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Villa With Private Pool And Woodland Views

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Traditionally built 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa near Gagliettole, Collazone, Umbria, Italy with Woodland views

Villa Carolina is an independent cottage or villetta built in 2002 near the village of Gaglietolle in Umbria. The villa is situated on a gently sloping hillside with views of the surrounding woodland and valley below. It is built in a traditional style with terracotta floors and beamed ceilings but has all the modern facilities required.

The rental accommodation has 2 bedrooms, one with king size bed and an en-suite wet room and the other with two single beds that can be made up as a double. This room also has an additional single bed which is available for a small additional fee. There is a good sized family bathroom between the bedrooms with a large (160cm by 90cm) shower with a choice of shower heads, sink, toilet and bidet. There is a fully equipped modern kitchen adjacent to the living room with views to the west over the valley below and there are double French windows leading from the living room onto the covered south facing terrace which has views of the fields and woodlands behind the house. There is also a boot room/utility room as you enter the house which houses the washing machine.

The villa has a nice, secluded garden on three levels, including plum, cherry, fig, apricot and apple trees and a vegetable patch, which provide fresh fruit and vegetables in season. The virtually chlorine free private 5 x 10m infinity pool and covered terrace offer a cool respite from the hot summer days.

The villa is close to the border with Tuscany making a number of the major cultural centres of both Umbria and Tuscany such as Assisi, Perugia, Todi, Spoleto, Sienna, Cortona and many more easily accessible.

Festivals are held in the area throughout the year, and Spoleto's Festival Dei Due Mondi in June & Perugia's Umbria Jazz in early July both provide a special experience.

We now live on site with our family of rescue cats. As we are on site, we are available to assist you in enjoying your holiday and can help you with restaurant bookings, advise you on local festivals and events and even book train tickets or concert tickets for you. We can also arrange extras such as winery visits, visits to a local olive oil mill and on site beauty therapy treatments. Meals and fresh bread can also be provided on request.

More Details

Owner
Carol and Mel Lewis
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2017

About Carol and Mel Lewis

We are both from the North of England, Carol from Whitley Bay, near Newcastle and Mel from Manchester. We met while working in the North West as computer programmers for the UK government.

Carol went on to train as a Project Manager and spent the latter part of her career managing large projects and programmes and providing Service Management consultancy for a UK telecoms company.

We fell in love with Italy over 30 years ago and spent as much leisure time as possible here over the years.

We were married in Volterra, Tuscany in 1993 with family and friends in attendance. The family has grown a little since then and we are now the proud grandparents of 5 grandchildren.

In 2004 we decided to take the plunge and buy our own home in Italy. After searching estate agent web sites and viewing many houses that summer, we fell in love with Villa Carolina. 6 months later we finally closed the deal on our new Italian home. Since then we have built up a number of friends in Italy, both ex pat and local Italians. We have been letting Villa Carolina to guests for the past 10 years and enjoy helping our guests to have a wonderful holiday.

In 2009 Carol took early retirement and we created additional private accommodation in Villa Carolina for our own use and now live on site. Carol came to Italy first and in April 2010 and our two elderly cats joined her in late May. They flew BA rather that Ryanair! Mel had to continue to work in the UK for a further 3 years but was able to move to Umbria 3 years later and now teaches English for a local language school.

Our older cats are no longer with us but, over the years, we have been adopted by a number of abandoned and rescue cats, some of which just moved in. Our neighbours dog, Bart also visits, especially at barbecue time and is a hit with many of our young guests.

Carol provides the day to day management of the holiday accommodation and looks after the Orto (vegetable plot). Mel looks after the DIY jobs and the main garden work.

Carol and Mel Lewis purchased this villa in 2005

Why Carol and Mel Lewis chose Perugia area

We looked at many properties, over a wide area, from the romantic ruin to newer properties. We knew we wanted a property with enough room to build a pool. Early in our search we decided that the romantic ruin was not for us and found exactly what we were looking for in Villa Carolina. Although it is a modern house, it has all the features of older properties, with chestnut beams and terracotta ceilings. We also had plenty of room to build our dream infinity pool and that was one of the first projects we undertook. Later, we bought additional land and created an Orto (vegetable plot) and Carol enjoys growing her own organic produce. There is nothing better tasting than tomatoes still warm from the sun and creating dishes from our own vegetables is extremely satisfying.

