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Janice Julian

Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Italian

A Warm Welcome Awaits You at Casa Julian

6 Reviews
People7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Castiglione del Lago - Casa Julian Girasole apartment

Delightful 2 bedroom apartment, stunning views, attractive gardens & pool

Two delightful 2 bed apartments (72 & 65 m2) within a white stone villa which sits on a hillside overlooking olive groves, vineyards and fields of sunflowers, with Lake Chiusi glistening in the distance. To the front there are views over vineyards and countryside towards Montepulciano and Cortona.

The 2 bedroom, ground floor apartments are very comfortably furnished each with large private terraces, one with views overlooking our olive grove and delightful countryside towards Gioiella and Lake Chiusi, the other overlooking our pool and garden with the same views.

Relax in our garden soak up the sun or cool off in our pool (3.5m x 8.5m) and enjoy alfresco dining under our Pergola . There is also a play area with swings, slide and a see-saw for younger guests. Pleasant garden divided into three areas -formal Italian style garden to the front, beautiful pool with gazebo & sun lounging area with wonderful view; open area with children's play equipment.

The apartments are both accessed from an independent entrance through a shared lobby where there are a selection of games, books and DVDs plus a washing machine for guests' use. Both apartments are centrally heated with wood burning fireplace/stove for comfortable out of season occupation. Both have WiFi access and TV (sky satellite programmes including cinema & sports channels many of which are in English & DVD.

Limoni Apartment - This light, airy S.E. facing apartment has a delightful modern living space opening out onto a fantastic terrace fitted with bar-b-que, table & chairs and loungers. The living area comprises: wood burning stove, sofa and 2 chairs, TV and DVD, WiFi , wrought iron dining table and 4 chairs. Well fitted country style kitchen area with dishwasher, gas hob, electric oven, built-in fridge, kettle, coffee maker, 6 place setting of cutlery, glassware and crockery; non-stick pans and a variety of kitchen implements.

The country style double bedroom has wrought iron bed and white furniture, French doors lead to the same terrace overlooking the pool area and countryside. Bedroom 2 has stunning views over the countryside to Lake Chiusi and has wrought iron single beds and furnishings. The bathroom comprises corner shower, toilet, bidet and washbasin.

Girasole apartment - Cool, airy N.W. facing apartment with comfortable living area comprising living room with attractive wood burning fireplace, sofa (double sprung sofa bed), 2 leather recliner chairs, coffee table, dining table and 6 chairs; TV, DVD, internet access. New fitted country style kitchen with oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, moka coffee pot, juicer and 6 place setting cutlery, crockery and glassware (more can be provided); scales and stainless steel pans. French doors lead to large terrace with countryside views, equipped with bar-b-que, table & chairs, sun loungers. The double bedroom has French doors to a long balcony (sunny for much of the day) with views over countryside to lake Chiusi. The second bedroom is furnished with twin beds and adjacent to both is the bathroom with shower, toilet, washbasin and bidet.

WiFi Internet access is also provided. 2 mountain bikes with helmets available for rental. Car hire recommended. Well behaved friendly pets by arrangement. I live upstairs with two dogs and five cats and am happy to offer advice for getting the best out of your holiday. Extra beds and a cot, high-chair and baby bath are also available.

Because the apartments are on the ground floor they are suitable for people with limited mobility. wheelchair access to the apartments is possible but not particularly easy.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Janice Julian (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Italian

About Janice Julian

Hi I'm Jan, I love living here and I particularly enjoy sharing my local knowledge and experiences with my guests - especially the local Fiestas and live music that makes summer here so special. My dream of working for myself and setting up a holiday business has become a reality with two ground floor apartments and lovely swimming pool. I have my own olive grove and my oil is available for sale. I live upstairs with two friendly dogs -Champ a golden Labrador who just loves people and Luna a sweet natured Labrador/Collie cross, who came to live with me after being rescued from a horrible owner. I also have three well behaved cats - Cleo my black cat is very shy, Lea my tabby is very sweet and then there is Nino a very cute striped tabby kitten who arrived as an early Christmas present! Completing the gang are four chickens, so there there are often fresh eggs for sale too.

