La Terrazza has whitewashed walls, wooden beams and a delightfully romantic vine-covered terrace which is completely enclosed. In late August/September you can lean out of the bathroom window to pick the grapes! There is a pretty master bedroom, furnished with hand-made Umbrian fabrics and with bathroom leading off it, and a smaller bedroom, with bags of character, leading off the kitchen/living room. Outside the main accommodation area is an old stone-walled cantina, which would once have been used for storing wine and curing hams, and has now been converted into a reading/play room and provides extra space for the dishwasher, washing machine and second fridge. In the heat of the summer, this is the coolest spot in the entire property. It is also perfect as an extra third bedroom for teenagers or extra guests, with a fold-out bed available on request. The accommodation has central heating, so is cozy in winter, with a log fire in the living room.
A stunning location
San Mamiliano is a tiny medieval hamlet in the breathtaking Valnerina area of southern Umbria, far off the beaten tourist track, yet within easy reach of the main sites. Holiday rental is available of part of a typical Umbrian 'casale', a splendid villa which probably dates back to the 16th century, and possibly much further. The accommodation for rent comprises two self-catering apartments, restored to a very high standard. The upper part of the house is our much loved holiday home, where we spend most weekends and part of the summer. The house is set in its own extensive grounds, just outside the village. Guests have the use of all the grounds, including a romantic private vine-covered terrace for La Terrazza, and a lovely belvedere looking out over the valley, for La Loggia. The property has an unusually large swimming pool, with stunning views over the surrounding hills and valleys. Particularly suitable for two families or groups of friends. It also has an outdoor pizza oven by the pool, which is a lot of fun and makes really excellent pizza, as well as bread and slow cooked food overnight.
A year round holiday choice: This beautiful and unspoilt corner of Umbria has something to offer all year round. You can roast chestnuts by the fire in Autumn, eat new olive oil (and watch it being made) on bruschetta in Winter, pick wild asparagus from the hillsides in Spring and have barbecues round the pool in Summer (lit for night-time swims). The stars are exceptional, with a good chance of seeing shooting stars in Summer. A pair of eagles nesting in the craggy valley of the Valnerina have been spotted from the deck of the pool on several occasions.
Away from the crowds: San Mamiliano is tucked away in a hidden corner of Umbria. Here, you won't find coach loads of tourists. Nor will you find yourself sitting next to other holidaymakers when you eat out at the excellent country trattorias, of which there are a number within easy reach. There are spectacular walks and horse riding, tennis, canoeing and white water rafting (including some descents suitable for children) all available nearby. There are also many little known local treasures, which the owners will be glad to point out. These include the highest waterfalls in Europe, an exquisite 7th century frescoed abbey and several abandoned hilltop villages, which can be reached on foot and are idyllic spots for a picnic.
A warm welcome: San Mamiliano is the perfect place for a family holiday, and children will receive an especially warm welcome. But it is also a very romantic setting, and an ideal place to chill out and de-stress. When Italian-English owners Mario and Clare are in residence (most weekends and the summer), we do our best to give guests all the space and privacy they want. But we are also happy to help out in any way, by pointing out special places to visit, booking trattorias or advising on the best places to buy good local products such as olive oil and truffles. Clare will be happy to take guests horse-riding on the beautiful mountains nearby, while Mario is always pleased to chat about one his favourite subjects -- wine. Although the pool is shared, it is an unusually large one, with plenty of room in and out of the water. Many of our guests return year after year.
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About Clare Pedrick
I have written a book about my adventure buying and doing up a ruin here in Umbria, and all that it led to. It’s called Chickens Eat Pasta and I'm told it's quite a good read. It's certainly very different now from when I bought it all those years ago! You can find details here: http://www.troubador.co.uk/book_info.asp?bookid=3313 There’s a special 10% discount (quote this code: UMBRIA when you order) for my friends if you buy it from the publisher Troubadour. Please don't buy it through Amazon if possible, as they take 65% of all royalties! For anyone outside the UK, you might also want to consider buying it through the Book Depository, as they ship free worldwide. See http://www.bookdepository.com/Chickens-Eat-Pa…/9781784623517 Guests who come to stay can purchase a copy here, and of course I'll sign it. I hope you like it!
