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Rates from:
975.00 EUR

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  • 2019 Times Newspaper best for families
    2019 Times Newspaper best for families
  • Lots of cooking to be done
    Lots of cooking to be done
  • Keep out of the heat of the day and relax
    Keep out of the heat of the day and relax
  • Comfortable king sized bed
    Comfortable king sized bed
  • Room for a cot
    Room for a cot
  • Spacious bedroom
    Spacious bedroom
  • Bathroom complete with baby bath
    Bathroom complete with baby bath
  • Toys for all ages
    Toys for all ages
  • Games to play
    Games to play
  • Private patio for outside dining
    Private patio for outside dining
  • Large private outdoor patio
    Large private outdoor patio
  • Enjoy the views and relax with a glass of wine
    Enjoy the views and relax with a glass of wine
  • So many dressing up costumes
    So many dressing up costumes
  • Great play areas
    Great play areas
  • Feel safe in our toddler pool
    Feel safe in our toddler pool
  • Enjoy our great family pizza making evening with everyone
    Enjoy our great family pizza making evening with everyone
  • Sample our olive oil and take some home with you
    Sample our olive oil and take some home with you
  • See how the olive grow
    See how the olive grow
  • Feed our friendly cashmere goats
    Feed our friendly cashmere goats
  • Lots of local walks with amazing views
    Lots of local walks with amazing views
  • Explore the local hill towns
    Explore the local hill towns
  • Take a boat ride on lake Trasimeno
    Take a boat ride on lake Trasimeno
  • Local features
    Local features

Alsagra- L'Alba

Tuscany & Umbria, Italy

Per week

from 975.00 to 1820.00 EUR
The Owner / Manager

Helen Harrison

Member since Feb 2010
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:8 minutes
  • Availability Updated:15 hours 1 minute

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BFB's Overview

You can have the best of both worlds at Alsagra. Mums and dads can take a deep breath of warm, olive grove-scented air and relax with a glass of local wine as the sun sets with a golden glow over the stunning hill villages of Tuscany. Meanwhile, children of all ages can do their own thing, distracted by two fully-equipped play areas,wooden gypsy caravan with dressing up clothes, table tennis, table football and oodles of toys, while being kept safe by child-proof door gates in each apartment and fences around the stunning solar-heated pool and unique toddler pool.


Owners Stephen and Helen live close by with their children, so they know exactly what parents with children in tow need to kick back and enjoy a holiday. It shows in the way in which they have lovingly restored their fabulous traditional Umbrian stone farmhouse, set in two acres of terraced olive groves, gardens and Chestnut and Oak woodlands, with family needs firmly in mind.


The house itself sits on hill on the border between Tuscany and Umbria, overlooking the pretty village of San Giovanni Del Pantano and with incredible views towards Assisi, Magione and Perugia. It is divided into three independent self-catering apartments, each with high-beamed wooden ceilings, terracotta tiled flooring and windows staring dreamily out over the valley below.


Each apartment has a living area with comfortable sofas, a CD/radio system, free WiFi, and central heating for out-of-season visitors. Kitchens have all mod-cons; fridge freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, hob and oven with grill but a warm traditional colour palette and hand-made wooden surfaces give the whole place a wonderful warm Italian rustic feel. No need to worry about privacy either. Once you've had enough socialising with your chilled-out fellow trippers around the pool, you can retire to your secluded private patio, complete with BBQ, chairs and loungers.


L'Alba - Guests enter the apartment via an authentic Umbrian style, external stone staircase onto one of their two private patio areas, the first is just outside the kitchen and has a well positioned dining area- ideal for breakfast, with a view of the valley, so perfect it seems more like photograph. Inside there is an open plan living area with fully equipped kitchen with handmade wooden work tops, a spacious living room and a dining area which is often neglected in the summer months but is a nice spot of entertaining during winter and is kept warm by the apartment's central heating. The bedrooms and bathroom are accessed through the living area, there is one large double with a romantic cast iron bed and views across the rolling hills, plus a twin bedroom ideal for little ones with a pretty set of single beds ( can be made into double also) with space for a cot if required. There is a family bathroom with shower. The second patio area is a lovely suntrap with Pergola, BBQ, sun loungers and dining furniture.


