|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Casa del Cinguettio is a stone farmhouse situated below a medieval castle, with stunning views over the Spoleto valley . Set amongst olive groves, it is not remote but feels completely private. Recently restored, it is of traditional Umbrian construction with chestnut beams, terracotta roof tiles, shutters, & travertine & terracotta floor tiles. The pool is large & beautiful & is built into the hill terraces below the house, amongst the olive groves, with areas for sunbathing & outside eating. The pool is not overlooked. The comfortable sitting room has an open fireplace which together with central heating makes the house very cosy in winter. There is a large kitchen with dining table & chairs leading to a spacious terrace with table, chairs & BBQ.There is a fridge-freezer, gas hob & electric oven, a dishwasher & a washing machine. The en suite bathrooms have state-of-the-art showers. Linen & towels are provided. Throughout the grounds are many quiet places to sit & read or relax.
We spent a very relaxing two weeks at this lovely villa with our two adult "children" who are in their early twenties, during the summer of 2012. The villa has been sympathetically and tastefully restored. This has resulted in a spacious yet cosy home with every modern convenience, whilst still retaining it's rural Umbrian origins.
The bedrooms and bathrooms are stylish and luxurious, with super comfy beds, crisp white linen and excellent power showers. The kitchen is large and well equipped, the living area is cool, homely and comfortable.
Outside there are several different areas in which to sit or lie and relax, be it in sun or shade, whilst taking in the wonderful views or watching the swallows swooping and diving to the pool to drink! The pool is large and very clean, although the sunbathing area around the pool is limited. The area feels very private and peaceful.
It is worth taking the short stroll to the walled hamlet above the villa for the spectacular views and sunsets. There are only residential houses up there, no shops or bars etc. The nearest small shop is about a 7 min drive, but is well stocked. The nearest supermarkets and mall about 15 - 20 min drive. This was fine for us except our offspring were unable to go out independently as they weren't insured to drive and they felt a little trapped.
The villa is very well situated for visits to several ancient towns and cities, such as Spoleto and Assisi. Our favourite day trip was to the mountain town of Castellucio, famous for it's lentils and vast plains covered with wild flowers - breathtaking.
If it is peace, tranquillity and a little luxury you are after on a holiday then I highly recommend this villa.
We have just come back from a week in this beautiful villa and after spending a few days in Rome beforehand, it was the perfect place to relax. I can honestly say that it was the best, most relaxing holiday ever! It was also our first time to Italy and we enjoyed every minute.
The villa was even better than described and we would love to go there again.
A lot of time and effort has been made to restore this villa to a very high standard, the villa and whole area, especially the nearby medieval castle has a great sense of history.
We really enjoyed the wine and the food and there is lots to see and do locally, the locals are also very friendly. Our kids (and us) loved the pool and the views of the olive groves and surrounding hills were absolutely amazing. I can't recommend this villa in Umbria too highly.
We had a wonderful holiday here last August and would love to return. Although the house is quite close to good local village amenities and only a short distance from Spoleto (characterful historic town with excellent facilities, supermarkets and restuarants) it feels utterly private. It is perched on the a hillside topped by an scenic walled medieval castle. It is not overlooked and the view across the valley and to the hills beyond makes you feel is if you own the landscape. There is a large pool (cleaned regularly) on the lower edge of the property next to the hillside - when you are swimming in it you feel as if you are suspended in space. Our first night we swam in the dark looking at the twinkling lights down in the valley below.
The house is very comfortable inside with good kitchen space and a cosy living area. It is large enough for eight people and the sleeping arrangments make it possible for two families or three couples to have their own space. Each bedroom has its own very luxurious en-suite with huge showerheads and stoine and natural tile flooring. We very much appreciated the high finish to the interior design- real stylistic flair has gone into the house's decor. There are a number of different spaces outside for subnbathing and eating, and a barbecue (most nights we had a barbecue and ate as the sun set over the valley). But there are also many good local restaurants. My children found the whole place idyllic. Although we had planned to do a lot of sight-seeing (there is a lot to see locally) we found ourselves so seduced by the house and its setting that we spent most of our time there. This is a great place for a really relaxing holiday.
This is just a brilliant rustic house that couldn't be more Umbrian. There was a gorgeous castle behind and donkeys grazing in the olive groves opposite. The interior seems to have had a brand new fit-out so it was spotless and the taste of furnishings was really stylish. Also each of the double bedrooms had its own bathroom (each different but with natural stone, simple but somehow luxurious too) and this meant that we all had complete privacy. It made it really easy to share with friends.
We couldn't have had a better holiday, sitting on the terrace or floating in the pool seeing Spoleto in the distance but far enough away to feel completely at peace. The local restaurants served the best of regional cooking and everyone around was wonderfully friendly.
We have been raving about this house to all our friends. I couldn't think of a thing missing. You need a car to get there - but this means you are not near a main road or anything noisy.
We're going to book for a week or two every year!
Umbria is rich in history,architectural sites and nature. Assisi and the Basilica of St Francis are only 30 min drive away.The ancient city of Spoleto offers the Roman Theatre, Druso’s Arch & the Torre del Olio, from which the people poured boiling oil on Hannibal when he threatened the city.There are beautiful examples of Romanesque architecture in Spoleto and Assisi & magnificent Renaissance buildings can be seen in Perugia, Gubbio and Todi.Nr Perugia, it is possible to visit the Ipogeo del Volumni, an Etruscan tomb. For spectacular scenery,a visit to the Piano Grande at Castelucchio beyond Norcia is a must. The spectacular Marmore Falls in the Val de Nera are the highest in Italy. The Fonti del Clitunno, the ancient Roman spring,is just north of Spoleto. Mount Subasio towers above Assisi with a National Pk to explore. Via da Roma, a pilgrim path from Canterbury to Rome, passes near the house & one can walk it through olive groves & hillside paths. Other picturesque walks abound.
Other Activities: White water rafting, horse riding, skiing, ten pin bowling
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$370|
Rental fee includes provision of bedlinen and towels also cleaning and energy . There are no additional charges.
Payment may be made either by cheque or bank transfer in Pounds Sterling.
A confirmation deposit of one third of the rental fee is to be paid when booking, with the balance plus the damage deposit of £300 due 6 weeks before the start of the rental.
If you are booking less than 6 weeks before your holiday commences then FULL Payment plus the damage deposit will be due when booking.