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Stunning farmhouse with heated Pool and extensive views over Umbria and Tuscany

Bedrooms 6
Separate WCs2
Space 4,111 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Farmhouse nr Perugia - beautiful location, house and pool with stunning views of the Tuscan hills

Our classic Italian far is built in a traditional style with high chestnut-beamed ceilings that keep the house cool even on the hottest summer’s day, beautiful stone floors and many large rooms for relaxing, eating or playing in. It has 6 bedrooms, 4 bath/shower rooms, a large sitting room, dining room, games/TV room, kitchen, larder and laundry room, however the best of all is our amazing view looking south west over the Tuscan hills around Cortona. There is also a loggia for covered dining on the terrace just off the kitchen, needed in the summer to escape the heat!

Outside we have extensive grounds, starting with our beautiful classic electric wrought iron gates and stone/brick pillars leading to our Cypress tree lined drive through our olive grove. We also have a large fenced in heated swimming pool with plenty of seating and sun loungers. There are also two sizes of children's swings for small and larger children.

Our area is known in Italy as the sunflower. This is because in almost all directions within 30-45mins we have beautiful towns to visit (Cortona, Perugia, Assis, Gubbio, Sansepolcro to name but a few), lovely hilltop villages, fantastic restaurants, and Lake Trasemino with activities in abundance and much more. Umbertide is our local town with a lovely square and castle and has a few supermarkets, wine shops and one of the best Gelateria's in Italy!

When looking for our house we wanted seclusion, classic Italian architecture, views of the countryside.....the Italian dream, and we think we have found it! We have since modernised the house with underfloor heating, modern windows and mosquito nets built in, top of the range kitchen, beautiful floors, games for all ages of children and two fridges to hold all the necessary ingredients for a good holiday!

We love our visits in spring when the hills are emerging from winter and the wild flowers are in abundance, the summer when we like to relax around the pool or read a book under an oak tree, or our autumn/winter visits when you can light our large open fire and cosy up with a book and a glass of wine having been out for a stunning walk in the hills. Something for everyone.

More Details

Property Manager
Rachel Buxton
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
31 August, 2018

About Rachel Buxton

Having visited Italy all my life and then going to university in Florence and subsequently spending time in Rome, Milan and Florence I love Italy! The people, the food and wine - everything! If you are looking for peace, culture, fun, enjoyment, good food, welcome hosts, passionate people, great wine, space, sun and time Italy is for you and we hope our house as well.

Rachel Buxton purchased this farmhouse in 2007

Why Rachel Buxton chose Umbertide

Having been looking for a farmhouse to buy for a couple of years we found our house while on holiday nearby. It was everything we wanted with fabulous views over the hills of Umbria and Tuscany, large enough to fit our friends and family in (but not get in each others way!) and with some land for my husband to work on and keep busy so that everyone else can relax around the pool.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The house is near the top of the hill which is great for catching any breeze that is around, very necessary in the summer months. We have sleepy little villages at the bottom of the hill on both sides with fantastic restaurants and Umbertide and Citta Di Castello are 20 minutes away with restaurants, shops and typical facilities. The general area is known as the Sunflower of Italy as most of the fields cultivate sunflowers and within 45 minutes you can reach Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Cortona, San Sepulcro, Arezzo, Trasimeno and Spoleto with numerous local festivals etc.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse around the Umbertide around the Province of Perugia

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4111 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Toilet 2 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Family Bathroom with bath & walk in shower on ground floor En-suite to Bedroom 3 - large walk in shower & bath En-suite to Bedroom 4 - large walk in shower En-suite to Bedroom 5 - large walk in shower Separate cloakroom on ground and first floor
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
    Bedroom 6 - This bedroom has air-conditioning for cool nights all summer
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (6 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - Double (Super King) or Twin Bedroom 2 - Double (Super King) or Twin Bedroom 3 - Double (Super King) only Bedroom 4 - Double (Super King) or Twin Bedroom 5 - Double (Super King) or Twin Bedroom 6 - Twin (with air-conditioning)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: Our house is very child friendly, with cots, high chairs and there is a selection of children's books, DVDs and board games. We have also have a large top step to the pool where the water is 20cm deep - an ideal place for tots and toddlers. The pool is private (12 x 6 metres) with heating and has a salt filtration system and is discretely fenced. Excellent provision has been made for hot weather (fans, large insect screened windows all with external shutters and covered dining) and for colder weather (underfloor heating, double glazing and a big open fireplace in the sitting room). Broadband is permanently available. The bedrooms can be flexibly configured as singles or king size doubles (three with en-suites) making the house suitable for groups of adults sharing or families. All linen our is a minimum of 200 thread Egyptian cotton. In the games room there are: Books, DVDs, CDs and a 49” flatscreen LED TV with a surround sound system, pool table and table tennis. Outside: Our pool is 12 x 6 metres and has moon shaped steps. there is a large top step in the pool where the water is 20cm deep making it an ideal place for tots and toddlers to play and be easily supervised. The pool is discretely fenced for security. Around the pool we have classic wooden loungers and also a large table and chairs under an umbrella, a great place for lunch or cards. There are various other areas to sit outside including the large terrace (under the loggia if you want to escape the sun) or under our beautiful Italian Oak tree. The house is surrounded by 5 acres of land, part of which is a lovely olive grove and it has a cypress tree lined drive. We also have two sets of swings for small toddlers and larger children. Utility Room: Microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer & ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and bath and pool towels are included. The house is cleaned weekly. Other: The house has a large Loggia attached to the kitchen for meals with extensive views over Tuscany. Unlimited broadband is available as is UK Freeview channels.


