About the property
- Farmhouse3444 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, large living areas, wifi.
Above the tiny hamlet of San Giovanni del Pantano lies Gudiolo di Sopra. Set amongst olive trees and lavenders the carefully restored XV century tower and house, with a saltwater swimming pool, enjoys stunning views of distant fields and valleys.
The house is spacious and full of light. In the sitting room, cool breezes pass through the open doors that lead to the garden and tower. The kitchen is fully equipped with an adjoining dining room (for 12). Lunch and dinners are usually served outside (one table seats 6, the other 12). A variety of outdoor seating areas surround the house offering privacy and silence. A loggia by the tower offers a relaxing space to watch the sunset. A lounge area outside the dining room offers the confort of a living room while enjoying the breathtaking views. An organic vegetable garden provides seasonable salads and vegetables and the estate also produces its own biological olive oil. The only little shop in the village offers typical gourmet products from local farmers. Just 1.5 kilometers away, Antognolla Castle overlooks the 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones J.
Customise your holiday! We can plan each day of your vacation. Every step will bring you closer to the heart of Umbria, its traditions, its history, art and culture.
You can let us guide you through our favourite towns and villages: go to the steep and sleepy town of Spello, taking your time over lunch, and enjoy a leisurely take a slow journey discovering the works of Piero della Francesca, from Arezzo to Urbino.
Or again, stick closer to home: enjoy a morning hunting for wild asparagus or funghis in the woodlands near the house. Learn how to make your own gnocchi with a nonna from the village.
At the end of each day, dinner can be waiting for you in Gudiolo. You can spend the evening drinking Umbrian wines and savoring traditional dishes, whilst planning the following day or expand your knowledge of the art and history you experienced during your day by discussing it at dinner with a local expert.
Rates on request (including breakfast, dinner, transportation in a minibus and pick-up from airport if required).
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- english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 14, 2018
Why Madeleine Stein chose San Giovanni del Pantano
It was during the Eighties that Gudiolo found us. The ‘us’, a family of eccentric nomads trying to plant some roots, convinced that with our sheer determination we could learn how to take care of a garden. Many friends have asked us how we found the courage to start restoration work when each member of the family was living in a different continent. I know now that the most important ingredient in order to embark on such a project is TRUST. And we did plenty of trusting: We trusted the complete stranger who, with a power of attorney, represented us in the buying transaction, trusted the architect who we had never met, trusted every local villager with their invaluable advice and, on several occasions, trusted different water diviners who promised us the next well would be full. It should be said, that our trust was always well placed, although in the case of water it would have been cheaper and more efficient to buy a large stake in San Pellegrino. Eventually, the tower grew, electricity reached us and fireplaces were restored while Nicola was being born in Mexico City, Thomas in Lisbon and Lucas in Zurich. Every year, despite only visiting for a few weeks of summer holidays, we would indulge ourselves in the deceptive feeling of permanence. It was only six years ago, when I decided to move to Gudiolo and live here all year around, that I finally came to understand the real meaning of permanence. Permanence is to wake up each morning, knowing that whatever we need to do can wait, because tomorrow we will still be here. It is to carefully unpack boxes which have circumnavigated the planet several times, including old issues of National Geographic. It is finding the right spot for the 18th century Burmese Buddha and realising that he will never move again. It is like… coming home… an experience that neither my children nor I had ever had before.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Set in the heart of Italy, Umbria offers the ideal combination of art, history, stunning landscapes, and superb food and wine. Nearby towns throughout the region house art treasures by Piero della Francesca, Perugino, and other Renaissance masters. Florence and Rome are within two hours’ drive and Siena, Arezzo, Gubbio, Assisi and Todi can be reached in no more than an hour by car. Perugia is just 20 minutes away and offers a wealth of cultural activities that include opera and the famous Umbria Jazz festival in July. Other spectacular hilltop towns include Cortona, Corciano, and Preggio, the latter with its annual classical music festival. Montone, less than half an hour drive, attracts international crowds during the Film Festival. Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis and a World Heritage Site since 2000 should not be missed. The magnificent basilica dedicated to St. Francis and decorated wit frescoes by numerous late medieval painters from the Roman and Tuscan schools, has works among others by Giotto, Simone Martini, and Pietro Lorenzetti. Wine tasting sessions and tours to the various vineyards and cellars of the most important wineries in Umbria are an easy drive from the property. The beautiful hill town of Montefalco, with its vineyards of Sagrantino and Montefalco Rosso, is a paradise for wine lovers. Less than an hour drive, Montepulciano provides some of the Tuscan best.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
What a stupendous time!
