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.
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.
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