Holidays, as all parents know, can be a logistical nightmare as they struggle to pack everything the younger members of the family are likely to need for a week or two away. Alsagra owners Stephen and Helen have gone a long way to removing most of the worry surrounding pre-trip preparation. Apartments come with safety gates, high chairs, baby monitors, children's steps, bottle sterilisers, bed guards, even prams and buggies. There are toys, games, books and DVDs for all ages, and play areas stuffed with swings, slides, climbing frames and peddle cars. The zip wire and wooden gypsy caravan with tons of dressing up clothes will keep the children amused for hours. Baby packs are available on request and a baby-sitting service is on tap too. Helen or a trusted and experienced childminder from the village will keep an eye on your sleeping little ones, child minding is available on request so that you can go out for the day and relax knowing your children are being well looked after. . The table tennis and table football are great additions for the bigger kids and are great for a family competition. A high point for bigger boys and girls (and often their parents) is the weekly pizza evening when everyone gathers to custom-make the pizza of their choice from fresh local ingredients before cooking it in an outdoor wood-fired oven. It's a great chance to meet your fellow guests over a glass of wine.

Location Information

Umbria and Tuscany, with their rolling hills, dotted with olive groves, woods and stunning medieval towns and villages, are steeped in ancient history and incredible natural beauty and, at Alsagra, it's all on your doorstep. Perugia, the region's capital, is 20 minutes away by car, a place of architectural wonders that is also home to festivals such as Umbria Jazz in July when every bar and restaurant alive with music and jamming sessions that attract artists like Keith Jarrett, Santana and Elton John. Other towns with evocative names and pasts such as Assisi, Montone, Gubbio, and Cortona are an easy drive, and each has its own special draw at different times of the year.

In May, Assisi stages the Calendimaggio when thousands line the streets to catch a glimpse of parades in colourful medieval dress. In early July, you can join the crowds gathered in the town square in Montone, watching movies on an outdoor square as part of the Umbrian Film Festival. If you fancy searching farther afield for the glories of the ancient world, Florence, Pisa and Rome make perfect day trips reached either by train or car.

Beauty of a non-manmade variety is all around you. You can loll by the pristine shores of Lake Trasimeno (30 minutes drive away), hike in the rugged hills of Monte Tezio national park, or simply take a gentle stroll through wooded lanes to a nearby Etruscan tomb.

Children will love splashing and sliding around in the popular water park, just 20 minutes away by car.


Getting There: The apartments at Alsagra are just 20minutes from the airport at Perugia, around 75mins from Ancona Airport, 90mins from Florence airport and within about 2.5hrs of Pisa, Bologna and Rome airports.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 40%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 40%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival

Special Offer - Details:

Arrival: , Departure:

Price: EUR

Seasonal Discount

Up to 10% discount for holidays taken between 02 Feb 2019 and 01 Feb 2020 minimum of 7 nights

Rates

1 Jan - 17 May 2019 : €995 /week18 May - 14 Jun 2019 : €1250 /week15 Jun - 12 Jul 2019 : €1575 /week13 Jul - 30 Aug 2019 : €1820 /week31 Aug - 13 Sep 2019 : €1495 /week14 Sep - 20 Sep 2019 : €1250 /week21 Sep - 25 Oct 2019 : €995 /week26 Oct - 30 Dec 2019 : €975 /week1 Jan - 17 May 2019 : £995 /week18 May - 14 Jun 2019 : £1250 /week15 Jun - 12 Jul 2019 : £1575 /week13 Jul - 30 Aug 2019 : £1820 /week31 Aug - 13 Sep 2019 : £1495 /week14 Sep - 20 Sep 2019 : £1250 /week21 Sep - 25 Oct 2019 : £995 /week26 Oct - 30 Dec 2019 : £975 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 40%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival

Special Offer - Details:

Arrival: , Departure:

Price: EUR

Seasonal Discount

Up to 10% discount for holidays taken between 02 Feb 2019 and 01 Feb 2020 minimum of 7 nights

Who owns this place?

