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18th Century Stone Farmhouse With Private Pool

Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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.

Rae + Chris Cohen
Member since: 2002
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

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


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

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 bathrooms with shower. One with bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
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).


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18th Century Stone Farmhouse With Private Pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Very rural and quiet, but well-equipped and beautiful situation

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for a family reunion and prolonged birthday party. The bedrooms are on the lower floor, which makes them cooler. Kitchen is better equipped than many rental properties we have stayed in, making it easy to cook. The swimming pool is perfect, with lovely views of the surrounding hills. Watching the fireflies dancing around the garden in the evening was magical. It is a 20 minute drive from anywhere, so you need to be well-organised. However, Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio and Lago di Trasimeno are all within an hour of the property, so there are lots of possible excursions.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Un très agréable lieu plein de charme, au milieu des collines et des animaux de la ferme voisine.

Des propriétaires prévenants.

Notre secours de 3 jours fût d'une tranquillité formidable à quelques pas de la très belle ville de Perugia.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely, well equipped, villa in a rural location

  • 5 of 5

The villa is off the beaten- track and surrounded by a working farm. Despite it's rural location trips to Assisi, Perugia and Gubbio were all within an easy 30 minute drive. Shops, bakeries and other everyday necessities were 10 to 15 minute drive. The layout of villa meant that bedrooms remained cool even on hottest days. The pool and garden were a great addition. Everything in the villa was exceptionally well maintained. Rae (owner) was always available to answer any queries and to provide helpful local information.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A peaceful and relaxing place

  • 5 of 5

The house is a very charming old farm, nicely restored. The property is bordered by fields and woods, most of the sounds we heard were birds singing or sheeps bleating :)

We had a very quiet rest, among the multiple plus of the house, I can notice : the large and beautiful pool in the middle of the well-maintained garden, spacious rooms, DVD player and Internet access, a "pétanque" strip.

The place is a good start for hiking in the countryside, admiring dramatic views from the top of the hills, bumping animals and birds.

From the house, we also easily reached multiple exceptional Italian cities such as Arezzo, Assisi, Gubio, Perugia, Siena and others

Thanks to Rae and Chris for their detailed advices, very useful for a very fast on-boarding to holidays! :)

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Italian Home

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Undeniably fantastic rustic retreat

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
15 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Colle Umberto
Car: necessary


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.

Further Details:

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Umbertide, Umbria

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jul 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
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

Booking Notes:
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.

Changeover Day:
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

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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