Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday villa in Castiglione del Lago - Casa Fragola
5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms & luxury kitchen in pretty gardens, village amenities.
Our villa was built circa 1900. It was originally the village doctor's home and surgery.
The house and garden have been substantially refurbished over the last few years. It is a three storey building. On the ground floor there is a well equipped kitchen and three large reception rooms.
The living room has two sofas and three armchairs and a T.V (for use with DVD player). There is also a very efficient pellet burning stove for those chilly spring and autumn evenings.
There are French windows out on to a large balcony overlooking Lago Chiusi. This faces west and is a perfect spot for your sundowner glass of prosecco and a spectacular sunset.
Another room contains a dining room table for the odd wet day, and our books, board games and DVD collection. This room also contains a futon which could sleep two if needed. There is also an office on this floor.
Upstairs there are four double bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en-suite). In the basement (which was originally the doctor's surgery) there is a further double bedroom with single beds and bathroom - perfect for teenagers who want their own space! There is also a utility room with washing machine on this floor.
We are equipped for young families and have a travel cot, high chair and two camp beds.
Outside there is a 12m x 6m pool with a solar-heated external shower. We have a number of inflatables for the pool and a large paddling pool for the tots. There are plenty of sun-beds and umbrellas. Next to the pool there is a huge table seating up to 12 shaded by a pergola. There is a BBQ for your use. There are also alternative eating and sitting areas in the garden and on the balcony, some sunny, some in the shade.
You can also borrow the two mountain bikes.
Local village activities include newly upgraded tennis courts, football pitch and bocce court (Italian boules).
In the village there is also a well stocked grocery shop with fresh meat and deli counter and a bar with free wireless internet.
In the next village (Villastrada), a twenty minute stroll, there is a great pizzeria for eat in or takeaway.
On your walk to Villastrada you will pass the vineyard of Madrevite. The owners will be delighted to welcome you to taste their highly regarded wines.
You can do all the above without getting in your car. However if your want to venture further afield, Castiglione del Lago sitting on a promontory jutting into the south west corner of Lago Trasimeno, is a 15 min drive away.
It has a beautiful walled historic centre. There is also a lovely lake side beach with water sports and cafes etc. The town also has plenty of shops, banks, restaurants etc. There is a regular ferry from Castiglione to the islands and across the lake to Passignano.
There are bike hire shops on lake and a cycle path most of the way round the lake. A particularly fun family excursion is cycling to Passignano, rewarding yourself with lunch/ice cream and then getting the ferry back.
Also close to the house are the Etruscan tombs near Chiusi (15 min drive away)
Other easily accessible destinations include Perugia and Cortona (approx 45 mins by car) and Assisi and Siena (approx 1 hour 15 min by car). A bit further but easily doable in a day are Florence and Rome. They both take between 1.5 hours and 2 hours to drive but it is much more relaxing to take the train from Chiusi - 15 min from the house with free parking at the station.
For children of all ages there is also the new water park at Tavernelle (approx 30 min drive)
The spaciousness of this house means that it is perfect for a large extended family or even two or more families holidaying together. The facilities and the location mean that it is ideal for a mixture of activity, sightseeing and chilling.
N.B We do not currently have wireless internet. You can however buy a local sim card or dongle for a few euros. Alternatively, the village bar (100m) has free wireless.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
Why Jenny Priestman chose Castiglione del Lago
We bought the house in Vaiano after being captivated by this part of Umbria whilst on holiday. We have had a lot of fun and a bit of pain renovating the house and making it into the comfortable, spacious holiday home we are lucky to own.
We have enjoyed years of long summer holidays in the company of family and friends.
It is now (from Spring 2013) time to make this special place available to others.
What makes this villa unique
We fell in love with this house when the estate agent opened the living room shutters and we stepped out onto the balcony and the most amazing views over Lago Chiusi. Sitting with a glass of prosecco watching the sun set behind the lake is still the most special time of day for us.