Villa Near Montone, Umbria, Italy - Peaceful And Secluded Yet a tranquil walk from the beautiful hilltop town of Montone
A stunning country home, ensconced in over twenty acres of private grounds, Casa di Luce nestles into a hill in verdant Umbrian countryside, a few minutes from the beautiful ancient hill top town of Montone. Surrounded by lawns, olives, woods and a mountainous horizon, anyone staying at Casa di Luce will appreciate the superb views and the special sense of peace and calm. The villa has been lovingly restored and decorated in a modern chic style that blends seamlessly with the traditional stone walls and ancient wood beamed ceilings. Special attention has been paid to indoor lighting to create an intimate, but open and airy space. Swimming in the infinity edge pool, with a glass of wonderful Italian wine at hand, or just relaxing after a hard day of visiting idyllic local medieval villages and towns, Casa di Luce is ideal for friends and for families in search of a place of style, beauty and tranquility.
This villa is perfect for friends or families as the reception rooms are large and allow plenty of private space. The external decked area at the rear is a dream for watching those glorious sunsets. The covered loggia is perfect for barbecues and outside didning.
The ground floor has cool tiled flooring and is seamlessly open plan in the living areas. The entrance hall leads to a small office, TV/video games room, comfortable drawing room leading to the pool with a cosy fireplace for cooler evenings and a huge kitchen/dining room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the valley below. On this side there is also a utility room. On the other side of the entrance hall is a double bedroom suite with separate bathroom and shower room and doors leading to the garden.
The beautiful marble staircase leads to three further bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is a further double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a master bedroom suite with lovely fireplace and superb bathroom.
The surrounding gardens and Olive grove are awash with gorgeous plants and flowers. The pool area is stunning, loungers, hammocks and so much more!
Top Traveller Review
Idyllic Umbrian property in dreamy landscape
About the Owner
Building the house in Italy has been a long term dream, mainly as a way of friends and family getting together (they are spread around the world). We wanted to create something special enough so that they felt that their holiday was not just about meeting old friend but a really memorable holiday at the same time.
My wife (lawyer) and I (CEO in IT) have a 4 year old and we spend as much time in Italy as we can. The idea of the rental for us is to cover the cost of maintaining the house and to have continual life in the place (empty houses seem to me to slowly die).
We have tried to make this house without compromise as it is where we want to spend our time.
5 based on 5 holidaymaker reviews
Idyllic Umbrian property in dreamy landscape
The property is beautifully renovated and combines chic modern furnishings and art in an ancient setting. It is incredibly peaceful with wonderful views and garden and a very large pool. We had 2 families of friends with lots of kids and it worked brilliantly well for adults and children. The village of Montone is minutes away and really is magical and there is lots further afield for those who want to site see
Stunning villa in beautiful surroundings
Two families shared this wonderful villa tucked away in the beautiful area of Montone. The villa offers luxurious accommodation with large, airy rooms that remain cool in the heat of the day and present unrivalled views of the breathtaking surrounding countryside. The lavender bushes that lead up to the house give a fabulous fragrance whilst swimming in the infinity pool. With just a short drive to the charming village of Montone, you can enjoy the local restaurants and unspoilt Italian village atmosphere. We bought fresh bread and croissant each morning and supplies from the local market for al fresco dining throughout our stay, though there are also numerous excellent restaurants and cafes nearby if you prefer to dine out. The perfect retreat and a truly exceptional place to re-charge.
