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“fantastic holiday in stunning surroundings”
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Santa Chiara
Reviewed 25 June 2013

Have just returned from a fantastic time away at Santa Chiara. From the moment you drive up you soon realise this is a very special place. In a remote location down a single track road, with very little traffic to speak of, but only 10 minutes from the motorway to perugia it is ideally located. The location is really stunning, and the photos dont do it justice. The area is very hilly with lots of forest-type landscapes around. The villa itself is a beautiful restored farmhouse, and has a wonderful swimming pool that was a perfect antidote to the 35 degree C heat we had most days. Our apartment, rancale was the largest one, and furnished to a very high standard, the only downside was that the patio area is separated from the main apartment by 12 stone steps which is a bit of a hassle when transporting food, children and plates to and fro at mealtimes but not insurmountable by any means. Paul, Anita, Alessandro and Isabella are exceptional hosts and did everything to make our stay extremely comfortable. We were all very sad to leave.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

This was a very quaint place. The Owners are very friendly and helpful. they have a couple of kids, so are very amply friendly. The place we stayed in was a single bed room apartment - just for my wife and 2 year old son. It had a fully equipped kitchen, fridge and basic restroom.

The place is an old building but renovated and is about 2 km off the main road in pierantonio. It is in the corner of a small valley, and the views are very picturesque. So you have to drive a long way in on a dusty white road to get there.

I gave this a 4/5 only because it did not have the best options for food, but otherwise we had a very nice time.

Pierantonio is very close to many great regional destinations - a 1hr drive from some good locations so it was easy to get around from here.

We went there in July, and despite the very war days, the nights were cool, and pleasant. Since we traveled from Singapore, we found the water in the swimming pool a bit too cold despite the warm days. There was a slide and swing I used a lot, and the owners were kind enough to give me their tv and DVD player with some kids DVDs to entertain my son.

Since they only have 3 apartments - Theres no restaurant or onsite dining option, but They have a chef who cooks on pre-order. We asked for a pasta one time and they prepared something for my wife and me (30 euros) - while it was expensive it was large enough a portion for us to eat it for 2 nights.

The village of pierantonio is very small. They have a couple of restaurants there and a small supermarket. We had dinner at one of the local pizza restaurants one night and it was quite nice. I took my 2 year old every evening to play in a neighborhood playground.

There is a larger town Umbertide, about 5km away which has many more restaurants and a good supermarket (Coop) to buy supplies.

All in all a nice experience. I would prefer staying at a place that has in house dining options the next time. With a 2 year old, we ended up having dinner in the apartment most nights as we couldn't stay out late.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

We are back from a 2 week holiday in the Pantano apartment and it was wonderful.

The location itself is beautiful - right in a valley and stunning views of Umbrian hills all round. Its a great base for exploring central Italy, although we restricted ourselves to Umbria, spending most mornings lazing in the pool with our 1 3/4 year old.

The Pantano apartment is simply huge. We arrived late at night so it was left open for us - I went in first to prepare the cot for the baby, and actually got lost. There is a really big dining/living area and 2 large bedrooms - our son had a room to himself which could probably accomodate 3 if needbe. The balcony looks up and down the valley and is perfect for eating outdoors / lounging with a book.

Paul and Anita are welcoming, professional and caring, and are in tune with the requirements for a holiday with kids - there are inevitably minor emergencies (soaking through babygro at night on to sheet, too cold in pool) and they were always helpful and responsive. Anita's cooking is amazing - we went back stuffed with pasta and cheese, and bambino ate like a lord for the fortnight. Blue the cat provided endless entertainment in the evenings if swings, slides and playhouses weren't enough.

Guidebooks and trip advice are all forthcoming, and the crucial inside info that Lonely Planet doesn't tell you is very useful - the Minimetro in Perguia wasn't even mentioned for example, but saved a horrendous argument with Italian one-way systems!

We would recommend the location to anyone, especially with a child, although a post-holiday diet is essential!

