Casa Vistalago is situated on the edge of the pretty medieval hilltop village of Castel Rigone in Umbria. Surrounded by stunning scenery and with uninterrupted views over Lake Trasimeno, the house can sleep up to six people and is perfect for couples, families or groups of friends. Guests will have exclusive use of the whole house, the large private garden and the pool. Casa Vistalago is ideally situated for day trips to Rome, Florence, Siena and the many famous wine regions.
Casa Vistalago boasts an unrivalled position with superb views. The house sits on a hillside on the outskirts of the small medieval hilltop village of Castel Rigone about 20 minutes by car from Perugia. Although there are other houses nearby, the large and mature garden (over 1/2 an acre) is both secluded and private, but with unrestricted views of Lake Trasimeno and the hills and mountains of Umbria and Tuscany for hundreds of kilometres. Despite this the house is only a 10 minute walk to the village centre with its restaurants, bars and shops.
Inside The House:
Casa Vistalago is a large stone house, typical of the area, which can comfortably accommodate up to six people. The house was extensively renovated in 2003 and has recently been tastefully refurbished with new beds, a new kitchen and a mix of traditional and antique furniture. For the winter months it is centrally heated. Casa Vistalago is a much-loved family home and so it is equipped to a high standard.
The living rooms:
The ground floor is arranged as a large, open, social living space; there is a large living room with a traditional Umbrian open fireplace, comfortable seating, TV with DVD player, music CD/tape player and MP3/iPod speaker system. There is also a selection of books (fiction, art and guide books), board games and films on DVD.
From the living room a large stone arch leads to the dining room with log-burning stove. This large room is light and airy and opens directly to the outside dining terrace with that stunning view of the lake.
Another arch leads up to the kitchen which has been newly refurbished with modern appliances including a fan oven, gas hob, extractor fan, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, electric kettle, large fridge/freezer. There is an extensive range of cooking utensils and the kitchen is fully equipped to enjoy cooking in the Italian style. Also on the ground floor there is a toilet/utility room with washing machine, iron and ironing board. There are also locked rooms belonging to the owners.
Up the impressive stone stairs on the first floor there are three large bedrooms and two bathrooms. Overlooking the lake is the large master bedroom with super king bed (can be separated as twin beds) and an en-suite bathroom, with bath/shower, bidet, basin and WC Doors from the bedroom lead on to a balcony with stunning and far-reaching views of Lago Trasimeno and the surrounding countryside. Overlooking the garden at the rear of the house are two further bedrooms: one twin room & another double room with four-poster bed. There is also a family bathroom with bath/shower, basin, bidet and WC.
The mature garden of more than 2000 sq.metres (1/2 acre) completely surrounds the house and is fenced and gated. There is a wide variety of mature trees, shrubs, and flower borders, including cypresses, oaks, olive, walnut, fig, fruit trees, palms and rose beds creating year-round interest and colour.
Although on a hillside, there are many flat, shaded, sitting and dining areas in the garden. The main terrace can be accessed through double doors from the main living rooms. This terrace is furnished with a dining table. chairs/loungers, a sun shade and can be lit at night for meals outside. Alongside the house is another terrace leading to an authentic outdoor Italian pizza/bread oven and shaded by a vine-covered pergolaa. There is another covered pergola on the lower terrace that surrounds the swimming pool.
There’s plenty of space to enjoy relaxing and dining together, as well lots of small secluded areas, all with wonderful views, where you can just sit and relax and enjoy that book or drink in peace!
Below the house is the pool terrace with a range of good garden furniture for dining and sunbathing. The circular, filtered, swimming pool is 5 metres diameter and approximately 1.3 metres deep - perfect for cooling off during those long, hot summer days! Beneath the shady pergola there is a dining table and six chairs and at night the area can be lit to provide an atmospheric backdrop to an evening drink & conversation.
There is space to park two cars inside the grounds and parking is also reasonably safe on the private road outside the front gate.
Guests will have exclusive access to the whole house as described above, the garden and the pool.
Interakcija s gostima
As guests will have exclusive use of the house, in the unlikely event of any problems, I will not be available to help personally. However guests will be able to contact either myself and/or my partner by telephone or text message and I have English-speaking friends who live close by who will be able to help in the event of an emergency.
- Between April to October, bookings will only be accepted for a minimum of 7 nights from Saturday to Saturday
- Casa Vistalago and its garden are on a hillside and so have wonderful views but it also means that some areas of the garden are steep and the house does have several steps. Because of this, regrettably, Casa Vistalago is not suitable for wheelchair-users and families with toddlers or small children.
- Village amenities (shop, pharmacy, bars, restaurant, etc) are available within walking distance but to explore the local area or for visits further afield, the use of a car will be essential
- Use of the swimming pool is strictly at the guests’ own risk.
- Smoking is not allowed inside Casa Vistalago. Guests who do smoke outside are asked to dispose of any ash/cigarette ends responsibly. In particular, guests should be aware of the risk of fire during the long, hot summers.
- Casa Vistalago is on the edge of a village in a rural area and does have other properties close by. Although the grounds of Casa Vistalago are securely fenced and private it is not possible for the typical sounds of everyday Italian country life including dogs, poultry, vehicles, etc. to be kept out of guests’ hearing.