three generations, Casale I Perugini has been owned by the same family,
bought by Great-Grandpa as a country retreat in the 1950’s and becoming
part of Italy’s rural
tourism revolution in the ‘80’s. I Perugini now comprises eight
apartments with the
facilities, ambiance and service of a relaxing boutique hotel, all in
hands of great granddaughter Valentina who lives in one of the
apartments with her
partner Luca. Valentina is always on hand and happy to help, being the
warm Umbrian hospitality and conviviality.
a farmhouse, Casale I Perugini dates back to the 1800’s and is
ancient oak trees, tall pines and depending on the season, fields of
and sunflowers - the classic Umbrian landscape. The rural setting is
escaping the hectic pace of family life back home, with a typical
village just a mile away plus Lake Tresimeno with its beach areas, and
the Umbrian capital of Perugia
and its handy airport only around 20-25
their conversion of the farmhouse, the owners have created spacious apartments ranging from those suited to just a
couples and a baby, up to those large enough for families of six, each with their own dining table and
parasol on the big gravel terrace, plus use of a barbecue. In July and August, the
smell of the complimentary fresh Italian coffee being served on the terrace is also enough to
rouse the most exhausted parents from good nights’ sleep.
gardens provide plenty of space for children to play, including a 5-a-side football
pitch, volleyball court, table tennis and ‘Bocce’ boules area, whilst grown ups
can laze blissfully on the loungers by the 7.5x15metre pool, book in hand. The owners also
offer high summer activities including welcome aperitifs, Monday morning play
times, moonlight swims, guided hikes up Monte Tezio and dinners at the local ‘Sagra’
The apartments themselves are roomy, light and airy, finished and furnished
in traditional Umbrian style, including feature stone walls and wrought iron
beds, fully fitted kitchens and comfy living areas. Handy baby-friendly gear and toys
can also be provided (see 'Fast Facts' for details) and if guests have any other specific
requirements, Valentina can usually be found at the Casale’s reception.
Casale I Perugini consists
of two apartments with one bedroom for 2/3 people, four apartments with two
bedrooms for 4/5 people and two apartments with two bedrooms for up to 5/6
The apartments for up to 3 guests comprise of 1- bedroom with a queen-sized bed and space for a cot, a bathroom,
a living room, with space for adding a bed for a 3rd guest, and a full
kitchen. The 1-bedroom apartments are located on the front side of the house, facing
one of the gardens.
Perugini is located at the heart of Umbria, which snuggles up to ever popular
Tuscany so visitors can enjoy all the highlights of these two top Italian destinations.
The village of Colle Umberto is just 1.5km from the apartments, with handy
local amenities including a mini-market, bakery, pharmacy, bank, bar and pizzeria.
The apartments are also only 8km (15 minutes drive) from Umbria’s capital, Perugia,
renowned as an historic university town with a happening annual Jazz festival
and the home of Baci chocolates. A chocolate factory tour should keep wannabe
Willy Wonkers sweet plus the EuroChocolate Festival in October is a chocoholics
backdrop for I Perugini is Monte Tezio and the walk to the top, which takes
around an hour, is worth the effort for the superb views over the surrounding
national park and Umbrian scenery. Lake Trasimeno (15 minutes drive) is the
ideal setting for family days out, with nine public beaches for picnics, paddling,
swimming and watersports, plus boat trips to the lake’s islands and good fish
half an hour’s drive, Assisi is Umbria’s most famous tourist mecca, thanks to
the mighty basilica in honour of St Francis. Also close by is the scenic town of Gubbio with its 2-person 'basket-style' funicular, which is loved by adventurous tots, especially when followed by delicious gelato in one of the towns numerous ice cream parlours... just be sure to eat it after and not before the ride! Other beautiful Umbrian towns nearby include Todi, Orvieto,
Spello and Cortona or guests could stroll around the incredibly unspoilt Tuscan
walled town of Siena. The Renaissance treasure house city of Florence is also
only 90 minutes away.
Nearest Medical Services:
GP 2km, Hospital 15km
Getting There: Perugia (15 minutes) is
the nearest airport and Ryanair offer flights from London Stansted. Other
airports with flights from the UK include Ancona (1½
hours), Florence (1½
hours) and Pisa (2 hours).