1 double bedroom, 1 twin/double bedroom, 1 bathroom
Location: Perugia and surroundings
This property rents Friday to Friday until 3 August;
from 4 August 2018 it rents Saturday to Saturday.
From the wide vine-draped portico on the ground level of the Borgo’s largest farmhouse a door leads into a spacious open plan room. There are three sofas and a wooden dining table for 4 that can be extended when necessary and a well-equipped kitchen with tiled countertops, roomy enough for several cooks or an easily arranged cooking lesson. One door in the main room leads to the bathroom, off of which is a double bedroom. Another door leads from the main room to a short hallway arriving at a small twin/double bedroom. Both these bedrooms have independent access to the stone walkway leading up to the central piazza. The terrace for which the apartment is named is furnished for outdoor meals and is beautifully framed with flowering greenery, beyond which are olive groves, glimpses of a medieval hamlet and gently rolling wooded hills.
Tucked into the folds of a wooded hillside and gazing down at a village that has weathered more than six centuries, one might be tempted to let the world slide by. But there are good reasons to venture out, even if only to visit the beautiful Romanesque Abbey of S. Savatore, which just happens to sell wine and olive oil and house a popular restaurant. Shops, restaurants and all amenities are within 1/2 hr. in the ancient market town of Umbertide or in the medieval walled village of Montone, the latter famed as the home of Braccio da Montone, one of Italy's most audacious 'condottieri', or mercenaries. Perugia, the capital city of the region and a lively university town, may have a history that dates back to the Etruscan Iron Age, but it is modern host to the Umbria Jazz Festival in July and the Eurochocolate Festival in October.
Other Umbrian towns, Gubbio, Spello, Todi, Spoleto or St. Francis' Assisi, or Tusan favorites Arezzo and Siena, are also within reach and celebrate everything from truffles to crayfish, a swift horse or a good bottle of wine, at times in full costume. When muscles want stretching, there are tennis courts and golf courses in the vicinity and, only 40 minutes away, Lago Trasimeno, Italy's 4th largest lake, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and ancient castles and offering sailing, fishing and sandy beaches. For those for whom shopping is a delight, there are weekly village markets, the nearby town of Deruta, a haven of Tuscany's famed colourful ceramics, and the large Valdichiana Outlet Village, awash in designer brands. Yet with Penny's roses to smell, a borrowed dog to walk, a cooling pool and cocktail hour on the horizon, certain hours may be spent closer to home.