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Sweet Home Within the Town Walls, Yet Private & Quiet: Great Kitchen, Fireplace

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View of Panicale as you arrive from the north, showing its distinctive tower

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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Townhome
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom; Sleeps 4

How would you like to live in an ancient Italian village with groves of olives, vineyards and ancient ruins in the surrounding countryside? Imagine artisanal pecorino cheese or ricotta still warm from the hands of the shepherd who made it and the creamiest, most unctuous yoghurt, freshly baked breads, pastries and pizzas, meat, fowl and lake fish and seasonal fruits and vegetables available straight from the producers on a daily basis, in shops you can stroll to in minutes after taking a leisurely cappuccino at the local bar. Envision residing in a comfortable and stylish restored home that’s been standing for several hundred years and whose walls, beams and windows bear witness to the history of the town and this area.

Now ponder the benefits of nearby, family-owned wineries where their passion for their craft is passed from nonna to son to grandson, of picturesque walking trails linking you to cool forests and wild mint-scented fields, and of panoramic views of the lake and valley below. Contemplate celebrating the local food and wine in exceptional restaurants while watching the sun shoot painterly streaks of pink, purple and orange across the sky as it sets.

That is not a dream but daily life at La Vecchia Sartoria in my hometown, Panicale.

La Vecchia Sartoria is built right into the ancient fortified walls of Panicale, once of the most charming and authentic hill towns on the border between two of the most beautiful regions of central Italy: Umbria and Tuscany. What was once the old tailor's studio (hence, the name: La Vecchia Sartoria, or the Old Tailor's Shop) is now a comfortable and elegant apartment with a fantastic kitchen, fireplace and views from both sides of the house. This airy and bright space contains two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, living/dining room and a sitting room.

The apartment can accommodate comfortably 2 or 4 persons and is just steps from the theater, summer outdoor concerts and several wonderful restaurants, bars and grocers. Everything you need in town is practically on your doorstep, but around a curve in the elliptical pedestrian street of the Old Town so that you have privacy and quiet while still enjoying the convenience of in-town living.

La Vecchia Sartoria’s layout at a glance:

Ground Floor, Street Level:

- front entry to house from street level, a quiet cobblestone street on a side street in the center of town, with an outdoor staircase leading up to ...

Front Door of Apartment with indoor half-flight staircase leading up to:

- large open plan sitting/dining room with fireplace and double windows facing south and single window facing north,

- modern but charming kitchen including five burner stove, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, oven

Staircase leading up to:

- master bedroom with queen-sized antique iron bed,

- double bedroom with antique iron bed,

- bathroom with tub, shower, double sinks and toilet,

- sitting area with sofa, corner seat and television.

Manager

Member since: 2007

Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 03/10/2017

Property Type

  • Townhome
  • On floor 1
  • 120 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome:

    Children are welcome but please remember that the home is spread over two floors with the bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. Thus, there are stairs but no stair guards and no other provisions made for small children, such as covers for electrical outlets or childseats. Please talk to us about this beforehand and let's discuss whether our home would be suitable for your children, as we want everyone to feel comfortable and happy in our home....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

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  • Second bedroom: 1 double

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  • Both bedrooms are on the (european) first floor (North Americans would consider this the second floor) of the home and have windows facing south, overlooking the park. Each bedroom is carefully furnished with family heirlooms or quirky vintage pieces that reflect the owner's exquisite taste and desire to make her guests as comfortable as possible. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Main bathroom: toilet, tub, shower

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  • The bathroom is located on the same floor as the two primary bedrooms and has a separate shower and tub. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • We love and are very proud of our town and our region. We would be delighted to introduce you to the little secret, out-of-the-way places that you'd probably never find in a lifetime of watching Rick Steve or other travel programs or from relying on TripAdvisor sometimes dubious recommendations! We have such a rich tradition and culture and we'd be so pleased to help you discover and enjoy it. For those who want to experience our life -- the sweet Italian country idyll -- please, come and be our guest!...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    A selection of travel books and book covering local culture and history....moreless

  • Television:

    Cable television with channels in English....moreless

Theme

  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    La Vecchia Sartoria is built into the walls of the town and is steps away from all amenities you might need -- restaurants, bars, shops, post office, hairdresser and bank -- yet quiet and peaceful....moreless

  • Village:

    La Vecchia Sartoria is located in one of the prettiest and friendliest villages in Umbria -- Panicale. You are ideally placed to experience and enjoy typical Italian village life....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    The dining area is located on the main floor and seats six comfortably. In addition, there is a brick-vaulted outdoor dining room (available summer 2015)....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Fireplace:

