8 K from the beautiful Medieval town Of Gubbio and perched 2000ft up a hill looking towards the Appenine mountains and Mt Accuto, lies Poderetto, a 17th century restored stone farmhouse. The height of the house above sea level means that the summer temperature is less fierce and the nights are pleasantly cool. The extensive, artist and architect owned and designed, conversion of the building and surrounding land has just been completed affording a very comfortable home with 12x6m swimming pool and barbecue area. The house has 4 bedrooms, 3 en suite, all having large bathtubs, showers, bidets, toilets and 2 wash hand basins; The master bedroom also, as well as a bath, has a separate shower and basin.There is a large well equipped eat -in kitchen with gas CH. and hob, electric oven, fridge freezer, washer/drier and dishwasher. On the first floor is a large double height sitting room with two contemporary sofas, TV and video and traditional open fireplace. All the rooms are spacious.
Gubbio: This ancient Umbrian stronghold and renowned ceramics center is like the last outpost of civilization before the wilderness of the high Apennines. The central piazza cantilevers over the lower town like a huge terrace. The square is bounded on one end by a mighty palace, all sharp stone lines and squared-off battlements. Inside is a cluttered archaeological museum and the same echoey medieval atmosphere that pervades the entire town. Gubbio is unique among hill towns -- an antique center unto itself, to which surprisingly few visitors venture.
Nearby is Monte Cucco Natural Park:
This is a predominantly mountainous park, featuring at the higher altitudes, beechwoods and pasture land, with rocky cliffs and picturesque gorges. Monte Cucco (1566 metres above sea level) is known also for one of the most important karstic cave systems in Italy, partly open to visits. It is ideal for sports, such as: canyoning, trekking by horse, bike and by foot, paragliding and caving.
Short drives away are the beautiful frescoes by Giotto in Assisi,The magnificent Piero della Francescas in Arezzo, Monterchi and San Sepolcro. The hill towns of Perugia, the city of infinite views according to Henry James, Spello, Orvieto, Todi, Montefalco Spoleto and Urbino the birthplace of Raphael. These are just a few of the the easy excursions you can make, if you can drag yourself away from the house and the swimming pool!
We had a truly wonderful 10 days in your house. The kids loved it, we
enjoyed the pool, the outdoor cooking and the beautiful nature and views.
Gubbio was delightful and we have had a few great trips to Monte Cucco,
Assisi, the coast and more.
Great food in the region, we could have stayed much longer!
The house was spacious and the outdoor area was great.
it was all worth our stay and we have sweet memories of the holiday. We'd
love to return some day.
We got exactly what we wanted from our holiday - peace, tranquility and beautiful surroundings.The property was exactly as described, with a good range of equipment and a generous stock of kitchen consumables for use. Colin was extremely helpful and accommodating without being at all intrusive. The area is stunning - Gubbio itself is among the most beautiful towns in Italy, and in the other direction, you are only a couple of miles from the stunning National Park. Within easy reach are the gems of Urbino to the north and Assisi to the south - both within an hour's journey.
We had a wonderful holiday thank you, and would recommend the property to anyone looking for peace, privacy and a true Umbrian experience.
One small word of caution - the wifi, unsurprisingly in the middle of rural Italy, isn't very good. This didn't impact on our enjoyment but it was poorer than we expected and families travelling with teenagers who can't bear to be separated from social media should just be aware that this is the case.
.Nous avons fait un très beau voyage et une splendide découverte de la région des"Marches", on a beaucoup apprécié votre maison: son calme , la vue éblouissante sur les montagnes, la nature , les longues marches dans le parc du mont Cucco; les visites culturelles à Milan,Luca,Gubbio,Pesaro .On s'est intéressé par nos lectures et la vue des tableaux accrochés à vos murs à vos œuvres, félicitations pour tout ce travail de patience pour les nombreux collages
We had a wonderful stay in this home. It is beautiful inside and outside. One can see that it was all designed with love and attention to detail. There is ample privacy for all within the house as well. The kitchen is also very well stocked so you do not need to worry about the small details. The outside pool and view are fabulous and you could spend your entire holiday there. Tamae and Colin are superb local hosts to answer any questions or concerns. We have rented many homes around the world over the years and this one rates very high.
Wunderbares Haus. Hervorragend ausgestattet und gut gepflegt. Bestens vor Ort betreut. Perfekter Ort für entspannte Ferientage. Wie Urlaub bei Freunden.
The Poderetto property is a unique blend of a comfortable, modern and stylish interior, housed in a postcard-perfect centuries old farm house surrounded by ample grounds and a pool. Its location is, at once, remote (set in a valley of working farms and wooded hills), while not being too distant from Gubbio, Perugia and other cultural/architectural gems. Our two week stay consisted of morning hikes in the various nearby mountain nature reserves, lunching in Gubbio (with Bosone Gardens as the favorite) and spending afternoons around the pool. As other guests have discovered, the restaurant at the bottom of the hill makes excellent and affordable pizzas. Local manager Colin and his charming wife could not have been more helpful. An ideal spot for a 'family and friends' vacation!
We spent almost two fantastic weeks in Villa Poderetto. Wonderful house and the surroundings where breathtaking. It was the perfect place for us (four adults and two children), with a superb pool and close to some of the most interesting cities and sites of the region. The house was a true match to its description, perfectly situated in the heart of Umbria.
The house was spacious, , with plenty of rooms to get some privacy
The bedrooms were large and had attached shower / toilet. Nice spacious kitchen.
Jack was extremely helpfull, he quickly replied to all the questions. Colin, the house caretaker is a English gentleman who gave us information and helped us during our stay.
An example of how we spent a wonderful day at and around Villa Poderetto.
Breakfast and lunch at the pool with stunning views. The pictures don´t really describe how beautiful it is, and the environment is very qiuet
A trip to Fano with swimming in the sea and then eat dinner at one of many excellent fish restaurants
...or a trip to Arezzo with wonderful frescoes of Piero della Francesca, inside San Francesco Church
...or a trip to Asissi if you want to see the amazing frescoes by Giotto
All this can be reached with less than one hour's drive.
Cable car Funivia is a must!
Restaurant Picchio Verde – one of our favorites. The food is amazing, the staff exceptionally friendly and the atmosphere varm and welcomig.
Restaurant Ulisse e Letizia - another favorite, nice, friendly and of very high class
A gnocchi formaggio, which one could die for.
Even the restaurant below the hill is well worth a visit, where many of the local people go to eat, which is very nice
Pam Supermarket, only 10 minutes drive.
The house was a true gem and the location was perfect. We can highly recommend Villa Poderetto for those looking for peace and quiet, yet close to a lot of attractions.
Thanks Jack and Colin, for a very nice accommodating
Family Nilsson, Lindman and Andersson, Sweden
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As well as ‘the most beautiful Medieval town in Europe’ Gubbio, with it’s bars and restaurants and shops selling the traditional local crafts of pottery and ironwork and the very colourful Corse dei Ceri which takes place every year on the 15th May, there are many of Italy’s historic towns, churches and sites of artistic interest within short drives. It is 25mls from Perugia, 35 miles from the birthplace of Raphael, Urbino, 100 miles from Rome (2 ½ h by car ) 18 miles to Assisi, and many other important sites, such as Arezzo, Monterchi and San Sepulchro with their wonderful Piero dela Francesco paintings. There is an abundance of animal and bird life to be seen around the house, with eagles and buzzards soaring overhead and in the Spring and early summer, a family of falcons nesting above the front door. The coast at Fano is a short drive away(about 45 min.) with many delightful beaches nearby.
There are daily flights to Ancona 50 min and Perugiia, 30 min drive away.