CHARMING VILLA IN BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE ONLY 7K FROM ASSISI.

Mary Fletcher

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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CHARMING VILLA IN BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE ONLY 7K FROM ASSISI.

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3-bedroom country house for five people in regional park of Mt Subasio

La Casa Piccola is a welcoming, three-bedroom house with every amenity set on the wooded lower slopes of the unspoiled Mt Subasio regional park. It's peaceful surroundings make it perfect for a relaxing summer holiday. With beautiful views over vineyards, olive groves and green valleys,it is ideal for experiencing the delights of the Italian countryside while still being in easy reach of the wonderful restaurants, markets, fashion shops and art-filled historic hill-towns of unspoiled Umbria. Sit and read under the pergola in the delightful garden, to the background buzz of crickets and bird song or go walking on the well-marked tracks that criss-cross the mountain itself, where you will rarely sight another walker. You may even see some of the wildlife like badgers, deer or porcupine that make their homes in the woods. The villa is part of a tiny hamlet of houses where the friendly Italian neighbors will make you feel welcome. Ancient Assisi is only seven kilometres away.

Assisi attractions: The first sight of Assisi's pink-stoned buildings and church towers, nestling on the lower slopes of Mt Subasio among olive trees and vineyards, quite literally takes the breath away. Perhaps because St Francis, the patron saint of the ecological movement, was born here in 1181, its beauty has been preserved over the centuries so that it seems little changed since Il Poveretto, as the saint was known, was born here. All who visit sense a special magic in the air as they wander the cobbled streets, with their window boxes of flame-red geraniums, or relax at a table in the main piazza with a coffee or a glass of wine, watching the passing parade. Families of tourists and pilgrims mingle with brown-habited Franciscan monks, the sun makes sparkles in the jets of water from the town fountain, doves fly overhead and all seems right with the world. But perhaps best of all is the Basilica built in honour of St Francis soon after his death in 1226 with its unforgettable Giotto frescoes.

Life of St Francis: The story of St Francis is one of riches to rags. Born into the family of a wealthy cloth merchant, he grew up into a wild teenager who loved wine, women and song and had the money to indulge his pleasures. When Assisi went to war with nearby Perugia, he rode off to battle on his charger in full armour, flag flying, no doubt eager to conquer the world and set even more female hearts a'fluttering. But his war did not last long. Captured by the enemy, he spent a year in the hellhole of a Perugian jail, the first time in his life he had undergone such severe physical and mental torture. The figure who emerged was a changed person. No longer the hell-raising playboy, Francis had discovered a new passion. The rich clothing he had once flaunted suddenly became rags. Instead of mixing with the gilded youth of the town, his friends became the beggars and lepers he had once despised. The old Francis was gone, the new one was emerging. What happened next? Come to Assisi and find out.

Mystic Umbria: Umbria has more saints than any other part of the world. Perhaps it has something to do with the air of mysticism that pervades the atmosphere, the strange half-mist that sometimes hovers over the landscape or just the fact that this is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, a place where Nature is still an ever-present force. It is called the Green Heat of Italy because the beauty of it woods, lakes and rivers is never withered by an August sun. Its ancient hill towns, with their churches where inevitably the works of old masters can be discovered almost by chance, look down on a vista of sweeping plains, olive groves and vineyards. But even a saint has to eat. So the cuisine (although the solid, no-nonsense Umbrians would never give it such a fancy name) is based on olive oil from its own slopes, locally reared pork and lamb, truffles found in the woods, sheeps' milk cheeses and wines from the Sangiovese grape, the Sagrantino of Montefalco or the fragrant whites of Orvieto.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Mary Fletcher (Owner)
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About Mary Fletcher

Brian and Mary Fletcher are retired journalists who live part of the year in Italy and part in the UK. Brian is English and grew up in the Midlands. Mary is Australian and grew up in Sydney. Both formerly journalists (now retired), they met across a crowded newsroom when Brian went out to Sydney to work on the same newspaper on which Mary was already a reporter. They married and had their first child in Australia before deciding to make the UK their home, where they still live (although Mary re-visits Australia whenever she can). Their two other children were born in the UK and they now have two grand-children. They bought La Casa Ciele (which adjoins La Casa Piccola) in l986 and two years later bought La Casa Piccola which was virtually a pile of stones without a roof. Over the years, they slowly renovated the two properties to provide two unique and beautiful holiday houses, which can be used as one dwelling when they have family or friends to stay. When they are not spending time in Italy, a country they have grown to love and which they regard as their 'other' home, Mary and Brian live in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. They have grown to love Umbria and have made many friends there, both in the Italian-born community and the expatriate residents. If they are in residence next door when you visit La Casa Piccola, they would be delighted to pass on tips and information about this beautiful part of the world.

