Santa Caterina sits high on a hill behind tall cypresses and umbrella pines with breathtaking views in every direction. Gently rolling hills and farmlands on one side and rugged mountains with a 12th century castle perched on top, on another. Seven miles from the village of Umbertide, it is centrally located among the medieval towns of Perugia, Gubbio and Assisi.
The Villa was built in the early 18th century and restored by our family in 1996. Every effort was made to retain its original character, using old, authentic materials wherever possible. The large property which is fenced and gated, consists of a main house and two self contained cottages. The interior is spacious and bright and decorated in a typical Umbrian/Tuscan style with wood beam ceilings, terra-cotta floors and many antique furnishings and oriental rugs.
The main house sleeps 6, in 2 double bedded rooms with ensuite bathrooms upstairs, and one twin- bedded room with a bathroom downstairs. Also downstairs, there is a large, fully equipped kitchen, with a patio for alfresco dining, dining room which seats 10 comfortably, and a large living room with an open fireplace. In addition, between the upstairs bedrooms there is a cozy sitting room with a small library of books, a TV and a large selection of movies.
There are several patios throughout the property, each comfortably furnished and each offering a different panoramic view.
Shi's cottage is self contained with a small kitchen, dining area, living room and a private patio overlooking the pool and beyond, and a romantic lofted bedroom.
The infinity swimming pool is located between the main house and the two cottages. with a panoramic view to the mountains and the valley dotted with farmhouses, olive groves and vineyards. It is surrounded by a beautiful garden full of rose bushes, lavender, and a variety of native, home grown herbs.
Even thought many would like nothing better than to laze around the pool or take a nap in the hammock or maybe read a book curled up on a lounge under a canopy of grapes, or create dishes in the wonderful kitchen, fact remains , that Santa Caterina is within short driving distance to many interesting, historic towns. Deruta, famous for its beautiful ceramics, Gubbio a genuine medieval town where Franco Zeffirelli filmed his Romero and Juliette, Assisi with its magnificent basilica dedicated to Saint Francis, not to forget the lively university town of Perugia or the many quaint and charming wine producing villages in both Umbria and Toscana.
We cater to families with children, groups of friends wanting to share an Italian lifestyle or honeymooners looking for a bit of heaven on earth. We can organize yoga retreats, cooking classes or sightseeing tours with our very own custodians who live on the property. So whether you are after romance, or history and adventure, or simply want to relax in a true Italian atmosphere, Santa Caterina is the place for you.