Villa in Umbertide, Umbria, Italy - Never Fails To Delight
Dr Tom Henry
- English, French, Italian
About Dr Tom Henry
My specialism, as an Art historian, is in the Renaissance artists of central Italy, such as Raphael and Signorelli, and I was first drawn to this part of Umbria when doing research for my publications and museum exhibitions about their works. My wife is a barrister and a passionate cook and gardener. We have three children who have been holidaying in Italy since they were tiny. We share a love for the art, landscape and lifestyle of Umbria and hope our guests will enjoy discovering its many pleasures and will end up as smitten as we are.
Dr Tom Henry purchased this Villa in 2003
Why Dr Tom Henry chose Umbertide
We have been coming to this area since 1988. It offers a marvellous combination of unspoilt landscapes, a rich cultural life (ranging from Renaissance masterpieces to modern film or music festivals) and excellent, family friendly restaurants. After many years of searching, we finally found the perfect property here, with a fabulous view, and since then we've been pouring our energies into making it what we've dubbed an "Umbrian Eden". Umbria very much retains its own distinctive local character and, unlike some parts of Tuscany, it could not be accused of having turned into a "Chiantishire", yet at the same time it is very welcoming of visitors. Everything you need is available a short drive away in Umbertide but all you hear when you open your window here is birdsong.
What makes this Villa unique
Il Casale and Casa dell'Ortolano (IT970) stand, each in their own private gardens, in the midst of 30 acres of our fruit trees and olive groves. As from 2017, our guests also now have 24/7 access to the extensive landscaped display gardens of our new specialist iris nursery, located a short walk down the hillside from the houses. The two houses are entirely private from one another but can be rented together for larger groups. Hire as a party venue is also possible at additional cost. The land has been farmed organically for over 20 years and offers an abundance of wildflowers and butterflies. There is a vegetable plot and herb garden from which you can gather fresh produce. There is a good network of walks through the surrounding hills and at night the stars will astound you. You are welcome to borrow bikes (we have a range of sizes).
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Special interest holidays:
Renaissance art tours led by an expert in Central Italian painting, pottery courses, and cookery courses can all be arranged at certain times of year.
Umbria could hardly be further from the Italian coast (approx 2 hrs to the Adriatic coast), but there are beaches and watersports on Lake Trasimeno (35 mins by car).
Our nearest airports are: Perugia (45 mins by car; Ryanair from Stansted), Florence (hour and a half; Meridiana from Gatwick), Ancona & Rimini (both 2 hours; Ryanair from Stansted), Pisa (2 ½ hours; Ryanair from Stansted, Easyjet from Luton, BA and Alitalia from Heathrow and Gatwick), Rome (3 hours; Ryanair from Stansted and Luton, Easyjet from Luton, BA and Alitalia from Heathrow and Gatwick, and other connections from the US and elsewhere). A car is necessary at Casa Nova. See website for map.
Nearest shop Spedalicchio (4 mins by car). A good range of restaurants, pizzerias, gelaterias are within 10 mins drive. See website for further details about shopping and eating out. Nearest towns: Trestina (10 mins by car), Umbertide (12 mins by car), Citta di Castello (25 mins by car), Cortona (35 mins by car). Nearest cities: Perugia (35 mins by car), Siena (75 mins by car), Florence (95 mins by car). See website for map and further details about places of interest.
For additional photos of the house, a ground plan and a great deal more information on the house and on what to do and see in the area, please visit our website (link below).