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.
Sant’Antonio is spacious, comfortable and beautifully furnished - perfect for savouring the delights of the Umbrian countryside. Surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and fields it’s quiet and peaceful even though it is in the heart of a thriving rural community. Wine, eggs and olive oil can be bought from the neighbouring farm and the olive press at the end of the road welcomes visitors in the olive picking season to taste the new oil and watch the production process.
A home cooked Italian meal? Silvia, one of our neighbours (speaks English too), can oblige and she will also give cooking lessons if required. Like to explore the Umbrian hills on horseback – and check out an Etruscan tomb en route? Call Veronica and she will take you – she also speaks English – and French! Ever tried sheep’s ricotta? The Sardinian shepherd nearby makes excellent ricotta and pecorino cheeses. Call in at his farm to see them being made and buy direct. Head for home with a few sausages from the local butcher (he makes the best in Umbria!), a bottle of the local red, a torta di formaggio (Umbrian cheese bread) from the baker in Mantignana and light the barbecue. Add a few figs picked in the garden and you have a feast!
Keen on golf? A magnificent golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones 11 is only 7 kms down the road. The course is named after and dominated by the magnificent medieval castle of Antognolla. Check out their website: (website hidden)
Our neighbour, Silvia, (of the cooking classes!), runs a community workshop in Perugia making beautiful leather goods – bags, albums, lamps, diaries, photo frames etc – and she will organize a class for anyone wanting to try their hand at working with leather. Her organisation is called Relegart and you can find it on the web.
Perugia, with it’s magnificent historic and artistic monuments, great museums, galleries, restaurants and festivals is only 20 minutes away – as is ( in the opposite direction) Italy’s fourth biggest lake, Lago Trasimeno, and the Tuscan border. Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, is only 45 minutes from the house.
It is also possible to study Italian while you are in the area. The University for Foreigners in Perugia conducts courses at all levels throughout the year.
The apartment has a small library and masses of local information, info on restaurants and suggestions for places to explore and things to do. It is very child friendly and we do have lots of ideas for things to do with kids. You will need to have a vehicle and we can recommend a car hire agency if necessary.
The apartment stays cool in summer and there’s a double-sided fireplace for roasting chestnuts and staying cosy in winter. The central heating is very efficient and guests pay on departure for what they have used (the gas consumption).
The main living room is large and there is also a small sitting room, a kitchen/dining room, a double bedroom and a twin bedroom. The bathroom has both a shower and a bath. There are also two bunk beds in the living room and a cot is available on request. Guests are welcome to explore the main garden and help themselves to fruit but they also have their own private courtyard garden with a barbecue and table etc.
Sant’Antonio is a three storey building and the top two floors are our home. But, as we live between Australia and Italy we are not always there. We will, however, always make sure that someone is on hand to welcome and assist you.
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