The Barns - 5 people
Andrew Fielder & Hugues Beranger
- english, french, german, spanish, italian
About Andrew Fielder & Hugues Beranger
I originally trained as a furniture designer/maker and then studied art/architecture. Hugues is the linguist whose interests include cooking and history. We should state that Monticchio is our permanent home and feel extremely lucky to live in such a wounderful place and enjoy sharing it with our guests. Having bought the property and become involved in the local community we realise the responsibility we have taken on in restoring Monticchio. It will take many years to complete all the works but the friends we have made on this journey so far, prove that it is a worthwhile road to follow. Also at Monticchio is: 3 cats Luna, Sybille and Dora, plus Timo and Picco the two donkeys, and a horse Lambada Andrew
Andrew Fielder & Hugues Beranger purchased this Farmhouse in 2002
Why Andrew Fielder & Hugues Beranger chose Marsciano
Casale Monticchio is incredibly peaceful. When we started the restoration of the property , we had to have for the building permit a day and a night survey done to check the 'noise' for the building permit and the result was that during the night Monticchio was the more silent place you can get on ...earth! One of the important thing as well is that there is almost no direct light pollution at Monticchio and we and our guests are to see enjoy a full starry sky at night. Our aim while renovating, was that each apartment /house would have its own individual character, a place where our guests would look forward to returning to after a long day of exploring or lying by the pool. They are furnished with special pieces we have collected over a long period of time and each object has a story attached to it, which we are always happy to share. We always encourage guests to tell us if they feel something is missing or if there is a way we could improve the accommodation.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
There is a 20m x 5m infinity pool shared between our guest and friends. It sets away from the houses and apartments and the large terrace have a view of the valley with the river and the hill covered with wood. All the apartments have Wi-Fi and there is a separate laundry room for guests to use.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
This is the magical escape to Umbria we were looking for. Andrew and Hugues have created an amazing place in a wonderful part of Italy. We were in the larger apartment which is beautifully appointed with art, wonderful beds, a very comfortable couch, and the occasional visit by Sybil and Dora. Andrew and Hugues are fantastic hosts with a wealth of knowledge on possible activities in the area and beyond. You can tell that this place has been their labor of love for the past 17 years. We would recommend this place to everyone. We wish we could have stayed for longer.
Wonderful Week-Long Stay
We rented the larger apartment for a week in September 2017, and had a wonderful time. Andrew and Hugues are excellent hosts and gave us great guidance on local wineries, a boat to rent and other things that made our week a really memorable experience. The unit is beautiful, with high ceilings and open rooms, and all the amenities you'd want. The open patio is much larger than it looks in pictures, and despite the note about the Internet speed, it was as strong as most places. We were touched, too, to be invited to dinner on our first night, meeting other guests and friends. One thing to note, though: there are fans but no air conditioning; we were glad to have reserved in the cool of late summer after the heat wave was over. We'd really recommend this unit, and Andrew and Hugues as hosts.
Fabulous place - gorgeous home and location and charming hosts
We had an amazing stay with our very generous, helpful and kind hosts Hugues and Andrew. The house was lovely and beautiful with lots of time taken to make sure all the little extras ie kitchen basics were available. The scenery and area is stunning and we were given such a very warm welcome. The pool was the highlight for us - but then again, it was 41 / 42 degrees due to Italian heatwave. We had a fabulous holiday and would highly recommend Casale Monticchio. Thank you very much.
Lovely property and fabulous hosts
Very private, quiet property creates a very relaxing holiday. We stayed in the larger apartment for 2 weeks. It actually could sleep 6 because there are 2 small (not-so-private) rooms with singles in them. The patio is very private & delightful with two chaise lounges, a large umbrella & a table/chairs for 6. It is bordered by lavender, rosemary, rose bushes & a fig tree as well as other foliage. I loved sitting there.
The lounge/living room has a large sofa & two chairs as well as a fireplace, which we did not use. In the same space is a dining area with a table/chairs for 6. That leads into a fabulously equipped kitchen with everything you can think of. It was only missing a microwave.
Up a few stairs is a huge bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. The bath is new, of course, & lovely with a shower. There are two mirrored cabinets to store toiletries, which is very convenient & a lighted mirror above the sink.
The bedroom has a large wardrobe with plenty of drawer space as well. There are night stands on either side of the bed. This bed is quite firm. There are 4 pillows with a choice of foam and feathers, I think. There is a sofa and a desk with a chair. An interesting staircase leads to a small bedroom, all within the larger bedroom space.
Back to the living area - there is a staircase leading to the front door with a large bath off it. This bath has a bidet, tub with shower, etc. Lovely with lots of windows. From the landing of the front door & bath are 3 steps to another small landing with many books available to read. Two more steps, I believe, lead to the loft bedroom, which has a larger bed that is more comfortable, in my opinion, than the downstairs bedroom. Howevever, this is a loft with limited privacy as it opens to the living area. It is designed well with a wall or artwork blocking the view to the bed. There is a small room off this bedroom that is used as a closet but also has a lounge or single bed in it. I noted that there is a crib stored there, perfect for a small child.
Andrew, Scottish owner, is an architect & designer. He didn't miss anything in the functionality of the place. I noted all kinds of thoughtful things incorporated into construction. Hugues, French owner, is a wonderful chef. If you are lucky, you will find out.
The pool & grounds are spectacular. Use the directions from the Spina roundabout to get to the property. Google Maps will send you wrong. Grocery in Spina is great. Use MiniMetro in Perugia.
Spectacular Umbrian Oasis
We spent a month at Hugues and Andrew's property. It was an incredible experience from start to finish. We loved their welcome dinner our first night where we met two of their friends who were delightful. Dinner was delicious. We had the larger of the two units. Very spacious with lots of interesting art and incredible doors which flood the space with light. Comfortable beds.
They have 3 cats who became our friends as well and stopped by twice a day for food and a couple would spend the day with us. Their 2 donkeys by the pool were charming too. We got carrots for them.
It was a little cool but we often took wine down by the pool in the late afternoon.
Hugues was a great help on a couple of occasions. They are great guys and we loved getting acquainted with them.
The pot-holed road leading up isn't fun but, once you get there, it seems worth it. A lovely experience.
Hidden Treasure in Umbria
We have stayed at Monticchio several times, at various times of the year, staying in both Apartments 1 and 2. We intend to return as often as we can and we see it as a home-away-from-home. It is hard to know where to begin to describe this wonderful treasure but the most outstanding feature is the warm hospitality of the hosts, Andrew and Hugues. They have been most helpful from the start of the booking process, to the welcome on arrival, throughout the stay through to our reluctant departure.
The apartments at this historic property have been renovated with exceptional care, style and sensitivity. Apartment 1 is very spacious and ideal for a family or group of friends with two double bedrooms and a small single room and two bathrooms. It has a wonderful rustic charm and a peaceful private leafy terrace. The shared swimming pool is superior to many hotel pools that I have seen. It has a tranquil outlook over the secluded valley and easy access makes it ideal for young children or infirm adults. The pool terrace is a welcome place to relax or dine al fresco, whether you are using the pool or not.
Casale Monticchio is located in the middle of a valley surrounded by woods, fields and hills. We are on a Nature walk that follows the river Nestore and the woods around us. Sant’Apollinare, the hamlet got a 13 century Castle and a Monastery. Spina the nearby village is 3 km away where you will find a mini supermarket, a butcher, a bar, a bank and a pharmacist.
The farmhouse is a perfect gateway for Umbria and southern Tuscany as we are less than an hour away from some of Italy’s major sites such as Perugia, Assisi, Siena, Trasimeno Lake, Todi and Gubbio.