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Tuscan Style Family Friendly Villa With Large Pool.

Bedrooms 3
Space 200 m²
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Country Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Large Garden and Pool.

This splendid old villa with its large pool and beautiful garden is ideal for both sight seeing and also a relaxing holiday. It is situated close to the walled towns of Cortona and, overlooking Lake Trasimeno, Castiglione del Lago. It is located centrally between Florence and Rome, and Siena and Perugia/Assisi.

The main accommodation is upstairs where the rooms are large and airy as a consequence of the incredibly high ceilings. A pleasant breeze cools the bedrooms as the house is on a slight hill. The floors are all terracotta or terrazzo tiles and keep the house cool. There is a large very well equipped kitchen/dining room upstairs as well as a sitting room. There is a high quality Clavinova piano in the sitting room.

Downstairs there is a very comfortable large garden room with three sets of French doors looking out over the garden and pool. It has wicker sofas and chairs, a dining table and chairs and a small kitchenette. There is a downstairs shower room for use after your dip in the pool.

Because we know you will want lots of cold drinks, there is a drinks cooler for your wine, beer and soft drinks as well as a large fridge/freezer. In fact everything you might need to spend a relaxing time by the pool or in the garden without having to go upstairs. Because the bathrooms have showers, we provide a baby bath, and there is also a safety gate which can be fitted to the top of the stairs. There are also 2 high chairs and 2 cots. WiFi is available not only in the house but also by the pool. There are numerous interesting outbuildings: a block of three pig styes (no longer in use as such), a huge bread oven which at one time was used by the whole village to bake their bread and pies once a week, a picturesque well, two hay barns which are now used as garages, and finally a tobacco drying tower which was erected when tobacco was still grown in this area. There is also lots of parking space.

More Details

Alan and Lydia Woolley
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Some Italian - not absolutely fluent
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
18 April, 2017

About Alan and Lydia Woolley

We are a retired couple who bought this villa when our children were teenagers. It is truly our second home, not something we bought to let. As well as renting the villa, we have all been coming here for holidays together and separately for 24 years and now we are delighted that our little grandchildren also look on it as a second home.

Alan and Lydia Woolley purchased this villa in 1992

Why Alan and Lydia Woolley chose Perugia area

We bought this villa because although it is in a rural setting there are many amenities close by. We can walk to the village and go to the bar and the little very well-stocked supermarket. Our nearest town of Castiglione del Lago is only 4km away. It has spectacular ramparts overlooking the lake and in the 16th century was said to be the strongest fortress in Europe. If we want to visit the many wonderful towns and cities close by (Cortona, Siena, Assisi, Perugia, Florence, Rome) the roads and railways make it easy. The lake is beautiful and adds another dimension to the holiday. There is sailing and kitesurfing. There are three islands in the lake which are served by frequent ferries from Castiglione del Lago. There are also several small well kept lakeside beaches where children can play with their buckets and spades and paddle safely.

If you would like a 4 course home-cooked meal delivered to your door, two village ladies will provide it with produce from their farms.

What makes this villa unique

This villa is large and airy. It has enormously high original beamed ceilings and terracotta floors. The large pool is ideal for cooling off in the summer and the shady pergola is a wonderful setting for alfresco lunches and dinners. There are many fruit trees in the garden and depending on which season you visit, you are welcome to pick cherries, apricots, plums, figs, pears and apples. There is also a small vineyard with grapes which ripen in the autumn.

If you happen to be at the house at the beginning of May, there is the unique opportunity to visit the annual kite festival (Coloriamo i Cieli) where people come from all over the world to show off their amazing kites and also hot air balloons.

In this area there are numerous restaurants and bars, many of them with views of the lake.

In July/August there is a jazz festival in local towns and also concerts in the main church in Castiglione often involving foreign choirs as well as the Scuola Cantorum whose home church this is.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at your lovely villa Palareto. We had an absolutely wonderful time, especially our young son Ben, who spent all his time in the garden and swimming pool. The villa is an absolute gem and the garden must give you (as it did us) much joy and satisfaction. I cannot express how much we enjoyed the traditional nature of the house, the loving restoration, and the locality of Piana, Castiglione del Lago and the region surrounding. We will be thoroughly recommending Palareto to all our friends both in the UK and Australia as it is an experience which should be enjoyed by all. Many thanks for making our holiday special.
May 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Piana in Castiglione del Lago

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , En-suite to Master bedroom (bedroom 1)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Upstairs next to bedroom 2
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large downstairs shower room for use after swimming
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Bed is 2 singles together, so can be a twin room if desired
    Bedroom 3 - 4 Single Bed , Can put any 2 beds together to make doubles on request
  • Master bedroom (bedroom 1) with double aspect over garden and outbuildings. En-suite shower room. Bedroom 2 has double aspect over garden and a gallery. Bedroom 3 has 4 single beds, ideal for children.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Each morning Carlo the gardener will come at about 6.00 to water the plants and feed the cats. Please do not worry if you hear him creeping round the garden. He is very shy, speaks no English and won't want to wake you up. His cousin Milva and her mother Artemesia will come and clean the house on Saturday mornings, and change the linens. If you would like it, they will also come once a day and do the washing up for you as there is no dishwasher. They are excellent cooks and will be very pleased to cook you a 4 course dinner and bring it to the house in disposable containers. The price is 30 euros a head for up to 4 people, and 25 euros a head for 5 or more. Please tell Luca if you would like a meal at any time.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

Tuscan Style Family Friendly Villa With Large Pool.
average rating of 4.5 based on 31 reviews

