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.
Top Traveller Review
A very special place
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!
About the Owner
About Marina Bisiach
(6 traveller reviews)
A very special place
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.
The most relaxing holiday ever!
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.
Beautiful house in beautiful surroundings
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.
Excellent place to stay as a family or a group
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.
After staying at 2 other very very nice places during our trip this one proved to be even better: in terms of beauty, quietness and comfort it really was beyond expectation. We had a great time, because the place is a haven of peace in a beautiful vineyard setting with an old oak tree forest next to it. The place is unique and we cannot wait to go back. Even for a big family or group of friends or families there is enough space to do different things without bothering anyone else. There are plenty of spaces for relaxing inside and outside. There is the garden, the tennis court, the swimming pool, the terraces, the barbeque area, all in very good condition. Sitting on the outside stairway overlooking the vineyard as the sun goes down with pre-dinner drinks is a moment where it is impossible not to relax. The interior also cannot be faulted. The kitchen was brand new when we were there, the beds were comfortable and the bed linens were better than a 5 star hotel. Although the nearest 2 towns are only a few miles away you need a car and as it is in the countryside it is pet-friendly as long as your pets get on with the 3 resident pets of the vineyard which are daughters fell in love with and had them throwing tantrums when it was time to leave. There are good local restaurants where they also serve the wine from the vineyard. But if you do not want to relax on the property every day then there are pictoreque towns and a large lake nearby. There are places nobody has ever heard of when you mention the region. Without hesitation a place to recommend in an unknown spot far from the local and tourist crowds.
We stayed here for a week in august and found it to be absolutely fabulous! Our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer... The property is amazing, so well furnished and equipped, and the Manager is the kindest person I have ever met, always helpful and very discreet in the same time. The surroundings are beautiful and the pool area is peaceful and lovely. All the place is big, quiet and safe. We stayed there at two families (12 in total) and all of us had his own privacy! Some were playing tennis, others were swimming or jogging while some others were cooking or sun bathing! The owner of the property was also very attentive to our needs and although she doesn't live on the site, she was emailing us to wish us a good stay and to check if all was alright. Only one suggestion: the pictures on the website are not showing well enough how beautiful the property is and should be changed :) From the property it was so easy to visit many of the beautiful villages, churches, monasteries around but again, we should have stayed two weeks to be able to see even more! We do, of course, recommend this property to all of you but please, do let us some availabilities to come back! Thank you!
Activity and Interests
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.
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.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
8 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
8 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
4 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Stay tax||€1 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.
30% non refundable deposit payable upon booking.
Balance + €700 security deposit + cleaning charges 60 days prior to arrival.
Cancellations will entail a 30% 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.
- Away From It All
- Farm Holidays
- Air Conditioning
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool ...
- Private Chef
- non smoking only ...
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- live theatre
- recreation centre
- winery tours
- bird watching
- outlet shopping
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- water skiing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, 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 15
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
- 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
- Bicycles ...
- Boat ...
- Golf ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Tennis ...
- 3 bicycles
- 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.