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The Holy Grail of rental villas: very quiet, child-friendly with a fine private pool and only a 5-minute walk to shops and restaurants in a classic medieval village, Taglia Alti has everything you would ask for in a holiday villa
The views from Tartagli Alti are, without exaggeration, stunning; layer upon layer of thickly wooded hills roll into the distance. The picturesque old village of Paciano is a walk away, just next to the border with Tuscany, with restaurants, bars and one of the prettiest roofscapes in all Umbria. The many charms of Lake Trasimeno, the largest lake in Tuscany, edged with historic little towns, tiny beaches and old fashioned ferry boats for popping over to the lake s islands - is just 8 miles away. Tartagli is handy for so may tempting tourist attractions, but... the villa s swimming pool is so blissfully private, surrounded by turkey oaks, pines and inky cypresses, you may find it difficult to tear yourself away to drive off see the sights! Should you tire of moonlit dinners and beautiful views, your Summer’s Leases House Book will guide you to the best restaurants, trattorie and pizzerie for authentic local food.
Tartagli Alti’s sitting room is huge and homey, with comfortable sofas, a good selection of much consulted maps, well-thumbed books and traditional board games, as well as a music system and TV. It opens onto a long, cool dining terrace with magnificent views across the Tresa Valley - perfect for a quiet read or meals all’aperto. There’s also a twin bedded room on the ground floor and a bathroom with shower. Through an arch is the modern well-equipped kitchen, with stylish granite work surfaces and dishwasher. The kitchen door opens to the pretty back terrace with a huge fig tree, dozens of bright geraniums and plenty of tables and chairs - the ideal spot to breakfast after a dip in the pool.
On the upper floor there are the two newly redecorated main bedrooms, each with doors onto a panoramic balcony. There’s also a small single bedroom and a brand new bathroom with bath tub/shower.
But the trump card is Tartagli Alti s walking distance of the lively village of Paciano - though it’s uphill all the way home! You ve finally found the "holy grail" of villa rentals: a real family villa within a walk of a village. What’s more, the area abounds with history - the locals maintain that the fabulous lost tomb of the Etruscan king Porsena is somewhere nearby, though of course the exact spot has never been located.
Tartagli Alti is only 15 km from the Autostrada del Sole, which means that it’s also brilliantly located for every variety of sightseeing trip: wineries, museums, fashion outlets, great art and great food. But if you want to just tootle around the local area, there s the excellent Etruscan Museum at Chiusi, the lovely circular village of Cetona (with lunch Da Nilo), Panicale, Città della Pieve ...
All in all, Tartagli Alti offers you the very best kind of villa holiday - it s an easy going, jolly kind of house, with a wonderfully Italianate feel, in a very fine location. No wonder it s so popular with Summer s Leases and Friends of Tuscany guests. Why not see for yourself?
Upper floor: - 1 double bedroom - 1 bedroom with 2 beds - 1 single bedroom - 1 bathroom with bath tub & shower
Lower floor: - 1 bedroom with 2 beds - 1 bathroom with shower - large sitting room with fireplace - dining area - kitchen with dishwasher - laundry room with drinks fridge
This is our 2nd stay at Tartagli Alti, which is something we have never done before.
The Villa is in a lovely location with unspoilt views across the valley, yet close to beautiful towns like Assisi which can be visited in a morning.
The swimming pool is much larger than usual with a deep end, too many villas now days have shallow pools with no diving area.
A perfect location, close to the town, but the road is very steep, unmade and requires the use of a car.
The second week of August is the best time to go with the town celebrating its festival, "go cart racing", "its a knockout competition" etc and v
By Frances Brandon on 23-Jun-2018
We enjoyed our stay at Taragli Alti and will highly recommend it to friends. Thank you for accommodating us at such short notice.
Charming little village
By Michael B. on 06-Aug-2016
Nestled in the hills behind the charming little village of Paciano is this wonderful oases of tranquility, sitting high with extensive views and singing birds. Internally the Villa is very well equipped, as the owners explain on their website and whilst our expectations were high we were not disappointed. The villa was clean and plenty of bedding and towels were available, a new BBQ added to our enjoyment. Spending two weeks we enjoyed the delivery of new linen and towels at the halfway point. Internet speed is good. There is a rather large swimming pool on the property which adds to its appeal also numerous alfresco dining options around the villa. Supermarkets abound in Castiglione d Lago some 10 minutes away....Italian Drivers Speed..... and a Mini Market in the local village.
Whilst the last kilometre or so of the driveway maybe a little daunting to those who only drive on sealed roads, after a few minutes the reward is in site. Tartagli Alti was a great base for us to explore the very interesting and colourful Hill Towns and Villages in this part of Umbria.