The villa has two self-contained properties, each with direct access to pool
San Mamiliano is a tiny medieval hamlet in the breathtaking Valnerina area of southern Umbria, far off the beaten tourist track, yet within easy reach of the main sites. Summer holiday rental -- and also other dates - is available of part of a typical Umbrian 'casale', a splendid villa which probably dates back to the 16th century, and possibly much further. The accommodation for rent comprises two self-catering apartments, restored to a very high standard. The upper part of the house is our much loved holiday home, where we spend most weekends and part of the summer. The house is set in its own extensive grounds, just outside the village. Guests have the use of all the grounds, including a romantic private vine-covered terrace for La Terrazza, and a lovely belvedere looking out over the valley, for La Loggia. The property has an unusually large swimming pool, with stunning views over the surrounding hills and valleys. Particularly suitable for two families or groups of friends. It also has an outdoor pizza oven by the pool, which is a lot of fun and makes really excellent pizza, as well as bread and slow cooked food overnight.
A year round holiday choice: This beautiful and unspoilt corner of Umbria has something to offer all year round. You can roast chestnuts by the fire in Autumn, eat new olive oil (and watch it being made) on bruschetta in Winter, pick wild asparagus from the hillsides in Spring and have barbecues round the pool in Summer (lit for night-time swims). The stars are exceptional, with a good chance of seeing shooting stars in Summer. A pair of eagles nesting in the craggy valley of the Valnerina have been spotted from the deck of the pool on several occasions.
Away from the crowds: San Mamiliano is tucked away in a hidden corner of Umbria. Here, you won't find coach loads of tourists. Nor will you find yourself sitting next to other holidaymakers when you eat out at the excellent country trattorias, of which there are a number within easy reach. There are spectacular walks and horse riding, tennis, canoeing and white water rafting (including some descents suitable for children) all available nearby. There are also many little known local treasures, which the owners will be glad to point out. These include the highest waterfalls in Europe, an exquisite 7th century frescoed abbey and several abandoned hilltop villages, which can be reached on foot and are idyllic spots for a picnic.
A warm welcome: San Mamiliano is the perfect place for a family holiday, and children will receive an especially warm welcome. But it is also a very romantic setting, and an ideal place to chill out and de-stress. When Italian-English owners Mario, Clare and their children are in residence (most weekends and the summer), we do our best to give guests all the space and privacy they want. But we are also happy to help out in any way, by pointing out special places to visit, booking trattorias or advising on the best places to buy good local products such as olive oil and truffles. Clare will be happy to take guests horse-riding on the beautiful mountains nearby, while Mario is always pleased to chat about one his favourite subjects -- wine. Although the pool is shared, it is an unusually large one, with plenty of room in and out of the water. Many of our guests return year after year.
Details for holiday apartment La Terrazza, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 1 Bathroom
La Terrazza has whitewashed walls, wooden beams and a delightfully romantic vine-covered terrace which is completely enclosed. In late August/September you can lean out of the bathroom window to pick the grapes! There is a pretty master bedroom, furnished with hand-made Umbrian fabrics and with bathroom leading off it, and a smaller bedroom, with bags of character, leading off the kitchen/living room. Outside the main accommodation area is an old stone-walled cantina, which would once have been used for storing wine and curing hams, and has now been converted into a reading/play room and provides extra space for the dishwasher, washing machine and second fridge. In the heat of the summer, this is the coolest spot in the entire property. It is also perfect as an extra third bedroom for teenagers or extra guests, with a fold-out bed available on request. The accommodation has central heating, so is cozy in winter, with a log fire in the living room.
Top Traveller Review
Wat een idyllische plek, werkelijk fantastisch
About the Owner
I have written a book about my adventure buying and doing up a ruin here in Umbria, and all that it led to. It’s called Chickens Eat Pasta and I'm told it's quite a good read. It's certainly very different now from when I bought it all those years ago!
You can find details here:
There’s a special 10% discount (quote this code: UMBRIA when you order) for my friends if you buy it from the publisher Troubadour.
Please don't buy it through Amazon if possible, as they take 65% of all royalties!
For anyone outside the UK, you might also want to consider buying it through the Book Depository, as they ship free worldwide. See http://www.bookdepository.com/Chickens-Eat-Pa…/9781784623517
Guests who come to stay can purchase a copy here, and of course I'll sign it.
I hope you like it!
4.6 based on 13 holidaymaker reviews
Secluded with fabulous mountain views
A beautiful stone character house, tucked into the Umbrian hills. Divine views, from every window and hectares of land surrounding with wild flowers,natural landscape and privacy. A superb 14 th century village a few doors from here, total population 14 people delights with the church bells ringing on the hour from 7 am. Magical! There are huge fireplaces for the cool winters but a fabulous pool for the summers. Two apartments give space for four couples or more and two kitchens, if required are perfect for the keen chef. We ate at several local trattorias and osterias for not only super food but excellent prices. There are many varied ristorante to choose from. A memorable stay, a true Italian style villa with comfort, charm and character and unforgettable views!
