BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION
We spent over 2 years painstakingly restoring our 400 year old farmstead. We have slavishly maintained the original Umbrian style - The end result is all the rustic charm and character features of a 17th century Umbrian farmhouse with modern comforts and conveniences inside...the perfect combination for a relaxing stay...THE GROUNDS
-The villa is surrounded by a 20 acre private estate. The breathtaking views are uninterrupted across rolling hills and unspoiled farmland towards the high peaks of the Abruzzi
mountains. The property is surrounded by organic herb gardens
with thyme, rosemary, marjoram, bay and sage spilling over stone walls. The gardens are framed by majestic umbrella pines, fragrant almond trees, olive trees
, acacia, elder, buddleia, lavender and colourful floral displays.THE FARM
- The privately run farm produces organic olive oil raspberries and figs. We are surrounded by protected areas of natural beauty- an ideal spot to watch our natural inhabitants- birds, deer and wild boar, lizards and hare.FACILITIES
- We have included everything we would want for a truly relaxing, carefree holiday...a spectacular pool with views to die for, private terraces with no mess/no fuss gas BBQ's,
a games lawn with table tennis, badminton, a children's climbing frame
and boule - perfect for having fun (young or old alike), and most importantly well equipped, comfortable, well maintained properties that have everything you could wish for... your home from home in la bella Italia!
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR YOUR FAMILY HOLIDAY
We aim to offer the chance to experience the real Umbria – Italy’s green heart – it’s beautiful countryside, friendly locals, delicious food, spectacular history, medieval towns and churches.
At Pian Di Cascina we offer you the flexibility to enjoy your holiday
in the way that suits you best;RELAX AND CHILL OUT
You can relax and enjoy the beautiful grounds, gardens and 20 acres of private land.
Each property has a private terrace with a pergola for shade, and a gas BBQ grill – perfect for relaxed alfresco dining or chilling out with a good book and a glass of vino.
The pool is surrounded by terraces, some with shade, some for the sun worshipper. You can lay back and enjoy the warm sun whilst taking in spectacular views of the Apennines.
What better way to un-wind than to stroll through our ancient olive groves – you can walk among our trees and perhaps see some of the local wildlife – deer, lizards, geckos, kites, porcupines, butterflies, pheasants, hare and if you are very luck wild boar!
There is a large lawn –with pergolas for shade, it is the perfect place for some uplifting early morning yoga
or for a game of badminton, boule
or table tennis
with friends.EXPLORE THE LOCAL AREA
There are many spectacular sights and tourist destinations that are easily accessible from the villa. We are only 30 minutes from Assisi
with its’ stunning architecture and churches, medieval Gubbio
, the Umbrian Siena is only 25 minutes away and Perugia
, the spectacular capital is just over half an hour from the farm.
Within just 40 minutes drive, you can visit the stunning caves at Frassasi
, the beautiful hill town of Spello
, the mountains in the Monte Cucco National Park
, the serene waters of lake Trasimeno
, browse the famous pottery studios at Deruta
or marvel at the architecture in Spoleto or Bevangna
.ENJOY THE LOCAL CUISINE
Umbria has a wide range of tasty country dishes for you to enjoy. Local specialities include porchetta
(roast pork with herbs), mixed grill, spinach and ricotta ravioli,
cresica (a flat bread), platters of mixed cured meats and salami, rabbit,
wild boar stew, slow cooked beans, tagliata (sliced beef with rosemary & juniper oil), tagliatelle
with wild boar or goose sauce, gnocchi with duck sauce
and spinach with garlic and chilli.
There are many good local restaurants
near to the villa where you can sample traditional local fare. We have a comprehensive guide book in each property that describes local restaurants, the style of cooking and what to expect.
The nearest village has a good range of shops, including a speciality cheese shop
and a well stocked butchers
. TAKE PART IN LOCAL TRADITIONS
There are many festivals and celebrations throughout the year in Umbria.
In May there is the famous Ceri
in Gubbio and later the medieval crossbow
tournament. In June and July there is Perugia Jazz festival
, the re-enactment of Hannibal’s battle
on lake Trasimeno and the start of the sagra season (each town has a food festival with music and dancing).
There are various sagra throughout July, August and September – the local towns celebrate the seafood festival at the end of July, the polenta and sausage festa and the spaghetti festival at the beginning of August.
September brings the harvest, new wine, various fungi festivals, the medieval festival in Valfabbrica, complete with jousting and drumming and later on in October, Gubbio’s truffle fair
There always seems to be a celebration somewhere in Umbria and the locals are more than happy for all to join them!
CHOOSE YOUR IDEAL UMBRIAN HOLIDAY HOME
We offer delightful holiday properties in a beautiful unspoiled location in the heart of Italy.
All our properties are traditionally restored in the Umbrian style using authentic materials such as oak beams, solid chestnut doors, terracotta floors and stone walls.
Our properties are traditional in style, however, they also offer modern conveniences such as gas BBQ’s
, televisions, DVD players, dishwashers,
access and comfortable beds, and furnishings – everything we think you will need to relax and enjoy your holiday.
The villa is surrounded by 20 acres of private land
for you to enjoy, which includes our olive groves for oil production and an organic fruit and vegetable farm.
There is a stunning pool
with spectacular views of the Apennines, a generous lawn
with outdoor games area, bikes
to borrow and La Tavernetta
, where you can sample delicious home grown Italian food.
The weather is usually good from May through to October – sunny and warm most days.
In the cooler months, we also offer walking
holidays for those who enjoy an active break.
RUN BY A YOUNG BRITISH FAMILY, FOR FAMILIES...
We are a young energetic couple who gave up sensible jobs in the city to pursue our dream of living and working in Italy.
We are passionate about preserving the environment, locally grown food and embracing a ‘slower’ pace of life.
We spent several years painstakingly restoring our abandoned 17th century farmstead and even longer resurrecting and clearing the 20 acres of surrounding olive groves and abandoned countryside.
We have been open for visitors since 2007 -We are pleased to say that after many years of hard work we have created a beautiful, environmentally friendly holiday villa that offers the perfect place in which to enjoy everything Umbria had to offer.
We also manage and run a small organic farm which grows soft fruit, olives for oil and organic vegetables.
We constantly strive to update and renew – our mission is to offer our guests a beautiful, location in which to holiday, while retaining the authentic Umbrian experience.
By popular request we also offer organic Umbrian food (from our gardens when possible) in La Tavernetta- our small country style restaurant. Twice weekly, in high season, guests will be able to sample a range of delicious home cooked Umbrian dishes matched with well chosen local wines.
We very much hope that you choose Pian Di Cascina for your holiday in Umbria – we will do our best to ensure that you have the most enjoyable time possible staying with us in the heart of the magical Umbrian countryside!
All the bestPaul and Isabel
Dedicated Owner/Managers of Pian Di Cascina