Arriving at Prato di Sotto, it feels like you are in a tiny village nestled in the hillside. Three buildings are arranged around a central courtyard; the original 18th century farmhouse, a 14th century Olive Mill and the owner’s house. Narrow paths or steps lead to up to the pool and the vegetable garden or down to the lower lawn and gardens. At the top of the property is a lovely secluded infinity edge pool. Everywhere there are well established trees, shrubs and flowers.
The restoration of the buildings has been a labour of love over the last 20 years, which shows in the quality of the building work using reclaimed tiles, oak beams, stone fireplaces and doors. It shows in the elegantly decorated rooms, the thoughtful interior design and antique furniture. Most of all it shows in the garden – a marvellous mix of English Country House and Italian style, with roses everywhere.
The accommodation consists of a large 4 bedroom Farmhouse (Casa Antica), a 2 bedroom Garden Apartment with a wonderful terrace (La Terrazza), a romantic 1 bedroom Cottage (La Capanna) and a Studio Apartment in the 14th century Olive Mill (Il Molino). All have private outside terraces and lovely views of the countryside, pool or gardens.
‘Your garden design is brilliant, surpassed only by the brilliance of your architectural feat.’
This quote from past guests says it all. The owner, Penny Radford, has painstakingly built up, over the past 20 years, a beautiful country house garden in this idyllic part of Umbria. To appreciate it best is to come and see it in person, but click here for a photographic taster of the property, gardens, grounds and views.