Truly a great experience at Villa Palareto

  • 5 of 5

Our one week stay at Villa Palareto was a dream come true and the highlight of our extensive trip through Italy. Everything about this beautiful villa was above & beyond our expectations. The property was impeccably maintained and Lydia & Alan couldn’t have been more helpful and attentive to our needs there. After everyday spent scouring the hilltop villages (Tuscany & Umbria) not so far away, it was so nice to come home to the peace and quiet of Palareto. Though we didn’t use the pool (a bit of rain), it looked most inviting and exploring the garden with all the fruits still on the vine, so enchanting. BTW, the meal that Milva brought was “outstanding”, and provided us actually two nights of dinner and then some. And, what a delightful experience it was meeting her. We never saw the owl, but the cats welcomed us home everyday. We surely will spread the word here in the U.S.-“If you’re looking for that perfect Italian countryside Villa, Palareto is the one!” We thank you again, Lydia & Alan, for helping us create the most lasting Italian memories…Rich & Janet, Charles & Nancy

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Janet, Rich, Nancy and Charles. We are delighted that you had such a great time at Palareto. You booked it so long in advance we are pleased that when you actually arrived the house, garden and pool exceeded your expectations. We always try to give guests the best holiday we can and it seems that this time we managed it, despite the indifferent weather (over which we have no control!). We do hope you will come back some time soon.
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Very rural

  • 3 of 5

This is a very established villa. The support staff are wonderfully reliable, and do their very best to make the stay as good as possible. It is perfect place to use as a base for many Tuscan and Umbrian adventures.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. As you know, we are not resident in Italy and rely on our local network of people there to ensure a pleasant holiday. We are glad that they did their best to look after you.
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Great location, stellar grounds and pool

  • 5 of 5

We explored less of the region than planned, so it was fortunate that the villa is such a pleasant place to while away the days. The garden is clearly a labour of love, the kids appreciated the enormous pool, and having the downstairs lounge/kitchen as well as lots of space upstairs works very well. Perfect location: very secluded but only half a mile to Piana's supermarket and bar, while Castiglione del Lago has several seriously good restaurants, beachside cafes, and some nice squares and shops.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Stephen for your excellent review. We are not at all surprised that you did not go out as much as you had intended. The weather was very hot indeed and the pool and garden are a great magnet. You are not the first people to relax instead of sight seeing. Perhaps this can be rectified by another visit?
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Beautiful garden and well appointed villa

  • 4 of 5

The owners are very helpful and accommodating. The beautiful villa and surrounding gardens include an excellent sized pool making the facilities perfect for relaxing all day in the sun. Whilst it is about 1 hr and half drive from Pisa airport the villa is well placed for exploring both the Umbrian and Tuscan towns.,

We would definitely consider returning here again as one week was not enough!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Palareto so much that you are considering coming again. We will welcome you whenever you decide to come back.
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A fantastic property!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Villa Palareto was fantastic. Located on the Umbrian/Tuscan borders it is conveniently positioned to explore this wonderful area but is a base you might not want to leave. The gardens and pool area are exceptional. Alan and Lydia maintain their property to the highest standard whilst maintaining its character and integrity. Although "out of the way" a 10-minute drive will find you in nearby Castiglione del Lago, with a good selection of restaurants and also Lago Trasimeno. The villa is very well-equipped and at no point were we left wanting. We will, without a doubt be returning in the near future. Don't hesitate to buy Milva's olive oil!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank Gary and Alexis so much for your wonderful review. We always try to make sure that our guests have the best holiday that we can provide. It is lovely to know that you had a great time and enjoyed the garden and pool so much. We will be delighted if you decide to come again of course.
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Beautiful, well-equipped villa in great location

  • 5 of 5

We have recently enjoyed a fantastic three weeks in Villa Palareto and would thoroughly recommend this as a wonderful location for exploring Umbria/Tuscany, but equally as a relaxing base in its own right. The villa is very well-equipped, with many thoughtful touches to ensure your relaxation. The garden and pool are scrupulously maintained during the week, and the home-cooked meal we ordered from Milva was delicious! Our children have not stopped talking about the pool! The villa is located sufficiently out of the way to enjoy some real peace and quiet, but is still a great base for visiting the many lovely places of interest nearby. We thoroughly recommend this property as an ideal holiday location. The Brady Family, August 2015.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much John, Ann and family for the lovely review. We are so pleased that you had such a good holiday, after all, that is what we are trying achieve. We are delighted that everything went well and that you managed to relax as well as sight-see even though we know the temperatures were incredibly high. We have always thought that the house is situated very conveniently for many interesting towns but also very secluded when you want some peace and quiet. Thank you for choosing our house, we hope you will be back.
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Perugia (Not Sats from UK, best to use Pisa/Rome)
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Panicale (Lamborghini)
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Castiglione del Lago
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Superstrada Siena/Perugia (74 bis)
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
C'era una volta....(Pizzeria/trattoria)
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Trasimeno Lakeside
Car: necessary

GPS Co-ordinates: 43.134070, 11.999923

The famous Tuscan walled town of Cortona is visible from the house and only 20 minutes away by car. Famously written about by Frances Mayes in Under the Tuscan Sun, Cortona is one of the Etruscan jewels of Tuscany. The house is close to Lake Trasimeno (the largest lake in the 'leg' of Italy), near to Castiglione del Lago, a fabulous picturesque medieval walled town. Easy access by train to Florence and Rome. One hour by car from Siena (famous for its palio) and Assisi (the site of the tomb of Saint Francis (the patron saint of Italy).


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Piana, Umbria

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
6 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season
24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £400
Final Cleaning £100

Any returning guests who have rented the property on a previous occasion are eligible for a 10% discount of the advertised rental.

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