House in Ferretto, Castiglione del Lago, Lake Trasimeno, Umbria, Italy - Secluded & Totally Private Location In The Midst Of Mature Oak Woodland & Vineyards Near The Lake
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An awesome setting in the midst of wine country. Beautiful, well supplied house. Great hospitality!
Beautiful place. Great hospitality.! Quiet in the midst of wine country. Amazing!
We are glad you enjoyed your short stay. Thank you for the kind words you left in our guestbook!
We arrived tired and stressed; we left relaxed and wishing we could spend the rest of the summer at Podere Marella. Lovely house, fantastic pool and pool house, delicious wines, great area. Highly recommended.
Thank you Margaret, we are so happy you enjoyed your stay at Podere Marella, and our wines!
Thank you for being such considerate guests : )
Une maison ancestrale tout simplement magnifique, d'une propreté impeccable et avec toutes les commodités "modernes", un décor de toute beauté, un accueil plus que chaleureux, un personnel disponible toujours prêt à faire de qu'il faut pour nous rendre la vie agréable, un livre d'accueil complet et débordant de suggestions (ballades, resto, excursions, etc.), une piscine invitante, plusieurs coins de détente... Bref, si vous cherchez un coin de paradis et que vous appréciez le bon vin, c'est ce que vous trouverez à Podere Marella... J'y suis allée avec des amis la première fois en septembre 2017 et nous y retournons cette année avec bonheurs.
Chère Anne-Marie, un grand merci pour ces mots si gentils. On est très contents que vous ayez passé des beaux moments à Podere Marella et que vous aimiez nos vins. Comme vous le savez, vous pourrez bientot les gouter chez vous, puisque dans quelques mois ils seront disponibles au Québec : ).
On sera ravi de vous revoir l'été prochain!
Beautiful and Charming Estate
This is my second stay at Podere Marella! It is a beautiful place which combines the old charm of Italian countryside and modern comfort and convenience. The setting is very peaceful and private. It is very well appointed and has amazing staff who are both very friendly and helpful yet never in the way. There are a number of gathering spaces, inside and outside. The pool and pool area are great for hanging out and entertaining. When I stayed there the first time, I loved it so much that I re-booked it and brought my family along for a two week stay. We were 10 of us with plenty of space for all. They are now asking me when will we be going again :)
The Estate is also in a great location at the borders of Tuscany and Umbria with short drives to so many beautiful towns like Cortona, Assisi, San Gimignano, Sienna, and so many others. I cannot say enough good things about this place. And an extra bonus, their organic wines, they are great tasting.
A very special place
Podere Marella is a captivating place. Utterly relaxing - but you also feel an energy that I think comes from it being a working organic vineyard. We were two families: four adults and three children aged 9-11. It was perfect for us. We played tennis everyday and we all loved the pool and pool house area. The children in particular spent all their time swimming, and as it was very hot when we were there it was excellent to have the shaded seating and a place to get a cool drink, or make lunch. We loved exploring the area but were always torn to leave the house and gardens. The property manager and the extended team at Podere Marella made us feel very welcome. We were particularly interested in the wine, and that association was one of the things that attracted us to this as a pace for our holiday. Drinking it, of course (!) but also learning about the process, exploring the vineyard and understanding the history and the family's commitment to the organic and biodynamic cause. I think it is partly this sense of history and a family story that gives Podere Marella such a unique quality. The house is extremely well equipped, clean and efficiently set up and run. It's a gorgeous part of Italy and easy to get to lots of great places. We did eat out a couple of times, including in Castiglione, by the the lake (places recommended in the very comprehensive house guide book). As you can probably tell, we are very keen to return some time! Thank you to everyone for a super holiday.
It is great to know that on top of enjoying your time at Podere Marella, you enjoyed our wines - and visiting the vineyards and the winery!
