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The villa is available for Spring, Summer and Autumn holiday rentals. Situated in the Valley of the Fireflies, the farmhouse is the owners own home, extremely comfortable and in immaculate condition. GROUND FLOOR: spacious dining room, modern kitchen, washroom lavanderia, breakfast area on terrace, supper area under the pergola. FIRST FLOOR: very large reception room, loggia, master bedroom with bathroom en suite, double bedroom, twin bedroom (can be double), shower room. OUTSIDE: beyond the pergola with steps leading from the lawn is the 12m x 6m swimming pool (beautifully lit in the evenings), with breathtaking views over the olive groves to the ancient Etruscan towns of Chiusi and Montepulciano on the horizon. The gardens have many eating/drinking/musing areas. All 'mod cons': washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, central heating, water softener, ceiling fans with 5 speed regulators in all bedrooms. TV, DVD player, lead to iPod, collection of CDs WIFI connection.
A beautiful location near Lake Trasimeno.
Situated in the Valley of the Fireflies, the farmhouse is the owner's own home. In 1995, Peter Hobday, wrote a book called, 'In the Valley of the Fireflies' about his wife Victoria's experiences of restoring the villa and their discovery of Umbria's saintly and sinful past. If you go to their own personal website you can order the book directly from there. In the spring and early summer the fireflies come out at dusk creating a magical sight - a myriad host of living lanterns.
Our villa is for those seeking a private alternative to an hotel. It is a very comfortable, beautifully restored 'home from home'. It is actually our home, we use it a lot ourselves and we believe we are situated in the most culturally enriching and stunningly beautiful corners of Italy.
WINEING AND DINING AL FRESCO. Directly from the kitchen is a dining table on the terrace with a large sun umbrella for a shady breakfast and lunch. Further along the terrace under the pergola is a trestle table for evening suppers. Before hand one can sit on the lawn with an evening cocktail watching the most beautiful ever changing sunsets.
The village is 6 minutes down the hill, we're amongst pretty hill top towns, great local restaurants. Easy distance to Florence, Rome, San Gimignano, Siena, Spoleto and Assisi and the which is lake is 20 minutes away down the valley.
Surrounding areas: The FOUR AIRPORTS we are are near: ROME, PISA, FLORENCE and PERUGIA. There is car hire at each airport and also one in Chiusi itself at Avis.
Easy car ride to all the cultural towns in middle Italy. PLUS take a bus or train to Florence, Rome, Montepulciano, etc. The bus station is beside the train station in Chiusi.
leasure activities: Swimming in the private pool 12 by 6 meters. Walking in and around the pretty hill topped towns. There are two bicycle hire places in or around Casiiglione. One with web site, www.ciclivalentini.it. The other with email, firstname.lastname@example.org Tennis, one club in Chiusi, one in Cetona Horse riding Go to the MALL the famous fashion OUTLET just below Florence. About 1 hr 15 mins by car from the house to the MALL.. Take a ferry ride to visit the three islands on Lago Trasimeno.
The bathroom which can be ensuite with the master bedroom, has a shower fitment attached to the bath taps. Both bathroom and shower room are modern and in immaculate order. The shower cubicle is very spacious.
The clothes washing machine is in the washroom (lavanderia in Italian), which is under the loggia, approached from the pergola. There is also a large wash hand basin there for hand washing or to rinse out your bathing attire.
The water softener is also housed in the washroom....moreless
There are 6 chairs round the dining table on the terrace near the kitchen The rest are round the pool area, under three sun umbrellas. There is also seating for six under the pergola where you can lunch in the shade , or dine in the evening with a view of a wonderful sunset. There are 4 sun beds at your disposal.
There is a spacious, graveled parking area at the front of the house, with a secure pedestrian gate leading round to the main terrace. The three outside doors, the kitchen and dining room lead directly from the terrace, and the reception (salotto) door leading off the terraced area (the loggia) on the first floor.
There is an archway leading from the dining room directly to the fully fitted kitchen. So whilst cooking you can still take part in the conversation around the spacious dining table. The double doors from the kitchen lead directly out to the circular dining table on the terrace.
You walk passed the pergola, onto the lawn which leads directly down to the pool 12 by 6m...moreless
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Refundable Damage Deposit£250
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We are right in the midst of the cultural centre of Italy. Florence, Siena, Gubbio, Spoleto, Rome and Assisi are all within easy driving distance. Also a fantastic train and bus service from Chiusi. You can get a fast train to Rome, one hour and twenty minutes; and Florence, where it is very difficult to park in the city, under two hours.
Arezzo is well worth exploring. Principally the lengthy restoration work on, the Legend of the Cross, the famous cycle of frescoes by Piero della Francesca in the church of San Francesco, has at last been completed. Also the Antique Market of Arezzo, is held the first week-end of every month on Saturday and Sunday. Serenella, a colourful eating-house in Citta della Pieve, a fascinating hilltop town 20 mins away. Good Umbrian cooking, even the local priest eats there. Plus many other interesting Attractions. Fashion Bargains are to be had at The Mall, in the village of Leccio, it is 1hr and 15 mins away by car. It is a collection of designer outlets selling surplus and out of season stock.
Other Activities: Various games: i.e. Scrabble, cards, Backgammon.
Golf: The nearest Golf Course is in Panicarola , about 5 miles away. It's a 9 holes golf course. The larger 18 hole golf course is nearer Perugia, about an hour away. We have been there and it looks very good.
Please enquire further when asking about availability.
Year Purchased: 1988
About the owner: Nearly twenty five years ago Peter Hobday who was helping to present the Today programme on Radio 4, came across an article about properties for sale in Italy, amazing bargains the article said! So Peter rang his wife Victoria and in no time they were ringing estate agents searching for the 'Italian dream'.
They found it, Casa del Lauro. It was a complete ruin set upon a wheat sown hillside surrounded by olive trees. They restored it, and through the years created an architecturally designed garden. There were many ups and downs with trees being moved on a regular basis from one spot to another! Now that Peter has more time they try to be there on and off for about three months of the year. It is their home in Italy.
Why the Owner Chose Paciano: It is in a typical Italian farmhouse style, long and low with pale tiles on the roof. They could not have got nearer to the classic Italian dream house. It's near Lago Trasimeno and the cultural centre of Italy.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: Casa del Lauro is set among gentle rolling hills, with 360 degree views of pretty little Umbrian hill top towns such as Montepulciano and the old Etruscan town of Chuisi.