|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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.
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
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.
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.
'... we had to write immediately to thank you for letting us have an idyllic family holiday in your wonderful Tuscany villa.'
'Your home not only lived up to all our expectations - it exceeded them!'
'... the attraction of the seclusion and luxury of the villa and just being together meant we spent most of our time at Casa del Selva.'
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
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!
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.
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!
Having spent a wonderful week at La Selva in the summer of 2013, we (and in particular our two children, 13 and 11) eagerly awaited our return this summer. We were not disappointed and had another happy, relaxing and sunny week at this beautiful old farmhouse, together with another family, with younger kids.
Although just a short drive from the small town of Umbertide (where we stocked up at the excellent supermarket, which has wonderful fresh produce and a great wine selection), La Selva is sufficiently rural to allow us to “get away from it all” and enjoy undisturbed peace and quiet, mountain air and family time, in a beautiful corner of Italy.
We awoke every morning to find the sun streaming through the shuttered windows of our luxury bedroom. After a short jog up the forest roads and back, we repaired for a leisurely late breakfast on the kitchen terrace. A day by the pool typically followed, usually with a game of pool volleyball before tea. The kids explored the grounds and surrounding fields, playing football and cricket on the well kept lawn. As the day drew to a close and the sun set over the valley, we enjoyed aperitifs under the fig tree and then an al fresco dinner or BBQ on the roof terrace. Sipping a digestif under the starry night sky, the kids watching a film before bed, we glimpsed bats circling above us and heard the sound of crickets in the distance. Another long night of undisturbed and deep sleep beckoned.
On other days, we enjoyed mountain biking through the valleys and visits to beautiful and historic local towns, including Cortona, Gubbio, Perugia and Assisi. Some evenings, we dined out, enjoying the tasty local cuisine.
The week flashed by. Before we knew it, Saturday arrived. We left refreshed and looking forward to coming again next year.
This is our 11 year old son’s thoughts: “Italy’s really fun because it’s got lots of things to do, like the pool. There is also a TV which has really good films on it. For kids it’s very good because you have a treehouse and you can go blackberry hunting and do different sports.”
Taking advantage of La Selva’s excellent location on the Tuscany/Umbria border and low cost flights into both Rome and Pisa (which are cheaper during the week), we extended our holidays by a few days and showed our kids a bit more of Italy. Last year, we spent three days exploring Rome before heading home; this year, we visited Siena, Florence and Pisa.
We really enjoyed our stay at Casa la Selva. It was the perfect place for our family to gather and celebrate my mom's 70th birthday. A little piece of heaven (yes, I am a little jealous) which I would highly recommend.
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).
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$246|
For winter months: This rate does not include gas for central heating, this should be paid locally to the houskeeper.