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Stunning farmhouse with heated Pool and extensive views over Umbria and Tuscany
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The perfect holiday house for a large family and little ones. We were a 3 generation party of 8 adults and three children under 3 so finding somewhere to suit us all that was safe for little ones was no mean task. As soon as I found Casa Matira I knew it was the one and after my first communication with Rachel, the owner, I knew that we would be more than happy - she reassured me at every step, answered all my queries with detailed information and made me feel that she really wanted us to be totally satisfied with our holiday week. The house itself is spacious, fabulously appointed, very well equipped, tastefully furnished and very well cared for. Everything has been thought of; from the countless toys, books, dressing up clothes and swings for the the pool table, table tennis table, BBQ, shaded seating areas, comfortable sun loungers, high spec kitchen and bathrooms and a fabulous heated pool which is fenced off with a double bolt and therefore totally safe for wandering children. The house manager Antonella is delightful and available by phone immediately to help with any questions. The day after we arrived a huge basil plant was delivered, the stair gate fitted and a bucket swing assembled for our tiny thoughtful. The new pool house is a great addition providing resting time out of the sun.

The views are spectacular, the area well served with local restaurants and shops less than 5 miles away..... a 20 min drive down a bumpy road but that is no price to pay for the secluded paradise that Casa Matira provides (we sent the men to do the food shopping whilst we ladies had some pool time!)

I cannot fault this beautiful house, we will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Alison for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed our house so much and we’d be very happy to welcome you again at Casa Matira for any future holidays. Xxx
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Beautiful location. Comfortable and thoughtful accommodations and amenities.

  • 5 of 5

We were an extended family of 10, ages 8 to 74. Everyone loved the house, the large pool, the fabulous views. We were greeted with house manager Antonella who was accommodating in every way. The house is ten minutes from paved roads, but only fifteen or twenty from good restaurants, food shops,etc. Expectations created by website and description are met and exceeded. All of our party would highly recommend Casa Matira.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a wonderful holiday and the beautiful house and views far exceeded our expectations.

  • 5 of 5

It was the perfect spot for a relaxing family holiday and the safely fenced off pool was great as we had little children with us. The accommodation was spacious, very comfortable and well equipped. Beautiful historic towns like Perugia and Assisi were within easy reach and we loved the whole area.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautifully restored farmhouse with stunning view

  • 5 of 5

A real treat of a week with my family! This property is in a very special position on the top of a hill with breathtaking views. The farmhouse has been beautifully and very tastefully restored and offers clean, spacious accommodation with extremely comfortable beds, lovely linen, plenty of bathrooms and elegant dining and lounging areas. The kitchen is a proper "cooks" kitchen with all the culinary equipment you might need and it conveniently opens out onto the terrace where we enjoyed all our meals (and cocktails!) overlooking the view. It was also brilliantly equipped for the children - inside is a great playroom/TV room with loads of DVD's & toys and there is all the usual baby stuff you could need - they had even supplied bath toys & bath seat! Outside the properly fenced large pool was heavenly - very pretty, a nice big ledge where the young ones could paddle, loads of sun loungers and no horrible chlorine!! Garden swings and games too. Locally we enjoyed some really memorable Italian food - both informal (fab family pizza/pasta places) as well as more formal but relaxed Italian dining at its best at the local Wine Bar and Agritourismo. (Antonella the house manager found us a lovely babysitter during our stay). There is also a really good "Coop" supermarket in Umbertide with impressive deli and bakery etc which was invaluable for provisions. I would highly recommend this property for either families or large adult parties.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful for a Family or Friends Holiday

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were in the house for 9 nights, two nights overlapping with members of our family and a week with a group of our own friends.

