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San Nicolò, private house and pool. Free wifi, stunning views of Niccone Valley.

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,960 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

Wonderful 4-bed, 3-bath family villa close to Umbrian-Tuscan border

Close to the Umbrian-Tuscan border, San Nicolò provides the quintessential Italian property for a family holiday and sleeps 8 people in great comfort. A lovely pool - and unique features in the garden that provide stunning views of the surrounding countryside - makes this a memorable and special place to stay.

Surrounded by fields, woods and olive groves, San Nicolò is an oasis of calm and and tranquillity where you can escape from the pressures of modern life. But, if you need to, you can easily connect to the outside world by wi-fi. And you’re never far from civilization. Within 5 km, there are four fabulous restaurants where you can enjoy the locally sourced seasonal food and wine grown in the valley. Umbertide, a town with all mod cons, is 15 minutes by car. And within a 45-minute drive are the cultural gems of Assisi, Bevagna, Citta di Castello, Cortona, Gubbio, Lake Trasimeno, Montone, Perugia, Spoleto, and many more.

Built on a spur of land on the site of an old church 450 metres above sea level, San Nicolò is a stone built house. It was first renovated in 1995, and we have recently extended the kitchen and built a generous terrace. The house faces south so it catches the sun most of the day, but is elevated enough to take the edge off the heat from the strong Mediterranean sun. Free wifi.

A 300-metre lane leads from the tarmacked road to the property, which you enter through a wrought-iron gate leading to the parking area for 3 – 4 cars. The whole property is surrounded by a laurel hedge, keeping the porcupines out and children safely in!

You get into the house through an ancient dark-oak door, and arrive into the hall. To the right is a dining room with a table that seats 8 people. Through there is a light, generously-sized dual-level sitting room with two doors that lead to the outside. There’s a TV plus a collection of hundreds of DVDs to appeal to all ages. And a log-burning stove if you are there in the cooler off-peak season.

Upstairs are three bedrooms, one with a double bed (with an ensuite bathroom) and two other bedrooms with twin beds that can be pushed together to make doubles. There are fantastic views out across the countryside from all the rooms. An additional bathroom makes up the space on the top floor. Retracing our footsteps downstairs and through the hall, you enter a big, well appointed kitchen with a table for eight that leads one way down a short corridor to the fourth bedroom and separate bath/shower room, and the other way out onto the terrace. The terrace is a special feature of the house, with views east over the valley. There’s a table that can be extended to seat 12 people under a canopy, plus a barbecue to cook those special al fresco meals. It’s a great spot to watch the birds (buzzards, hoopoe, …) flying through the olive groves and - if you’re very lucky - you might catch sight of a cingale (wild boar) or a deer!


The 10m x 5m pool – open from May -September – is wonderfully private. If you're not swimming yourself, there’s a covered area under which you can sit in the shade and watch the swimmers in the pool. Or play a game of table tennis if you’re feeling more energetic. In the south-facing part of the garden – which has been flattened to allow for gentle ball games – there is a dondolo (swing seat) with fabulous views down the valley. Close by up some lavender-bordered steps, catch the evening sun and enjoy an aperitivo on the belvedere – a raised platform under the shade of a huge oak tree.

The whole garden is a delight, full of fruit trees (fig, plum, and persimmon), orchids, geraniums, oleander, wisteria, jasmine and wild flowers from the nearby woods.

Once a week (usually early Saturday morning) our pool expert – Oscar - will come to clean the pool, and Claudio, our gardener, will visit the property, also usually once a week, to check the irrigation and keep it looking beautiful.

San Nicolò is rented exclusively by Gorgacce Rentals: renting houses since 1993.

More Details

Property Manager
Emma Cordingley
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, German, Italian
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

About Emma Cordingley

My name is Emma, I run a small rentals agency based around the Niccone Valley where I have lived for the past 25 years, not far from San Nicolò. I know the area well so do ask me any questions. We are delighted to have taken on San Nicolo for 2017.

The owners of San Nicolò are: Born and brought up in the UK, we bought San Nicolo to give an added dimension to our busy working lives in the UK (I'm a publisher, my wife a novelist) and it has just done that. We love being there either on our own or as a family because it offers a fantastic blend of being secluded (you can smell the freshness in the air, so different to the pollution of the South East where we live) but within spitting distance of some wonderful villages and towns where we relish the fantastic fresh food, drink the locally grown wine and enjoy the local festivities. And appreciate that unique Italian blend of ancient architecture with sophisticated modern design. Ticks all our boxes! We also are active people, so like to walk in the amazing countryside right outside our doorstep, through the olive groves and the woods to the ridge with fabulous views north and south.

Emma Cordingley purchased this villa in 1995

Why Emma Cordingley chose Umbertide

Having spent many happy holidays in Italy, and eventually wanting to buy somewhere, we fell in love with San Nicolo because of its elevated position on a south-facing spur of land, catching the sun's rays for most of the day, and the many different spots in the garden where you can look at the views of the valley, not least the belvedere raised on stilts where you can sit and contemplate the world!