Janice Julian purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Janice Julian chose Perugia area

I first came to Umbria in 1998 on my honeymoon and fell completely under the spell of this area. There was a great sense of 'coming home ' each time we visited and leaving after each visit became increasingly difficult. On one of our t trips I said 'you know we could live here ' and the rest as they say is history, with us selling up and moving from the U.K. in the Millenium year.

We fell in love with this beautiful house and the stunning views straight away. It had been built by a stonemason for his family and was originally laid out as two apartments. Upstairs was completed but the ground floor was just a shell. It seemed perfect for our plans to create two holiday apartments downstairs. We moved in and started constructing the Girasole apartment but ran out of money before we could complete Limoni, so for the first years just rented the one apartment. Sadly my husband developed Alzheimer's and died in 2007. Shortly afterwards I was able to complete our dream, constructing the second apartment and putting in the pool and have now been renting out the two apartments for 5 years now.

What makes this apartment unique

As we pulled up outside the house that first visit I remember saying 'this is more like it'. The house was beautiful, uniquely constructed in white stone striated with pink and sand colours and the beautiful arched terrace just drew us in. Despite this, that first visit, we walked down the drive straight past the house drawn to the wonderful view behind. Guests who arrive during daylight do exactly the same, by-passing the house and going to the back to gaze at the lovely views. Luckily all the terraces and the sun lounger area overlook these views, so guests can just kick back and enjoy them as much as they like.

I live upstairs so am on hand to help with any queries, offer suggestions of places to visit or help with translation and am very happy to take guests to local events like village Festas that might seem daunting to visit on their own.

My younger guests in particular love the animals and often ask to help with feeding the chickens. One of my earlier cats became very popular by 'begging' like a dog when guests fired up the bar-b-que -he was very successful!

Guestbook comments from the owner

A fabulous location, friendly and knowledge host makes a totally relaxing holiday



Left on Aug 14, 2016 for a stay in Jul 2016

We (2 adults and 2 under 12 year olds) had an amazing time at Casa Julian: the house was ideally located for explorations to the big tourist draws of Siena, Florence and the many stunning hill top towns that dot the Umbrian and Tuscan landscape as well as Castiglione del largo. Added to this, the wonderful Jan was a font of knowledge, wisdom and very handy practical tips which really added to the holiday, and our night at the local village fiesta, complete with trumpet playing Peter Andre lookalike, will remain with us for a long, long time. Thank you Jan! I could go on and on praising Jan, the apartment and that part of Umbria, but perhaps it is easier to summarise just what an amazing place Casa Julian is by stating that my 9 year old cried both the night before we left, and on the morning we left (to go on to Rome for a few nights) because he had completely fallen in love with Casa Julian and the Castiglione del Lago / Lake Trasimeno area and didn't wish to go. We will definitely be heading back to Casa Julian as we've left a little bit of our soul there!
Jul 2016
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based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

A Warm Welcome Awaits You at Casa Julian
average rating of 4.5 based on 10 reviews
5

Wonderful host, great location, lovely vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Jan is a wonderful person and an excellent host. Whereas already many tips are available in the appartment, Jan will also point out extra tips when you ask for them. The location is very close to Trasimeno and Chiusi lake, the latter you can even see from the terrace and pool. Location also easily allows visiting Perugia, Assisi, Siena, Montepulciano, Arrezo, Florence, ... A lovely vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were a lovely family come back soon
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Ideal setting

  • 5 of 5

On arrival we were mildly surprised that the pictures we had received did not really do the property justice!

The property was well laid out and very spacious. There was a large lounge/dining kitchen which opened out to a patio and pool area and wonderful views. At the front was a lay garden and a driveway for cars.

The two double bedrooms were quite large and had plenty of storage. Mosquito nets were provided as were insect repellents as this is the Italian countryside where such things are probably essential, although we were quite fortunate in that respect.

