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Set in Rolling hills and pasture, rural peace, but just 12 kilometres from town - La Lunetta

Bedrooms 2
Space 365 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking



La Lunetta

LA LUNETTA, an old stone barn, has been restored to a very high standard, and has been converted into 2 apartments : LA LUNETTA and STUDIO (see separate entry) which are connected through a normally locked sound-proofed door; the two apartments can be opened through to each other to suit groups of friends or family.

LA LUNETTA, the larger apartment, has 2 bedrooms, double and twin, sleeps 4, expanding to 8 with extra folding beds and futons. Furnished simply, comfortably and with style. LA LUNETTA faces west overlooking large communal pool with terrace; and to the east has own private terrace, through French windows, looking over rolling sheep pasture and wooded hills, and distant views of the hilltop monastery of Monte Corona.

About the property

La Lunetta, restored barn

Converted from an old barn into two apartments - the main house LA LUNETTA, sleeps 4/6, and attached STUDIO, sleeps 2 (see separate entry), with possibility of interconnecting the two for an extended family group. The conversion has retained the original character with arched openings, huge beams and revealed stonework, and is simply but elegantly furnished with all modern equipment. Overlooking a timeless Umbrian landscape of rolling wooded hills, gentle valleys, sheep pastures, distant prospects, with just the occasional tinkle of a sheep bell or the glimpse of a strolling monk to disturb your siesta. Only 15 minutes from lively town of Umbertide, with all daily needs, weekly market (with English 2nd-hand charity bookshop), restaurants and banks.

The 2 apartments share the pool, also with the English owners (who rarely go in the water) who live in the large farmhouse close by.

LA LUNETTA has a twin bedroom downstairs with adjoining bathroom; and double bedroom upstairs with en suite bathroom, accessed by internal spiral staircase and external stairs, with wonderful views. Airy well-equipped kitchen/dining room, and through an arch the sitting room with large flat-screen TV, comfortable seating, bookshelves, large collection of DVDs, and wide views from both rooms onto own terrace and the beautiful rural setting of pasture, woodland and hills.

The STUDIO apartment (sleeps 2, see separate details) is connected internally by normally sealed door from La Lunetta twin bedroom. Private terrace, wide rural views to east and south, with loungers, dining table and chairs, umbrellas and BBQ.

The pool (12x6metres) with diving board, is across the entrance drive, and has a large paved terrace south and west facing, shared occasionally with the farmhouse owners. Potted flowering and topiary plants, reclining chairs and umbrellas, ample space. Terrace and pool are in a commanding position, on a knoll, with sun all day long.

Access from the road is up 600 metre earth track, well-maintained.

Nearby (8 mins) is Antognolla Gold Course, Robert Trent Jones designed, club house facilities, overlooked by spectacular castle.

More Details

Jill Essery
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
20 March, 2017

About Jill Essery

Managers Aubrey & Jill Essery semi-retired to their old farmhouse opposite La Lunetta in 1997, and subsequently in 2002 oversaw the restoration of La Lunetta for their close friends from Darwin Australia.

Why Jill Essery chose Umbertide

We fell in love with this part of Umbria on holiday several years earlier and found our own farmhouse ruin to convert. Our Australian friends visited for Christmas, and they too fell in love with the area. So they bought their own ruin, the barn right opposite us, and we helped them to plan the restoration, keeping as much as possible of the original character.

What makes this barn unique

The setting is quite beautiful, easy of access to local town amenities just 12 kilometres away, but with peaceful, changing rural views all around.

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
Booking confirmed on receipt of deposit of 50% of total rental. Remaining 50% of rental payable on arrival, in Euro cash (currency exchange rate on arrival) , plus returnable damage deposit of 250 Euro. In case of cancellation, deposit will be refunded, less 10% administration charge, if notice received 8 weeks or more prior to start of holiday. If notice received less than 8 weeks, no refund will be made.
50% deposit payable by bank transfer in £sterling; remaining 50% on arrival payable in Euro cash at current exchange rate.

Changeover Day:
Friday/Saturday during main season, at other times it may be flexible. Arrival not before 4pm, departure no later than 10am.


Accommodation and facilities for La Lunettain Umbertide in Province of Perugia

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 365 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Handbasin, mirror & shelves
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Chest of drawers, handbasin, mirror & shelves
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Ample wardrobe,drawers,dressing table,small rattan settee.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Ample wardrobe, bedside tables, dressing table.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Linen and towels changed weekly. Pool towels provided. Cleaning prior to arrival and on departure. Extra cleaning available mid-term if requested at extra charge. Cot, baby bath and high chair available. Extra folding beds and futon available. Laundry with washing machine shared by both apartments. Portable electric fans; central heating at extra charge. Firewood free. No pets. Please note that Jill and Aubrey, your hosts and managers living in the farmhouse close by, have their own dog and cat (shy but friendly). Each apartment has its own separate terrace. Outside: Large pool, underwater-lit at night by request, is surrounded by terrace adjacent to Owner's farmhouse, and is shared by both apartments, and occasionally, by owners. South and west facing, an ideal place for relaxing all day long. Well equipped with loungers and umbrellas, flowering patio tubs and topiary. The whole complex including terrace and pool is in a commanding position, on a knoll, with sun all day long. All-round views, with surrounding sheep pastures, distant ruins, old olive trees and forest. Access from the main valley road is up a 600-metre well-maintained earth track. We are happy to advise of places of interest - walking, scenic, cultural, shopping - and local restaurants, and to make bookings for you.


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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Antognolla Golf Course, Robert Trent Jones design
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
E45 Superstrada
Nearest Restaurant
9 Kilometres
Abbazia de Montecorona
Car: necessary


Lake Trasimeno, with shore-side villages, restaurants, promenades, ferries to islands , at 35 km, mostly dual carriageway.


Airports: Perugia 30 mins. Ancona 2 hours. Bologna 2½ hours. Forli 1½ hours. Rome 2½ hours. Pisa within 3½ hours.

Car hire is best done at point of entry and absolutely vital as the properties are completely rural.


Umbertide, 10km, our local shopping town is friendly and unpretentious, with good supermarkets, banks, family restaurants, cafes and bars, a lively weekly market, and a railway station.

Good road and rail connections to many renowned towns: Perugia, the regional capital, 30 mins, Gubbio 35 mins, Assisi 45 mins, Cortona 50 mins, Todi 45 mins, Arezzo 60 mins, Siena 90 mins, Orvieto 2hrs. Florence 100 mins and Rome 3hrs also reached by excellent inter-city railway links.

Further Details:

The surrounding pastures and woods around La Lunetta extend beyond to hills and valley clefts, and distant mountains. Good walking and hill climbing (Montacuto, opposite, at 1000m, has the remains of an Etruscan site). Plenty of wildlife - boar, porcupine, deer are occasionally seen at dusk. Wildflowers, wild asparagus and funghi in due season. The track leading to the house from the good valley road is 600m, and well-maintained. Many good local restaurants - Aubrey and Jill are good guides.

Lake Trasimeno (35 mins) has pretty villages, good fish restaurants, lakeside bars and icecream parlours, ferry trips to historic Isola Maggiore (St. Francis), and sunsets to take your breath away.

Many other lesser-known sites of great interest - Spello, Spoleto, Carsulae, Deruta, Urbino, San Sepolcro, Monterchi - Etruscan and Roman ruins, traditional pottery, famous art treasures, cathedrals, ducal palaces and museums.