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18th Century Stone Farmhouse With Private Pool

Umbertide PG, Italy
  • Farmhouse
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 nights

Restored farmhouse in Val Nese, between Perugia and Umbertide, Mature Shady Garden And Cool Bedrooms

Molinello, a charming 18th Century stone farmhouse, enclosed by its acre of garden, is situated in a very lovely, sparsely populated rural valley, 20 minutes drive from Perugia (the capital city of Umbria) and within easy driving distance of many of the other most remarkable towns of Umbria and Tuscany. A careful restoration has kept the character of the house intact whilst transforming it into a comfortable and much loved Italian home.


Rae + Chris Cohen

Member Since 2002
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 03, 2018
About Rae + Chris Cohen

We fell in love with Umbria on our first visit in the 1980's. In the early 1990's we started a family and shortly afterwards bought Molinello, then a ruined property, and set about renovating it. Since that time we have enjoyed many family holidays at the house and now that our children are adults they take their friends there too for holidays. We have explored the area extensively and never tire of it. As lovers of good food we enjoy shopping for local specialities, searching out good wines and restaurants. When not in Umbria we live in Yorkshire.

Rae + Chris Cohen purchased this Farmhouse in 1995


    • Internet
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Bedroom 1
        1 baby crib
      • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 1 large bedroom with kingsize double bed. 1 bedroom with queensize double bed and glazed door into garden. 1 bedroom with 1 Double and 1 single beds. In addition there is a cot for an infant.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower
      • 2 bathrooms with shower. One with bath

      Location Type

        • Mountain
        • Rural


            • Family
            • Historic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Fireplace
                    • Heating
                      available at additional cost
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Sitting room with TV and DVD player ipod player, 2 sofas and armchairs.
                    • Parking
                      There is ample car parking for guests and visitors
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wood Stove


                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Fully equipped
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Kitchen
                          Large kitchen/dining room with fridge/freezer, gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, double sink, granite work surfaces and well equipped
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Either in the spacious kitchen or, weather permitting on the shaded terrace or the garden
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  some board games, inflatables for the pool and boule equipment
                                • Music Library
                                  pre loaded ipod
                                • Stereo
                                  mp3 player attachment in both Kitchen and living room
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                  board games, cards, and boule
                                • Video Library
                                  wide choice of DVD's suitable for all ages and most interests


                                    • Balcony
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Golf
                                      There is a golf course at Antagnolla which is a 15 minute drive from the house.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      large garden with both open spaces and secluded shady areas for dining and reading
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Porch / Veranda


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Private Pool
                                              The pool is for the exclusive use of Molinello guests


                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • churches
                                                • forests
                                                • museums
                                                • restaurants
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking


                                                            • Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is suitable for a maximum of 7 guests. The bedrooms, bathrooms and utility room are on the lower floor ensuring that they are cool in the heat of summer and the kitchen/dining room and sitting room are located on the upper floor. There is a large covered raised terrace running the length of the property which is ideal for dining out. No pets allowed. Outside: Large garden which contains the swimming pool and boule pitch, and is equipped with furniture and barbecue. The garden is designed for a family who choose, when possible, to live out-of-doors, with many areas that are safe and exciting to play in, as well as sheltered and secluded areas for dining and relaxing. The feeling of the garden is of unusual luxuriance; the shade provided by its trees, hedges and shrubs providing a dramatic contrast to the large, open, cut green and gravel areas. It is maintained throughout the year and is approximately of 1 acre, on a level, bordered by 2 streams which run dry in the hottest months. The rest of the year the sound of running water is a feature of the garden. There are many fine mature trees, including linden, cypress and false acacia. The pool is open June to September. Utility Room: Utility room with washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The house will be thoroughly cleaned before the arrival of guests and we request that it is left reasonably clean and tidy when they leave. Bathroom and pool towels provided Other: There are entrances into the kitchen from a large roofed verandah which provides an outside dining area (west facing) and a small balcony (east facing).

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                              9 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              CALME ET BEAUTÉ

                                                              Julien P.

                                                              Un très agréable lieu plein de charme, au milieu des collines et des animaux de la ferme voisine.

                                                              Des propriétaires prévenants.

                                                              Notre secours de 3 jours fût d'une tranquillité formidable à quelques pas de la très belle ville de Perugia.

                                                              Lovely, well equipped, villa in a rural location

                                                              Sarah B.

                                                              The villa is off the beaten- track and surrounded by a working farm. Despite it's rural location trips to Assisi, Perugia and Gubbio were all within an easy 30 minute drive. Shops, bakeries and other everyday necessities were 10 to 15 minute drive. The layout of villa meant that bedrooms remained cool even on hottest days. The pool and garden were a great addition. Everything in the villa was exceptionally well maintained. Rae (owner) was always available to answer any queries and to provide helpful local information.

                                                              A peaceful and relaxing place

                                                              PIERRE L.Paris

                                                              The house is a very charming old farm, nicely restored. The property is bordered by fields and woods, most of the sounds we heard were birds singing or sheeps bleating :)

                                                              We had a very quiet rest, among the multiple plus of the house, I can notice : the large and beautiful pool in the middle of the well-maintained garden, spacious rooms, DVD player and Internet access, a "pétanque" strip.

