Enjoying a hillside position surrounded by sunflower fields, cornfields and olive groves, Villa il Merlano is a quintessential Italian villa escape, located near the village of Marsciano in the rural heart of Umbria.
With terracotta floors and beamed ceilings, and styled in 'arte povera' with rich sunny colours, this is a country house with character, and typical of the region. There is a large rustic kitchen and fireplace, and other original features throughout the villa, alongside modern conveniences like air conditioning. The bedrooms have toulipier wood furnishings and the bedsteads are of wrought iron. For the comfort of guests, the swimming pool enjoys solar heating; there is also a Finnish sauna, a small gym, mountain bikes and outside Jacuzzi. Guests can also book a masseur for a relaxing treat (payable locally).
This region is rich in history and there
are many places to visit. On your way to Perugia, which should not be missed, you
may want to visit Deruta, famous for centuries for its top quality ceramics (maiolica),
and also Torgiano, classed as one of Italy’s most beautiful villages and proud
of its DOCG status for its Torgiano Rosso Riserva wines. Other very appealing
towns to see include medieval Todi, beautiful Assisi, or bustling Orvieto with
its elegant shops, stunning cathedral and Etruscan heritage: park your car here
then take the lift or the funicular railway 150m up to street level! You could
then continue south west to spend the afternoon at beautiful Lake Bolsena, where you will find beaches, watersports and restaurants, or visit the unforgettable citadel of Bagnoregio, accessed on foot via a causeway. Rome and
Florence are further afield, but still within easy day trip range.
There is air conditioning throughout, except for shower rooms, gym and one of the singe bedrooms on the first floor.
Living room with fireplace (TV, DVD, CD), French doors to rear garden.
Kitchen/dining room, open fireplace, French door to covered patio.
2 x guest shower rooms with WCs.
2 x double bedrooms.
Spiral staircase to first floor:
Twin bedroom (2 x 0.80m).
2 x single bedrooms (0.80m).
Separate shower room, WCs.
Spiral staircase to lower ground floor:
Gym & sauna, French door to terrace.
Guest shower room, WC
Enclosed grounds. Steps down to lower garden level with private 14m x 6m solar heated swimming pool (depth: 1.4m-2m, Roman steps). Poolside cold water shower and gazebo with jacuzzi. Outdoor dining terrace, electric barbecue. Swing and childrens playhouse (use at own risk). Table tennis. Table football.
Marsciano 2 miles (shops, restaurants). Deruta 10 miles, Todi 13 miles, Torgiano 15 miles, Perugia 19 miles, Lake Trasimeno 30 miles, Assisi 30 miles, Orvieto 30 miles, Lake Bolsena 43 miles (1 hour) Rome 90 miles.
Nearest airports Perugia (30 mins), Ancona 1 hr 45 mins. Rome (2 hours).
5 bedrooms, 4 shower rooms, 4 WCs.
PRIVATE SOLAR HEATED 14m x 6m POOL
GYM & SAUNA, outdoor JACUZZI
LOVELY RURAL VIEWS
Walk to Beach
Walk to Tennis
Walk to Beach
Walk to Tennis
The Local View
An excellent base for a really relaxing holiday, right in the heart of Italy. The
picturesque hill town of Todi is quite close at hand: if you are here in July, don't miss the spectacular two-week
international ballooning competition. Later in the season (at the end of August) you have the major arts Festival which is held here every year. Just two miles from the villa is the little town of Marsciano, where you will find shops and some convenient local restaurants: try "Citrus" or "L'Argine". Alternatively, why not just relax at the villa and enjoy the great views from the covered outdoor dining terrace and pool!