Two bedroom wooden chalet in tree-lined meadow on secluded Umbrian hill farm. Wood-burning stove, barbecue, oak & chestnut forest, pastures, vineyard, olive groves, small lake. A paradise for walking, cycling. relaxing & visiting local hill towns.
The chalet, with south facing views over Tuscan hills, has two bedrooms, a kitchen/living room heated by a wood-burning stove, a shower room and an outdoor barbecue. It stands on a beautiful, terraced, meadow surrounded by oak and hazelnut trees in 60 acres (24 ha.) of mainly oak forest shared with one other house. The estate includes an overgrown vineyard and olive groves, chestnut forest, pastures with wild herbs and flowers and a small lake (20x30 m.)
You may access as much of the surrounding pastures, oak and chestnut forests, overgrown olive groves and vineyard as you care to walk or cycle to. You may use the lake at your own risk but children may only visit the lake under adult supervision. The ruin next to the house is off-limits.
Interaction with Guests
I will meet you on arrival and give a quick tour of the chalet, I live nearby and am available to answer any questions, book local restaurants, etc. In winter I can deliver more wood as needed, by arrangement.
Carpina is a little piece of paradise. Deer, boar, owl, hare and porcupine can sometimes be seen around dawn and dusk. Cherries, plums, figs, grapes, porcini mushrooms, walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts are all available in season.
April and May are glorious with the chalet surrounded by yellow meadow flowers and juniper bushes while spring and early summer evenings can be pretty special, with fireflies, owls, and the frog chorus from the lake.
Autumn and winter mornings often find Carpina bathed in bright sunshine with the tops of the nearby mountains appearing as islands in the sea of mist shrouding the surrounding valleys.
I love the sound of owls hooting back and forth across the valley in the evenings, and the occasional glimpses of deer, fox, hare, porcupine, and wild boar around the chalet or nearby.
The local restaurant (4 km) is open all week in summer, Thursday through Sunday in winter. The nearest small town is Trestina (12km) for supermarkets, bakeries, local shops, cafes and restaurants.
The chalet is 5km from the E45 (SS 3bis) to Perugia, Rome and Florence, 25km from Città di Castello and Umbertide, 45 mins from Cortona and under an hour from Lago Trasimeno, Arezzo and Perugia.
If arriving by public transport, lifts can be arranged to and from Trestina (10km) for local transport links and trains to Rome and San Sepulcro, to Arezzo for trains to and from the north-west, or to nearby airports, as well as to local towns on market days.
Other Things to Note
In case of moderate to heavy snow, all non-4x4s should park by the road above the entrance to the track. If you ring ahead I will meet you there and help transport luggage.
Please do not smoke inside the chalet (acres of space outside!).
Do please use the strainer on the sink to stop all food waste, especially tea leaves and coffee grounds from going into the drains.
Carpina has a biological septic tank: Please use only biological cleaning materials. Biological washing-up liquid, laundry detergent and fabric conditioner, can be purchased from the main house at Carpina, if needed. Please flush only body waste down the toilet. Everything else goes in the bin provided.
Please don't clamber up or down the bank directly in front of the chalet as it destroys the retaining dry-stone wall.
Do enjoy your stay at Carpina!
Steve's Chalet is a good place for people who want to experience a private and quiet place to stay in Umbria.
The place is located in the middle of a forest with no one (except Steve) in 2 KM radius.
Beautiful forest retreat, nicely equipped for a couple or a small family.
Beautiful walks and sites around.
Steve makes you very welcome and is very helpful in whatever is needed.
In the summer there is a natural pond in which swimming is possible.
We spent 9 days at the Chalet in January where we had an amazing time in the beautiful surroundings of the area. When you open the front door you have the most breathtaking view over the mountains. It's the perfect spot to drink your morning coffee! The Chalet had everything we needed for a relaxing vacation, and Steve was always very helpful when we needed insider tips for good local restaurants and sightseeing in the area. We can highly recommend the Chalet and wish to come back soon.
Amazing place, amazing host. The online description is honest but you have to live in first person this fantastic experience "into the wild"....actually not so wild because Steve will be your tutor, your gps, your restaurant advisor, you travel guide, your rescuer (we got stuck on the frozen road just a few meters from the chalet)and a friend to talk to.....always respecting your privacy as good english gentleman. The wonderful surroundings do the rest. These kind of holidays are suitable for people who like hiking and nature or simply spend few romantic days far from the city chaos. Me and my girlfriend surely will return in this small piece of paradise. Thank you Steve! Andrea&Annarita....Adria, Nanà, Pixie, Yuma.
We had a fantastic time in Steve's chalet! The place was amazing, the chalet was very clean and equipped with anything you need, perfect to escape from city's madness. Stevie was very helpful and friendly, helped us with everything and we had a great time talking and cutting woods. We highly recommend a stay here for at least 3 days! Thank for everything Steve, and we will be back... I'm serious! haha
Hey Steve, your chalet is a magical place in a beautiful and not at all day to day surrounding ( not for me at at least). I had a quiet time which was just what I needed, and what is described in airbnb page is most accurate , waking up every morning in this beautiful forest , walking around a little and seeing that deer and the wild roses , the birds the lavender some mushroom ,meeting hunters on the path, I can go on and on, please people if you see this post , do not think twice, take it! Ah and not to forget the fireplace the perfect t.v. in nature if you ever need one , Steve thank you for your hospitality hope you are good , and send my love to little cat
Fantastic stay! Steve is such a pleasure. The cabin is lovely and clean. Hope to return!
Thank you Steve! It was wonderful to talk and walk with you. My friends and I enjoyed the peaceful time in the mountain very much. And little Yao missed you already.
English teacher and caretaker sharing next door farmhouse with seven assorted cats while trying to keep the land in check and retame semi-feral vinyard and olive groves. Normally friendly if approached, occasionally useful as a source of fresh baked bread, home-made yoghurt, fruit (plums, cherries, figs), funghi, hazelnuts, walnuts and chestnuts in season, etc, and as a provider of lifts to transport links and local towns.
Has previously lived in China, Japan, Spain, Germany, England, Scotland and west Wales.
Likes include nature, birdsong and life in the hills.
Disklikes include streetlights, except in cities.