|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
NO INCREASES,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, SAME PRICES AS LAST YEAR
The villa is on the Umbrian Tuscan border near the beautiful Lago Trasimeno. Available for Spring, Summer and Autumn holiday rentals. Family friendly. Situated in the Valley of the Fireflies, the farmhouse/villa is the owners own home, extremely comfortable and in immaculate condition restored to country house standard. GROUND FLOOR: spacious dining room, modern kitchen, washroom (lavanderia), breakfast area on spacious terrace, supper area under the pergola.
FIRST FLOOR: very large reception room (salotto), leading to terrace, master bedroom with bathroom en suite, double bedroom, twin bedroom (can be double), shower room. OUTSIDE: beyond the pergola with steps leading down from the lawn is the 12m x 6m swimming pool (beautifully lit in the evenings), with breathtaking views over the olive groves to the ancient Etruscan towns of Chiusi and Montepulciano on the horizon.
The gardens have many eating/drinking/musing areas.
All 'mod cons' in the kitchen: washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, central heating, water softener, silent ceiling fans, with 5 speed regulators in all bedrooms and reception.TV, DVD player, lead to iPod, CD collection and WIFI connection.
A beautiful location near Lake Trasimeno.
Situated in the Valley of the Fireflies, the farmhouse is the owner's own home. In 1995, Peter Hobday, wrote a book called, 'In the Valley of the Fireflies' about his wife Victoria's experiences of restoring the villa and their discovery of Umbria's saintly and sinful past. You can buy the book from Amazon or www.abebooks.com
In the spring and early summer the fireflies come out at dusk creating a magical sight - a myriad host of living lanterns.
Our villa is for those seeking a private alternative to an hotel. It is a very comfortable, beautifully restored 'home from home'. It is actually our home, we use it a lot ourselves and we believe we are situated in the most culturally enriching and stunningly beautiful area of Italy.
WINEING AND DINING AL FRESCO. Directly from the kitchen is a dining table on the terrace with a large sun umbrella for a shady breakfast and lunch. Further along the terrace under the pergola is a table for evening suppers. One can sit on the lawn with an evening cocktail watching the most beautiful ever changing sunsets.
The village is 6 minutes down the hill,,,,,,,,, we're amongst pretty hill top towns and great local restaurants. Easy distance to Florence, Rome, San Gimigniano, Siena, Spoleto and Assisi. The lake is 20 minutes away down the valley and Citta' della Pieve is a local colorful hill top town with an excellent Saturday morning market and a small but beautifully restored theatre.
Surrounding areas: The FOUR AIRPORTS we are are near: ROME, PISA, FLORENCE and PERUGIA.
There is car hire at each airport and also one in Chiusi itself at Avis.
Easy car ride to all the cultural towns in middle Italy.
PLUS take a bus or train to Florence, Rome, Montepulciano, etc. The bus station is beside the train station in Chiusi.
Leisure activities: Swimming in the private pool 12 by 6 meters.
Walking in and around the pretty hill topped towns and along the lake side.
There are two bicycle hire places in or around Casiiglione. One with web site, www.ciclivalentini.it. The other with email, firstname.lastname@example.org
TENNIS,,,,,,,,,,, one club in Chiusi (10 minutes) away, and one in Cetona.
Go to the MALL, the famous fashion OUTLET just below Florence. About 1 hr 15 mins by car from the house to the MALL..
Take a ferry ride to visit the three islands on Lago Trasimeno.
Nearly 29 years ago Peter Hobday who was helping to present the Today programme on Radio 4, London, came across an article about properties for sale in Italy, amazing bargains the article said! So Peter rang his wife Victoria and in no time they were ringing estate agents searching for the 'Italian dream'.
They found it, Casa del Lauro. It was a complete ruin set upon a wheat sown hillside surrounded by olive trees. They restored it, and through the years created an architecturally designed garden. There were many ups and downs with trees being moved on a regular basis from one spot to another! Now that Peter has more time they try to be there on and off for about three months of the year. It is their home in Italy.
Victoria and Peter purchased this villa in 1988
Architecturally it is in the classic Italian farmhouse style, long and low with pale tiles on the roof. They could not have got nearer to the Italian dream house. It is situated in the cultural heart of Italy, within a drive from the fascinating Renaissance towns of Florence, Sienna, San Gimigniano, Gubbio and many more,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and on the door step of the beautiful lake Trasimeno, and the castellated lake side town of Castiglione del Lago.
Casa del Lauro is now a fabulous farmhouse/villa, thoughtfully designed to combine contemporary facilities with country house elegance. It is kept in perfect decorative condition and the spacious garden with endless lawns is well maintained by Silvio the gardener, with the 33 cypress trees pruned every two years. It is set among gentle rolling hills, with 360 degree views of pretty little Umbrian and Tuscan hill top towns such as Montepulciano, Citta' della Pieve and the old Etruscan town of Chuisi.
This is one of the most delightful properties we have experienced in all our travels. The house is beautifully restored and furnished, with every room offering breathtaking views over the farmhouse’s olive grove, rolling fields and hilltop villages nearby.
The grounds and landscaping, surrounding Casa del Lauro, are immaculate and you will find it difficult to leave the beautiful pool overlooking the Umbria hills.
The location is ideal with so many intriguing and charming old villages to explore, as well as the larger city centers such as Rome, Florence and Assisi, which are only a short train or car ride away.
During your stay be sure to read the book written by the owner “In the Valley of Fireflies". It will enrich your experience as you read about the adventures and the labor of love that went into making Casa del Lauro the beautiful place it is today.
Casa del Laura is the most beautiful holiday home we have ever stayed at. Every thing you read in the other reviews is absolutely true. It is an immaculately and lovingly restored Umbrian farm house situated in breath taking scenery. Very secluded but easy to access and ideally located for exploring Umbria/Tuscany - if you can drag yourself away from the house/pool/gardens!
