Ancient Farmhouse Torre La Cupa
Our little tower, once part of a lookout system on the border territory between the warring Guelphs and Ghibellines, was here before Dante. Around it, in some of the loveliest countryside in Umbria, grew the house: room after room added over the centuries. By the end of World War II it housed four ‘hearths’ or extended families: some fifty people and their livestock.
Today the old farm is a charming country house, set around a plant-filled atrium. It is rich in unexpected corners for seclusion and quiet, even when filled to capacity or when children are running about. It is nevertheless not too rambling for small groups and couples. It sleeps up to 9 people in 5 bedrooms.
Within its thick stone walls are beamed ceilings, terracotta floors and fireplaces. The rooms, full of pictures, books and music, were not furnished as a holiday home but for the owners themselves, a foreign correspondent and an art historian. The windows open onto beautiful views of the gardens, the hills and the fields around.
There is a grand piano, a guitar, a croquet set, and quantities of toys, games and reading for children. A flagstone courtyard filled with flowers and herbs leads from the kitchen to an outside tree-shaded table. There is a barbeque and a second table for evening dining that looks out onto the setting sun. In a clearing at the end of the garden, is a gated swimming pool with a with a small waterfall from which children love to jump.
This ancient farmhouse can serve as a centre for the many beauties of Umbria and offer you an unforgettable holiday. Still relatively undiscovered, not yet plagued by dense summer crowds, Umbria is the other Tuscany. But it owes nothing to the original in the beauty of its countryside and towns – among many others Assisi, Spoleto, Perugia, Gubbio and Orvieto - the richness and variety of its history, art and architecture; of its museums, theatres and music festivals.
In this “green heart of Italy”, that takes pride in its leisurely pace of life, the low mountains that rise from the banks of the Tiber between Orvieto and Todi are dotted with tiny and isolated medieval hamlets. Acqualoreto, the nearest of these, 2kms away from the house was built in the 10th century to survey the Forello Gorge. Although now partially flooded by Lake Corbara, this gorge is still marvellous walking country. Another hamlet, San Gemini, is near the Roman ruins of Carsulae. Yet another, Dunarobba, stands next to a Fossil Forest. Nearby Montecastello Vibio contains the smallest opera theatre in the world.
A little further off near the lovely town of Gubbio you can visit the Grotte di Frasassi, an underground complex of spaces, streams, tunnels set around a cave large enough to hold the Cathedral of Milan. The grottos are peopled with vast and multicoloured stalagmites and stalagtites that have been formed over millions of years.
Please note that the main house is attached to a separate small accommodation with its own entry. This is reserved for the owners, a retired journalist and art historian, who regularly stay there. The two accommodations face different parts of the large garden and are completely separate, so guests have complete privacy. The pool is reserved for guests alone. The two houses only share the laundry room.
Single Family Home with 3 levels
5 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3057 square feet, 285 square meters
Queen, Queen, Queen, 2x Twin, and Twin
9 guests maximum
Perugia airport 40 minutes by car, Rome airports, l hour 30 minutes by car
Beautiful views of fields and hills of the Umbrian countryside
No Pets Allowed
Not Handicap Accessible
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Activities of Interest
- Wine Country
- Wine tasting sessions and tours to the various vineyards and cellars of the most important wineries in Umbria are an easy drive from the property.
- Hiking paradise with great countryside trails all accross the region.
- For the cyclist, there are over 30 circuits in Umbria to suit any demanding sportsman. Bike hire centres are readily available, the best way to discover the Umbrian scenery.
Places of Interest
- For the 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, Perugia, can be reached in no more than an hour by car.
- The magnificent basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, UNESCO World Heritage Site is nearby.
The location was perfect for what we wanted. We were able to easily do day trips to Orvieto, Todi, Assissi, Siena, and Montepulciano. The owner could not have been nicer and more helpful. The grounds and pool were beautiful. The house was very comfortable and there was plenty of hot water for the seven of us. We had plenty of room and spent a lot of time in the eating area off the kitchen. We had a wonderful time.”