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Beautiful Umbrian Farmhouse with Private Pool, mature gardens and grounds

Umbertide PG, Italy
  • Farmhouse4305 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Spacious property with 5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10+. Cots available

Casa la Selva is ideal for those looking for a relaxing break in the heart of Italy. Located on the border of Tuscany and Umbria, overlooking a quiet valley, Casa la Selva is perfect for getting away from it all, and a convenient base for exploring the area. There are five attractive bedrooms, three bathrooms, two spacious and comfortable living rooms, a large, traditional and well equipped kitchen/dining room and a utility room.

Outside there is a private swimming pool (10mx5m) and large established gardens. Casa La Selva is available for private rentals, of one week or more for up to 10 people, throughout the year.

Bedrooms: Master Bedroom: Double bed, ensuite shower room.

Olive Room: Double bed, French doors to roof terrace.

Tower Room: Double bed, French doors to roof terrace.

Corner Room: Double or twin beds.

Garden Room: Double or twin beds, access to garden.

Kitchen: Well equipped, spacious kitchen with marble worktops, includes: gas hob, 90cm oven, microwave, double sink, dishwasher, fridge, coffee maker, kettle, pasta maker, blender and a meat-slicer. Original stone arch leads through to large dining room. There is also a large utility room containing double laundry sink, washing machine, ironing board, a second large fridge/freezer and re-cycling bins.

Sitting Rooms: There are two sitting rooms, both with wood burning stoves. One room has Playstation 2 and TV, along with a selection of games and DVDs. The other has a CD player with selection of CDs and a number of books, board games and children's toys.

A shaded loggia with large dining table overlooking the gardens. Perfect for lunch on a hot day. Also a play table and chairs for young children.

There are two roof terraces with fantastic views over the valley in daytime, or the starry skies at night.


Matt Jackson

Member Since 2004
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018
About Matt Jackson

Casa la Selva is owned by two families (the Squires and the Jacksons). We've been friends since university some 24 years ago and all love Italy.

Matt Jackson purchased this Farmhouse in 2002

Why Matt Jackson chose Umbertide

We love this part of Italy and particularly this area of Umbria; the hills, forests and Niccone valley are beautiful throughout the year and the people are very welcoming. We wanted a house in the middle of the countryside, away from neighbours and noise and when we found la Selva it completely met this requirement. The house sits in the middle of a 1 hectare plot with a further 2.5 hectares of meadow and woodland. In the summer the only noise you're likely to hear is the jingle of bells from the sheep on the hills. We spent the best part of a year restoring Casa la Selva before spending our first summer there in 2003. We look forward to our trips back every year.

What makes this Farmhouse unique

We all love to cook so the most important room in the house is the kitchen. It's great to pop out to local markets and pick up fresh ingredients to bring home to la Selva and cook for our family and friends. When we're there we usually spend some time mountain biking and really enjoy a day's cycling from the house around the hills on the tracks and unmade roads. Over the years we've found some great routes and I'm always happy to provide directions and maps. We usually pop into Perugia, Gubbio or Siena to wander round the towns and eat in some of the best restaurants in central Italy. We can recommend some great places for lunch. Our children love La Selva. Their favourite things are the pool, the gardens, making dens and eating ice cream. No need for iPads etc.


    • Internet
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Master
        1 queen, 1 baby crib
      • Olive
        1 double
      • Tower
        1 queen
      • Corner
        1 king, 2 twin/ single, 1 baby crib, Double or singles
      • Garden
        1 king, 2 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon, Double or singles
      • 3 doubles, 2 twins or large doubles. One bedroom has an additional sofa bed. 2 cots available.


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Master Ensuite
        toilet, shower
      • Family
        toilet, tub, shower, 2 sinks, bath has hand-held shower
      • West
        toilet, shower, 2 sinks

        Location Type

          • Mountain
          • Rural


              • Away From It All
              • Family


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Local Maps
                      • Activities Guide
                      • Fireplace
                      • Firewood
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                        WiFi available
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        Linen change weekly. More frequent house keeping can be arranged at extra cost.
                      • Living Room
                        2 living rooms.
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Parking
                        Plenty of space for several cars.
                      • Safe
                      • Sofa Bed
                      • Tiled Stove
                      • Towels Provided
                        Bathroom and pool towels provided. Changed weekly.
                      • Tumble Dryer
                        No tumble dryer, but clothes airer, plus clothes lines in garden.
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wood Stove
                        Wood burning stoves in both living rooms.