My wife and I (and our dog) are on a 1 year visit to Italy and have been to 17 out of the 20 regions. We have stayed at many fine historic villas and castles and liked many of them. We only had a week at this one and would have loved to stay for a month. It is very private and the restoration work is outstanding. The interior high end furnishings are superb and very similar to our tastes. The local property manage was excellent and made sure our stay was enjoyable. The welcome complete with wine and food was very much appreciated after a long drive from Verona. It's clear the owners love this property very much. We liked it so much, we only left it once during week for lunch. I would recommend this romantic getaway to anyone looking for privacy in a stunning location
Beautiful villa with magnificent views
Casa di Luce is a stunning villa. The owners have put an enormous amount of work into restoring it which is reflected throughout. The layout, furnishings and artwork are truly lovely and the location is excellent and very peaceful. The sunsets are wonderful and perfect to sit out and enjoy whilst sipping Aperol! We enjoyed many hours by the infinity pool and the odd competitive game of table tennis! The home and garden are well maintained under the direction of Christine.
We walked in to Montone for coffee in the piazza which took around 40 minutes. The town itself is well worth exploring and we had dinner at the Osteria enjoying their delicious beef on salt blocks. Towns we visited were Perugia, Umbertide, Anghiari (great market on Wednesdays), Citta di Castello and Cortona. The villa is central to many more towns such as Gubbio, Assisi, Spello to name a few.
We are all foodies and most evenings we ate in. We enjoyed purchasing fresh fruit and vegetables at the markets. The Conad Supermarket in Trestina (15 minute drive) has an excellent butcher as well as great bread and a very good selection of sliced meat and cheese. The kitchen is well-equipped and the charcoal BBQ was put to good use.
We had a very special family holiday with our adult children and couldn't have had it in a more perfect home.
A special thank you to the owners, and to Christine, who were all very helpful and accommodating to ensure that our time at the villa was enjoyed to the maximum.
Stunning villa in beautiful location
Casa di Luce is a super stylish villa which our 2 families would not hesitate to recommend. We were warmly welcomed by Christine who manages the property. She was full of excellent advice and interesting ideas for activities during our week long stay and any problems we had were ironed out quickly and efficiently by her and her team. The luxurious interior of the villa shows great attention to detail and it is obvious that the family love spending time there. The master suite upstairs is stunning and a real treat to wake up in the morning to see the sunlight streaming through the many windows with views of the beautiful surrounding countryside. The pool was a hit with us all but particularly the teenagers who spent a great deal of time there and the pool area has sufficient space to sit and relax on the sunloungers. The village of Montone is lovely and full of character and although small, has a busy little main square with some lovely restaurants within and just off the square. The village is a good walk from the villa up a steep and windy road, so I would say a car is essential especially if you want to go out in the evening. However, we stayed in some evenings as the villa is so comfortable and well equipped and we were happy to cook for ourselves. My only recommendation would be to have more comfortable outdoor furniture as there is a lovely covered loggia with a large wooden table and benches on one side of the dining room and another space on the other side which is decked but needs more comfortable seating for 8 to see the glorious sunsets over the valley. The area surrounding Montone is very old and many of the surrounding towns and villages are full of character. Whilst travelling in the area we enjoyed a day visit to Perugia, a day at the Castiglione del Lago and we went to Gubbio for a late afternoon early evening meal which was lovely. Umbertide is the best town for food shopping with a few larger supermarkets. All in all a super relaxing holiday in glorious surroundings. Not to be missed!
From the Owner
“The views are stunning. The house is private (only house on its own private road) but near enough to a truly beautiful medieval village (Montone is 1.5 miles) to be able to pop in for an aperitif or for lunch in one of 3 really good restaurants. We get over 250 days a year of sunshine but still get a pleasant breeze in summer so it never gets unbearable. The house is located near to really interesting places that we love to visit (Assisi, Gubbio, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Cortona etc etc) and we have been so welcomed by the locals that it feels a very special place. Italy is stunning (ridiculously so), friendly with wonderful food and stunning wine. All pretty perfect really.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Cooking courses available by prebooking.
Beauty treatments available at the house.
Pilates Yoga classes available.
Italian lessons available at the house.
Sailing at Lake MonteDoglio or Lake Trasimeno.
Guided Bike Tours.
The English house managers can assist with activities and tours
90 minutes form both Italian coasts. 30 minutes from Lake Trasimeno (60 miles long) for local sailing etc.