The property is beautifully equipped, was exteremely clean, and is noticeably well maintained. It is spacious and comfortable with a a swimming pool of a perfect size. We would certainly highly recommend Casa Matira to Family and Friends. Indeed all our guests were full of praise.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Italian Idyll

  • 5 of 5

Casa Matira provided me and my family the best two week vacation of our lives. How much fun to drive a few kilometers straight up a mountain and arrive to a gorgeous stone villa and the breathtaking views of Tuscany. The interior is designed and decorated with a refined eye for quality and detail -- comfortable beds, a spacious, well-appointed kitchen that opens onto a lovely covered dining area, a surfeit of big, comfortable bathrooms that would humble the finest hotel -- Casa Matira offers the perfect combination of personal and elegant. The house also has a large pool with perfect temperature salt water that's always refreshing but never too cold, and a game-room for families that includes a pool table, tv, dvd player, cd's and dvd's. The bedrooms are so comfortable and there's zero sense that the house is a rental (none of the skimping on beds and couches one can find in rental properties). But hands-down the best part of Casa Matira is it's setting in the remote hills of the peaceful countryside. This is a don't-miss property and the owners and caretaker are relaxed and extremely accommodating (wine and food upon our arrival despite specifically not requesting it). The transition back to city living was particularly painful!

-- The Burlingame Family

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
53 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Train
37 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
29 Kilometres
Lake Trasimeno
Car: necessary


Lake Trasimeno, the largest lake in the Italy, has several life guarded beaches, the best of which is at Passignano which is a 30 minute drive. Windsurfing, sailing and other water sports are also available.

It is about a 2 hour drive to either the east or the west coast of Italy.


The nearest airport is Perugia, only 45 minutes drive from the house, which is served by Ryanair from Stansted. Other airports around 2 hours drive are Forli, Rome Ciampino, Rome Fiumicino, Pisa, Florence, and Ancona. Terontola station, on the main north-south line, is a scenic 45 minute drive from the house making Rome and Florence are an easy day trip by train.

A car is essential for exploring the area.


There is a food store in the village 4km away and the nearest restaurant is a 10 min drive. The local villages with their shops and restaurants are all within a 10 minute drive. The nearest town is Umbertide (15 minutes), Perugia, the capital of Umbria, is 40 mins away.

Tourist destinations within an easy drive include: Arezzo, Assisi, Cortona, Gubbio, Montone, Sansepolcro, Spello, Spoleto, and Siena.

We have a house book provides info on shopping, dining, sightseeing and local activities.

Further Details:

Umbertide provides all everyday needs, with many excellent local restaurants - from dining in the gardens of a beautiful old manor house to cheap but delicious pizzerias, some suggestions:

Zen Zero - not far from the Co-op is part of a small parade of shops. It has an unassuming entrance, but don't be put off as it serves excellent value Antipasto, Pizzas and Pasta and has outdoor seating.

La Rocca - in the main square has fantastic fish based pasta dishes and complimentary homemade limoncello after the meal!

Montone, a beautiful local village is well worth a walk round and a visit to one of its many restaurants:

Ristorante Erbaluna - in the top square near the outdoor theatre with fabulous food and is very welcoming.

La Locanda del Capitano - from the main square in Montone walk up Via Roma for about 50 metres and it is on the left hand side. Excellent food and wine with a friendly atmosphere, definitely one for a special occasion.

There are many other suggestions in our ‘House book’.

There are many concerts and musical events in the area, often in the open air during the summer months. The tiny nearby village of Preggio hosts an opera festival in August, which is a magical experience.

At the other end of the scale, the Tuscan Sun festival in Cortona attracts international performers. There are also many food festivals celebrating local produce and regional specialities such as truffles, mushrooms, chestnuts, little deep-fried pastries - the list is endless.

For visitors interested in Italian renaissance art, master works of Piero della Francesca, Signorelli, Pintorrichio, Perugino, and Fra Angelico are within an hour's drive. Also nearby is Deruta, a ceramic centre for centuries, where visitors can watch the artist’s hand-painting the traditional designs.

Also available is: Horse riding, private yoga tuition at the house, scenic flights from Sansepolcro, cooking classes, walking and cycling tours, and wine tours.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse around the Umbertide,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 Sep 2018 - 21 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Oct 2018 - 4 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
5 Nov 2018 - 16 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
17 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
Once we’ve confirmed availability a provisional booking will be made and we’ll then email you a booking form for completion along with our terms and conditions.
In order to secure your dates you must return the booking form with a 25% deposit.

Changeover Day:
Normally Sundays with arrival after 4pm and departure before 10am.
Please contact us if you wish to discuss alternative days, we will be happy to try and accommodate you.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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