WiFi, air-con, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, SKY TV/Eng lang programs
My place is close to art and culture, great views, restaurants and dining, and family-friendly activities. You’ll love my place because of the outdoors space, the neighbourhood, the light, the comfy bed, and the kitchen. My place is good for couples, solo adventurers, business travellers, families (with kids), and big groups.
With pick your own vegetable and fruit patches, this is a luxury villa with exclusive pool.
4 kms from La Bruna, a small town with all the facilities, inc bars and restaurants, Spoleto Pool Luxury is truly sensational. Indeed, it is in a unique category, being a luxury villa, in its own private lavish grounds, consisting of olive groves, vineyards and a “pick your own” fresh vegetable and herb garden, as well as having a leisure pool that is exclusively yours.
It can easily sleep 6 persons, having 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a cloakroom/WC. It can sleep up to 1 extra person on FUTON in the utility room. Extra 30 euros - one off payment.
With air-con and WiFi, the villa has a large sitting/dining room that seats up to 8 persons. Here, there are 2 three seater squashy leather sofas. Plus SKY TV with English speaking programs. Plus a piano !!
A spacious veranda overlooks the gardens, at the bottom of which are “the potting sheds”.
6 Mountain bikes are available, included in the rate. This is an area that cries out to be explored and discovered. It is so sensationally beautiful and unspoilt.
No expense has been spared on this villa because, essentially, it is a family home, (their other home being in Dubai). And, the family like their luxuries ! For this reason, we ask for a nominal 500 euros damage deposit on arrival, to be returned on your day of departure. Naturally, we expect you to treat this home as you would your own. Unfortunately, some guests do not treat holiday homes with respect and, this is why we have to take a 500 euros damage deposit, as an incentive to such people not to damage our property. Please note that by "damage" we mean if a sofa is slashed or a washing machine door is yanked off its hinges. Damage does not include small breakages.
On a serious note, you may have read in the media that earthquakes occur in Umbria. Well, earthquakes occur in many popular parts of the world that you don’t hear much about because they are earthquake proofed.
Over a period of 40 years, 99.9% of Umbria has now been earthquake proofed. And, we suffer NOT A JOT from earthquake damage. Every so many years, you will hear of a tragedy caused by an earthquake. In Italy, this will apply to tiny hilltop towns or villages, which have not been earthquake proofed, either because the money was “stolen” by corrupt officials or because the government did not want to invest in a small place that housed no works of Art !!
However, there are fewer and fewer of these tiny places still in existence because if an earthquake did not cause them to topple, a gust of wind would have finally finished them off, such is/was their decrepit condition.
For the rest of us, in Umbria, we live in safety, without wars, without immigration problems, crime-free and in an incredible climate.
Please note that when you stay in here in central Italy, close to Spoleto, you are in the very centre of Italy, you can easily access anywhere in Italy eg Rome is a mere 1 hour 30 mins by car. This is why many of our guests choose to stay here, in central Italy, for longer periods and take day trips to all the Umbrian hill-top towns such as Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, Spello, Montefalco, Norcia, Castelluccio etc, many of which are within a 30 mins radius by car ! Venice is 5 hours straight through by train and Naples and the Amalfi coast is 4 hours. The train station is only 10 kms away, in Spoleto.
When you visit central Spoleto (a must !), you leave your car in one of the underground car parks because Spoleto is a car free city ! Everything is within very easy walking distance, even the train station.
Spoleto is not a typical Italian "city". While called "a city", it is more like a giant fairy-tale castle, full of cobbled and arched alleys, monasteries, museums and theatres, teaming with bars, shops and restaurants and within easy walking distance of mountains and woods - about 15 mins walk up to the spectacular aqueduct and then crossing into the woods and the Sacred Mountains, following in the footsteps of St Francis and Michelangelo, within a labyrinth of marked paths, around the Rocca and up to Monteluco.
Further, the recent opening of the travellator, an underground and overground matrix of moving walkways, elevators and escalators, links all the different parts of the tiny city together from the top to the bottom of Spoleto and everywhere in between.
There are many great restaurants and pizzarias in this 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. Most of this area has remained quintessentially Italian.
Approaching the border to Tuscany, it becomes MUCH more touristy and, therefore, MUCH more pricey !! And, once you step over the border, you are hard pressed to find Italians. It's all English, Germans and Belgiums !! Indeed, Tuscany is known locally as "Chiantishire" ! Due to an invasion by the Brits about 60 years ago.
You can also book to eat in the garden/home of one of the most celebrated chefs in Spoleto, at very modest prices. An amazing feast with unlimited wine, much written about in the 1000s of excellent reviews we have received over the years !
Our chef is for hire at reasonable rates to give a cooking lesson – set rates for a 5 course meal, including wine or simply pizza and pasta, with unlimited wine, of course ! Followed by another amazing feast with unlimited wine !
This whole area is a great walking area and there are many marked paths to a diversity of places, those closer to Spoleto and Assisi, having been trod at one time or another by St Francis and his disciples as well as Michelangelo, who took time out in Spoleto, while he was engaged in painting the Sistine Chapel in nearby Rome.
In particular, a favourite haunt of these hallowed persons was Il Ponte, at the top of Spoleto, the magnificent Roman aqueduct that delivers you directly into the Sacred Mountains, a divine place, scattered with alters and outdoor “churches”, monasteries and religious monuments, an intensity of religiosity, suffused within the dells, the caves and the flanks of the mighty Monteluco mountain, an overwhelmingly beautiful place. Here, irrespective of your faith or lack of, you cannot fail to be aware of a presence mightier than you ! And, not only here.
The same sensory awareness comes upon you as you walk through ancient olive groves that stretch out from central Spoleto, across the mountains and along the great plain, encircled by Gubbio, Assisi, Orvieto, Spello, Montefalco and Perugia, not to mention the tiny village of Uncinano that houses Villa Louise, along ancient trails, perused for 1000s of years, the history of those who have gone before echoing down the ages.
If, at times, you would like to be car free, we recommend the services of an excellent taxi service provider/chauffeur, the trusty Carlo ! He will take you on olive oil tasting excursions, wine tasting trips or drop you off and pick you up in nearby places or faraway places. He is VERY flexible, is open to any kind of transport request and is very knowledgeable both about our local area as well as the rest of Italy. And, he is NOT a rip-off merchant. His prices are very fair and much better than the other local taxi-drivers. And, he is reliable ! As soon as you book, this site allows me to give you his contact details.
There is pony trekking, white water rafting, fly fishing etc, in the nearby vicinity.
You can visit the largest waterfalls in Europe, Marmory Falls, and walk up and down them – 16 miles away.
We provide you with lots of information 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.
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 !
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.
As soon as you book, this site allows me to provide contact details re all the activities we offer.
- Returnable damage deposit in cash on arrival of 500 euros, to be returned on day of departure. ONLY APPLIES TO SERIOUS EVENTS, NOT BREAKAGE OF CROCKERY OR GLASSES
No smoking inside..
7th person is 30 euros/extra one off charge - to sleep on Futon in utility room.
Child's cot is 30 euros/extra one off charge.
10 euros/day for optional central heating throughout.
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.