Casa Vista Verde

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Property Name
Casa Vista Verde
Property ID
800 USD Weekly
Sub Location
Umbria   Montecchio
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We have a beautiful, charming 2-level, 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment with fabulous views in the Umbrian countryside near the world-famous, historic hill-town of Orvieto (11 miles or 18 kms). There is a lovely terrace where you can dine during breathtaking sunsets, while swallows swirl and dive above the fields and woods. The apartment is in a rustic, beautifully-restored farmhouse nestled within a quiet, small village.

The Village:
The village includes a beautiful 16th century palace that overlooks the tiny, original center of this steep hillside cluster of medieval buildings. There are beautiful panoramas across the wide valley below to distance mountains. An evening walk is a pleasure along country roads lined with tall cypress trees and fragrant bushes of bright yellow ginestra. Around every corner is a spectacular view below of cultivated fields, vineyards, and olive groves – often with the romantic sound of the village bell-tower ringing out the hour. The sale of the apartment includes an olive grove (behind the house) with 22 healthy olive trees that stand in two rows, with a few fruit trees among them (sour cherry, apple, fig, peach).

There is convenient parking on the street near the entrance gate, and also in a small parking lot by the chapel on the road above.

Interior Description:
As you can see from the photos, the house and the apartment have been beautifully restored. The first floor has a full kitchen, a dining area for six, a living room area with a wood-burning fireplace, a pantry, and a bathroom with shower. The second floor offers two spacious bedrooms, both with wonderful views. The master bedroom has a vaulted, split-timber beamed ceiling, and the master bathroom provides a claw-foot tub as well as a shower and bidet. Some of the furniture is vintage, with some pieces original to the house when the farmer expanded it to the upper floors (about 1900). All windows have wooden shutters and adjustable screens.

Other Details:
There is hand-crafted ironwork that includes the staircase railing to the upper floor, and the sculpted iron grate that protects the large living room window exterior. Heat is natural gas with radiators in every room. The house is fully furnished, including flat-screen TV, and WiFi is most conveniently and effectively provided by means of a “web-cube” (plugs into a wall-outlet). On the exterior, the property is fully lighted above the front door, at the base of the exterior staircase, and at the secure, custom-designed (locking) iron gate at the end of the entry path.

Surrounding Sites:
The location of the property is ideal for touring some of the best sites that Italy has to offer. The village is about half-way between Rome and Florence, about 12 miles from the Tuscan border. Some of the notable sites/towns for day trips are Orvieto, Assisi, Gubbio, Spoleto, Deruta, Perugia,Todi, Montefalco, and the famous Tuscan hill towns south of Florence. Certified as Europe’s “purest lake” is the large Lago di Bolsena, a 45-minute drive. Swim, camp, go boating, and explore the lovely hill towns that rise along the lake.

The absolutely stunning island of Ortebello with its “movie-set” harbor town of Porto Santo Stefano on the Mediterranean coast is only a 2-hour drive through the scenic region of La Maremma – the fertile heart of Tuscany’s wheat crop. Stay a night in the town, take a short ferry trip to the island of Giglio over waters deeply colored with the signature blue of this coast, feast on local seafood at an open-air restaurant, and explore the other natural treasures/views of the island.

Train service to all areas of Italy can be accessed from Orvieto to the north, or in Attigliano to the south, each a half-hour drive. The closest international airport is Rome; the closest local airport is in Perugia. Rental cars are available at the airports and opposite the train station in Orvieto.

Shopping, Cafes/Restaurants:
There are no shops or offices in our tiny village of Tenaglie, but there are two villages – Montecchio is 2 kms north and Guardea is 3 kms south. A very short drive to either one or, in the case of Montecchio, a scenic walk – if you prefer – with beautiful views of the wide valley and distant hills. Montecchio is an 11th century hill town with two cafes and a restaurant, and all the rustic shops you need, as well as a bank and post office. Guardea is a “newer” town (1700’s), but also has several shops, a large grocery store, a wonderful cafe (Cafe Giubbini), and open market every Sunday morning. The beautiful church in the town piazza seems to have regular processions and religious festivals during the year. For signature Italian dining, you make a short drive down to the valley floor where two wonderful restaurants serving delicious local cuisine are located.

RENTAL PRICE for One Week: 2-story, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment (approximately 1,000 sq. ft.), and outdoor terrace, with land (olive grove and fruit trees) = $900.00


CONTACT:  Kate MacDonald