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In the heart of Italy!

Madeleine Stein

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, italian
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Madeleine Stein

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, italian
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Calendar last updated:
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In the heart of Italy!

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Antognolla Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, large living areas, wifi.

Above the tiny hamlet of San Giovanni del Pantano lies Gudiolo di Sopra. Set amongst olive trees and lavenders the carefully restored XV century tower and house, with a saltwater swimming pool, enjoys stunning views of distant fields and valleys.

The house is spacious and full of light. In the sitting room, cool breezes pass through the open doors that lead to the garden and tower. The kitchen is fully equipped with an adjoining dining room (for 12). Lunch and dinners are usually served outside (one table seats 6, the other 12). A variety of outdoor seating areas surround the house offering privacy and silence. A loggia by the tower offers a relaxing space to watch the sunset. A lounge area outside the dining room offers the confort of a living room while enjoying the breathtaking views. An organic vegetable garden provides seasonable salads and vegetables and the estate also produces its own biological olive oil. The only little shop in the village offers typical gourmet products from local farmers. Just 1.5 kilometers away, Antognolla Castle overlooks the 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones J.

Customise your holiday! We can plan each day of your vacation. Every step will bring you closer to the heart of Umbria, its traditions, its history, art and culture.

You can let us guide you through our favourite towns and villages: go to the steep and sleepy town of Spello, taking your time over lunch, and enjoy a leisurely afternoon....or take a slow journey discovering the works of Piero della Francesca, from Arezzo to Urbino.

Or again, stick closer to home: enjoy a morning hunting for wild asparagus or funghis in the woodlands near the house. Learn how to make your own gnocchi with a nonna from the village.

At the end of each day, dinner can be waiting for you in Gudiolo. You can spend the evening drinking Umbrian wines and savoring traditional dishes, whilst planning the following day or expand your knowledge of the art and history you experienced during your day by discussing it at dinner with a local expert.

Rates on request (including breakfast, dinner, transportation in a minibus and pick-up from airport if required).

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Madeleine Stein (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 14, 2015

Why Madeleine Stein chose Antognolla

It was during the Eighties that Gudiolo found us. The ‘us’, a family of eccentric nomads trying to plant some roots, convinced that with our sheer determination we could learn how to take care of a garden. Many friends have asked us how we found the courage to start restoration work when each member of the family was living in a different continent. I know now that the most important ingredient in order to embark on such a project is TRUST. And we did plenty of trusting: We trusted the complete stranger who, with a power of attorney, represented us in the buying transaction, trusted the architect who we had never met, trusted every local villager with their invaluable advice and, on several occasions, trusted different water diviners who promised us the next well would be full. It should be said, that our trust was always well placed, although in the case of water it would have been cheaper and more efficient to buy a large stake in San Pellegrino. Eventually, the tower grew, electricity reached us and fireplaces were restored while Nicola was being born in Mexico City, Thomas in Lisbon and Lucas in Zurich. Every year, despite only visiting for a few weeks of summer holidays, we would indulge ourselves in the deceptive feeling of permanence. It was only six years ago, when I decided to move to Gudiolo and live here all year around, that I finally came to understand the real meaning of permanence. Permanence is to wake up each morning, knowing that whatever we need to do can wait, because tomorrow we will still be here. It is to carefully unpack boxes which have circumnavigated the planet several times, including old issues of National Geographic. It is finding the right spot for the 18th century Burmese Buddha and realising that he will never move again. It is like… coming home… an experience that neither my children nor I had ever had before.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Set in the heart of Italy, Umbria offers the ideal combination of art, history, stunning landscapes, and superb food and wine. Nearby towns throughout the region house art treasures by Piero della Francesca, Perugino, and other Renaissance masters. Florence and Rome are within

two hours’ drive and Siena, Arezzo, Gubbio, Assisi and Todi can be reached in no more than an hour by car. Perugia is just 20 minutes away and offers a wealth of cultural activities that include opera and the famous Umbria Jazz festival in July. Other spectacular hilltop towns include Cortona, Corciano, and Preggio, the latter with its annual classical music festival. Montone, less than half an hour

drive, attracts international crowds during the Film Festival.

Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis and a World Heritage Site since 2000 should not be missed. The magnificent basilica dedicated to St. Francis and decorated wit frescoes by numerous late medieval painters from the Roman and Tuscan schools, has works among others by Giotto, Simone Martini, and Pietro Lorenzetti.

Wine tasting sessions and tours to the various vineyards and cellars of the most important wineries in Umbria are an easy drive from the property. The beautiful hill town of Montefalco, with its vineyards of Sagrantino and Montefalco Rosso, is a paradise for wine lovers. Less than an hour drive, Montepulciano provides some of the Tuscan best.