We loved Tuscany but as soon as we came to Umbria we realised that it offers so much more. Umbria is beautiful with many hilltop medieval towns and villages, all with something to visit and spectacular scenery. The slower pace of life in the green heart of Italy suits us well. The food here is more rustic Than many other areas of Italy and very seasonal, using locally produced fruit and vegetables, olive oil and wonderful pork products such as hams and salamis. Locally produced wines range from basic table wines to the wonderful Montefalco Sagrantino that fully complements the rustic meat dishes. We even have a winery selling wine by the litre just down the road and our neighbours own a winery in Montefalco.

The local people are friendly and all of our guests have mentioned how welcoming they are.

Our home is only a short drive from the E45 Superstrada, making access easy from a number of airports and making Villa Carolina an excellent base for exploring Umbria and southern Tuscany. Villa Carolina is situated in a small hamlet with only a few houses nearby. Once at Villa Carolina you can switch off from the world in a truly unique and peaceful setting

What makes this villa unique

Our property has all the conveniences of home with the added luxury of a spectacular infinity pool. We are constantly working to improve our client's experience and welcome comments on improvements, although the suggestion of an escalator from the pool to the kitchen is a little beyond our reach and budget! However, we have installed steps from the terrace direct to the pool so that guests have the option of taking the steps or the walk down the driveway. Now that we are living on site we can offer guests some extras that they may not find elsewhere such as advance shopping for all your immediate requirements, home cooked meals on arrival or during your stay and even Carol's home baked bread. Just tell us what you would like and we will do our best to provide it.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Thank you both for letting us enjoy a slice of your Umbrian heaven. We had all the ingredients for a fantastic holiday - great villa and essential pool, historic sights to see, good local food and wine, perfect weather.' - The Parker Family, Newbury, July 2007.



'We had a wonderful time in your beautiful 'viletta'. The swimming pool is fantastic and the house is well equipped with everything you could need. Thank you for all the effort you've put in to make such a lovely place for guests to enjoy. We're sad to leave!' - Ed and Eilleen Naughton, Fife, Scotland, July 2007.
Nov 2006
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Gualdo Cattaneo in Province of Perugia

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This room is a wet room with toilet, sink and shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • En suite wet room to bedroom 1 consisting of WC, shower and sink. Family bathroom with large double shower, wc, bidet and sink.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , A baby's cot is available
    Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed , Two single beds and one full size day bed.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with King size double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds but can be made up as a double. An additional single bed is available in bedroom 2 if required for an extra fee of £10 per night.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Fans are available in the bedrooms and living rooms Outside: Outside the villa there is ample parking for several cars. Surrounding the villa there is a mature garden with outside lighting. The 5x10m infinity swimming pool is open from early May until Late September and is for the exclusive use of Villa Carolina residents. The pool area is furnished with a further ceramic table with 6 ironwork chairs, a seating area with a sofa and two chairs and 4 comfortable sunloungers together with 4 large sunshades and a covered swing. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linens and towels (including swimming) are included. The property is cleaned weekly on Saturday. Additional cleaning can be arranged on request. Other: Through the French windows there is a covered terrace overlooking the pool and woodlands behind the house. Furnished with a locally made ceramic table with six ironwork chairs and a comfortable outdoor sofa and armchairs making it a relaxing outdoor room.

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Villa With Private Pool And Woodland Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews
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A delightful villa in a beautiful location equipped with everything you could want

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic 2 weeks in Collazzone in this lovely villa. The accommodation is situated in beautiful grounds with a fantastic pool. It is located just a short drive away from shops and restaurants. Carol and Mel couldn't have been more helpful with tips and advice. We would highly recommend a visit

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I am glad that you enjoyed your holiday despite the heat wave. At least you made good use of the pool! We are also happy that we were able to help with advice on where to go and what to see in this lovely area. We do hope to see you again before we retire. Carol and Mel
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Beautiful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was our first introduction to Italy and we were taken back by the beautiful countryside of Villa Carolina. Villa Carolina was very much a home from home experience. The property was extremely clean and really well maintained and there was nothing missing. The very friendly Carol and Mel were on hand to give us advice on where to visit which was really helpful.

