fairytale in Italy's green heart

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Ficulle, Umbria 05016, Italy
Edith And Willem
Your host, Edith And Willem
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‘Da Nonna’ (at Granny's) is the place to be for people seeking for rest and peacefulness, like nature lovers, writers, composers,readers,musicians,parents with (small) children.

It is a two to four persons apartment in a villa in romantic 2 ha.'s parc on a historical site. For 2 people it's a romantic lovenest, which although is adapted for parents with children (one sleep is on the so called 'mezzanino').

You can find the tracks of the Etruscans who lived here 3000 years ago. The caves cut away by them, are still in use, for example as communal kitchen. Stunning views up to Orvieto's cathedral.

You will have no visible neighbours. You only hear silence, apart from sounds of nature.
‘Da Nonna’ is furnished in a personal way with a mix of modern&vintage furniture. The art in the apartment is for sale; so you may not have the same artworks as shown on the photo's.

Besides the central ( gas) heating, there is a wood stove.
The sleepingrooms have 2 single beds, which can be made into a double bed. One of the sleepingrooms is on the mezzanine. A child's bed is available on request.

The kitchen is well equipped with plenty of crockery. You will find blankets+sheets on the beds, there are towels at disposal. There is music equipment.

The whole parc is at disposal. You will find plenty of garden furniture.

We are extremely flexible. You may choose: from self care to fresh bread in the morning. Twice a week you can enjoy our 'table d'hôte' with heavenly meals made by the owners, wine out of Bacchus's jars (25 euro p.p.p.dinner). You choose us because of our personal approach and flexibility.

On request we can provide you of fine arts materials. If you wish, we can try to arrange a teacher , if possible. Price depends on what we agree.

Sightseeing, e.g. Orvieto, Città della Pieve, Todi, Parrano. We are between two big lakes, several thermal baths, so plenty of swimming possibilities. Loads of culture and art. Shops and restaurants on 4km distance.

The owners are most willing to take you to secret places which you would not have found; apart from admissions, you pay what it's worth to you.

No visible neighbours. Silence apart from sounds of nature.
‘Vista sul mare’ is furnished in a personal way with a mix of modern&vintage furniture. Central heating, wood stove, 2 single beds, which can be made into a double bed. Eventually 2 beds extra on the mezzanine, child's bed on request.

The kitchen is well equipped: plenty of crockery. No need to start shopping immediately after your arrival. You will find a basket with surprises to satisfy your first hunger and thurst. Basic ingredients like peper, salt, oil and vinegar are on hand.
Blankets+sheets are on the beds, towels are at disposal.
A private garden belongs to the apartments. You will find plenty of garden furniture.
Besides the whole parc is at disposal to dwell around, to enjoy the panaorama's, to dream and to watch the life in the several ponds. Just one piece of the parc is in use by the owners.

Our offer is extremely flexible: from self care to fresh bread in the morning and heavenly meals made by us, wine out of Bacchus's jars. You choose us because of our personal approach and flexibility.

Fine arts materials are at disposal; on request we may try to arrange a teacher . Price depends on what we agree.

There is an overload of options for sightseeing, e.g. Orvieto, Città della Pieve, Todi, Parrano. We are between two big lakes, several thermal baths, so you may find plenty of swimming possibilities. Loads of culture and art. And don't forget the famous food and winse. Shops and restaurants are on 6km distance.

We are most willing to divulge some secret places to you, which you would not have found. If you would wish, we may accompany you to these places (apart from transport costs and admissions, pay what it's worth to you).

From Fabro and Orvieto you can reach almost every place in Italy by train.

NB. 1
If you need a bigger house, please contact us.
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 comsumption!
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.
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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)

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 4
Extra people: $28 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $421 /week
Monthly Price: $1753 /month
Security Deposit: $210
Cleaning Fee: $70
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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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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