La Lunetta, converted from an old barn into two apartments: ARCO sleeps 4/6 and STUDIO, sleeps 2, with possibility of interconnecting the two apartments . The conversion has retained the original character with arched openings, huge beams and revealed stonework, and is elegantly furnished with all the latest equipment. Overlooking a timeless Umbrian landscape of rolling wooded hills, gentle valleys, sheep pastures, distant prospects, with just the occasional tinkle of a sheep bell or the glimpse of a strolling monk to disturb your siesta. Only 15 minutes from lively town of Umbertide, with all daily needs and weekly market (with 2nd-hand English bookstall!). The 2 properties share the pool, also with the English owners (who never go in the water, just snooze pool-side) living in the large farmhouse close by, and can be rented individually (4 and 2 respectively) or as a complex (6/8), ideal for an extended family or friends party.
Bedroom with kingsize 'bateau-lit' bed, antique armchair, pretty wardrobe. French windows to own east/south facing terrace. This is a separate room through squared arch from living area.
En-suite bathroom with shower, hair-dryer.
Kitchen/dining room in open plan area comprising kitchen with granite worktop, gas hob, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, toaster, iron, large larder.
Living area with marble-top dining table, chairs, rattan settee and armchairs, woodburning stove, TV, video, tapes, books, and desk with chair. Decorative wall pieces and interesting lighting throughout. Interconnecting door to ARCO apartment normally locked. 'Tardis-like' is how this apartment is often described, deceptively spacious with massive beams and soaring ceiling.
French windows from both bedroom and living room to own private south-east facing terrace with small garden and shady olive tree, wonderful views over fields and woods.
All ground level. Own parking.
Lake Trasimeno, with shore-side villages, restaurants, promenades, ferries to islands , at 35 km, mostly dual carriageway.
Airports: Perugia 30 mins. Ancona 2 hours. Bologna 2½ hours. Forli 1½ hours. Rome 2½ hours. Pisa within 3½ hours.
Car hire is best done at point of entry and absolutely vital as the properties are completely rural.
Umbertide, 10km, our local shopping town is friendly and unpretentious, with good supermarkets, banks, family restaurants, cafes and bars, a lively weekly market, and a railway station.
Good road and rail connections to many renowned towns: Perugia, the regional capital, 30 mins, Gubbio 35 mins, Assisi 45 mins, Cortona 50 mins, Todi 45 mins, Arezzo 60 mins, Siena 90 mins, Orvieto 2hrs. Florence 100 mins and Rome 3hrs also reached by excellent inter-city railway links.
The surrounding pastures and woods around La Lunetta extend beyond to hills and valley clefts, and distant mountains. Good walking and hill climbing (Montacuto, opposite, at 1000m, has the remains of an Etruscan site). Plenty of wildlife - boar, porcupine, deer are occasionally seen at dusk. Wildflowers, wild asparagus and funghi in due season. The track leading to the house from the good valley road is 600m, and well-maintained. Many good local restaurants - Aubrey and Jill are good guides.
Lake Trasimeno (35 mins) has pretty villages, good fish restaurants, lakeside bars and icecream parlours, ferry trips to historic Isola Maggiore (St. Francis), and sunsets to take your breath away. Many other lesser-known sites of great interest - Spello, Spoleto, Carsulae, Deruta, Urbino, San Sepolcro, Monterchi - Roman ruins, traditional pottery, famous art treasures, ducal palaces and museums.