I believe you are right - what makes the place quite special is also the history that is behind it. My mother in law was one of the first producers in Italy to go organic, and we are proud to continue her tradition of pursuing ever improving quality and promoting the wines of this little known area of Italy.
Hopefully we shall soon start producing a little oil too, and maybe lentils and spelt from our crop fields, so next time you come to see us we shall have something new for you to taste...
Thank you for your very kind review!
The most relaxing holiday ever!
We recently spent two splendid weeks at Podere Marella. We were a party of 10. Five of the group were aged between 19 and 22. There is plenty of room for everyone to find their space whether that be on the tennis court, by the pool or quietly in the shade. We chose to cook in each evening which was great fun.We certainly tried all the wines from the winery and became very fond of the Marella. The house has been beautifully restored and the service from beginning to end was wonderful. I would have no problem in recommending this property and have every intention of returning.
Thank you for your very kind words!
We too have children in the same age group, and never stop marvelling at how they and their friends long to spend time at Podere Marella, at all times of the year and for any length of time.
We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your time there, and certainly look forward to welcoming you again!
Special interest holidays:
Wine tasting on the estate.
Cookery and tennis courses can be organised on request.
Bio-dynamic cranio sacral balancing and anti stress and relaxation massages by a qualified professional can also be arranged.
The nearest sandy beach on the Trasimeno lake is 6 km away, while more extensive water sport facilities can be found in Castiglione del Lago and other villages nearby.
Even the sea is not too far, as both the Tirrenean and the Adriatic shores can be reached in approximately 2 hours.
Use of car is indispensable. Car hire at all airports and opposite Chiusi railway station.
The nearest highway exit is 5 km away.
Terontola railway station is 6 km away, with direct connections to Rome, Florence, Arezzo and Perugia.
The nearest airports are
Perugia Sant' Egidio (53km)
Florence (125 km)
Forlì (164 km)
Ancona International Airport (165 km)
Pisa (192 km)
Bologna (217 km)
Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino (232 and 214 km respectively)
The nearest shop for food staples and a very good olive oil producer are 4 km away in the hamlet of Petrignano, while more extensive facilities (supermarkets, post office, banks, police station, etc.) can be found in Terontola (5 km), Castiglione (10km) and Cortona (15km).
There are many excellent restaurants and trattorias in the area, the nearest one being only 1.5 km from the house. During the summer the local villages offer quite a lively night-life, with live music and village fairs.
The area offers an incredible array of the most diverse activities, the most prominent ones being winery tours and sightseeing, with a large number of top wineries and beautiful ancient villages and masterpieces of Italian art - Etruscan to Renaissance - nearby. Among them Castiglione del Lago (10km), Cortona (15km), Montepulciano (23km), Chiusi (24kms), Panicale (26km), Pienza (36km), Cetona (39km), Arezzo (44km), Perugia (47km), Assisi (65km), Siena (68kms), Orvieto (78km), Gubbio (80km), Todi (85km), Spoleto (105km), and of course Florence (120km) and Rome (200km). Most of them are easily reached thanks to the free highway that runs 5 km from the property and which cuts across Tuscany and Umbria. The spa resorts of Chianciano Terme (30 km), Bagno Vignoni (42 km), Rapolano Terme (42 km), Bagni San Filippo (50 km) and San Casciano dei Bagni (52kms) offer an alternative for a spacial day out.
As for shopping, on top of many top wineries and oil mills, the area is rich in local artefacts, especially hand painted pottery and textiles. Umbria and Tuscany are also the home of many top names of Italian fashion, who run their factory stores locally (among them Prada, Gattinoni, Brunello Cucinelli...). A large Outlet Village selling all categories of goods from top brands is right next to the Valdichiana motorway exit (20 km on the free highway).
All sorts of sports can be practiced locally, from sailing and water skiing to cycling and horseback riding.
Excellent cooking classes are also available. Please enquire on the specific activities you may be interested in and we shall be happy to provide further information.