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View of main house - La Fattoria del Gelso


Last updated: 07/30/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Assisi house description

Nestled in a quiet valley between two mountain ranges and in the shadow of the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, the villa La Fattoria del Gelso is an ideal place to discover the treasures of Umbria and the secrets of la dolce vita.

This luxurious and comfortable villa is set on a tranquil 40 hectares working farm in one of Italy's most fertile regions, yet is just a short drive to some of the Italy's best artistic, cultural and culinary treasures.

Whether you are a large extended family, families travelling together, a group of friends or a tour group meeting one another for the first time, La Fattoria del Gelso offers the right amount of luxury, familiarity, privacy and togetherness to make your Italian vacation one that you will remember for a lifetime.

The main building of the villa is a two story farmhouse constructed in the 1700s. The farmhouse houses 6 spacious king bedrooms, 5 on the upper floor and one on the lower floor with a separate, private entrance.

A separate annex, just across the courtyard from the main building, houses two additional king bedrooms, which are adjoining and handicap accessible. Four of the bedrooms on the upper floor form two two-bedroom suites, each pair sharing a bathroom and capable of being closed off to give families more privacy.

Each of the bedrooms is furnished with a king bed (which can be separated into twin beds) covered with fine Frette linens and decorated with authentic rustic Italian furniture.

The main building has two large sitting rooms, with working fireplaces and with comfortable furniture capable of seating your entire group. One of the sitting rooms has satellite TV with dozens of channels of English language programmin, sports and news.

A separate game room with another satellite TV is a perfect refuge for the kids. Free high speed internet is available through the villa's computer, which is located in one of the sitting rooms and is at your disposal throughout your stay, or by wireless (Wi-Fi) if you choose to bring your own laptop or smartphone.

A fax machine and copier is also available for your use and prepaid cell phones can be provided upon request.

An enormous modern kitchen, installed previously when the property housed a local restaurant, features a six burner gas oven, pasta making table, stainless steel refrigerator and plenty of working space for you and your group to make the perfect meal. Just outside the kitchen door is an ample garden where you will find the freshest vegetables and herbs for your meals.

This large space is perfect for cooking classes, which we can arrange for you, or perhaps you would prefer to learn how to make authentic Italian pizza in our wood burning pizza oven on the patio outside the kitchen. If you are not the cooking type, a cook can be arranged for an additional charge.

Outside you can enjoy the extensive grounds, tree-lined and surrounded by fertile green fields. In the distance the town of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis, can be seen, its white walls and buildings dominating the valley below.

A private pool and expansive patio are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the views and to discover that inner peace that led St. Francis to become the patron saint of birds, animal and the environment.

Located just 15 minutes from the Perugia airport and the Assisi train station, as well as a short 10 minute drive from the SS75 highway, La Fattoria del Gelso is a perfect jumping off point for the historic towns of Assisi and Perugia, as well as the lesser known gems such as Spello, Spoleto, Bevagna and Montefalco.

The owners, an American couple who fell in love with Italy over a decade ago and fed their addiction by establishing an Italian import retail store in the Washington, DC area, have extensive knowledge of and ties to the area.

They can help you plan and organize tours of nearby towns and sights, visits to local vineyards (the villa is located along the famous Strada del Sagrantino - the Sagrantino Wine Road that winds its way through the hills here, welcoming visitors to enter and try this highly acclaimed wine), arrange cooking, language, photography or ceramics classes with local artisans or arrange transportation. Their local partners are available to assist you 24/7.

La Fattoria del Gelso. The villa, the ambiance, the setting and the staff ensure that you will have a memorable vacation that you will be talking about for years to come.

Keywords: House, Villa, Italy, Country House

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


          • Limited Accessibility:

            Annex with two private bedrooms, fully handicap accessible. ...moreless

          • Children Welcome
          • Wheelchair Accessible

          Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 16

          Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            Professional-level kitchen formerly used for on-premises restaurant. Perfect for cooking with a group....moreless

          • Dishwasher:

            Restaurant-style dishwasher washes a rack of plates or glasses in one minute....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            (2) Two full size refrigerators keep your food fresh and your wine chilled....moreless

          • Catering Available:

            Cook can be arranged upon request for an additional charge....moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            Full compliment of utensils, pots, pans and appliances....moreless

          • Microwave


          • Air Conditioning:

            Air conditioning units available on request in the annex....moreless

          • Wood Stove:

            Outdoor oven for pizza making!...moreless

          • Wood Fireplace
          • Washing Machine
          • Linens Provided
          • Parking Off Street


          • Satellite / Cable:

            (2) SkyTV system, with many English language programs, sports and news is provided in two sitting rooms....moreless

          • Video Library:

            DVD plays US and European region coded videos. Feel free to bring your own or browse our selection....moreless

          • Stereo
          • DVD Player
          • CD Player


          • Computer Available:

            Windows PC in sitting room, with high speed internet (DSL) connection and networked laser printer. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the villa for visitors with their own laptop computer or smartphone....moreless

          • Mobile Phone:

            Prepaid, rechargeable Italian cell phones available to your party upon request. Arrange in advance so you can leave your contact phone number with family and friends....moreless

          • Broadband Access:

            Free highspeed DSL....moreless

          • Wireless Internet

          Pool & Spa

              • Private Pool

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio:

                Full patio by pool, with large hand painted ceramic tables for outdoor dining. Great selection of comfortable lounge chairs. ...moreless

              • Gazebo:

                (2) Two covered pool-side gazebos perfect for sunset cocktails or relaxing....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill

              Location & View

                  • Mountain View:

                    Picturesque views of nearby Assisi and Perugia as well as majestic Monte Subasio....moreless


                  • Cinemas
                  • Hiking
                  • Fishing
                  • Cycling
                  • Sailing
                  • Hunting
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Golf
                  • Rafting
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Antiquing
                  • Restaurants
                  • Museums
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Boating
                  • Swimming


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                  from 6 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  High Season (2014)
                  Jun 8 - Sep 20, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  Low Season (2014)
                  Sep 21 - Jan 3, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  Low Season (2015)
                  Jan 4 - Jun 6, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  High Season (2015)
                  Jun 7 - Sep 19, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  Low Season (2015)
                  Sep 20 - Jan 2, 2016
                  7 night min stay


                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Taxes Not included

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                  Last updated: 07/30/2014
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                  Cooking classes, guided wine excursions, guided sightseeing excursions, photography classes, language classes, ceramics painting classes


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2008

                  About the owner: We started Experience Umbria in 2008 so we could share our love of Umbria and the treasures of Italy with the public. But in a sense ours has been a much longer journey. Our love affair with Italy began nearly two decades ago when Bill was a student in the Georgetown University Law Center summer program in Florence (Fiesole). That three-month taste of la dolce vita, which we shared with their then one year old son, led to other extended visits to different regions, each its own journey of discovery of a people and place. Then, after attending a cooking class on the Italian Riviera in 1995 we partnered with the chef to establish an internet-based Italian import business that supplied artisanal gourmet food products from family-run Italian suppliers to eager American bellies. From those humble beginnings emerged our current business, Bella Italia, a fully blown bricks-and-mortar retail store based in the Washington, DC suburb of Bethesda, Maryland. After a decade of bringing la dolce vita to America, it seemed the right time to bring Americans to Italy, where they could truly experience la dolce vita firsthand, the way Italians do. So in March 2008 we established Experience Umbria and purchased the beautiful villa La Fattoria del Gelso, a historic stone farmhouse situated on a 40 hectare working farm in one of Italy’s most fertile regions.

                  Why the Owner Chose Assisi:
                  This purchase was no accident. We were interested in finding a villa that would house a group from 2-16 people comfortably and provide them with a true Italian experience. Location was important, too, and so we looked for a place that was in the heart of Umbria’s artistic, cultural, historic, culinary and oenological center. Cannara, where La Fattoria del Gelso is located, is just that location, only minutes from the SS75 motorway and a short drive to so many of the region’s gems. We think our story and our people set an Umbrian experience with Experience Umbria apart from an ordinary vacation. Please feel free to contact us for assistance planning your vacation and we think you’ll agree. It’s what we do. It’s what we love. Ci vediamo. Bill & Suzy

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  With our extensive network of personal relationships in the local community as well as our two highly capable local staff, we can ensure that you will experience a side of Umbria that is not available to the casual traveler, that your vacation will be tailored to your unique personal desires and that all of your requests or questions will be answered with Yes. And while we enjoy the piece and quiet of being in the country, we also benefit from being a short 10 minute walk to the charming village of Cannara and enjoy quick, easy access to the highway. Our quiet villa is the perfect launching pad for exploring and discovering the beautiful and fascinating towns that make up this special corner of the world.

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                  Speaks: english

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                  • View of main house - La Fattoria del Gelso

                    View of main house - La Fattoria del Gelso

                  • Entrance to the villa

                    Entrance to the villa

                  • View of the 2 bedroom annex

                    View of the 2 bedroom annex

                  • View from the pool area

                    View from the pool area

                  • Sunset from the patio

                    Sunset from the patio

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                  This listing was first published here in 2008.

                  Date last modified - Friday, July 11, 2014

                  €3,000 - €4,000 per week (EUR)

                  6 Bedroom / 6 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 16

                  View calendar: Updated 07/30/14
                  Minimum stay: 7 nights
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