    A really nice feature of the main room is a woodburning fireplace. Wood is not included in the rent but we can recommend local places to purchase it....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Heating is available and payable separately. We check the meter at arrival and departure and you pay only for what you use....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi-fi adsl internet provided. Can also be used with a cable....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All towels and linens provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The living has comfortable seating in front of the fireplace, plus a corner reading/games area. It has beamed ceilings and a double aspect, making it light and bright and airy....moreless

  • Parking:

    Guests may park for free just outside the front door. Free additional parking steps away in the Piazza Regina Margherita or along the town walls....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Guests may use the home's mobile phone and are asked to top it up to its original amount before they leave....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    American coffeemaker plus Italian stove-top espresso maker....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Sufficient plates, serving dishes, cutlery and other tableware necessary to serve six....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    A cook lives here! The owner is a member of a very talented and famous chef family and loves good food. The kitchen is modern, efficiently laid out and well-equipped, yet charming. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Commodious electric oven....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Standard pantry items, such as spices and staples, are stocked in the kitchen....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full refrigerator with small freezer....moreless

  • Stove:

    Five burner stove....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Boat:

    Upon request, we can organize a boat trip on Lake Trasimeno (minimum 6 persons). The trip lasts about 4 hours and is payable separately....moreless

  • Golf:

    There are two golf courses nearby: Golf Club Lamborghini is 6km away, just below Panicale. They also have a restaurant. The Perugia Golf Club is 20km away....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Lake Trasimeno has rental facilities for wind surfing, paddle boats and rowboats. For lovers of rowing, we can organize the rental of a 2-4 person scull on one of the other three lakes in our area....moreless

  • Tennis

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Close by -- 10 minutes away -- is the wonderful Water Park/Swimming Pool of Tavernelle where guests can enjoy a state-of-the art swimming pool plus water park....moreless

 

Reviews

5
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
Apr 1 - May 31, 2017
7 night min stay

$776
Summer 2017
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
7 night min stay

$906
Fall 2017
Oct 1 - Nov 15, 2017
7 night min stay

$776

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $129.36

Notes:

Please read: the VRBO Instant Quote is usually wrong. Rates subject to confirmation by us. Best rates available by booking directly with us.

VRBO requires us to quote in sterling, but we are happy to accept euros or dollars or whatever currency our forex broker can change for us.

Rates do not include refundable security deposit, heating or 140 euro final cleaning fee.

For shorter or long-term stays, please contact us for a custom quote.

Pets welcome, upon prior agreement and payment of a small additional cleaning fee.

Discounts for repeat customers and month-long stays.


Manager's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.


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Location

47 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Perugia
100 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Panicale
7 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Panicarola: Golf Club Lamborghini
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Chiusi-Chianciano Terme
18 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Chiusi: A-1 Autostrada
100 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Panicale
18 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Lake Trasimeno

Car: Not Necessary

Panicale is 6 km south of Lake Trasimeno, the largest lake in central Italy, where Hannibal defeated an entire Roman legion in 217 BC and where another important battle of the Second World War took place at the end of June 1944.

In the Center of the Val D'Orcia – 15 miles away – stands proud Montepulciano, one of Tuscany’s jewels, noted for its delicious “Vino Nobile” wines.

Our area is agricultural yet cultural. The former means there are fabulous scenes and vignettes everywhere, with vineyards, olive groves, lake views and utterly charming medieval villages that sometimes seem to defy gravity with their perch on the top of hills. The latter is a wonderful surprise for visitors not accustomed to the historical and artistic treasures to be found here at every turn. Where else, in a village of 85 permanent inhabitants, would you find frescoes attributed to a giant of the Renaissance? You will either find by design or stumble across all kinds of notable art, architecture and important history in even the tiniest village.

The area is rich in archaeological wonders from the Etruscan, Medieval, Roman, and Renaissance eras. During the summer, Panicale and the surrounding villages host numerous activities including festivals, art exhibitions, antique markets, theatrical plays and free outdoor jazz, blues, pop and classical concerts.

Outdoor cafes, bars, quaint shops, and friendly people make Panicale a wonderful and atmospheric place to while away an evening or late morning. Many temporary locals (our guests from abroad) adapt the seductive Italian lifestyle quickly and with alacrity: picking a local bar as their own and visiting it every morning for a cappuccino and cornetto (pastry) and every evening for an apertivo before dinner, catching up on the local news and people watching. You will be welcomed into the community swiftly and made to feel at home.

And don't forget the food and wine! Several world-renowned restaurants make Panicale a dining experience not to be missed. Or, book our Italian grandmother to spoil you with a home-cooked meal that you will remember for decades or a cooking lesson so that you can take home and replicate some of her recipes. Nearby La Vecchia Sartoria are at least a half dozen 'hidden gems' -- wineries whose limited production and high quality make them a local open secret. Most of their wine is consumed by the knowledgeable locals, so is little known outside the region and the province.

