If you are looking for a peaceful retreat and the comforts of a real home, the Moraiolo apartment provides a perfect setting for a vacation, a sabbatical or your own art, writing and meditation hideaway.
The apartment occupies part of our original 500 years old farmhouse. In the same farmhouse but with separate access we live and rent a few, quiet, B&B rooms (see my other listing).
The farmhouse is located a short distance from Assisi, about 15 min drive. Shops, open markets and all sort of services are available in Santa Maria degli Angeli which is also a 15 min drive down the mountain. Entirely renovated in 2013 and newly equipped, the self catering accomodation offers bright rooms with breath-taking views on the Umbrian countryside, space and privacy without isolation.
In addition, ours is one of the few truly eco-friendly farms in the area. We produce electricity and hot water with solar panels and heat the house with a state-of-art, powerful wood furnace. The vacation rental has been tastefully decorated with vintage furniture which we have collected during our travels and lovingly restored.
The dining room, master bedroom, studio and one bathroom with shower are on the ground floor. A smaller bedroom with beamed ceiling and a bathroom with bath tub are upstairs in the mezzanine. All the mattresses are new and of a excellent quality. For additional comfort, the bed linen and most of the bed covers we use are made of natural materials like cotton or wool. Bedrooms have either hanging space or a chest of drawers.
If you are staying for more than a week, we will change your bed linen and towels at a time which is convenient to you.
The vacation rental is perfect for just the two of you. However there is privacy, space an comfort for another couple in the second bedroom as well as a sofa bed in the studio for children or young adults.
If you love cooking, the kitchen has excellent, brand new equipment and easy access outdoor to enjoy the long summer nights. We provide an outdoor table, chairs and sun loungers in a separate area our ample garden where you can enjoy spectacular views on our fields, olive groves and on on Assisi's Saint Francis Basilica sorrounded by rolling green hills.
Our apartment is suitable for people who love nature and peace. Although the house has been renovated in 2013 with state of art technology and thermic/sound insulation, as a choice we don't have TV or other noisy implements. There is plenty hot water and sun produced electricity but we ask guests to conserve energy for environmental reasons.
It has taken us a long time to get here. We, Letizia and Ruurd, have worked for many years as research entomologists. We have lived in several countries, including France, the Netherlands, Ruurd’s home country, and the United States. We traveled extensively before we realized that it was time to settle down to a family life. We agreed that the Umbrian countryside - where Letizia comes from - was one of the most beautiful places on earth and that was where we wanted to live.
In 1997 we bought an abandoned farmhouse, we restored it, transformed it into a countryside accommodation and we replanted a 250 trees olive grove. We also have a few hectares of grains, woods, a vegetable- and a herb-garden. Last, but not least, in 2001 we had our daughter Tea and in 2007 our dog (website hidden).
The origins of our home date back some five hundred years, with the oldest structures likely built as a watchtower or a fortified refuge for shepherds.
Our first B&B guests arrived in 2003. As experienced travelers, we have always loved to stay in small inns with a local character rather than a standard hotel. However, the enthusiasm of our guests for the beauty of our land and their appreciation of our family-style hospitality has far exceeded our expectations. We are grateful to all of them for having visited us on our magical mountain and for contributing to the enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere of our house.