The attention to detail is in every respect impressive and if, for example, you enjoy eating apricots and figs straight off the tree, this is the place for you.
But the biggest compliment I can make about Casa del Laura is that we have just returned from our fourth stay and are already looking forward to coming back next year. It has become a home from home for us.
Of course it's all been said by the previous reviewers so it's difficult to think of any further accolades! From morning til late, we spent much of our time out on the terrace, breakfasting, reading, dining in the evening. In fact I don't recollect eating a meal indoors. And why would you want to when the evening views out over the valley at sunset were sublime. That became Campari time. And later, when darkness fell, fireflies flitted through the garden. Magic. We quickly settled into a routine. Breakfast at Casa del Lauro then off out in the car to explore. Lunch in Citta della Pieve, or Montepulciano, or Sienna, or Firenze, but always back by late afternoon to read and prepare dinner. A perfect holiday.
Review for Casa del Lauro.
This review comes with a serious warning! Do not tell your friends about Casa del Laura. Why? Because they will all want to go there and you will find it booked out when next you decide to go back. I sat in the garden listening for noise but couldn’t hear any. If you are looking for peace and tranquillity Casa del Lauro ticks all the boxes. This is no holiday villa or cottage. This is Peter & Victoria’s lovely Umbrian retreat with its homely atmosphere, its personal touch and its library of books that tell one so much about the family who own it. If you read nothing else from the shelves that line the sitting room, “The Valley of the Fireflies” is compulsory reading with its account of how Casa del Lauro came in to being. For us and I feel sure for many who are privileged to stay there, this is quite simply “home from home”.
A beautifully situated farm house set in the Umbrian hills, surrounded by olive trees, with stunning views and by night lit by the glow of the fireflies. By day, sit in the shade on the lawn reading a book, take a cooling swim in the pool , lunch alfresco, eat fresh olives, salads and delicious smoked meats from the village, not a mile and a half in the valley below and in the evening one is spoilt for choice as to which hilltop town restaurant to visit.
The local area for 30 miles and more around is rich in gardens, hilltop towns, castles, churches, frescoes and antiquity and when at the end of the day you return foot sore and tired, Casa del Lauro welcomes you home like a spring of fresh water. Finally, don’t go there if you don’t like the sound of the nightingales singing their lullaby as you turn out the light and drift in to dreamland. Casa del Lauro is a prelude to heaven as we know it. It is not just a holiday destination but more a love affair with everything Umbrian. We seldom revisit holiday destinations but this is one we shall keep going back to and have done three times so far.
We cannot recommend Casa Lauro highly enough – our holiday there this summer was fabulous. Nestling in the Umbrian countryside, with the most stunning views in all directions, it is a haven of peace and quiet and farmhouse luxury.
We all agreed that waking each day, opening the shutters and then having breakfast on the terrace, overlooking the beautifully manicured gardens, with olive groves and the glorious pool, was a complete delight. It was a perfect place to plan our days
Casa Lauro is ideally situated to enjoy the nearby beautiful, historic hill top or lake side towns. The large towns and major cities of the region, Florence, Perugia, Sienna, Arezzo and Orvieto are easy to reach by car and train. ,
The farmhouse is wonderfully comfortable and spacious and we could hardly believe we had access to such an extensive and cosmopolitan library. It is only 5 minutes drive to the nearest supermarket which makes last minute decisions about eating very easy!
The large pool was warm and we could swim whilst enjoying the most fabulous views and in the evening, sitting next to it, enjoy phenomenal sunsets. We dined outside every night in soft perfumed warmth that only Italian summer nights can deliver.
We just loved it…..thank you!
From beginning to end, everything went smoothly. Victoria provided us with ample information and the villa was incredible. Inside, a spotless interior with comfortable beds, cozy decor and a kitchen that provided us with all that we needed. Outside, was perfect. The pool and its beautiful surrounds - the olive grove, the endless views of rolling hills and the lawns - was where we all spent the bulk of our time. We loved it and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to friends and family and we're definitely planning a return visit. Citta del Pieve, Montepulciano, Lago Trasimeno are just a few of the spots nearby to take advantage of. Loved it.
We are right in the midst of the cultural centre of Italy. Florence, Siena, Gubbio, Spoleto, Rome and Assisi are all within easy driving distance. Also a fantastic train and bus service from Chiusi. You can get a fast train to Rome, one hour and twenty minutes; and Florence, where it is very difficult to park in the city, under two hours.
Arezzo is well worth exploring. Principally the lengthy restoration work on, the Legend of the Cross, the famous cycle of frescoes by Piero della Francesca in the church of San Francesco, has at last been completed. Also the Antique Market of Arezzo, is held the first week-end of every month on Saturday and Sunday. Serenella, a colourful eating-house in Citta' della Pieve, a fascinating hilltop town 20 mins away. Good Umbrian cooking, even the local priest eats there. Plus many other interesting Attractions. Fashion Bargains are to be had at The Mall, in the village of Leccio, it is 1hr and 15 mins away by car. It is a collection of designer outlets selling surplus and out of season stock.
Other Activities: Various games: i.e. Scrabble, cards, Backgammon.
Golf: The nearest Golf Course is in Panicarola , about 5 miles away. It's a 9 holes golf course. The larger 18 hole golf course is nearer Perugia, about an hour away. We have been there and it looks very good.
Please enquire further when asking about availability.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£300|
When making a booking, there will be a booking fee of £300.00. We will ask for the rent two months in advance. Upon payment of the rent the booking fee originally held reverts to being the deposit, to be held against any damage of breakages that may occur during your term of occupancy.
We would like to assure you that we will not withhold any part of the deposit until we have your agreement.