Farmhouse near Lippiano, Tuscany/Umbria border, Italy - Blissful Location,7 Minutes Drive to Village - Flowers, Butterflies & Fireflies
You can spend time in a pocket of paradise and discover a wonderful new haven. Set in a quiet little valley, not too far from a narrow country road, seldom used, La Padronale sits resplendent, facing out over her micro kingdom. The house is a large old traditional Italian stone farmhouse dating back to 1600. The kind of place you imagine in the heart of the Umbrian countryside, with cypresses, undulating hills, fragrant herbs, gravel paths, bird song, including a nightingale that serenades in the garden at dusk. The house looks out onto the view of a far off ancient hill town, once upon a time famed for dueling contests, where you can visit for an aperitif or a 'gelato' on a warm evening or a meal even. Watching the fireflies flash drowsily about the garden is truly magical and mesmerizing. The rooms you will stay in are airy and tastefully designed, each giving a wonderful view and comfort. The beautiful kitchen is a dream for anyone with a passion for cooking, the blue-grey marble surfaces quarried in Carrara in western Tuscany, adding to the authenticity of the 'Italian Experience', cool to the touch in the warmth of summer and perfect for making gnocchi . There is a long list of things for you to do in the area and beyond. The local markets are piled high with irresistible organic fruit and vegetables grown locally by 'contadini' that you can bring back and feast on, plus home made salami and cheese which taste exquisite. Everything you bite into is so delicious! Not forgetting the famous Italian Vino that you'll get hooked on! Umbrian Grechetto white and Montalcino rosso. La Padronale is right in the middle of a renown beauty spot which is protected. From here you can day trip to a radius of jewel like towns from Perugia, Spello, Assisi, Spoleto, Orviet, Cortona, Siena,Florence... visit art and seek out great restaurants. The delight you can gain from just glancing down an ancient alleyway or peering through wrought iron gates into a private courtyard in town, are all special spontaneous moments, always remembered. Children love the freedom of these small towns, where traffic is seldom allowed into the centre apart from the inhabitants who skillfully wedge their minute cinquecento's down the side of a narrow street. Citta di Castello has a lovely play ground up in the park under the towering holm oaks and a statue of Garibaldi! After a session on the swings, a stroll round the Thursday market followed by a cold beer in the piazza goes down well! There is a free WiFi bar very near the park that also serves very good coffee and brioche. Clothes shopping can be dangerous. Italian fashions are extremely 'must have'. Not far off in Anghiari is a shoe Outlet with acres of fabulous Italian shoes for men, women and children with an enormous choice and extremely reasonable prices. Once a week each local town has a market where one can pick up beautiful large pure linen table cloths, unusually stylish clothes and hand threaded affordable natural pearls of stunning beauty, just like the women wear in those Renaissance portraits and 'The girl with the Pearl Earing'. On the home front, sitting by the private pool with a chilled glass of Prosecco and a good book or magazine is a simple and yet ultimate treat you can indulge in on holiday. Wandering past the lavender and rosemary, ending up under the cool vine encrusted pergola for lunch or dinner, you'll want to savour every moment. Far off, a 17th century bronze bell clongs in a tower at Monte Santa Maria Tiberina, calling inhabitants to Mass. Wild life come to the garden and enhance the beauty of nature that abounds. The house is stocked with books, games and cds. You can go riding near by and lessons can be given to the novice. Also a golf course is near at hand at Fattoria Caldese which has a health spa aswell. Bike hire is possible too; a hire bicycle to your specifications can be delivered to you. A superb masseurs who can heal you of aches and pains lives at Monte Santa Maria Tiberina and is available to come to La Padronale for hourly sessions - highly recommended to put you into a zoned out state!
About the Owner
I bought the house with my husband Richard about 20 years ago. After that we could not carry on living in London as the house beckoned from afar. We then moved to Italy as we both wanted a challenge. Our three children went into school here and the rest is history! They are all grown up now & have flown the nest.
I paint in oils on canvas and have exhibited and sold work all over the world. You can read my articles on theluxurychannel.com "Feasts and Festivals" by Lucie Shelbourne, where I speak about the beautiful and fascinatinf area of Italy Il Padronale is situated in.
Richard and I love Italy and the Italians. We let the farmhouse for summers lease these days.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We so enjoyed our stay in your beautiful farmhouse. Il Padronale exceeded all our expectations. Waking every morning with that view was the best start to the day. The house had everything. We appreciated the finishing touches and the chilled prosecco on arrival. The children liked the cold drinks provided for them too. Thank you! Lavinia and Adam plus brood, London.
Just to say how much of a success our stay was at your beautiful farmhouse so full of character! It is truly a very beautiful spot. My parents asked me to tell you they had such a great holiday. A presto! Jonny and Kate, York.
As a group we were so pleased we made the right choice in choosing your beautiful place. Now we can return to our schools and tell all our pupils about central Italy and how gorgeous it all was. A lot of thanks for a great vacation, Alley and Jeanie plus the rest of the gang, San Francisco, USA.
