miracle in Italy's green heart

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Strada Cipolla, Ficulle, Umbria 05016, Italy
Edith And Willem

‘Vista sul mare’ (4-6 sleeps) is the place 2 be for people seeking for rest and peacefulness, located in a romantic park on a historical site in Umbria. Only sounds the sounds of nature. Squirrels, porcupines, wild boars, foxes and even a badger.

Your host, Edith And Willem
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‘Vista sul mare’ (4-6 sleeps) is the place 2 be for people seeking for rest and peacefulness, located in a romantic park on a historical site in Umbria. Only sounds the sounds of nature. Squirrels, porcupines, wild boars, foxes and even a badger.

The Space

‘Vista sul mare’ (seaview) is the place to be for people seeking for rest and peacefulness, like nature lovers, writers, composers, readers, musicians, parents with (small) children.

'Vista sul mare' ( 4-6 sleeps) is part of a country house in the south of Umbria, known as Italy’s green heart.
It is located in a romantic park of 2 ha. / 5 acres on a historical site.

The name Vista Sul Mare is a real misnomer because – funnily – there is no sea in sight in Umbria or Central Italy. However, there ARE stunning views of a fantastic landscape and the famous cathedral of Orvieto.

The owners were so impressed and touched by the beauty of this spot, that they named the park ‘al settimo cielo’, in seventh heaven.

Traces of the Etruscans who lived here 3000 years ago are still around, and their caves on the premises remain in use, for example as communal kitchen.

The pure, natural spot is highly compelling to children’s fantasy.

Vista Sul Mare is perfect for 4 persons but can accommodate two more. On request we can provide you with a cot.

The apartment is furnished in a personalized way with a mix of modern&vintage furniture. You will find art on the walls, which is mostly for sale.
Also in the park you will see pieces of art and some kitsch as well.

You will have no visible neighbours. You will have to get used to the deafening silence. The only sounds that you will hear, are the sounds of nature. If you are lucky (and quiet enough) you will have a chance to see some wildlife like squirrels, porcupines, wild boars, foxes and even a badger (of whom we think that he is living on the property).

Amenities:
The sleepingrooms have 2 single beds, which can be made into a double bed. One of the sleepingrooms is on the mezzanine, where we can place 2 extra beds on request. Also a cot is available on request.
Blankets, sheets and towels ( 2 per person) are provided. One set per person per week. If you would like to have more, you pay 10 euro per set extra.
If you would appreciate a big towel to lie on in the grass, you will have to bring that yourself.

The kitchens are well equipped with plenty of crockery, you can easily make your chef’s meals here. You will feel no need to start shopping immediately after your arrival, because you will find a basket with surprises to satisfy your first hunger and thirst. Basic ingredients like pepper, salt, oil and vinegar are on hand.

Two bathrooms with shower, toilet and washbasin; in one of the bathrooms there is also a bidet.

Besides the central ( gas) heating, there is a wood stove.

There is internet (wifi), but better enjoy this heavenly place un-plugged.

There is parking on site. Because of the risks of brushfire, barbecueing is not allowed. If you cannot do without, please contact us. We will find a solution.

Materials for hut building are available. There is a big swing and furtheron the kids will bring their fantasy, that will keep them busy.

A private garden belongs to the apartment. You will find plenty of garden furniture. Besides, the whole park is at disposal to dwell around, to enjoy the panorama's, to daydream, read and to watch the life in the several ponds. Just one piece of the park is in use by the owners.

NB. 1
If you need a bigger house, please contact us.
NB.2
If you are in need of two sleeps extra, we offer you a wooden lodge with a double bed, bathroom and small terrace for 200 E(midseason) and 250 E (highseason) per week extra.
NB. 3
In all seasons gas and electricity according to consumption! We provide wood on request (15 euro per 100 kg).
NB.4
In case you would like to stay for longer than a holiday please get in touch: (email hidden). It is a heavenly spot, perfect for writing a book, composing music, concentrating on creative work like sculpture, ceramics, painting etc.
(website hidden)
NB.5
Many positive reviews. We cite only this one:"We stayed in the 'casetta degli angeli'at Alsettimocielo over the winter 2011/12 period for three and a half months. If there was a heaven on earth then this is the place to be. A stunningly tranquil setting to structure my book disturbed only by the wildlife. Observing nature through the seasonal changes (even through one of the harshest winters of recent years!) we found meditative, spiritual and rewarding. We left here with a new language, a love of Italian food and a refreshed zest for life.
Edith and Willem have made us both feel welcome and have been both helpful and accommodating since the day we arrived. As tour guides, they are informative and passionate towards sharing their knowledge and love of this beautiful area of Italy. As multi linguists they possess a wicked, dry sense of humour!
We hope to return to 'Seventh Heaven' in the near future.
Alice and Leslie Pearson x"
Redcar, UK (but always travelling around the world)

Guest Access

A private garden belongs to the apartment. You will find plenty of garden furniture. Besides, the whole park is at disposal to dwell around, to enjoy the panorama's, to daydream, read and to watch the life in the several ponds. Just one piece of the park is in use by the owners.
Materials for hut building are available. There is a big swing and furtheron the kids will bring their fantasy, that will keep them busy.

