SLEEPS 12 PERSONS (can sleep up to 15 persons, if there are several children who can sleep dormitory style)
Full-time access to 120 sq mt pool, a few minutes walk down the lane - large fabulous 15C stone cottage divided into 2 self-contained, semi-detached halves, each with its own private entrance + staircase – smart/mountain location with stunningly beautiful views.
In total, there are :
6 double/triple bedrooms (4 on the upper floor and 2 on the ground floor),
4 shower rooms (2 on the upper floor - 1 on each side of the house, and, 2 on the ground floor, 1 on each side of the house),
1 fully fitted kitchen + 3 kitchenettes : 2 kitchenettes attached to each of the 2 bedrooms on either side of the upper house, 1 kitchenette in the sitting room, which seats 12, on the ground floor, plus a fully fitted galley kitchen,directly off the dining room, which seats 12, on the ground floor. Note that the photos show small tables, but, for larger parties, we extend the tables,
1 sitting room - seats 12,
1 dining room - seats 12.
We regularly "refresh" our properties and Vista Del Mondo has just been freshly painted. At this point, we often replace furniture. Currently, we are awaiting the delivery of the new sitting room furniture. Hence, there are no photos of it. But, the sitting room is an identical space to the dining room and both have galley kitchens. However, the kitchen attached to the sitting room is only set up for snacks and drinks, whereas the kitchen attached to the dining room is fully equipped to service a group of up to 15 persons. And, the sitting room has lounge furniture, to seat 10 persons.
Both the sitting room and the dining room have a fire-place - wood is included in the rate.
In the summer evenings, our guests often make "camp fires" at the front of the house !
Very tranquil environment
7 miles from central Spoleto, above Bazzano, on the side of Spoleto towards Assisi, so, an excellent location for sight-seeing.
Detached ex hermitage - rate includes 12 persons..
LOCATION : Valico Dei Pellegrini - 7 miles from central Spoleto/car necessary.
Flexible arrival and departure dates.
Vista Del Mondo: Country House consists of 2 self-contained sides, each with an upper floor and a lower floor (each side of house has own staircase joining the upper floor to the lower floor). THE VILLA IS ONLY EVER RENTED AS A WHOLE.
One of the villas's most impressive features is the spectacular location, with sweeping views on either side of its ridge, plus acres of private land. Huge fenced private garden, exclusively for your use.
Just a few minutes down the lane, is our Villa Marianna, where there is Wifi, free of charge, as well as the large pool.
Each side of the house has its own main entrance lobby, opening onto the front gardens. And, each side has its own private stair-case that runs between the upper and the lower floor. This works particularly well for larger groups with children because the children can be safely put to bed on the upper floors, while the parents can continue to “party” downstairs.
Except for 1 of the bedrooms that has curved stone walls and French windows, both sides of the villa are very similar in terms of their interiors and decor and, have beautiful, polished beamed ceilings throughout, fabulously paved floors, immaculately restored, stone walls and large windows to embrace the stunning scenery all around.
On one side of the villa is the kitchen/diner - seats 12, with a fully fitted galley kitchen.
On the other side of the villa is a sitting/dining room - seats 12. Here there is a kitchenette, equipped or light snacks only. Each of the 2 upper floors has a kitchenette, equipped for light snacks only.
A resting place of St Francis…
Vista Del Mondo was originally a hermitage, where it is believed St Francis stayed on his regular pilgrimages between Assisi and Rieti. Centuries later, it was a ruin ! Now, it is an immaculately restored, large, stone cottage, attention having been paid to the tiniest of details. Antique cupboards and doors, riddled with worm-holes, have been carefully and lovingly preserved, restored and polished, the ancient cupboards having been “bastardised” with old glass panes – absolute works of Art. And, absolutely, no worms!
The original old doors seem to hang drunkenly from their frames. At the same time, everything is in perfect working order. You will be amazed at the standards that the excellent crafts men have achieved with these apartments, skills gained after years and years of restoring, churches, monasteries and honed to perfection.
Private pool included in rate, a few minutes walk down the lane…...
Just 2 minutes walk down the lane, at Villa Marianna, our large private pool (120 sq mts) is available for your use at any time, free of charge, from May to Sept:
FREE CAR PARKING
Private car-parking in the grounds, next to the villa....
All mod cons, where it matters….
The only concession to modernity with respect to the furniture are the kitchens – all streamlined and fitted with hobs, ovens, microwaves, washing machines and fridges.
Further, the Umbrian kitchen tends to centre around the fire-place. However, non-Italians do not tend to use the fire for cooking anymore! Nonetheless, should the urge to cook on the fire take you, you can use either of the 2 beautifully restored stone fire-places, which are on the ground floor!
Vista Del Mondo marks the highest point of St Francis's journey from Rieti to Assisi..
