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Rates from:
1045.00 GBP

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  • Santa Chiara from the main gate
    Santa Chiara from the main gate
  • Spacious open plan kitchen diner
    Spacious open plan kitchen diner
  • Comfortable main lounge
    Comfortable main lounge
  • Master bedroom suite
    Master bedroom suite
  • One of the three bathrooms in Maggiore
    One of the three bathrooms in Maggiore
  • Maggiore's Floor Plan
    Maggiore's Floor Plan
  • The second outdoor terrace, a perfect place for breakfast
    The second outdoor terrace, a perfect place for breakfast
  • Third bedroom with en-suite bathroom
    Third bedroom with en-suite bathroom
  • Second kitchen
    Second kitchen
  • Comfortable second lounge area
    Comfortable second lounge area
  • Shaded pergola by the pool
    Shaded pergola by the pool
  • Swimming pool
    Swimming pool
  • Santa Chiara amongst the sunflowers
    Santa Chiara amongst the sunflowers
  • Swimming pool overlooking the sunflowers
    Swimming pool overlooking the sunflowers
  • Play area near the olive grove
    Play area near the olive grove
  • View of the house from above
    View of the house from above
  • Approach down the drive
    Approach down the drive
  • Relax in a hammock
    Relax in a hammock
  • Play area
    Play area
  • Tree house in the olive grove
    Tree house in the olive grove
  • Tree house
    Tree house
  • Wendy house
    Wendy house

Santa Chiara - Maggiore

Tuscany & Umbria, Italy

Per week

from 1045.00 to 2200.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Paul and Anita Harrington

Member since Jun 2010
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:1 minute
  • Availability Updated:15 days 19 hours

BFB's Overview

Santa Chiara is a small cluster of three pretty apartments within a beautiful Umbrian stone farmhouse, set in glorious rural seclusion, yet within a few minutes drive of a well serviced village (Pierantonio) and the main route between Rome in the south and Florence in the north, making both relaxing and sightseeing a breeze.

The owners, the lovely Harrington family, moved here from London several years ago, swapping careers in finance and marketing for the good life bringing their own two little ones up amongst the rolling Umbrian countryside. As well as providing a genuinely warm welcome to guests and very handy services in the form of pre-bookable home-made ready meals, grocery shopping and babysitting (fees apply), they also provide a very reassuring presence for those travelling with little ones as they are happy to be called on for advice and tips on the area, as well as emergency translation services if anything should go wrong with rental cars, illnesses etc.

Anita and Paul's experiences with their little ones show enormous list of nursery gear (detailed in grey column) that makes light work of packing, along with the safely enclosed pool and gardens with play areas scattered throughout. Other parent-friendly touches include private outdoor dining areas with each apartment and the highly recommended meal service, which allows parents to enjoy relaxing evenings together, even when not taking up the babysitting services.

Although only around 40mins from the airport and city of Perugia, and on the edge of a popular village, the farmhouse is a real haven of rural beauty and tranquility. The safely enclosed gardens are filled with oleander, hibiscus, figs and the estate's own olive grove, which is the focus of the Harrington's side-line as artisian olive oil producers. They harvest each November, taking the fruit to be cold pressed locally. They then bottle it by hand and use it for cooking the home-made ready meals, as well as offering it for sale to guests, many of whom rave about its delicious peppery taste, so much better than what masquerades as extra virgin olive oil on UK supermarket shelves!


As there are just three apartments, of which two can be interconnected and rented together, the large pool area is never crowded and it is easy to while away days lounging by it or watching over little ones as they gambol around the grounds with their new friends seeking out the play fort, wendy house and swing set, or playing with toys provided in one of the handy sun tents. Evenings are generally spent enjoying good food and wine on the apartment's private terraces, whilst absorbing the beautiful scenery and seemingly endless star-scapes, whilst conserving energy for sightseeing in pretty local towns, days on the nearby lake beaches, or big days out to the famously beautiful towns of Asissi, Cortona, Sienna, Florence, Pisa and Rome, all of which are within one to two hours drive.

