La Casella has far-reaching views over three castles and several ranges of hills, not just from its terraces but also from its fabulous 16m pool set in a scented gravel garden full of lavender and thyme. Deep in the Umbrian countryside, and overlooking Tuscany, the house is within easy walking distance of the ancient village of Preggio, with its bars and restaurant and famous opera festival in the summer and chestnut festival in the autumn.
The farmhouse, which integrates an old tobacco tower, is particularly light, with large windows and high ceilings and french doors to all sides. Decorated simply but luxuriously the house has pale terracotta floors and light chestnut beams, and is filled with a mixture of bespoke pieces and high street finds, antiques and family treasures. Linen, travertine and wood predominate in this beautifully designed villa. The bathrooms all have large marble basins, the beds are properly sprung and covered with crisp, ironed white bedlinen. There is a choice of sitting rooms, an enormous, convivial and well equipped kitchen, and a separate dining room, giving you the choice of eating inside, as well as outside on the terrace around a long marble table under a vine-covered pergola.
There are outdoor chairs and a sofa to lounge in under a beamed loggia, and others from which to enjoy the morning sun in the herb garden outside the kitchen, or under the shade of huge pine trees, looking out over the pool and the lovely Niccone valley. On the terrace a cluster of chairs and tables is the perfect spot for drinks as the sun goes down.
You can visit nearby Cortona, Perugia, Lake Trasimeno, Siena or Assisi, discover Umbria Jazz or Trasimeno Blues, cycle, or walk the hills. You might play table tennis, swim a little, perfect your dive, pick the best ever tomatoes or figs, learn how to make pasta, catch up on your reading, do yoga, or do nothing at all.