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Charming Country-House, garden, natural pool, horses. Time to rest near Toscana

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

"Cristallo" for 2 (5) persons, "La Stalla" for 2 (4) persons - Peaceful location

"CRISTALLO", the Guesthouse for 2 (5) persons on about 65 m2, bedroom, gallery with double bed, living room with fireplace and big bed sofa, TV, internet / free WiFi, modern kitchen with dining area. Bathroom with bath and separate shower box, WC and bidet. Two garden seats with direct access to the natural pool and to the gazebo.

"LA STALLA", the charming apartment for 2 (4) persons on about 50 m2, bedroom, gallery with two beds, entré with living area, TV, Internet / free WiFi, kitchenette with dining area. Bathroom with WC / shower and bidet. Private fenced garden with terrasse, above the yard access to the natural pool and to the gazebo.

“Ermitage Macchiabella”, on around 4 h Land (garden, fields and wood), has a unique position in the Umbrian countryside and a spectacular view overlooking the Tiber valley. The pretty Country house has a natural pool and is situated on a little hill with a quiet and peaceful surrounding. It was renovated according to the typical Umbrian style but with great respect of today’s ecological principles. Fratta Todina is located between Todi and Marsciano, only a 30 minutes drive from Perugia. Within an hour there are several interesting places of culture and leisure to be visited, Rome and Florence can be easily reached within 1 ½ hour. On Ermitage Macchiabella there are horses with an open stable, a round pen and a working field. We offer the possibility to have a first approach and lesson for beginners. Further training and excursions in the beautiful countryside can be organized by a stable located nearby. You can also buy our delicate and genuine extra virgin olive oil from our own organic production. On request, a nice meal can be ordered in our Bistro. More from our website.

Children under the age of 12 are allowed in the natural pool with adult supervision only.

More Details

Property Manager
Claudio Pisoni
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2017

About Claudio Pisoni

We are Italian and German-speaking Swiss, who have settled down here. Obviously we apply our typical Swiss way also in the care of our place.

On our property we have a beautiful countryhouse with two holiday apartments. Also part of our team are Lea and Lupo, our two dogs and four horses: Dayan, Karim, Kouskann and Rudy.

Daniela has build the house according to ecological building criterias, giving special attention to furnishing. Our objective is to care the garden and the olive grove organically. With great dedication we produce a valuable and much appreciated organic extra virgin olive oil.

Claudio likes the genuine Umbrian cuisine, the excellent, though little-known wines and cultural sites. He is acquainted with some wine producers and knows several excellent restaurants.

Claudio Pisoni purchased this apartment in 2008

Guestbook comments from the manager

By John and Erzsi Kibble, England - July 2014

British holiday makers have visited Italy for many years usually to the rather better known Tuscany region. Umbria is a smaller region south of Tuscany, but a region of untouched landscapes and green winding valleys. There are mountains, hills and plains along the Tiber valley and Umbria is the only region without coastline. However Lake Trasimeno, central Italiy's largest lake, is in Umbria which has also many rivers for canoeing and kayaking.

The capital of the region is Perugia and from here it is not far to drive to Fratta Todina, where we find Ermitage Macchiabella, the beautiful farm of Daniela Colonnelli and Claudio Pisoni. There are two elegant apartments available to visitors. The real charm of Umbria is its art, its nature and its peace and calm. The historical towns of Gubbio, Orvieto, Spoleto and Assisi are easily accessible, and Assisi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The tranquillity of Ermitage Macchiabella is splendid, and Claudio and Daniela are superb hosts. They gave us a truly memorable dinner on the terrace of their home with panoramic views overlooking the distant Tiber Valley. Together we visited a local wine producer which was a real treat and the four of us enjoyed dinner at a wonderful local restaurant, L'Antico Forziere. In the hottest part of the day, one can cool off in the natural pool next to the apartments and for the more ambitious, Claudio and Daniela will saddle up their horses to ride through the beautiful countryside adjoining their farm. The farm boasts many olive trees and the fruit is harvested annually to make a really top quality olive oil.

