Casa Archi - Maridiana Alpaca, Umbria

Property number 27432
3 bedroom country house listed by MARIDIANA srlcontact owner
Sleeps 6 · 3 bedrooms · 1 bathroom

Traditional two storey hillside house with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and extensive grounds to enjoy. Alpacas and Angora goats graze in the olive groves nearby.

Experienced owner
Owner has been accepting bookings since 2006
Infants welcome
This country house has a cot
Pets welcome
No special conditions. Dogs should not disturb other guests and the animals of the farm
Country house overview

MARIDIANA is one of the first certified agro-tourism (Farm stay), to be established in Umbria and the largest alpaca farm in Italy. It has been certified as "4 spighe" by the Umbria Region.

MARIDIANA has been running since 1983, when the Berna family decided to leave the congested city of Rome for a more rewarding life in the countryside of Umbria.

On the 30 ha of the farm (100 acres), alpacas graze freely in the olive groves, pasture lands and the woods.

They are beautiful and gentle animals whose natural coloured fibers are used to produce high quality garments and blankets that are available for sale in a small in-farm shop.

MARIDIANA offers two traditional carefully restored stone farmhouses for rental. Both spacious houses have magnificent panoramic views of the countryside. Both of the houses are decorated with traditional antique furniture of the family and are completely furnished with all modern comforts.

The stay at MARIDIANA is optimal for families who love nature and culture: children can freely play with the many friendly animals around the farm, while adults can enjoy the unique nature of the Umbrian countryside and its richness of art and history.

MARIDIANA is situated in the Northern part of Umbria just 10miles from the border with Tuscany. The historical hill towns of Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio and Cortona are all less than a 45 minutes drive from MARIDIANA.

The House (Casa Archi )
Casa degli Archi is a traditional two story farm-house, located adjacent to the Bernas home, but completely independent. The house, which dates back at 19th century, was recently renovated keeping the main characteristic of the rural traditional architecture but adding style and all modern comforts.
All the walls of the house are constructed with local stones, on the ceiling there are chestnuts beams and the roof is made of terra cotta tiles. The house is furnished with the family’s antiques that make the house particularly comfortable and elegant.

On the ground floor, you enter through the large kitchen and pass into the dining room and the large sitting room. There are many large arch-shaped windows with magnificent views of the farm and the Niccone valley below. From the dining room there are doors opening to the patio and the large private garden.

Next to the kitchen there is a cosy bedroom (2 single beds, can be put together) with its own private access to the garden.

A wooden staircase leads to the upper floor, where the other 2 bedrooms are located. The first bedroom has a spectacular view, a queen-size bed and a spacious en-suite bathroom.

Both bedrooms have plentiful closet space and large dressers.

The second bedroom has 2 single beds that can be made-up together, if requested. A bathroom with a shower is located in the hallway just next to the bedroom.

What to do
MARIDIANA is situated close to the border between Umbria and Tuscany, 30 Km north from Perugia in the Upper Tiber Valley. UMBRIA is known worldwide as the “green heart of Italy”, for the magnificent nature of its territory. The area is also renown for its historic and cultural heritage. The historic hill towns of Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Gubbio, Siena and Cortona are only a 30-60 minute drive from Maridiana

MARIDIANA offers more than the average farm-stay, because it is the only one in Italy to combine the breeding of woollen animals with handicraft production and rural tourism.

While children freely play with the many animals on the farm, adults can have pleasant walks in the nature or… relax in the garden and enjoy the beautiful view of the valley.

Around the farm, there are well marked walking paths, of various lengths and difficulties, through the woods reaching the crest of the hills from where marvellous panoramas can be enjoyed.

Guests will also be given maps (or can be guided) for visits to traditional handicrafts laboratories, (ceramics, wood carvings, wax objects), eno-gastronomic sites (wine tasting, truffles hunting, honey processing) and undiscovered places to eat local dishes in family run "trattorias".

At MARIDIANA there is a well stocked shop where scarves, sweaters, gloves, throw blankets and bedspreads produced with the fine fibers of the alpacas and the angora goats raised in the farm are available for sale. Each of the products is unique in its style, hand made/handy crafted, natural coloured, extremely warm and with a touch of Italian design!

At the nearby Lake Trasimeno, a 70 square mile lake, the largest lake in central Italy, swimming, sailing and surfing are attractive sports activities. Modern tennis courts, both indoor and outdoor and an Olympic size swimming pool are available in Umbertide just 4 miles away from the farm.

Also at 20 minutes driving distance there are two exclusive golf clubs, one is a nine hole course, other is an 18 hole course (in a magnificent recently restored medieval castle). Two horsebackriding centres, available for private lessons or for rides in the countryside, are just at 15 minutes away.

The Berna family can assist you in organizing personalized sightseeing tours away from the most common tourist routes for the discovery of ancient castles, monasteries and art sites of unforgettable value!
Many nearby historic towns stage festive enactments of jousts and horse races, complete with music, parades, medieval costumes and colourful flag throwers.

Moreover, in the area guests can enjoy celebrated music festivals, theatrical events and art exhibitions.

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Rooms and beds
Bedroom 1
1 double bed with ensuite bathroom
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
2 single beds
Other beds
1 cot
1 bathroom including 1 ensuite
Private garden
TV with satellite / cable
Central heating
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5 out of 5 people recommended staying here
Family from Silverton, USA · July 2018
Our stay at Meridiana was a highlight of our first ever Italian vacation. The location is incredibly beautiful, the home we stayed in very clean and filled with all we needed for a comfortable stay, and the hosts were welcoming, and made arrangements for us to enjoy local wineries, truffles, and food. This is a place I want to return to again and...
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Dear Naseem, I am very pleased to have received your special review, for which I warmly thank you. It was also for us a great pleasure to have met you and your family and hope to remain in contact. I am waiting for your book! Cari saluti to all of you Gianni

Family from Claremont, USA · November 2017
We wished we had more time! The farm is a beautiful location in the Italian Countryside. It is a great respite from the bustling cities and not too far from several lovely hilltop towns. We hope to return soon. The house was exactly what you would hope for with beamed ceilings and hand made window shutters. The heater worked great and we were...
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From Lake Katonah, USA · May 2012
The property far exceeded our expectations. We travel extensively and this was certainly one of the most beautiful properties weve enjoyed. Exquisite views, lovely home and gracious hosts. Would love to come back.
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Essential - Shops, bars and restaurants are not within walking distance
Nearby places
Nearest supermarket 5km
Nearest bar 3km
Nearest Restaurant 5km
Perugia 20km
Rome 220km
Rome 200km
Florence 150km
Milan 400km
Assisi / Gubbio/Lake Trasimeno 40km
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Useful information
Check in: 14:00
Check out: 10:00
Infants welcome
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets allowed
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You will incur charges depending on when you cancel a booking.
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Listed by MARIDIANA srl
Private owner from Italy · Joined in 2006
Average rating from 7 reviews
Gianni and Marisa Berna moved from Rome to Umbertide in 1988 where they reconstructed an old rural compound, where they created their home and other two houses for rental. Since then they were visited by many tourists from States, Australia, Europe with whom have been built strong friendship liasons. Marisa has been a teacher in the local schools, Gianni has an economist has promoted local projects in new agriculture: ecotourism, renewable energies, natural fibers.
Past bookings: 19 bookings
Number of properties: 2
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