About this listing
Large two bedroom ground floor apartment located within beautiful 16 Century Umbrian property. The apartment opens onto large well established gardens with views across neighbouring fields and olive groves. A great base to explore Umbria.
Sant’Antonio is a magnificent, 16th century historic home that was originally one wing of an Augustinian monastery. Situated in rolling hills and surrounded by vineyards, fields and olive groves it is only 20 minutes from the Umbrian capital, Perugia and overlooks the Region’s most prestigious Renaissance Villa, La Villa del Cardinale. It has been our home for more than 25 years. The location is fantastic - halfway between Rome and Florence, close to many of the iconic Umbrian and Tuscan hill towns such as Spoleto, Assisi, Spello, Todi, Corciano, Cortona etc and just 15 minutes from one of Italy’s biggest lakes, Lake Trasimeno, with its beautiful villages and islands. Festivals, galleries, museums, archaeological sites, shopping, great restaurants and adventure are all within easy reach - while peace, comfort and tranquility await at home!
Sant’Antonio has been carefully restored and maintained and retains many of its original features. We live on the top two floors and the spacious, independent ground-floor apartment is for our guests. The main garden is large and shady with lots of fruit trees and there is also a courtyard garden -plus barbecue - reserved exclusively for the apartment. There is a small library in the apartment and lots of local information, restaurant recommendations and suggestions for places to explore and things to do. It is all very child friendly and we do have lots of ideas for things to do with children.
The house is also a great base for golfers. A course designed by Robert Trent Jones 11 around the magnificent medieval castle of Antognolla is only 7km away. Check out their website (website hidden)
The apartment is spacious, comfortable and beautifully furnished. It consists of a large living room, a small sitting room, a kitchen/dining room, a double room (queen bed), and a twin bedroom. There are also two bunks in the main living room and a small french divan that can double as a bed for a small child - plus there’s a cot and highchair. The bathroom has a bath and a separate shower. A double sided fireplace opens onto both the dining room and sitting room.
The walls are very thick so the apartment stays cool in summer. It has central heating and guests are requested to pay on departure for the gas consumption if the heating has been used. The only additional charge is for the final cleaning - 80 Euros.
Olive oil, wine and free-range eggs are available from the neighbouring farm and great pecorino and sheep ricotta from the Sardinian shepherd up the road (directions in the apartment!). The olive press at the end of our road welcomes visitors to taste the new oil and watch the production process. Many local vineyards offer wine tasting. The butcher in nearby Capo Cavallo is famous for his sausages and people come from far and wide for the Umbrian cheese bread ( torta di formaggio) made by the baker in Mantignana, one of our local villages.
A home cooked Italian meal? Silvia, our friend and neighbour across the road can oblige and she will also give cooking lessons in the apartment! Plus she speaks English! Like to explore the Umbrian hills on horseback – and check out an Etruscan tomb en route? Call Veronica for a trail ride or a lesson. She is great with kids and and speaks English, French and German – as well as Italian! Silvia also runs a community workshop in Perugia making beautiful leather goods – bags, albums, lamps, diaries, photo frames etc – and she will organise a class for anyone wanting to try their hand at working with leather. Her website is (website hidden)
The University for Foreigners in Perugia offers courses in Italian language, culture and history throughout the year.
A vehicle is necessary to take advantage of everything Umbria has to offer and we can recommend an agency if required.
The Perugia airport is San Francesco d’Assisi - about 40 minutes from the house.
We may not always be in residence but we will always make sure that you are well looked after and everything possible is done to ensure your time in Umbria is fun, enriching and memorable.
Carolyn's house is juste gorgeous. Everything was: the place, the house, the people/neighbours and the regional cooking I've always loved so much since I was a child. It is always a pleasure to come back and Carolyn's house was the perfect place to be and enjoy the stay.
The big, traditional country-side house was perfectly tieded up and clean, there is the exact place for 6 people, and all a 6 people family needs. Moreover Carolyn is a great host who is able to manage it all from Australia!! Call it "effectiveness" ;-)
The place is quiet, the landscapes are simply wonderful (peace and beauty everywhere) and Carolyn left us loads of useful advices in a book she prepared during the years.
Carolyn simply rescued my family and myself from what it was going to be a disastrous holiday -blame it the absolutely painful and totally unprofessional actitude of another user of this website (situated in Palazzetta)- so I thank her and I would enjoy to come back to her house in the future.
Trust Carolyn and enjoy "the" perfect stay in Umbria :)
What a wonderful, dream home! We had a fabulous few days here with our family. It really was a perfect stay. The garden was amazing - and became our refuge at sunset. What a great way to spend the evening, with the BBQ lit and a few glasses of local wine. The house is beautifully and tastefully decorated - with an authentic Tuscan feel. It's well equipped - we especially found the washing machine useful (having three boys with us on the trip). After a few days in Florence, this was a welcome break away from busy city life. It was a peaceful and relaxing escape (but it was also good to have WIFI access). The recommendation on where to pick up the local bread was much appreciated. We had a lovely time and often made day trips to Lake Trasimeno and the wonderful island of Polvese - about 20 minutes drive away - to swim. Thank you so much for making our holiday in Tuscany so memorable.