Welcome to the website of Casa Bacciana .
Here you will find detailed information about the house and its accommodation, our prices and booking details, the immediate area of our village, Montone, as well as information about places to visit in the wider region.
Casa Bacciana is an ancient stone and brick farmhouse standing in stunning countryside just a few minutes drive from the historic walled village of Montone in the beautiful Upper Tiber valley of Umbria, in central Italy. The nearest international airport is Perugia, only half an hour away, and we are also within about two hours drive of airports at Pisa, Ancona, Florence, Rome and Bologna.
Acquired by its English owners ten years ago and used frequently as a much-loved second home, the house has been restored with care and dedication, and is offered for rental for a limited number of weeks in 2018, sleeping parties of 8 – 10.
The house – with its white and yellow washed walls, high chestnut-beamed ceilings and original terracotta tiled floors – is a picturesque, rustic and traditional country home, tastefully and unusually furnished with antique and hand-painted furniture, pictures and ceramics collected in local markets and antique fairs, as well as providing all the modern comforts that make for an idyllic holiday.
The plot is over two acres and the house stands on its own on a small wooded rise, amidst cultivated agricultural land, and is accessed via a private drive with electric gates leading to a parking area that accommodates up to four cars. A 12 x 6 metre swimming pool offers swimmers and sun-worshippers a breathtaking view up to Montone, our village, on its nearby hilltop.
The surrounding rolling countryside, which offers many opportunities for keen walkers, is dotted with fields of sunflowers, tobacco and wheat, undulating wooded ridges where the oak trees turn a golden-yellow in autumn, vineyards and olive groves, with the higher peaks of the Apennines visible in the distance. This is the land of the wild boar hunter and the truffle hunter; and all around you will see trees of walnut, hazelnut and chestnut, nature’s gifts that are reflected in the local dishes. Not without good reason is Umbria described by the Italians as “the green heart of Italy.” Bordered by Tuscany on one side, the Marche and Lazio on the other, Umbria is characterised by green hills and rich farm land. At its centre sits the jewel of Lake Trasimeno, edged by silvery olive groves, and threading its way through the fertile valleys that run the length of the region is the wide River Tiber, following its course to Rome and the Mediterranean Sea.
In addition to its great physical beauty, Umbria has a rich cultural heritage, being the birthplace or spiritual home of many key medieval and Renaissance Italian artists: for example, Giotto, Cimabue, Pietro Vannucci (Perugino) – the first great Umbrian artist – and his follower, Raphael, Piero della Francesca, Pinturicchio, and Luca Signorelli. The region has a rich religious life, centering on St Francis of Assisi, but there are many Umbrian saints and religious figures, inspiring the colourful and fascinating religious festivals that fill the calendar year round in Umbria, and every little village or town seems to be blessed with a beautifully frescoed church. Local festivals of food, music, arts and crafts are also a prominent feature of communal life. Umbrian settlements are mainly situated on hilltops, and this has resulted in a remarkable preservation of the architectural heritage, as urban sprawl is not easily possible, and the built and natural environments are fiercely protected. Many towns and cities still retain their ancient walls and gateways, and the Etruscans and Romans have left behind a rich legacy, so rich that you probably will not be aware that you have just walked under an Etruscan arch or through a Roman gateway, or that the flagstones beneath your feet have been there for centuries and might well have been tramped by legions of sandalled soldiers.
Umbria is a treasure waiting to be discovered, and Casa Bacciana is the ideal holiday home from which to do that. Whether you are lovers of art and architecture, of walking, landscape painting, wining and dining, sightseeing and shopping, or simply seek the perfect place for total relaxation, we believe you will not be disappointed.
At Casa Bacciana, you can de-stress and enjoy the house, the pool, the sunshine, the beauty of the surrounding countryside, and the remarkable tranquillity of the setting.
- 4 double bedrooms (one twin-bedded); 3 with ensuite bathrooms, one with adjacent bathroom
- Sleeps 8 – 10 ( travel cots available)
- Pool 12 x 6 metres (no diving ) Sun beds and pergola
- Large open plan kitchen, dining and living area
- 2 Comfortable sitting rooms with TV/DVD
- Wood-burning stoves
- Free wifi
- Terraces and garden furniture for alfresco dining; barbecue
- Privacy and security in a gated property; parking for 4+ cars
- Stunning 270 degree views
- Ideal for groups of friends, or families with children (pool and different terrace levels means extra care is needed for very small children and toddlers )