Situated in the heart of Umbria, La Selva is a historical property that allows guests to immerse themselves in the region's history and to sample the flavours of the famous local cuisine. Guests will be able to enjoy a retreat in this private and picturesque Italian oasis.
Set on a stunning plot the house overlooks the valley of Pian di Marte, made famous as the route by which Hannibal and his elephant equipped army, routed the Roman legions at the nearby battle of Lake Trasimeno. The property is named after its setting - ’The Forest’ and whilst in Umbria is also within metres of the Tuscan border. A fully restored 15C farmhouse, standing within 25 acres of its own grounds it has added security thanks to the electric gates at the driveway entrance. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the main terrace with its generous 'Deruta' ceramic table with direct access to the kitchen - the perfect spot to gather around and dine whilst enjoying the stunning views.
Surrounded by lavender and rosemary borders with cypress and mature olive trees, extensive pathways lead to the infinity pool and an upper terrace overlooking the house and the valley beyond. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your Aperol Spritz on the sun loungers or dry off from a cooling dip in the pool.
In the interior, La Selva consists of 2 wings - North and South - that are respectively distributed over 3 and 2 floors. With aged chestnut ceiling beams, beautiful terracotta tiled floors, as well as restored antique furniture, the 5209 sq. ft. (484m2) property creates a warm and refined ambiance that makes guests feel right at home. The fireplace in the large living room creates a warm and cozy living space, perfect for those cooler evenings. With modern appliances, the fully-equipped kitchen includes a breakfast bar that allows guests to easily enjoy the sunshine and cool breeze from the forest, whilst cooking a delicious meal.
Enjoy the quietness and tranquility of 3 well-appointed bedrooms, each offering comfortable king-size beds for a capacity of 6 guests. Two of the available bedrooms boast a King size four poster bed and each has a bespoke 'Villeroy & Boch' ensuite.
With such fabulous surroundings, leaving La Selva could be a tall order, but often referred to as the green heart of Italy, Umbria is a treasure trove of exploration. Whether guests are looking for beauty, history or culture, the region has it all. La Selva is also the perfect destination for the adventurous outdoor and nature lovers, and the best way to explore this part of Umbria is along its paths and trails, on horseback or on mountain bike, exploring the landscape and enjoying panoramas around the nearby Lake Trasimeno that will take your breath away.
When visiting Perugia, the largest walled medieval city in Italy and capital city of the region, you can expect to find a myriad of gorgeous churches and historical structures, but also fantastic museums and attractions. Dominating the plain of Umbria and the Upper Tiber Valley, the old part of the town contains a great deal to explore, with medieval streets and attractive squares, and lots of interesting churches and palaces. After enjoying the art of Perugia, guests will have the opportunity to taste and discover the secrets to the well-known Baci chocolate at the Perugina Chocolate Factory.
On your way to Cortona, a 30 minute drive from your property, guests will be able to explore Umbria's fertile landscape, olive groves or seducing vineyards, and to give themselves a delightful Tuscan wine and food tasting experience at Cortona Wine Tours, which will take you on a fascinating journey through the best known wine-making towns in the region. Between fact and legend, ancient populations and battles, religion and art, Cortona is a hilltop town where guests will find some rare treasures. From the Piazza della Repubblica, the main square in Cortona, flanked by the impressive Palazzo Comunale, to the several churches, “palazzo” and "bottega", you can spend hours walking the city, its walls and religious monuments.
Guests wishing to visit Siena will be amazed by the abundance of beautiful architecture the city offers, such as the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia, from where you will get one of the best views in Italy. Wander the historic old town and wind the medieval alleyways that will lead you to the Il Campo, the historic square that hosts the famous horse race every year. A journey into Siena’s local gastronomy should start at La Taverna di San Guiseppe, whose menu presents the city’s most authentic and traditional recipes such as the ‘pick’, a type of home-made pasta similar to spaghetti, and the ‘bistecca all Fiorentina’, accompanied by a glass of a local Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Montepulciano or Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
Single Family Home with 3 levels
3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 5209 square feet, 484 square meters
King, King, and King
6 guests maximum
Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi Airport
35 minute drive
Enoy the views over the Pian di Marte Valley!
No Pets Allowed
Not Handicap Accessible
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Activities of Interest
- Wine Country
- Bicycle tours - Cycling in Umbria means cycling on quiet country roads, among colorful fields covered with sunflowers, olive groves, and vineyards, past numerous medieval hilltop villages.
- Local festivals - Tradition, history, culture, food and wine are on display at famous festivals including Palio of Siena, Festival of Two Worlds of Spoleto, Umbria Jazz of Perugia, Corciano Festival.
- Olive oil tasting - Visit family-run oil farms, walk in the olive groves, visit the oil press and indulge in tastings paired with local organic vegetables and bruschetta.
- Truffle hunting - Umbria is the pinnacle of Italy's truffle traditions and culture. An hour-long truffle hunt with a local villager and his dog in Palazzo Grande’s ancient woods can easily be arranged in season.
Places of Interest
- Lake Trasimeno (5 mins by car) - Italy’s third largest lake is home to plentiful wildfowl as well as easily accessible islands with ancient towns.
- Corciano (25 mins by car) - Corciano is a small medieval hilltop village a short walk from Palazzo Grande. The old centre is remarkably unspoiled and well-maintained, making it an atmospheric stop on a tour of Umbria.
- Perugia (35 mins by car) - Reminders of its lively and often bloody past are everywhere, from ancient arches and medieval basilicas to its energetic palace-lined main square to Renaissance frescoes by Perugino and Raphael.
- Cortona (35 mins by car) - Enclosed by stone walls dating back to Etruscan and Roman times, this small charming town sits on the top of a hill.
- Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi (50 mins) - This 13th Century UNESCO World Heritage Site is a stunning achievement that has heavily influenced Western art and architecture. Assisi and its Basilica are unique, spiritual, and emotional.
- Arezzo (1 hour by car) - Home to upscale shops, fine restaurants and quaint cafés, this jewel boats Renaissance Art and amazing Etruscan history.
- Todi (1 hour by car) - The hilltop town of Todi is one of the most picturesque in Italy.
- Gubbio (an hour by car) - Gubbio, where Saint Francis met the wolf—probably a metaphor for an outlaw who was converted to Christianity and renounced his past—is an exceptionally well-preserved medieval hillside town.
- Siena (1 hour and 10 mins by car) - Discover the medieval city of the Palio, whose historical city centre was recognised as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
- Orvieto (1 hour and 20 min by car) 30 mins beyond is Orvieto, whose ornate Cathedral is one of the highest achievements of Italian Gothic art and architecture.