Forest chalet retreat nature peace

Chalet - Entire home/apt · Pino Voc. Carpina, Citta di Castello, Umbria 06018 Petrelle (PG), Italy
Steve

Wooden chalet in idyllic, secluded, hill farm location. 2 bedrooms, kitchen/living room, wood-burning stove, shower room/toilet, outdoor barbecue. 64 acres of pasture, small lake, oak and chestnut forest, vineyard, olive groves.
Walking, cycling.

Your host, Steve
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Wooden chalet in idyllic, secluded, hill farm location. 2 bedrooms, kitchen/living room, wood-burning stove, shower room/toilet, outdoor barbecue. 64 acres of pasture, small lake, oak and chestnut forest, vineyard, olive groves.
Walking, cycling.

The Space

Wooden chalet on idyllic, secluded, hill farm with south facing views over Tuscan hills. Two bedrooms, kitchen/living room heated by wood-burning stove, shower room/toilet and outdoor barbecue. Contains all that you will need for your stay including towels and bedding. Stands on a grassy meadow in 64 acres (24 ha.) of mainly oak forest shared with one other house. Estate includes a small (30m x 35m) lake, overgrown vineyard and olive groves, chestnut forest, pastures with wild herbs and flowers, etc.

22km from Città di Castello and Umbertide, less than an hour from Arrezo and Perugia, Carpina is perfect for walking, relaxing and getting away from it all breaks or as a base for mountain biking or visiting the towns of the Upper Tiber valley. Occasional glimpses of wild animals including boar, deer, owl, hare, porcupine and owls are possible around dawn and dusk. Cherries, plums, figs, grapes, mushrooms, walnuts, hazelnuts, and chestnuts are all to hand, in season. There is mobile phone coverage and wifi but no television reception, although a small television and a collection of DVDs are available.

Spring and summer evenings can be pretty special, with fireflies, owls, and the frog chorus from the lake. April and May are glorious with the chalet surrounded by yellow meadow flowers and juniper bushes amongst trees in a million shades of green while Autumn mornings often find Carpina bathed in sunshine while the valley below remains shrouded in mist.

Guest Access

Guests may access as much of the surroundings including pastures, oak and chestnut forests and the overgrown olive groves and vineyard as they care to walk or cycle to. There is also a barbecue and a child's swing by the chalet and I can supply kid's crayons, paper for drawing etc. Guests may use the lake for swimming at their own risk nut children should only be allowed to visit it under adult supervision. Only the nearby ruin is off limits.

Interaction with Guests

I will meet you on arrival. As the 900m track to the chalet is very bumpy, many guests prefer to park at the top of the track.I will transport luggage, shopping and small children to and from the chalet. I can also show you how to drive to the chalet. In case of snow or heavy rain all non 4x4s should park at the top of the track. Otherwise I will leave you alone during your stay apart from delivering more wood as needed in winter.

The Neighborhood

I love everything about Carpina and its surroundings, especially the peace, the nature, and the mornings in autumn and winter when Carpina basks in bright sunshine while the tops of the nearby mountains appear as islands in the sea of mist which covers 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, badger and wild boar around the chalet or nearby.

Getting around

The chalet is just 15km from the E45 and superstrada to Perugia, Rome and Florence. Lifts to and from Trestina (10km), for local transport links and trains to Rome and San Sepulcro, can be arranged as can lifts to Arezzo for trains from the north or to nearby airports if desired. The nearest restaurant is 4 km away, open all week in summer, Thursday through Sunday in winter.
If you arrive by car I will meet you on arrival and either transport luggage, shopping, small children to the chalet or show you how to drive the 900m to the chalet, weather and your car permitting.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $7 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $212 /week
Monthly Price: $846 /month
Cleaning Fee: $53
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
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  • The chalet is exactly what we expected, every review was very correct! We have always lived in a (bigger) city, this was just what we were hoping for.

    We arrived at 0.30 am, which he considered as no issue at all. In fact, as a hard-mouthed I thought to make friendly decision (in order to disturb Steve as little as possible) to take the 900m drive to the chalet myself, as i thought the road was somehow restored. Don't, don't try it yourself. Steve more often maintains the road, but the weather prior our visit was very rainy, what simply transformes the road to a creek. Half way i had to call Steve, right away he arrived to show me how it's done. An adventure, positively, really.
    Thus, this is Steve. Very helpfull, he offered us all kinds of things for breakfast when we arrived. Directly you'll see his enthousiasm for nature, showed us around, you can find many kinds of trees, herbs; all kinds of vegetation. No sounds at all, only many frogs and crickets and sometimes owls. Along the road we found swines as well!
    Everything is in reach, nature, lago trasimeno, beach at Fano, beautiful cities like Cortona, Montone and Spello are really recommand.
    Had a great time!

    June 2014
  • My wife and I stayed at the chalet for three nights, and it was a lovely experience. Steve was responsive and helpful when we were making the booking, and offered many excellent suggestions for local activities and restaurants. One of the places he recommended was a highlight of our week-long trip to Italy. Steve patiently helped us navigate to the chalet, and was friendly and talkative throughout our stay. The chalet was tidy, but properly rustic, and the setting was beautiful. One word of advice: the track down to the chalet is perhaps a bit rougher than it has been in the past; I highly recommend parking at the top and walking down to the property!

    May 2014
  • As read the reviews below, you will notice that every review praises the location, the peace, the nature, the house, Steve, the view, the quietness, the walking, the plants, animals, cats, etc. etc. And this is just because it is all true. After Steve picked us up at the top of the track that leads downhill to the house, he welcomed us by stating 'Welcome to paradise'. And that's it. A small paradise amidst olive groves, chestnut forests and vineyards.

