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Beautiful Umbrian stone farmhouse in perfect rural setting with views of three castles, cool and green at 450m. Converted and lovingly maintained by noted British journalist and documentary producer, as described in Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2535810/Italy-art-holidays-Painting-pretty-picture-Perugia.html
Main house has 5 double bedrooms and 4-1/2 bathrooms, 30ft living room with stone arches, upstairs family room, dining-room leading to beautiful open-plan kitchen, west-facing pergola with flexible eating area for up to 20. Additional double bedroom, bathroom, living area and outdoor kitchen in pool-house. Illuminated tennis court. 12-meter pool plus 25-meter lap pool. Broadband WiFi.
House is totally secluded, but only 10 minutes walk from charming village of Acqualoreto. Todi 20 minutes, Orvieto and station 30 minutes, Perugia and airport 45 minutes, Rome and airports 2 hours. Assisi, Gubbio, Spoleto, Lakes Bolsena and Trasimeno 1 to 1.5 hours. Florence, Siena, Urbino, seaside at Monte Argentaria easy day trips.
Reviewed in the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2535810/Italy-art-holidays-Painting-pretty-picture-Perugia.html
Food and eating: Restaurants: The nearest village, Acqualoreto is 10 minutes walk and has a bar and a small restaurant, open six days a week, with good home cooking. Other good local restaurants can be found in Fiore, Mellezolle and Toscolana (all about 15 minutes drive) as well as Orvieto and Todi which both have masses of restuarants. One of the few restaurants in Italy awarded two Michelin stars, Vissani, is 15 minutes drive away, on the Lago di Corbara towards Orvieto.
Shopping: The nearest full-scale supermarkets are in Orvieto and Todi, but there are good village food shops in Morre and Collelungo. Both these villages are 10 minutes' drive away and Morre can also be reached in a delightful 25 minute walk.
Walking. The charming castellated villages of Acqualoreto, Morruzze and Morre are all comfortably within walking distance along lanes with lovely views, which lead directly from the house. Serious hikers can strike out for hermitages and Etruscan remains deeper into the hills.
Sigthseeing - nearby : In the immediate vicinity, Todi is charming and has an interesting Cathedral, a stunning baroque church, and a lovely main square, but Orvieto is one of the wonders of Italy. The Cahedral (arguably second only to St Mark’s in Venice) has 14th century bas-reliefs on the façade and a Signiorelli cycle in the transept chapel which are among Italy’s greatest treasures. Another sight not to be missed is the view of Orvieto from the Belvedere on the mountain road which winds behind the town and leads eventually to the Lago di Bolsena. Also close by are Monte Castello in Vibio (a tiny perfectly preserved fortified town), Bevagna (famous for its Roman mosaic baths), the Barco Dei Mostri at Bomarzo (a sort of late-Renaissance theme park, consisting of vast stone follies and grotesques) and the Cascata delle Marmore, the highest waterfall in Europe (another theme-park style attraction - but one created by the Romans.
Sigthseeing - further afield: Perugia and Assisi are 50-60 minutes drive. Spoletto and Norcia, about 1 to 1 ½ hours aware are also well worth visiting. If you are prepared to travel further, you can easily make day trips to Rome and Florence (either by car or by train from Orvieto) and Siena (by car). Citta di Castello, Arrezo, San Gimignano and Lake Trasimeno are also within easy reach. In the mountains beyond Orvieto it is well worth visiting the Bolsena, a pretty little town with the feel of a seaside resort on a beautiful volcanic lake. Beyond that (about 2 1/2 hours drive) is the seasife at Monte Argentaria, a mountainous outcrop in the Tyrrhenian sea linked to the mainland by a narrow causeway, with stunning views of Elba and Corsica on a clear day.
Our housekeeper is employed by us to do cleaning and maintenance for 4 hours a day on weekdays, and Saturdays should a booking cross into the following week. In addition, she is normally available to help guests with cooking, food preparation and baby-sitting at a separate hourly rate. Additional staff can usually be employed, with sufficient notice, to cater for large parties.
The kitchen is well equipped with two dishwashers, allowing dirty dishes to be stacked in one machine while clean ones can be taken from the other.
Kitchen facilities and dining room designed for 12, but outdoor pergola tables can seat 18-20.
Current sports facilities include ping-pong table, a lap pool and standard pool, a tennis court ....moreless
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The house has been meticulously converted using local materials. It is totally secluded, but only 10 minutes walk from charming village of Acqualoreto, a favorite retreat for Rome's cultural and media elite. Todi is 20 minutes by car and Orvieto, with its magnificent cathedral and Signorelli cycle, as well as railway and motorway connections, is 30 minutes drive. Perugia and its airport are 45 minutes, while Rome and airports are 2 hours' drive. Assisi, Gubbio, Spoleto can all be reached in 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Florence, Siena, Arezzo and the seaside at Monte Argentaria are easy day trips by car or train. The house has a modern tennis court convertible to five a side football, a 12-meter swimming pool plus a separate 25-meter lap pool. It is set in open countryside, is surrounded by 2 hectares of gardens, lawns and olive groves and has uninterrupted views of mountains and castles.
Year Purchased: 1989
About the owner: Anatole Kaletsky:
Speaks: english, french, spanish, russian, italian