3 double bedrooms, 2 ensuite bathrooms with separate showers, 1 shower room
Location: Perugia and surroundings
This property rents from Friday to Friday
A gentle country house set in the Umbrian countryside, a short drive from Citta di Castello, this is a perfect spot for family holidays , with a relaxing pool, great kitchen and decent wifi. The decor is simple. nearly greek - white walls, sparse, well-chosen furnishings make this house feel how we sometimes wish our real lives were: calm, collected, under control and of course, relaxed. The roof terrace makes for a perfect evening retreat, sitting in a deckchair with a good novel and a glass of wine to hand as the skies turn to dusk and the fireflies come out in the fields below.
Entry to the owner’s portion of this country house is to the side, with a door leading into a small sitting room whose chairs and high-back sofa face a rustic stone fireplace. To one end of the sitting area is a door to a simple shower room that includes a washing machine and has access to the back garden. A brick archway separates the living area from the eat-in country kitchen with its dining table for 6; with some appliances and cupboards tucked under marble countertop and others in the adjacent pantry, the walls of the room reflect the sunlight pouring through the French doors to the side garden. Conveniently, it is only a few steps to the furnished patio and meals al fresco where leafy shade mitigates the midday sun. Also on the ground floor is a small double bedroom with independent access and a WC near the bottom of the staircase leading up to further bedrooms.
The stairway ends in a wide landing, itself a lovely gathering place. For thanks to a DVD projector and an opposing white wall, this becomes an impromptu cinema with cushion seating and a nearby wood-stove for Spring and Autumn visits. Doorways off this landing lead to short corridors to two double bedrooms, each with a bathroom with both tub and separate shower. Comfortable beds are the centrepiece to these clean white rooms warmed with restored woodwork and views of green wooded hills. One of the bedrooms has a small open fireplace and a door that opens to a sweeping panorama and a stone stairway down to the garden.
In the garden area close to the house there are several spots in which to set a chair for the view or retreat to the shade as a gentle breeze rustles of leaves of the trees buffering the extended patio. Yet guests will quickly find their way down the steps to the saline pool area that enjoys full sun and a view of far-reaching greenery.
While there are restaurants and bars in the nearby village, the walled city of Città di Castello, only 15 minutes away, will soon feel like home base. Whether it’s shopping with the locals at the Thursday market, discovering the wealth of Renaissance paintings and frescoes in its churches and art gallery or celebrating its famed tuber in local restaurants or at the late autumn Truffle festival, it is a delight to have so much so close. All within half an hour are the striking medieval hilltop towns of Montone, host to Terry Gilliam’s open-air July film festival, and Anghiari, once famous for an immortalized battle but now known for its artisans and lively marketplace. Similarly distant are two musts for those on the Piero della Francesca Trail – the museum in Sansepolcro, the birthplace of the artist, and a tiny chapel in Monterchi, which houses the famed ‘Madonna del Parto’.
An easy day trip might be Arezzo’s bustling Antiquarian Fair, held the first Sunday of the month and each preceding Saturday, or its costumed Saracen Joust re-enacted in June and September. Famous Umbrian towns known for their saints and scholars are also close at hand – the historic centre of the region’s capital Perugia is enlivened with festivals celebrating jazz in July and chocolate in October, while the winding streets of Assisi bring pilgrims year-round to St. Francis’ birthplace and the grand basilica that celebrates his life and teachings.
For shoppers there is Deruta, where every other storefront sells its colourful world-renown ceramics, or the Valdichiana outlet village near the motorway entrance that offers modern wares and labels. And for those who prefer what nature has to offer there is skiing, horse riding, thermal springs, lakeside fishing and hillside walks all within an hour; even the sandy beaches of the Adriatic are within reach. Yet with panoramic wooded hills seen from the windows and a sparkling pool a few steps away, a day at home will easily assert its appeal.