The grounds open directly onto the common area of the private mountain, offering miles and miles of stunning walks. And, what better place to start with than La Forca, which passes the side of the house and is the oldest pilgrim track in Umbria, ending in one direction in Rieti and in the other in Assisi.
Indeed, Vista Del Mondo, an ex hermitage, marks one of the most ancient religious sites in Umbria. A plaque, erected to signify this spot and tell a little of its history, was presented by the Mayor of Spoleto and, at the same time, a holy stone, placed at the spot, was blessed by the Bishop of Spoleto in a commemoration ceremony in October, 2008, attended also by the Mayor of Spoleto, all the dignitaries, the Press….and us.
Spectacular location !
The soft breezes, the rustle of trees and bird-song make up the music of this mountain top retreat.
On top of its own private mountain, above the clouds, immersed in deep blue skies, mountains above and below, rolling pastures all around and the most stunning walks that go on for ever and ever?
It is for this reason that film-makers flock here for inspiration. However, Vista Del Mondo differs from most other rental properties in similar locations insofar as it sits atop its own private mountain, at the end of a good road. So, no struggling on stony roads strewn with boulders, in constant fear of a punctured tyre and insufficient lingo to summon the local mechanic for help, should the worst occur!
For those with mobility problems, the immediate terrain around Vista Del Mondo, and the pool at Villa Marianna, is flat. However, venture further afield and the terrain is rugged.
In search of a spiritual experience?
Staying in Vista Del Mondo is to stay in a magical, mystical place, absolutely teeming with memories and stories of love and devotion to God. Whether or not you are a believer, you cannot fail to be moved by the atmosphere of this most wondrous of places that is, seemingly, on top of the world.
Surrounded by the most spectacular of landscapes, steeped in history, you will follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims, who have trodden these paths since time began as they journeyed from 1 holy city to the next, stopping to pray at every shrine along the way.
At at the gate-way of Vista Del Mondo, marked by a huge, holy stone, is the famous point of Valico dei Pellegrini ie the highest point that St Francis and the pilgrims reached on their journey between Assisi and Rieti. This “St Francis” trail is 70 miles long and is the most ancient religious trail in Umbria. Indeed, there are many, many marked pilgrim tracks that lead for miles, criss-crossing each other over the mountains that seem to go on forever. Fantastic, if you enjoy rambling or hiking!
Easy access to all the Umbrian “hot spots”…
Vista Del Mondo is above a small village called Bazzano Superiore, one of the most sought after villages to live in outside of Spoleto. Paradoxically, however, although Vista Del Mondo is much higher than Bazzano Superiore, it is quicker to get everywhere from Vista Del Mondo, simply because of the good road that comes to the gateway of the long drive that leads to your front door.
Furthermore, this same road leads directly to all the Umbrian “hot-spots”. You could be driving on the Valnerina within 20 minutes, from where you can easily go to Norcia and the Gran Piano or to the Adriatic, passing a myriad of hill-top towns on the way. Or, in the opposite direction, you could be in central Spoleto in 20 minutes. Rome is a mere 1 hour and 20 minutes by train from Spoleto. Further, it is a mere hop, skip and a jump to Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, Spello, Gubbio, Todi, Trevi, Montefalco and Bevagna.
Whichever way you choose to go, Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, Trevi, Foligno…. are all well within a 45 minutes drive. And, the territory that you pass through is mind-blowingly beautiful. After all, the Umbrian countryside is what dreams are made of....Read more
Vista Del Mondo:Country House Spoleto, Umbria, Italy
Additional Location Information
In a beautiful setting, above Bazzano Superiore, 7 miles from central Spoleto, overlooking hills, dales, valleys, mediaeval hilltop towns, poppy and sunflower fields....to the mountains beyond, all the way to Assisi.
Close to Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto + Rome. And, Spoleto, teaming with shops, bars and restauranta, is just 7 miles.
A romantic, mountain retreat, above Bazzano Superior, with sensational views, where there is so much space that guests can do what they like, without feeling inhibited. Quiet nooks and crannies for lovers, wide open sandy areas for children, spacious patio areas for dining alfresco, endless pilgrim trails for walkers and cyclists, heavenly views, bird-song, a huge pool for family gatherings, local restaurants with proximity to the Umbrian 'hot-spots' ....Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, Spello, Casteluccio, Norcia, Trevi, Montefalco, and, Rome, a mere 1.15 mins, by train, or, Spoleto, just 20 mins, by car, via the quiet Giro D'Italia route, a spectacularly beautiful country road. And, while exploring Umbria is a must for most, if you tear yourselves away from this mind-blowingly beautiful and historic villa in the hills above Bazzano, the buzzy, fairy-tale city of Spoleto will satiate a yearning for the bright lights with shops, bars, restaurants and churches, amidst its arched, cobbled streets.
There are many restaurants dotted all over the hills and mountains, all at great local rates, all with exceptionally good foods and wines and all with sensational views.
