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Luxury Country House On Organic Wine Estate, Private Pool/Tennis/Pool House

Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House in Ferretto, Castiglione del Lago, Lake Trasimeno, Umbria, Italy - Secluded & Totally Private Location In The Midst Of Mature Oak Woodland & Vineyards Near The Lake

The recent renovation works have preserved the character and atmosphere typical of the Umbrian farmhouse with exposed beams and a large fireplace. The property is furnished with a mix of antique, rustic and modern pieces and works of art and has been equipped with all the comforts and amenities which are expected of a top holiday accommodation, including air conditioning, satellite wifi internet access, an infinity pool with natural stone steps and adjacent pool house and a state of the art, latest technology Mantoflex tennis court in the shade of the oak trees. On the grounds there is a natural pond inhabited by tench and carp where angling is possible (with one's own equipment). The result is a captivating combination of comfort, authenticity and charm. The area is rich in natural, historical and artistic attractions, with numberless destinations in all fields of interest - history of art to shopping, wine tasting to cycling - in the close vicinity.

Marina Bisiach
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2018

About Marina Bisiach



Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Castiglione del Lago in Province of Perugia

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Maximum care should be taken if smoking outdoors, since the property is surrounded by woodland and there is a real risk of fires.
Location Type:
  • lake
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Ensuite to Suite 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , 2 basins
    Ensuite to Suite 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , 2 basins
    Ensuite to Suite 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , 2 basins
    Ensuite to Room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Ensuite to Room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • All bathrooms are ensuite and very modern, with natural stone finishes, large shower heads and vast mirrors. Suites 1 & 2 (each): 2 basins, shower, wc, bidet Suite 3: 2 basins, shower, bathtub with shower, wc, bidet Rooms 1 & 2 (each): basin, shower, wc, bidet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Suite 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Sofa bed/Futon , Sofa beds are in a separate living area
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Suite 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Sofa bed/Futon , King size bed in attic, 2 sofa beds in living area below
    Suite 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Single sofa bed in living area
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 - 12 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Suite 1: 1 king size bed and 2 single futon sofa beds Suite 2: 1 king size bed and 2 single futon sofa beds Suite 3: 1 king size bed and 1 single sofa bed Twin room: 2 single beds Double room: 1 double (140 cm) bed
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: The guests' accommodation is located on the first floor of the main house, the ground floor being the owners’ private holiday residence, which however only gets used when the property is not being let. Being part of a wine estate, during the day workers will be working in the vineyards and winery, but this will not interfere with the guests’ privacy. The manager will however be available for any need that may arise. The main building is no-smoking. We ask our guests to take extreme care if smoking outdoors since the property is surrounded by woodland, and in the summer it can get very dry. Owing to the presence of a large stone staircase, pond and swimming pool on the grounds, the property is not particularly suited to toddlers who, if present, should be kept under constant adult supervision. Three small dogs live on the estate. They are gentle and well trained and are not allowed indoors. In case of drought water supply may be cut off while the pool water level is being topped up. Outside: The grounds are well kept but not manicured, being planted with local wild species. Unspoilt views of the surrounding rolling hills can be enjoyed, with the Amiata mountain in the background and the vineyards and oak woods in the vicinity of the house. There is a large shed close to the house for relaxing and dining, while the pool, pool house and tennis court are approx 100 m away. The estate is a natural oasis rich in local flora and fauna - wild boars and hedgehogs, pheasants and fawns. The fresh water natural pond is inhabited by tench and carp, and is an anglers' paradise. The wine cellar and the office of the estate are located in a separate building approx. 400m away which is not not visible from the guests' quarters. The laundry room is also located in a separate building opposite the main house. There is a parking lot for cars which again is not visible from the house. Utility Room: Hoover, iron, ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bathroom towels and bed linen included (changed weekly). Pool towels not provided. Weekly and final cleaning €180 (per week). Additional cleaning and private cook on request. Other: The pool house comprises of a lounge area with two large sofas, a bar/kitchenette with stools, tables for alfresco dining, fridge, sink, 4 hob electric cooker, shower, cloakroom and changing closet. A professional electric bbq sits beside it.


