11 triple bedrooms + 9 bathrooms
Huge 16C villa, beautifully restored, with 5 self-catering apartments, each with Wifi. Large pool with WC. 100s of hectares of private land.
Includes an enormous kitchen/diner with dish-washer, to cater for up to 30 persons. This is in APT B.
We can set up the villa according to your requirements, both inside and outside, so that large groups of up to 30 persons can eat together.
Huge 16C villa with wIfI, beautifully restored, with 5 self-catering apartments.
This villa is a very popular rental re its individual apartments, 4 of which are large to enormous, 1 of which is medium.
There is a kitchen/diner on the ground floor of the villa that can seat 30 persons !! Here there is a fully fitted kitchen + dish-washer.
However, there are kitchen/diners in each of the 5 apartments, each with a dishwasher ! It is simply that one of the ground floor kitchen diners happens to be enormous !
The rate is inclusive of everything + a generous Welcome Pack : wine, pasta, pasta sauce, olive oil, tea, coffee, sugar, milk + toiletries to start you off.
THE RATE INCLUDES UP TO 25 GUESTS. THE VILLA CAN SLEEP MORE. EXTRA PERSONS @ 50 EUROS/WEEK EACH...
The large pool with WC is private. However, it is available to all our holiday rental guests. That said, the pool is often quiet, sometimes empty, most of our guests being more interested in the “arty” side of Spoleto and exploring Umbria than in sun-bathing and pool life, preferring to partake of the pool for a minimum amount of time, if at all.
At Villa Marianna, all 9 bathrooms (APTs B + C with tubs + shower rooms) are large, white tiled, excellent condition, with mirrors, bidets, Wcs and washing machines…….everything you would expect in a bathroom !
All the interiors at Villa Marianna are high quality spec. They are all minimalist, but, well furnished. The kitchens of ALL 5 apts are fitted alongside one wall of the sitting/dining rooms and are fully equipped with dish-washers, microwaves, toasters, ovens, fridge-freezers etc….
All the triple bedrooms and the shower rooms are almost identical.
I shall describe Villa Marianna:APTs A, B, C, D + E in brief below along with links to more photos + info + rates etc.
Please note that all 3 of our country houses, Vista Del Mondo, Posto Del Sole and Villa Marianna are on the same private mountain with the same sensationally beautiful scenery all around - all just above a place called Bazzano Superiore, 7 miles from central Spoleto, on the side of Spoleto, close to Assisi. And, each of these country houses is concealed from view from each other. So, when you stay in any of these fabulous properties, you do get the impression that the mountain and the vast panoramic landscape all around all belongs to you ! Indeed, the owner of these 3 magnificent properties (with whom Laurie and I are partners) is also the owner of the mountain, so while you are in residence, the land around you is, in effect, private to you and the other guests ! And, there are many rambling trails all over the immediate area, where every so often you will come across a hammock and/or swings. Great territory for kids to explore and all safe.
Villa Marianna with large, shared pool - 120 sq mts (car necessary) -(very large fabulous 16C stone cottage consisting of 5 apartments + very large pool) - (7 miles from central Spoleto, above Bazzano, on the side of Spoleto towards Assisi so an excellent location for sight-seeing).
There are large private patio areas and balconies, designated to each of the apartments, with plenty of tables and parasols etc for al fresco eating, all looking onto the magnificent scenery all around. From the villa, there are amazing panoramic views towards Assisi that stretch over valleys, mediaeval hill-top towns, olive groves and vineyards, all the way to a seeming infinity !
Also, you can picnic anywhere you choose in the extensive grounds. And, of course, you can lounge around the pool, next to which is a toilet. But, we stress that you can chill out exactly where the mood takes you - there is no end of space in the acres surrounding you for those who wish to "get away" and be reclusive, as well as all the communal areas immediately outside the apartments and around the pool.
The grounds surrounding the pool and the house are vast. You can walk for hours in any direction.