In case both apartments are rented to 2 different parties, the parc is shared.

Interaction with Guests

For many guests, our personal approach and flexibility forms a compelling reason to choose to stay with us. Indeed, our offer is extremely flexible: as for meals, you can take care of yourself or – to a certain extent - enjoy our care. In the latter case, we provide fresh bread in the morning. Twice a week you can subscribe to join our ‘table d’hôte’. We will prepare you a heavenly, home cooked Italian meal and regional wines, that seem to come directly out of the barrels of Bacchus (25 euro per person).
We can provide fine arts materials and upon request, an art teacher, if available. Price to be agreed in advance.

The Neighborhood

The area of Vista sul mare is very compelling: loads of nature, culture (art, wine, food, history) and activities to undertake.
Too many possibilities to mention all. Just some examples for things to do:
There is an overload of options for sightseeing&shopping, e.g. Orvieto, Città della Pieve, Todi, Parrano. Rome and Florence are 1 and 1,5 hrs away by train. We are happy to point out the way to sculpture parcs, Etruscan excavations, musea etc.

Right from the house you can undertake walks. For the tough ones hiking and biking is possible as well.

We are between three big lakes, there are swimmingpools and several thermal bathes are in the vicinity; so you may find plenty of swimming possibilities. Loads of culture and art. And don't forget the famous food and wines.

We will gladly show you your way to hidden places that you will not easily find on your own. If you would wish, we may accompany you to these places (apart from transport costs and admissions, pay what our tour guide service is worth to you).

Shops and restaurants are on 6km distance.
From Fabro and Orvieto you can reach almost every place in Italy by train.

Getting around

you definitely will need a car

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 4
Extra people: $42 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $491 /week
Monthly Price: $2095 /month
Security Deposit: $350
Cleaning Fee: $70
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
  • Willem and Edith have a beautiful home in the hills of Umbria. their apartments are clean and well appointed. On our arrival we were greeted by Willem and introduced to our accommodations in which they had left a selection of jams, coffee, olive oil and both white and red wines, all the essentials. For someone looking for a relaxing place off the beaten path, this surely would be a place to consider. Willem and Edith were quite generous hosts, inviting us on numerous occasions for breakfast or dinner. Should your travels bring you to the Umbria region I would highly recommend this for consideration.

    Steen and Helene

    October 2012
  • I find this a great place to stay. It's located away from the main road so very quiet. Willem & Edith are very kind and will make freshly baked bread in the morning if you like.

    The apartments have a lot of privacy and ample space to sit either in the sun or shadow, depending on the weather. With your own fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom you can be fully self supporting.

    The beds are nice, we sept very well.

    We had a great time!

    October 2012
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Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Nederlands
School
University of Amsterdam/Utrecht
Work
public service
About
After having worked as (Dutch) lawyers over 35 years we , Willem Smit and Edith Brons, decided to change track and to dedicate ourselves to another passion, arts. We have always had a wide interest in arts. A few years ago we got in touch with the meditative power of sculpturing ‘al fresco’ in the wonderful Italian landscape. That was very inspiring. We wished to share this experience with other people. So in 2004 we started undertaking the search for an inspiring spot in central Italy. Three years of efforts were rewarded: finally we found a wonderful, poetical spot in the south of Umbria. The location is more than ideal just between Rome and Florence, easily accessible both by public transport and by car. One year we have been working on the preparation of the property and the accommodations. It has really been tough to reach the seventh heaven! Our creative force is in the development of ideas, bringing the right people together, to stimulate and to create the proper basic provisions, like housing, materials and tools, tasteful meals, good music, inspiring excursions etc. 5 thing we cannot live without: our children, eachother, our family, friends, art... Our favourite travel destinations: Italy, Spain, France, Portugal are our favourites until now; we still have many wishes: East Asia, South America, China (for a ceramic tour). Books to many to mention: we have been reading all our lives and still do. Shows? we are not very fond on shows, unless you can consider Cirque du Soleil as show. Music: omnivores: 60's and 70's (Bob Dylan, Stones, Beatles etc. etc), jazz, classical musi (chamber music), Spanish folk and the pop based on this music( Tomatito, El Barrio and many others), fado (even Duitch fado!), worldmusic like Anour Brahem etc.etc.. We now are discovering Italian pop based on Italian folk (e.g. tarantapop, Eugenio Bennato), . Food is very important to us; therefore we partially live in Italy! We love cooking good fresh food from the region, honestly prepared. We love long dinners with family and friends. Please read the reviews to know how it is like to have us as a host. Life motto? Enjoy life, try to forgive and do not put too much energy in regretting things you might have done wrongly, try to avoid stress.
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