Villa Ariete is a beautifully restored farmhouse located in the heart of Umbria with rustic beams, terracotta floors and fabulous views in all directions. The villa has its own pool sat atop a hill and wonderfully maintained gardens, as well as leafy terraces and a bocce court for a lazy afternoon of bowls. The villa provides comfortable accommodation for 16 people and booked as a whole gives you private use of the pool and grounds. The property can also be sub-divided into 2 apartments sleeping groups of either 6, 8 or 10. Let us know your requirements!
From the villa, visit the beautiful hill towns of Umbria or just relax and unwind by the pool and soak up the dolce vita!
The village of Migliano, 3 minutes walk from the villa, has a castle with Roman excavation pits, children's play area with swings and a church. For 10 days around the end of July / early August each year the village holds a fantastic 'feste' serving local delicacies (particularly wild boar) and with music and entertainment. It is definitely a highlight of the calendar if you are staying at the villa at this time.
A 10 minute drive into the valley takes you to historic vineyard Monte Vibiano, offering wine and olive oil tasting and tours. The closest town Marsciano (12 min drive) has a beautiful old town and is well provided with banks, pharmacies and supermarkets, plus a fantastic selection of local restaurants, cafes, bars, gelateria and markets. Head to Stephania's for gelato with the locals, fresh pasta just off the market square, or the local Commune wine cantina for a stunning selection of locally produced wines, decanted to order from a machine akin to a petrol pump!
Exploring back roads around the villa by car is a favourite past time of ours. Stumble across tiny stone hamlets clinging to hillsides and fields of sunflowers, poppies, olives or vines - depending on the season. Highlights are the stone tower and views across the lake at Piegaro, the walled hill town and smallest theatre in the world at Monte Castello del Vibio and the pretty streets, bell tower and delicious Picolo Mondo restaurant at San Vito in Monte. Nearby village Compignano also turns into a living nativity for the December festive season!
Or strike out for a brisk hike down to the river at the bottom of the valley. There are numerous mountain bike trails signposted around the villa for those with a keen sense of adventure (bike hire available in Marsciano).
There are 2 golf courses close by: Golf Club Perugia and Lamborghini Golf Club (Panicale). More details are noted below.
Try an Umbrian cooking lesson at the villa with a local provider, or visit a local restaurant and spend half a day with the restaurant owner and her mother. Specialities of the area are wild boar and black truffles - as well as seasonal wild asparagus that grows around the villa (a forager's dream in the spring time)!
The area is famous for wine, with Monte Vibiano being our closest cantina (10-15 min drive). Or tour vineyards in nearby Montefalco and Torgiano.
There are seasonal festivals in nearby Todi and Perugia, including the world famous Umbria Jazz in July and Eurochocolate in October.
The property has incredible views for budding painters and photographers and nearby Deruta may inspire with beautiful hand painted 'majollicka' ceramics.
Language schools are at nearby Todi and Perugia.