Restored farmhouse in Val Nese, between Perugia and Umbertide, Mature Shady Garden And Cool Bedrooms
Molinello, a charming 18th Century stone farmhouse, enclosed by its acre of garden, is situated in a very lovely, sparsely populated rural valley, 20 minutes drive from Perugia (the capital city of Umbria) and within easy driving distance of many of the other most remarkable towns of Umbria and Tuscany. A careful restoration has kept the character of the house intact whilst transforming it into a comfortable and much loved Italian home.
Top Traveller Review
Lovely Italian Home
About the Owner
About Rae + Chris Cohen
We fell in love with Umbria on our first visit in the 1980's. In the early 1990's we started a family and shortly afterwards bought Molinello, then a ruined property, and set about renovating it. Since that time we have enjoyed many family holidays at the house and now that our children are adults they take their friends there too for holidays. We have explored the area extensively and never tire of it. As lovers of good food we enjoy shopping for local specialities, searching out good wines and restaurants. When not in Umbria we live in Yorkshire.
Rae + Chris Cohen purchased this farmhouse in 1995
(5 traveller reviews)
Lovely Italian Home
We were recommended this property by friends and it was the perfect holiday home from which to explore the local Umbrian countryside and towns and then provide us with rural peace, cool and shade from the August heat. The house is spacious and cool, was clean, well-maintained and has ample facilities. The pool was a perfect temperature. Rae provided us with plenty of helpful information and directions. We would definitely recommend this property.
Undeniably fantastic rustic retreat
As soon as you head off the beaten track and open the gates to Molinello you can't help but be impressed by the grounds that the farmhouse sits in. A lush variety of trees embrace 'your space' for the next couple of weeks.
The house itself sits proudly at the head of the grounds and as you take your first steps into the kitchen the openness and elevation of the beams are awe inspiring.
Molinello is full of neat little spaces, such as the little balcony off the far side of the kitchen which gives a lovely view of the evening stars and enables you to appreciate the comfort of the remote setting, just the occasional jingling of sheep bells breaking the silence.
The pool is lovely with a tremendous open space for sun worshippers and plenty of tree shade for those not so keen! With children on board and the searing temperatures we were lucky enough to have the pool was delicious!
The bedrooms are spacious and have the welcome coolness of being below ground level in some areas, keeping a nice balance for pleasant sleep.
You really want for nothing there, as the house is very well equipped. We purchased a cool bag to leave there so that the lazy bones amongst us could take cold drinks to the poolside and not have to wander far for refreshments!
Molinello has such a relaxed and pleasant feeling, you can't help but be incredibly chilled for the duration.
We had a slight issue with the hot water whilst there, but a quick email to Rae, the owner, and Francesca was there the following day to sort it out. For such a remote location you could not have received a better service!
Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your wonderful house.
Molinello is a real gem. You can see that real care and attention has been paid to its restoration. The house has real character and charm and the garden and pool were wonderful. There was everything we wanted there, and more! I really liked the location - just a little off the beaten track, enough to make you feel you were in the country but close enought to really nice towns and cities. Loved the shade in the garden and the cool bedrooms - but this place would be great at anytime of the year. Would love to return and hope to do so again. Thanks Rae for all the useful suggestions and tips.
Last year we decided to finally go for it and search this perfect place in Italy to spend our holidays. Being a family with 2 children , 8 and 14 years , and no previous experience in Italy, we had a lot of criteria to be met: swimming pool, driving distance to important cultural areas, not too touristic our crowdy.... We were very lucky to have found all this in the house of Rae Cohen. Molinello - as it is called - is a beautiful refurbished house, with a lovely garden in the area of Umbertide. Rae provided us with excellent service and information and it exceeded our (already high) expectations without a problem. We followed all her tips provided in her extensive documentation and we were never disappointed. Francesca, the housekeeper visiting us regularly for clean sheets and pool, was always willing to answer our questions. We left after 2 weeks feeling that we definitely had to come back some day.
Charming house in picturesque surrounding
The photos do not fully show the charming setting of this house with its absolutely beautiful garden. We spent one week with our kids (11, 13y) so we had a mixed program of sightseeing and relaxing. We did a few half day tours to Assisi, Perugia and Lake Trasimeno, all of which can be easily reached within the hour. The pool was very well kept and the large garden was a delight for our senses. The are no neighbours except for a farm a few hundred meters away so the house lies in absolute tranquility. The house was fully equipped and clean. The owners provided us with a comprehensive information package which was helpful as it contained all the necessary information about the house, the surroundings, shopping, sightseeing etc. Already a few weeks before we arrived the owners provided us with Information so we felt very welcome from the beginning.