Clare Pedrick purchased this Apartment in 1983
What makes this Apartment unique
This part of Umbria is stunning in Spring and Autumn too and we offer guests a warm welcome year-round. There are wild asparagus, orchids and nightingales in March, April, May and June and glorious colours in the foliage in October and November. Ask about out special offer packages which can be tailored to suit and can last just a few days or more. They can be based on self-catering or B&B, with optional dinner. These breaks may include spectacular walks (self-guided or with guide) to abandoned hill villages or mountains with 360 degree views, complete with delicious picnic provided. We can also offer horse riding and even cooking lessons from a Spoleto chef who will teach you how to prepare a meal based on local ingredients, including fresh pasta and truffles (you can agree the menu together), which you will then eat with superb local wines.
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Looking for a peaceful and quiet holiday - here is your place.
Rustic, authentic Italian property in idyllic surroundings. Quiet, peaceful and homely.
Clare the owner was an excellent host, helping out with ideas of where to visit and whee ti eat, always there if she was needed Hidden Umbria is beautiful and stunning, so lush and green.. We had a great time and visited the different villages and towns, without too many tourist distractions .
What an amazing two weeks spent at San Mamiliano! Our family had a fab time x
Lovely house and pool. Lots to see and do. Fab food. Will def return x
This was my first visit to San Mamiliano and I absolutely loved it. It is the ideal place to chill out and enjoy the stunning scenery. Although hidden away up winding country lanes it is close to good local restaurants and Spoleto. The sound of birdsong is wonderful, the views breathtaking and there were so many beautiful butterflies in the pretty garden.
The villa itself is spacious, comfortable and full of rural charm. Clare and Mario are the perfect hosts and ensured that all our needs were taken care of. I definitely want to visit again!
Beautiful site: the perfect place to slow down
This was not our first vacation in Italy, but this lovely home with many unique features was a great base to discover medieval towns and villages. It's in a small village just a few miles from a highway going to Spoleto, about 10 miles away, and Assisi. Some days we planned walks in the hills, looking for wild asparagus, enjoying mountains flowers. A riding stable nearby offers day rides into the mountains, with luscious lunch. A highlight of our stay was a cooking lesson with a local chef who taught us how to make ravioli. We plan to come back in the fall to see the colors of autumn and sample new wine and the local olive oil.
Secluded with fabulous mountain views
A beautiful stone character house, tucked into the Umbrian hills. Divine views, from every window and hectares of land surrounding with wild flowers,natural landscape and privacy. A superb 14 th century village a few doors from here, total population 14 people delights with the church bells ringing on the hour from 7 am. Magical! There are huge fireplaces for the cool winters but a fabulous pool for the summers. Two apartments give space for four couples or more and two kitchens, if required are perfect for the keen chef. We ate at several local trattorias and osterias for not only super food but excellent prices. There are many varied ristorante to choose from. A memorable stay, a true Italian style villa with comfort, charm and character and unforgettable views!
Sue and Glenn Barnes
Gorgeous villa!! Highly recommended
This was our second stay at this wonderful villa in hidden Umbria, and it was just as fantastic as we remembered it from our visit 2 years ago. The villa is beautiful and is kept really clean. We arrived really late but there was a food pack waiting for us so we just opened a bottle of wine and sat out on the terrace and relaxed straight away!!! The area is just stunning and we loved all the local restaurants in the area. Also had a great day at La Somma for an impressive track thorugh the mountains with good forward horses. We loved our stay, thank you Claire and Mario for you hospitality and good care. We will be back for a 3rd visit soon next year! With warmest regards, Stephanie
We look forward to seeing you again next year Stephanie!
San Mamiliano is an excellent base to explore all the main sites in Umbria (Spoleto 20 mins/Assisi/Perugia/Todi/Orvieto 40 mins) and then retreat to peace and quiet at the end of the day. It is too small to feature on most maps. The nearest bigger villages are Ferentillo and Montefranco. The house can be reached in approx. 1.5 hours by car from Rome, 2 hours from Ancona or Pescara, or just 40 minutes from Perugia, serviced by Ryan Air flights from Stansted.
Other Activities: canoeing and white water rafting; collecting wild asparagus in Spring; walks to abandoned hill villages;close Spoleto, with arts, museums, restaurants