The region is also famous for wine production and wine lovers will not be disappointed. The local food will satisfy all tastes especially local delicacies of ham, salami and sausages and there are many wonderful local cheeses to sample.

Ermitage Macchiabella is definitely a place to visit and a superb base from which one can explore a region of Italy remarkable for its beauty and tranquillity.
Jan 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Fratta Todina in Fratta Todina

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • chateau / country house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • "Cristallo" has a bathroom with a bath, bidet and a separate shower. "La Stalla" has a bathroom with bidet and shower. Both are fully equipped with towels and hair-dryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Cot on demand
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (+3) & 2 (+2) person, one Bedroom in each apartment Notes on bedrooms: "Cristallo" has a cosy bedroom on over 15 m2, with direct access to the bathroom; the bed-sofa in the living room offers space for two and on the open attic there is a junior double-bed. "La Stalla" has a bedroom and a loft with two tatami-style sleeps.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Ermitage Macchiabella is a country house with two apartments for rent and a pretty garden, with a natural pool with a spectacular view on the Tiber Valley. The aquatic plants and the purling of two small waterfalls impart a pleasant, peaceful atmosphere. On about four hectares of land there are other guests: foxes, porcupines, hares, ravens and birds of all kinds. Lea and Lupo, our two farm dogs, provide security. The open stable, the paddocks, the round-pen and the working field for our horses are an integral part of Ermitage Macchiabella. The horses are our friends. They are able to look into our hearts. With pleasure we shall introduce our friends to our guests. In addition to the beautiful site with horses you can explore the beautiful countryside. The name Macchiabella translated means "beautiful spot" – true indeed, it’s a beautiful spot! Outside: The natural pool functions without chemical additives. It offers great refreshment during the hot days in summer. This natural pool is a very special pool with clear water and many water plants. His position in the garden has a spectacular view over the Tiber valley. It works with no chemistry - means that the algae have the role to keep the water clear. The natural pool is divided into two parts: the filtration basin, for the regeneration of the water, which is filtered by the plants, as well as by the sand and gravel. In this part access is not allowed. The larger basin is for taking a bath, therefore at disposal for swimming. Children under the age of 12 are allowed in the natural pool with adult supervision only. We have four horses with whom we work regularly. Each of them has its own character and, in the team, its own role. We will be glad to introduce our horses. You can book your first peaceful and secure lesson. Excursions in the beautiful countryside can be organized. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels are included. Other: "La Stalla" has an entrance with living area, a kitchen with dining area, a bedroom, a loft with two beds, bathroom with bidet and shower, Internet (WiFi), TV and private outdoor space. There is a terrace; the garden is fenced.


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Charming Country-House, garden, natural pool, horses. Time to rest near Toscana
average rating of 4.9 based on 11 reviews

The perfect place to stay and holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a perfect holiday courtesy of Daniela and Claudio at their beautiful, secluded hillside, overlooking beautiful valleys and hills and surrounded by horse paddocks and the friendliest pets.

Their back to nature approach to land management, including a wonderful, natural swimming pool sums up the experience you will have here. It's is immersive and enriching. Our two children 9 &11 years had a great time running freely and enjoying the pool and animals.

Accommodation is simple but just what we needed, with a terrace and self catering amenities.

Whilst the location is off the beaten track you are always close to facilities and the hugely rich cultural heritage of Umbria.

Daniela and Claudio also made us so welcome that we felt at home and able to fully enjoy the estate. We couldn't have asked for more or had a more enjoyable holiday.

