Villa In Historic Hill Village
A Rare Opportunity To Holiday In An 18th Century Palazzo
Sleeps 12 (5 Bedrooms)
Beautifully restored, retaining its original medieval features, Villa Susanna enjoys an incredible panoramic position at the edge of the classic hill village of Preci. Two large terraces offer stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys - ideal to soak up the sun and immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere or enjoy the sunset followed by dinner under a canopy of stars. There's also a large garden for children`s games or a barbecue. What’s more, at 600 metres, you get the best of the glorious weather – long, hot sunny days and pleasantly cooler nights. With local bars, great restaurants and shops within a 10 minute walk, you don’t have to go far to soak up the Italian way of life! Included is free use of the pool in the garden of a traditional hotel a two minute walk away. Families can enjoy activities including river rafting, walking, cycling, mule trekking, horse/pony riding and mountain chairlifts – all safe even for young children.
Bedroom 1 with double bed.
Bedroom 2 with double/twin beds.
Bedroom 3 with double/twin beds.
Bedroom 4 with double/twin beds.
Bedroom 5 with bunk beds.
All the bedrooms are spacious and furnished with antiques.
Bathroom 1, large shower, basin and toilet.
Bathroom 2, large shower, basin and toilet.
Bathroom 3, bath and shower over, basin and toilet. Washing machine.
Very traditional with corner fireplace for barbecue cooking, separate oven and hob, marble double sink, fridge freezer, microwave, ironing board, steam iron and clothes airer. Ample crockery, glasses, and cooking utensils for ambitious cooks.
Large lounge with sofabed and armchairs, coffee table, Flat Screen TV, DVD/CD player. Extensive paperback library. Large dining room with antique oak refectory table and stone fireplace. Two large terraces, tables, chairs, parasols and loungers.
Games room with cards, scrabble, monopoly and other board games.
Included in the rent: Towels, bed linen, tea towels (changed weekly) and final cleaning. Free use of the pool.
Barbecue, Shared Pool, Garden.
Fridge/Freezer, Hob/Stove, Iron, Microwave, Oven, Washing Machine.
Central Heating, Cot, High Chair, TV.
The stand-out feature of Villa Susanna is undoubtedly the incredible view from both of its terraces. The mountains, valleys and hills of the Sibillini Mountains National Park unfold in front of you and in the evening you can literally dine under a carpet of stars.
There's also a large flat garden with plenty of space for children`s games, dining and barbecues. The quiet cobbled lanes of the village have changed little since their medieval origins and provide great opportunities for exploration of the many fascinating buildings, architecture and little hidden corners. As the village is traffic free, the children are safe to play and explore or pop down to the shops in the morning to collect your fresh bread and pastries while you have a few more minutes in bed! There is a playground within 3 minutes walk. The pool is a two minute walk away.
Important notes on accommodation
Guests have use of a local information library including maps, walking and driving guides and local flora and fauna identification books.
|Rental Period||Per Night||Per Week||Per Month||Min. Stay (Nights)|
|24 August 2013 - 6 September 2013||€ 695.00||7|
|4 January 2014 - 2 May 2014||€ 850.00||5|
|3 May 2014 - 27 June 2014||€ 995.00||5|
|28 June 2014 - 11 July 2014||€ 1450.00||5|
|12 July 2014 - 22 August 2014||€ 1750.00||7|
|23 August 2014 - 5 September 2014||€ 1450.00||5|
|6 September 2014 - 26 September 2014||€ 995.00||5|
|27 September 2014 - 19 December 2014||€ 850.00||5|
|20 December 2014 - 2 January 2015||€ 1650.00||5|
Notes on prices
The following discounted prices apply for parties of 5 people or less per week: Parties of 5 or less still have exclusive use of the whole of the villa. 4 Jan - 2 May 2014 €695. 3 May - 27 June 2014 €800. 28 June - 11 Jul 2014 €1350. 23 Aug - 5 Sep 2014 €1350. 6 Sep - 26 Sep 2014 €800. 27 Sep - 19 Dec 2014 €695 Normal use of gas and electricity are included (gas central heating is charged as used).
Changeover day is flexible
At reservation: A deposit of 30% paid by bank transfer (sterling or euros) or PayPal (credit card) in euros.
Deposits are non-refundable.
Balances are payable by bank transfer or PayPal (both in euros only) eight weeks before arrival. A refundable security deposit of 300 euros or £300 is also due at this time, payable by bank transfer.
Villa in Preci, Near Norcia, Umbria, Italy
About the area
Lake Fiastra - Beautiful freshwater swimming lake with sandy beaches. Kayaks and pedelos. Peaceful even in high season. 2 restaurants and bars. 60 minute drive.
San Benedetto - Adriatic coast. Safe sandy beaches. Shallow water - great for kids. Blue flag. Many restaurants and bars. 90 minutes drive.
Civitanova - Adriatic coast. Blue flag beaches. Many restaurants and bars. 70 minutes drive.
Lake Trasimeno - Sandy beaches. Island ferries. Many restaurants and bars. 90 minutes drive.
