Tartagli Alti - Paciano - Umbria
Tartagli Alti's breakfast terrace outside the kitchen
Tartagli Alti's large open plan sitting room
The view from the main terrace
Tartagli Alti's double bedroom with panoramic balcony
Looking down on the pool from the villa
- 1 double bedroom
- 1 bedroom with 2 beds
- 1 single bedroom
- 1 bathroom with bath tub & shower
- 1 bedroom with 2 beds
- 1 bathroom with shower
- large sitting room with fireplace
- dining area
- kitchen with dishwasher
- laundry room with drinks fridge
Barbecue, phone, broadband (wireless), washing machine, stereo, TV, safe
Additional domestic help on request.
Pool info: Private pool, 40 ft x 20 ft
The views from Tartagli Alti are, without exaggeration, stunning; layer upon layer of thickly wooded hills roll into the distance. The picturesque old village of Paciano is a walk away, with restaurants, bars and one of the prettiest roofscapes in all Umbria. The many charms of Lake Trasimeno - edged with historic little towns, tiny beaches and old fashioned ferry boats for popping over to the lake's islands - is just 8 km away. Tartagli is handy for so may tempting tourist attractions, but... Your villa's swimming pool is so blissfully private, surrounded by turkey oaks, pines and inky cypresses, you may find it difficult to tear yourself away to drive off see the sights! Should you tire of moonlit dinners and beautiful views, your Summer’s Leases House Book will guide you to the best restaurants, trattorie and pizzerie for authentic local food.
Tartagli Alti’s sitting room is huge and homey, with comfortable sofas, a good selection of much consulted maps, well-thumbed books and child-enthralling board games, as well as a music system and a TV. The sitting room opens onto a long, cool dining terrace with magnificent views across the Tresa Valley - perfect for a quiet read or meals all’aperto. There’s also a twin bedded room on the ground floor and a bathroom with shower. Through an arch is the modern well-equipped kitchen, with stylish granite work surfaces and dishwasher. The kitchen door opens to the pretty back terrace with a huge fig tree, dozens of bright geraniums and plenty of tables and chairs - the ideal spot to breakfast after a dip in the pool.
On the upper floor there are the two main bedrooms, each with doors onto a panoramic balcony. There’s also a small single bedroom and a brand new bathroom with bath tub/shower.
But the trump card is that Tartagli is within walking distance of the lively village of Paciano - though it’s uphill all the way home! You've finally found the "holy grail" of villa rentals: a real family villa within a walk of a village. What’s more, the area abounds with history - the locals maintain that the fabulous lost tomb of the Etruscan king Porsena is somewhere nearby, though of course the exact spot has never been found.
Tartagli Alti is only 15 km from the Autostrada del Sole, which means that it’s also brilliantly located for every variety of sightseeing trip: wineries, museums, cashmere factories, great art and great food for the sampling.
All in all, Tartagli Alti offers you the very best kind of villa holiday - it's an easy going, jolly kind of house, with a wonderfully Italianate feel, in a very fine location.
It was a real bonus having a maid visit daily for 2 hours, and the gardener, who also visited regularly, kept the potted geraniums in bloom despite the high temperatures (July). There was plenty of outdoor furniture, both around the house and the pool, and a choice of several places to dine ‘al fresco’ without having to move anything around. The pool was large, clean, well-designed with a good depth range making it useable for adults and children alike. The springboard in the deep end was much used by our 9 year old son!
There were plenty of chairs, loungers and sunshades around the pool, which was reached down 3 sets of shallow steps. This we found to be a useful way of controlling the children’s access to the pool for reasons of safety and exposure to the sun. If you have infirm or elderly family or friends with you, they might find the rather flimsy rails and shallow steps down to the pool difficult to use We certainly couldn’t have managed the temperatures without the pool and it was difficult to drag ourselves away to visit the local area.
The village shops are only a short car ride away, and close at 8pm on Saturday so you can get supplies in when you arrive. There is a large Co-op supermarket in Castiglione del Lago, 15 minutes away, which proved an excellent place for a larger shop. Locals are friendly and it is well worth taking the time to visit local villages as well as circumnavigate Lake Trasimeno.
The weather is good this year with fresco breeze to cool us down and the children loved the pool with its rugged surroundings. The fans were a godsend.
The gardener was inconspicuous and yet he kept the garden nice and grass cut. The facilities were good and the views excellent. It was totally peaceful.
Paciano is a very pleasant walk and is a lovely small but scenic town. Our oldest son took several walks to Panicale and enjoyed the countryside to its fullest. The house, its location, and its setting was a perfect place to rest and regroup between sightseeing trips to Siena, Firenze, Cortona, Perugia, etc. It was very difficult to leave after our two weeks. We leave with many, many wonderful memories!!
The villa is located in the heart of Italy with easy access to major tourist towns and train access to Rome etc not far away. The only problem being the steep access road which is not recommended for sports cars! Gabriella and Bruno (housekeeper and gardener) were very helpful, although they don’t speak any English.
We loved the spectacular views, and the long glorious sunsets over the valley. The pool was greatly enjoyed, and we appreciated the games, books, jigsaws and art works. We appreciated the villa's proximity to fabulous locations like Montepulciano, Assisi, and Lake Trasimeno and frequently consulted the big regional map in the dining area to collectively plan our daily jaunts. The spacious living areas both indoors and outdoors allowed many options to spread out which was especially valuable for the children.
This place will live in our memories for always.
If you want to travel further afield, the house is a good base to do this from with the station at Chiusi convenient for Florence and Rome. Perugia, Orvieto and the Tuscan spas are all easy access.
The whole family were thoroughly relaxed during and after the stay. Once again the house is as the description says; 5 different times in 5 years. Satisfaction total and value high.
Another fabulous Summer's leases holiday....
|Rental Seasons for 2015||Rent|
|Mar 28 2015||-||May 23 2015||GBP 890|
|May 23 2015||-||Jun 20 2015||GBP 1,490|
|Jun 20 2015||-||Jul 18 2015||GBP 1,890|
|Jul 18 2015||-||Aug 29 2015||GBP 1,990|
|Aug 29 2015||-||Oct 3 2015||GBP 1,490|