About the property
- Villa2583 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
An Umbrian Eden: perfect setting for sightseeing or family holidays
Casa dell'Ortolano (also known as the Garden House) is a charming villa with private fenced pool 30 mins from Perugia, high in the beautiful Niccone valley, close to the border with Tuscany. 4 double bedrooms, all en-suite. Spacious, airy, chestnut-beamed rooms, stylishly and comfortably furnished with all mod cons. Peaceful & private setting in pretty garden and with access to the Casa Nova estate's 30 acres of orchards, wildflowers and woods. Shaded terrace, sunny balcony and pool (11 x 5m). Spectacular panoramic views. Broadband internet access/network. Fully-equipped kitchen. The perfect base for exploring Southern Tuscany and Umbria. Guests are provided with itineraries for visiting the works of Piero, Signorelli, Pintoricchio and Raphael in the surrounding area. 12 mins drive from nearest town, Umbertide. Less than 10 minutes drive from a number of excellent restaurants. Ideally suited to family holidays: cots and highchair available, toys, children's books, dvds, climbing frame.
There is also a second house on the Casa Nova estate, with its own private gardens and pool. The two together can accomodate up to 25, or can be rented separately, each being perfectly private from one another but both benefitting from access to the estate's vegetable plot and fruit trees. See website for further details.
Outdoor space: Up to 12 can eat in the shade of the pergola, outside the sitting room. There is additional seating on the terraces outside the kitchen and on the sunny balcony. There is a large kettle barbeque for outdoor cooking. The garden is full of old roses and aromatic plants and the terraces below have a wide variety of fruit trees and soft fruits (figs, pears, plums, etc) which guests are welcome to pick for themselves, in season. The private swimming pool is 11m x 5.5m, and is child-friendly by virtue of being 1.2m deep (no diving). It is surrounded on two sides by a generously sized area of wooden decking at water level, access to which is secured by a gate. You are free to roam over most of the rest of the Casa Nova estate which is approx 30 acres and is a mix of woodland and orchards, with a lake (direct access from the house is fenced for safety). On a terrace above the house, kids will discover the climbing frame. An assortment of bicycles is available
Accessibility: The ground floor bedroom is suitable for someone who has limited mobility/difficulty with steps. It has only a shallow step to the outdoor terrace and no steps to the ensuite bathroom, or to the sitting room and kitchen. Although the main car park is above the house, there is a point on the drive where a car could drop off a passenger at the end of the lawn, about 30m away from the house, on a level with the ground floor entrance. Not specially adapted for wheelchairs, however.
Renaissance Art & Travel Notes: Renaissance art tours led by an expert in Central Italian painting, pottery courses, and cookery courses can all be arranged at certain times of year.
Our nearest airports are: Perugia (35 mins by car; Ryanair from Stansted), Florence (hour and a half; Meridiana from Gatwick, Vueling from Heathrow), Ancona (2 hours; Ryanair from Stansted), Pisa (2 ½ hours; Ryanair from Stansted, Easyjet from Luton, BA and Alitalia from Heathrow and Gatwick), Rome (3 hours; Ryanair from Stansted and Luton, Easyjet from Luton, BA and Alitalia from Heathrow and Gatwick, and other connections from the US and elsewhere).
There are two mainline railway stations within about 1/2 hour drive: at Perugia and at Terontola in Tuscany. From the latter trains run South to Rome and Naples and North to Florence and Milan. There is also a small local line 15 mins away, at Umbertide, which connects the main towns up and down the Tiber valley.
A car is necessary at Casa Nova.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 16, 2018
About Tom Henry
Tom Henry is an English art historian (seen here looking at paintings by Raphael in the exhibition he curated for the Prado and the Louvre in 2012). He writes about the artists of Central Italy and chose Umbria as the base for his researches. Looking out from Casa Nova over a panoramic view that stretches from the Marche across a large swathe of Umbria to Tuscany (the border with Tuscany is 5 km from Casa Nova) it is easy to think back 5 centuries to a time when these artists travelled these hills with their brushes in a saddle-bag.
Tom Henry purchased this Villa in 2003
Why Tom Henry chose Umbertide
Casa Nova has been a base for Tom's interests, but also a base for family holidays across the year. As a family we have enjoyed the local pleasures of walks, cycle-rides, time spent by and in the pool, as well as meals under the stars, local markets, museums and restaurants. Casa Nova recharges our batteries every time.
What makes this Villa unique
One reason Casa Nova recharges our batteries is that we have made it extremely comfortable and well-equipped. We were fed up with renting places where the kitchen was only equipped with the bare essentials and the beds and bedding were cheap but not cheerful. We decided holidays were only relaxing if one was at least as comfortable as one would be at home and so we have kitted out the house with great attention to these details.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Lives up to its name & description!
The Garden House lived up to the description and surpassed our expectations! This lovely villa with a view was excellent value for the money. The property was well-maintained with flowers, herbs and veggies as well as own laying hens & rooster alarm clock. Each of the four elegant bedrooms has its own charm, and the kitchen has all the mod-cons and ample space for multiple cooks!