We enjoyed our stay very much and can fully recommend this house if you are looking for an amazing place in full nature.
Activity and Interests
Driving distance is the approximate time required:
Perugia: 30 minutes
Pisa: 180 minutes
Rome: 150 minutes.
A car is essential. Hire cars can be collected at all the airports mentioned above and advice re. companies is given on request. Whilst this hillside region is noted for its beautiful landscape and Lago Trasimeno, the largest lake in Central Italy, with ferry boats to the 2 major islands is less than 15 miles.
Many of the most important towns of Umbria and Tuscany are also with short driving distances:
Perugia: 30 minutes.
Assisi: 45 minutes.
Gubbio: 40 minutes.
Todi: 45 minutes.
Cortona: 45 minutes.
Arezzo: 60 minutes.
Orvieto: 60 minutes.
Sienna: 90 minutes.
Florence: 110 minutes
Rome: 150 minutes.
Florence and Rome are easily accessed by car, but for relaxed day trips the train service, which is efficient and inexpensive, is recommended.
The elegant pool, 12m x 5m has large shallow curved steps at 1 end. The surrounding of the pool is paved with terracotta tiles which lead to the canopied shade of a large walnut tree (a favourite dining place). This tree also provides shade for spectators of boule matches and is, therefore pivotal to both areas otherwise separated and enclosed by hedges.
Molinello is situated low down in the valley. The white road that winds through the valley to it is well maintained. Beyond the garden, the land gently rises in all directions, allowing wide views of the landscape. The surrounding land is owned by sheep farmers, whose farmhouse is 1km away. The lower slopes of the hills are pasture land interspersed with areas of natural woodland, primarily of oak and juniper. The mountain of Montacuto (which was 1 of the most important Etruscan sites in the area) is visible from the house. This is excellent walking country when it is not too hot and there is much to interest wild flower and funghi enthusiasts.
There are many good, inexpensive local restaurants, some of which are in, or close to, the small nearby town of Umbertide (which is also a good place to shop, especially on market days when there is a great range of local produce available). Other well recommended places to eat can be found in nearby villages, and some in spectacular scenic locations in the hills.
There are good tennis courts in the area.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
For rentals of more than 1 week there will be a change of bed linen, bathroom and kichen towels. If cleaning is required it will be charged additionally.
The changeover day is usually Friday or Saturday during the main season but may be negotiable.
Notes on prices:
Prices for the property per week are in UK pounds. Prices do not include central heating. Discounts are available for rental periods of 3 weeks or more.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Heating ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Dishes & Utensils ...
- Kitchen ...
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Music Library ...
- Stereo ...
- Toys ...
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- winery tours
- bird watching
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- 2 bathrooms with shower. One with bath
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 1 large bedroom with kingsize double bed. 1 bedroom with queensize double bed and glazed door into garden. 1 bedroom with 1 Double and 1 single beds. In addition there is a cot for an infant.
- Golf ...
- Garden ...
- Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is suitable for a maximum of 7 guests. The bedrooms, bathrooms and utility room are on the lower floor ensuring that they are cool in the heat of summer and the kitchen/dining room and sitting room are located on the upper floor. There is a large covered raised terrace running the length of the property which is ideal for dining out. No pets allowed. Outside: Large garden which contains the swimming pool and boule pitch, and is equipped with furniture and barbecue. The garden is designed for a family who choose, when possible, to live out-of-doors, with many areas that are safe and exciting to play in, as well as sheltered and secluded areas for dining and relaxing. The feeling of the garden is of unusual luxuriance; the shade provided by its trees, hedges and shrubs providing a dramatic contrast to the large, open, cut green and gravel areas. It is maintained throughout the year and is approximately of 1 acre, on a level, bordered by 2 streams which run dry in the hottest months. The rest of the year the sound of running water is a feature of the garden. There are many fine mature trees, including linden, cypress and false acacia. The pool is open June to September. Utility Room: Utility room with washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The house will be thoroughly cleaned before the arrival of guests and we request that it is left reasonably clean and tidy when they leave. Bathroom and pool towels provided Other: There are entrances into the kitchen from a large roofed verandah which provides an outside dining area (west facing) and a small balcony (east facing).