About the property
- Farmhouse1399 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Tuscany/Umbria border, three bedroom, two bathrooms, many local attractions
Vasciano Nove is an old stone farmhouse in serene hills with its own private (salt system) pool in olive grove & mature garden. The house, one of a small group, has an individual feel with a sense of beauty and calm. The garden offers privacy and several shaded eating areas. It overlooks lovely old olive terraces, fields, rolling hills, oak woods and valleys with ancient tracks in all directions. The location provides a choice of complete relaxation, physical activities or intellectual stimulation and is in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty . The nearest village is 10 mins by car. There is easy access to restaurants, wine tasting, art, architecture, medieval hill top towns, Etruscan sites, panoramic views, Lake Trasimeno and its islands. There are many outdoor activities, fashion outlets, shopping, markets, festivals, sulphur springs/spas. Rome, Florence easily reached by train for the day. Optional extras: starter pack, cooking service. Our local agent speaks fluent English
Mains towns and cities within easy reach by car:
Cortona, Florence, Arezzo, Siena, Montepuliciano, San Gimiano, Orvieto.
Umbria/ Le Marche:
Urbino, San Sepulcro, Citta di Castello, Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi, Pienza, Spoleto, Todi.
From Terontola: Rome, Florence, Orvieto
From Umbertide: Perugia, Citta di Castello, San Sepulcro.
Comments from owners' guest book: 'We had a wonderful time at the farmhouse, it really is a magic place. The folders are so helpful. Thank you for again letting us use your beautiful house.' LC. .
“What a fantastic week we had at Vasciano, thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home. It was so good to see for ourselves this place that my parents have been waxing lyrical about for years now – and to realise that they are absolutely spot on when they say how special it is.” AJ..
“We have had the most relaxing holiday ever, enjoying the pool, the walks, the fascinating wildlife. The house is beautifully restored and thoughtfully equipped. ' AL .
“The two weeks here have been bliss. The extra files at Vasciano …..guiding us to some great places. We had some lovely lazy days in your fantastic pool and creating meals in your well equipped kitchen. Possibly our best family holiday ever.” DG. .
“A little slice of heaven - the church bells, the birds.
Local activities and events : Full details of all of these are in the house and include:
Art and architecture
Etruscan tombs and sites
Abbeys and monasteries
Walking, swimming , golf, tennis , mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, water sports, paddle boats, cookery courses,
Wine producers and wine tasting
Sulpher springs / spas
Markets: food, clothing, antiques and other specialities
Many famous annual local fairs and festivals featuring opera, music, jazz, jousts, archery, flag throwing, processions in medieval costume, competitions, flower displays or celebrating local gastronomic delights eg truffles, chestnuts , oil, wine, chocolate, etc.
Fashion factory outlets: Prada Louisa Spagnoli, Prada, Miu Miu, Jill Sander, Helmut Lang, Gucci, Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Ungaro, Ferragamo, La Perla, cashmere, leather.
Hilary or Jack Robertson
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, Italian, Some Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 16, 2018
About Hilary or Jack Robertson
We are now semi-retired after demanding careers in special education and senior management in the NHS. We love living in a quiet part of Belsize Park, North London, with its easy access the the West End, theatres, cinemas and art galleries and the wealth of events on in London. We are members of The Tate, The National Gallery, Kew Gardens, The Art Fund and The National Trust and we enjoy South Bank festivals, Open House Weekend, Open Squares Weekend and open gardens days. We walk in London's parks, along the river and the canals and we are avid readers. Jack is the art and musical mentor to Hilary who is the practical DIYer in the family.
Hilary or Jack Robertson purchased this Farmhouse in 1988
Why Hilary or Jack Robertson chose Città di Castello
Fell in love with it Very peaceful and relaxing yet near to so many delightful places to visit, to eat, see art and architecture, shop, enjoy museums, festivals and cultural events, walk and take boat trips play tennis and so much more
What makes this Farmhouse unique
We fell in love with the unique ambiance. This we have retained and the house is now extremely well equipped and furnished as a family home. So it has a very personal feel while maintaining the sense of history and place. Large private relaxed garden and salt system pool
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Beautiful, peaceful house in the hills
Vasciano is simply a fantastic place to stay. It is a beautiful location on the Tuscany-Umbrian border, down a quiet track. It has fantastic views and a wonderful salt pool. It is peaceful and still - perfect for getting away from the rush of everyday life. The house is also well stocked with furniture, books, games, crockery and glassware; the kitchen is a pleasure to cook in. Hilary was excellent at offering advice and there are lots of things to do nearby. We really appreciated her telephone call to check that we had arrived safely. The garden is extremely well kept, and I cannot think of a nicer place to sit and read books for hours on end. Thanks for sharing your lovely house with us - we will certainly be back!
Very pleased that this family enjoyed our house which we love to share . they recognised the care we put onto making this a this house and its location a positive place to stay
Nous avons passé 2 semaines splendides à Vasciano. Les photos du site sont tout-à-fait fidèles à la réalité et, en réalité, parlent d'elles-mêmes... Le gîte est vraiment parfait pour les amateurs de calme et de nature, qui pourront s'y ressourcer en contemplant les collines ombriennes depuis le jardin très soigneusement entretenu. Mais convenons que ce serait dommage de séjourner en Ombrie sans visiter Assises, Perugia, Gubbio, Cortona, le lac Trasimène et tant d'autres splendides endroits à découvrir dans la région. La piscine est vraiment géniale et, à vrai dire, bien nécessaire en été, où il peut faire très chaud: nos enfants en ont bien profité, c'est clair. Que dire de plus sinon que la maison est très bien équipée, dans un style très fidèle à sa construction d'origine: rien ne manque et les propriétaires ont absolument tout fait pour rendre le séjour de leurs locataires agréable. Bref, une adresse hautement recommandable, dans laquelle nous serions heureux de revenir un jour. Encore merci à Hilary et Jack pour leur excellent accueil et leur suivi très professionnel. La famille Legrand
A really wonderful and enthusiastic review which sounds utterly beguiling In French. Really enjoyed our friendly contacts with you .