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Luxury Country House On Organic Wine Estate, Private Pool/Tennis/Pool House
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Une maison ancestrale tout simplement magnifique, d'une propreté impeccable et avec toutes les commodités "modernes", un décor de toute beauté, un accueil plus que chaleureux, un personnel disponible toujours prêt à faire de qu'il faut pour nous rendre la vie agréable, un livre d'accueil complet et débordant de suggestions (ballades, resto, excursions, etc.), une piscine invitante, plusieurs coins de détente... Bref, si vous cherchez un coin de paradis et que vous appréciez le bon vin, c'est ce que vous trouverez à Podere Marella... J'y suis allée avec des amis la première fois en septembre 2017 et nous y retournons cette année avec bonheurs.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and Charming Estate

  • 5 of 5

This is my second stay at Podere Marella! It is a beautiful place which combines the old charm of Italian countryside and modern comfort and convenience. The setting is very peaceful and private. It is very well appointed and has amazing staff who are both very friendly and helpful yet never in the way. There are a number of gathering spaces, inside and outside. The pool and pool area are great for hanging out and entertaining. When I stayed there the first time, I loved it so much that I re-booked it and brought my family along for a two week stay. We were 10 of us with plenty of space for all. They are now asking me when will we be going again :)

The Estate is also in a great location at the borders of Tuscany and Umbria with short drives to so many beautiful towns like Cortona, Assisi, San Gimignano, Sienna, and so many others. I cannot say enough good things about this place. And an extra bonus, their organic wines, they are great tasting.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A very special place

  • 5 of 5

Podere Marella is a captivating place. Utterly relaxing - but you also feel an energy that I think comes from it being a working organic vineyard. We were two families: four adults and three children aged 9-11. It was perfect for us. We played tennis everyday and we all loved the pool and pool house area. The children in particular spent all their time swimming, and as it was very hot when we were there it was excellent to have the shaded seating and a place to get a cool drink, or make lunch. We loved exploring the area but were always torn to leave the house and gardens. The property manager and the extended team at Podere Marella made us feel very welcome. We were particularly interested in the wine, and that association was one of the things that attracted us to this as a pace for our holiday. Drinking it, of course (!) but also learning about the process, exploring the vineyard and understanding the history and the family's commitment to the organic and biodynamic cause. I think it is partly this sense of history and a family story that gives Podere Marella such a unique quality. The house is extremely well equipped, clean and efficiently set up and run. It's a gorgeous part of Italy and easy to get to lots of great places. We did eat out a couple of times, including in Castiglione, by the the lake (places recommended in the very comprehensive house guide book). As you can probably tell, we are very keen to return some time! Thank you to everyone for a super holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sophie, It is great to know that on top of enjoying your time at Podere Marella, you enjoyed our wines - and visiting the vineyards and the winery! I believe you are right - what makes the place quite special is also the history that is behind it. My mother in law was one of the first producers in Italy to go organic, and we are proud to continue her tradition of pursuing ever improving quality and promoting the wines of this little known area of Italy. Hopefully we shall soon start producing a little oil too, and maybe lentils and spelt from our crop fields, so next time you come to see us we shall have something new for you to taste... Thank you for your very kind review!
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The most relaxing holiday ever!

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent two splendid weeks at Podere Marella. We were a party of 10. Five of the group were aged between 19 and 22. There is plenty of room for everyone to find their space whether that be on the tennis court, by the pool or quietly in the shade. We chose to cook in each evening which was great fun.We certainly tried all the wines from the winery and became very fond of the Marella. The house has been beautifully restored and the service from beginning to end was wonderful. I would have no problem in recommending this property and have every intention of returning.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Robin, Thank you for your very kind words! We too have children in the same age group, and never stop marvelling at how they and their friends long to spend time at Podere Marella, at all times of the year and for any length of time. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your time there, and certainly look forward to welcoming you again!
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Beautiful house in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for one week for the second time.

We were a group of three families (6 adults, 6 kids; this is about the maximum number of people for the house).

Everybody loved it. The term luxury country house describes the place very well. Great features are: the overall beauty of the house and the estate, absolute privacy, excellent air conditioning, a well equipped kitchen, modern bathrooms and showers for each of the five rooms, WiFi, a beautiful pool with pool house, and an excellent tennis court. We had great meals at the spacious dining table, luckily one of our friends is a passionate cook.

There are many nearby places to visit for sightseeing and for eating out, we particularly liked Cortona but also Castiglione.

Dealing with the owner and the property manager was always pleasant, they were very helpful and provided great service when needed.

We definitely recommend the house to groups of families or friends.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent place to stay as a family or a group

  • 5 of 5

We held our re-union with girl friends in this gorgeous property for one full week from 20th till 27th June 2015. There were 9 of us and we rented cars to drive around the region. The property is in the middle of country side, close to the lake and in total tranquility. It has 5 bed rooms with comfortable beds, exquisitely clean sheets and towels and bathrooms.

The kitchen was new and fully equipped with good quality cutlery and tableware. It even has a food processor!! The panty has a big capacity to hold all the food stuff you have to buy if you are crowded.

We were impressed by the swimming pool and its adjacent facilty with a fully equipped kitchennette and sofas and chairs to relax. I personally do not like to swim in a pool with chlorine. This pool was great as it was cleaned by oxygen and we did not have any nasty smell of chlorine.

