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Rates from:
700.00 GBP

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  • Open plan kitchen diner
    Open plan kitchen diner
  • Spacious lounge
    Spacious lounge
  • Master Bedroom
    Master Bedroom
  • Master ensuite
    Master ensuite
  • Twin bedroom
    Twin bedroom
  • Family bathroom
    Family bathroom
  • Rancale Floorplan
    Rancale Floorplan
  • Rancale's terrace
    Rancale's terrace
  • Rancale's terrace shaded by a pergola
    Rancale's terrace shaded by a pergola
  • Herb garden
    Herb garden
  • Relax in a hammock
    Relax in a hammock
  • Santa Chiara from the olive grove
    Santa Chiara from the olive grove
  • Rancale's terrace
    Rancale's terrace
  • Play area near the olive grove
    Play area near the olive grove
  • Pergola by the pool
    Pergola by the pool
  • Pool loungers
    Pool loungers
  • Tree house in the olive grove
    Tree house in the olive grove
  • Tree house in the olive grove
    Tree house in the olive grove
  • Tree house in the olive grove
    Tree house in the olive grove
  • Tree house in the olive grove
    Tree house in the olive grove
  • Pool play area
    Pool play area
  • Wendy house
    Wendy house
  • Pizza night fun
    Pizza night fun
  • Fishing in the local river
    Fishing in the local river
  • Pool fun
    Pool fun

Santa Chiara- Rancale

Tuscany & Umbria, Italy

Per week

from 700.00 to 1530.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Paul and Anita Harrington

Member since Jun 2010
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:3 minutes
  • Availability Updated:2 days 21 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, and 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 Rancale:
Situated on the first floor this apartment has a wonderful private south facing terrace shaded from the sun by a pergola, it’s 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 garden and childrens play area. There are two large double bedrooms, one master suite with king sized bed and en-suite shower room, the other with twin beds and a further family bathroom with bath tub and separate shower cubicle. Throughout this apartment there are barrel vaulted ceilings and handmade terracotta floors. In each of the bedrooms and the lounge the windows have built-in mosquito nets. The living space in ‘Rancale’ 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 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.

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:

Price: GBP

Seasonal Discount

Up to 20% discount for holidays taken between 02 Jun 2019 and 30 Jun 2019 minimum of 7 nights

Rates

19 May - 22 Jun 2019 : £1180 /week23 Jun - 13 Jul 2019 : £1300 /week14 Jul - 24 Aug 2019 : £1530 /week25 Aug - 14 Sep 2019 : £1300 /week15 Sep - 26 Oct 2019 : £950 /week27 Oct - 14 Dec 2019 : £700 /week19 May - 22 Jun 2019 : €1323.146 /week23 Jun - 13 Jul 2019 : €1457.703 /week14 Jul - 24 Aug 2019 : €1715.604 /week25 Aug - 14 Sep 2019 : €1457.703 /week15 Sep - 26 Oct 2019 : €1065.245 /week27 Oct - 14 Dec 2019 : €784.917 /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

Seasonal Discount

Up to 20% discount for holidays taken between 02 Jun 2019 and 30 Jun 2019 minimum of 7 nights

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 4+ infants in 2x double bedrooms one with a full size cot bed with sprung matress and an ensuite shower room + a family bathroom with bathtub & separate shower.

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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  • A really beautiful property, in a stunning location. We traveled with two young children, and found all of our needs had been catered for. There was loads to do in the area, despite the weather, and we had a great time exploring this lovely region.Review dated 04/11/2018

  • Paul and Anita (and kids!) we're wonderful hosts. Our own children (5 years and 18 months) both loved it here, as did we.Review dated 30/05/2014

  • Fantastic place - so well equipped for children it was a very relaxing stay for the whole family.Review dated 15/07/2013

  • Owners very friendly and always helpful, and tues night pizza night is a must!Review dated 29/06/2013

  • We had an excellent week and were thoroughly looked after by Anita and Paul. The day visits we did were great. It's a lovely area, and a great place to stay.Review dated 08/10/2012

  • I can't recommend Santa Chiara enough. The setting is perfect, with beautiful views across the valley. The gardens are beautiful and completely enclosed so the children could roam freely. Paul and Anita have covered absolutely everything in terms of equipment for babies and children and they couldn't be more helpful with everything from advice on the local area to sorting out my daughter's wasp sting. We would absolutely stay here again.Review dated 05/09/2011

  • We had a fantastic break here. Paul and Anita are fantastic hosts - nothing was too much trouble. They were both superb when it came to local info and anything to make a holiday with our ten month old as painless as it could conceivably be..! We shall return for sure. It may even become an annual fixture.Review dated 03/04/2011

A really beautiful property, in a stunning location. We traveled with two young children, and found all of our needs had been catered for. There was loads to do in the area, despite the weather, and we had a great time exploring this lovely region.

Paul and Anita (and kids!) we're wonderful hosts. Our own children (5 years and 18 months) both loved it here, as did we.

Fantastic place - so well equipped for children it was a very relaxing stay for the whole family.

Owners very friendly and always helpful, and tues night pizza night is a must!

We had an excellent week and were thoroughly looked after by Anita and Paul. The day visits we did were great. It's a lovely area, and a great place to stay.

I can't recommend Santa Chiara enough. The setting is perfect, with beautiful views across the valley. The gardens are beautiful and completely enclosed so the children could roam freely. Paul and Anita have covered absolutely everything in terms of equipment for babies and children and they couldn't be more helpful with everything from advice on the local area to sorting out my daughter's wasp sting. We would absolutely stay here again.

We had a fantastic break here. Paul and Anita are fantastic hosts - nothing was too much trouble. They were both superb when it came to local info and anything to make a holiday with our ten month old as painless as it could conceivably be..! We shall return for sure. It may even become an annual fixture.

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 7 guests.



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