The house is 30 minutes from Frontignano, (1340m – 1950m), with 14 km of pistes of varying difficulty, 9 lifts and usually no queues! There are several good restaurants and snack bars, ski and snow board hire, snow kite hire, ski school, a snow park and indoor skating rink. Day ski passes cost €15-22. Week passes cost around €100. The season runs from December to March.
A Christmas break with a real tree and decorations.
Sing carols at our local abbey. Enjoy nativity plays with farm animals. Join in the village festive fun activities.
Skiing, ice skating and snowboarding.
Roast chestnuts on the open fire.
Board games, DVDs and sledges are supplied.
Special Interest Holidays
Walking – circular walks can be done from the village in the Monti Sibillini National Park, one of Italy’s most beautiful and unspoilt. A paradise for walkers with countless trails criss-crossing the hills and passing through villages virtually unchanged since medieval times. It’s a haven for wildlife and the famous Piano Grande, a high mountain plain that becomes a tapestry of wild flowers and orchids in the spring and early summer, is not to be missed with excellent trails to suit all levels of walkers.
Other family activities – mountain or road cycling, mule trekking, horse riding, river rafting, kayaking, indoor ice-skating and trout fishing. The chairlift to the summit of Monte Bove (2000 metres) is particularly popular and offers breathtaking mountain views and great walking or cycling down.
Adventure sports - rock climbing, canyoning, white water rafting, paragliding and hang gliding.
We can help arrange and provide information for the activities including maps and guides.
How to get there
The nearest airport is Perugia, an hours drive. Ancona is 1 hour 45 minutes, Pescara 2 hours and Rome 2.5 hours. Ryan Air flies to all 4 airports and Easy Jet flies to Rome.
Car hire is available at all airports.
Hertz and Avis are in Spoleto. There are shuttle services from both Rome airports to the main train station in Rome, Roma Termini. From here regular and Eurostar trains take less than 90 minutes to reach Spoleto which is a 40 minute drive from Preci.
Visso & Norcia both 20 mins. Architecture, excellent restaurants, artisan food shops.
Spoleto 40 mins. Roman and Renaissance architecture, art. Food, wine and art festivals in June and July.
Trevi, Montefalco, Spello. 50/60 mins. Classic medieval hill towns. Excellent olive oil and wine region.
Assisi 60 mins. World famous pilgrimage site with stunning architecture and St. Francis' Cathedral.
Perugia 70 mins. Art/culture. Famous chocolate.
Rome 2.5 hours by car or train.
Preci is traffic free but there is plenty of free off road parking within two minutes.
Here's a selection of our local bars and restaurants:
Agli Scacchi Hotel. Serves very good traditional Umbrian food. There's a shady terrace and a nice little bar/coffee area overlooking the pool. Fresh pasta with meat, truffle, trout or prawn sauces. The pasta filled with salmon trout with lemon sauce is always recommended. 2 minute walk.
La Piazzetta Pizzeria/cafe. Good, inexpensive pasta and pizza. Seating outside in Summer. Nice for a morning coffee, pastry or evening beer. 2 minute walk.
Il Castoro Restaurant. Great atmosphere and Italians flood here to indulge in the freshest truffles that the owner collects from around Preci himself. A must have starter is the truffle omelette served on its own or with a platter of prosciutto and salami or crostini (with cheese) or bruschetta (without). The juicy veal steak is excellent as is the wild boar stew cooked with juniper berries. Pasta focuses on truffles and porcini mushrooms. The huge wood fired pizzas are perfect food for kids. House wine is around 4 euros a litre. Il Castoro is always lively, very Italian and really good value. 8 minute walk.
Il Castoro Bar. Very popular with the locals. 8 minute walk.
Bar Memole. Friendly bar with outdoor seating. 10 minute walk.
Il Porcello Felice. Very pretty restaurant with stunning views. Outside dining on a beautiful panoramic terrace overlooking the swimming pools. Also inside seating. Very good traditional food. Wood fired pizzas, pasta, meats and trout. The sirloin with truffle sauce is fantastic. 10 minutes by car.
In July, Preci hosts a traditional food and wine festival with tastings and free evening shows. Visitors are welcome.
There are local markets at Norcia and Visso every week.
Please see www.tripadvisor.co.uk for other independent reviews about this property.
"We loved our stay at Villa Susanna!”
Perched on top of the hill in the centre of the old town with spectacular views over the valley, this lovely stone villa was perfect for our group of nine. The villa has the feel of a spacious and comfortable family home, with a beautiful stone fireplace in the dining room. Barbara and Kevin were very welcoming and helpful, and were available if needed for the duration of our stay. The village was a delight -totally unspoiled by tourism, and safe enough for the kids (aged 9-16) to wander around. We all loved the little cafe which is a stones throw from the villa. There are excellent restaurants in town: Il Castoro in the valley was our favourite. Preci is great for relaxation, but there are many things to do within a short drive of the village. We visited Spoleto, Norcia, Visso, Castelluccio and the Piano Grande.
Send an enquiry to the owner for booking or further information
Property Ref IT1760
Barbara and Kevin
(ITALY) +39 3406924538
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Languages spoken: English, Italian.
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