                          • Grill
                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Coffee Grinder
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Freezer
                            Freezer above one fridge.
                          • Blender
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                            Wide oven.
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                            2 fridges: one in the kitchen, the other in the utility room.
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                Original arch through to kitchen.
                              • Dining Room
                              • comfy seating for 12 people


                                  • Radio
                                  • Audio Tape Player
                                  • Books for Kids
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Games for Kids
                                  • Music Library
                                  • Books
                                  • Stereo
                                    Bluetooth speaker
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys
                                  • VCR
                                  • Video Game Console
                                  • Video Games
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Mature gardens surround the house, offering complete privacy.
                                      • Balcony
                                        Roof terraces with wonderful views across the valley. Dinner under the stars?
                                      • Beach Towels
                                      • Bicycles
                                        Mountain bikes available on request and for additional charge
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Marble-topped table and chairs on patio to front of house, near kitchen. A favourite spot for breakfast.
                                      • Golf
                                        Several courses nearby
                                      • Beach Chairs
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Patio
                                      • Porch / Veranda
                                        Loggia with garden table and chairs. A shady spot for lunch.
                                      • Screen Porch / Veranda
                                      • Tennis
                                        Courts available nearby
                                      • Terrace


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Outdoor Pool
                                              • Private Pool
                                                10m x 5m, wide steps into shallow end.

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Massage
                                                  • Private Chef


                                                      • autumn foliage
                                                      • forests
                                                      • restaurants
                                                      • winery tours

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • bird watching
                                                          • horseback riding
                                                          • scenic drives
                                                          • sight seeing
                                                          • walking

                                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                                              • ATM/bank
                                                              • Babysitter
                                                              • groceries
                                                              • hospital
                                                              • massage therapist

                                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                  • cycling
                                                                  • equestrian events
                                                                  • golf
                                                                  • hiking
                                                                  • mountain biking
                                                                  • sailing
                                                                  • swimming
                                                                  • tennis


                                                                      • We can arrage many additional services to make your stay special: - A cook to prepare meals at the house - A massage therapist - Italian lessons If you have a particular interest, let us know and we will see what we can do to help.

                                                                        House Rules

                                                                        Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                        Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                                        100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                        17 Reviews


                                                                        Latest reviews

                                                                        An absolutely beautiful property in a secluded and peaceful location. Just wonderful.

                                                                        Rosie H.

                                                                        The owners were extremely helpful throughout the booking procedure and answered my emails very promptly.

                                                                        Philip the caretaker met us and took us to the property. He explained everything that we needed to know and the whole process was extremely well done.

                                                                        This property is very special and spacious. It was immaculately clean and very tastefully furnished. It had everything we required. We could not fault it.

                                                                        We all thoroughly enjoyed the swimming pool which is a very good size and in a stunning spot.

                                                                        The property is quite remote so you have to be organised with your food shopping. There is a very good supermarket in umbertide which had everything we needed.

                                                                        There are some very good restaurants and lovely towns to visit. It is in a beautiful part of Italy.

                                                                        We would definitely recommend this property and we all had the best time.

                                                                        A very relaxing week, with gorgeous weather, just what we needed.


                                                                        We came back again to check everything is in order for another summer season. The house and gardens are looking lovely, with the roses and jasmine in bloom. Woke up each morning to birdsong and blue skies.

                                                                        The children enjoyed picking lots of cherries from the tree on the upper terrace. We even found a few wild strawberries along the track.

                                                                        Our friends loved the star gazing after dinner on the roof terrace and the fireflies dancing around the house.

                                                                        We had a lovely lunch one day at Erba Luna in Montone and enjoyed the beautiful views from the old town walls.