Apartment Maggiore (3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 lounges & 2 kitchens):
Occupying the entire first floor of the farmhouse this apartment is a combination of Rancale and Pietramelina. It has two private terraces, including one large south facing area, which is shaded from the sun by a pergola and set with dining furniture, making it an ideal place to enjoy the unspoilt views of the valley while taking an ‘al fresco’ meal. It is approached via some wide stone steps from the gardens and play area.

There are three large double bedrooms; one master suite with king sized bed and beautifully tiled en-suite shower room, the second bedroom with either twin or double beds. There is a family bathroom with bathtub and separate shower cubicle. The third bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and also a private lounge complete with a fully fitted kitchen and patio doors leading to a small second terrace (this room can be locked off from children) but this a perfect place if grandparents are travelling with the family and require a little privacy. Throughout this apartment there are barrel vaulted ceilings and handmade terracotta floors. In each of the bedrooms and the lounges the windows have built-in mosquito nets and external Juliet bars.

The main living space in ‘Maggiore’ is particularly spacious and light, benefiting from a south westerly aspect and a total of four large windows. It has a traditional brick archway connecting the comfortable lounge to the open plan kitchen/dining area. The kitchen comes fully equipped with a dishwasher, double sink, electric fan oven, five ring gas hob, microwave and large fridge freezer. The lounge provides two large sofas (one of which is a sofa bed), TV with DVD player and CD player. Throughout the apartment there are feature walls in exposed stone giving it a traditional rustic feel, complimented by comfortable contemporary furnishings.

Location Information

Santa Chiara is set in a quiet rural valley just a couple of kilometres outside the small village of Pierantonio, and only five from the bustling market town of Umbertide. The E45 auto-strada skirts the village making it quick and easy to enjoy the many local towns and villages including Gubbio (30mins), which is considered to be the Sienna of Umbria thanks to its pretty old town centre, which includes its cable car ride little ones often love, the lovely lake-side towns with beaches and boat trips sch as Passignano (30mins), Asissi (50mins) and the stunning hilltop village of Montone, famous for its international film festival and good selection of restaurants. Not forgetting Perugia, which has a pretty centre, wide selection of shops and bistros. It is particularly lively during the annual jazz and chocolate festivals. A trip to the chocolate factory is a must for chocoholics and Roahl Dahl fans!


For those who hanker after beach days, there are several sandy beaches alongside nearby Lago Trasimeno (30 mins), of which the Harringtons highly recommend Sualzo beach near Passignano. There's also an excellent waterpark within 50minutes drive, which has four pools including a very shallow toddler/baby pool complete with little slides and fountains.

Sports enthusiasts will find there several golf courses nearby that welcome visitors including the championship course at Antognolla. Watersports including canoeing are available at the Marmore national waterpark near Terni.

For eating out, Pomerancio in Umbertide has a nice outside seating area and comes highly recommended. As does La Locanda del Capitano in Montone, which is acclaimed for its beautiful setting in a small courtyard, great food and attentive service.

Getting There:
Nearest airports are: Perugia (33kms), Ancona (143kms), Bologna Forli (144kms), Rome Ciampino (212), Bologna Marconi (225), Rome Fiumicino (229) & Pisa Galileo. Try www.skyscanner.net to review the choice of available flights.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 09:30

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 09:30

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Santa Chiara operates via a well system for water so we advise guests bring mineral water with them for drinking.

Special Offer - Details:

Arrival: , Departure:

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Rates

25 Aug - 14 Sep 2019 : £1825 /week15 Sep - 26 Oct 2019 : £1440 /week27 Oct - 14 Dec 2019 : £1045 /week5 Jan - 4 Apr 2020 : £1150 /week5 Apr - 23 May 2020 : £1330 /week24 May - 11 Jul 2020 : £1780 /week12 Jul - 29 Aug 2020 : £2200 /week30 Aug - 26 Sep 2020 : £1780 /week27 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 : £1330 /week1 Nov - 12 Dec 2020 : £1150 /week25 Aug - 14 Sep 2019 : €2013.851 /week15 Sep - 26 Oct 2019 : €1589.011 /week27 Oct - 14 Dec 2019 : €1153.137 /week5 Jan - 4 Apr 2020 : €1269.002 /week5 Apr - 23 May 2020 : €1467.628 /week24 May - 11 Jul 2020 : €1964.194 /week12 Jul - 29 Aug 2020 : €2427.656 /week30 Aug - 26 Sep 2020 : €1964.194 /week27 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 : €1467.628 /week1 Nov - 12 Dec 2020 : €1269.002 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 09:30

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Santa Chiara operates via a well system for water so we advise guests bring mineral water with them for drinking.