We loved the fact that it had a mature garden, that gave it the feeling of an oasis, which is different to many of the properties we'd stayed in up to that point that tended to be less lush/more bare. Having a tarmac road almost up to the gates is a big bonus in an area that where the white roads are not always ideal for modern cars.

It also fulfilled a dream of having a place where you are able to pick and eat figs off your own trees, and make a bit of olive oil from the olives on the property. Now it really feels like a home, and I hope that you'll feel the same way about it.

What makes this villa unique

Great value, great location, wonderful views, happy blend of seclusion and proximity to mod cons, great DVD collection, many special places where you can get away from the group for some peace and quiet, and other areas where you can enjoy all being together, notably on the recently built terrace outside the extended kitchen. Pool to refresh and exercise in. Table tennis if you fancy it. Not too huge to make it daunting for a couple or family of four, but plenty of room for bigger groups up to a maximum of eight.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Umbertide in Province of Perugia

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2960 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 20
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Beautiful views, ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Two single beds can be pushed together to make a double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Two singles can be made into a double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Two singles can be made into a double. Ground floor.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
San Nicolò is rented exclusively by Gorgacce Rentals: renting houses since 1993.


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San Nicolò, private house and pool. Free wifi, stunning views of Niccone Valley.
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

A holiday to treasure

  • 5 of 5

As you drive up and up the hill/mountain to San Nicolo the views are jaw-droppingly beautiful and remain so when you reach the house. Although not isolated the sense of peace and privacy is overwhelming and very relaxing. Everything about the house was well thought out and ensured that we had one of the best family holidays yet. Many thanks to Katarina for waiting for us and showing us around.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we really appreciate it and are very happy that you enjoyed your stay at San Nicolo. Emma
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Lovely house in a fantastic setting

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful house set within gorgeous gardens.The property has everything you could wish for for a relaxing week in the Umbrian countryside. There are several shady spots to eat and relax and numerous good restaurants within a short driving distance. The owners left generous welcoming gifts of fruit and wine.I have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending this property.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Don't look any further - this is the place!

  • 5 of 5

San Nicolo is a truly amazing place which everyone will enjoy. The house is phenomenal - it has the right mix of charm with modern comforts. There is lots of space (including numerous outdoor seating and eating places) so no one is under each other’s feet, there are ample bathrooms and there are lots of extras to help with any holiday – such as a stocked larder, board games, pool toys, reading material, DVDs etc. It is quiet and secluded and has a beautiful outlook. This is our second time to San Nicolo and we will be back – when you have found perfection it is hard to improve on. The surrounding area is full of quaint and beautiful villages and towns to visit and the owners have done a great job of ensuring any guest has ample information about the local attractions, sights and restaurants. No need to look any further – stay here! I know we will again.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely house, wonderful setting

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house, very easy to use everything and directions etc were perfect. Katarina who met us there was lovely and couldn't have been more welcoming.

Getting up the first morning and sitting in the sunshine looking down the valley was just great, moving from there was difficult. The house is close to a good but not busy road, then up a little back road, so not far but far enough for it to be quiet and peaceful.

Part ofthe garden is sloping and has a brilliant raised viewing deck so you can see both ways down the valley and catch the last rays of sun with a little glass of something.

The pool wasn't in use, it was April and we booked with only 1 day's notice so not surprising that it wasn't ready.

  • Review Submitted: 03-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sue, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at San Nicolò. We are so pleased you enjoyed holiday and hope you can return again in the summer when the pool is open.
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A very pleasant location

  • 5 of 5

The Niccone Valley area is one of our favourite places for holidays. San Nicolo did not disappoint; good house with every well provided for, lovely gardens and pool area. Not too far down to the valley for restaurants and trips out.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wish we were still there!

  • 5 of 5

The house was fantastically positioned above the valley and with so many wonderful places to visit close by. The house itself was wonderfully comfortable and spacious and the pool was AMAZING!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You can come back any time! Thank you for your review it is great for us to know you enjoyed your stay.
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Wine bar/restaurant i Girasoli
Nearest Ferry
140 Kilometres
Ancona (to Split)
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
i Girasoli
Nearest Ski
275 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
110 Kilometres
Car: necessary

If it’s alpaca you’re interested in, or taking out a pedalo on Lake Trasimeno, or riding a horse through the nearby woods, enjoying the jazz (and/or chocolate!) festival in Perugia or the film festival in Montone, or admiring Fra Angelico's art in Cortona and being moved by St Francis's birthplace in Assisi - Umbria and neighbouring Tuscany is full of exciting things to do and see. So many of the Umbrian towns like Orvieto, Todi, Spello, Spoleto, Foligno, Bevagna deserve a visit. Or if you prefer, you can just enjoy the slow relaxing life in the peace and quiet of San Nicolo.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Umbertide, Umbria

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid July to August 2018
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late September 2018
15 Sep 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Oct 2018 - 26 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 2019
27 Apr 2019 - 17 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
18 May 2019 - 14 Jun 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Jun 2019 - 12 Jul 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
13 Jul 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early September
31 Aug 2019 - 13 Sep 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late September
14 Sep 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Sep 2019 - 24 Apr 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

San Nicolò is rented exclusively by Gorgacce Rentals: renting houses since 1993.

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