Villa converted into 2 apartments within 5 minutes of Montone Umbria with 360 degree views of the countryside
San Martino is situated on the elevated site of a 14th century church. It has uninterrupted views of the medieval award-winning town of Montone. The house has been tastefully converted into 2 luxury apartments, one of which sleeps 2/3 people, and the other one sleeps 2/3/4, with there own private access and eating areas. The 2 apartments share a beautiful pool, which is a short stroll from the house and is set amongst the vines. Olives and vines dominate the garden and both are very productive. Linda and Ben, the two English owners, encourage the guests to experience the delights of their home-produced wine and the olive oil as well as the seasonal fruits, such as figs and cherries. The garden is home to many beautiful birds and butterflies during the summer months and the fire flies are a bonus in the evening.
Details for holiday apartment Anna (2 Bedrooms, both ensuite, Sleeps 2/3/4), 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 2 Bathrooms
This is a ground floor apartment all on one level with 2 bedrooms with en-suite facilities, the first being king-size with a beautiful arched window, wooden beams and terrazo tiled floor. The second offers adaptability as either a king-size or twin-bedded room with uninterrupted views of Montone. Both ensuite bathrooms have toilet, bidet, shower and washbasin.
The living /dining room is spacious with a sofa and 2 relaxing chairs as well as a large dining table. A DVD/CD player, with an assortment of entertaining films are available, together with a variety of books, some guide books appertaining to Italy can be found in the book case.
The living/dining room opens out into the kitchen, which is well equipped with new units and appliances, including a gas hob, oven, fridge-freezer, dishwasher plus micro-wave. There are numerous utensils for the discerning cook. The kitchen has an arched patio entrance where guests can eat either in the shade or in the sun; again the views are amazing.
Top Traveller Review
Un endroit à découvrir...
About the Owner
Cumbria To Umbria!
Linda and Ben, having spent most of their working lives in professional positions in the Lake District, whilst also running bed and breakfast establishments for 26 years decided to change their life-styles and moved to Italy 18 years ago.
This is their 2nd venture, and San Martino was purchased in 2003, the location being everything.
7 years on the house has been lovingly restored into 3 apartments, and hopefully we now offer a relaxing haven for you to visit and spend some quality time in this very beautiful area of Italy.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We had a lovely week here - Linda & Ben have thought of everything and what we normally moan about - poor showers, small pillows and uncomfortable beds were all great.
5 based on 4 holidaymaker reviews
Un endroit à découvrir...
Très chouette gîte (2 chambres, 2 s-d-b), propre, amoureusement décoré et bien équipé (hormis un percolateur)... En pleine nature, pas de route à proximité, belle piscine, bref, un endroit enchanteur d'autant que la propriétaire (Linda, anglaise) est super sympa...
Wonderful accomodation, stunning location
We have just returned from a wonderful week at San Martino. The apartment (Anna) surpassed our expectations and we have no hesitation in recommending to other families.
Ben and Linda are very welcoming and have thought of everything to make their guests stay comfortable and relaxing. The welcome pack is very generous and the extras, included in the rental, like pool towels, Wi-Fi and a well equipped kitchen make all the difference.
The pool is refreshing and the views stunning. There are many places nearby to visit for sightseeing, wonderful restaurants and stunning scenery but on this occasion we were happy to relax in or around the apartment and enjoy the views in our favourite part of Italy.
We have stayed in many self catering properties throughout Italy and can genuinely say that this is a favourite. We sincerely hope to be back!
Hard to beat
If you want quiet simple Umbrian life away from the throbbing masses with home from home comforts then this is the place for you. I can only reiterate what other reviewers have said - great location, stunning views, beautiful hill top village, well located but not touristy. Amazing value for money with the best welcome pack we have experienced as well. The owners are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The property is well kept, clean and very comfortable. Irrespective of whether you want to chill round the pool or go sight seeing, It really doesn't get much better than this.
Idyllic Spot in Perugia
We stayed at San Martino for two weeks in early June, together with Ursula's cousin, having driven from UK. What a wonderfully tranquil place to stay!
The view across the valley to Umbertide and Montone is wonderful. The light on Montone in particular is interesting with the movement of the sun during the day. Eating outside looking over such lovely views, whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner or supper, has a tremendous WOW factor.
The accommodation is spacious and comfortable, with everything provided to make your stay truly enjoyable, and the welcome pack of food is very welcome and interesting. Nice big, comfy beds, good sized lounge with plenty of sofa space, and, on a hot day, cool inside. The accommodation has been set out immaginitively and with lots of thought. The good sized pool is just across the yard, surrounded by lavender bushes and with lots of shade available.
The entry on to the property is exciting and sporty, being a steep climb up a narrow track. A bit eye-opening the first time, but it soon becomes a part of staying there and an interesting way of arriving and departing. Just stick in first gear and there's no problem.
Ben and Linda, the hosts, live on the property and one of them is always available if there is a query. They are amusing and entertaining and are a lovely couple who are interested in their guests. Nothing is too much trouble for them and they are a fund of local knowledge. It was a pleasure to get to know them and to count them as friends.
Montone is within walking distance and is a quiet but very interesting medieval Italian hill town. Umbertide is a fascinating mix of old and new, from the medieval tower and old houses by the river,to the modern quarter near the supermarket, with its echoes of 1970's Italy with Piazza Karl Marx and Via Yuri Gargarin.