                                                                        We hope that all our guests this year enjoy their time at Casa La Selva as much as we do.

                                                                        The Squires (Co-owners)

                                                                        così perfetta !

                                                                        Chris B.

                                                                        We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful isolated farmhouse. It is really a home from home with everything you need from a well appointed kitchen, luxurious spa like bathrooms and individual bedrooms. A selection of CDs, books and DVDs were thoughtfully provided. The gardens, terraces and pool area are stunning, there are lots of toys and games for the kids (and adults) lizards scuttle about and at dusk bats flutter around the walnut trees as you eat on the terrace.

                                                                        It's isolation is both Casa de Selvo's strength and only weakness, with a 15 minute drive to the the nearest village and 30 minutes to Umbertide so buy extra wine and food for a few days and avoid any need to nip to the shops.

                                                                        Five bellissimo stars from The Burtons

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We just came back from a lovely week at La Selva. The friends staying with us were amazed at their first ever view of the Milky Way, along with shooting stars at night.

                                                                        Charming and beautiful property

                                                                        Emma B.

                                                                        We had a fantastic time at Case de Selva and certainly wished we could stay longer!

                                                                        The property is extensive, with beautiful surrounding grounds and an eclectic layout with lots of different levels. The photos really don't do it justice! The layout and location were pretty accurate from the description, but it seems so much larger in person and well equipped with everything you need. In particular we loved the roof terraces and the lovely pool which is well located so you can find shade through most of the day if you need. We also really liked that it is obviously a well loved property which gives it extra charm. It is very secluded which was ideal for us, and this along with the amazing views across the valley, meant that it was well worth the trip up the hilly track to get to the property from the main road.

                                                                        The property was clean and well maintained and Madeline and Phillip who look after the house were very helpful. Matt, the owner, was great at providing recommendations and very quick at responding to any questions. All in all it was a great rental experience

                                                                        Umbertide has a great market on a Wednesday where we got lots of fresh produce, our favourite the Porchetta and Mozzarella! We also drove to San Marino for a day trip and some lunch, which was beautiful although the shops a little touristy. Lago Trasimento was also well worth a visit, although we were a little disappointed there were not any water sports. The local people were all very nice wherever we went and the food was delicious.

                                                                        A great holiday all round - we will definitely recommend this property to friends and family!


                                                                        Ross M.

                                                                        Absolutely wonderful. If our grandchildren could have slept in the pool they would have done. Why is it that when they have 5 inflatables to choose from they both decide on the same one and World War 3 breaks out. Ironically they choose a different inflatable each time!! The only surprising omission was the lack of an electric kettle. No problem because we had our own. It was all explained on our day of departure that the original kettle was broken and a replacement was due to be reinstalled. One feature of the property which I think is worth stressing is that you can have your own privacy in different parts of the villa which do not encroach on the whole of the rest of the group. A beautiful setting - so peaceful which was idyllic for 3 generations of family.

                                                                        The Pool!

                                                                        Kommer K.

                                                                        Having enjoyed Owner's Direct property before we have become quite used to being stunned.

                                                                        This beats everything, though.

                                                                        A 'wild adventure trail' getting you to a fairy-tale house in paradise-like grounds, featuring two roof terraces and THE POOL !

                                                                        We'll be back!


                                                                        Umbertide PG, Italy

                                                                        La Selva is set in the hills and there are many good walks and tracks for cycling near by. Boat trips and sailing are available on Lake Trasimeno (25 minutes away by car). The nearest village is Spedalicchio (10 minutes drive). The towns of Umbertide, Trestina and Mertacale have supermarkets, cash point and general facilities and are about 20 minutes by car. Citta di Castello (25 minutes) and Perugia (40 minutes) have extensive facilities and many designer shops as well as great restaurants. One of the best places is to eat is Nonna Gelsa in Niccone (15 minutes drive).


                                                                        Additional information about rental rates

                                                                        For winter months: This rate does not include gas for central heating, this should be paid locally to the houskeeper.

                                                                        17 Reviews
                                                                        Wonderful 4.9/5
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