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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 16 traveler reviews

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In the heart of Italy!
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews
4

All I was hoping for!

  • 4 of 5

I booked Gudiolo for a vacation with several of my cousins. We were 10 adults and we all loved our stay at Madeline Stein's lovely home! It was my first time to book an international vacation rental and I was a little nervous. I had a vision of what a house in the Italian countryside should be like. Gudiolo was all I was hoping it would be. And, it was exactly as represented online. It was a wonderful blend of rustic charm, and modern convenience with stunning panoramic views. Plus, the eclectic décor created a warm and welcoming environment both inside and outside.

Perhaps the best part of renting Gudiolo for the week (I would loved to have stayed longer), was meeting the owner, Madeline. Not only was she a gracious host, she was incredibly helpful before we arrived and during our stay. Madeline arranged for us to have groceries when we arrived, she set us up with local chefs and a delightful cooking lesson in the home. She made arrangements to have some of our party taken to and from the airport in Rome. She also provided many valuable suggestions for things to do, places to go, and ways to get there.

I would absolutely recommend this property to my friends and family...in fact, I already have. Furthermore, I hope to visit again someday.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Idyllic retreat with fabulous views

  • 5 of 5

We, 6 adults and 4 teenagers, had a brilliant week in August. The house is quirky (in a lovely way!) with lots of different places to sit, in the sun and in the shade. We ate fresh produce from the garden and enjoyed using the fantastically equipped kitchen. The villa is a great location for visiting the area or you can simply lounge by the lovely pool & take in the view. For a great meal try the local golf club - about 5 minute drive away. Thank you Madeleine!

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Truly 5 Star

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I stayed at Giudiolo for a few nights in June and wished that we could have stayed longer.

We enjoyed the tranquility and beauty of this very special place. Madeleine's hospitiality was outstanding, she made us feel truly welcome and we were entertained by her knowledge of literature and classical music.

We both felt that we had recharged our batteries after just a few days at this amazing place and will definitely return again next year.

I would highly recommend this property for couples, family and groups of friends.

Truly a 5 star holiday destination.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

This is Umbria at its best

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Madeleine's beautiful estate for a week and enjoyed every moment. As an architect I found the house as well its surrounding most inspiring - this is Italy and Umbria as I have always imagined: the olive groves, the green valley with its morning fog lying like a blanket, the forest behind the house. The house itself is full of atmosphere, showing Madeleine's superb taste in collecting art as well as ordinary country items, all together composing a unique place.

We enjoyed having breakfasts with Madeleine at her kitchen, with her handmade bread, freshly squeezed fruit juice, brewed coffee, Muzzarella cheese and more - all while we all talking, laughing and meeting her guests and friends from all ove the world.

In short, this is an ideal place for all lovers of Italy, wishing to experience both its countryside beauty, while being so close to its historic treasues like Arezzo, Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio and many more.

Madeleine, Thank you for the great time we spent together, we are looking forward visiting again.

Ami and Efrat

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Santiago, Chile
5

An unforgettable experience

  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed the beauty, peace and lively owner, Madeleine, who made our stay in Umbria an unforgettable experience. The house is so unique and special, you feel you are in a country house but with modern comforts. The dinners prepared by Madeleine were very special and delicious. I fully recommend Gudiolo!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Super location with hospitable owner

  • 5 of 5

Gudiolo is even more beautiful in real life than the idyllic pictures on the website already suggest. The beauty of the house, all the amenities you can think of, combined with the hospitality of Madeleine and how she looked after us (e.g., first day shopping was waiting on us in the kitchen when we arrived on Saturday evening!) we had a wonderful time.

The kids loved the pool, we visited historic places in the area and we toured wineries. In the well equipped kitchen we prepared some really nice Italian dishes. Highly recommend the place. We stayed with 4 adults and 5 children (age 7 - 11 yrs).

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
36 Kilometres
San Egidio, Perugia
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Colle Umberto
Nearest Ferry
145 Kilometres
Ancona
Nearest Golf
1.5 Kilometres
Antognolla
Nearest Train
19 Kilometres
Perugia
Nearest Motorway
9.6 Kilometres
E45, Pierantonio
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Antognolla Golf Club Restaurant
Nearest Beach
155 Kilometres
Maremma
Car: necessary

No one knows for certain how long the valley from Umbertide to Perugia has been protected by the watchtower called Gudiolo. Some of the stones indicate that it has been standing since at least the 13th Century, a hundred years before Lucrezia Borgia is said to have ordered the construction of another tower across the valley. Throughout the turbulent centuries that followed, Gudiolo must have given shelter over time to all manner of refugees, exiles, and wanderers; and although Gudiolo was already in ruins by the time World War II arrived in the valley, the people from the hamlet of San Giovanni del Pantano used the woods behind it to hide when German soldiers occupied their homes. Many years ago, we asked the locals the origin of 'Gudiolo'; some surmised that it might be derived from '‘godere,' the Italian verb for 'to enjoy.' That was good enough for us; we never asked again, applying the Italian maxim of 'Se non è vero è ben trovato'.