                                                              The place is a good start for hiking in the countryside, admiring dramatic views from the top of the hills, bumping animals and birds.

                                                              From the house, we also easily reached multiple exceptional Italian cities such as Arezzo, Assisi, Gubio, Perugia, Siena and others

                                                              Thanks to Rae and Chris for their detailed advices, very useful for a very fast on-boarding to holidays! :)

                                                              Lovely Italian Home

                                                              Lucy S.

                                                              We were recommended this property by friends and it was the perfect holiday home from which to explore the local Umbrian countryside and towns and then provide us with rural peace, cool and shade from the August heat. The house is spacious and cool, was clean, well-maintained and has ample facilities. The pool was a perfect temperature. Rae provided us with plenty of helpful information and directions. We would definitely recommend this property.

                                                              Undeniably fantastic rustic retreat

                                                              Suzi W.

                                                              As soon as you head off the beaten track and open the gates to Molinello you can't help but be impressed by the grounds that the farmhouse sits in. A lush variety of trees embrace 'your space' for the next couple of weeks.

                                                              The house itself sits proudly at the head of the grounds and as you take your first steps into the kitchen the openness and elevation of the beams are awe inspiring.

                                                              Molinello is full of neat little spaces, such as the little balcony off the far side of the kitchen which gives a lovely view of the evening stars and enables you to appreciate the comfort of the remote setting, just the occasional jingling of sheep bells breaking the silence.

                                                              The pool is lovely with a tremendous open space for sun worshippers and plenty of tree shade for those not so keen! With children on board and the searing temperatures we were lucky enough to have the pool was delicious!

                                                              The bedrooms are spacious and have the welcome coolness of being below ground level in some areas, keeping a nice balance for pleasant sleep.

                                                              You really want for nothing there, as the house is very well equipped. We purchased a cool bag to leave there so that the lazy bones amongst us could take cold drinks to the poolside and not have to wander far for refreshments!

                                                              Molinello has such a relaxed and pleasant feeling, you can't help but be incredibly chilled for the duration.

                                                              We had a slight issue with the hot water whilst there, but a quick email to Rae, the owner, and Francesca was there the following day to sort it out. For such a remote location you could not have received a better service!

                                                              Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your wonderful house.

                                                              Great house!


                                                              Molinello is a real gem. You can see that real care and attention has been paid to its restoration. The house has real character and charm and the garden and pool were wonderful. There was everything we wanted there, and more! I really liked the location - just a little off the beaten track, enough to make you feel you were in the country but close enought to really nice towns and cities. Loved the shade in the garden and the cool bedrooms - but this place would be great at anytime of the year. Would love to return and hope to do so again. Thanks Rae for all the useful suggestions and tips.


                                                              Umbertide PG, Italy

                                                              Travel: Driving distance is the approximate time required: Perugia: 30 minutes Pisa: 180 minutes Rome: 150 minutes. A car is essential. Hire cars can be collected at all the airports mentioned above and advice re. companies is given on request. Whilst this hillside region is noted for its beautiful landscape and Lago Trasimeno, the largest lake in Central Italy, with ferry boats to the 2 major islands is less than 15 miles. Distances: Many of the most important towns of Umbria and Tuscany are also with short driving distances: Perugia: 30 minutes. Assisi: 45 minutes. Gubbio: 40 minutes. Todi: 45 minutes. Cortona: 45 minutes. Arezzo: 60 minutes. Orvieto: 60 minutes. Sienna: 90 minutes. Florence: 110 minutes Rome: 150 minutes. Florence and Rome are easily accessed by car, but for relaxed day trips the train service, which is efficient and inexpensive, is recommended. Further Details: The elegant pool, 12m x 5m has large shallow curved steps at 1 end. The surrounding of the pool is paved with terracotta tiles which lead to the canopied shade of a large walnut tree (a favourite dining place). This tree also provides shade for spectators of boule matches and is, therefore pivotal to both areas otherwise separated and enclosed by hedges. Molinello is situated low down in the valley. The white road that winds through the valley to it is well maintained. Beyond the garden, the land gently rises in all directions, allowing wide views of the landscape. The surrounding land is owned by sheep farmers, whose farmhouse is 1km away. The lower slopes of the hills are pasture land interspersed with areas of natural woodland, primarily of oak and juniper. The mountain of Montacuto (which was 1 of the most important Etruscan sites in the area) is visible from the house. This is excellent walking country when it is not too hot and there is much to interest wild flower and funghi enthusiasts. There are many good, inexpensive local restaurants, some of which are in, or close to, the small nearby town of Umbertide (which is also a good place to shop, especially on market days when there is a great range of local produce available). Other well recommended places to eat can be found in nearby villages, and some in spectacular scenic locations in the hills. There are good tennis courts in the area.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Booking Notes: For rentals of more than 1 week there will be a change of bed linen, bathroom and kichen towels. If cleaning is required it will be charged additionally. Changeover Day: The changeover day is usually Friday or Saturday during the main season but may be negotiable. Notes on prices: Prices for the property per week are in UK pounds. Prices do not include central heating. Discounts are available for rental periods of 3 weeks or more.

                                                              9 Reviews
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