We also pre-arranged a couple of meals which Carol prepared and they were extremely delicious. Carol's homemade bread was a big hit with our girls.

We would recommend this property to our friends and family as there was nothing we could fault at all and we will hopefully return on another visit soon.

The Moulton Family

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. We enjoyed having you here and would be happy to welcome you back in the future. The Umbrian countryside is really beautiful and, as you discovered, it is easy to get around and see some of the spectacular hillside towns and villages. We do hope to see you here again, just remember we will be retiring after the 2020 season so make sure your visit is before then. Regards Carol and Mel
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Perfect, secluded retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay for two weeks. Carol and Mel are lovely hosts who can't do enough for you to make your stay as good as it can be but they also give you the space to enjoy your holiday. It is the little things that make the difference and everything is set up to make this a great place to stay. Plenty to do in the surrounding area - waterfall and white-water rafting at Mamore were particularly good along with Spoleto, Orvieto and Assisi of the hill towns. The view from the pool is spectacular as well. All in all a great place to stay...

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and were able to take full advantage of the local area. As you discovered getting around is easy given our proximity to the E45. We hope to see you here again in the not too distant future. Mel and Carol
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A great relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

A super place to say. Great location for exploring towns and villages. Every comfort has been thought about in the accommodation.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your long awaited holiday. We do hope to see you again one day. Carol and Mel
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5

Wonderful cottage, delightful hosts

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a week in early April at Villa Carolina and it was a perfect situation for us, as it would be for two couples or a small family. The cottage is exactly as described in the listing and by the other reviewers (the one difference being that any references in the reviews to a "small" kitchen are now outdated because Carol and Mel have just completed a full renovation that substantially expanded and completely modernized the kitchen, which is now one of the highlights of the cottage). In addition, Villa Carolina is spotlessly clean and fully furnished with every appliance, utensil, guidebook, etc. you could possibly want.

We only used the bed in the master, but it was quite comfortable. Both bedrooms are spacious and well furnished and the larger of the two bathrooms has a very large shower. The living area was very comfortable and we enjoyed the fireplace at night. Since it was early April, the pool wasn't open (and it would have been too cool if it had been), but the pool area was still quite pleasant with beautiful views and fruit trees in bloom and we spent a fair amount of time there, enjoying a drink and the sunset after a day visiting local sights. In the summer you would probably spend most of your time by/in the pool and on the porch, and both locations are amply furnished and very comfortable.

Carol and Mel are excellent hosts, extremely friendly and informative and always available without being at all intrusive. Carol in particular treats this as her job, which I mean in the most positive way, i.e., that she is extremely solicitous of your comfort and enjoyment while you are there (her welcome basket is mostly homemade and very generous). As noted by other reviewers, the location is excellent, a little off the beaten path (although very easy to reach) so it is quiet and uncrowded, but close to a good grocery store and a nearby highway that provides quick access to beautiful hill towns in Umbria and Tuscany.

We have stayed in many HomeAway/AirBNB properties and this is one of the very best, a great combination of a comfortable, well-furnished home in a lovely setting and helpful, charming hosts on-site. It was a perfect place for our slightly off-season stay and would be even more delightful later in the season when the pool is open. We would absolutely stay here again and recommended it without reservation to our friends. Thanks Carol and Mel for a delightful perfect week in Umbria.

Chris & Jeananne

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your detailed and very complimentary review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay here. Although the pool is not open until May, as you discovered, the area has a lot to offer in early spring and it is much easier getting about without the crowds and the summer heat. We enjoyed having you here and do hope to see you again before we retire from this business.
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The Perfect Holiday

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived we knew that this was going to be a wonderful place to stay. We were greeted by the owners Carol & Mel who sat us down with a chilled glass of prosecco and nibbles while we took in the beautiful views that beheld us. The accommodation had everything you could possibly need and we truly felt at home.

