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PRIVATE COUNTRY HOUSE-GREAT FOR ESCAPE WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY

William Menard

Advertiser since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Sleeps16
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms6
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights

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PRIVATE COUNTRY HOUSE-GREAT FOR ESCAPE WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms6
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights

Overview

Assisi House Rental Photos and Description

6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16

Nestled in a quiet valley between two mountain ranges and in the shadow of the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, the villa La Fattoria del Gelso is an ideal place to discover the treasures of Umbria and the secrets of la dolce vita.

This luxurious and comfortable villa is set on a tranquil 40 hectares working farm in one of Italy's most fertile regions, yet is just a short drive to some of the Italy's best artistic, cultural and culinary treasures.

Whether you are a large extended family, families traveling together, a group of friends or a tour group meeting one another for the first time, La Fattoria del Gelso offers the right amount of luxury, familiarity, privacy and togetherness to make your Italian vacation one that you will remember for a lifetime.

The main building of the villa is a two story farmhouse constructed in the 1700s. The farmhouse houses 6 spacious king bedrooms, 5 on the upper floor and one on the lower floor with a separate, private entrance.

A separate annex, just across the courtyard from the main building, houses two additional king bedrooms, which are adjoining and handicap accessible. Four of the bedrooms on the upper floor form two two-bedroom suites, each pair sharing a bathroom and capable of being closed off to give families more privacy.

Each of the bedrooms is furnished with a king bed (which can be separated into twin beds) covered with fine Frette linens and decorated with authentic rustic Italian furniture.

The main building has two large sitting rooms, with working fireplaces and with comfortable furniture capable of seating your entire group. One of the sitting rooms has satellite TV with dozens of channels of English language programming, sports and news.

A separate game room with another satellite TV is a perfect refuge for the kids.

Free high speed internet is available through the villa's computer, which is located in one of the sitting rooms and is at your disposal throughout your stay, or by wireless (Wi-Fi) if you choose to bring your own laptop or smartphone.

A fax machine and copier is also available for your use and prepaid cell phones can be provided upon request.

An enormous modern kitchen, installed previously when the property housed a local restaurant, features a six burner gas oven, pasta making table, stainless steel refrigerator and plenty of working space for you and your group to make the perfect meal. Just outside the kitchen door is an ample garden where you will find the freshest vegetables and herbs for your meals.

This large space is perfect for cooking classes, which we can arrange for you, or perhaps you would prefer to learn how to make authentic Italian pizza in our wood burning pizza oven on the patio outside the kitchen.

If you are not the cooking type, a cook can be arranged for an additional charge.

Outside you can enjoy the extensive grounds, tree-lined and surrounded by fertile green fields. In the distance the town of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis, can be seen, its white walls and buildings dominating the valley below.

A private pool and expansive patio are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the views and to discover that inner peace that led St. Francis to become the patron saint of birds, animal and the environment.

Located just 15 minutes from the Perugia airport and the Assisi train station, as well as a short 10 minute drive from the SS75 highway, La Fattoria del Gelso is a perfect jumping off point for the historic towns of Assisi and Perugia, as well as the lesser known gems such as Spello, Spoleto, Bevagna and Montefalco.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
William Menard (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2008
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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

We came as a group of extended family and friends, eight of us in all. The property could easily have accomodated more. We enjoyed our time gathering in the large comfortable living room - giving all a chance share daily experiences and hook into wifi. The staff, Marco and Wendy, were both able to help connect us to the best guides and experiential outings, including wineries and restaurants. Truffle hunting and cooking class were just 2 really off the chart experiences .



The most unexpected bonus was the vegetable garden that we were encouraged to take advantage of - eating some of the freshest and most delicious produce of the trip.



Cannaro is a small sleepy village that is 20 minutes from everything that you would want to see in Umbria and also provides easy gateway to Tuscany. This was the first time that we rented a car in Europe and although we made our far share of wrong turns, these did not detract from the fun!



We were there during a summer heat wave and the large pool was a great treat after a hot day of sightseeing. Each room has a fan though there is no central a/c.



