At nearly 2,000ft above sea level, Casa Preggio enjoys breathtaking views across the Niccone Valley. This 15th century house was built into the hilltop village's perimeter walls with its front door near to the village square and its garden and living rooms facing outwards towards the valley. The house is very tastefully furnished internally whilst retaining its traditional features. The village of Preggio boasts a delightful restaurant called La Castagna, serving Umbrian delicacies, a cafe/bar and delicatessan.The surrounding area has a wealth of fascinating places to visit including the ancient towns of Perugia, Cortona, Gubbio, Montone, Castel Rigone, Assisi, Sienna and slightly further afield, Florence, Pisa and Rome, all easily reached either by car or train for a day trip. Lake Trasimeno is 40 mins away. There are many wonderful places to eat nearby, ranging from local agriturisimos to pizzerias and local restaurants.
I live in East Sussex on the Ashdown Forest.
I have a grown up son and daughter, both living and working in London.
Tricia Burgess purchased this house in 2007
When my husband and I first saw this property we fell in love with it straightaway! The view from the terrace is spectacular and we were told the sunsets were magnificent (and they are!). We offered the asking price (something my husband has never done before!) as there was stiff competition from other buyers, and it was accepted. We completed in July 2007 and went out to buy new furniture and fittings.
Sadly my husband passed away in December 2012 but I will continue to visit this wonderful place as it is so peaceful with many happy memories.
Preggio is a very small sleepy hilltop village. Although Preggio is fairly remote, it is near to many local attractions so you get the best of both worlds - peace and quiet when you want it and historic sightseeing when you want to explore Italian culture.
The small swimming pool on the terrace is a wonderful bonus when the weather is particularly hot and it is lovely to cool off after a day of sunbathing or sightseeing.
We have had wonderful feedback from our guests over the past years since we bought the house. The majority of comments say that the house is very well equiped and the view is spectacular!
Lake Trasimeno is about 40 minutes drive away and has several good beaches for swimming or sailing.
Ryanair flies daily from Stansted to Bologna/Rimini/Ancona (each approx 2.5 hours) and flies 4 times a week to Perugia which is 40 minutes away (although not on Saturday). BA (LGW) flies daily to Pisa, Bologna and Rome, (each approx 2 and 2.5 hours away). Easyjet (LGW) flies to Pisa and Rome. Meridiana flies from LGW to Florence (about 2.5 hours) daily. A hired car is essential. Alternatively the journey can be made easily by car from Calais using the motorway system with 1 overnight stop.
Perugia, Cortona, Montone, Gubbio, Castel Rigone and Lake Trasimeno are all within 40 minutes drive. Sienna, Assisi, Orvieto and Montepulciano are approx an hour and Pisa, Rome and Florence are approx 2.5 hours. We recommend taking the train to Rome and Florence from Tarentola.
There is a wide range of activities on offer in and around Preggio. The region is a food and wine lover's paradise with a great variety of wonderful restaurants to choose from and opportunities to go winetasting and explore beautiful vineyards or to take cookery lessons at the local agriturismo, cooking with (and then enjoying) local produce and creating Umbrian specialities. Umbria is also famous for its food festivals throughout the year.
For those who enjoy outdoor pursuits, there are some amazing walks and cycle routes in and around Preggio during which the spectacular views from the village can be truly appreciated. Fishing, tennis and golf are also available within a half hour drive of Casa Preggio as well as watersports at Lake Trasimeno, 40 minutes drive from the house.
As far as shopping goes, Preggio itself offers basic facilities with a bar, newly opened delicatessan, a post office and a pharmacy. Umbertide, northern Umbria's largest town, holds a weekly market and also has a supermarket, bank and other shops. Many of the nearby towns have a good selection of interesting shops and boutiques, stocking everything from leather goods, clothes, paintings and books to a selection of wines and local specialities for taking back home as a reminder of your trip!
More information on all of the activities mentioned can be found at the house.