Farmhouse nr Perugia - beautiful location, house and pool with stunning views of the Tuscan hills
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About Rachel Buxton
Having visited Italy all my life and then going to university in Florence and subsequently spending time in Rome, Milan and Florence I love Italy! The people, the food and wine - everything! If you are looking for peace, culture, fun, enjoyment, good food, welcome hosts, passionate people, great wine, space, sun and time Italy is for you and we hope our house as well.
Rachel Buxton purchased this Farmhouse in 2007
Why Rachel Buxton chose Umbertide
Having been looking for a farmhouse to buy for a couple of years we found our house while on holiday nearby. It was everything we wanted with fabulous views over the hills of Umbria and Tuscany, large enough to fit our friends and family in (but not get in each others way!) and with some land for my husband to work on and keep busy so that everyone else can relax around the pool.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The house is near the top of the hill which is great for catching any breeze that is around, very necessary in the summer months. We have sleepy little villages at the bottom of the hill on both sides with fantastic restaurants and Umbertide and Citta Di Castello are 20 minutes away with restaurants, shops and typical facilities. The general area is known as the Sunflower of Italy as most of the fields cultivate sunflowers and within 45 minutes you can reach Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Cortona, San Sepulcro, Arezzo, Trasimeno and Spoleto with numerous local festivals etc.
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The perfect holiday house for a large family and little ones. We were a 3 generation party of 8 adults and three children under 3 so finding somewhere to suit us all that was safe for little ones was no mean task. As soon as I found Casa Matira I knew it was the one and after my first communication with Rachel, the owner, I knew that we would be more than happy - she reassured me at every step, answered all my queries with detailed information and made me feel that she really wanted us to be totally satisfied with our holiday week. The house itself is spacious, fabulously appointed, very well equipped, tastefully furnished and very well cared for. Everything has been thought of; from the countless toys, books, dressing up clothes and swings for the children....to the pool table, table tennis table, BBQ, shaded seating areas, comfortable sun loungers, high spec kitchen and bathrooms and a fabulous heated pool which is fenced off with a double bolt and therefore totally safe for wandering children. The house manager Antonella is delightful and available by phone immediately to help with any questions. The day after we arrived a huge basil plant was delivered, the stair gate fitted and a bucket swing assembled for our tiny one....so thoughtful. The new pool house is a great addition providing resting time out of the sun.
The views are spectacular, the area well served with local restaurants and shops less than 5 miles away..... a 20 min drive down a bumpy road but that is no price to pay for the secluded paradise that Casa Matira provides (we sent the men to do the food shopping whilst we ladies had some pool time!)
I cannot fault this beautiful house, we will definitely return.
Thanks so much Alison for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed our house so much and we’d be very happy to welcome you again at Casa Matira for any future holidays. Xxx
Beautiful location. Comfortable and thoughtful accommodations and amenities.
We were an extended family of 10, ages 8 to 74. Everyone loved the house, the large pool, the fabulous views. We were greeted with house manager Antonella who was accommodating in every way. The house is ten minutes from paved roads, but only fifteen or twenty from good restaurants, food shops,etc. Expectations created by website and description are met and exceeded. All of our party would highly recommend Casa Matira.
We had a wonderful holiday and the beautiful house and views far exceeded our expectations.
It was the perfect spot for a relaxing family holiday and the safely fenced off pool was great as we had little children with us. The accommodation was spacious, very comfortable and well equipped. Beautiful historic towns like Perugia and Assisi were within easy reach and we loved the whole area.
Beautifully restored farmhouse with stunning view
A real treat of a week with my family! This property is in a very special position on the top of a hill with breathtaking views. The farmhouse has been beautifully and very tastefully restored and offers clean, spacious accommodation with extremely comfortable beds, lovely linen, plenty of bathrooms and elegant dining and lounging areas. The kitchen is a proper "cooks" kitchen with all the culinary equipment you might need and it conveniently opens out onto the terrace where we enjoyed all our meals (and cocktails!) overlooking the view. It was also brilliantly equipped for the children - inside is a great playroom/TV room with loads of DVD's & toys and there is all the usual baby stuff you could need - they had even supplied bath toys & bath seat! Outside the properly fenced large pool was heavenly - very pretty, a nice big ledge where the young ones could paddle, loads of sun loungers and no horrible chlorine!! Garden swings and games too. Locally we enjoyed some really memorable Italian food - both informal (fab family pizza/pasta places) as well as more formal but relaxed Italian dining at its best at the local Wine Bar and Agritourismo. (Antonella the house manager found us a lovely babysitter during our stay). There is also a really good "Coop" supermarket in Umbertide with impressive deli and bakery etc which was invaluable for provisions. I would highly recommend this property for either families or large adult parties.