Room Tip: Close the shutters in the babys room and they sleep on FOREVER
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

We've been lucky enough to visit Santa Chiara before but this was the first time we have been since we had our son. What we wouldn't have realised on our previous visits was that it is an ideal place to bring a young child for their first holiday away. As per usual, Paul and Anita were the perfect hosts and they had all the necessary equipment to make it safe and entertaining for our 2 year old. Everything from bed guards to Thomas DVDs!
The swimming pool is a great place for a little one to gain confidence and Anita's cooking is so good that you don't need to ever leave Santa Chiara!
We are already looking forward to our next visit!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

We recently returned from a fabulous week at Santa Chiara and cannot add to the previous reviews. Whilst most people visit with their children we brought my aged 70 plus parents - we all had a great time. The weather was glorious, apartment was spotlessly clean and spacious, location and views simply stunning and the hospitality was second to none. Anita and Paul (and their children) are great hosts and really made such an effort to please their guests. We joined them at the local sports field to watch the Italy vs Spain final of the Euro cup and they also kindly hosted a BBQ for the guests on another evening. During our stay they provided us fresh eggs and figs from the garden. For those who enjoy cooking, the kitchen was well stocked and had all the equipment necessary to cook most meals. The Rancale apartment was ideal for two couples as each has their own bathroom. We have stayed in numerous self-catering apartments in Italy and this is the best by far. It will be hard to find another to match this level of quality.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Just returned from our week's holiday at Santa Chiara with a 5 month old and 2 1/2 year old....it was wonderful, and the key ingredient was most definately Anita and Paul's care of us - they radiate warmth, professionalism and genuine hospitality. Given the draconian restrictions of Ryanair's luggage policies (don't get me started!), Santa Chiara is an ideal destination for young families as everything you need is already there - bottle steriliser, baby monitor, cot bed and bedding, toys, books....Anita even kindly bought in for me a stock of nappies and baby wipes! We sampled Anita's cooking on the first night and it was delicious - the foccacia is divine, and it was great to not have to start cooking a meal from scratch after a long journey. The location is the stuff of postcards - an idyllic view from a spotlessly clean swimming pool, which we spent the entire week lounging around, and a breathtaking panaroma from our terrace which we dined out on for breakfast, lunch and supper. We stayed in the top apartment which was ideal for bambini siestas as the windows could be seen (and heard!) directly from the pool so my husband and I could go for a dip whilst knowing the kids were safely asleep. Bella and Sandro are gorgeous playmates for young guests - Bella even helped me out with potty training my little girl....their hospitality know no ends! My husband and I have returned feeling refreshed and relaxed - not always an easy thing to achieve when you have a young family.....so thank you so much, all of you at Santa Chiara, for our fabulous, fun filled holiday!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Beth M
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Reviewed 19 June 2012

We went to stay in Santa Chiara for 1 week at the same time of the previous reviewers! So a lot has been said that I can just repeat here(location/ home cooking). We were on our honeymoon with our 2 year old and came travelling from Tuscany (Chianti, Radda) and it was a most beautiful drive to Santa Chiara ( but dont forget to bring the directions like we did!) We stayed in the smaller Pietramelina apartment, which was perfect for the three of us. The things we loved: to find nice children books on the shelf which we read all week long, the terrace to eat outside, the swing/slide at the back of the house, then the pool with a safe play area next to it. The joy of meeting other families and hosts Paul and Anita and the kids were just so welcoming and friendly. The only thing I missed slightly, was a black out curtain that would make the bedroom/living room dark for sleeping. Places we enjoyed visiting: nearby medieval Gubbio and lake Trasimeno. The hosts have a handy guidebook with many other great places to visit. But to be honest we were happy to relax around the house and pool and our toddler happy with seeing the nearby farm/tractors! This was the first time ever we saw the magic of fireflies and heard the roar of wild boars in the far away woods....We thought this place would also be really nice when you want a holiday with friends or family and rent 2 or 3 apartments. So yes, we surely recommend this to any family!! A big thank you to the hosts!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Santa Chiara

Address: Via Case Nove 86, 06019 Pierantonio, Umbertide, Italy
Region: Italy > Umbria > Province of Perugia > Umbertide > Pierantonio
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Pierantonio
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This beautiful Umbrian stone farmhouse was restored in 2005 and converted into 3 luxury self catering holiday apartments with swimming pool. Santa Chiara is set amongst lush gardens of Oleander, Hibiscus and Figs and has its own Olive Grove with over 100 trees. The house offers fantastic uninterrupted views down the rolling green valley with the imposing figure of Monte Tezio and its nature reserve dominating the horizon. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Santa Chiara Pierantonio, Italy - Province Of Perugia

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