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Castelonchio, why we love our Umbrian farmhouse

Dan Wrightson's drawing of Castelonchio

Castelonchio is a beautifully restored stone farmhouse, set above Lake Trasimeno.  Barry used to have a beautiful house in Mensano, a village close to my parents’ house Timignano. It was remarkable because although it was on the first floor it had a beautiful stone well in a raised courtyard. When he and Karen wanted more space they moved further south, to this beautiful location overlooking Lake Trasimeno. They brought an old property back to life and now live next door and are both discreet and a great help to their guests.  This property is a favourite among our clients for its comfort, the pool set next to the olive grove and its lake views. These all make it a perfect place to relax.  This is our interview with the owners:

How long have you owned castelonchio?

We bought the house way back in 2001 though we did not get to live in it until 2006. It was a couple of years later in 2008 when we welcomed our first guests.

what made you fall in love with it?

We fell in love with the abandoned farmhouse with its south facing view of the lake and saw its potential.

Dinner on the terrace at Castelonchio is seasoned with the beauty of a lake horizon.

Naturally, every beautifully restored farmhouse requires good workmen, quality material and, above all, patience.  These shots give an idea of Castelonchio’s ‘growing  pains’. 

are there any stories attached to the house?

The house had been uninhabited since the second world war and was a wreck. We have got to know locals whose family were born in the house and farmed the land many years ago.

The 1st floor double bedroom has its own door to a small furnished terrace with lovely views.

What secret or special place would you advise your guests go to see nearby?

“Le Celle” of Cortona, a Franciscan hermitage of 1211. Spello, pink and white stoned medieval town, renowned for its wonderful old paving and floral decorated narrow streets. Bevangna, an attractive ancient little town remarkably on the flat!

'Le Celle' below Cortona
Spello's colourful Infiorata
Bevagna's main piazza

what do you like about renting your property?

We enjoy meeting interesting people with whom we are able to share our local knowledge of the area to ensure that they can have a memorable holiday.

A guest's favourite thing is often the swimming pool surrounded by lavender.

do you have a favourite restaurant?

Antica Dogana‘, an old customs house with lake view dining in the garden.  The food is wonderful and it has delightful murals in the indoor dining room.

have you had any famous guests?

A well known actor from a long running UK “soap” has enjoyed staying with us several times.

                       And here are a few pages from Castelonchio’s Guest Book:

is there any else you'd like us to know?

Transport, be it road or rail is very convenient and close by, giving easy access to lots of historical sites and museums.

To see more details, prices and availability click here:  Castelonchio.

An aerial view picks up just how close this lovely accommodation is to Lake Trasimeno.

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