|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
With its original stone walls, beamed ceilings and terracotta floors, La Loggia is a very appealing place to spend a holiday, and great care has been taken in its restoration. The living room is part of the ancient foundations of the house, with a lovely divan literally gouged out of the rock and scattered with cushions. The kitchen has all modern appliances, including dishwasher and washing machine, but retains plenty of original features and is furnished in traditional style. The master bedroom is a lovely airy room with a four-poster bed and beautiful hand painted furniture. It has restful views out across the hills and valleys. The second bedroom, a twin, is smaller, but very light and attractive, with French windows which open on to similar views. The bathroom is large and inviting, with original stone walls and hand painted tiles around the separate bathtub and shower unit. Outside, a pretty shaded veranda offers the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink.
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.
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!
Clare Pedrick purchased this apartment in 1983
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.
FREE half case of good Umbrian wine on all bookings for 2017 made by March 31 2017.
For rentals of both properties, a discount of 10% is available on the rental price of the second property.
For stays of 2 weeks in either property,10% discount is available for the second week. NB Only 1 special offer can be applied in any one rental period.
Bedlinen and final cleaning charge of €65 on all bookings
I would without doubt recommend this property. The owners were utterly charming and went above and beyond in terms of customer service. Clare and Mario were able to make informed recommendations for activities suitable for our family.
The property itself was quaint and comfortable and the pool more than lived up to the pictures on the website. The families in the other property were equally lovely, indeed they were the icing on the cake for our holiday. However if you didn't want to mix and mingle you wouldn't have to.
The surrounding countryside is beautiful and there are plenty of beautiul places nearby to visit (Assisi, Spoleto, Orvieto etc) as well as activities for families.
Forget the SatNav. We hired one for the holiday and discovered that they get very confused in the mountains and in the tight mediaeval streets of the umbrian hill towns, so get a good old fashioned map and enjoy this beautiful place.
We had a lovely week at Clare and Mario' gorgeous farmhouse. Our apartment was great and the swimming pool a huge success with our family. Good location and hosts very helpful especially regarding restaurants. We also had a brilliant day white river rafting. Hope to come back one day soon.
Like others before us, we found La Loggia the perfect place for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. The house was well equipped and it was also very cool - never felt too hot indoors. The swimming pool is indeed fantastic with superb views and so atmospheric with the sound of cicadas during the day and watching bats flying around at night.
Clare and Mario were absolutely lovely - always helpful but not at all intrusive. And especially kind to us when our flights home were cancelled, which saved the end of our holiday from being really stressful.
The area around San Mamiliano is perfect for anyone who wants to experience the real Italy, loves the countryside, walking, exploring countless medieval hill towns. We especially enjoyed Carsulae Roman ruins, river rafting and a horse riding expedition which Clare kindly led us on and wow! you have to visit the Piano Grande in the Sibilini mountains, even if the wildflowers aren't out it is still a unique place to see and a beautiful drive.
We very much enjoyed our time at La Loggia and would recommend it to anyone.
We were looking for a peaceful and restful vacation, and this gem in the hills at San Mamiliano ticked all the boxes for us! Our comfortable, well maintained apartment had all the facilities required, and being late Spring, the garden and surrounding country was looking superb. Long walks on virtually traffic free local roads always yielded a good haul of wild asparagus as a cooking bonus! There were endless attractions to visit and experience on the many day excursions we took, and for foodies there are many restaurants within easy drive, to suit all tastes and budgets. With absolutely breathtaking views this tranquil location will not disappoint. We would certainly recommend a holiday break at La Loggia.
Eind mei is het ideale jaargetijde om het groene hart van Italie te ontdekken. De regen is voorbij en de zon komt tevoorschijn. De eigenaresse is een fervent paardrijdster en kan je meenemen op een tocht door de streek. Fietsen, wandelen en het bezoeken van stadjes in de omgeving, La Loggis is een prima uitvalsbasis. Het is een genot om s'avonds van de ondergaande zon te genieten met een proseco. Een aanrader.
San Mamiliano deserves the highest praise. The house itself is delightful in every respect - well appointed, and very easy to live in. The location is stunningly beautiful in a very unspoilt and seemingly undiscovered bit of Umbria. We had gorgeous hot days which were perfectly complimented by wonderful swims in the fabulous clear and large pool overlooking the mountainside.
The owners who live next door, Clare and Mario, are unobtrusive yet incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, their presence added a huge amount to our general enjoyment and discovery of our surroundings.
The part of Umbria is well known for delicious cuisine, don't miss the Norcia wild boar and barley risotto with porcini and truffles!
Wandering through the mediaeval streets of nearby Spoletto and riding in the foothills of the mountains were also high points. Many thanks San Mam, we will be back!!