Price Starting from € 6000 per week (more information) Price on request.
Sleeps 10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 5
Accessibility This property includes steps and is not specifically suited to less mobile guests
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Casella


Approached by an avenue of iconic Cypress trees, the house, garden and pool are the stuff of dreams, in a setting that is exquisite, even by Umbrian standards


Casella, a farmhouse that dates back over 400 years, has been transformed into a house that is perfectly in step with its exquisitely beautiful setting. Hills ripple out from the river valley where vineyards, meadows and woodland are tucked in together.  The approach to Casella itself is along an avenue of Cypress trees that hugs the upwards curve of a hill - it’s picture-book pretty, entirely private and yet not far from the cosmopolitan buzz of Perugia.

The recent renovation has turned this traditional rural dwelling into a delightful and deeply comfortable house for ten. The careful restoration has revealed the original features as the unflashy stars of the show: beautiful wooden ceiling beams and antique cotto floor tiles give warmth and soul, while anything new, such as the sleek kitchen and the designer chairs, fits seamlessly into the building’s beautiful history.

A soft autumnal colour palette reflects the landscape, as does the careful edit of natural materials including different woods, cotto tiles and Carrara marble. The rooms flow seamlessly from one to the next, with enough space for guests to find themselves a quiet corner, or to come together at the large dining tables or in the sitting areas, both inside and out.

While the house itself has been beautifully restored, so too the garden and grounds, and for most of the year guests can live happily between the two. The covered outdoor dining and sitting area has a chimneyed fireplace and there’s the fabulous, heated pool, but what lies at the real heart of this property is its setting and the views of the wooded hills reaching to the Appenines.

Casella is just five minutes away from Antognolla, one of Italy’s most celebrated golf courses, and Perugia, with its art galleries, shops and restaurants can be reached in less than half an hour, while smaller towns are on the doorstep.

Rooms description


Bedrooms

Casella accommodates ten guests in five double en-suite bedrooms. As with the rest of the house, the restoration includes cotto floors, beamed ceilings and soft coloured walls. All the bedrooms are calm, spacious and restful, with both air conditioning and room fans, and box-spring beds that are fabulously comfortable. The principal bedroom is at the top of the house and includes a sitting area and a free-standing bath.

Bathrooms

All five bedrooms are en-suite and, unusually for Italy, there are three free-standing baths, including one in the principal bedroom. Modern, high-performance fixtures and fittings blend with blond wood and beautiful Carrara marble.

Kitchen

The expertly equipped kitchen lies four steps up from the open-plan, living and dining area and is perfectly framed by the larger-than-usual doorway. The room’s modern aesthetic fits smoothly into the old building - glossy, sculptural pendant lights hang over the long central island that has a wooden breakfast bar at one end. Beautiful antique cotto floor tiles and carefully preserved ceiling beams give a feel of the building’s history while everything else is new, making it an easy space to cook as well as be in. The doors at one end of the island lead to the porch where there is a fabulous outside dining and seating area, warmed by a proper fireplace, when needed.

Living rooms

Traditionally, the living space would have been on the first floor in a farmhouse such as this, with the livestock in the barn on the ground floor. The cows, of course, are long gone, and the ground floor is now a fabulous living space at one end, where traditional features, such as beamed ceilings, cotto floors and a large stone fireplace with a woodburning stove, take centre stage, creating a gorgeously calm, delightful space. At the other end, next to the kitchen, is the dining table for ten. An open staircase leads to the first floor where the building’s original living space has been transformed into a further sitting area, with a large screen and another lovely fireplace with a log-burning stove.

Other rooms

There is a separate laundry room with a washing machine and tumble dryer, as well as a small study that can be used as an office.

Facilities


Cleaning

The property is cleaned both before and after your holiday and on Mondays and Thursdays during your stay. Linen is changed weekly, including during longer stays, and further cleaning can be arranged upon request.

Amenities

private pool, pool heating, air conditioning, hob/stove, oven, fridge, fridge with freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, iron+board, satellite TV, central heating, room fans, cot, high chair, barbeque, gas barbeque

Accessibility

This property includes steps and is not specifically suited to less mobile guests

Outside

Casella sits in 5 hectares of private land where, as with the property’s interior, it wears its luxury credentials lightly. The Mediterranean-planted garden fits comfortably around the house which is approached along a Cypress-tree-lined avenue. There is a 12m x 5m heated pool with an automatic cover that is angled to make the most of the views and is set at a perfect distance from the house. The same views can be enjoyed from the beautiful, tiled portico that is warmed by an outdoor fireplace – note the pretty twisted chimney pot – that allows guests to sit outside for much of the year. Further terraces in front of the house and little pockets of garden make the outdoor areas just as lovely as those inside the house itself.

