A wonderfully comfortable family farmhouse with an authenticity that reflects its history and location.
Casa Alaia is a pleasingly symmetrical, three-storey Umbrian farmhouse with a separate guest house, pool and vineyard. Tucked gently amongst the green rolling hills of Italy’s heartland, and surrounded by ancient woodland and iconic cypress trees, there is charm round every corner.
The main house is a 17th century farmhouse, parts of which date back even earlier, and it was subject to a big renovation in 2006. A perfect confluence of atmosphere, style and colourful cosiness, Casa Alaia is a traditional country house with a sideline in whimsy. Large, shared spaces with beamed ceilings and big fireplaces, tiled floors, and a wide central staircase all contribute to the charming family feel.
The guest house occupies a separate building and is, arguably, the jewel in this particular property crown. Run as a successful B&B, a large open-plan room that opens to the pool is divided by graceful stone arches which zone the space into a bedroom, dining area and living room, with a large fireplace and a wood-burning stove. Downstairs is a cosy kitchen, a shower room and a storage room. The annex also houses the garage which has a separate entrance.
The property is immersed in nature and the garden includes a shaded dining terrace, a pool with a pretty brick surround and plenty of space that, while delightful as is, also offers scope for further landscaping. The woodland includes an old pétanque court and the vineyard produces grapes for red wine.
Casa Alaia is a property with huge soul and one that enjoys the dual privileges of privacy and community. Surrounded by so much greenery it also has the convenience of being just moments away from Morra, a small village with basic provisions and amenities, making this property somewhere truly special.