    May 2014
    Steve
    Response from Steve:

    Hi Barry,
    No problem. please feel free to contact me anytime. Thank you for the wonderful review.
    steve

    May 2014
  • Lage

    Die Hütte liegt in einer kleinen Talsenke. Abgesehen von Steve, dem Vermieter, sind die nächsten Nachbarn ca. 1 km entfernt. Man gelangt von Trestina aus (10 km) über kurvenreiche Teerstraßen bis zu einem Feldweg. Der Feldweg sollte nur mit Fahrzeugen mit ausreichender Bodenfreiheit befahren werden. Auf dem Feldweg geht es ca. 1 km meistens bergab, wobei etwa 80 Höhenmeter zurückgelegt werden. In der Talsenke liegt die Hütte und unweit davon zwei mehrstöckige Häuser aus Stein. Eines davon wird von Steve bewohnt, das andere ist eine Ruine, infolge eines Erdbebens. Die Umgebung besteht aus Eichen- und Waldnusswäldern, auch Kirschbäume und Pflaumenbäume sind vorhanden. Sichtbare groessere Tiere sind vor allem Fasane, die über die Wiese vor der Hütte laufen. Daneben soll es auch viele Wildschweine und Rehe geben, die sich naturgemäß verbergen, da sie bejagt werden. Vor allem ist jedoch die völlige Ruhe und der Sternenhimmel bei Nacht eindrucksvoll.

    Einrichtung

    Die Einrichtung der Hütte entspricht voll der Beschreibung. Alles ist funktionsfähig. Ich war im März 2014 da. In der Nacht wird es dann noch frisch und der gemütliche Kaminofen spendete angenehme Wärme. Das Holz wird von Steve bereitgestellt, auch eine Anleitung zum Befeuern des Ofens, falls nötig. Seit kurzem steht auch zusätzlich eine WiFi-Verbindung zur Verfügung.

    Versorgung

    Einkäufe können in dem Ort Trestina ausreichend erledigt werden. Ich habe mir des öfteren eine Bistecca alla Fiorentina genehmigt, die ich auf dem einfachen Holzkohlengrill vor der Hütte zubereiten konnte.

    Der Vermieter

    Der Vermieter Steve ist Engländer und lebt schon mehrere Jahre hier. Er unterrichtet abends Englisch in Trestina. Tagsüber ist er bemüht, das umgebende ca. 24 ha große Waldgebiet vor der Verwilderung zu bewahren und entsprechend zu bewirtschaften. Er ist außergewöhnlich freundlich und hilfsbereit und spricht neben Englisch mehrere Fremdsprachen, darunter auch Deutsch.

    Fazit

    Der Aufenthalt in der Hütte ist für Menschen geeignet, die sich einige Zeit der Ruhe und Abgeschiedenheit gönnen wollen. Ich fühlte mich dort sehr wohl und zufrieden. Sicher kehre ich einstmals wieder zurück.

    March 2014
  • A very pleasent stay at a remote and sweet chalet.
    Facilities at the apartment are good: equiped kitchen, hot water, wood supply for the fireplace...
    access road is in currently in a bad shape and can be somewhat chalanging, especially at night. Steve, however, is happily assisting in this matter and in any other.
    A good host, a very good experience. recommended.

    March 2014
    Steve
    Response from Steve:

    Thanks Navot,
    Access road is currently under repair. After havimng fun getting a long, low Mercedes 2 seater back up the track this week it really was time to repair the track! I hope that you have a good time in Italy.

    March 2014
  • We stayed at steve's chalet for four nights in winter and found it beautiful. The surrounding scenery is stunning with lots of walking tracks available. The chalet's fireplace worked very well enabling us to keep the place very warm in the evenings. The bed was comfortable and Steve was a great host- very helpful and chatty. Check in and out was simple and the chalet was easier to find than what we thought. It was raining when we were there and after checking the trackout we managed to drive it up and down- also not at bad as we had anticipated. We would definitely recommend this place - although having a car would be beneficial.

    February 2014
  • wonderful! nature! cats! advices and stories in english by steve!

    January 2014
  • Consiglio a tutti lo chalet di Steve. Mi sono trovato benissimo il posto e stupendo e Steve non mi ha fatto mancare niente... molto disponibile, gentile e massima riservatezza verso gli ospiti.
    Grazie ancora Steve ;)

    January 2014
  • We had a great time in Steve's chalet. The property is in one of the most beautiful location in the italian countryside. The chalet is equipped with anything you need: cooking facilities, hot water, plenty of blankets and a wooden stove.I would recommend to leave the car on the main road as the track can be challenging if you are not driving a 4x4 but Steve came to meet us and took our luggage down the chalet, this way the track becomes a beautiful walk (if you came back late at night you can enjoy all the stars, but don't forget to bring a torch back with you!).
    Steve is a great host, present but discrete, he gave us plenty of informations about the surrounding countrysides and walks.
    If you are looking for a place far from urban landscapes to forget work stress and reconnect with nature then I would highly recommend Steve's chalet.
    We went there in winter time and can't wait to see it in spring or summer time!

    January 2014
  • Steve, uomo pratico ed essenziale, riesce a trasmettere l'amore per la tranquillità e la natura. Consiglio il suo "paradiso" fra i monti a tutti quelli che desiderano fare un'esperienza di distacco con la frenesia e la velocità della vita quotidiana...la casa è molto intima ed accogliente.

    November 2013
    Steve
    Response from Steve:

    Thank you Maria.I am sure that it was your love for peace and nature, rather than mine, that made your stay so enoyable. Or perhaps it was just Carpina.I am glad that you enjoyed your stay so much. Best wishes.

    November 2013
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Carpina
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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.
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