Wonderful for a Family or Friends Holiday
My wife and I were in the house for 9 nights, two nights overlapping with members of our family and a week with a group of our own friends.
The property is beautifully equipped, was exteremely clean, and is noticeably well maintained. It is spacious and comfortable with a a swimming pool of a perfect size. We would certainly highly recommend Casa Matira to Family and Friends. Indeed all our guests were full of praise.
Casa Matira provided me and my family the best two week vacation of our lives. How much fun to drive a few kilometers straight up a mountain and arrive to a gorgeous stone villa and the breathtaking views of Tuscany. The interior is designed and decorated with a refined eye for quality and detail -- comfortable beds, a spacious, well-appointed kitchen that opens onto a lovely covered dining area, a surfeit of big, comfortable bathrooms that would humble the finest hotel -- Casa Matira offers the perfect combination of personal and elegant. The house also has a large pool with perfect temperature salt water that's always refreshing but never too cold, and a game-room for families that includes a pool table, tv, dvd player, cd's and dvd's. The bedrooms are so comfortable and there's zero sense that the house is a rental (none of the skimping on beds and couches one can find in rental properties). But hands-down the best part of Casa Matira is it's setting in the remote hills of the peaceful countryside. This is a don't-miss property and the owners and caretaker are relaxed and extremely accommodating (wine and food upon our arrival despite specifically not requesting it). The transition back to city living was particularly painful!
-- The Burlingame Family
Lake Trasimeno, the largest lake in the Italy, has several life guarded beaches, the best of which is at Passignano which is a 30 minute drive. Windsurfing, sailing and other water sports are also available.
It is about a 2 hour drive to either the east or the west coast of Italy.
The nearest airport is Perugia, only 45 minutes drive from the house, which is served by Ryanair from Stansted. Other airports around 2 hours drive are Forli, Rome Ciampino, Rome Fiumicino, Pisa, Florence, and Ancona. Terontola station, on the main north-south line, is a scenic 45 minute drive from the house making Rome and Florence are an easy day trip by train.
A car is essential for exploring the area.
There is a food store in the village 4km away and the nearest restaurant is a 10 min drive. The local villages with their shops and restaurants are all within a 10 minute drive. The nearest town is Umbertide (15 minutes), Perugia, the capital of Umbria, is 40 mins away.
Tourist destinations within an easy drive include: Arezzo, Assisi, Cortona, Gubbio, Montone, Sansepolcro, Spello, Spoleto, and Siena.
We have a house book provides info on shopping, dining, sightseeing and local activities.
Umbertide provides all everyday needs, with many excellent local restaurants - from dining in the gardens of a beautiful old manor house to cheap but delicious pizzerias, some suggestions:
Zen Zero - not far from the Co-op is part of a small parade of shops. It has an unassuming entrance, but don't be put off as it serves excellent value Antipasto, Pizzas and Pasta and has outdoor seating.
La Rocca - in the main square has fantastic fish based pasta dishes and complimentary homemade limoncello after the meal!
Montone, a beautiful local village is well worth a walk round and a visit to one of its many restaurants:
Ristorante Erbaluna - in the top square near the outdoor theatre with fabulous food and is very welcoming.
La Locanda del Capitano - from the main square in Montone walk up Via Roma for about 50 metres and it is on the left hand side. Excellent food and wine with a friendly atmosphere, definitely one for a special occasion.
There are many other suggestions in our ‘House book’.
There are many concerts and musical events in the area, often in the open air during the summer months. The tiny nearby village of Preggio hosts an opera festival in August, which is a magical experience.
At the other end of the scale, the Tuscan Sun festival in Cortona attracts international performers. There are also many food festivals celebrating local produce and regional specialities such as truffles, mushrooms, chestnuts, little deep-fried pastries - the list is endless.
For visitors interested in Italian renaissance art, master works of Piero della Francesca, Signorelli, Pintorrichio, Perugino, and Fra Angelico are within an hour's drive. Also nearby is Deruta, a ceramic centre for centuries, where visitors can watch the artist’s hand-painting the traditional designs.
Also available is: Horse riding, private yoga tuition at the house, scenic flights from Sansepolcro, cooking classes, walking and cycling tours, and wine tours.