraries.
We're back! Absolutely amazing! We truly cannot wait to plan our next trip. I'm sure I gained 10 pounds, we ate like you wouldn't believe.....Our most favorite dish in all of Italy was Milena's lasagna...oh my gosh! This was a trip of a lifetime. Thank you so much, I can't believe this opportunity just landed in my lap like that!!
I came to Italy alone, a single woman, and fell in love with Umbria and especially Podere Vigliano. Without knowing a word of Italian I made this my home and embarked on the amazingly fun adventure of restoring this 275 year old farmhouse in the old way. Everything about Italy and Umbria has been transformative. The landscape is magnificent, but most of all the Italian people exude the beauty, warmth, and pace of the land.
When I first came to Umbria after the end of my long marriage I felt renewed and my spirit so free that it seemed I could do and be anything in Italy. Soon after, my former husband passed away and my responsibilities to my children, still in high school, made it so I wasn't able to spend as much time here. A house needs to be lived in so I started sharing my home with guests so that they too could experience the beauty and love I have here as well. This way I feel always connected to my home in Italy.
Italy brings out the romance in everyone, and after 12 years of being on my own, my American boyfriend, Greg, flew over from California to get down on one knee and propose marriage on my terrace. I accepted! So many times I dreamt of love on that terrace under the night sky looking up at the lights of Monteleone, drinking local sangiovese wine. It was perfect that his declaration of love was on the very terrace where my dreams soared and my heart opened. Now I have a partner to share in this beautiful life here and in California. Between the two of us we have four lovely young adult children, my two, Steve and Katie; and his two, Kendall and Courtney.
I steal away to Italy as often and long as possible. I have lead many customized tours and love to explore the countryside and bring my discoveries to others. I am an avid cyclist, triathlete, and outdoor enthusiast who believes anything you do outside is always best. Hence, life in the Italian countryside suits me perfectly.
I bought Podere Vigliano for its unique beauty, both the home and the land. I wanted to be in the countryside where my neighbors are Italian farmers living as they always have.
You will have access to my local Italian friends for cooking at the farmhouse, preparing pizza in my outdoor pizza oven and intimate cooking classes in their homes. At the town cafe and restaurant/wine bar you will be immediately welcomed when you tell them you are staying at my house. Our town is not on the tourist map and you will feel like you are living the Italian life.
Podere Vigliano is a 275 year old farmhouse beautifully restored in the old style. It lies on 10 acres in the heart of Italy on the border of Umbria and Tuscany. Ideally located midway between Florence and Rome it is easy to visit the famous hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria and return home to the countryside to relax or take a swim in the pool. The A-1 autostrada and the main train station in Chiusi are close by for easy access.
The farmhouse looks up to the medieval hill town of Monteleone d' Orvieto which hosts several well known festivals. We are walking distance to town with several great restaurants, bars, wine bar, forno, and grocery stores.
Orvieto, Siena, Assisi, Perugia, Todi, Deruta, Montepulciano, and Cortona are all within an hour's drive. Etruscan tombs, hot springs, Roman ruins and the Duomo of Orvieto are just a few of the regions historical features. Local activities include horseback riding, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, cycling, cooking and art classes.
Other Activities: shopping, boating, Health/Beauty Spa