Breakfast prepared by Maria Pia was a delicious way to start the day and we really appreciated that she was able to accommodate special dietary requirements. She is a master of expresso.
Sep 2012
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Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms6
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights
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Reviews

5
based on 6 traveler reviews

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Private Country House-Great for Escape with Friends or Family
average rating of 5.0 based on 88 reviews
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Assisi Assisi
Baltimore, Maryland
5

  • 5 of 5
Myself and 15 other family members have just returned from a fabulous vacation at La Fattoria Del Gelso. It was an ideal family trip in a most beautiful section of Umbria, Cannara. Wendy, Marco and Teresa made us feel right at home and we highly recommend at least one night of Teresa's superb Italian cooking.The location of La Fattoria is excellent for day trips to the many fascinating towns surrounding it. We especially enjoyed Deruta and Assisi. Some of us even travelled to Florence only a two hour drive. Truffle Hunting was a unique and fun experience for everyone. We can't say enough good things about our stay. La Fattoria was immaculate and inviting with plenty of room for all of us. We couldn't have picked a better place for our first trip to Italy.
  • Submitted: May 28, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Assisi Assisi
Philadelphia, PA
5

  • 5 of 5
Dear Bill and Suzy: thank you for making our stay at Fattoria Del Gelso so memorable. We had such a special time mostly due to your help in arranging all of our many activities, and your staff's assistance in seeing those activities through. The house is charming, and even though we did not fill all the bedrooms, it did not seem to big for us (we were 8). Our smaller children loved running around the property and the bigger kids enjoyed the many outdoor sitting areas. The location of the house is superb, and, although we had excursions every day to the surrounding areas, we never felt overwhelmed. The girls agree that one of the highlights was our ceramics class in Deruta and the boys (big ones) said the Paolo Bea winery was a very special experience (my brother in law has even discovered where he can get Paolo Bea wine in Houston). The best part, however, was the birthday dinner that Theresa cooked, with the help of Wendy and Marco. It was the best meal we have had in all of Italy! When we left, my 7 year old son cried. That says it all!
  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
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Assisi Assisi
Bethesda, MD
5

  • 5 of 5
I arrived a day early at La Fattoria del Gelso to participate in Experience Umbria’s first food and wine excursion. It was late October, fall was in the air, and I was escaping the crashing and burning of the American economy, with visions of extended years of indentured servitude, known in some quarters as working for a living, when I should be expectantly looking forward to the travel and leisure of retirement. My hosts were still in route from Turin, but they had arranged for a friend to pick me up at the airport in Rome. After dropping our bags and freshening up a bit, it was off to lunch. We ended up at a little café, appropriately called Le Delizie del Borgo, just outside the gate to Bevagna. Seated at table out front, we embarked on a two-hour plus sampling of the food and wine of Umbria. The proprietor was most gracious, taking our desires to sample a number of dishes on the menu, and turning our afternoon into a delightful series of small courses accompanied by a lovely Montefalco Rosso. And so I was introduced to Umbria.Our excursion began in earnest the following morning. There were tours, Assisi with its history of St. Francis; Perugia and, coincidentally, the international chocolate festival and a chocolate making class at the Perugina Chocolate School; Norcia with St. Benedict and all manner of pork, wild boar, sausages; a truffle hunt near Città di Castello. Interspersed were visits to wineries and fabulous two or three hour lunches in Assisi, Spello, Montefalco, and at Il Bacco Felice in Foligno. A typical day would begin with a tour or a winery, then lunch, followed by one or two more wineries in the late afternoon, then after catching our breaths, off to dinner for a few more hours. I remember being asked if I had brought a good book for the “down time.”Despite the hustle and bustle of the days, I felt refreshed. Perhaps that was due to the bucolic ambiance of the morning hours. In the early, autumn dawn, the air is just a bit nippy with a slight haze. Nevertheless, you can see a fair distance in any direction to the hillsides bordering the Umbrian valley with a vision of the ubiquitous grapes changing to olive trees capping the hills. The soil has been turned to lie fallow until the spring and occasionally the shot of a distant hunter breaks the stillness. Flowers are still in bloom, but the leaves of the trees have begun to turn and fall. It is energizing to experience this tranquility and peace, until Teresa
  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2008
  • Stayed: Dec 2008
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Assisi Assisi
Rome, Italy
5

