Village House. Preggio, Umbria, Italy - Breathtaking Views across Umbria's Green Hills to the Niccone Valley and Lake Trasimeno
Casa Colibri is a traditional stone-built village house, built into the original walls of the historic centre of Preggio, an ancient but thriving hilltop hamlet which lies at almost 2000ft above sea level. The spectacular views from the house and garden reach across green wooded valleys to distant castles on the Umbria/Tuscany border. This is the ‘green heart’ of Italy, a land of rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and woods of oak and chestnut, where little has changed since St. Francis of Assisi preached here in the Middle Ages. The four-storey terraced village house has been immaculately restored using local craftsmen to offer the best of modern luxury and traditional charm, combining handmade terracotta tiles and solid oak flooring, hand-painted furniture, many antiques, original paintings and top quality appliances.
About the Owner
Guestbook comments from the owner
"We have been to this part of Italy about a dozen times...we finally got it right!" Roger & Barbara, Wisconsin USA.
"Fell in love with Preggio on previous visits but this house has taken it to a new level. It's the attention to the smallest details that's made this property exceptional" Bill & Mairi, Scotland
"Casa Colibrì has set the standard for holiday accommodation…… it’s not often that places exceed your expectations". Sara and Andy.
"We said we would return and we did. Now can't wait for next time!" Maureen & Malcolm, Wales.
"Casa Colibri welcomes you as you walk through the door, then
step onto the terrace for a breathtaking surprise. Every modern convenience is here but it retains the feel of Umbria. The village is a delight, with its tiny bar, local restaurant and friendly villagers. We shall definitely return. R. Norrisbottom, Cheshire.
Activity and Interests
Lake Trasimeno, the fourth largest lake in Italy, offers several beaches with swimming, sailing, and wind surfing. From Passignano you can enjoy a cruise of the lake or take a "traghetto" to visit Isola Maggiore, the only inhabited island, with its fishing village, excellent restaurant and community of lace makers.
The closest airport is Perugia (30 mins) served by Ryanair from Stansted. The airports of Bologna, Ancona and Rimini (2 hrs) Florence, Pisa and Rome (2-2½ hrs) are served by British Airways, Easyjet, Jet2.com and Ryanair. Perugia and Umbertide 15 mins both have good rail links with Rome or Florence. A car is essential and can be hired easily at all airports.
The village is within easy reach of many of the region’s most beautiful and interesting places to visit. The medieval hill towns of Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio, Spoleto, Cortona and Sansepolcro are under an hour’s drive; Orvieto, Todi, Siena and Florence make perfect day-trip destinations whilst Lake Trasimeno and the busy market town of Umbertide are both a 15-20 minute drive.
Preggio itself is a busy community and has a small shop, an excellent restaurant, post office and two bars. For music lovers, there is the Preggio Music Festival and Opera, and the internationally renowned Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, taking place from July to August. For wine lovers, Preggio lies on the Strada Del Vino, within the D.O.C. region of ‘Colli del Trasimeno’. For sport lovers there is a world-class fishing facility on the River Tiber at Umbertide, tennis, pony-trekking and the For nature lovers and those who prefer simply to walk or cycle, the local landscape makes an idyllic setting for a gentle stroll or a mountain-bike ride fit for an enthusiast. The wildlife is varied and abundant – from the dazzling displays of the summer swallows and the fascinating hummingbird hawk moths (falena colibrì), to the magnificent, soaring birds of prey, the skies are full of surprises. The woodlands are home to wild boar, deer and porcupine, and can occasionally be spotted at night from the road.
For Italian food lovers, the local area offers a wealth of excellent restaurants whose seasonal menus feature the local specialities of funghi porcini, truffles, wild game and delicious pasta dishes. During the Autumn, several of the region’s villages hold traditional ‘sagre’, seasonal food festivals, to celebrate the local specialities such as the chestnut (Sagra della Castagna - Preggio, in October), woodland specialities such as the prized truffles, mushrooms, honey, wild boar (Sagra del Bosco – Montone). A ‘must’ for all chocoholics is the annual Perugia Chocolate Festival, held in the historic town centre during October. Shopping in the area is a delight whether you choose the vibrant traditional local markets, the atmospheric streets of the ancient town centres or even the large retail parks and designer ‘outlet’ centres. The famous antique markets and shops of Perugia, Città di Castello and Arezzo are close-by and well worth a visit.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100|
For a copy of booking conditions or to enquire about availability, please email. Please note: Changeover days are flexible. Please email if you would like to enquire about alternative arrival/departure days.
Changeover days can be flexible subject to availability.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
- Away From It All
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Video Library
- non smoking only
- not suitable for children
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- bird watching
- scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
- Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Main bathroom with large sink, bidet, WC and bath/shower with stylish fittings and tiled throughout. Ensuite shower room with large fully-tiled shower, WC (a loo with an amazing view!) and large sink.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king-size bed, solid chestnut furniture, en-suite shower room and spectacular views. Bedroom 2 with king-size bed, hand-painted furniture and village view.
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: The old stone walls of the house, which in parts are a metre thick, are perfectly designed for the Umbrian climate, keeping the house cool in the summer months and warm in the coldest months of winter. A new gas central heating system can also be supplemented by, or substituted for, the more traditional, and romantic, wood-burning stove, with its own supply of wood in the cellar. Outside: The terrace and garden, with truly spectacular views across the valley and to distant castles, makes the perfect place for dining "al fresco" at the amply-sized stone table with iron chairs, in the shade of a vine and jasmine-covered gazebo. There are comfortable sunloungers for relaxing on the lawn in the warm Italian sunshine or enjoying the glorious sunsets over the hills on the Umbria and Tuscany border… Casa Colibrì’s high position and uninterrupted views to the south and west make it ideal for bird watching, from the dare-devil formation displays of the swallows in early summer, to the many and varied birds of prey which soar serenely on the thermals at eye level across the valley. Picnic backpacks are provided for days out in the Umbrian countryside, Lake Trasimeno or a city expedition. Utility Room: In the cellar, you'll find a newly refurbished laundry with sink, washing machine and tumble dryer, a chest freezer and an extra fridge. Also, there's a traditional "legnaia" or woodstore, which also serves as the 'cantina' or wine cellar. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Beds are made up to luxury standards with fine linen and a choice of pillows. Quality bathroom towels and other household linen is also provided. Linen will be replaced weekly for longer stays. A final clean is included, subject to booking conditions. Other: The old stone walls of the house, which in parts are a metre thick, are designed for the Umbrian climate, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.