Air conditioning everywhere
3 en suite double bedrooms
Private garden with pool (3,5 X 6 metres, 140 centimeters depth)
WiFi - free parking nearby
Cooking service available
High season: Euro 3620
Low season: Euro 3070
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
Villa Giulia was formerly a simple stone house on the edge of Spello's town walls. The space has been redesigned and restored in a fresh contemporary style.
Rosemary, sage, verbena, thyme and lavender scent the air. The atmosphere encourages complete relax. The greatest luxury is the lush private garden with a pool and a wonderful view on the Umbrian hills.
The owner has created for her guests the home-away-from-home that experienced travelers expect. She has decorated it in her favourite palette and with items found on her travels.
Cooking, living and dining
A light and airy open space; practical and unfussy but pretty and perfectly furnished. On the right, the kitchen and dining area (table for 6-8); to the left a comfortable sofa with old linen and beautiful pillows opposite a flat screen television concealed behind an antique door. The floors are a soft grey resin and the accent colour is green. Chic, cheerful and modern.
The Red Room
The master bedroom is situated on the first floor with a wonderful view on the garden and the Umbrian hills. The colours of the Moroccan rug rhyme with the red king size bed from Minotti, and the curtains are made from fine Indian cotton. Ensuite bathroom: modern, simple, chic with double shower, bidet and WC.
A bedroom set on the garden level. The spirit of the Aeolian islands echoes in the deep blues and the rich textiles, paired with cool white walls and an old cotto floor. King size bed Ghost from Gervasoni. Ensuite bathroom with double shower and antique marble sink. Beautiful view on the garden.
From the garden, walk down the broad stone staircase into this oasis: a bedroom furnished with a king size bed from Flou and charming bedside tables from Gervasoni. The yellows and greens dialogue with souvenirs found in Laos, Cambodia and Burma. Within the room is a fully equipped shower room. Being able to step out of bed and into the garden is a real treat.
GARDEN AND POOL
Umbria has an excellent climate. Lounging in the open, resting and reading or dining, is one of our greatest holiday pleasures, especially after a long day exploring the region. The house provides the perfect setting. I designed and planted the garden to allow plenty of space to lie in the sun as it moves from east to west, or to recline in the shade on a day bed piled with soft pillows, or to spend the evenings enjoying local salami, ham and cheese with a glass of Umbrian wine, around the old table and chairs which the owners bought in the region's flea markets. The private pool (6×3 m / 19×10 ft) provide extra comfort in the hottest months and is unique inside the historic centre of a town. The breathtaking view overlooks the Chiona valley. Traffic and noise are distant memories; your eyes see nothing of the modern world - only the Italian landscape at its very best.
The house is accessible by car, parking areas nearby
Villa Giulia, as rooms are not connected and each one has its own entrance, is not suitable for children/babies that doesn't sleep in the parents' bedroom ad that cannot sleep in a bedroom with independent entrance. The Kitchen and Living area is on the first floor, the master bedroom is on the mezzanine, the Blue and Yellow rooms are accessible only from the garden. Perfect setting for families with babies that sleep in a baby bed in the parents' bedroom, children grown enough to sleep in a bedroom with independent entrance or a group of friends, as every room has plenty of privacy.
Villa Giulia is not suitable for small children as the rooms are not connected. The Kitchen and Living area is on the first floor, the master bedroom is on the mezzanine, the Blue and Yellow rooms are accessible only from the garden. Perfect setting for families with teenagers or for a group of friends, as every room has its private entrance and plenty of privacy.
Smoking is only permitted outdoors, pets not accepted.
Air conditioning in all bedrooms, as well as the kitchen and living room
Private pool (3,5 X 6 metres, 140 centimeters depth)
WIFI in house and garden
Dining table for 8
Swimming pool (6×3 m / 19×10 ft)
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) a nearby villa with private garden and pool
- IL GIARDINO DI SPELLO (sleeps up 3) charming apartment just a few meters up the street with lovely private garden.
- 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 with independent garden and another 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
Villa Giulia 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, generally 1 week , exceptions can be considered, to be agreed in advance
• Welcome pack and toiletries • Linens and bathrooms change once per week • Utilities (except for heating) • internet wifi • taxes
Does not include
• 200 euros/week for cleanings payable locally in cash on arrival (complete weekly cleanings 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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