Spacious private garden
bathroom with shower
WiFi inside and out - AC - satellite tv
High season: Euro 1650
Low season: Euro 1430
Known as the ‘green heart of Italy, the region of Umbria is one of the finest holiday destinations, not only in Italy but also in the whole of Europe. Umbria is a land of spectacular pristine, largely rural landscapes, rolling wooded hills, mountains, valleys and of course sublime art and architecture.
Only a 2- hour drive from Rome and just 8 kilometres from Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, is the enchanting hillside town of Spello. Quiet and elegant with excellent restaurants famed for typical robust Umbrian cuisine, fine wines and of course historic buildings Spello is the ideal base from which to discover and explore this extraordinary part of Italy.
Within easy reach are the famous hill towns of Orvieto, (with its legendary cathedral) Todi, Citta di Castello, Gubbio, Spoleto and the highly praised wine producing region of Montefalco. For those who are adventurous, outdoor activities abound.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTY
Formerly a simple stone building on the edge of the town walls of Spello, this cottage of great charme has been completely re-designed and restored in a fresh contemporary style by its owner, an architect, that says "I’ve decorated it with my favourite palette of colours and with items found on my travels.”
The atmosphere is one of complete relax; the greatest luxury is the lush private garden in which to dream in the sun or shade – a rarity in such an ancient town.
Rosemary, sage, verbena, thyme and lavender scent the air. Pomegranates ripen in the autumn and climbing roses soften a shady wooden cloister built against ancient stone walls.
Although the apartment is available for a minimum of 3 days with flexible arrival and departure times it is nonetheless fully equipped for much longer stays.
It is also ideal as extra accommodation for a larger party taking the Villa Giulia or/and nearby Villa Splendida
Open the pretty painted door from the street and a stylish, white-painted stone entrance lobby sets the scene. A bright Moroccan rug and cushions add a dash of colour. One’s eye is drawn along a stone path and raised flower- beds to the spacious garden on your left; ahead is the cane-covered outdoor seating area adjacent to the kitchen-living room.
Cooking, living and dining
One’s first impression is of a light and airy space. Pretty, practical and un-fussy but perfectly furnished. The arched doorway ahead leads to the 2 bedrooms and bathroom. On the right is the kitchen and dining area, to the left a comfortable, linen-covered sofa opposite the fireplace with a modern flat screen television set on a low table. A French-style café table and chairs, linen blinds and curtains and a pair of old Belgian metal shutters (hiding china and cutlery) add character to the open-plan space. The floors throughout are a soft, taupe resin finish and the accent colour is Hermes orange. Chic, cheerful and modern.
With breathtaking views over farmlands and the Chiona hills beyond, this is a romantic peaceful retreat. The king-size bed has a natural linen cover; the curtains are made from fine Indian saris bought in Pondicherry. The owner had the wall hung clothes hooks copied from a traditional Italian design and has provided linen- baskets for folded clothes. A pair of vintage, red velvet chairs perfectly pull together the colours of the Moroccan rug and the stripes in the curtains. From this wonderful room your eyes see nothing of the modern world - just the Italian landscape at its very best.
China’s room – single bed
Smaller but not tiny the 2nd bedroom is fresh and bright with its red/orange and white colour scheme. The curtains are a mix of sari fabric and white linen. A cosy Tyrol blanket and Etro cushions add texture to this charming room. Clothes hooks and baskets are provided as in the master bedroom.
Both bedrooms share the gleaming white modern bathroom. A large shower, good directional lighting, an oversize hot towel rail and wall mirror combine to make bathing a delight.
GARDEN AND POOL
Umbria has an excellent climate. Being outside, dining or resting and reading is one of our greatest holiday pleasures, especially after long days exploring the region.
The owner has provided the perfect setting. She has designed and planted the garden to allow plenty of space to lie in the sun as it moves from east to west. To recline on a shady day-bed piled with soft pillows or to spend the evenings enjoying local salami, ham and cheese with a glass of excellent wine around the old red-painted table and chairs which come from the owner’s grandmother’s backyard. Often the most vivid holiday memories are those of warm evenings, spent with family or friends in a scented garden.
The house is accessible by car, parking areas nearby
The apartment is suitable for families with children, not ideal for people with serius mobility restrictions.
Satellite television – BBC news and sport, French, German and Russian channels
Wi-fi house and garden (bring your own laptop)
i-pod docking station
Washing machine and drier in annexe beside the garden entrance
Oven and hob
Fridge, toaster, coffee machine – all cutlery, china, linen and utensils
Quality bed linen and towels from ‘Mia Zia’
Outdoor dining table and chairs on shaded patio
ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATIONS in the same area, the properties can be rented together, for large groups up to 17 people. Please enquiry
- VILLA SPLENDIDA (sleeps up 6) nearby villa with private garden and pool
- VILLA GIULIA (sleeps up 6) nearby villa with private garden and pool
- IL LIMONE newly restored apartment, sleeps up 2
The 2 gardens of Villa Splendida and Villa Giulia can be unified opening a gate and obtaining a large property with huge garden and 2 pools, sleeping up 12 (6+6). In case of need can be added the nearby apartment just 50 metres away, Il Limone, sleeping up 2. Maximum capacity of 17 people. Reduced rates offered for large groups.
WHAT TO DO DURING THE STAY...
ART, GASTRONOMY, TOURS, NATURE, SPORT, CULTURE, RELAX
International Art festivals
In-house chef, on demand
Antique markets (the nearby village og Pissignano has the largest antique market in central Italy, each first Sunday of the month)
Wine Tours in the vineyards and cellars
Active Days (guided or self-guided walks/hikes in the surrounding forests - cycling - river rafting - hiking, free climbing et.)
Bike tours followed by pic-nic lunches prepared by a local chef
Horse riding in a Horse School at easy distance from the villa
Truffle Hunting Excursion followed by lunch including truffles
Classic City Tours in Umbria and Tuscany
Cooking Classes in the villa
Gourmet Tours (to include olive oil, cheese, cereals, cured meats);
Winter fun (snow rackets trekking/cross country skiing) in the mountains
SPA (at easy driving distance from the villa)
Foraging Excursions followed by tastings (mushrooms, asparagus, edible flowers and wild herbs);
Especially suitable for children (Pizza making, Truffle hunting with dogs, Riding with donkeys in the mountains followed by picnic, Farm visits, outdoor adventure park and more)
NON PEAK SEASON BOOKINGS, April and October
The apartment is also a good option in the low season. This is when the cities gets less crowded, temperatures are lower but still around 15/25 degrees Celsius in the central hours of the day. Autumn is a very colourful season and the light is beautiful. In October there is the hand-picking of olives and grapes, while in spring the region enjoys warm temperatures and a beautiful flowering of fruit trees and poppies.
RENTAL TERMS - minimum stay 3 nights - Available year-round
• Welcome pack and toiletries • Linens and bathrooms change once per week • Utilities (except for heating) • internet wifi • taxes
Does not include
• 100 euros/week for cleanings payable locally in cash on arrival (complete cleanings each week and mid week cleaning service done 2 hours on Wednesday morning)
• Heating, if used, payable locally • extra services such as cooking service extra change of linens and towels
Security deposit : 500 Euro in cash payable on arrival, you get back the money in cash on departure day.
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