Authentic Enchanting country home

Apartment - Entire home/apt · casa del grano 259 La Mita Niccone, Umbertide, Umbria 06019, Italy
Ms. C.L.H

This is my home, this is a special place in central Italy that offers genuine Italian country living; a quiet rural setting: simple, comfortable, authentic, including very special kitty love. Come enjoy all it has to offer while I am away working.

Your host, Ms. C.L.H
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This is my home, this is a special place in central Italy that offers genuine Italian country living; a quiet rural setting: simple, comfortable, authentic, including very special kitty love. Come enjoy all it has to offer while I am away working.

The Space

This is my home, a special place for special people...Tuscan/Umbrian country living, the old way; quiet surroundings, rolling hills, country walks, old stone houses, villages, good trattorias.. My place is in an authentic old stone colonica structure, which was originally a grainery. Plain old fashioned healthy living the way it was.
What this is not: Please do not expect the fairytale painted in Under the Tuscan Sun. This is not a place for picky people, who do not love the country style of living or who do not love cats. This is most likely not for people on their first trip to Italy. You will let yourself in (unless otherwise arranged). I do have someone to call on if you need help, but they are not "paid house managers". I am away during the time that my home is available to rent.
WHAT THIS IS: A very original very homey, unique place for the right kind of people who are open minded original thinkers, love nature and are not afraid of nature. Welcome to REAL country living in Italy, where I have been for many many years, resident in Italy for over 35. (Always in the country).
My place reflects my artistic nature, love of beauty and nature, and my travels to different places. My life experience includes very varied careers and living in 4 countries. If you want a very original experience for your stay in Italy, please come and enjoy my unique environment. If you are still "with"me, read on.....
In the beautiful countryside on the Tuscan-Umbrian border near the towns of Mercatale di Cortona and Umbertide, my home is very welcoming and includes the company of one very special kitty named Missy. Anyone who wants to come and stay here must be an animal enthusiast and must contact me first to be sure that we are clear on living here with Missy. This is a wonderful retreat for artists, writers, nature loving people and people who love to take country walks or mountain biking - right from your front door. It is a place for...different people.
My home is available while I am abroad working. Months available this year: May,June,July, August,September.
Internet IS available using a WIFI key-dongle and prepaid card. The cost is 20 EUR/MONTH
WINTERTIME: Very special low rent from mid December to Mid February. (for the right kind of cat loving people, not much more than covering my costs)
HEATING COST IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RATES BETWEEN DECEMBER AND MAY. Arrangements must be agreed upon before you book; I heat with both wood and gas, you must know how to use a wood burning stove, or be prepared to pay for the gas heating which is higher in cost. Average, 7 euro/day.The gas is metered, wood consumption will be calculated upon your departure.
Please contact me to discuss all the possibilities.
Do you have questions? Please contact me!

Guest Access

A great way of living! My home has a washing machine, bath with 3/4 tub, one bedroom, a WONDERFUL KITTY for great company; I have one locked room where I keep all my STUFF! The immediate area in front of the house is my garden; I have an old stone wall enclosed patio with table. On the other side of the house is another apartment -rarely in use, more than likely you will be here on your own.

Interaction with Guests

I am not present during your stay. A neighbor friend is available for assistance and emergencies. Missy is here to keep you company, and will give you all you can handle if you want!

The Neighborhood

pure nature, rural life, relaxation, solitude, walks in the woods or fields, foraging; wild flowers. Real life.

Getting around

afraid not. Town is about 1.3 hour's walk. A bicycle is available. (or possibly 2)

Other Things to Note

The woods and fields are full of life, chirping frogs and singing birds, the abundance of nature is all around you. I live as much outside as inside, if not more...all year long! I will occasionally accept a rental for a long weekend, write and ask.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 10 nights
Weekly Price: $379 /week
Monthly Price: $1361 /month
Security Deposit: $140
Cleaning Fee: $70
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
  • Everything was very nice. Highly recommended if you like unplugging yourself, going away from the city and enjoying a few days in the hills of Tuscany.
    You'll need a car to go around and do some sightseeing, but it is totally worth it.

    May 2014
  • Staying aboard Tricia during my stay in Leros was relaxing and comfortable. She's a lovely boat with lots of charm. Her proximity to the marina meant easy access to a spacious shower, laundry facilities and great coffee at the Skipper's Bar.

    My hosts, Christy and Michael, made me feel welcome. Periodically, they stopped by the boat to see how I was getting on and they were keen to make sure all was okay. Being very independent themselves, their hosting style is unfussy--perfect for people who just want to do their own thing.

    August 2013
  • I was not able to stay here in the end and despite the listed strict cancellation policy, Christy was very understanding. She seemed like a very sweet, understanding individual. Overall she made the whole process painless and easy.

    Thank you Christy!

    July 2013
  • We had a very enjoyable stay on Tricia, relaxed and laid-back, all sun-specked shade and serenity amidst the bustle. Tricia is a charming old boat which no longer leaves the marina but still sports abundant sailing paraphernalia and bears an unmistakable imprint of the owners' personalities. Our hosts gave us a very warm welcome (gracious!), introduced us to the island (helpful!) and offered us a glimpse into their lives (fascinating!).

    Perfect if you're looking for simple pleasures and a home-away-from-home experience.

    June 2013
  • My husband and I had a very comfortable stay at Mara's. The room was big, clean, and comfortable. The location for us was good. It was quiet and away from town, but still only a 10 minute drive to Montevarchi to get things from the grocery store or to a restaurant. It is a half and hour beautiful and very winding drive to the center of Chianti, and 45 minutes to an hour from the Florence airport.

    Mara was very helpful with all of our questions. The only thing we had trouble with was communication about our arrival time, so make sure you make sure to contact her directly before coming (unlike we did). And her friend Christi was also very helpful with helping us plan our stay.

    August 2010
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