We will be back and give this holiday top marks.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Vincent. Many thanks for your fine words. We are quite happy that you had an pleasant stay with us and we enjoyed to make the acquaintance with your nice family. Indeed, Umbria can offer more than one could expect and our location is a platform from which many places of interest can be reached. We shall endeavor to continue on our path in proposing our Ermitage Macchiabella as a place where to restore thanks to the tranquility of the surroundings and also the facilities like our natural pool, the garden, as well as the woodland. And not to forget, the possibility to make a first encounter with our horses. We look forward to welcoming you soon again here.
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wonderful property in a perfect place!

  • 5 of 5

A very beautiful place in a perfect environment!

Same as before, we very much enjoyed our vacation!

The beautiful property and the nice surroundings are a perfect place to take a rest and enjoy the nice things of life! A natural swimming pool just in front of the appartment door helps you to cool down in hot days! a relaxing place with lots of possibilities to visit interesting places very close by.

Very nice equipped appartments and very clean! charming householders and perfect customer service!

Find your peace in perfect place! very recommendable!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear K. and A. Many thanks for your kind comments. After your visit of 2015, we are glad that you were again happy to stay at our place. As you say, here in Umbria there is a lot to be seen and various places to be visited. There is something everybody - for those interested in culture, in sightseing, leisure, sports or with an interest to umbrian wines. But also just for relax in the paceful atmosphere of our place and a relaxing massage near our natural pool. Not least, a nice meal in our Bistro. We hope to see you again at Ermitage Macchiabella. With kind regards. Claudio and Daniela
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Oasi to relax and enjoy the environment

  • 5 of 5

I had the chance to return four days in this wonderful place, surrounded by olive trees, with breathtaking views, relaxing environment, Lea and Lupo, two dogs and four horses: Dayan, Karim, Kouskann and Rudy. The two apartments are fully furnished, including cooking, in perfect condition, and comfortable. The large terrace allows you to relax and enjoy the surrounding views in absolute confidentiality. Not far from the "Guesthouse" are interesting places to visit such as Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto, Teatro della Concordia, Montecastello di Vibio (is considered as the smallest theater in the world, also known as Teatro Piccolo).

The genuine and spontaneous hospitality of Daniela and Claudio made the stay even more enchanting. I hope to return again too early to enjoy this paradise and the excellent olive oil produced, with 100 % organic.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Adriano. Many thanks for your fine comments, which we very much appreciate. We had the pleasure to host you at our place and are glad that you enjoyed your stay, but also what Umbria can offer to our guests. We hope to welcome you soon again. A presto. Claudio
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Pure relaxation!

  • 5 of 5

Our conclusion: Who are looking for relaxation in a beautiful scenic surroundings with nice people, will find this by Daniela and Claudio at the Ermitage Macchiabella. We'll see us again!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Eveline, many thanks for your comments. This motivates us to continue on this path. Your have been superb guests, a really nice family. We all liked your staying here at our place. And by all I also mean our Lupo, who greatly enjoyed to play with your Idefix. We are already now looking forward to welcoming you in the future. All the best and kind regards. Claudio
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un piccolo paradiso

  • 5 of 5

Sicuramente un bellissimo luogo per poter trascorrere delle belle e rilassanti vacanze. Daniela e Claudio, che conosco da anni, sempre molto cordiali e disponibili. Il sito, piuttosto centrale, offre la possibilità di visitare tutte le città umbre piu stupende e importanti dal punto di vista culturale e paesaggistico.

Lo consiglio senza riserve!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grazie mille, il tuo giudizio ci motiva molto per continuare sulla strada che abbiamo intrapreso. Speriamo di rivederti presto qui da noi. Un caro saluto. Claudio e Daniela
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Swiss italian Family

  • 5 of 5

Swiss Italian family with two sons

Dear Daniela and Claudio

Thank you so much for the warm welcome on Ermitage Macchiabella.

We were looking for a place where we could relax and also have fun – either culturally as well as gastronomically and we found it.

In the green Umbrian countryside near Perugia and Assisi this little oasis offers everything what one desires. Starting with the big and cosy rooms to the refreshing Natural pool and ending with the exciting riding lesson (my son was enthusiastic also thanks to patient Daniela).

