Written by Kate Fielder for the Huddersfield Daily Examiner & Manchester Evening News
Want to know what to do and where to stay? Follow Kate Fielder on her adventures of Umbria while staying at one of our luxury villas.
Villa holidays have a defi- nite air of sophistication - the thought of having a home from home experi- ence, with a hefty dose of luxury is a box ticker. Add the prospect of a week or two in a sunnier clime, and you have a winning formula for every occasion.
Having never experienced a holiday home outside of the UK, I found myself spoilt holidaying with London-based Tuscany Now and More – an award winning specialist villa rental firm. With a portfolio offering 139 luxury, homely, yet sometimes palatial style properties, dotted all over Italy, it is hard not to be wowed by the collection.
Staying at Segreto Gelsomino - a converted stone farmhouse high up in the hills of Umbria, with nothing but olive trees and farmland surrounding the area – was the perfect relaxing late summer holiday.
After flying into Ciampino Airport in Rome, we headed for the hills. After navigating the roads and motorways for under two hours, we reached the property, along with the delightful and efficient Cristina who manages the home on behalf of Tuscany Now and More. Cristina also offered regular contact and advice, answering queries we may have had about the area or the property for the duration of our stay.
We were greeted by beautifully landscaped gardens, and home- grown and aromatic plants, shrubs and herbs led the way to the property. It was a wonderful assault on the senses.
Several outdoor seating/ relaxing spaces were dotted around the postcard pretty property, including the most magnificent infinity pool complete with sun loungers, pool table, working fridges and sink – all with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside – jaws dropped, and we hadn’t even left the car park yet.
From then on, it was hard not to be impressed with your surroundings – the house consistently balanced effortless comfort and high end luxury exceptionally well.
With under floor heating (and cooling) and the most beautifully designed kitchen leading into an open plan living room – complete with lots of traditional entertainment options, as well as a Sonos sound system wired up throughout the property, and complimentary wi-fi for guests.
Styling stayed true to its origins as a farmhouse, while still being luxurious. All bedrooms are traditionally designed but with modern ensuite bathrooms, and the master bedroom also had a jacuzzi overlooking the lush Italian landscape. There was even an apartment in the basement with its own living area…