A little bit of pure heaven
I was searching for a retreat on the Tuscan / Umbrian border and wanted something authentic and peaceful. My heart stopped as I approached the house ...it was everything and more than I had hoped for! Villa Vasciona is set in the hills with spectacular views, a wonderful garden with many, almost secret hideaways in which to sit and relax ...and of course a stunning pool.
Hilary and Jack had anticipated every traveller's need and their obvious love for their home in Italy makes this a perfect holiday destination. The Villa is withing easy reach of all the wonderful Italian cities and hill top towns on our visiting list and we enjoyed returning in the early evening for a swim in the pool , supper in the garden and watching the fireflies dance in the moon light. Simply perfect! It was so hard leaving it after three weeks of heaven!
A very very belated thank you for this wonderful review. Hilary
Relaxing rural retreat
This was our third stay at Vasciano Nove, and we come back for a reason. It's a charming, well-equipped and welcoming house, with a fabulous garden and pool. It's within easy striking distance of Sienna, Perugia and other places, which we've done in the past. This time, we did nothing but relax, swim and read.
Wonderful property on the Tuscan/Umbrian border.
We had a wonderful week in this lovely property. We have stayed in many places and this one was extremely well equipped. The house was lovely and the garden just magnificent. The garden and pool were immaculate and well maintained. It was very convenient for lots of interesting places. Our favourite Cortona was just half an hour away but Arezzo, Perugia and Montepulciano were all within easy driving distance. We mainly ate out at lunch time and in the evenings we found that the best place to be was the terrace. Wonderful bird song and later on the fireflies. We found nothing to fault about this place and my only regret is that I didn't have enough time to read any more books. There were lots and lots there. It was a wonderful place for a calm and relaxing holiday. We would love to come back and it just remains to thank Hilary and Jack for lending us this peace of heaven for a while. Tom & Julie
A relaxing retreat in beautiful countryside
We spent a fabulous two weeks at Vasciano Nove and loved every minute. This rustic villa is away from it all, though not totally secluded, so you won’t feel completely isolated. There is an attached property (owned by another couple), which was also let during one of our weeks, but the layout of the gardens/villas is such that you can enjoy your privacy. The pool, set at the other end of the stunning garden, is incredible and you won’t want to leave. There are plenty of sun loungers, tables and chairs and pool towels are provided, which is another bonus. Time spent relaxing and listening to the gentle hum of honeybees on the lavender and watching swallowtail butterflies was heaven. Seating areas under fig and walnut trees provide welcome shade for family meals or you can sit under the vines just outside the house and spot lizards darting about or watch the hoopoes on the lawn. If you’re very lucky (and we were!) you might even see a red squirrel, which made an appearance a couple of times and a hare. There are bats at dusk and magical fireflies as well as a nightly lullaby(!) from frogs somewhere close by. A nightingale was still singing during our first week and we were treated to the purr of turtledoves and of course the beautiful dawn chorus. We went for a few early morning walks and were thrilled to see deer and a boar with her four piglets; sadly no porcupines or pine martens. There’s an amazing selection of books on flora and fauna, as well as books/information on the local area, maps, novels, DVDs, CDs and games. The beds are comfortable and having two singles in the middle room, which can be made up as a large double was really lovely. The villa is extremely well kitted out.
Assisi, Cortona and Perugia are all wonderful places to visit for day trips and there is so much to explore. A couple of fantastic restaurants, only a short drive from the villa are Restorante I Girasoli Di Sant’Andrea as well as the adjacent winery/vineyard where you can buy olive oil and delicious wines and Le Capannine di Sommavilla – both too good to miss!
If you love peace and quite, nature and places slightly off the beaten track then Vasciano is the villa for you. Hilary and Jack have worked tremendously hard to make it the perfect home from home with an unbelievably gorgeous garden. Replies to e-mails were always prompt and everything was very well organised. We do hope we can come back another time.
Vasciano Nove is one of a group of old stone farmhouses dotted over the hillside above the beautiful agricultural Niccone valley with its scattered small villages and farms. Mercatale 10 mins, away is a small, relaxed non-touristy village with supermarkets, bakery, bars and restaurant. The house is within easy reach of many interesting medieval towns and villages with a wealth of restaurants, art and architecture , markets and festivals . Many local physical activities, beautiful walking and biking in mountainous country . Boat trips on Lake Trasimeno to its islands (one a nature reserve) and beaches . Piero della Francesca frescos, St Francis of Assisi retreats and Etruscan sites will be of special interest to some people. Nature lovers will find interesting but shy wild life and flora. Cooks will be stimulated by local produce and artists will find it hard to decide what to paint frst : maybe the view of the 13C church. Private, salt system pool, in delightful garden Other Activities: wine tasting, fashion outlets, festival, markets, cookery classes, painiting, sulpher springs Golf: There is a golf course (which hires clubs) about 1 hr from the house.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates include linen, weekly cleaning, local telephone calls, tv and Wi-Fi Central heating, firewood and long distance calls extra.