Restored farmhouse in Val Nese, between Perugia and Umbertide, Mature Shady Garden And Cool Bedrooms
Rae + Chris Cohen
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
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A cool, calm retreat
We had a lovely, relaxing time at Molinello. The owners couldn’t have been more helpful, providing detailed directions and guidance to the property and the area, and proactively contacting me to make sure everything was ok, and then responding very promptly to any questions.
The house was a blessed retreat amid searing heat. The downstairs bedrooms stayed very cool, which meant we had no need for fans, and slept well and easily, when friends in other properties were running fans all night.
The house feels like it’s been a family retreat for many years and care and love has been lavished upon it. The multitude of books, DVDs, iPod, kitchen equipment, and produce passed on gives it a welcoming feel and you at once feel like it’s a home you can relax in.
The gardens are beautifully maintained and everything felt simple and straightforward. Would definitely recommend!
One of the nicest places rented in recent years
This is a pretty house, with pleasant garden and superb swimming pool. It is surrounded by a sheep farm, which provides much amusement and the tinkling of the sheep bells which is not loud and which we found charming. Inside, the kitchen and siting room are large and comfortable. The kitchen equipment is first rate, as the owners are clearly serious cooks, and far above the common miserable standard of so many rentals in Europe. The bedrooms being downstairs keep cool, even in July. Five stars are only missed because the lighting in the sitting room hardly permits reading and there was a drain fault in one bathroom which caused minor flooding of the floor by the bathwater (but this could be controlled with care). We had a lovely peaceful holiday there.
Very rural and quiet, but well-equipped and beautiful situation
Perfect for a family reunion and prolonged birthday party. The bedrooms are on the lower floor, which makes them cooler. Kitchen is better equipped than many rental properties we have stayed in, making it easy to cook. The swimming pool is perfect, with lovely views of the surrounding hills. Watching the fireflies dancing around the garden in the evening was magical. It is a 20 minute drive from anywhere, so you need to be well-organised. However, Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio and Lago di Trasimeno are all within an hour of the property, so there are lots of possible excursions.
CALME ET BEAUTÉ
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
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
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! :)
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.
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.
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.