Villa Santa Caterina
Santa Caterina sits high on a hill behind tall cypresses and umbrella pines with breathtaking views in every direction. Gently rolling hills and farmlands on one side and rugged mountains with a 12th Century castle perched on top, on another. Seven miles from the village of Umbertide, it is centrally located among the medieval towns of Perugia, Gubbio and Assisi.
The villa was built in the early 18th Century and restored by our family in 1996. Every effort was made to retain its original character, using old, authentic materials wherever possible. The large property which is fenced and gated, consists of a main house and two self contained cottages. The interior is spacious and bright and decorated in a typical Umbrian/Tuscan style with wood beam ceilings, terra-cotta floors and many antique furnishings and oriental rugs.
The main house sleeps 6, in 2 double-bedded rooms with en-suite bathrooms upstairs, and one twin-bedded room with a bathroom downstairs. Also downstairs, there is a large, fully equipped kitchen, with a patio for alfresco dining, dining room which seats 10 comfortably, and a large living room with an open fireplace. In addition, between the upstairs bedrooms there is a cozy sitting room with a small library of books, a TV and a large selection of movies.
There are several patios throughout the property, each comfortably furnished and each offering a different panoramic view.
Shi's cottage is self-contained with a small kitchen, dining area, living room and a private patio overlooking the pool and beyond, and a romantic lofted bedroom.
The infinity swimming pool is located between the main house and the two cottages. It has a panoramic view to the mountains and the valley dotted with farmhouses, olive groves and vineyards. It is surrounded by a beautiful garden full of rose bushes, lavender, and a variety of native, home grown herbs.
Even though many would like nothing better than to laze around the pool or take a nap in the hammock or maybe read a book curled up on a lounge under a canopy of grapes, or create dishes in the wonderful kitchen, fact remains, that Santa Caterina is within short driving distance to many interesting, historic towns.
Deruta, famous for its beautiful ceramics, Gubbio a genuine medieval town where Franco Zeffirelli filmed his Romero and Juliette, Assisi with its magnificent basilica dedicated to Saint Francis, not to forget the lively university town of Perugia or the many quaint and charming wine producing villages in both Umbria and Toscana.
We cater to families with children, groups of friends wanting to share an Italian lifestyle or honeymooners looking for a bit of heaven on earth. We can organize yoga retreats, cooking classes or sightseeing tours with our very own custodians who live on the property. So whether you are after romance, or history and adventure, or simply want to relax in a true Italian atmosphere, Santa Caterina is the place for you.
Single Family Home with 2 levels
4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3300 square feet
Queen, Twin, Queen, and Queen
8 guests maximum
30 min by car
Magnificent view of mountains and rolling hills.
Activities of Interest
- Wine Country
- For art lovers, this region is perfect with amazing artwork in nearby towns including art treasures from Piero dela Francesca, Perugino and other Renaissance masters.
- The cultural and artistic gems of Siena, Arezzo, Assisi and Todi can be reached in no more than an hour by car.
- The magnificent basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is nearby.
Places of Interest
- Wine-tasting sessions and tours of the various vineyards and cellars of the most important wineries in Umbria are an easy drive from the property.
- Golf lovers are spoilt here. The 18-hole Championship Golf Course of Antognolla, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr is only a short drive away.
- For the cyclist, there are over 30 circuits in Umbria to suit any demanding sportsman. We can arrange bike rental as well as a guide / leader and support vehicle to discover the Umbrian scenery.
- The local area is a hiking paradise with great countryside trails all across the region.
La Dolce Vita in Umbria
Our group of seven enjoyed a wonderful week at this 'little slice of heaven' in Umbria. The property is perched on a hill in a rural location, yet just 1/2 mile off a main road. The two houses that comprise Pierantonio have been thoughtfully remodeled with modern conveniences while preserving rustic charm. Mornings were magical with 360 degree views of mist laying between the hills (with a 12th century castle in the distance), gently rising to warm sunny days. There are several outdoor sitting areas from which to enjoy the views. The pool area is gorgeous and inviting, and the surrounding property is immaculately maintained by staff . Marie (the owner) was a pleasure to work with, offering touring and restaurant suggestions. If you would like to experience the heart of Italy forget the traffic of Tuscany and head east to Umbria. Timid drivers may prefer an SUV to climb the gravel road to the property, although we had no problem in a sedan. ”
Fantastic Villa and Trip to Umbria
This Villa was impeccable! From the start, Marie and Marga were extremely helpful and wanted to make our trip successful! From directions, to cooking meals to giving recommendations for our entire trip. The Villa is absolutely gorgeous with attention to details. It was clean and comfortable and gave us all the accommodations to make our trip stress free. The grounds to the property and views are indescribable they were so magnificent and breathtaking. I live and have homes in Hawaii and California, the two most desirable beautiful states, but Villa Santa Caterina is right up there with great Beauty it has to offer. Marie's property manager, Marga who is on site is the best anyone could get in a competent, pleasant manager. I highly recommend visiting this property, you will not be disappointed. We plan to return with another group of friends. Thank you Marie and Marga for making our trip wonderful! ”
Santa Carherina Umbris
The home was amazing,the views were outstanding, even if it was cold and raining outside the home was warm and comfortable and the week in this ******* star home was more than fantastic. Also especially the custodian of the property Marga is a very special Lady with a complete accent to every detail to make sure all our needs were well taken care of. Umbria is absolutely beautiful and we loved our stay and must thank the owner of this wonderful home for allowing us this experience . Sincerely Michael and Micheline”
- 40"+ TV
- Air Conditioning
- Chef's Kitchen
- DVD Player
- Espresso Machine
- Gated Community
- High Speed Internet
- Outdoor Grill
- Outdoor Pool
- Pets (with Approval)
- Satellite/Cable TV
- Washer & Dryer
- Wireless Internet
- iPod Dock Stereo