What one can say more? A warm “Thank You” to you both for the excellent stay and for the good advises regarding restaurants and vines.

Certainly it was not the last time.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Family Thank you very much for your entry, which of course makes us quite happy. For us too these were two special and intense, albeit short days. Daniela was very happy of the first approach, as well as on the first experience in the saddle of the young man (he was remarkable in his fast learning). Claudio was enjoyed about your interest in the local gastronomy (food and wine). Thanks again to all of you and we hope to see you again soon here with us. Best greetings. Daniela and Claudio
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Fratta Todina
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Fratta Todina

Special interest holidays:

We have elaborated some special offers for your holiday season, which we name "BED&BETTER".

Weekly stay in one of our apartments with garden space and natural pool combined with activities.

BED & BEAUTY: treatments directly on Ermitage Macchiabella;

BED & RIDE: horseback riding and/or individual lessons at our place and at the Montione stable;

BED & WINE: wine tasting directly on the producers' site;

BED & FUN: the combination of the three above mentioned proposals (BEAUTY, RIDE e WINE);

BED & HELP: stay for free and help us at Ermitage Macchiabella.

For more details check our homepage www.ermitage-macchiabella.com


Roughly 30 minutes from Perugia airport, 1 1/2 hour from Rome and from Florence airports. Car hire is recommended.

There are DIRECT FLIGHTS from London to Perugia! Check "airport.umbria.it".


The village of Fratta Todina is 5 minutes away, Marsciano 10, Todi 15, Perugia 30, Assisi and Orvieto 45, Rome and Florence 1 1/2 hour.

Within 45 minutes there are several other places of interest to be visited, among which the old Roman town of Carsulae, the "Cascate di Marmore" (Marmore falls), Trasimeno Lake, the Monster park in Bomarzo, the theater of Concordia in Montecastello di Vibio (“the smallest theatre in the World" - 99 seats) and many others.

See our website www ermitage-macchiabella com

Further Details:

In the towns of Marsciano and Todi you find the necessary shopping possibilities - supermarkets, but also retail shops. Several restaurants, banks/cash dispensers, petrol stations, pharmacy, etc. can be reached within 10 to 15 minutes.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Fratta Todina, Umbria

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Whole season
16 Apr 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £28 per night, per additional guest
Whole season
4 Mar 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £28 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £45.88
Additional Guest Fee £27.53 per person per night
Pet Fee £4.59

We grant a 10% price reduction on the total package (i.e. apartment and other proposals) for reservations three months prior to arrival.

Prices shown are for apartment "Cristallo". For shorter periods on demand.
Apartment "La Stalla" (which has no dishwasher) can be rented for minimum 3 nights during the mid season; ask for quotes.

EUR 30.00 per night for any further person. Cildren from 8 to 14 years on demand - if agreed 50 % discount.

EUR 50 for cleaning at departure is included in the quote.

We do not charge VAT (will therefore not appear on the invoice and in the payment instructions).

Optionals on request:
- Standard fill-up of the fridge: we are happy to submit you our proposal.
- Meals on request: in our "Bistro" (charge depending from the menu, starting as from EUR 15, beverages excluded). Breakfast also on request.
- Encounter with horses: EUR 20 per lesson.
- Dog therapy: EUR 20 per lesson.
- Reiki (Chakra revitalization): EUR 25 per session.
- Laundry: EUR 15 per course, EUR 5 per piece of ironing; laundry on your own EUR 5 per course.
- Scooter: EUR 10 per hour, to be rent with us, with driving license.

We are happy to make reservations for the following activities:
- Sauna / Hamam: at the Centro Benessere in the Village of Fratta Todina;
- Wine tasting: directly with the wine producers; if requested, we are glad to accompany you;
- Excursions on horseback: at the nearby stables “Montione” (ca. 2 km.);
- Ride on a Tuk Tuk: on a converted Piaggio.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.