the Pigsties - 3 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.
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Idyllic peaceful setting with easy access to beautiful Umbria in splendidly design accommodation
Two of us stayed the week in the single bedroom accommodation, one of four which have been designed and converted beautifully by Andrew and Hugues, who were splendid hosts. The apartment was well equipped for self catering, although the local cuisine is excellent and had a tranquil, secluded terrace. Ate every meal on the terrace and used the BBQ extensively.
The gardens are beautiful, with some interesting sculptures and lovely located infinity pool, which was a little on the cool side in June.
Access is along a white track and if you visit follow Andrew and Hugues' instructions rather than rely on sat-nav as it will lead you along the more difficult route.
There are nice walks from the accommodation, which if you are brave enough can include fording the river and the surrounding area is covered beautiful hilltop towns and villages - our favourites were Spello and Orvetio. Rome, Firenza and the coast are only 2 hours away if you would like trips further afield.
It is a lovely quiet unspoilt part of Italy and we would recommend to anyone to stay with Andrew and Hugues.
A great place to relax, beautifully renovated, fabulous hosts
We were in a great, nicely decorated studio set slightly apart from the beautifully renovated farmhouse. Had a very quite and restful time with daily excursions (by car) into the surrounding areas. Hugues and Andrew were very welcoming and helpful hosts, very knowledgeable about the area, had great tips. We loved the cats, specially Sybil, shame she didn't want to come home with us :)
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 2 is ideal for a couple or for a small family with one or two young children. It is very spacious for a one bedroom apartment. Its sun-filled private terrace looks over the tranquil rural valley beyond. The shared swimming pool is superior to many hotel pools that I have seen. It has a different aspect 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.
Brilliant place to escape
We stayed for a week last May as we were over in Italy looking for Wedding venues. Hughes and Andrew were great hosts and made us feel really welcome. The apartment was lovely and had absolutely everything we needed but our favourite bit was the pool overlooking the mountains! We're getting married in May this year and will be recommending the apartments to our guests as somewhere to stay after the wedding!
wir können uns nur den vorherigen Berwertungen anschliessen. Das ist nicht einfach ein Appartement, sondern ein Arrangement! Wir fühlten uns nicht wie Feriengäste, sondern wie Freunde, die in der mit Liebe eingerichteten Gästewohnung untergebracht waren. Die beiden Vermieter Hugues und Andrew haben uns wie Freunde Willkommen geheißen, es gab zwei super schöne, gesellige Essen, .....der Pool fantastisch! Einfach Klasse, und Danke nochmals an die Vermieter!
wir können uns nur den vorangegangenen Bewertungen anschliessen. Das Ist nicht einfach ein Apartement, das ist ein Arrangement. wir fühlten uns nicht wie Feriengäste, sondern wie Freunde, die in der, mit Liebe eingerichteten Gästewohnung untergebracht waren. Die beiden Vermieter Hugues und Andrew haben uns wie Freunde Willkommen geheizen, es gab zwei super nette, tolle Essen..... Der Pool fantastisch! Einfach Klasse, und Danke nochmals an die beiden Vermieter!!!
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.