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The Sanctuary By Caimeli Guesthouse

Cottage with 2 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and swimming pool in Umbertide, Italy

From £1,296 per week

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Cottage to rent in Umbertide, Italy

  • Cottage
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Private pool
  • WiFi
  • Balcony / terrace
  • Parking
  • Private garden
  • BBQ

Cottage overview - owner's description

A charming Umbrian olive plantation nestled in the hills of Umbertide with panoramic views. A villa and a guesthouse situated within sixteen hectares with an infinity swimming pool and yoga studio.

An authentically restored 18th century olive plantation with a main villa and a guesthouse located on 16ha. of rolling empty landscape with a drop dead infinity swimming pool and a Yoga studio of 65 sq. meters. All of this is encompassed by olive, cherry and nut trees and surrounded by empty green hills and valleys on 3 sides.The fourth side is our access to humanity which is only a few minutes to the centre of Umbertide.

What is great in the area. I enjoy sitting on the terrace at sunset looking at the horses grazing in the fields and drinking an aperitif or swimming in the pool and smelling the fresh lavender with each breath.

There is a wonderful article in the New York Times Travel article from September 25, 2011

The insides are a meeting of modern and genuine with wooden beams, terracotta floors and white washed walls accentuated by Igor Mauer, B&b Italia and other assorted home-grown talent. There is a restaurant size kitchen with all the utensils for those slow food nights.

Outside there is a pergola terrace for dining with a barbecue We also have a garden with a fire pit for enjoying the Umbrian stars.

We have also a film library for your enjoyment and you just have to choose from the list and ask the housekeeper to give it to you.

We have also many fiction and non-fiction books for your perusal and we only ask that if you take a book then please leave one behind for the next guest.


Secluded, yet only minutes away from restaurants, shops and within 1 hours driving time to cities such as Perugia, Assisi and Spoleto. Overlooking a beautiful valley, the house is totally private with an attached pergola for lounging and dining. Cai Meli is on a 40 acre estate of fruit and olive trees with an organic garden providing fresh vegetables, spices, and olive oil during your stay.


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3 out of 3 people recommend staying here

Family from Corby, United Kingdom Aug 2013

We loved our stay at this house a stylish property with plenty of room and perfect location. Near enough to Umbertide for all shopping with privacy and peace back at the house (and no anxious drive over the infamous white roads of this area!). James was the perfect host, keen to ensure we had everything we needed. We hope to return!

From The Hague, Netherlands Jul 2011

We very much enjoined the house and surrounding! And the generous swimmimg pool!
Adriano and Barbara ( the housekeepers ) were very kind and helpfull with us.
The location of the house is very convenient: we could easily reach towns as: Asissi, Perugia, Arezzo, Florence, Gubio.
Our stay at Caimeli was plesant and I would happily go there again!


From Munich

Our stay at the Caimeli villa in the summer of 2012 was one that exceeded our expectations by far. Greeted with some bottles of prosecco as a kind welcoming gift we found the house to be spacious, clean, and beautifully decorated. Wandering down to the infinity pool made us very excited and happy to stay at this beautiful place for a whole week. The reservation and contact with the owner prior to departure went flawlessly and he was very open to any concerns and questions we had. For a group of people who want to celebrate a holiday with friends or family in a peaceful, tranquil area this is definitely a good choice. Restaurant and supermarkets are very close by and one reaches cities like Perugia, Arezzo and the beautiful lake of Trasimeno within 30 minutes by car. All in all we had a wonderful week at this property and it is definitely to be recommended!

6 other reviews

Elke and Tom Penteker Aug 2015

We had a great stay at lovely guest house. There were a lot of opportunities to have a great time in Umbertide. It was nice to not only have dinner at a local restaurant with the owner and his cute dog Thia but also to visit some of the recommended restaurants around Umbertide. We enjoyed the great view from the endless pool and also the tranquillity of the yoga retreat house next to it. For one afternoon, we were able to join the host for a visit in a vine dresser's house, were we had a nice stay because of the tasty food, vines and welcoming local people also spending their time in the cosy kitchen. The guest house is lovely furnished, so that we immediately felt at home. While being located at a hill just outside from Umbertide, it is a great starting point for visiting several spots for different activities, be it riding a scooter lent from a nice german expat, enjoy the nicely rebuilt city and churches in Assisi, pay a visit to the lively and beautiful city of Perugia or simply explore the beautiful ambience of the landscape typical for Umbria. We are very happy for having chosen this place for our honey moon and receiving the owners thoughtful hospitality. Also we greatly enjoyed the nice guests that stayed in the house, which we were able to meet in a nice and welcoming atmosphere. Thanks for the great vacation, ... 10/10! Will book again!