Being near the Tuscany border meant good access to Tuscan attractions and coming home to the blue-green forests of Umbria which has attractions of its own, including the local markets. We'd recommend the Garden House to anyone wanting an Italian villa vacation.
Just a note of reassurance on the rooster alarm clock: we've now moved the rooster's night-time quarters further away from the house, so he shouldn't wake you before you're ready for your first cappucino anyway!
Garden House at Casa Nova
Lovely property, excellently sited - beautiful house in every way, great location. Splendid views from the top of the hill, easy driving distance to many interesting towns and attractions.
The house is fabulous, all it was claimed to be and more - comfortable, beautiful, well-equipped, clean and well-maintained, gorgeous garden and surrounds. Particularly enjoyed the lovely bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms. Owners helpful and attentive to details. Certainly would recommend to others. We enjoyed trips to Sienna, Gubbio, Florence, Umbertide, Montepulciano, Lake Trasimeno, amongst others. Great choice, would certainly go again.
The Garden House
Imagine a stately country villa, with room to swing a, well, a broom - in nearly every room. Build it with ancient Umbrian stone and substantial beams - vaulted ceilings, broad arches, generous windows and garden doors. Nestle this modest palazzo on the sundrenched side of an Umbrian mountain, and equip it with all the conveniences of a modern, upscale country home. Voila, the Garden House. Nearly new, in the traditional style. The builder should take a bow.
We eight 'foodies' stayed a week and would all come again to forrage the Umbrian towns and Tuscan markets for the fruits of the land, and to return at end of day to the Garden House to cook the food, drink the wine, recount the adventures, and enjoy the comforts of a first rate rental.
The home is well supplied with everything such a group could need. It is near enough many towns and cities, but pleasant enough to just stay right there, as some of us did, some days. The rooms are very comfortable, the ensuit baths are luxurious, and the common rooms invite socializing. The only the only implement which might have provided even less impetus to go out would be a good espresso machine. Now don't misunderstand - there were at least five different coffee making devices - all first rate - but I missed my cappuccino enough to make the trek to town for it. I'm trying to quibble, here.
If you are a nighthawk, you should also be handy with switchbacks on mountainsides. Garden House is up a very windey road for about the last 1/2 mile, and at night it was a challenge for some of us.
Garden House is an hour from Siena, and some of us even made the two-plus hour drive to Florence; there is plenty to do within an hour or so from Garden House - Perusia, most of the Tuscan hill towns are easy, and the nearby villiage of Montone boasts at least one fantastic eatery, the Captain's Table, or words to that effect... elegant, medieval, friendly, traditional Umbrian food (mostly the fruits of mountains and woodlands) at a fair price.
We've taken the hint and have now added a cappuccino and espresso machine (alongside the existing stove-top espresso maker, filter coffee machine, cafetiere and kettle) so I think it's fair to say all possible methods of coffee making are now covered! And if you make your own bread in the bread machine and have eggs from the henhouse and fruit and veg from the garden you might find you never feel tempted to have breakfast out (or indeed leave the house at all). That said, there is an extremely good cafe and pasticceria a short drive away and lots of restaurants nearby (directions are provided on our website page of local places to eat).
Wonderfull house in a beautiful environment
I visited Casa Nova in july 2008 with my family. (my wife, 2 daugthers, 15 and 19, and a boyfriend 23). We had decided for this house on basis of the pictures on the website. I was really great how it looked on the site. In the reality it was even more beautiful, really very complete and choosen with great taste. A wonderful environment, lots of rest and an great starting point to visit beautifull places as Perugia, Assisi, Sienna, Orvieto.
We had the most amazing week at Casa Nova. The house is beautifully laid out, decorated and furnished. The kitchen is extremely well equipped with good quality equipment and everything you could possibly need. Everything has been thought of right down to the last detail. There is a great selection of toys and DVDs to keep kids amused. Beautiful views on all sides and plenty to see and do all around on the estate and beyond. We loved it!
Casa Dell'Ortolano (the Garden House) at Casa Nova, Umbria, stands high on the south facing slope of the beautiful Niccone valley, 30 minutes from Perugia, at 500m above sea-level, and is an idyllic location from which to discover Southern Tuscany and Umbria. The 30 acre estate has been farmed organically since the 1980s and is a haven for wildflowers and wildlife. Jaded city dwellers can enjoy perfect peace amongst wild orchids, butterflies and birdsong. The surrounding countryside offers endless possibilities for walking and cycling and for kids to play and roam. Citta di Castello and Umbertide offer historic centres, bustling markets and a wide range of shops within 15-20 minutes drive. The artistic treasures of Cortona, Perugia, Gubbio, Urbino and the Upper Tiber Valley are all close to hand, as is Lake Trasimeno. Florence, Siena and Rome are a day trip away. See our website for lots more photos and detailed information about what to see, where to eat and holiday activities closeby.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
A refundable security deposit of 400 euros is payable on arrival. Underfloor central heating is included in mid-low season rate.