|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
We love to let our wonderful holiday house in Umbria. Approx. 20km from Tuscany. Our cottage is part of a 13th century castle complex (Castello di Gaiche), fully renovated and restored to its original style. The castle lies on top of a hill with incredible views. The cottage is surrounded by a large garden with various seating areas, olive trees and lavender bushes. The swimming pool of approximately 7x15m is a 300m walk from the castle which guarantees the much appreciated silence at the castle and garden. The pool is only available for guests of the Castello. The surrounding area with Lago Trasimeno (Trasimeno Lake) counts many picturesque villages like Panicale, Citta della Pieve and Piegaro with fine restaurants. The famous cities of Assisi, Orvieto, Perugia, Todi, Spoleto and Montefalco are all less than 1 hour drive. Montepulciano, Siena, Florence and Rome are within driving distance (approx 1.5 - 2h). Nearby airports: Perugia (from London Stansted), Pisa, Florence and Rome (Ciampino and Fiumicino)
We are Rolf and Anna from the Netherlands and we love to let our beautiful castle cottage in Umbria, Italy.
Rolf van den Breemer purchased this cottage in 2009
Castello di Gaiche really is an amazing, romantic and beautiful place. It is easy to stay around the castle for days and enjoy the garden, the walks around it, the castle itself, the medieval church next to it, the swimming pool. The area provides many very picturesque villages where time is standing still: Panicale, Piegaro, Citta della Pieve. Umbria has a wonderful landscape and there is only a few tourists.
The property is a two-storey cottage, part of the Old Mill of Castello di Gaiche.
Lovely little cottage in a picturesque setting. Lovely large pool (although with a large wasps nest nearby that could do to be removed!). Beautiful gardens and grounds and spectacular views. The cottage stayed very cool inside, even during the hottest part of the day. We had to be careful not to use more than one to two appliances at a time or the electricity would go off, but once we had worked this out this was not too inconvenient. The location is quite isolated, with little interruptions or noise. The nearest shop is around 15 minutes drive away. A lovely place if you're looking for a quiet escape!
The cottage is very pretty and very well equipped. The gardens and pool are brilliant for relaxation and the views are breathtaking. We had a fantastic week with two children (10 and 6) on their first holiday abroad, and they had a brilliant time. Couldn't get a reception on the TV, but preferred to be out in the garden or on the terrace playing games anyway. Thanks for a brilliant place to stay!
Beautiful little cottage up in the hills with stunning views. It has all the basics needed to explore the umbrian region.
We had a fabulous holiday and we're very sad to leave. Would definitely return.
The property was clean and tidy on arrival and the local contact was very friendly and helpful. directions weren't easy to follow but Google maps saved us. A welcome pack of information in the cottage would be helpful.
The pool was a very nice addition and mostly we had it to ourselves.
Umbria is beautiful and has to be experienced, as does the fabulous monte vibianno winery with their amazing hospitality.
Located at the top of a large hill means that it is well secluded. Perfect for the two of us needing some relaxation. The shared pool we had to ourselves most of the time.
Definitely need a car to get here and out and about.
This place is highly recommended! Get some local wine and sit on the hilltop surveying your Kingdom.
This is a delightful little cottage in a very secluded and pretty hilltop location and a car is a must as the nearest shops, restaurants etc are a few miles away. It is very quiet and relaxing and definitely suits those who want to get away from it for a week or longer. Personally we had a great week but a couple of things nagged on the downside and the description of the cottage equipment could do with some “adjustment”. Although a TV is listed (with Satellite / Cable) and in fact a TV is provided it does not appear to be connected to an aerial of any sort so only any good as a DVD player or Media player if you take something to plug into it. Similarly there is no oven provided in the cottage and this coupled with the fact that the Microwave Grill appears to only work on grill (not microwave) makes it difficult to prepare anything except one pot dishes. Lastly there is a washing machine listed and we packed accordingly only to find that it does not exist.
The other suggestion that we have for the owner as an improvement would be to provide a guest manual and book. This should contain the usual basic info provided as standard in so many other holiday lettings such as nearest supermarkets, how equipment in the property works, opening times etc and would also allow previous guests to share what they have found locally that is good, or bad.
To clarify we rate the property and the location as a 5 out of 5 but it is let down by small details and an inaccurate equipment list.
Special interest holidays:
Perugia is famous for its language courses.
Perugia: 30 minutes. Rome (both Fiumicino and Ciampino): 2 hours. Florence: 2 hours. Pisa: 3 hours.
Castiglion Fosco: 3km; Tavernelle: 5km; Panicale: 10km; Citta della Pieve: 20km;
Perugia: 20km; Siena: 50km; Assisi: 50km.
Many very fine restaurants in the area, we can provide tips. Tavernelle has good supermarkets and a local market every Monday morning. The castle has local management to welcome and take care of guests.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Timing of payments: 1/3 to confirm booking, full payment due 4 weeks before arrival.
Season: Saturday. Out of season: flexible.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for 2 persons, please add €50/week for extra persons.
Prices include linen, towels, use of pool, use of gas/electricity and cleaning. There is also local management at the disposal of guests of Castello di Gaiche.