San Pietro a Monte, near Trestina, Umbria - On Beautiful Wooded Hillside with Uninterruped Views across Valley
Mrs Lucinda E Yorke
- english, italian
About Mrs Lucinda E Yorke
I fell in love with Italy many years ago when as a child I holidayed there often with my parents. As an 18 year old I went to live and work in Florence for 2 years and traveled throughout Tuscany and Umbria. My husband has a job which necessitates us moving house every couple of years, so we bought Ca de Luca to be our "home" and we return as often as we can. We have our own apartment within the house which we use during the winter months, which is not accessible for our guests. In the Summer we open up the rest of the villa for rent and for 3 weeks we invite friends and family to stay with us.
Mrs Lucinda E Yorke purchased this Villa in 2000
Why Mrs Lucinda E Yorke chose Città di Castello
Primarily we bought Ca de Luca as a house to call home and for us to be able to have all our friends and family to stay. We fell in love with the property straight away, despite seeing many houses and despite the fact it was very neglected. The garden had nearly overtaken the house, there was a colony of bats living in the house and it was filthy inside. Over a number of years, we made renovations and improvements and did a huge amount of DIY. This was a joy for us as the housing provided by my husband's job didn't allow for us to make any changes or make the house our own. Umbria is a beautiful region, not maybe the classic Italy that everyone thinks of, which is Tuscany, but it is less touristy even now 17 years after we bought the house and there are SO many beautiful villages and towns to visit close by or just enjoy the tranquil and peaceful setting and lounging by the pool.
What makes this Villa unique
Ca de Luca is over 200 years old and has beautiful views across unspoiled countryside. It is easily accessible, being only 1.6 kms up a white road (as they're called in Italy i.e. an unsurfaced track). Many houses will be a long way from a road (which the owners won't tell you in their adverts!), so it's easy to get to the local shops, restaurants or to travel further afield for sightseeing.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Minimum age of primary renter:30
Max guests:12 (sleeps up to 12 adults)
Smoking allowed outside only
Up to 2 infants in travel cots allowed over and above 12 adults/children in beds
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Idyllic setting. Very peaceful surroundings in a beautiful old house.
11 of us (6 adults and 5 children) spent a week at Ca de Luca. The house is well equipped and typical of the region.The countryside is beautiful and very peaceful. Many larger houses in Italy are separated in flats with a shared pool - Ca de Luca was one of the few I could find that would accommodate us in one space. Luly was very helpful with enquiries and left us a welcome basket of food and wine for our first night. Two members of our party were very young (3 and 23 months) so it was a bit hectic watching them on the steps and stair cases but there were 6 adults, so we managed well.All in all a perfect Italian countryside property.
Thank you for your kind review and so pleased you had a lovely holiday. I would love to welcome you back another year!
Charming characterful villa in quiet rural location ideal for large family
If you're the sort of person who demands flawless, contemporary, 5* hotel-like accommodation where you don't have to give a second thought to your water or electricity usage then this might not be the place for you.
If, however, like us you want a charming villa, with bags of character, which really does have everything you need for a large family gathering in a very quiet rural location, then you won't be disappointed.
The water supply is from the villa's own well, so in theory is limited. In practice, we were reasonably careful, and had no problems whatsoever. Likewise, as long as we didn't run the dishwasher, oven and washing machine all at the same time, the supposed electricity supply limitations were of no concern either.
The house remained comfortably cool inside providing a welcome respite from the 36C temperatures outdoors. The pool is perfectly situated - there always seem to be some parts in the shade and others in the full sun at any time of day. We had a 6-month old with us, and had no problems keeping him comfortable despite the heat.
The kitchen was small but well equipped. The chest freezer and separate beer/wine fridge got a lot of use!
The location is very quiet - the last few hundred metres being along a steep, dusty gravel road. This just adds to the sense of isolation, although like us you may question whether you're on the right road on arrival!
The weather was a little warm to do a lot of exploring of the area. However, we did make it to the hill top towns of Cortona, Gubbio and Monte Santa Maria Tiberina all of which we can thoroughly recommend. The countryside to the north looked particularly attractive.
All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and were very sad to leave Ca de Luca. We rarely go to the same place twice on holiday, as we enjoy exploring new places. However, in this case, we may well make an exception.
Thank you for your kind review and I'm so pleased that Ca de Luca turned out to be exactly what you wanted for your large family gathering. I would love to welcome you back another year!
We had a great holiday in San Pietro al Monte
We had a great time at the villa - comfortable house with a fabulous view. Lots to see and do in the neighbouring towns and some good local restaurants. The villa is in a perfect location off the beaten track but within easy reach of shops etc with a gorgeous swimming pool
Very charming house in a beautiful garden and location.
Friendly owner and lokal caretaker. We had some lovely , lasy summer days by the pool and in the shadow from the pergola.
The supermarket in Trestina was excellent.
Sad to leave, would like to come back.
Thank you for your kind review, would love to have you back to stay again, 2 weeks next time?!
Super vakantie, ongestoord genieten in alle rust.
Heel erg fijne vakantie gehad met een familie van 11. Ontzettend genoten van de rust, de stilte. De omgeving rond het huis is fantastisch. Wel redelijk afgelegen wat maakt dat je toch even moet rijden om bij een grote supermarkt te geraken.
Beddenlinnen, handdoeken, handdoeken voor rond het zwembad waren allemaal aanwezig.
Ook de kinderbedjes en stoelen waren aanwezig. De buitentafel voorziet meer dan genoeg plaats en regelmatig ook schaduw om te schuilen van de warme zon.
De problemen met het internet werden zo snel mogelijk verholpen.
Algemeen heel erg genoten van 10 dagen in san pietro a monte. Zeker een aanrader voor wie weg wil uit de toeristische drukte en wil genieten in de volle natuur.
It is about 50 mins drive to the beach at Tuoro on Lake Trasimeno where you can windsurf, canoe, pedalo, kite surf (when conditions permit) take a ferry trip to the islands or just soak up the sun.
Perugia - 40 mins, Ryanair from Stansted. Rome - 2.5 hours. Bologna - 2 hours - BA from Heathrow, Easyjet from Gatwick and Ryanair from Stansted. Ancona - 1.5 hours - Ryanair. All the major car hire firms are represented at the airports and it is essential to have a car. Detailed directions will be supplied together with a map when you rent this property.
Distances by car for sightseeing, Citta di Castello, Monte Santa Maria Tiberini 15-20 mins, Monterchi, Anghiari, Sansepolcro 30 mins. Arezzo 45 mins. Gubbio, Perugia, Cortona 40 mins, Assisi, Lake Trasimeno 50 mins. Florence 1.5 - 2 hrs.
The nearest town, Trestina, is 15 minutes by car and has several supermarkets, post office, baker, butchers, fishmonger (Fri), freshly prepared takeaway food, bars, chemist, internet cafe, clothes and toy shops and tennis court. Just a few minutes from the house in the next door village of Calzolaro, there is pony trekking available. There are several restaurants and pizzerias, 1 in particular is highly recommended with an extensive menu and wine list.
Ca de Luca is an ideal base for sightseeing trips including Perugia and Assisi, Florence and Sienna. There are also many smaller hilltop towns in the area; Gubbio, Citta di Castello, Sansepolcro, Monterchi, Cortona and Montone among others.