The Santa Chiara Residence - Rancale

umbria, italy
2 bedroom - 2 bath
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€113 per night (EUR)
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Perks for the Parents

This apartment in a restored stone farmhouse looks out over fragrant gardens and olive groves, and has a treehouse and play equipment for the kids and a lovely shared and fenced pool. It sleeps up to 4 + 1. For those needing a little more space, this apartment can be combined with the 1-bedroom Pietramelina to provide a 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom apartment, all on 1 level, sleeping up to 6 + 1 baby. The hosts have thought of everything for a relaxing stay with kids. There are stair gates, a fenced pool with plenty of loungers, toys galore, and a private terrace with views for leisurely family meals al fresco. The hosts offer an in-house menu with a wide range of freshly prepared homemade Italian dishes you can heat, and even arrange a babysitter for a child-free evening or two.

Why Kids Love it

Younger visitors will love the play area around the swimming pool with its shaded pergola, play house and table football. Leading from the shaded terrace is a children’s play area. There’s also a wonderful tree house tucked away in the olive grove and maybe an excursion to the nearby river that has pools where you can swim or catch crabs. The swimming pool is fully fenced and has a shallow end with Roman steps, making it easy to enter for all ages and there is also a covered paddling pool for little ones. There are heaps of toys and books for young kids as well as high chairs, cribs, kids’ cutlery and more. Whenever possible, the hosts organize a weekly pizza-making session by the pool where kids can roll their own dough and select toppings before their creation is cooked in the woodburning pizza oven.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 7 nights in high season (May to Sept). Minimum of 3 nights Oct through April and heating costs in this period are charged according to use. Standard changeover day of Sunday in high season. The pool is unheated but has a summer cover that insulates the water overnight to keep it warm. The owners live onsite and have 2 friendly cats on the premises. There is free parking. All windows are fitted with Juliet bars for safety and external shutters to allow guests to regulate the heat and light flow into the apartment. The lounge and bedroom windows have built-in mosquito nets. Both bedrooms have blackout blinds. Two travel cots are available on request. Car hire is recommended to explore Umbria and the pretty surrounding towns. The Umbria Jazz festival in Perugia is in early July and well worth catching. There will be a selection of local wines and the hosts’ own estate-produced extra virgin olive oil to sample and purchase.

About the Location

The Santa Chiara Residence is in rural Umbria, situated in a quiet river valley surrounded by olive groves and landscaped gardens. It’s a peaceful oasis and a great base to explore the surrounding area – the main sights of Umbria including Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio and Lake Trasimeno are all within a 30-minute drive. Take a stroll from the bridleway at the front of the house – you’re surrounded by stunning hiking routes over the rolling countryside. The local village of Pierantonio is a 5-minute drive (or 30 minute walk) where there are pizzerias, bars and festivals in the summer. Fly into Perugia Airport (20 mins), Florence airport (2 hrs), Rome (2 hrs, 30 mins), or Pisa (2hrs 45 mins).

Accommodation Details

This 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment is on the 1st floor of a traditional stone farmhouse and is all on 1 level. There are stairs to access the apartment and at the top is a built-in wooden stair gate. Entering, there is an open plan living area with a lounge with 2 sofas (1 of which is a sofabed), and fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and gas hob. There’s a dining table in the kitchen seating up to 4. The kingsize master bedroom has an ensuite shower room and there’s a family bathroom with a tub and a separate shower. Bedroom 2 has 2 twin / single beds and a full-size wood crib. Down the stairs, there’s a large private terrace shaded by a pergola with a dining table and sun loungers. There is a garden with a play area and a pool. ​

Style Notes

La dolce vita. This family-friendly apartment is bright and spacious and blends traditional features, such as exposed stone work and terracotta floors, with modern comforts. The living space is particularly spacious and light, benefiting from a south westerly aspect and a total of 4 large windows. The private outdoor shaded terrace is lovely for some peaceful time together as a family and there are views over lush gardens filled with lavender, hibiscus, figs and oleander. We love the uninterrupted views of the valley, the welcoming hosts and all of the provisions for a comfortable family stay.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 king
2 twin / single
sleeps 1
1 baby crib
Anita H.
Member since September 28, 2019
In a moment of madness we decided to up sticks and move from Surrey to rural Umbria. With a baby on the way, little in the way of Italian and a derelict farmhouse to renovate, life for the first year was certainly very hectic! A few years down the line we have two children who attend the local italian schools, two cats, Charlotte and Blu and six free range chickens!! Now after 15 years we really think of this little slice of Italy as home.

Umbria, Italy

Green valleys and chocolate kisses

Bordering Tuscany in the middle of Italy, Umbria is a region of sweet green hills and sweet chocolate - Baci chocolates, (baci means kisses in Italian) are made here in Perugia. There are lots of attractions for families, from vineyards to Italy’s highest waterfall, shrouded in mist and shining with rainbows. For kids that love natural history, there’s a cave with dinosaur remains and a fossilised forest to visit; not forgetting the more obvious delights of Perugina chocolate factory and Tavenelle waterpark in Perugia. And this is Italy: “no thanks, I don’t like gelato, pizza or pasta” said no kid, ever - the food is delicious.