|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
LA LUNETTA, an old stone barn, has been restored to a very high standard, and has been converted into 2 apartments : LA LUNETTA and STUDIO (see separate entry) which are connected through a normally locked sound-proofed door; the two apartments can be opened through to each other to suit groups of friends or family.
LA LUNETTA, the larger apartment, has 2 bedrooms, double and twin, sleeps 4, expanding to 8 with extra folding beds and futons. Furnished simply, comfortably and with style. LA LUNETTA faces west overlooking large communal pool with terrace; and to the east has own private terrace, through French windows, looking over rolling sheep pasture and wooded hills, and distant views of the hilltop monastery of Monte Corona.
Converted from an old barn into two apartments - the main house LA LUNETTA, sleeps 4/6, and attached STUDIO, sleeps 2 (see separate entry), with possibility of interconnecting the two for an extended family group. The conversion has retained the original character with arched openings, huge beams and revealed stonework, and is simply but elegantly furnished with all modern 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, weekly market (with English 2nd-hand charity bookshop), restaurants and banks.
The 2 apartments share the pool, also with the English owners (who rarely go in the water) who live in the large farmhouse close by.
LA LUNETTA has a twin bedroom downstairs with adjoining bathroom; and double bedroom upstairs with en suite bathroom, accessed by internal spiral staircase and external stairs, with wonderful views. Airy well-equipped kitchen/dining room, and through an arch the sitting room with large flat-screen TV, comfortable seating, bookshelves, large collection of DVDs, and wide views from both rooms onto own terrace and the beautiful rural setting of pasture, woodland and hills.
The STUDIO apartment (sleeps 2, see separate details) is connected internally by normally sealed door from La Lunetta twin bedroom. Private terrace, wide rural views to east and south, with loungers, dining table and chairs, umbrellas and BBQ.
The pool (12x6metres) with diving board, is across the entrance drive, and has a large paved terrace south and west facing, shared occasionally with the farmhouse owners. Potted flowering and topiary plants, reclining chairs and umbrellas, ample space. Terrace and pool are in a commanding position, on a knoll, with sun all day long.
Access from the road is up 600 metre earth track, well-maintained.
Nearby (8 mins) is Antognolla Gold Course, Robert Trent Jones designed, club house facilities, overlooked by spectacular castle.
Managers Aubrey & Jill Essery semi-retired to their old farmhouse opposite La Lunetta in 1997, and subsequently in 2002 oversaw the restoration of La Lunetta for their close friends from Darwin Australia.
We fell in love with this part of Umbria on holiday several years earlier and found our own farmhouse ruin to convert. Our Australian friends visited for Christmas, and they too fell in love with the area. So they bought their own ruin, the barn right opposite us, and we helped them to plan the restoration, keeping as much as possible of the original character.
The setting is quite beautiful, easy of access to local town amenities just 12 kilometres away, but with peaceful, changing rural views all around.
Booking confirmed on receipt of deposit of 50% of total rental. Remaining 50% of rental payable on arrival, in Euro cash (currency exchange rate on arrival) , plus returnable damage deposit of 250 Euro. In case of cancellation, deposit will be refunded, less 10% administration charge, if notice received 8 weeks or more prior to start of holiday. If notice received less than 8 weeks, no refund will be made.
50% deposit payable by bank transfer in £sterling; remaining 50% on arrival payable in Euro cash at current exchange rate.
Friday/Saturday during main season, at other times it may be flexible. Arrival not before 4pm, departure no later than 10am.
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 - Etruscan and Roman ruins, traditional pottery, famous art treasures, cathedrals, ducal palaces and museums.