The local airport is Perugia. It is 28km from the house (20 minutes drive). Perugia is a direct flight from Stansted. It is also 2 hours from Ancona, Florence and Rome airports. We think a hire car is essential, however there are taxi services available.
2 km from Montone (rated one of the top 5 most beautiful villages in Italy). 28km to Perugia (also easy to get to by train from the nearest town, Umbertide (8 minutes by car). 100km to Rome, Sienna and Florence. 30km to Assisi and Cortona. Other places not to miss and within 45 minutes are Citta di Castello, Gubbio, Spello and many beautiful small medieval villages.
There are 3 supermarkets in Umbertide which is 8-10 minutes away by car. There are a number of excellent restaurants from great local fare to a michelin star restaurant 20 minutes away. Montone has 3 excellent restaurants and a bank. Locally there is easy access to horse riding, micro lighting, tennis etc.
Welcome pack on arrival
House manager can organise many activities for both adults and children
Wine tasting at the villa or at Cantinas.
For ladies who like to shop we have a personal shopper who can escort you to the designer outlets such as Gucci, Prada, the Mall and Valdichiana.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
2 Jul 2016 - 2 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season b
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
29 Oct 2016 - 31 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£1,000|
Changeover days may be flexible, ask for details.. 30% of the fee must be paid on booking if more than 8 weeks before the holiday. The remainder within 8 weeks of rental date. There is an additional refundable damage deposit required, to be paid with the balance of the rental payment.
Friday/Saturday depending on the dates of the booking.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in Sterling. For other currencies please ask.
In colder months there is an additional charge for heating.
This is set out in our standard rental agreement.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Firstly as you drive up to the house time changes. Watches seem to stop and relaxation happens instantly. The house is built to be beautiful but functional. We found most Italian properties to be cluttered and dark. We have built something open and light but still with the classic Italian structure. The pool is beautiful. The horizon edge means whilst in it all you can see is the mountains and valley in the distance. Although there are all the facilities you could wish for in the area you don't need to move (at all).”
- Away From It All
- Ceiling Fans
- Fireplace ...
- Heating ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils ...
- Freezer ...
- Kitchen ...
- Oven ...
- Pantry Items ...
- Refrigerator ...
- Hob ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Room
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Games ...
- Ping Pong Table
- Video Games ...
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- Sauna ...
- Private Chef
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- autumn foliage
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- mountain biking
- 400 m²
- Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Bidet
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Ensuite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, double sink, bath, wc and bidet. Bathroom 2 has a bath, separate shower, w.c. Bathroom 3 has a separate shower and wc. Bathroom 4 has a separate bathroom with bath and a shower with w.c.
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
- Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
- Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
- Bedroom 5 - 2 Sofa bed/Futon, Tower room. Suitable for teenagers
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8/10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with private dressing room and ensuite bathroom. Bedroom 2 twin beds and bathroom opposite. Bedroom 3 double bed and large shower room opposite Bedroom 4 double bed and ensuite bathroom and shower room Tower room with convertible beds.
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Veranda ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: There are a number of games available at the house as well as table tennis. The emphasis internally is comfort and calm. Lots of books and plenty of quiet reading areas which make it difficult to tear oneself away from the house! Docking station for MP3 players. Outside: Private horizon edged swimming pool (15 metres X 4 approx). 10 sun loungers and towels. Hammock. Table tennis table. Barbecue. Outside (covered) eating area (Loggia) which can be accessed through the kitchen or sitting room. The downstairs suite has its own private patio with seating. There are large areas of lawn and 35 or so olive and fruit trees. Utility Room: Freezer, separate sink, ice maker, washer and drier. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linens are included. There is standard weekly change and cleaning. Additional maid service available at an additional charge. Other: Reading and film room. 40 inch LCD screen with DVD and small film library. Also has Xbox and a number of Xbox games. Study with internet access and printing.