The bathroom, too, was larger than expected and all facilities on the property worked as they should.

The property was very clean, light, airy and tastefully decorated. We had a welcome pack of food and drink in the fridge, which was an extremely thoughtful idea as we did not need to find any shops for the first day. This was a fantastic thought as it meant you could enjoy your holiday at the start, rather than worry about breakfast and dinner!

We saw Jan, the owner, most every day as she would often be seen tending to her chickens and small kitchen garden-cum small holding. She is a very personable and approachable lady who will always find time for a chat or offer answers to any questions we had. We even had some of her eggs which were delicious!

She had also provided dozens of leaflets/pamphlets and books relating to the local area and attractions and we even discussed a few with her. Her local knowledge was excellent and her advice spot on!

The location was quite rural, so a car is essential, but within 10 or 20 miles are beautiful villages and areas of outstanding beauty and interest. If you want to venture a little further, the town of Orvietto is a must see. So many restaurants - The Pellicano is a must - and the food is authentic and seasonal and the service is generally very good.

If you want to see the real Italy, this is the area, and you would be hard pressed to find a better location and a better property and host. I would have no hesitation in recommending Casa Julian to anyone I met, and will most probably visit there again some time in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a comprehensive review of my property - it is always helpful to see how clients perceive the apartments and I hope to see them again soon
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homely and quiet,great views.

  • 3 of 5

Comfortable accommodation fine for holiday let. Owner helpful and friendly but not intrusive.area not over touristy.Lakes a short drive away with lots of beautiful scenery.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
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Amazing Holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely welcome from Jan and her very friendly dogs on arrival. There were three adults staying in the apartment Limone and found it spacious, clean and with all the facilities needed to make it a lovely stay (the welcome pack was a bonus). The terrace was excellent with the sun from late morning on wards. Amazing views of the surrounding countryside and Lake Chiusi from the villa which has a much needed pool for cooling off. Jan was a wonderful host, very friendly and available when needed to give some great recommendations for places to eat and visit which proved perfect for us, especially the Festival in Citta della Pieve which would not have been on our itinerary otherwise. All in all this is a well priced and flexible base for exploring places like Montepulciano, Assissi, Orvieto and Cortona. A big thank you to Jan for her kindness and helping to make our holiday in Umbria a memorable one. Not forgetting Zen the most adorable ginger kitten you could ever wish to meet.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you for being such great guests -come back soon - I now have a baby dove saved from Zen which lives on the front terrace upstairs- not easy with four cats!
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Great accomodation in the heart of Umbria

  • 4 of 5

Accommodation exactly as described in the heart of glorious Umbrian countryside. Within easy reach of Lake Trasimeno and those wonderful Umbrian/Tuscan hill towns. The property owner/hostess lives in the property and is very helpful and friendly, with lots of tips on how to make the most of the holiday. Would definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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Gastvrije ontvangst, prachtige locatie, heerlijke vakantie

  • 5 of 5

Jan is een warme persoonlijkheid en een excellente gastvrouw. Er zijn veel tips en informatie beschikbaar in het appartment, Jan geeft je desgevraagd nog extra tips. De locatie is dichtbij het Trasimeno en het Chiusi meer, het laatste kun je zelfs zien vanaf het terras en het zwembad. Appartement is erg netjes, prima sanitair, groot eigen terras (grenst aan zwembad). Locatie is ook zeer geschikt voor bezoeken aan Perugia, Assisi, Siena, Montepulciano, Arrezo, Florence, ... Een heerlijke vakantie!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Owner's Response: dank u voor grote gasten , komt spoedig terug
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Location

Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Perugia
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Gioiella
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Castiglione del Lago
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Lambourgini Golf course, Panicarola
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Chiusi or Castiglione del Lago
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Autostrada da Sole (A1)
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Pozzuolo
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Castiglione del Lago
Car: necessary

Situated on the Tuscany/ Umbria 'border' our two delightful 2 bed apartments (72 & 65 m2 ) with private balconies, are to be found on the ground floor of our white stone villa. Hillside location with enchanting country views overlooking olive groves, vineyards and fields of sunflowers to lake Chiusi glistening in the distance. To the front there are views over vineyards and countryside towards Montepulciano and Cortona. We offer a relaxing holiday which appeals to families, couples and small groups alike.

