Ventinove is a beautiful stone house set in the medieval, hilltop village of Silvignano 600m above sea level and located in 'an area of outstanding natural beauty'. This is our second home which we have loving restored in the last few years with the help of locally renowned architects, taking great care to create a home from home which is full of light and colour. It has been furnished from specialist local furniture stores renowned for contemporary Italian design. We have added our own finishing touches including lots of lamps a wide variety of prints and paintings with an Italian theme, as well as a large selection of english books for all ages from classic to modern, and a large selection of DVDs and board games for all the family.
The whole house has wonderful chestnut beams, wooden shutters (some painted a soft grey) and painted wooden floors (with the exception of the bathrooms which have stone flooring).
Upstairs the very large living room runs the length of the house and has large double doors to a cool stone upper garden area. At the other end the windows overlook two valleys, from which you can see the sunset. It has two sitting areas either side of a very large stone fireplace; one perfect for evening aperitivos with 2 sofas and upholstered benches. The other a TV area with sofa (sofabed) and two leather armchairs. Walls are filled with pictures as well as a Designers Guild rug, handmade linen curtains from Montefalco and two bookcases of books and DVDs making this the perfect room for everyone to gather.
On this level is a travertine lined shower room with a hand carved basin and 'wet room' shower with large glass screen. In addition there are two bedrooms: the pink room can be arranged as a twin or double with a small sofa bed on a gated mezzanine level. The blue room has bunk beds and full single bed on gated mezzanine level, in addition a large desk area.The upper levels of the bedrooms are accessed by purpose made wooden ladders.
WIFI is provided throughout the house and some of the garden.
The two levels are connected by a bespoke metal staircase with painted wooden treads and filled with light from the landing window. Downstairs is the kitchen and dining room, with a further sitting area. The modern, fully fitted kitchen has a wonderful curved ceiling with glass door to an ancient storage cave accessed via a floodlight tunnel which looks wonderfully dramatic when light in the evening. The kitchen is totally equipped for the most enthusiastic cooks with a large array of locally sourced crockery, serving dishes, glassware. Coffee lovers have a choice of the traditional Moka pot or Nespresso machine. There is a large dining table for 8+ people and a cosy sitting area with sofa and comfy chairs in front of an wood burning open fire which we light whenever we can.
A small lobby provides gives a sense of privacy to the Master bedroom suite with a king size bed with french doors directly to the garden and another travertine lined shower room with large rain head shower and heated mirror above large hand carved basin.
There is also a small laundry area with a washer drier.
The house comfortable sleeps 6, but depending on the mix of adults and children we have accommodated 8+ with the sofa bed.
The small garden has an ancient well which helps us keep the grass nice and green, no matter how hot. There is a wisteria covered pergola with marble table and benches and lighting. From here as well as the rest of the garden are the most amazing views through the valley filled with olive groves. At the end of the garden we have our own olive grove of 50 trees which you are free to wander and gather wild asparagus and garlic when in season.From the small stone store (attached to the house with garden furniture and extra fridge) there are stone steps connecting the upper and lower outside garden areas.
We have our own parking are for one car but there is additional parking in the small square in the village.
It is almost impossible to give a truly comprehensive picture of all there is to do both in the area and up to a couple of hours away. Umbria
In the area: There is a remarkable range of things to do in the local area:
Outings and Activities: Swimming, Hiking, Running, Mountain and Road Biking, Horse Riding and Mule Trekking,Yoga, Fishing, Cycling, Skiing, Antique and Flea Markets
Food and Drink: Cooking lessons, Wine trails, Olive Oil trails, Truffle hunting, Wild asparagus and herb foraging
Festivals: Arts (music and dance), Jazz, Wine, Oil, Medieval and Roman re-enactment, Cheese
Historic Towns: Spoleto, Perugia, Todi, Orvieto, Assisi, Montefalco, Trevi, Spello and Bevagna
We will provide lots more information and recommendations on request. We are compiling a portfolio of information at the house along with personal recommendations for shopping, eating out, and other invaluable "insider information" which will help you ensure that your stay is the perfect blend of tourist must dos, as well as insider off the beaten track experiences.
With the help of our wonderful housekeeper we can arrange shopping, meals, taxi services, book train tickets and help with itineraries. Allowing you to maximise your time in this special corner of Umbria.