Notes

Availability & Pricing


weekly prices
from 1 May 2024 to 15 June 2024 € 7500
from 15 June 2024 to 7 September 2024 € 9000
from 7 September 2024 to 5 October 2024 € 7500
from 5 October 2024 to 21 December 2024 € 6000
from 21 December 2024 to 4 January 2025 € 7500
from 10 May 2025 to 7 June 2025 € 7500
from 7 June 2025 to 6 September 2025 € 9000
from 6 September 2025 to 4 October 2025 € 7500
Price on request.
Weekly cleaning: EUR 300
Baby cot: EUR 75 per week
Pool heating available between mid April and mid October: EUR 250 per week (on request)
Dog fee: EUR 100,00 per booking
Wood (stove & outside fireplace) per m3: EUR 75

In House extra services on demand:
Chefs (fine dining, traditional, BBQ, Pizza)
Massages
Yoga & PT
Babysitting
Wine tastings
E-bikes rental
Transfers

Security deposit: EUR 1000 to be paid to SU before arrival as specified in the booking confirmation.
Deposit: 30% upon booking, balance 30 working days before arrival.
Sustainability For every booking we make on this property, we will plant a tree through our charitable partner, Trees for All.
Arrival & Departure Saturdays (depending on other bookings) arrival from 4 PM and departure latest 10 AM. Other arrival and departures days upon request

Leisure & Activities


Activities

This beautiful valley has a long tradition of producing fine wines and is fast becoming an acclaimed 'terroir' – we can arrange wine tours and tastings at the neighbouring vineyard and restaurant that are within walking distance of the house. The local area is excellent for hiking, climbing and mountain biking and at the right time of year we can set you up on a truffle hunt. However, one of Casella’s biggest draws is that it is just ten minutes away from Antognolla, a Robert Trent Jones II-designed golf course that is one of the best in Italy. It helps that the scenery is stunning and includes a medieval castle that can be seen from every green, and that the clubhouse at the accompanying Six Senses Hotel also serves delicious food.

Specials

SpecialUmbria is happy to tailor-make itineraries for our guests, including wine and olive oil tours and tastings. If you would like a personal chef for a one-off special occasion or throughout your holiday, please let us know. We can also arrange cooking classes and yoga sessions at the house and guided tours of Perugia.

Happenings

The world-famous, annual Umbria Jazz Festival takes place in Perugia in the first two weeks of July. Previous artists include Diana Krall, John Legend and Lady Gaga. Gubbio hosts its own annual festival, La Festa dei Ceri, in May. The town has wonderful Easter celebrations as well as being famous for having, reputedly, the largest Christmas tree in the world. Umbria is a foodie hotspot, and its culinary joys are celebrated with various food festivals throughout the year, especially in the summer. Please ask for more details.

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Surroundings


Location
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Surroundings

The property lies in a peaceful river valley and is surrounded by woods, meadows, vineyards, hills and olive groves. The views are incredible, and guests have all the privacy of this rural idyll, yet it's just ten minutes’ drive from Pierantonio, the nearest village. Umbertide is a little larger and about 15 minutes away, while the university town of Perugia is about 25 minutes by car. Here you'll find lots of restaurants, bars and shops as well as the National Gallery of Umbria that houses an impressive collection of art from as far back as the 13th century. Antognolla, a renowned 18-hole golf course, is just 4km from the house.

Travel

Air
The nearest airports are: Perugia [PEG] (28km) with direct flights from Rotterdam [Transavia], Brussels [Ryanair] and London [BA and Ryanair]; Florence [FLR] (152km); Ancona [AOI] (156km); Rome Ciampino [CIA] (213km); Bologna [BLQ] (218km); and Rome Fiumicino [FCO] (230km).

Train
The nearest train station is in Pierantonio (7km) or Umbertide (14km) where car rental is available.

Road
The E45 motorway exit closest to the property is at Pierantonio (7km), with Umbertide, Città di Castello, Ravenna, Rimini, Bologna and Milan to the north and Perugia to the south.

Distances

Casella is close to several towns and cities in both Umbria and Tuscany, including, Pierantonio (7km); Corciano (13km); Umbertide (14km); Perugia (26km); Gubbio (30km); Monte del Lago at Lake Trasimeno (33km); Deruta (40km); Assisi (43km); Spello (45km); Castiglione del Lago (54km); Cortona (57km); Todi (66km); Arezzo (67km); Montepulciano, which is famed for its wine (72km); Montefalco/Bevagna (74km); Spoleto (78km); Orvieto (99km); Siena (115km); Florence (159km); and Rome (193km).

Your villa and Covid-19


To prevent any possible spread of Covid-19 and to enable you to enjoy a safe and relaxing holiday, all our villas are cleaned to the highest standard possible, and according to the latest Italian health and safety regulations.

Perfect hygiene: to ensure an exceptional level of hygiene in all our villas, we’ve worked with our owners to create a Covid-19 villa management protocol. Based on recommendations from the World Health Organisation, and in compliance with current Italian national law, this protocol goes above and beyond our usual rigorous cleaning standards.

Prior to arrival, your villa will have been fully sanitised, including all surfaces, objects, kitchen items, curtains, sofas, throws, pillows, toys, and in and around the pool. You are welcome to ask for a detailed list of the entire cleaning procedure we do after each departure and before welcoming new guests to the property.

The owner of this house has complied with the following standards:

  • To ensure the necessary information concerning social distancing and the use of masks is available to all guests
  • To guarantee availability of and accessibility to hand hygiene systems with hydro-alcoholic solutions and soaps in all inside areas of, and pertaining to, the villa
  • To guarantee cleaning and disinfection of all areas according to national authority guidelines. Further information is available on request
  • For the swimming pool: to guarantee the efficacy of the water treatments, while respecting legal limits (the parameter for free active chlorine in the pool is between 1.0 – 1.5 mg/l; combined chlorine ≤ 0.40 mg/l; pH 6.5 – 7.5 or equivalent oxygen)
  • For air conditioning systems: to guarantee the air re-circulation function is switched off and, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, with the plant in off-mode, to clean the air filters of the heating/cooling plants that use heat pumps, fan coils and convectors, at the end of each stay

For more general information about Covid-19 in Italy, please click here.


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