Villa Near Montone, Umbria, Italy - Peaceful And Secluded Yet a tranquil walk from the beautiful hilltop town of Montone
About Samantha Sears
Building the house in Italy has been a long term dream, mainly as a way of friends and family getting together (they are spread around the world). We wanted to create something special enough so that they felt that their holiday was not just about meeting old friend but a really memorable holiday at the same time. My wife (lawyer) and I (CEO in IT) have a 4 year old and we spend as much time in Italy as we can. The idea of the rental for us is to cover the cost of maintaining the house and to have continual life in the place (empty houses seem to me to slowly die). We have tried to make this house without compromise as it is where we want to spend our time.
Samantha Sears purchased this Villa in 2002
Why Samantha Sears chose Montone
The views are stunning. The house is private (only house on its own private road) but near enough to a truly beautiful medieval village (Montone is 1.5 miles) to be able to pop in for an aperitif or for lunch in one of 3 really good restaurants. We get over 250 days a year of sunshine but still get a pleasant breeze in summer so it never gets unbearable. The house is located near to really interesting places that we love to visit (Assisi, Gubbio, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Cortona etc etc) and we have been so welcomed by the locals that it feels a very special place. Italy is stunning (ridiculously so), friendly with wonderful food and stunning wine. All pretty perfect really.
What makes this Villa unique
Firstly as you drive up to the house time changes. Watches seem to stop and relaxation happens instantly. The house is built to be beautiful but functional. We found most Italian properties to be cluttered and dark. We have built something open and light but still with the classic Italian structure. The pool is beautiful. The horizon edge means whilst in it all you can see is the mountains and valley in the distance. Although there are all the facilities you could wish for in the area you don't need to move (at all).
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
On request only
Of all ages. Cot, high chair available
Max guests:10 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Cancellation as per section 5 of rental agreement
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
I already want to go back!!!
My family stayed in this house for a week in July, 2019 and we all fell in love with it. The house is so beautiful, clean, spacious, & comfortable. The yard is huge and the pool is heavenly (seriously- the views from the infinity pool are amazing!!). Even the bathrooms in this house are wonderful. The landscaping/design/artwork both inside and outside is gorgeous. The owners clearly put their hearts into this property. I cannot recommend this house enough
The town, Montone, is wonderful as well. Great people, great restaurants, and so very charming.
I already want to go back!!!
The perfect holiday house for a stay in Umbria.
This is a really exceptional house for a holiday in Umbria. Beautifully situated on a hill, with an uninterrupted view of the valley and the hills beyond. No near neighbours. The pool is wonderful. At least 15 metres, so long enough for lap swimmers, and easily wide enough for family fun. Table tennis right next to the pool. Incredible view over the valley. Lots of outside sitting areas, huge and well equipped kitchen. Cool inside living areas for when the sun gets too hot. What more could you want?
Our blissful week at Casa di Luce :)
We are a family of 5 from London with 3 adult children, and stayed at Casa di Luce the first week of September 2017.
We wanted somewhere in Italy with a lot of space, and Casa di Luce was recommended by a friend who had stayed the previous year. We originally booked for late-June but had to change, and Samantha very kindly accommodated the change without penalizing us in spite of the September week being more expensive.
I have to say we had the most blissful week in this wonderful, luxurious house. The house is beautiful, it functions so well for summer living, and the setting is unbeatable. The space and the layout was a luxury, and the house itself is beautiful with all modern facilities but finished in stone with lovely traditional flooring. We often find kitchens are not as well-equipped as we’d hope but that was not the case here with everything fully provided. The pool was perfect, if a little cold at this time of year, and the outside space and furniture all lent itself perfectly to relaxed days with no hassle.
There are so many places to go in Umbria, beautiful hilltop villages and medieval cities. We didn’t have to travel far to experience some really good quality restaurants in Montone the local village and Gubbio.
Samantha was terrific throughout and Paul the house manager was very helpful and professional even though he was on holiday himself that week he was able to help with urgent medical enquiries (!)
Of all the places we have stayed in recent years this has been the best experience. The weather was kind so we have come away with great memories of Casa di Luce, the local village Montone and the incredible Perugia.
Truly beautiful house,garden and pool. Fully equipped kitchen and luxurious bedrooms and bathrooms. Living area cool and very comfortable. Great local restaurants a few minutes away in Montone. A slice of heaven in Umbria.
Wonderful Holiday, Fabulous House
We chose this house as a place for a post wedding relaxation holiday and our party consisted of family from Australia, Canada, USA and UK. We all loved this house and can not wait to return.
The house exceeded our expectations. It has been sensitively and beautifully restored. It's situation on the hillside affords fantastic views of the surrounding rolling countryside and the sunsets from the outside dining loggia are spell binding.
The house is well stocked with everything you could want from the bathrooms to the kitchen and there is a beautifully written, highly informative guide to your every need in the area.
The local hilltop village a short car ride up from the house is a delight and has a range of delightful places to eat and some small independent food shops.
There are plenty of other towns well worth visiting in the area and we were split between the tourists and the pool side team.
This was a dream holiday for a group that were in need of relaxation and we all felt so happy and restored by our time at Casa di Luce. It is a very special place.
A wonderful and secluded villa with amazing views
My family and I stayed at this wonderful villa at the beginning of August and all are expectations were thoroughly met. The property is situated in a quiet and secluded area nestled in the Umbrian country side with far reaching views over the glorious hills. Nearby hilltop towns of Montone with fantastic restaurants are minutes away by car.
All mod cons were included in the villa and the owner of the property really has gone all out to ensure that a most comforable and enjoyable stay is experienced by all who stay. Our family had the most fantastic time here and we would certainly recommend this to others!
Thank you once again.
Special interest holidays:
Cooking courses available by prebooking.
Beauty treatments available at the house.
Pilates Yoga classes available.
Italian lessons available at the house.
Sailing at Lake MonteDoglio or Lake Trasimeno.
Guided Bike Tours.
The English house managers can assist with activities and tours
90 minutes form both Italian coasts. 30 minutes from Lake Trasimeno (60 miles long) for local sailing etc.
The local airport is Perugia. It is 28km from the house (20 minutes drive). Perugia is a direct flight from Stansted. It is also 2 hours from Ancona, Florence and Rome airports. We think a hire car is essential, however there are taxi services available.
2 km from Montone (rated one of the top 5 most beautiful villages in Italy). 28km to Perugia (also easy to get to by train from the nearest town, Umbertide (8 minutes by car). 100km to Rome, Sienna and Florence. 30km to Assisi and Cortona. Other places not to miss and within 45 minutes are Citta di Castello, Gubbio, Spello and many beautiful small medieval villages.
There are 3 supermarkets in Umbertide which is 8-10 minutes away by car. There are a number of excellent restaurants from great local fare to a michelin star restaurant 20 minutes away. Montone has 3 excellent restaurants and a bank. Locally there is easy access to horse riding, micro lighting, tennis etc.
Welcome pack on arrival
House manager can organise many activities for both adults and children
Wine tasting at the villa or at Cantinas.
For ladies who like to shop we have a personal shopper who can escort you to the designer outlets such as Gucci, Prada, the Mall and Valdichiana.