|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Casa Nova is an idyllic location from which to discover Southern Tuscany and Umbria. It is a small fruit and olive farm, on the south facing slope of the beautiful Niccone valley, 40 minutes from Perugia. The 30 acre estate has been farmed organically since the 1980s and is a haven for wildflowers and wildlife. The surrounding countryside offers endless possibilities for walking and cycling. The artistic treasures of Cortona, Perugia, Urbino and the Upper Tiber Valley are all close to hand. Florence, Siena and Rome are a daytrip away. Casa dell'Ortolano is a luxury 4 bedroom house with private pool in its own grounds. It sleeps 8 to 9, has 4 luxurious bathrooms (all en-suite) and a huge, fully-equipped kitchen. It combines the best of traditional style and modern design. The shaded terrace, sunny balcony and garden (which leads down to the pool) have panoramic views, and offer a wonderful area for kids to play and roam. Our website has useful information about Umbria.
My specialism, as an Art historian, is in the Renaissance artists of central Italy, such as Raphael and Signorelli, and I was first drawn to this part of Umbria when doing research for my publications and museum exhibitions about their works. My wife is a barrister and a passionate cook and gardener. We have three children who have been holidaying in Italy since they were tiny. We share a love for the art, landscape and lifestyle of Umbria and hope our guests will enjoy discovering its many pleasures and will end up as smitten as we are.
The Owner purchased this villa in 2003
We have been coming to this area since 1988. It offers a marvellous combination of unspoilt landscapes, a rich cultural life (ranging from Renaissance masterpieces to modern film or music festivals) and excellent, family friendly restaurants. After many years of searching, we finally found the perfect property here, with a fabulous view, and since then we've been pouring our energies into making it what we've dubbed an "Umbrian Eden". Umbria very much retains its own distinctive local character and, unlike some parts of Tuscany, it could not be accused of having turned into a "Chiantishire", yet at the same time it is very welcoming of visitors. Everything you need is available a short drive away in Umbertide but all you hear when you open your window here is birdsong.
We aimed to create the perfect place for a family holiday, having found from experience that few places really do deliver that. The Garden House stands in the midst of 25 acres of our fruit trees and olive groves, in its own garden on the hillside above the main farmhouse. The land has been farmed organically for over 20 years and offers an abundance of wildflowers and butterflies. There is a good network of walks through the surrounding hills and at night the stars will astound you. The private pool is child-friendly, as it can only be accessed from the fenced decking area. There's a den and climbing frame on a terrace above the house and we have plenty of books, DVDs and toys to keep kids amused (and cots, highchair etc). You are welcome to borrow bikes (we have a range of sizes).
‘This really is 5 star accommodation. You have thought of everything and more - even toys for the wee one. We could have done with three weeks not two weeks as we were torn each day between relaxing here and visiting the many wonderful towns - we would recommend this to anyone’
‘This has been a fantastic holiday and the best possible introduction to Umbria. The house has been a great base for us and has a real sense of family and home. The attention to detail in the design and finish of the house is first class...For our families it doesn’t come better than this and we will be back’
‘Wow! When can we move in? We’ve loved our week here - your house is beautifully furnished - but still has that home from home feel. Thank you for providing this cosy retreat for our honeymoon. It has been a real pleasure dealing with you - your help and assistance both before and during our stay has made all the difference to our Italian experience!’
‘A fantastic house with amazing views...’
Special interest holidays:
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.
Umbria could hardly be further from the Italian coast (2 hrs to Adriatic) but there are beaches and watersports on Lake Trasimeno (35 mins by car).
Our nearest airports are: Perugia (45 mins by car; Ryanair from Stansted), Florence (hour and a half; Meridiana from Gatwick), Ancona & Rimini (both 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). A car is necessary at Casa Nova. See website for map.
Nearest shop Spedalicchio (4 mins by car). A good range of restaurants, pizzerias, gelaterias are within 10 mins drive. See website for further details about shopping and eating out. Nearest towns: Trestina (10 mins by car), Umbertide (12 mins by car), Citta di Castello (25 mins by car), Cortona (35 mins by car). Nearest cities: Perugia (35 mins by car), Siena (75 mins by car), Florence (95 mins by car). See website for map and further details about places of interest.
For additional photos of the house, a ground plan and a great deal more information on the house and on what to do and see in the area, please visit our website (link below).
There is another, separate house on the Casa Nova estate with its own private pool (see listing for IT12386). Neither house overlooks the other and you will each have your own privacy. However, for larger parties the possibility exists of renting both houses (which together can accommodate up to 22, plus infants). More details on our website.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$427|
A refundable security deposit of 400 euros is payable on arrival.
Our normal changeover day is Saturday.