Helen, Steve and their family adore the area and have integrated with the locals splendidly, they moved to Italy in 2000 and have not looked back since. They were both in very senior professional jobs and appreciate the need for customer care and exceeding expectations which is why Alsagra is such a great place to stay. After leaving their international careers in 2003 to start a family and share their experiences of Italy the apartments have developed over the years whilst continuing to grow and expand with new developments. Steve, being an engineer and brilliant at hand crafting has make lots of the wooden structures around the site which blend into the environment wonderfully. They have two children born in 2003 and 2005 so there is always someone around to play with. The children have been brought up with guests arriving in the summer so are extremely skilled at getting children to play and suggesting ideas for games or areas to explore.

We're here to welcome you all x

What do they love about it?

Umbria is in the centre of Italy so it is simple to head off to either coast (Adriatic or mediterranean) for a splash around in the sea, alternatively there are some great lakes around, one being Trasimeno which has beaches with swings, slides and pedalos in the lake. There is so much to do in the area with families that every weekend is a challenge to decide where to go. One weekend we find ourselves in the treetops with guide ropes for some high treetop activity then another weekend we can be found chilling in the hot springs nearby. The variety of activities for both young and older children is great. We have found that the local Italians are extremely generous and are willing to help, even more so if you have young children. On site with us our children never tire of playing in the caravan or sliding along on the zip wire. There are always our friendly cashmere goats who are forever hungry and just love to be fed.

What do the kids love about it?

"Positive aspects

- Play areas were superb, allowed us to entertain Alfie with the minimum of effort

- Pool was fantastic (many of our friends have seen our photos and are very jealous of the pool's setting)

- Babysitting was great and so easy

- Home-cooked meals were fantastic and a really nice touch as we could forget about the cooking for a couple of nights.

- Pizza-making evenings were great fun; really entertaining, good food, and got us out of cooking again.

- Apartment was lovely - nice big bedrooms, good bathroom, and all clean and tidy.

- Toys and books great help

- Guide book: really thorough and informative.

- Poppy and Michele were fantastic with Alfie

- Relaxed atmosphere.

Improvements

Alice and I have had a long think about this, couldn't come up with anything.
Family-friendly additions

We couldn't think of anything on this front - from our perspective you had everything covered. Alfie was in heaven!"

Fast Facts

sleeps 4 in 2 large bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin. Cots can be added as required.

Airport under 2 hours drive

Alsagra are just 20minutes from the airport at Perugia, around 75mins from Ancona Airport, 90mins from Florence airport

Airport under 3 hours drive

The apartments are within 2.5hrs of Pisa, Bologna and Rome airports.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Lake Trasimeno with beach like shore is 30 minutes drive away, with on beach café and bar.

Amenities within Walking Distance

There are local restaurants within a 5 minute drive.

Any Pool

On one of the olive terraces there is a wonderful fenced and solar heated swimming pool and separate heated toddler pool which are both shared only by the 3 apartments onsite.

Babysitting

Babysitting/childminder services available on request at additional cost. Occasionally a kids club is available with sufficient attendees.

