La Carina is a charming 18th c farmer's cottage. The cottage with adjacent barn has been sympathetically restored and sits on a hillside looking across the valley to Panicale, a beautiful hilltop town with stunning views of Lake Trasimeno. The property stands on its own, surrounded by 1.5 acres of olive trees. It has complete privacy, yet is only 200metres above the hamlet of Macereto (the last 200metres up the hill is a white road ie unmade up) It is 5 minutes drive to the small town of Taverenelle with supermarkets , post office, pharmacy, and bank.
This is a perfect base for visiting Perugia, Assisi, Cortona, Montepulciano, Lake Trasimeno and all the many local hill towns.(Panicale is the place for drinks in its lovely piazza.) Alternatively just relax on the terrace and in the garden for a peaceful holiday in the Umbrian countryside.
La Carina is a paradise for nature lovers, with an abundance of wild flowers in spring and early summer, especially up the hill behind the house. There are birds such as hoopoes and red kites, and pine martens have been seen around the house.
There is a Water Park five minutes drive away with excellent facilities for children and adults; a very large pool, small paddling pools and several water chutes. It has large grounds with tables, loungers, umbrellas and a coffee bar
The owner who lives in Edinburgh, is a professional violinist and teacher and has spent a lifetime performing with leading orchestras. Studying in Rome led to a love affair with Italy and more recently to this Umbrian hideaway which she comes to as often as possible.
When not there she hopes other people will enjoy it as much.
I bought the property because it is in a quiet and private position yet has easy access to the many beautiful towns of central Italy and beyond. The Umbrian hills with their chestnut and oak trees are a joy to explore and the contrast of Lake Trasimeno, make for a great variety of things to do. There are also many summer festivals and good restaurants in the area.
The property is only a short distance above the hamlet of Macereto so is not isolated, and only 5 minutes by car from the shops. In a way it has the best of both worlds.
For anyone keen on cooking, the kitchen has excellent equipment and access straight onto the terrace makes for easy living
The house is on its own in a glorious position overlooking the valley and the hill towns on the opposite side. The inside is creatively furnished and decorated and the kitchen is very well equipped, and there is lots of useful information about places to visit.
We found it an excellent base for exploring the surrounding towns and villages, which are beautiful and interesting, and for visiting the Lake Trasimeno area and the wonderful city of Perugia.
This was our second visit to La Carina -we had fallen in love with it on our first visit the previous year. We love the peace and tranquility here. Breakfast every morning on the terrace surrounded by fig and olive trees, looking out across the trees to neighbouring hills, cosy evenings in front of the log fire (it can still be chilly at night in Spring). Lots of great local food and wine available just a couple of miles away in Tavernelle. The house is a t the top of a steep hill, but no problem for competent and confident drivers. Not the sort of road for high heels! but if you enjoy your trainers this could well be the perfect place for you. We will certainly be back, and are already looking forward to it.
The two of us had a really nice fortnight when we stayed in La Carina this year. We enjoyed the lovely green outside space with its views and also the comfortable and tasteful interior. You can feel that this is the cherished holiday home of the owner and we shared with her the feeling that you can keep coming back here ... so much so we shall return next year for two weeks! We enjoyed relaxing at La Carina, but there are also lots of great places to visit in Umbria and the near part of Tuscany. We recommend this as a really nice base for your holiday.
It is possible to swim on the shores of Lake Trasimeno, and on the Islands which are interesting to explore.
Car hire is essential. Distances to airports are approximately, Perugia, 35 mins. (London, Stansted.) Rome, 120mins, Pisa, 150 mins. Bologna International, 180 mins.
Chiusi station (25 mins) has car rental firms and is on the main line to Rome and Florence.
The nearest town is Tavernelle, 5 mins by car. Panicale is 10/15mins, Perugia, 30 mins.
Castiglione del Lago, 20 mins and Cortona, 40 mins.
The fast trains to Rome and Florence from Chiusi take 1.5 hours so day trips are possible.
Panicale has several good restaurants. Tavernelle has a range of Pizzerias and all around Lake Trasimeno are restaurants in all price ranges. Castigliano del Lago has good tourist shops and restaurants in the Old Town, and Citta della Pieve also has good restaurants and and a large market on Saturdays.
In the vicinity there are many areas for walking.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$126|
Prices shown are per week in pounds, sterling.
Prices include all utilities, cleaning, linen and towels.
A deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking with the balance paid six weeks before the rental.
Changeover day is flexible. Saturday in High Season
Arrival time is 4pm.
Departure time 10am ( Later if no new arrivals that day)
20% deposit when booking
The balance six weeks before rental