Train station is just 8 min.s away. We visited many historic towns only 20- 50 mins drive from Podere Marella. If you want to eat out, there are good restaurants only 15 mins drive.

I will definitely go back there again to stay for longer period.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Afife, I am really happy you enjoyed your holiday at Podere Marella! The area is of course extremely rich in local attractions, so the combination of quiet and relaxing moments at the property and active outings to explore the neighbourhood is bound to be a winning recipe for group gatherings. Just one thing I would like to add to your very kind review - there is actually a very good restaurant in the hamlet of Ferretto itself, only about 3 or 4 minutes from the house,... something left for you to discover when you come and visit us next! We look forward to welcoming you to our property again very soon - be it with your family or friends.
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Nearest Airport
53 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
65 Kilometres
Mount Amiata
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Trasimeno Lake
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Wine tasting on the estate.

Cookery and tennis courses can be organised on request.

Bio-dynamic cranio sacral balancing and anti stress and relaxation massages by a qualified professional can also be arranged.


The nearest sandy beach on the Trasimeno lake is 6 km away, while more extensive water sport facilities can be found in Castiglione del Lago and other villages nearby.

Even the sea is not too far, as both the Tirrenean and the Adriatic shores can be reached in approximately 2 hours.


Use of car is indispensable. Car hire at all airports and opposite Chiusi railway station.

The nearest highway exit is 5 km away.

Terontola railway station is 6 km away, with direct connections to Rome, Florence, Arezzo and Perugia.

The nearest airports are

Perugia Sant' Egidio (53km)

Florence (125 km)

Forlì (164 km)

Ancona International Airport (165 km)

Pisa (192 km)

Bologna (217 km)

Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino (232 and 214 km respectively)


The nearest shop for food staples and a very good olive oil producer are 4 km away in the hamlet of Petrignano, while more extensive facilities (supermarkets, post office, banks, police station, etc.) can be found in Terontola (5 km), Castiglione (10km) and Cortona (15km). There are many excellent restaurants and trattorias in the area, the nearest one being only 1.5 km from the house. During the summer the local villages offer quite a lively night-life, with live music and village fairs.

Further Details:

The area offers an incredible array of the most diverse activities, the most prominent one being sightseeing, with a large number of beautiful ancient villages and masterpieces of Italian art - Etruscan to Renaissance - nearby. Among them Castiglione del Lago (10km), Cortona (15km), Montepulciano (23km), Chiusi (24kms), Panicale (26km), Pienza (36km), Cetona (39km), Arezzo (44km), Perugia (47km), Assisi (65km), Siena (68kms), Orvieto (78km), Gubbio (80km), Todi (85km), Spoleto (105km), and of course Florence (120km) and Rome (200km). Most of them are easily reached thanks to the free highway that runs 5 km from the property and which cuts across Tuscany and Umbria. The spa resorts of Chianciano Terme (30 km), Bagno Vignoni (42 km), Rapolano Terme (42 km), Bagni San Filippo (50 km) and San Casciano dei Bagni (52kms) offer an alternative for a spacial day out. As for shopping, on top of many top wineries and oil mills, the area is rich in local artefacts, especially hand painted pottery and textiles. Umbria and Tuscany are also the home of many top names of Italian fashion, who run their factory stores locally (among them Prada, Gattinoni, Brunello Cucinelli...). A large Outlet Village selling all categories of goods from top brands is right next to the Valdichiana motorway exit (20 km on the free highway).

All sorts of sports can be practiced locally, from sailing and water skiing to cycling and horseback riding. Please enquire on the specific activities you may be interested in and we shall be happy to provide further information.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Castiglione del Lago, Umbria

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
28 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Peak Season
30 Jun 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
8 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
29 Sep 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
22 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £614.78
Weekly Cleaning Charge £158.09
Stay tax £0.79 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 14 years.

The Stay Tax is due for a maximum of 5 nights (i.e. max €4.50 p.p.)

Earliest check-in time: 5pm
Latest check-in time: 7pm
Latest check-out time: 10am
We kindly ask our guests not to arrive/leave outside stated times, as we need the time to get the property clean and ready.

Notes on prices:
Rates do not include cleaning and heating/AC. Weekly cleaning will be €180 and heating/AC charged according to consumption.
€700 security deposit payable 60 days prior to arrival. It will be refunded within 14 days of departure, provided the rental contract provisions are met.
We urge our guests to take out travel insurance against cancellation charges.

25% non refundable deposit payable upon booking.
Balance + €700 security deposit + cleaning charges 60 days prior to arrival.

Cancellations will entail a 25% charge if made 61 or more days prior to arrival (i.e. the booking deposit will be withheld), or a 100% charge if made 60- days prior to arrival. The security deposit and cleaning charges will be returned.

Please note that the Owner's Cancellation Policy outlined here below does not apply.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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