Our stay at Gudiolo was magical. The house was full of character and comfortable with all the amenities: terraces, scenic views from every window and plenty of spacious, well appointed rooms. Our host, Madeleine was lovely: welcoming, extremely knowledgeable and solicitous. We spent nearly three weeks at Gudiolo; the access to hill towns in Umbria and Tuscany make this setting especially desirable. We were able to take many day trips, hike, swim in the pool below the house and enjoy evenings with Madeleine's lovely family as they came and went around the dinner table and fire pit. An memorable vacation in unforgettable environs
Fantastic one-of-kind property & Umbria experience
Wow, what a fantastic week in Umbria. To say that Gudiolo was intriguing & unique would be a gross understatement. Picture yourself in a farmhouse tastefully restored to preserve it's hundreds of years old pedigree while providing many of the creature comforts we all demand on vacations. Commanding panoramic views of rolling countrysides and patchwork farmland dominate the horizon. Truly magical.
Let's back up a bit though to give you a thorough review of the property, it's host and the whole Umbrian experience.
We arrived late afternoon in Rome and rented a car. Be aware that renting a car in Europe is a lot different than in N.A. No walk out & hop in. More like take a number at the counter and wait, wait & wait some more. There are many reviews covering the rental experience in Rome, most bad. However, to be fair, our counter wait was only a 1/2 hour and the counter staff were really nice. They were out of the car category we reserved but did provide a decent replacement with navigation. I highly recommend you get nav as getting around the many alleys, roadways & laneways in Italy demand a savant's touch. As a result we weren't able to reach Gudiolo until after 9 o'clock. But, no worries, our host Madeleine had left the door open & lights on so it was a simple matter of moving in, picking our bedrooms, having a glass of wine & crashing for the night. A little about our hosts...
There are 2 houses on their property, both fantastic transformations of rustic farmhouses. Though Madeleine does travel, she lives in one of the homes with her dogs; Atlas, Alma & Nero. Madeleine could not be more helpful; she basically reviewed what we had planned to explore in Umbria, tweaked the itinerary to maximize the experience and provided lots of history. She called to confirm reservations, gave directions etc. - she was like our own knowledgable tour guide always quick with an anecdote. One of the highlights of our vacation was a special luncheon at friends of hers that have a fantastic retreat close to Gubbio. We invited Madeleine, her significant other Mark & brother Rolando and they graciously accepted. It was a memorable day that included a spectacular drive there, a personal tour from the owners, a luncheon to remember with many stories about the history of the area & build of that property.
Back to Gudiolo - Madeleine's dogs, they are fantastic. They took us on hikes through the countryside, always nudging us along on the right trail. They came by the house often
Very exciting house and a dedicated host
There was great excitement for all the family as we had chosen Gudiolo as a holiday home for the summer holidays in 2016. The pictures on the website were wonderfully welcoming, and the area around Perugia we were already familiar with from a previous vacation in the area.
But we became increasingly confident that the place was as wonderful as described when we up to the holiday had communicated with Madeleine, who in all respects was aware of our desires and reflections on Gudiolo was the right choice for our combined family of 6 adults (32-63 years) and 5 children (3-7 years).
And when, after a long drive from Denmark arrived at Gudiolo and was greeted by Madeleine, who have decorated Gudiolo with passion and an obvious love of the place, we were quite sure that we would have a great vacation together.
And we got an incredible holiday with lots of exciting tours old cities, but certainly also because of this wildly exciting house in the middle of a fantastic nature. We can highly recommend both Gudiolo as resort and Madeleine as host.
Beautiful place to stsy
Myself and a group of university friends had an absolutely wonderful time staying at Gudiolo in late August. The villa was utterly charming with all the rooms beautifully decorated, we all enjoyed cooking in the well-stocked kitchen and spent the evenings relaxing on the lovely terraces overlooking the valley. We all equally loved the pool area and spent many afternoons swimming and sunbathing. Madeleine was a wonderful host and was very attentive throughout our stay. Thank you for such an incredible week, we'd love to come back!
The most amazing holiday!
Words cannot describe how fantastic a holiday this was. Me and 9 friends stayed here in August 2015 and we had the most wonderful time.
The accommodation was everything it lived up to be and more! The kitchen was the best-stocked facility I have ever seen. It allowed us to make fresh pasta on a daily basis, the homemade olive oil was divine, the fig trees provided us with gorgeous figs and the wild grapes were a treat. The rooms were very large and comfortable and I had some of the best nights sleep ever. I was very sad to leave this beautiful place but I will certainly be back very soon.