Attractive garden divided into three areas - formal Italian style garden to the front, beautiful pool and adjacent pergola for al fresco dining & sun lounging area overlooking countryside; open area with children's swings, slide and a see-saw.

Nearby is lake Trasimeno (4th largest lake in Italy ) with its safe shallow bathing & man made sandy beaches all with cafes, children's play areas, volleyball & table tennis. Sun loungers, umbrellas & pedalos are available for hire. Sailing & wind surfing also available. Make Ferry trips to two of the islands - trace St Francis' steps around Isola Maggiore, admire the ladies making lace and relax in the cafe's & restaurants. Learn about the Lake environment & explore Isola Polvese. Enjoy the bird Sanctuaries near Castiglione, Magione & Lake Montepulciano.

Interested in art, history, religion? This area abounds with Roman, Etruscan and Medieval hilltop towns. Visit many of St. Francis of Assisi's resting places. Local attractions include Vineyards and Frantoia's (olive press), Museums and art exhibitions, Thermal Baths.

More sporty pursuits are also catered for - there are wonderful hiking, & biking trails, golf, fishing, windsurfing, riding, tennis. Music- Enjoy a drink or dine alfresco to the sound of local musicians. Trasimeno Blues, Gospel and Jazz festivals, classical concerts, popular outdoor music in summer months. Markets - Colourful local markets abound, selling fresh produce, clothes, shoes and household goods. Food and Wine - great low cost restaurants serving Umbrian cuisine and wonderful pizzas. Stop for a cappuccino or ice cream at a lakeside cafe. Buy Pecorino (sheep's milk cheese) from farms around nearby Pienza, olive oil from the local Frantoia or ourselves (subject to availability). Sample great wine from our local vineyards, the Cantina at Castiglione or buy 'Vino Nobile' from vineyards around Montepulciano and Montalcino.

Ideal base for touring fabulous central Italy, we are within easy reach of Tuscan treasures such as Siena, Montepulciano and Pienza by car. Likewise we are only a comfortable drive away from Assisi, Perugia, Spoletto & Gubbio. Rome & Florence are reasonable train rides away and are also reachable by car if you prefer. The Mediterranean & Adriatic coasts are more or less equidistant , slightly further afield

Seasonal activities - April to Oct. - local Festas and medieval tournaments, join in village Harvest celebrations. Good food, music, dancing, you will be made very welcome. Christmas and New Year - magical nativity scenes and re-enactments, Gubbio's largest Christmas tree in the world, villages decked in fairy lights and 6 January good children get a visit from Bifana a good Witch. Feb - Carnival time and Saint Valentines. March/April - Easter with village re-enactments of the Passion and traditional dishes following the Lentern fast; Kite & light aircraft shows.Oct/ Nov. - join us in harvesting our Olives and taking them to Frantoia where you can bring back your 'earnings' - a bottle of our oil.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Castiglione del Lago, Trasimeno area

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
late Summer
4 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
5 night minimum stay
£353
for 5 nights
£494
 
 
Autumn
1 Oct 2016 - 11 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
£174
for 3 nights
£407
 
 
Winter
12 Nov 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£137
for 3 nights
£320
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £43
Refundable Damage Deposit £130
Stay tax €1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.

for Spring/Autumn/ Winter if central heating is used there is an additional charge based on cubic meterage. However logs for the open fires/wood burning stove are free

Owner'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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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Castiglione del Lago in Umbria

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Floor Area:
  • 72 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , the cot can also be put in this bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , double sprung sofa bed in living room
  • Double bedroom is fitted with wardrobe and bedside tables, full length mirror and 2 chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:

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