The house is our home for part of the year - many comment on this when contacting us after their stay. We have a deep affection for Casa La Dogana and the surrounding area, its beauty, its culture, its friendly people and its food.
Thick stone walls, as well as traditional wooden shutters on every window, keep the house cool in summer. Winter is a different experience with many cold but sunny days. Two large open fires, central heating and those same thick walls keep the house cosy in winter.
The level of furnishing and equipment reflects our standards. Everything you are likely to need is there - down to luxury soap, shampoo and conditioner, swimming towels, medicine cupboard and hairdryers. The restoration retains many of the original features, including the outside bread oven (now substituted with a stone-built barbecue). The surrounding area is utterly beautiful. The local people are incredibly friendly (especially if you can manage even a few words of Italian).
There is a mass of space for 11 people with a variety of places to eat, indoors and out. And spots to enjoy solitude (gently rocking in a hammock if you wish). No matter what you are seeking, Casa La Dogana is an ideal place for family holidays and celebrating special anniversaries. For those with an interest in architecture or history, records show that buildings existed on the site in both Roman and Etruscan times.
H. V. Morton captures the atmosphere:
“Of all the regions of Italy, Umbria is the most subtle, the most tranquil and the most mysterious. One has the feeling that the roots go down even deeper than usual, beyond the Etruscans, to an unknown people speaking a lost tongue, and that the mountain-tops have seen star-gazers of whose existence history has no record”.
Comfortable upholstered furniture
with large fireplace and tile floor.
Fully equipped. Marble surface tops. Wonderful view to M.S.M. Tiberina.
Seats 11 comfortably, 12 at a squeeze. Antique Italian country style cabinet
and plate rack.
Up steps and through an archway from the Dining Area. There is a card table and an antique sideboard full of board and other games. CD player (with good supply of CDs both classical and modern). Bookshelves
with a wide range of fiction and
non-fiction books on Italy as well as guidebooks, cookery, bird, insect, wildflower and art books.
Ground Floor Bedroom:
Twin bedroom with direct access
to the garden.
Large tiled shower, basin and toilet.
Clothes washer, second refrigerator
and ironing equipment.
Good size sitting room with fireplace, entered from outside staircase (also
by internal stairs).
2 outside shady terraces for lunch, dining or morning coffee in the sun.
Master Bedroom Suite:
Large bedroom with double bed and ensuite bathroom with bathtub, separate shower (with seat), basin and toilet. Wonderful views in two directions.
Double bed. Large bathroom with bathtub, separate shower (with seat), basin, toilet and bidet.
Twin beds. Bathroom (next door -
for sole use) with bathtub, shower
over the bath, basin and toilet.
Twin beds. Spectacular view
to M.S.M. Tiberina.
A galleried room with single beds
on each level.
Shower, basin and toilet.
Shared by Blue & Mezzanine Bedrooms.
Large dining table with 11 chairs. Comfortable rattan sofa and chairs
for relaxing in the shade. Unbelievably comfortable deck chairs.
Barbecue near the Covered Veranda. Stone-built with tiled working surfaces.
Pergola shaded by an exuberant bignonia / campsis on first floor level.
Mosaic-topped table and 8 chairs.
Great views. Perfect for evening cocktails as the sun goes down.
Games Room with ping pong table, darts board & vintage French table football. Outdoor pétanque/bocce pitch.
Swimming Pool: 10m x 5 m,
Very private with great view. Shaded by pergola and umbrellas. Teak furniture, refrigerator for cool drinks.
Garden & Grounds:
2 acres - merges seamlessly into
the surrounding countryside.
Well-maintained and full of scent
and colour (though it does dry up
in the summer heat). Tree house
+ swing + climbing frame.
Well-equipped painting studio
available to guests.
COOKING, BABYSITTING & IRONING
These services can usually be arranged.
San Francesco d’Assisi Airport outside Perugia +39 075 59 21 41 www.airport.umbria.it
is the main international gateway to Umbria. 45 minutes by car from the house.
Airports at Bologna & Florence under 2 hours, Roma and Pisa under 3 hours.
There are half a dozen trains daily each way to Perugia on the Rome-Florence line.
Florence to Arezzo is also easy (1 hour).
By car from Rome on the A1 or SS3bis: 2h45.
By car from Florence on the A1: 1h45.
The drive from Calais, all motorway, is an easy and pleasant journey across France with one (preferably two) overnight stops.