Sue and Glenn Barnes
Wat een idyllische plek, werkelijk fantastisch
Wat een idyllische plek, prachtig gelegen villa omringd door serene rust. De eigenaren zijn zeer betrokken en het geheel heeft ons 2 heerlijke weken opgeleverd. Veel gezien in de historische omgeving, genoten van de vele restaurantjes en ook de rust in de tuin en bij het zwembad opgezocht. De villa is goed onderhouden en van alle gemakken voorzien. Een echte aanrader, een warme aanbeveling. Wij komen zeker volgend jaar weer terug! Veel dank aan Clare en Mario voor de gastvrijheid! Bob-Jan Dietrich
Gorgeous villa!! Highly recommended
This was our second stay at this wonderful villa in hidden Umbria, and it was just as fantastic as we remembered it from our visit 2 years ago. The villa is beautiful and is kept really clean. We arrived really late but there was a food pack waiting for us so we just opened a bottle of wine and sat out on the terrace and relaxed straight away!!! The area is just stunning and we loved all the local restaurants in the area. Also had a great day at La Somma for an impressive track thorugh the mountains with good forward horses. We loved our stay, thank you Claire and Mario for you hospitality and good care. We will be back for a 3rd visit soon next year! With warmest regards, Stephanie
What a beautiful place to stay! A place, fulled with love for human & nature. Reading my book at the pool and I found it hard to concentrate because of the spectacular views over the mountains. The place is near lovely old villages and near Spoleto. Everything is taking care of and Clare is an excellent guide. She knows all the right spots, restaurants, musea and other things which made our stay excellent. We will back, that's for sure!!!!!
A very attractive house set in a peaceful setting
Having read Clares book "Chickens eat pasta" it was all the more exciting to visit San Mamilliano. A comfortable place to stay, very clean and tidy. Essentials like sugar and olive oil, washing up liquid etc already there, so sensible. Very quiet and enjoyed the company of Clare and Mario very much. They were very attentive and able to tell us where to visit. Clare also arranged a delightful 3 hour horse ride in the mountains above Spoletto with stunning views. The swimming pool is beautiful and large and is always spotless. BBQ available and outdoor tables available to enjoy eating outside. I was very refreshed when I left and sad to go.
Is this the most perfectly peaceful place to holiday? It certainly seems like it. The idyllic beauty and quiet is awesome and wonderful to relax, read and dip into the pool. And then you are in the middle of what seems an endless series of amazing mountainside villages, to sightsee and eat wonderful food at ridiculously low prices. Yes, perfect
Activity and Interests
San Mamiliano is an excellent base to explore all the main sites in Umbria (Spoleto 20 mins/Assisi/Perugia/Todi/Orvieto 40 mins) and then retreat to peace and quiet at the end of the day. It is too small to feature on most maps. The nearest bigger villages are Ferentillo and Montefranco. The house can be reached in approx. 1.5 hours by car from Rome, 2 hours from Ancona or Pescara, or just 40 minutes from Perugia, now serviced by Ryan Air flights from Stansted.
Other Activities: canoeing and white water rafting; collecting wild asparagus in Spring; walks to abandoned hill villages;close Spoleto, with arts, museums, restaurants
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Oct 2016 - 17 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
FREE half case of good Umbrian wine on all bookings for 2016 made by March 31 2016.
For rentals of both properties, a discount of 10% is available on the rental price of the second property.
For stays of two weeks in either property, a 10% discount is available for the second week. NB Only one special offer may be applied in any one rental period. Easter and Xmas are charged at Mid Season rates
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“This part of Umbria is stunning in Spring and Autumn too and we offer guests a warm welcome year-round. There are wild asparagus, orchids and nightingales in March, April, May and June and glorious colours in the foliage in October and November. Ask about out special offer packages which can be tailored to suit and can last just a few days or more. They can be based on self-catering or B&B, with optional dinner. These breaks may include spectacular walks (self-guided or with guide) to abandoned hill villages or mountains with 360 degree views, complete with delicious picnic provided. We can also offer horse riding and even cooking lessons from a Spoleto chef who will teach you how to prepare a meal based on local ingredients, including fresh pasta and truffles (you can agree the menu together), which you will then eat with superb local wines.”
- Linens Provided
- Sofa Bed
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Audio Tape Player
- CD Player
- DVD Player
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- children welcome
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
- horse riding
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- 60 m²
- Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Shower, bidet. Decorated with hand-painted maiolica tiles. Good quality towels provided
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Master Bedroom - 1 Double Bed, can be converted to a twin and third bed or cot added if req
- Second Bedroom - 1 Double Bed, double bed is slightly narrower than standard
- 2 doubles, 1 double sofabed in living room. Reading room can be adapted to become third bedroom for older children, with fold-out bed available on request. Cot available
- Child's Swing
- Sand Pit
- 10 garden chairs
- 6 deck chairs
- The property has two double bedrooms, but the larger room can be converted to a twin if necessary, and there is room for a third single bed for families with children, if required. The bathroom leads off the main bedroom. On request, the reading room can be converted to a third bedroom for teenagers or extra guests. This part of Umbria is stunning in Spring and Autumn too and we offer guests a warm welcome year-round. Ask about out special offer packages which can be tailored to suit and can last just a few days or more. They can be based on self-catering or B&B, with optional dinner. These breaks may include spectacular walks (self-guided or with guide) to abandoned hill villages or mountains with 360 degree views, complete with delicious picnic provided. We can also offer horse riding and even cooking lessons from a Spoleto chef who will teach you how to prepare a meal based on local ingredients, (you can agree the menu together), which you will then eat with superb local wines.