Mary Fletcher purchased this villa in 1988

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The tranquility and the views have been simply wonderful and the hospitality and kindness of Mary and Brian have made us feel welcomed and relaxed: in short we have had a wonderful stay in a perfect location. The little extras, including fresh wild flowers and an Easter cake all contributed to a delightful holiday." RA and BA, Darlington, UK
Apr 2011
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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Charming villa in beautiful countryside only 7k from Assisi.
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
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Charming villa in beautiful countryside only 7k from Assisi.
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Assisi Assisi
Ede, Netherlands
5

La Casa Piccola: nice house in an interesting area

  • 5 of 5
'Nothing but compliments regarding the house, the area and the owners. La Casa Piccola is a lovely house and Mary and Brian are excellent hosts.
  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Charming villa in beautiful countryside only 7k from Assisi.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p404774
+44 07973751259
Assisi Assisi
Oxfordshire
5

Wonderful La Casa Picola

  • 5 of 5
We have stayed there several times with friends and what an utter joy it is. Superb location, away from everyone, but close enough to Assisi to make it easy to eat in the lovely restaurants and sightsee. There is so much to see in the surrounding area which is so beautiful.
The property is very clean and tidy and has all the amenities one could wish for. The owners live nearby and are very friendly and amenable.We hope to make it a regular holiday getaway destination for many years to come.
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2008
  • Stayed: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Perugia
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Assisi
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
E45
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Passignano, Lake Trasimeno
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Giovanino's at Ponte Grande
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Giovanino's or Dal Moro at Ponte Grande
Car: recommended

La Casa Piccola is surrounded by valleys and hills, vineyards and olive groves. You can try one of the many walking trails that criss-cross the mountain or sit in the garden under the pergola and do nothing at all!. But it is also in the perfect position to explore the best of Umbria's historic hill towns. Only seven kilometres away is the world-renowned city of Assisi with its magnificent 12thc. basilica housing frescos by Giotto . The patron saint of the ecological movement, St Francis, was born here. Only a little further afield are Perugia, the regional capital and a university town renowned for its classy shops and cafes. Spello, Spoleto, Montefalco, Gubbio and Sienna are all within easy reach. Or swim at one of the beaches on Lake Trasimeno, where you can also catch a ferry out to its islands. The restaurants, bars and cafes of Assisi, serving typical local cuisine, are a delight. Try the ice cream!. Both Rome and Florence are only two and a half hours away by train.

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Availability & Rates

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Assisi Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High season
Jun 1 2014 - Oct 18 2014
4 night minimum stay
£99
£695
£2,600
 
 
Low season
Oct 19 2014 - Mar 28 2015
4 night minimum stay
£70
£465
£1,865
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Assisi Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 75 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking Off Street
  • Local Maps
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Pantry Items
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • The white-tiled bathroom has a shower unit with door, a handbasin, mirror, toilet and bidet. All towels and linen are provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , A child's cot is also available
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bedroom No 1 has a Queen size double bed, bedside tables and reading lamps, wardrobe, antique chest of drawers, rugs, heater, fan, laundry basket and wastepaper bin. There are two windows. There is an electric blanket for cooler weather. Bedroom 2 has a Queen size double bed , two bedside tables, reading lamps, wardrobe, chest of drawers, rugs, waste paper basket, laundry basket. There is an electric blanket for cooler weather. There is one window. Bedroom 3 has a single bed, bedside table, reading lamp, wardrobe, chest of drawers, rugs and an electric blanket for cooler weather. There is one window. All bedrooms have heaters. All beds have either duvets for the colder months or blankets and quilts for the warmer months. The house is recommended for five persons, however the single sofa bed located on an inner balcony floor, usually used as a studio, can accommodate a sixth person. A child's cot can be made available if required.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Games
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • water parks
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • live theater
  • coin laundry
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • fitness center
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
Notes:
There is a bread-making machine in the kitchen. The washing machine is shared with the owner and located in a separate utility room . The floors throughout the house are tiled with the exception of the inner balcony room, which has a wood floor. The walls are white and hung with attractive art works. There is a good stock of books in the house as well as CDs, DVDs and videos. There is Sky television. The living room looks out over the garden and the kitchen window looks out over the wooded valley behind the house. The owners of La Casa Piccola are sometimes in residence next door and can provide helpful information about the local area, restaurants, shopping, markets etc etc, if required. The house is located in a small hamlet of half a dozen houses where the neighbors are friendly local Italian people. Although children and babies are welcome, the house is not really suitable for toddlers because of the two internal staircases. There is a WiFi connection for your laptop.
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