$190 / night
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Casa Paterna, an elegant Tuscan/Umbrian retreat – Home 3878994 Villa

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 5 sleeps
  • 2 nights min stay

Casa Paterna, an elegant Tuscan/Umbrian retreat – Home 3878994

  • Villa
  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min stay

Excellent Excellent – based on 17 reviews

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Villa / 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 5

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 7 mi
  • Child Friendly
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed

Description from owner


Experience life in an Italian casa colonica in this stylish apartment within a family home. On the border of Tuscany and Umbria halfway between Rome and Florence, this is a perfect base for wine tours, thermal spas, local food sagras and festas, Umbrian jazz, blues & gospel music festivals and Europe's largest chocolate fair, as well as natural tours and excursions in and around Lago Trasimeno, Italy's 4th largest lake. Famous hilltop towns such as Cortona, Montepulciano, Perugia, Assisi, Arezzo and Siena are nearby, providing culture treasures and beautiful scenic views. We are close to golf courses as well.

The apartment is large enough for a family of 4/5 or two couples. We had a family enjoy it for 1 month who invited guests to join them one week. All remarked on the amazing spaciousness for 2 families with 3 children. It is 170 sq meters and includes a large modern kitchen with all necessary amenities, a farmhouse table for 4 that expands comfortably to 6, plus a washing machine. Under an archway, the open plan flows into the living room from the kitchen. Here, you can enjoy a traditional stone fireplace with woodburning stove. The apartment's reclaimed beams, authentic terracotta flooring, and bright windows all around make it lighter than most Tuscan farmhouse renovations. Through another archway and two huge bedrooms each feature custom designed wrought iron beds with new mattresses. Each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom, both with raindrop showers, one with clawfoot bath and each designed to maximize light and space. There is a large private balcony for dining, sunbathing, BBQs which extends from both the living room and the master bedroom.

The apartment makes a lovely retreat for someone writing his/her screenplay or book. In fact, it was recently enjoyed by a Canadian journalist and cameraman team for a year while they designed a new business idea and worked around Europe on shoots.

More personally, we've accommodated requests for wellington boots for long walks in the fields, and, on another occasion, a stack of Italian cookbooks for enthusiastic chefs. We have created a children's play area in a corner of the living room, a library of Italian literature, and a home office all for our former guests. Just let us know, and we are happy to make Casa Paterna your home away from home as well.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Crib
  • High chair

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King bed
    Bedroom 2: Queen Bed
    Beds in other rooms: Twin bed
  • 2 Full baths


  • Shared garden
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair
  • Satellite TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

A car is absolutely essential as public transportation between Tuscan and Umbrian hilltop towns is scanty. Wandering drives through magical landscapes could lead you to an impromptu picnic, a Vineyard that beckons, or an off-road adventure to a tiny borgo not even on the map .

Interaction with guest

We live on the other side of the property so can be as readily available to plan day trips with you or as discreetly invisible as the guest prefers.


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

Warning that whilst there are no animals in the apartment, we are living on the other side of the house with cats and a dog. Guests with pet allergies should consider this when booking. Also, this is our family home. We take shoes off to keep the lightly treated terra cotta tiles free from dirt and would appreciate it if you did likewise before entering your apartment. Grazie!


About the owner

Cynthia & David M.
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Calendar last updated:
31 Jul 2017
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Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish, Italian





17 reviews

Very Good

“A natural wonder!”

Reviewed 30 Mar 2012

Beautiful serene surroundings,unique life style, neat place, comfy bed and awesome hosts! Cynthia was very knowledgeable about places to go and things to do as well as the best way to get there. It was a great home base for the week. We took trains to Rome and Florence and drove to many of the little neighboring towns in the area.

“Fantastic base to explore the Italian countryside”

Reviewed 23 Feb 2011

We spent a month at Casa Paterna, using it as a base to soak up all the Italian countryside has to offer. I can't recommend it highly enough. The apartment is stunning, fitted out with everything you could need - well equipped kitchen, wonderful big beds, a fabulous fireplace to sit by on cold nights, and the views over the countryside are amazing. Our hosts, Cynthia and David, really helped make it a great experience. We were travelling with our two small children and they went out of their way to help us have a great time - even equipping the apartment with some great toys to keep our kids busy. They were also brilliant with information on the surrounding area - particularly some of the wine areas and wineries we should visit, great restaurants to try and hilltop towns to experience. Can't wait for the opportunity to get back there.

