The driveway, lined with ancient umbrella pine trees, leads you to this very beautiful and quiet country villa. The original chestnut beams, terracotta floors, authentic doors and windows, discreetly make the point that this is "the genuine article"!!! It has been creatively restored and is in a serene and peaceful location - and demonstrates how beautifully one can blend the very old with the modern, with an ingenious "touch of flair". The creative elements of the décor and rustic design integrate completely with the furnishings. The outside also completely harmonises with the living space. The colours of the garden (full of lavender and over 150 rose bushes of more than 50 different varieties) contrast perfectly with the Villa's external stonework and the magnificent and private Swimming Pool (measuring 36ft x 16ft in size). The pool has deep and shallow ends from 1 to 2.5 metres in depth.
This Villa is in an elevated position with breathtaking views over open countryside, the village Church, the hilltop medieval borgo of Civitella Benanzzone and the Apennine mountains in the near distance. The Villa is just over 10 miles north of Perugia and just a few miles drive from the main north-south highway and small towns with shops selling a wonderful variety of local produce.
Brick steps lead to an airy loggia on the upper floor, where you enter the original farmhouse with its homely and rustic feel. The big kitchen with its old dining table, open fireplace and authentic atmosphere of times long past (whilst still having all the modern gadgets every cook could wish for) leads you to a pretty sitting room with glorious views from its picture windows over the verdant fields & woodland. There is a double bedroom and a second bedroom with two single beds in this part of the house, each with en-suite bathrooms. All bedrooms in this property have air conditioning. The Villa sleeps up to 6 people.
The ground floor of the Villa has a huge sitting room with lots of inviting sofas and a billiard table. There is a small well equipped kitchen that conveniently opens straight onto the splendid shady dining terrace - one of a plethora of pleasant outdoor sitting areas. There is also a handsome double bedroom with views across to hilltop Civitella, and a bathroom on this floor.
A vineyard and olive trees cover much of the two and half acre grounds, while around the house and the spectacular pool there is a beautiful well-established and manicured garden full of jasmine, lavender and roses. There is private parking and an old arched barn provides shaded parking.
This Villa's perfect location finds you on the Umbrian/Tuscan border, north of Perugia and close to the historical medieval cities of Assisi, Gubbio, Todi, Orvieto, Città di Castello, Arezzo, Florence & Siena. This part of Italy is a much loved and noted destination for relaxation, healthy living, historical architecture and extraordinary scenery. Above all, it is an area known for it's excellent cuisine, wine, olive oil, truffles and chocolate and is famously known as "the Green Heart of Italy".