From the Owner
“I have always had a love affair with Italy ever since I was 12 years old. After a family holiday on the Italian Riviera, I had to go back to my autumnal existence in Surrey. The sight of my brown convent uniform layed out ready to wear for my return to school made me wince! One day I would go and live in Italy, I promised myself. After all, you have to have a dream to make a dream come true! The colour of the light is pink and warm and the seasons are all stunning in their own way, the sun never goes away for long, 3 days max. The food is exquisite. Every day I feast my eyes on my bewitchingly beautiful surroundings that draw my attention constantly. It's difficult to go on holiday anywhere else as it rarely matches up to our Italian haven in the middle of the most famous countryside to be found in the world, where olive trees and cypresses abound.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Truffle hunting & wine tour with driver.
Pasta making lessons.
A chef can come and cook for you.
A masseurs can come to the house. Please ask.
Fano,a pretty seaside town on the east coast, is just under 2 hours drive away. Pisa is just over 2 hours drive and the Grosseto is a little further than Pisa.
We organize a wonderful WINE TOUR in Montalcino. Not to be missed!
Perugia Airport at San Egidio - 45 minutes away. Pisa airport 2 1/2 hours away. Car hire is essential. Also Ancona and Bologna airports are possible alternatives. Rome is suitable also, just under 3 hours away by car.
Monterchi is 5 kilometers and 7 minutes by car. A FAMOUS fresco by Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca is on permanent show here called The Madonna del Parto (the pregnant Madonna). There is a chemist, 2 banks, special veg shop 'La Papaia', very good butchers selling home reared meat, grocery store and 2 bars. There is a lovely park on the river with a play area.
La Pieve Vecchia is a very good local restaurant that people travel a long way to visit. Il Tovato up in the old part of Monterchi is a very traditional but small restaurant where you sit out under lime trees in the old piazza and platters of traditional cheese, salami and hams are brought to your table and also delicious home made pasta dishes. Recommendable! Near this 'Enoteca' is a plaque to the Bristish soldiers who sacrificed their lives in a battle on the outskirts of Monterchi. The town is pretty to wonder around. La Padronale lies between two exquisite market towns; Sansepolcro and Città di Castello. Anghiari is also near, a town whose battlements were painted by Leonardo da Vinci. All three have museums, great places to eat at, lovely shopping, bars, piazzas, duomos, and architecturally are a feast for the eyes. A labyrinth of pedestrian streets worm up and around the town, stimulating the imagination as to how it was hundreds of years before.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional pricing information
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|Refundable Damage Deposit||£300|
If guests would like to rent in March, April, May, Please contact the owner via Owners Direct for prices. Thankyou
To confirm a booking 25% of total rent must be paid. Final amount due 8 weeks prior to holiday. Refundable breakages deposit of 350 Euro in cash payable on arrival to key holder. There is a end of stay cleaning fee of 100 Euro, payable directly to cleaners.
Change over day is Friday. Arrival time between 4:30 and 5pm. Check out 10am.
Notes on prices:
All prices are weekly quotes. For longer stays we consider discounts. For winter lets, contact owner.
Guests are asked for 25% of total rent of villa to confirm booking. The remainder has to be paid 8 weeks prior to their arrival date at the villa.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The morning light, bird song, fragrances, going out to the market, coming back and cooking, relaxing, planning, painting, writing and reading; are all things to enjoy here. The farmhouse lies between two lovely market towns both equidistant so you always have a choice nearby where to shop. Bike hire can be organized for you. There is also riding in the equestrian centre 5 kilometers away. Strolling around a beautiful Italian town is very enjoyable. The wild life is profuse with fireflies at the end of May continuing their busy activity well into June (read "The Last of the Luccioli"by Lucie Shelbourne on theluxurychanneltv.com Owls hoot, woodpeckers peck,swallows chirp, turtledove warble,bumble bees buzz! Lizards scamper about sun drenched walls and a lone stag beetle can sometimes be seen, if you are lucky, in mid flight.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils ...
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items ...
- Toaster ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- Private Chef
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible ...
- autumn foliage
- live theatre
- recreation centre
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- outlet shopping
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- freshwater fishing
- golf pass optional
- mountain biking
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, one bedroom has a washing basin.
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 1 en-suite, shower, bath with shower, wc, bidet & washing machine. Bathroom 2 - shower, wc, basin, bidet. 2 Bedrooms have wash basins. 3rd bedroom has an old fashioned wash stand with jug and wash bowl, mirror etc (in warm weather, hot water is not really essential! It can be boiled however in kettle provided.) Guests can wake to the sound of gentle bird song and morning sun rays filtering through the curtains.
- 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed, Bedroom 5 like bedroom 4 has a wash basin and two windows.
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 double bedrooms with 160 & 170cm wide beds) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with double bed, Bedroom 3 with double bed, Bedroom 4 with two single beds put together and bedroom 5 with double bed. These are all lovely rooms tastefully furnished with old Italian furniture. Every room has a beautiful view and very comfortable beds with 2 pillows per person.
- Golf ...
- Notes on accommodation: il Padronale,a centuries old farmhouse, has good accommodation. Spacious rooms allow guests to really relax. There are views from every window onto lovely scenery. All bedrooms have mirrors, armchairs or sofas, dressing tables, antique wardrobes and chest of draws and comfortable beds! Outside: Garden, terrace, barbecue,chairs, pool loungers, sun umbrellas, private swimming pool 10 x 5 metros. Garden furniture. Utility Room: washing machine, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen is provided and changed once a week. Towels and pool towels are also. Other: Dinning room is through brick arch from kitchen. Large table seats 8 to 10.