“Fun, full and forever grateful”

Reviewed 25 Jan 2011

Casa Paterna apartment was sublime. Clean, beautiful and elegant, practical and all newly renovated to have the Tuscan 'look' still. The hosts Cynthia and David are the most wonderful you could ever imagine to have as your 'guides' for the area. They are fun and happy people with a beautiful family of three children who are always polite and fun to be around. Their recommendations for food and visiting sites in the area - impeccable! I highly recommend this as a solo to family retreat to see the 'real' Italy you might always have dreamed about.

“A Writer's Paradise!!”

Reviewed 14 Jan 2011

My husband and I recently took a two year retreat from our life in Canada to live in Umbria. Our second year was spent living at Casa Paterna. From the moment we stepped through the centuries old wooden door, we knew we couldn't have picked a better place to enjoy la dolce vita and for me to get down to work on some long neglected writing projects. The apartment is flooded with golden light year round and I loved nothing better than to pour a glass of wine, sit in front of the fire - and in between glancing up at the incredible vista of olive groves and vineyards visible through every window - to try and get some work done! Each room is elegantly appointed and spacious with attention to authentic details throughout. And the terrace! The views are simply breathtaking. Many a memorable summer evening started and ended with wine and laughter on that wonderful terrace. We cooked, entertained, worked and took many day trips to Rome, Florence, Assisi, Perugia, Cortona and Montepuliciano. Throughout all the four seasons, we were comfortable and well taken care of at Casa Paterna. Cynthia and David Morgan were much more than our landlords: they were consummate hosts and have become good friends. We are counting down the days until we can visit our treasured Casa Paterna again.

“A little bit of heaven!!!”

Reviewed 9 Jan 2011

We've had three visits to Casa Paterna including august 2006, August 2008, and October 2009. Each time we've been in awe of the beautiful scenery, huge two and three- floor villa with so much history of its own, authentic restoration, exquisite Italian interior decorating, natural beauty of rolling hills, olive trees cascading down one hillside, and a winding drive up the other side of the hill bordered by tall cypress trees ---so picturesque and inviting!! David and Cynthia Morgan's love for this area is contagious and contributes to our desire to return. They are friendly, intelligent, extremely helpful, and can answer any question one may have. Their apartment is spacious, warm and comfortable, providing a perfect place to relax and take in the wondrous beauty from its convenient balcony. This is a perfect spot for one or two couples or a family with children who will have plenty of space stay as well as run and play in the grassy fields outside. Casa Paterna is within a short drive or train ride to Cortona, Montepulciano, Assisi, Siena, and even Roma. Restaurants everywhere provide authentic and delicious Italian food. Vineyards and wineries are abundant and give travelers some of the best winetasting in the world! We cannot wait to return to this little bit of heaven!!

“Bella Casa Paterna!”

Reviewed 3 Jan 2011

What a wonderful vacation! As we approached Casa Paterna from the road I was struck by the property's natural beauty! The rolling hills, sun drenched olive trees, the way the afternoon light reflects off the terracotta colored brick. I was enamored before we even made it to the front door! Casa Paterna is lovely! The apartment is's spacious yet cozy, clean and well appointed. But the best part is the view from the balcony! The perfect setting for glass of prosecco! The property is perfectly situated for day trips. We visited Castiglione del lago and the fortress. Took a boat trip on Lago di Trasimeno, where we hiked and had a fabulous lunch alfresco on Isola Maggiore. Spent the day in Cortona, a beautiful hillside town made famous by the book Under the Tuscan Sun. We shopped and sampled fantastic local wines in Montepulciano. We also enjoyed the thermal spas...that was a unique experience! Though it may be that my favorite part of the week was napping on the veranda the the late afternoon sun. But what set this trip apart from other trips to Italy was the warmth of the Morgan family. Cynthia and David are avid travelers who are a great resource for recommendations. Obviously, they have put their heart and sole into Casa Paterna, and it shows!

