Umbria — Other
A 100-years old farmhouse converted in a 21st century property with zero gas emissions and contemporary style
The property can accommodate up to 8 adults and 1 infant in a cot in summer and 6 adults and 1 infant in winter.
Adriana and Jean-Daniel, the Swiss power couple behind the project and realisation of Otium, wanted to project the 100-years old cottage in the 21st century through a bold restructuring and expansion: no fossil energy is used because photovoltaic panels produce the energy that the house needs; the sanitary water is heated by the sun through thermal panels and rainwater should be collected in a large cistern to irrigate the lawn. Only the best avant-garde materials and technologies have been chosen for the renovation and works carried out in a workmanlike manner by local artisans.
In fact, in the Casale, thanks to a heat pump, to radiant floors, a homogeneous and pleasant temperature is guaranteed both in summer and winter. No air conditioning or radiators, are used but a cooling system - underfloor heating. A forced air system further optimises the well- being of the house: the farmhouse features an A4 energy class.
The style encompasses traditional elements brought into the now with updated add-on’s for today’s lifestyles: there is a heated pool equipped with umbrellas and deck loungers, offering a breathtaking view of the valley.
The property can accommodate up to 8 adults and 1 infant in a cot in summer and
6 adults and 1 infant in winter
Included services and utilities
Morning Housekeeping Service 1 person of staff for 3 hours 2 days a week (Saturday and Wednesday); Change of all linen on arrival (Saturday); Half-week change of bathroom and pool towels; Water, Electricity, Cooling & Heating System and Wi-Fi consumption is included - Please note that more hours of cleaning may be needed, depending on the size and habits of group: our team will automatically increase hours and/or staff if needed, to be accounted as extra, in order to maintain the house tidy and ready for current and upcoming guests) - *= maximum number of guests accepted in winter season is 6
Mandatory extra services and taxes
The amount is linked to the number of guests (€340 per week every 11 guests) and it’s composed by (i) Travel Planning performed by a dedicated travel planner (ii) Touristic Municipal Taxes forfeited in the amount (iii) Check-in and Property Status Control (iv) Check-out and Damage Control and (v) Remote Emergency Service 24/7
Arriving at the villa
A 100-meter white road crosses a small forest and leads to the Casale: past the automatic gate, a gravel path leads past the farmhouse. The Casale offers two different bodies that make up a unique environment of relaxation and comfort. The old farmhouse, with its small windows, the walls with exposed stone, its old oak staircase offers the atmosphere of the past with the maximum comfort of today. The new part, instead, with its large windows, amazes the guest with the light, the unspoiled view of the Umbrian countryside, infusing great tranquility.
Everything is green, the exterior area is scented like flowers blooming in spring and the entire experience it is quintessentially Italian. The pleasure of silence, the proximity to a number of small villages with restaurants, bread shops, organic markets, artisans’ shops, hidden churches and monuments, not to mention proximity to all the main cities of Umbria make this the ideal place for a relaxing stay, to recharge your batteries, or to let out an unsuspected creativity hidden in the depths of your soul.
Food & Wine
The cuisine of this area is frugal, made from genuine products such as olive oil, grilled meats and vegetables.
Black truffles are used in many dishes and are the main ingredient of the Easter Pizza, a salted panettone (Christmas cake) flavoured with pecorino (sheep’s milk cheese). The lentils from Castelluccio are known for to their tiny size and very soft hull. Salami and cold cuts from Norcia are world famous. Strangozzi, or Strozzapreti pasta, served with various kinds of sauces, are amongst the most appetising recipes. Local Christmas sweets adds to the extravagance, including the famous Rocciata di Assisi. Among the typical prized wines are the Sagrantino from Montefalco, passito red wine that pairs perfectly with both grilled meats and sweets, Torgiano and Colli Perugini. Do not miss a wine tasting and meal in Enoteca Oberdan in Todi.
Possible activities include hiking, cycling and wine tasting – your local concierge can help guests hire bicycles, boats and tents at the nearby beach clubs. Time with family is celebrated in Italy, in fact almost every activity here is kid-friendly.
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