  • 5 of 5
Bill and Suzy:
We just returned from a week in your beautiful home. It is such a perfect place for medium to large family gatherings. We packed 50 people into your dining room for Thanksgiving! The bedrooms were comfortable for the 15 who stayed.. so great to have so many bathrooms and private spaces in country home. We know Umbria well, but Cannara's location is so close to some of the prettiest spots in the area -- not to mention the great vineyards for wine tasting. Such great hospitality by your staff too, who were so attentive and helpful but also left us to enjoy in front of the fire too. Next time we will try a summer party when the pool is open. Thanks again!
  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2008
  • Stayed: Dec 2008
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Assisi Assisi
Glasgow, Scotland
5

  • 5 of 5
I arrived at the villa worn out and worn down after a family bereavement. It was the perfect getaway- beautifully quiet surroundings and a gorgeous pool, surrounded by fields of sunflowers.
The interior decor is beauutiful and the kitchen up to commercial standards.
I loved not having to drive everywhere-it's a short stroll into Cannara. But when you do get in the car Assissi, Foligno, Perugia are all on the doorstep. Javier will even explain the best spots to park. We were there for the Umbria Jazz Festival, and even if you chose not to go to the big events, Perugia was a great place just to hang out and watch the world go by.
I left a lot more at peace than when I arrived, and would highly recommend the villa to anyone who deserves a break.
  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
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Assisi Assisi
Washington, DC
5

  • 5 of 5
We recently stayed at Fattoria del Gelso (May 2008) and had an absolutely fantastic time. The house itself is fantastic- even bigger than our needs. The location is great- just 10 minutes drive to Assisi, 5 minutes to Bevagna, 10 minutes to Spello... Montefalco just around the corner. Absolutely central. Javier was a great help, too- arranged everything for us, from wine tours to cooking classes. In particular we loved Tabarrini in Montefalco- Giampaolo, the young wine maker, is something else- perhaps the funniest man in Italy. We ate so well in Umbria- we recommend the nice restaurant in Canarra (Javier knows the name), and also the one in the walls of the Roman amphitheater in Bevagna (in the hotel L'Orto degli Angeli). We really couldn't have had more fun in Umbria. We'll just have to start planning our return trip now, I guess. Grazie mille!!!
  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2008
  • Stayed: Jun 2008
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

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Just 15 Minutes from Assisi, Outside the Village of Cannara. The owners, an American couple who fell in love with Italy over a decade ago and fed their addiction by establishing an Italian import retail store in the Washington, DC area, have extensive knowledge of and ties to the area.

They can help you plan and organize tours of nearby towns and sights, visits to local vineyards (the villa is located along the famous Strada del Sagrantino - the Sagrantino Wine Road that winds its way through the hills here, welcoming visitors to enter and try this highly acclaimed wine), arrange cooking, language, photography or ceramics classes with local artisans or arrange transportation. Their local partners are available to assist you 24/7.

La Fattoria del Gelso. The villa, the ambiance, the setting and the staff ensure that you will have a memorable vacation that you will be talking about for years to come.

Other Activities: shopping, boating,health/beauty spa

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Rates & Availability

Assisi House Rental Rates

Notes

  • Saturday to Saturday rentals only.;
    Rates exclusive of utilities (gas, electric, water) and €150 end of stay cleaning fee;
    AX,VI,MC
  • Dates Available: Year Round
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Amenities

Assisi House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
    Full 3 - toilet , shower
    Full 4 - toilet , shower
    Full 5 - toilet , shower
    Full 6 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king
  • King beds can be separated into two twins. Portable cribs are available.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes:
Cooking classes, guided wine excursions, guided sightseeing excursions, photography classes, language classes, ceramics painting classes

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