Special Offer - Details:

Arrival: , Departure:

Price: GBP

Discount Notes

Who owns this place?

In a moment of madness we decided to up sticks and move from Surrey to rural Umbria. With a baby on the way and a derelict farmhouse to renovate, life for the first year was certainly very hectic!

Having discovered this area by chance we’ve found the locals to be very warm and welcoming and the landscape quite simply beautiful.

A few years down the line we now have two children who attend the Italian school in the local village. We’ve also created what we believe is a unique holiday location with the very best of traditional Umbrian architecture combined with modern comforts and all pulled together using stylish design touches. We specialise in offering family friendly self catering apartments and can provide all the essentials you need when travelling with kids. All this set amidst an amazing quiet river valley surrounded by ancient olive trees and landscaped gardens.

To say our heart and souls have been put into this adventure would not be an understatement. Holidays are important, we want our guests to fall in love with Umbria just like we have …

Team Santa Chiara

What do they love about it?

We love living at Santa Chiara because we're right in the heart of nature but yet only 5 minutes drive from the local village. You can walk out of the gate and wander down to the river to catch crabs or follow a bridle way passing the house and explore the lovely unspoilt coutryside around. It's a nature lovers paradise with deer, porcupines, birds of prey and lots of other wildlife to encounter.

What do the kids love about it?

Quite simply Santa Chiara is paradise for young and old. The kids love the pool, the well equipped choice of play areas and exploring the olive grove. All of this is fully fenced and gated so mum and dad can relax with peace of mind. Each week families get together over a glass of wine to cook pizzas by the swimming pool and share stoires of the delights they have discovered in the nearby towns and countryside.

Fast Facts

Sleeps 6-8+ infants in 2xadjoining apartments connected via intercommunicating doors. There are 3xdouble bedrooms+ a sofabed in both lounge areas, a full size cot bed with sprung matress, 2 shower rooms & one bathroom.

Any Pool

There is a 10 by 5 metre shared pool set on a secluded sun-trapped terrace. The pool is designed to be child friendly with stepped entry and a shallow ledge around its perimeter. The area is fenced with access via a gate and has a large patio area with ample sun loungers

Nursery Gear (additional)

Baby equipment provided includes: baby monitor with walk-about handset, microwavable sterlizer, baby bottle warmer, Plastic plates, cups and cutlery, 2 highchairs and booster seat, hand blender, bibs, 2 travel cots with mattresses, bed guard, potty, changing mat, baby bath, night light,plastic step, mattress protectors, baby towels, push chair, sun tent with toys, sun shades for car, electric fan and baby pack available.

Indoor Toys

For indoor use there is a range of toys, books and children's DVDs. The apartment has a television, DVD player and free to view satellite.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

There is a pre arrival shopping service available, which can include baby essentials, and a pre-bookable evening meal service.

Outdoor Toys

Outside there is a swing set, play castle, wendy house and play area.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

The apartment has a 40 square metre, safely fenced, private terrace with far reaching views along the valley and towards the swimming pool.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

WiFi is available.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Up to two cots and highchairs can be provided on request

Reviews

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  • Fantastic place - the setting, view, accommodation, welcome. Great to have books and DVDs there, and so many toys, both indoor and outdoor, was wonderful. Everything had been thought of - eg cool bag, hair dryer, pool towels and toys.Review dated 13/09/2012

Fantastic place - the setting, view, accommodation, welcome. Great to have books and DVDs there, and so many toys, both indoor and outdoor, was wonderful. Everything had been thought of - eg cool bag, hair dryer, pool towels and toys.

Parent Rated*

5/5
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  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
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*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 2 guests.



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