“Experience all that is wonderful about Tuscany in one place!”

Reviewed 8 Dec 2010

Everything wonderful about Tuscany can be experienced at Casa Paterna. From the interior , it has been restored and modernized adding comfort,but losing none of the charm. The view is of olive trees as far as one can see. A short drive takes one to the tiny town with a quaint Catholic church and a coffee bar with fresh pastry. A bit longer will take you to Montepulciano and wonderful restaurants and shopping. David and Cynthia are marvelous hosts and very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the area and their wonderful chiildren just add to the fun.

“My Favorite Place”

Reviewed 7 Dec 2010

I am the lucky one who got to spend two weeks in October at this great place. Quite honestly, the pictures don't do it justice. I'd visited olive groves and vineyards before, but I had never actually lived in them. My first night there was my favorite evening of my entire six week trip to Europe. I sat out on the balcony enjoying grapes and figs fresh picked from the property with a bottle of proseco. The sunset was even more beautiful than I hoped for and then the stars came out. There are no city lights so the stars are magnificent. Then, to top it off, there were shooting stars. Truely unforgetable!!! I spent time on Lake Trasimino. Chusi and Catiglione de Lago are minutes away with great train service to everywhere. Sienna, Asissi, and Cortona were my choices for day trips. All are short train or car trips and very easy to get to. I also spent an overnight in Pompeii at a very small charming hotel Cynthia helped me find. She and David are geniuses at finding great places to go whether it be a day trip or an overnight. Trust me, you probably won't want to spend too many nights away from their villa, but the choices for day or overnight trips are endless. Every bite of food I ate was stellar. Nothing can beat the local wine, produce and meats. I miss the olive oil from their olive grove so much I can't stand it. I dream about the pastries from GMB. Do not miss the best meat dish I have ever tasted - Stinco. It is a local specialty. I also just want to mention that I am an engineer and a major fuss budget about things like sturdy construction and adequate plumbing. Everything in this apartment is top quality and works perfectly.

“Olive Picking and the Italian Way”

Reviewed 6 Dec 2010

What a treat! A long weekend with a twist. Flying from London to Pisa with a quick trip to the Leaning Tower, we arrived in Casa Paterna to be greated by a warm and loving family who welcomed us into their home. If we had chosen to we could have based ourselves in the apartment and used the Casa as a base to travel around glorious countryside. This would have been wonderful, but instead we chose to spend much of our time with our host family and experience the italian way. This is a choice that resulted in one of the most fantastic breaks i have ever had. We spent the mornings lazily having breakfast, visiting the coffee shops and exploring Cortona and other venues. Lunch was in the olive groves and the whole of the afternoons was spent up trees picking olives. We used the traditional nets laid out around the trees and brushed the olives into them. My 5 year old daughter was delighted to help and when she needed a break she and the families 6 year old played in the fields, walked the dog and generally had a blast getting up to tricks. 5pm is prosecco time and it always felt well deserved. We picked 168 KGs of olives and on the last day took them to press. 26 litres of oil was produced. It makes you realise how many olive trees the Italinas must need just to supply their own cooking requirments. What an amazing holiday! What fantastic hosts! What a beautiful Casa! What's stopping you from reserving a place. Please avoid next October half term... we want to go back!

“Stay at Casa Paterna”

Reviewed 5 Dec 2010

I had the opportunity to stay at Casa Paterna in September of 2009 and enjoyed every moment of my visit. You can not beat the location, perfect for day trips throughout Tuscany and Umbria. The apartment is well furnished and has its own entrance so you have complete privacy. The balcony off the apartment is the perfect place to enjoy a nice bottle of wine while taking in the gorgeous view of rolling hills in a peaceful setting. It's a great home base for any length of time. An added bonus is having Cynthia and David Morgan right there to answer questions and help you in planning your day trips. They are extremely knowledgeable about the area. I would recommend Casa Paterna without hesitation!

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