Private pool/shared, included in rate, a few minutes walk down the lane…...
Dish-washer, washing machine, fully fitted kitchen with hob, oven, fridge-freezer etc. WiFi.
SLEEPS 12 PERSONS (can sleep up to 15 persons, if there are several children who can sleep dormitory style - 50 euros/person extra in excess of 12 persons)
Full-time access to 120 sq mt pool, a few minutes walk down the lane - large fabulous 15C stone cottage divided into 2 self-contained, semi-detached halves, each with its own private entrance + staircase – smart/mountain location with stunningly beautiful views.
In total, there are :
6 double/triple bedrooms (4 on the upper floor and 2 on the ground floor),
4 shower rooms (2 on the upper floor - 1 on each side of the house, and, 2 on the ground floor, 1 on each side of the house),
1 fully fitted kitchen + 3 kitchenettes : 2 kitchenettes attached to each of the 2 bedrooms on either side of the upper house, 1 kitchenette in the sitting room, which seats 12, on the ground floor, plus a fully fitted galley kitchen,directly off the dining room, which seats 12, on the ground floor. Note that the photos show small tables, but, for larger parties, we extend the tables,
1 sitting room - seats 12,
We regularly "refresh" our properties and Vista Del Mondo has just been freshly painted. At this point, we often replace furniture. Currently, we are awaiting the delivery of the new sitting room furniture. Hence, there are no photos of it. But, the sitting room is an identical space to the dining room and both have galley kitchens. However, the kitchen attached to the sitting room is only set up for snacks and drinks, whereas the kitchen attached to the dining room is fully equipped to service a group of up to 15 persons. And, the sitting room has lounge furniture, to seat 10 persons.
Both the sitting room and the dining room have a fire-place - wood is included in the rate.
In the summer evenings, our guests often make "camp fires" at the front of the house !
Very tranquil environment
7 miles from central Spoleto, above Bazzano, on the side of Spoleto towards Assisi, so, an excellent location for sight-seeing.
Detached ex hermitage - rate includes 12 persons..
LOCATION : Valico Dei Pellegrini - 7 miles from central Spoleto/car necessary.
Flexible arrival and departure dates.
Vista Del Mondo: Country House consists of 2 self-contained sides, each with an upper floor and a lower floor (each side of house has own staircase joining the upper floor to the lower floor). THE VILLA IS ONLY EVER RENTED AS A WHOLE.
One of the villas's most impressive features is the spectacular location, with sweeping views on either side of its ridge, plus acres of private land. Huge fenced private garden, exclusively for your use.
Just a few minutes down the lane, is our Villa Marianna, where there is Wifi, free of charge, as well as the large pool.
Each side of the house has its own main entrance lobby, opening onto the front gardens. And, each side has its own private stair-case that runs between the upper and the lower floor. This works particularly well for larger groups with children because the children can be safely put to bed on the upper floors, while the parents can continue to “party” downstairs.
Except for 1 of the bedrooms that has curved stone walls and French windows, both sides of the villa are very similar in terms of their interiors and decor and, have beautiful, polished beamed ceilings throughout, fabulously paved floors, immaculately restored, stone walls and large windows to embrace the stunning scenery all around.
On one side of the villa is the kitchen/diner - seats 12, with a fully fitted galley kitchen.
On the other side of the villa is a sitting/dining room - seats 12. Here there is a kitchenette, equipped or light snacks only. Each of the 2 upper floors has a kitchenette, equipped for light snacks only.
A resting place of St Francis…
Vista Del Mondo was originally a hermitage, where it is believed St Francis stayed on his regular pilgrimages between Assisi and Rieti. Centuries later, it was a ruin ! Now, it is an immaculately restored, large, stone cottage, attention having been paid to the tiniest of details. Antique cupboards and doors, riddled with worm-holes, have been carefully and lovingly preserved, restored and polished, the ancient cupboards having been “bastardised” with old glass panes – absolute works of Art. And, absolutely, no worms!
The original old doors seem to hang drunkenly from their frames. At the same time, everything is in perfect working order. You will be amazed at the standards that the excellent crafts men have achieved with these apartments, skills gained after years and years of restoring, churches, monasteries and honed to perfection.
Just 2 minutes walk down the lane, at Villa Marianna, our large private pool (120 sq mts) is available for your use at any time, free of charge, from May to Sept:
FREE CAR PARKING
Private car-parking in the grounds, next to the villa....