Lake Trasimeno is Italy's fourth largest lake, and is only a 15 minute drive from Panicale. Spectacular views of the lake and the valley surrounding it can be seen from the walls surrounding Panicale. Lake Trasimeno offers excellent watersports, excursions and lakeside towns with good fish restaurants.

There are many, many famous and notable towns within a 2-hour drive--Cortona, Montepulciano, Perugia, Orvieto, Todi, Siena, Assisi–just to name a few. They are way too numerous to list. Florence is an easy day trip.

For those wanting to keep extra pounds at bay while enjoying our legendary cuisine, we can show you lots of places to run, hike, horseback ride, bike and trek and hook you up with bike rentals and guides who can plot a custom route for you and take you to historical sites or wineries/local cheese artisans/historical sites along the way, as you wish. And for those for whom exercise consists of laying out their credit card, there are designer outlets, handicraft markets, and, of course Deruta ceramics. Come and enjoy!

Further north lies the provincial capital of Arezzo -- a town well worth visiting but which often drops off the radar screen of guests focused on the more famous Tuscan towns of Florence, Pisa, Siena, Lucca and San Gimignano. Arezzo houses, in the Church of San Francesco, the exceptional murals of Piero della Francesca, depicting the horrors of the Battle of Anghiari and the Legend of the True Cross.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2002

Why Panicale PG, Italy:
L.A. native Gail Silverton –sister to Nancy, she of Mozza and La Brea Bakery fame -- was drawn to the piazza, the warm, welcoming town center where citizens of all ages gathered at gelaterias to enjoy a dish of stracciatella (vanilla with chocolate shavings), a hazelnut gelato cone, or even a raspberry sorbetto. They would sip an espresso, gossip with neighbors, and because it felt so good to be there, linger as long as possible.

The Unique Benefits at this Townhome:
La Vecchia Sartoria is in a perfect location: right in town but minutes from paths that wander around the surrounding countryside and from the high-speed trains and autobahn that take you to all of Central Italy's cultural and gastronomic glories.


Contact us

Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 03/10/2017

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Photos

  • View of Panicale as you arrive from the north, showing its distinctive tower

    View of Panicale as you arrive from the north, showing its distinctive tower

  • The dining area seats six comfortably

    The dining area seats six comfortably

  • View from across the park at the outside of the apartment.

    View from across the park at the outside of the apartment.

  • The master bedroom has a comfortable queen-sized bed

    The master bedroom has a comfortable queen-sized bed

  • Sun setting behind Chiesa della Sbarra, one of 7 churches in this small town

    Sun setting behind Chiesa della Sbarra, one of 7 churches in this small town

  • You can watch TV or curl up with a book in the corner seating in the TV area

    You can watch TV or curl up with a book in the corner seating in the TV area

  • The kitchen has everything you will need to create wonderful meals

    The kitchen has everything you will need to create wonderful meals

  • Double sink, sensibly organized pots and pans

    Double sink, sensibly organized pots and pans

  • The kitchen is also equipped with oven, microwaive and plenty of counter space

    The kitchen is also equipped with oven, microwaive and plenty of counter space

  • The second bedroom has a double bed, comfortable for two children or an adult

    The second bedroom has a double bed, comfortable for two children or an adult

  • View showing the placement of the apartment in the walls of the town.

    View showing the placement of the apartment in the walls of the town.

  • You enter this arch from the Piazza, turn right, walk a minute, and you're home!

    You enter this arch from the Piazza, turn right, walk a minute, and you're home!

  • The main living/dining room with fireplace

    The main living/dining room with fireplace

  • A corner of the great room hosts a comfortable chair and a games table, books

    A corner of the great room hosts a comfortable chair and a games table, books

  • A peek into the master bedroom

    A peek into the master bedroom

  • All of the furnishings have been chosen with care: a close-up of the bureau

    All of the furnishings have been chosen with care: a close-up of the bureau

  • The upstairs landing has a comfortable seating area and TV

    The upstairs landing has a comfortable seating area and TV

  • A cook lives here!  A glimpse into the well-equipped, modern kitchen

    A cook lives here! A glimpse into the well-equipped, modern kitchen

  • Another view of the well-organized kitchen, including the five-burner stove

    Another view of the well-organized kitchen, including the five-burner stove

  • A rarity in a vacation home:  good knives!

    A rarity in a vacation home: good knives!

  • Full refrigerator, dishwasher

    Full refrigerator, dishwasher

  • The home has a double aspect; on the northern side is a view of the Old Town

    The home has a double aspect; on the northern side is a view of the Old Town

  • Another view of how the apartment relates to the rest of the town

    Another view of how the apartment relates to the rest of the town

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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