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Dream country cottage with lake views in Umbria near Orvieto

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Baschi - Casa Menicaglie

Sleeps five in three bedrooms, one with separate entrance and bathroom.

Traditional small stone-build cottage lovingly reconstructed with modern conveniences and situated on a hillside amid vineyards and olive groves. From the ample terrace you look down on the lake and up to the classic medieval village of Civitella del Lago and enjoy spectacular sunsets when the sun glints off the famous golden cathedral in Orvieto (20 minutes drive). Not a full-time rental property, the cottage is the owners' own home surrounded by a large garden with fruit trees (fig, peach, apricot, cherry) and a producing olive grove. Wi fi in all rooms, DVDs, central heating and separate guest suite. The perfect romantic hideaway, the cottage also makes a great base for a family holiday, perfectly positioned for day trips to Perugia, Assisi, Siena, Todi and many more and with local activities from horse-riding and lakeside center to wineries and hidden restaurants of superb quality and modest prices. Tenants have use of nearby hotel swimming pool (10 minutes drive).

15 minutes drive from the cottage, our nearest town Orvieto not only has all the facilities of a mid-sized city but is an unspoilt medieval town with an Etruscan heritage and one of Italy's two greatest Gothic cathedrals, home to Luca Signorelli's extraordinary frescoed visions of hell and resurrection.

45 minutes drive north of us is Perugia with its international university (and Ryanair airport!). Next door to Perugia, the white stone monastery-city of Assisi nestles in the hills.

Todi, chosen by Amex as the world's best town to live in, is 20 minutes away and stuffed with antique shops and boutiques. There is a major monthly antique market at Arezzo (50 minutes) as well as Piero della Francesca's masterwork The True Cross.

All around our cottage gentle rolling hills turn purple in the smoky summer sunsets and verdant vineyards and olive groves earn Umbria its nickname as 'Italy's green heart' . This is the landscape immortalized by the great Umbrian painter Perugino and unchanged in centuries.

Spoleto, Lake Bolsena (with lakeside restaurants) and the amazing 'disappearing town' of (Civita di) Bagnioreggio, are all easy day trips, as are Rome and Florence.

Deruta, a entire town devoted to pottery production, is half way to Perugia.

Wineries and olive oil mills dot the locality and are open to the public for tastings. We have neighbors who spend all their time working their way around the numerous terrific local restaurants, many not listed in any guidebook (but we have them all detailed for you, along with other local insider's information, in the House Book you'll find waiting for you in the cottage).

More Details
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Carolyn Lyons
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Italian
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
7 July, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for your informal approach to our rental. We enjoyed very much our time there and we felt very much at home, made good use of the cookery books and we made a great figs in red wine. We hope to be back some day perhaps for a longer period of time.
Jun 2013
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Car: necessary

Situated half way between Rome and Florence, outside Orvieto with its famous 'gold' cathedral, our small stone cottage sits on a stunning hillside between the hilltop village of Civitella del Lago (5 minutes drive or 15 minutes walk) and overlooking a lake made from the River Tiber. Sip wines from the local producers while sitting on the terrace and enjoying spectacular sunsets. This is secret Italy's unspoiled 'green heart', ideally located for visiting historic Etruscan and art centers like Orvieto, Perugia, Arezzo, Assisi and day trips to Rome/Florence. Local activities include horse riding, walks, lakeside centre and use of hotel pool (10 minutes drive). Porto Ercole/Santo Stefano beaches are only an hour away. Civitella del Lago has a bakery and a grocery store, bars, butcher, pharmacy, doctor, garage, post office and pizza. Plus numerous fiestas in the summer months (there is even a village band!).


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Prices for this holiday cottage in Baschi, Orvieto area

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Minimum seven nights but I can be flexible on start days - it doesn't have to be a Saturday if my cottage is free.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Baschi in Umbria

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The main bathroom in the cottage was completely redesigned and refurbished in winter 2012 with a new shower with thermostatic control, new tiling etc.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , separate suite bed can be double or two singles
  • The third bedroom has its own entrance and its own full bathroom, and functions as a suite that can be enjoyed separately from the rest of the cottage- ideal for teenagers! Or for two couples holidaying together who can enjoy separate accomodation in the same cottage. There is a large double bed in the main bedroom and a single in the second bedroom. The bed in the separate suite (above) can be configured as a double or two singles (or just one single) as preferred. Although we ask that the overall tenancy be limited to five people, the sofa in the living room converts to a double sofa bed enabling tenants to put up occasional visitors/guests.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Rates include cleaning before and after booking period. In case of bookings of more than 7 days the rate includes once a week cleaning in general house cleaning and change of bed linen. Personal laundry, dishwashing etc is the tenants' own responsibility. Tenants have use of a large hotel swimming pool approx. 10 minutes drive from the cottage. There is also a superb pool owned by the village (Civitella del lago, 5 minutes drive) and open to the public during July/August for a small daily charge. Please note the cottage is not suitable for very young children- the property is on several levels with unprotected internal stairs. For the same reason it cannot be made wheelchair accessible. On the other hand, the cottage is suitable for elderly people with reasonable fitness/agility but probably not for the infirm. Owners are happy to discuss the details of individual circumstances.

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