The real selling point however is the outside space. The swimming pool and surrounding area is lovingly cared for by Carol & Mel and the abundance of colour is beautiful. Sitting in the evening on the upper terrace (off the main living area) and looking out at the breath taking views cannot be adequately described in words alone and the tranquillity we felt was just what was needed to recharge our batteries.

We also took advantage of Carol's excellent culinary skills and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious freshly made lasagne she prepared for us. Definitely worth a try especially if you are going out for the day and want a lovely meal on your return.

Carol & Mel were also extremely helpful and informative and nothing seemed too much trouble for them. In fact, they even collected a takeaway pizza for us one evening as they were going themselves - I would say that is definitely going the extra mile!

Their main aim is to make your stay as perfect as possible and I have to say this was achieved ten fold - we will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely and detailed review. We do try to give our guests a special experience here at Villa Carolina and are very pleased that we feel that we gave you just that. We look forward to seeing you here again in the not too distant future. Mel and Carol
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Location

Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

Lago Trasemeno - Umbria's largest lake, is less than 40 minutes drive away and offers a range of water sports.

Travel:

The nearest Airport is Perugia which is less than 30 minutes away with flights from London Stansted via Ryanair. Other airports are Rome (Fumicino and Ciampino) and Ancona - all are less than 2 hours away. Pisa airport is approximately 3 hours drive. A number of carriers offer flights to these airports from local airports around the UK. A car is essential to explore the wonderful medieval hill top towns of this part of Umbria.

Distances:

The capital of Umbria, Perugia, is 30 minutes away and the delightful towns of Assisi, Todi, Spoleto, Montefalco, Trevi, Cortona all within an hour's drive. Sienna, Florence, Urbino and Rome are within 2 hours.

Further Details:

A welcome pack of wine, water, milk, eggs and home made bread is provided and the kitchen is supplied with basics such as tea, coffee, sugar etc. We also provide a regularly updated pack giving more information about the villa and surrounding area. The nearest local shops are only 5 minutes drive away and include a well stocked supermarket. The nearby village of Collepepe offers a full range of shops, including an excellent Macelleria (butcher).

There are 3 local restaurants within 5 minutes drive and many other restaurants within the local area. You will find a number of banks in the local towns and the machines take UK bank cards with a selection of languages.

Information about local places of interest can be found in our welcome pack and in the information pack that we send out to our clients.

We live in our own private accomodation with a separate entrance in the basement of Villa Carolina and and are available to welcome guests and provide assistance where required. We can also offer additional facilities such as home cooked meals and advance shopping if required.

We can also offer a range of beauty treatments to our guests in the comfort of the villa. In addition winery tours and tastings and a tour of a traditional olive oil mill can be arranged - please contact us for more information.

For those with an interest in history, culture and music, there is a wealth of things to do and see throughout the region. Of special note is the Spoleto Festival in late June and Umbria Jazz in July. Perugia's Umbria Jazz attracts a host of big names not all of them traditional Jazz artists. As well as some great traditional jazz concerts and street parades, there are excellent outdoor concerts in the main arena. In past years headline acts have included; Elton John, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Prince and Sting.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Gualdo Cattaneo, Umbria

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 7 nights
£1,000
 
 
Mid Season
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£800
for 7 nights
£800
 
 
Low Season
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£130
£750
£2,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season
28 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 7 nights
£1,000
 
 
High Season
26 May 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 7 nights
£1,200
 
 
Mid Season
1 Sep 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 7 nights
£1,000
 
 
Low Season
6 Oct 2018 - 3 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£130
£750
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 7 nights
£1,200
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee £10 per person per night
Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit is required on booking, with the balance payable 8 weeks before your visit (or immediately if booking is within 8 weeks)
A refundable security deposit of £150 is required.
Discounts are applied for multiple weeks.


Changeover Day:
Saturday to Saturday. Alternative change over dates may be negotiated off season, please contact the owners. Check out time 10am. Check in time after 4pm.

Notes on prices:
Prices for the property are in UK Pounds. Prices for medium and high season are for a minimum of 7 nights. Discounts are available for multiple weeks. Minimum stay in low season is 3 nights.
Additional charges will be applied for heating and/or wood for the fire where required. Normally low season only. These will be applied in the local currency (euro).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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