Rosalie Harrison Apr 2015

This was my third stay at Cai Meli. It is one of my favorite places on the planet. Beautiful and peaceful. There is nothing quite as perfect as an early morning cup of coffee watching the sunrise from the pool side Yoga studio or sipping a glass of red Umbrian wine on the terrace looking out on the Umbrian hills. I have stayed in the guesthouse with my family. I have also brought a retreat of 16 women from our book club. All the trips have been great. There are may beautiful towns to explore or just relax and read. A perfect place to unplug. Thanks James for a wonderful stay!! Visited April 2015

Ivan Zidek Jul 2014

My wife, two young boys and I spent a sunny and relaxing week at the self contained guest house. The kids loved the pool, which was always beautifully clean (tended daily by the caretaker) while we enjoyed the hot, Umbrian sun. Right from the moment I booked, James was at hand via email to answer all my questions. He gave plenty of great bits of local advice, like where to find the 'Porchetta van' for an amazing Sunday evening roadside roast pork sandwich, or how to buy freshly made, organic buffalo mozzarella (complete with tour of the farm). Early in the week, James arranged for the villa's chef to come to the house to teach us how to make different types of pasta. It was really fun for our boys as well as my wife and me, and just right for stocking the fridge with some good food for the rest of the holiday. Thanks for a lovely week

Remco Van Os Jul 2013

We spent our holiday in the main Villa and the place is really amazing. The cooking facilities and the outside lounge area are phenomenal. The villa is very spacious, cozy and fully equipped for a relaxing stay. The huge infinity swimming pool with it's beautiful view of the Umbrian hills and olive yards was definitely our favorite place to be. The pool was cleaned every day. We enjoyed fresh vegetables each day from the vegetable garden. The villa Caimeli is nearby a couple of very charming medieval towns definitely worth visiting. If you are looking for a peaceful and tranquil time away it is a perfect choice. James was very helpful and very prompt with his replies if we had any questions. Everything was well organised and ran smoothly. Thank you very much for our beautiful vacation and we will certainly come back.

To James, Sabine, Helen, and NormanWow!!! Our time at your beautiful Umbrian home exceeded our expectations in every way. From the sweet taste of the freshly picked figs warmed by the sum to our amazing view of the Milky Way whlie lying on your pool deck. Our vacation in Italy was special in every way. We cannot thank you enough for all of your warm hosptality. The guest house is spacious, modern and historically charming. The view from our porch is amazing, creating unforgettable meal time memories. Our slice of paradise will be forever treasured inour family memories.Thank you soooo muchRosalie, Clark, Carly, and Alex Harrison September 08United States

Dear James and familyWe would like to thankyou so much for the most wonderful holiday location that we could have wished for. We couldn't believe our eyes when we arrived, it felt as though we have arrived in heaven. We had the most fantastic time. The gardener was kind enouogh to give some of your produce o we we thooughly enjoyed. We have taken many photo's and video, not only so we can remember this wonderful place but also to recommend it to others. It is so hard to leave here but thankyou so much again.Andrew, Tina, Ellena and Nikos Barthan June 08United KingdomDear James and SabineMany thanks for your hosptality throughout our one week stay on your lovely property. Our property was very well equipped and extremely comfortable. The key highlights wee, of course, the stunning setting, the wonderfu poo, meals on the patio, and last but not least the supply of Helen and Norman as two new friends for our children. Good luck for the future and we hope to return before too long.Xavier, Fiona, Luke and Louis Plumley August 08United Kingdom

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This cottage is:

90km from the nearest beach 5km from the nearest bar 5km from the nearest restaurant 7km from the nearest supermarket 30km from perugia airport 225km from Rome Airport 180km from Firenze Airport 88.5km from Montefalco 56.3km from Assisi 170km from Florence 200km from rome

Sights and attractions

Historic site 20km Local food market 5km Museum 45km Shopping 15km Theatre 15km Cinema 15km

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Outside this cottage in Umbertide, Italy
This cottage is in the countryside near a lively area and mountains. It has a pool, a balcony, a barbecue and a garden. Car hire is necessary as the renter will need a car to get about for shopping, eating out and the beach; however parking is available if required.

Prices and availability

Updated 12 May 2017

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  • Arrive between 31 January - 31 March and receive 15% off if the booking is made 7 days before the arrival date.

If more than one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.



  • Cleaning

    £35.44 per booking, paid with booking



2 bedrooms, Sleeps 4:

  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 2 single beds and en suite

There is also 1 cot


4 bathrooms including 2 en suites, 2 Separate WC's

Swimming pool

Private pool, Size 17m x 4m, Depth 1.4m to 1.4m


CD player, DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet / WiFi, TV Languages in English, Local, Satellite / cable


Living area seats 6, Dining area seats 12, Central heating, Clothes drier, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire essential


Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster


Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Parking, Private garden



Suitable for

Children, Infants, Single gender groups

Extra information

Trampoline , balance line and WII for the children Yoga studo of 65 sq. meters available for a supplementary fee of Euro 500 per week.


Average rating from 3 reviews

Private Owner From Ulm, Germany Member since Nov 2007

Azienda Agraria Cai Meli was a dream come true to own an olive plantation in Umbria. Now I am enjoying my next stage in having other people enjoy everything about Umbria..

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Azienda Agraria Cai Meli was a dream come true to own an olive plantation in Umbria. Now I am enjoying my next stage in having other people enjoy everything about Umbria..

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