Nursery Gear (additional)

There is plenty of baby equipment available incl. Cots (1 wooden, 3 travel), booster seats, bed guards, potties, sterliser, baby monitor, plastic cutlery, plates and cups, baby bibs, plastic steps, baby rocker, bed guards, pushchair, changing mat.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

There's a selection of toys, books and games for all ages. Art classes are also available request.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

The owners are happy to do a pre arrival shop for guests, so whether it is nappies, cotton wool, wipes, soaps, baby milk etc ask and they can attempt to provide. There is an option for meals either on arrival or during you stay, with menus for both adults and children, plus there is a sociable pizza making evening in which parents get a chance to meet the other guests whilst the little ones make traditional pizzas to be baked in a outdoor wood burning oven. Cookery classes available on request.

Outdoor Toys

Outside little ones will love the large wooden train, climbing frames, swing sets, trikes, ride ons and for slightly older children the football nets. Horse riding can also be arranged on request.

Visiting Spa Therapist

Massage and spa treatments available on request.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

The cottage has two private patio dining areas, one in the logia outside the kitchen with breathtaking panoramic views of the valley making for a pleasurable dining experience. The other area has a Pergola, barbeque, table, chairs and loungers.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Free WiFi is available.

Eco-Aware

90% of cleaning products used are eco friendly, solar power is used for pool heating, all light bulbs are low energy. All rubbish is and must be recycled in the local rubbish bins.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Multiple cots etc available.

Reviews

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  • We had such a lovely week here. Everything provided, Helen and Steve were great hosts. The children loved the play area and pool, great pizza night too!!Review dated 22/07/2017

  • Helen and Steve pulled out the stops and made sure we had a wonderful time. In particular the pizza making in the evening was brilliant and a great way to bond with some of the other families. Great place, we had a wonderful holiday - thanks again!Review dated 15/07/2017

  • Fantastic holiday was had by all my family at alsagra, beautiful location. Helen and her family are also very welcoming and helpful. Pizza making night a great way to meet the other families, The red book, went everywhere with us, it contained lots of ideas and information for family activities and restaurants :-)Review dated 17/07/2013

  • The main house is amazing. We went with 2 couples and 3 small children and could have had another couple with children with plenty of room. This was an amzing house. I would call it an estate. it even had it's own personal underground pool.Review dated 23/05/2011

  • Property is very remote. 30 mins drive to the beach and 15-20 mins drive to the nearest restaurant. 4 whhel drive recommended as the mile long track up to the house is very bumpy. Pool is cold in May and is deep so not suitable for young children. Lots of activities including the water park no open until mid June. Pizza evening is 45 euros per family.Review dated 20/05/2011

  • A lovely place in the middle of the Umbrian countryside. The owner made us feel very at home, even made a birthday cake for our son. A nice place to relax, very child-friendly with swings, slides, pool, goats to see. In the midst of olive trees and beautiful scenery, you do need a car to get around.Review dated 24/10/2010

We had such a lovely week here. Everything provided, Helen and Steve were great hosts. The children loved the play area and pool, great pizza night too!!

Helen and Steve pulled out the stops and made sure we had a wonderful time. In particular the pizza making in the evening was brilliant and a great way to bond with some of the other families. Great place, we had a wonderful holiday - thanks again!

Fantastic holiday was had by all my family at alsagra, beautiful location. Helen and her family are also very welcoming and helpful. Pizza making night a great way to meet the other families, The red book, went everywhere with us, it contained lots of ideas and information for family activities and restaurants :-)

The main house is amazing. We went with 2 couples and 3 small children and could have had another couple with children with plenty of room. This was an amzing house. I would call it an estate. it even had it's own personal underground pool.

Property is very remote. 30 mins drive to the beach and 15-20 mins drive to the nearest restaurant. 4 whhel drive recommended as the mile long track up to the house is very bumpy. Pool is cold in May and is deep so not suitable for young children. Lots of activities including the water park no open until mid June. Pizza evening is 45 euros per family.

A lovely place in the middle of the Umbrian countryside. The owner made us feel very at home, even made a birthday cake for our son. A nice place to relax, very child-friendly with swings, slides, pool, goats to see. In the midst of olive trees and beautiful scenery, you do need a car to get around.

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 8 guests.



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