Tartagli Alti - Paciano - Lake Trasimeno
- 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) with dining area,
- kitchen with dishwasher,
- laundry room with drinks fridge.
Domestic help Saturdays, phone, broadband (wireless), washing machine, barbecue, stereo, TV, safe
Additional domestic help on request.
Pool info: Private pool, 40 ft x 20 ft
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 reading 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 place to breakfast before taking a dip in the pool.
On the upper floor are the two main bedrooms, each with French windows onto a small balcony. There’s also a small single bedroom and a brand new bathroom with bath tub/shower.
The views from the house are, without exaggeration, stunning; layer upon layer of thickly wooded hills roll into the distance. Lake Trasimeno is just 8 km away, though the swimming pool at Tartagli Alti, blissfully private and surrounded by turkey oaks, pines and inky cypresses, may well keep you at home! Should you tire of moonlit dinners and beautiful views, your Summer’s Leases House Book will guide you to the many restaurants, trattorie and pizzerie nearby.
But the trump card is that the villa is within walking distance of the lively village of Paciano - though it’s uphill all the way home! This is what everyone wants: a family villa within a walk of a village. What’s more, the area abounds with history and 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 just 15 km from the Autostrada del Sole, which means that it’s also brilliantly located for sightseeing trips. All in all, it's an easy going, jolly kind of house with a nice Italianate feel.
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 2013||Rent|
|Mar 2 2013||-||May 25 2013||GBP 890|
|May 25 2013||-||Jun 22 2013||GBP 1,490|
|Jun 22 2013||-||Jul 13 2013||GBP 1,890|
|Jul 13 2013||-||Aug 31 2013||GBP 1,990|
|Aug 31 2013||-||Sep 28 2013||GBP 1,490|
|Sep 28 2013||-||Oct 26 2013||GBP 890|