About This Listing
Two bedroom wooden chalet in peaceful, tree-lined meadow. Fire pit, barbecue, wood-burning stove, oak & chestnut forests, pastures, vineyard, olive groves, small lake. A paradise for walking, cycling, relaxing, writing, sketching, meditating, yoga...
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. Standing on a beautiful, terraced, meadow surrounded by oak and hazelnut trees in 60 acres (24 ha.) of mainly oak forest shared with the neighbouring house, the chalet is basic, rather than luxurious but contains everything that you need for your stay. A small television and DVDs are available upon request. The land includes an overgrown vineyard and olive groves, chestnut forest, pastures with wild herbs and flowers and a small (20mx30m) lake.
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 normally meet you on arrival and give you a quick tour of the chalet. I live in the neighbouring house and am available to answer any questions, book local restaurants, etc. Wood for the fire is available for free. I can saw up larger pieces for you for a small charge.
Carpina is a little piece of paradise where Deer, boar, owl, hare and porcupine can often be heard, and, around dawn and dusk, sometimes seen. Cherries, plums, figs, grapes, porcini mushrooms, walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts are all available in season.
April and May can be glorious with the chalet surrounded by yellow meadow flowers and brush while spring and early summer evenings may feature fireflies, owls, and the frog chorus from the lake.
Autumn and winter mornings may find Carpina bathed in bright sunshine with the tops of the nearby mountains appearing as islands in the sea of mist which shrouds the surrounding valleys.
I love the sound of owls hooting back and forth across the valley in the evenings, and the occasional glimps of deer, hare, porcupine or wild boar in the meadows around the chalet or from the track which leads to it.
4km away is a pizzeria and restaurant open all week in summer; Thursday through Sunday in winter. The nearest small town is Trestina (12km) for supermarkets, bakeries, local shops, cafes and other pizzerias and restaurants.
The chalet is 15km 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 you are 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, to nearby airports, and, on market days, to local towns . One road bike and two mountain bikes are available.
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 me at Carpina. Please flush only bodily 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!
If you want to see a paradise on earth you have to visit this place !!! The chalet is located in an unbelievable place, far away from crowded, loud cities, among the trees with an amazing view just in front the door. If somebody loves eating breakfast and looking at the beautiful mountains as well as listening to bird’s sing, here you will find it all. My husband and I chose this place for our honeymoon and it was exactly what we have expected…silence, relaxation, fresh air, so all you need to take a rest. When it was a little bit cold outside in the evening, we set a fireplace and watched photos from our visit around various places which are unforgettable. Assisi, Gubbio, Montone are our favourites places. To sum up, Umbria is one of the most awesome places we have been to so far. Thanks to Steve the chalet where we stayed became our home (not house). The owner of this place is so friendly, hospitable that you can’t feel uncomfortable. There is one disadvantage (for us) though, namely the distance between our city and Trestina…. it’s over 1600km. However we hope that someday we will be back Thank you Steve!!!
The chalet is beautiful located on the hill with a lovely view. It is very basic so do not expect a lot of luxury but expect a unique location in a beatifull environment, far away from all the crowded places on earth where you can listen to the birds. You can do some hiking, some daytrips to old italian villages or simply read a book and enjoy the surrounding. Steve is very helpful and will guide you whenever you need help. He provides wood for the fireplace, home made bread and tips where to go and eat. We had a wonderfull time and will visit Steve next year.
Voi non avete idea di pace si possa trovare a casa di Steve. Tutto bellissimo, lo chalet favoloso, l'accoglienza e la simpatia di Steve impagabili. Si ha la possibilita di fare lunghe passeggiate, o di starsene su prati grandissimi in completo relax. il laghetto della tenuta (piu di 24 ettari di terreno) e' carinissimo quanto rilassante. Insomma non posso fare altro che consigliare a tutti un weekend in the wood !
ps. Portate a Steve vino e tabacco!
It was a great time in Carpina - thanks Steve for your helpful information and the nice conversations - I would love to come back! The Chalet is the perfect place for some silent, relaxing vacation in the middle of nature. I enjoyed every minute!
We spent 3 amazing days in Carpina. What a wonderful natural and peaceful place in the middle of nowhere!
The cabin was perfect and well equipped, the bed comfortable, the fire warm and atmospheric. You will find everything you need. Highly recommended! We'd love to come back :-)
Thanks a lot Steve!
Jonny + Ina
The chalet is indeed idyllic, situated far from anything. The right spot to sit and listen to the sounds of nature while your eyes can rest on trees and hills, the occasional bird and a couple of not too active cats. We enjoyed our stay, were lucky weatherwise, no rain and sun all week. Steve was very helpful in every way and on top of that a rich source of stories not all of them related to the stay or even Italy.
Coming from Denmark, absolutely flat, driving in the Umbrian hills are demanding but the path down to the chalet was an even bigger challenge. With practise we got better at it.
There are absolutely lovely countryside sceneries, about the best we have ever experienced and we will definitely return to Umbria.
Thanks to Steven for providing this opportunity at a very reasonable price.
The chalet is perfect when you enjoy simplicity, silence and nature.
About the Host, Steve
Estate manager and English teacher sharing the next door farmhouse with six assorted cats while trying to keep the land in check and retame the semi-feral vineyard and olive groves. Normally friendly if approached, can be useful as a source of fresh baked bread, home-made yoghurt, fruit (plums, cherries, figs), funghi, hazelnuts, walnuts and chestnuts in season, and as a provider of lifts to local market towns and transport links.
Has previously lived in China, Japan, Spain, Germany, England, Scotland and west Wales.
Likes include nature, birdsong and life in the hills.
Dislikes include streetlights, except in cities.