Spoleto is 7 miles down a quiet country lane, sometimes used for the famous bicycle race, the Giro D'Italia. Akin to a giant, fairy-tale castle. Sprinkled with bars, restaurants and shops, peppered with piazzas, Spoleto sits magestically amidst a maze of tunnelled, cobbled lanes and alley-ways, all leading skywards to the famous Rocca, the aquaduct and, some of the best views in the world. A surreal setting, a stage-set in the making, fringed by mountains, olive groves, vineyards, mediaeval monasteries, towns, cities and tiny hill-top villages - all beckoning a visit, Spoleto is truly a temptress. Succumb to her beauty and you must use all your will-power to leave. Quite simply, Spoleto is the most captivating city in Italy, never mind Umbria, Venice and Florence, being on a par.
Venice has the water. Florence has the Uffici. Spoleto has the mountains. All three have a history to be reckoned with. All three bedazzle us with their rich cultures, their European, aristocratic connections and their sheer beauty. But, Spoleto has the upper hand for the world traveller. It resists tourism with its associated inflated rates and tacky goods on sale ! You are invited to visit Spoleto, but, not as a tourist. You will be welcomed like a long lost member of the family ! Treated like a king. And, you will pay the same rates as all the locals, especially when you pay attention to all our recommended restaurants, bars and gelaterias.
More About This Location
Mountain nearby, Rural retreats
Nearest train station: Spoleto, 7.02 miles Nearest airport: Perugia, Ancona, Rome, 40.02 miles Car is essential
Last updated on April 28, 2015
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Left on 08/25/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 25, 2013Stayed Jul 2013
Ausserordentlicher Ort, das Haus liegt auf einem Pass! Wir haben vier Wochen mit kleinen Kindern,Teenager und Großeltern in dem Haus verbracht. Einrichtung, Restaurierung und Gestaltung des Geländes zeugen von hervorragendem Geschmack. Nichts ist zuviel, aber alles schön. Das Freizeitangebot ist unendlich, wir sind viel gewandert: vom Haus aus, in den Bergen der Umgebung und den Sibellini. Die Städchen im Tal und der Valnerina sind großartig. Die Kinder haben natürlich den Pool sehr genossen. Am Pool haben wir immer nette Menschen getroffen, manchmal war er auch ganz leer. Die unproblematische Nutzung des Internets im Bereich der Villa Marianna war auch sehr hilfreich. Norma und Laurie betreuen den Feriengast sehr souverän und extrem freundlich. Vielen Dank! Wir möchten unbedingt wiederkommen.
Vermieter-Kommentar: Translated from google.translate.com
Extraordinary location, the house is situated on a pass! We spent four weeks with young children, teenagers and grandparents in the house. Establishment, restoration and design of the site show excellent taste. Nothing is too much, but all beautiful. The leisure offer is infinite, we walked a lot: from the house, the surrounding mountains and the Sibellini. The little town in the valley and the Valnerina are great. Of course the children really enjoyed the pool. At the pool we have always met nice people, sometimes it was quite empty. The WiFi at Villa Marianna was also very helpful. Norma and Laurie serve holiday guests very confident and extremely friendly. Thank you! We would absolutely come back.
Left on 06/09/2011 for a stay in April 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 9, 2011Stayed Apr 2011
we stayed in vista del mondo for 10 days and thoroughly enjoyed both the country house and the surrounding countryside. The house is well positioned to make daytrips to the many enchanting nearby walled towns. Each has its own fascinating history and ancient architecture. The house is spacious and easily subdivided into 2 separate halves. We settled around the fireplace every evening and had glorious views of the stars at night. we found a few good walks from the house (one walk up a nearby hill took 1.5 hours and we could have continued further). The kids thought the horses in a nearby paddock were a real treat to pet and feed. Overall, we would highly recommend vista del mondo - you wont find a friendlier host than Laurie!
Left on 10/07/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 7, 2010Stayed Aug 2010
Pardon, my English is bad! Therefore I want to say, that this lovely place has something for everyone (3 families with their children between 17 and 26) The parents were enjoyed the fantastic view into two valleys and the younger people loved to swim in the great pool. But the best of all had been the nice people: Laurie, the owner is a very sympathic man, who wants to make you a dreamly holiday and Lorenzo, his servant. He teached us to make pasta, or he cooked a delicious dinner or he had taken us to a shopping tour for umbrian food and wine.Ps: We want to make this holiday in a several years.
"Vista del Mondo is a great place for a large group of people."
Left on 10/01/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | Carolyn BarrettReviewed Oct 1, 2010Stayed Jun 2010
We traveled to Vista del Mondo with a group of 11 including 3 children ages 6,9, and 17. There was sufficient room for all and adequate space to eat together, cook meals and yet have time to be alone and enjoy your own space. The 4 bathrooms and washing machines were also a bonus. We all enjoyed eating outdoors and even had a fire in the firepit a few evenings. A great vacation!
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