APT A/upper floor (140 sq mts) has 1 huge bed/sitting room (where there are 2 single beds, unobtrusively placed behind the sofa), 1 huge kitchen/diner with fully fitted kitchen + dishwasher, 2 triple bedrooms (each with double bed and single bed) + 2 shower rooms (1 with full sized tub/both with shower units). It also boasts a superb terrace, seats 8, with fantastic panoramic views of mountains and valleys from all windows as well as terrace.
APT B/ground floor (100 sq mts) has 1 enormous sitting/dining room (with fully fitted kitchen + dishwasher), 2 triple bedrooms (each with double bed and single bed) + 2 shower rooms, 1 with full-sized tub. 2 extra single beds can be unobtrusively placed in an alcove in the sitting/dining room. Stunning panoramic views of mountains and valleys from all windows. Balcony, seats 4, with same stunning views towards Assisi.
APT C/1st floor (100 sq mts) has 1 sitting/dining room with fully fitted kitchen + dishwasher, 3 triple bedrooms (each with double bed and single bed) + 2 shower rooms. Stunning panoramic views of mountains and valleys from all windows. Private patio area, seats 8, at the bottom of a short flight of steps.
APT D/ground floor (100 sq mts) has 1 very large sitting/dining room (with fully fitted kitchen + dishwasher), 2 triple bedrooms (each with double bed and single bed) + 2 shower rooms. This apartment has very pretty views of hills and woods. And, it has French windows that open onto a private patio area, seats 8, with pretty hill and wood views.
APT E/ground floor (50 sq mts) has 1 sitting/dining room (with fully fitted kitchen + dishwasher), 1 triple bedroom + 1 shower room. This apartment has stunning panoramic views from all its windows in the sitting/dining room and pretty hill and wood views from the bedroom window. And, its main door opens onto a private patio area, seats 4, with pretty hill and wood views as well as stunning panoramic views of mountains, valleys, hill-top villages and the pool.
Private car park for residents.
Our peacocks, hens, goats and horses in next field.
Internet available, free of charge, via WIFI.
There are many great restaurants and pizzarias in the area, all excellent and great value.
Please note that ALL the restaurants we recommend have excellent food at great local rates. They are not “rip-off” places, of the kind that you start to find venturing towards Perugia, Assisi and Todi, which are much more touristy. Spoleto has remained a quintessentially Italian city, much of it pedestrianized.
You can also book to eat in the garden/home of one of the most celebrated chefs in Spoleto, at very modest prices. This is a feast with unlimited wine and much written about in the reviews !
This same chef is also for hire at reasonable rates to give a cooking lesson – set rates for a 5 course meal, another feast, including wine. And/or, aimed at children, at a time to suit you and their bedtimes, she can teach pizza and pasta making ! Or, she will come to Villa Marianna to teach and/or cook for you there.
This whole area is a great walking area and there are many marked paths to a diversity of places, all of which have been trod at one time or another by St Francis and his disciples. From the top of Spoleto, for example, you can cross Il Ponte, the great Roman aqueduct and enter directly into the Sacred Mountains !
There are fabulous private tennis courts, where they permit visitors, 7 miles away, in central Spoleto, down another beautiful and very quiet road, which hosts the famous Giro D’Italia bicycle race. The same distance re the Duomo, the tourist office next the Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Liberta and the famous Roman Aqueduct, which takes you directly into the mountains.
There is pony trekking, white water rafting, fishing + 10 pin bowling available, if you are the sporty type, in the nearby vicinity.
You can visit the largest waterfalls in Europe, Marmory Falls, and walk up and down them – 15 miles away.
You can also hire bikes from a local shop in central Spoleto – there are some great (and, very easy !) bike-riding trails, on the flat, following the river, all the way to Assisi or along the Valnerina.
There is fresh water fishing locally.
We leave info in the apartment to help you decide where to eat, where to visit, beautiful drives etc. Also, please see the attached info re Spoleto and the surrounding areas to help you decide where to eat, where to visit, beautiful drives etc., all based on our personal experiences and those of our guests. And, we are continually adding to the activities for our guests eg the latest addition is a picnic, which involves a short ramble up a mountain, with a donkey carrying the picnic, then, at the top, with sensational views, the picnic is laid out – a feast with unlimited wine in a heavenly setting ! And afterwards, the children can have rides on the donkey ! Subject to demand.