Above all, the owner of this property, Madeleine, was extremely helpful, warm and kind. She provided us with a beautiful meal upon arrival and told us of the many great places to visit and eat in the surrounding area. Overall, brilliant customer service. She even sourced us some local wild boar as a special request. If you need help with anything – Madeleine is the woman to ask.
If you want a place with breath taking views, a great swimming pool, magnificent food and wine, look no further - this is the place for you. Really one of the best holidays I have had, many lasting memories made. When I grow older I hope one day to take my children here so they can experience such a delight. Five out of five stars.
Stunningly beautiful, a holiday I'll never forget
The description of the property was very accurate (the views were understated)! The property was very clean. It was a beautiful location. The manager, Madeleine, was so kind and tended to every one of our needs. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to enjoy delicious food, beautiful views and a wonderful home. I enjoyed the lighting of the pool at night and eating the grapes from the trees! You have to go if you get the chance.
No one knows for certain how long the valley from Umbertide to Perugia has been protected by the watchtower called Gudiolo. Some of the stones indicate that it has been standing since at least the 13th Century, a hundred years before Lucrezia Borgia is said to have ordered the construction of another tower across the valley. Throughout the turbulent centuries that followed, Gudiolo must have given shelter over time to all manner of refugees, exiles, and wanderers; and although Gudiolo was already in ruins by the time World War II arrived in the valley, the people from the hamlet of San Giovanni del Pantano used the woods behind it to hide when German soldiers occupied their homes. Many years ago, we asked the locals the origin of 'Gudiolo'; some surmised that it might be derived from '‘godere,' the Italian verb for 'to enjoy.' That was good enough for us; we never asked again, applying the Italian maxim of 'Se non è vero è ben trovato'.
Set in the heart of Italy, Umbria offers the ideal combination of art, history, stunning landscapes, and superb food and wine. Nearby towns throughout the region house art treasures by Piero della Francesca, Perugino, and other Renaissance masters. Florence and Rome are within two hours’ drive and Siena, Arezzo, Gubbio, Assisi and Todi can be reached in no more than an hour by car. Perugia is just 20 minutes away and offers a wealth of cultural activities that include opera and the famous Umbria Jazz festival in July. Other spectacular hilltop towns include Cortona, Corciano, and Preggio, the latter with its annual classical music festival. Montone, less than half an hour drive, attracts international crowds during the Film Festival. Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis and a World Heritage Site since 2000 should not be missed. The magnificent basilica dedicated to St. Francis and decorated with frescoes by numerous late medieval painters from the Roman and Tuscan schools, has works among others by Giotto, Simone Martini, and Pietro Lorenzetti.
Wine tasting sessions and tours to the various vineyards and cellars of the most important wineries in Umbria are an easy drive from the property. The beautiful hill town of Montefalco, with its vineyards of Sagrantino and Montefalco Rosso, is a paradise for wine lovers. Less than an hour drive, Montepulciano provides some of the Tuscan best.
Or else stick closer to home. Learn how to make your own gnocchi with a nonna from the village. Stables nearby offer moonlight rides to Etruscan tombs. Hikers can follow the marked trails to the summit of Monte Acuto and Tezio, both offering spectacular views of the Tiber Valley, distant Assisi, and Lake Trasimeno. For the cyclist, there are over 30 circuits in Umbria to suit any demanding sportsman. We can arrange bike rental as well as a guide / leader and support vehicle to discover the Umbrian scenery.
Five minutes away, Antognolla Golf Club caters to the elite golfer while also offering professional instructors. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, the 18 hole championship golf course provides a real challenge for professional and amateur golfers alike. The restaurant “Il Caldaro” is only a few minutes’ drive and offers local delicacies as well as handmade pizzas cooked in the original medieval oven (the best pizza north of Naples!).
Umbria is the center of the Italian cashmere industry, nearly 500 knitwear companies populate the “Cashmere Valley” around or near Lake Trasimeno, most notably is Brunello Cucinelli in Solomeo only 20 minutes away.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
3450 Rates are for self catered holiday. House cleaning and change of linens and towels every Saturday. Extra domestic help or babysitting can be arranged at 12 eur per hour. Umbrian home cooked dinners can be arranged. Central heating usage will be charged at an extra cost of 60 eur per day. Payments can be made using PayPal or by bank transfer. Price reduction for smaller size group.