The entire holiday was a tremendous mix of sights, sounds and smells, the old and the new, with views ranging from mountain vistas to forests, riverside walks, beautiful lakes, fascinating villages and historical towns,and, of course, enticing and enchanting restaurants.
We have been coming to Italy since the late 70's, even lived in Napoli for 4 years, but this was our first visit to Perugia. We shall definitely be back. Thanks again Ben and Linda.
Activity and Interests
Lake Trasimeno has small beaches, it is 45 minutes by car.
The 2 nearest airports are Perugia, and Ancona which are all serviced by Ryan-air from Stanstead. Perugia is only 30 minutes whilst Ancona is 1.5 to 2 hours away. Rome,Bologna and Pisa, which are serviced by low cost airlines from most regional airports in the UK are approx.2.5 hours away. A car is essential. Cars can be hired from all main dealers at the airports, it is recommended to take out full car insurance and to check all cars body work thoroughly before embarking on an agreement.
Montone 2 miles, 5 minutes by car. Umbertide 6 miles, 15 minutes by car. Perugia 25 miles, 35 minutes by car. All other tourist attractions such as Assissi, Sienna, Piaenza, Montepulciano, Cortona, Lake Trasimeno, Perugia,Todi, Sansepolcro, Orvieto, Deruta, Gubbio. Spello, Montefalco, Arezzo, Urbino, Rimini and the Adriatic are within easy driving distance and can be discussed with the two resident owners. Whilst it is possible to catch trains to Rome and Florence for the day.
Montone,is a beautifully maintained medieval award winning town "Uno dei Borgo piu belli d'Italia", and provides most of the basic amenities which is only a 5 minute drive from San Martino.
There is a post office, bank with cash machine as well as a number of restaurants which offer a variety of ways to dine to suit all pockets, and 3 grocery shops which offer most commodities, one offering porcetta panninis, a local delicacy on Tuesdays.
There is also a bakery, butchers, tabac, hairdressers,haberdashers and a petrol station.
The "Aries" bar serves delicious coffee and homemade Italian ice-cream and is situated right on the main square.
In addition to these local services,Montone is home to many special festas that take place in this ancient town, mostly in the main Piazzo Fortebraccio.
In early July, the Umbria Film Festival is staged and is run by Terry Gilliam of Monty Python Fame. Every night, for a week, there are films made all over the world to be seen on a large open air screen erected specially in the main Piazza.
For a week in the middle of August there is a special festa "Donazione Della Santa Spina" (A thorn that is supposedly from the crown that Jesus wore at his crucifiction) and here the 3 quarters of Montone compete for a victors banner. Each quarter stage a play, have there own taverns and there are crossbow competitions etc included in this Palio.The whole town transports itself back in time to the middle ages with music and stunning costumes.
In addition there is the Fruits Of The Forest celebrations at the end of October and other events such as Jazz and Brass Bands Festivals which are held throughout the year so that the Piazza always seems alive with fun.
Umbertide is 15 minutes by car, a much larger town with bigger supermarkets and all the facilities that a larger town does provide.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
15 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
17 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100|
Bookings can be made by email or by telephone. A 30% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking and the final payment of 70% plus a refundable £100 breakages deposit is made 8 weeks prior to occupancy. Due to increased banking charges we prefer electric transfer of funds in euros as payment to our Italian bank when the breakages deposit is waived.
Please contact us to discuss holiday dates. We are willing to negotiate. Arrival time is 4pm and departure time is 10am.
30% booking deposit with payment of balance 8 weeks before commencing of visit.
- Available arrival
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine ...
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player ...
- Music Library ...
- Television ...
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool ...
- Outdoor Pool
- non smoking only
- autumn foliage
- bird watching
- horse riding
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed, This bedroom can also be a double bed if required
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot
- Bicycles ...
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- 2 bicycles
- Notes on accommodation: All the properties are self contained, have their own seperate private access and outside sitting/eating areas. Each property has gas central-heating, for the off peak seasons when it is a delight to visit Rome or Florence.We have commune water, to which we have added a water softener and plenty of hot water on demand. There is a communal washing machine in the cantina, with adequate outside drying space and each apartment has its own clothes drying rack, iron and ironing board provided. A complimentary generous welcome pack is provided (normally approx. 14 items) on arrival with all the ingredients to make a tasty meal plus a bottle of wine to help you get into the holiday spirit. Baby equipment such as cot, cot linen, pushchair and baby chair are also all available if required at no extra cost. Outside: The garden is mostly vineyards and olive groves but also contains fruit trees such as cherry and figs. The pool is a big attraction (12 metres by 6 metres), being completely private and not over looked; it is set amongst the vines,surrounded by lavender hedges and provides an idyllic setting for relaxation. Again the views from the pool side over the well manicured countryside are stunning. Good quality outside furniture is used throughout the property and has tables and chairs for the guests enjoyment. There is a barbecue to complement al-fresco-eating for the visitors use. Bikes are available for hire and the internet and phone are available on request at reasonable rates. We organise trips to local trattoria where real Umbrian cuisine can be experienced. This is popular and often the highlight of our guests holiday. Baby-sitting service is available with a qualified experienced professional, at affordable rates. An inflatable paddling pool is available for very young children.