Further, a new activity has taken off with a vengeance. It is a truffle hunt. It starts with a beautiful morning walk through outstanding scenery. You arrive at the woods. You are taught how to hunt out the truffle. Then, the chef, Leonardo, who is guiding you, cooks up, alfresco, the most amazing truffle dish. And, you are treated to a slap-up truffle lunch with unlimited wine. Currently, this is No 1 favourite activity ! However, all the activities we recommend are popular.
GENERAL INFORMATION :
Our small partnership group, ourselves included, own all the properties that we advertise, about 60 in all, from villas with pools to smart town houses to central city apartments.
Subsequently, we can organise olive oil tasting, wine tasting, chef at home, eating in chef's house, truffle hunting, picnics with a donkey, cheese making, caving, canyoning, rafting, canoeing, horse you at better rates than you get going through the conventional channels. This is because all the aforementioned activities, except for horse-riding, are offered by our partners to ensure you have the holiday of a lifetime !
For instance, the olive oil of one of our partners (Ciarletti) was blessed by the Pope 2 years ago, after it had won the top prize in Italy. He, amongst other of our partners, offers olive oil tasting, accompanied by a fantastic lunch with fine wines, at his farmhouse.
All our activities are totally authentic, put on by Italians, whose familes go back for centuries and who have been in the truffle, olive oil and wine trade for all of that time.
And, because all the activities we offer are "inhouse" we can undercut all the "professional" businesses, for whom it is their livelihood. Such activities are not our livelihood. Neither are they the livelihood of our partners. We and our partners offer these activities with the aim of enriching your holiday. We make no profit from any of these activities. All the money goes into the pockets of the local people. We are committed to sustainable tourism.
Other things to note
State of the Art gym and smart tennis club are 8 miles away in Spoleto. Both permit temporary memberships to suit your needs.
We offer many activities at very modest rates, much lower than anywhere you see advertised on the internet because all our activities are "in house" and organised by local people with no "middle men" involved. We take no profit from these activities because we believe in sustainable tourism ie ploughing money back into the local economy.....
For instance :
1.A visit to Ciarletti oil mill, including lunch and unlimited wine. This famous Italian olive oil was blessed by the current Pope, in recognition of its status as Italy's No I olive oil.
2.A cookery lesson by a local “celebrity" chef at his restaurant, including lunch and unlimited wine.
3.A meal cooked for you in your home by a local “celebrity" chef, including all the ingredients and unlimited wine.
4.A truffle hunt with a local “celebrity" chef, including a truffle lunch and unlimited wine
No smoking inside..
Dogs must be kept on a leash - sheep and cattle around
For arrivals after 10 pm, there may be a 50 euros charge, if we have to pay for someone to be on standby. Naturally, if you are arriving after 10 pm, this means you can arrive as late as you like.
I arrived here 30 odd years ago, fell in love with the place, my 1st spiritual home. Couldn't wait to move here permanently. Did so. With 2nd husband. Ist husband declined.
Was persuaded to rent to someone, whose violinist daughter was performing in a Spoleto festival because she couldn't find anywhere to stay.....and, we happened to be holidaying in Sydney. That's how it started. 11 years ago.
We bought more property here.
Our estate agent saw what we were doing. She joined up with us.
The person we bought property from saw what we were doing. He joined up with us.
Suddenly we were in the holiday rental business, for real !
Sydney lost its appeal as we started to introduce potential guests to the beautiful properties that our small partnership group offers, about 50 in all....apartments, villas and pool properties. It is such a joyful experience to be able to offer people the holiday of a lifetime.
Never having been in business before, both of us retired academics, we wished we'd done this all our lives. However, our hard-nosed business friends describe our activity as merely a life-style. "You should charge for this, charge for that, the euros add up", they say. But money is not our goal. Your happiness is.