Set in the heart of Italy, Umbria offers the ideal combination of art, history, stunning landscapes, and superb food and wine. Nearby towns throughout the region house art treasures by Piero della Francesca, Perugino, and other Renaissance masters. Florence and Rome are within two hours’ drive and Siena, Arezzo, Gubbio, Assisi and Todi can be reached in no more than an hour by car. Perugia is just 20 minutes away and offers a wealth of cultural activities that include opera and the famous Umbria Jazz festival in July. Other spectacular hilltop towns include Cortona, Corciano, and Preggio, the latter with its annual classical music festival. Montone, less than half an hour drive, attracts international crowds during the Film Festival. Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis and a World Heritage Site since 2000 should not be missed. The magnificent basilica dedicated to St. Francis and decorated with frescoes by numerous late medieval painters from the Roman and Tuscan schools, has works among others by Giotto, Simone Martini, and Pietro Lorenzetti.

Wine tasting sessions and tours to the various vineyards and cellars of the most important wineries in Umbria are an easy drive from the property. The beautiful hill town of Montefalco, with its vineyards of Sagrantino and Montefalco Rosso, is a paradise for wine lovers. Less than an hour drive, Montepulciano provides some of the Tuscan best.

Or else stick closer to home. Learn how to make your own gnocchi with a nonna from the village. Stables nearby offer moonlight rides to Etruscan tombs. Hikers can follow the marked trails to the summit of Monte Acuto and Tezio, both offering spectacular views of the Tiber Valley, distant Assisi, and Lake Trasimeno. For the cyclist, there are over 30 circuits in Umbria to suit any demanding sportsman. We can arrange bike rental as well as a guide / leader and support vehicle to discover the Umbrian scenery.

Five minutes away, Antognolla Golf Club caters to the elite golfer while also offering professional instructors. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, the 18 hole championship golf course provides a real challenge for professional and amateur golfers alike. The restaurant “Il Caldaro” is only a few minutes’ drive and offers local delicacies as well as handmade pizzas cooked in the original medieval oven (the best pizza north of Naples!).

Umbria is the center of the Italian cashmere industry, nearly 500 knitwear companies populate the “Cashmere Valley” around or near Lake Trasimeno, most notably is Brunello Cucinelli in Solomeo only 20 minutes away.

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Rates & Availability

From €3,450 Per week

Antognolla Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring
Apr 4 2015 - Jun 27 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€3,450
 
 
Summer
Jun 28 2015 - Sep 5 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€3,750
 
 
Fall
Sep 6 2015 - Oct 31 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€3,450
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning €0
Notes 3450
Rates are for self catered holiday. House cleaning and change of linens and towels every Saturday. Extra domestic help or babysitting can be arranged at 12 eur per hour.
Umbrian home cooked dinners can be arranged.
Central heating usage will be charged at an extra cost of 60 eur per day.
Payments can be made using PayPal or by bank transfer.
Price reduction for smaller size group.
30% of Rental Price to be paid by bank transfer when signing contract at the moment of booking, and 70% of Rental Price to be paid by bank transfer two months prior to date of arrival.
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Amenities

Antognolla Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 320 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , bidet , In the tower
    Pool Bathroom - outdoor shower , Near the swimming pool
  • Both bathrooms in the second floor have been recently redone. Near the swimming pool there is a half bathroom and an outdoor shower (cold water only!). The third floor bathroom has a bathtub.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 double , In the Medieval Tower
    Bedroom 6 - 1 twin/ single , Ground floor of the Tower
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1st floor double bedroom with en suite bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Second floor master bedroom with en suite bathroom & study
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , First floor double bedroom shares bathroom with twin bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Shares bathroom with bedroom 2 (extra bed can be added)
  • Accommodates up to 12 adults with the possibility of requesting two travel cots. Main house: one double bedroom with en suite bathroom, a second double bedroom with reading corner and fireplace sharing a big bathroom with a twin bedroom. Wooden stairs carry on up to the top of the house with a self contained apartment with small living room with fireplace, a study, and a double bedroom with en suite bathroom. All rooms enjoy stunning views. The Tower has a single bedroom on the ground floor, a bathroom with shower (1st floor), a study with sofa and game table (2nd floor), and a double bedroom on the very top floor (with lots of books!). Please note that Gudiolo di Sopra dates from the Fifteen century, so a few of the lintels are quite low by modern standards.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Daily maid service and/or private Chef optional. The rate for cleaning service in this region is of eur 10.00 per hour.

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