All mod cons, where it matters….
The only concession to modernity with respect to the furniture are the kitchens – all streamlined and fitted with hobs, ovens, microwaves, washing machines and fridges.
Further, the Umbrian kitchen tends to centre around the fire-place. However, non-Italians do not tend to use the fire for cooking anymore! Nonetheless, should the urge to cook on the fire take you, you can use either of the 2 beautifully restored stone fire-places, which are on the ground floor!
Vista Del Mondo marks the highest point of St Francis's journey from Rieti to Assisi..
The grounds open directly onto the common area of the private mountain, offering miles and miles of stunning walks. And, what better place to start with than La Forca, which passes the side of the house and is the oldest pilgrim track in Umbria, ending in one direction in Rieti and in the other in Assisi.
Indeed, Vista Del Mondo, an ex hermitage, marks one of the most ancient religious sites in Umbria. A plaque, erected to signify this spot and tell a little of its history, was presented by the Mayor of Spoleto and, at the same time, a holy stone, placed at the spot, was blessed by the Bishop of Spoleto in a commemoration ceremony in October, 2008, attended also by the Mayor of Spoleto, all the dignitaries, the Press….and us.
Spectacular location !
The soft breezes, the rustle of trees and bird-song make up the music of this mountain top retreat.
On top of its own private mountain, above the clouds, immersed in deep blue skies, mountains above and below, rolling pastures all around and the most stunning walks that go on for ever and ever?
It is for this reason that film-makers flock here for inspiration. However, Vista Del Mondo differs from most other rental properties in similar locations insofar as it sits atop its own private mountain, at the end of a good road. So, no struggling on stony roads strewn with boulders, in constant fear of a punctured tyre and insufficient lingo to summon the local mechanic for help, should the worst occur!
For those with mobility problems, the immediate terrain around Vista Del Mondo, and the pool at Villa Marianna, is flat. However, venture further afield and the terrain is rugged.
In search of a spiritual experience?
Staying in Vista Del Mondo is to stay in a magical, mystical place, absolutely teeming with memories and stories of love and devotion to God. Whether or not you are a believer, you cannot fail to be moved by the atmosphere of this most wondrous of places that is, seemingly, on top of the world.
Surrounded by the most spectacular of landscapes, steeped in history, you will follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims, who have trodden these paths since time began as they journeyed from 1 holy city to the next, stopping to pray at every shrine along the way.
At at the gate-way of Vista Del Mondo, marked by a huge, holy stone, is the famous point of Valico dei Pellegrini ie the highest point that St Francis and the pilgrims reached on their journey between Assisi and Rieti. This “St Francis” trail is 70 miles long and is the most ancient religious trail in Umbria. Indeed, there are many, many marked pilgrim tracks that lead for miles, criss-crossing each other over the mountains that seem to go on forever. Fantastic, if you enjoy rambling or hiking!
Easy access to all the Umbrian “hot spots”…
Vista Del Mondo is above a small village called Bazzano Superiore, one of the most sought after villages to live in outside of Spoleto. Although Vista Del Mondo is higher than Bazzano Superiore, it is quicker to get everywhere from Vista Del Mondo, simply because of the good road that comes to the gateway of the long drive that leads to your front door.
Furthermore, this same road leads directly to all the Umbrian “hot-spots”. You could be driving on the Valnerina within 20 minutes, from where you can easily go to Norcia and the Gran Piano or to the Adriatic, passing a myriad of hill-top towns on the way. Or, in the opposite direction, you could be in central Spoleto in 20 minutes. Rome is a mere 1 hour and 20 minutes by train from Spoleto. Further, it is a mere hop, skip and a jump to Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, Spello, Gubbio, Todi, Trevi, Montefalco and Bevagna.
Whichever way you choose to go, Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, Trevi, Foligno…. are all well within a 45 minutes drive. And, the territory that you pass through is mind-blowingly beautiful. After all, the Umbrian countryside is what dreams are made of.
20 minutes drive from Spoleto historic centre, on a good road that winds its way up through the most heavenly scenery, leaving the tiny fairy-tale city sprawled below, fringed by mountains and a scattering of olive groves and arrive at a private retreat, large, detached, in its own private grounds, Vista Del Mondo:Country House !