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LA CASETTA (The Cottage)
Just a few steps up the old cobbled street from Villa Buonanotte Barbanera (The Villa) sits a guest cottage of great charm. Formerly a simple stone building on the edge of the town walls of Spello, La Casetta has been completely re-designed and restored in a fresh contemporary style by Andrea Falkner Campi.
The atmosphere is one of complete relax; the greatest luxury is the lush private garden in which to dream in the sun or shade – a rarity in such an ancient town.
Rosemary, sage, verbena, thyme and lavender scent the air. Pomegranates ripen in the autumn and climbing roses soften a shady wooden cloister built against ancient stone walls.
“Like the Villa I have created the sort of home-away-from-home that experienced travellers expect. I’ve decorated it with my favourite palette of colours and with items found on my travels.” Although the Cottage is available for a minimum of 3 days with flexible arrival and departure times it is nonetheless fully equipped for much longer stays.
It is also ideal as extra accommodation for a larger party taking the Villa.
Satellite television – BBC news and sport, French, German and Russian channels
Wi-fi house and garden (bring your own laptop)
i-pod docking station
Washing machine and drier in annexe beside the garden entrance
Oven and hob
Fridge, toaster, coffee machine – all cutlery, china, linen and utensils
Quality bed linen and towels from ‘Mia Zia’
Outdoor dining table and chairs on shaded patio
Open the pretty painted door from the street and a stylish, white-painted stone entrance lobby sets the scene. A bright Moroccan rug and cushions add a dash of colour. One’s eye is drawn along a stone path and raised flower- beds to the spacious garden on your left; ahead is the cane-covered outdoor seating area adjacent to the kitchen-living room.
Cooking, living and dining
One’s first impression is of a light and airy space. Pretty, practical and un-fussy but perfectly furnished. The arched doorway ahead leads to the 2 bedrooms and bathroom. On the right is the kitchen and dining area, to the left a comfortable, linen-covered sofa opposite the fireplace with a modern flat screen television set on a low table. A French-style café table and chairs, linen blinds and curtains and a pair of old Belgian metal shutters (hiding china and cutlery) add character to the open-plan space. The floors throughout are a soft, taupe resin finish and the accent colour is Hermes orange. Chic, cheerful and modern.
With breathtaking views over farmlands and the Chiona hills beyond, this is a romantic peaceful retreat. The king-size bed has a natural linen cover; the curtains are made from fine Indian saris bought in Pondicherry. Andrea had the wall hung clothes hooks copied from a traditional Italian design and has provided linen-lined baskets for folded clothes. A pair of vintage, red velvet chairs perfectly pull together the colours of the Moroccan rug and the stripes in the curtains. From this wonderful room your eyes see nothing of the modern world - just the Italian landscape at its very best.
China’s room – single bed
Smaller but not tiny the 2nd bedroom is fresh and bright with its red/orange and white colour scheme. The curtains are a mix of sari fabric and white linen. A cosy Tyrol blanket and Etro cushions add texture to this charming room. Clothes hooks and baskets are provided as in the master bedroom.
Both bedrooms share the gleaming white modern bathroom. A large shower, good directional lighting, an oversize hot towel rail and wall mirror combine to make bathing a delight.
Umbria has an excellent climate. Being outside, dining or resting and reading is one of our greatest holiday pleasures, especially after long days exploring the region. Andrea has provided the perfect setting. She has designed and planted the garden to allow plenty of space to lie in the sun as it moves from east to west. To recline on a shady day-bed piled with soft pillows or to spend the evenings enjoying local salami, ham and cheese with a glass of excellent wine around the old red-painted table and chairs which come from Andrea’s grandmother’s backyard. Often the most vivid holiday memories are those of warm evenings, spent with family or friends in a scented garden.
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