New in 2017: a large natural swimming pond with child's bath: no chlorine, no salt. Plants, planted in a separated part, purify the water, a real treat for your skin.
'Da Nonna' (at Granny's) is part of the 'casetta degli angeli' (angel's house), a modest villa located in a romantic private park of 2 ha.(5 acres) on a historical site, in (Etruscan) Central Italy. Because of its beauty the current owners named the site 'al settimo cielo' (in seventh heaven).
al settimo cielo is 'the place to be' for people seeking for rest and peacefulness, an ideal place for nature lovers, writers, readers, composers, musicians, parents with (small) children.
‘Da Nonna’ (at Granny's) is a two to four persons lodging in a villa in romantic 2 ha.'s parc on a historical site. For 2 people it's a romantic lovenest, but it serves also for parents with children (one sleep is on the so called 'mezzanino').
‘Da Nonna’ is furnished in a personal way with a mix of modern&vintage furniture. The art is for sale; so you may not have the same artworks as shown on the photo's. You will find music equipment and some cd's, but don't hesitate to bring your own music.
Besides the central ( gas) heating, there is a wood stove. Wood can be provided.
The bedrooms have 2 single beds, that can be turned into a double bed. One of the bed rooms is on the mezzanine. A child's bed is available on request.
You'll find a modest bathroom with shower, toilet,bidet and wash basin. (Mostly liquid) soap and shampoo are available.
The kitchen is well equipped: plenty of crockery. You don't need to go for shopping immediately after your arrival. You will find a basket with surprises to satisfy your first hunger and thurst. Basic ingredients like peper, salt, oil and vinegar are on hand. This is all free.
You will find blankets+sheets on the beds; also towels are at disposal (incuded in the price). Only if you would like to get more sheets and towels than we make available, we will charge you extra. Hereunder you will find more about this.
If you might need a large towel to lie on, please bring it yourself.
Although it occurs very rarely, you might have neighbours, lodged in the next door lodging under the same roof.
A private garden with plenty of garden furniture belongs to the apartments.
Acesso dos hóspedes
Da Nonna's garden:
A private garden belongs to the 'casetta degli angeli'. If there are other guests you will have to share the garden, which is big enough not to hamper one another.
You will find plenty of garden furniture.
'Da nonna' lies in a sun protected area of the parc, which is an advantage in the hot summer months. This does not mean that you cannot take a sun bath. You can choose sun or shadow in the apartment garden.
Use of alsettimo cielo's parc:
You may use the new natural swimming pond from 10.00 in the morning to 18.00 in the evening. Rarely you will have to share the pond with other guests.
Apart from 'Da Nonna's' garden the entire parc is at disposal to dwell around, to enjoy the panorama's, to daydream, read and to watch the life in the several ponds. If you prefer to put a deckchair at the pond, go ahead; do you prefer a more uphill spot, it is also o.k.
Just one piece of the parc is in use by the owners. They would appreciate if you would respect their privacy. This request doesn't mean that you couldn't enjoy the stunning views from the 'upper garden', a panorama of a fantastic landscape about 80 km's far! From there you can also see the famous cathedral of Orvieto as a major object in the surrounding landscape.
Furthermore you will find some walls on the property consisting of 'sabbia di mare' (seasand); they are the relics of the glacial period, when this area used to be sea.
You can find the tracks of the Etruscans who lived here 3000 years ago. The caves carved out by them, are still in use, for example as communal kitchen and a room for multiple use, like exhibitions, concerts, art studio etc.
The parc has no neighbours. The nights are dark, the sky is full of stars. The deafening silence may even be frightening in the beginning! The only sounds that you will hear, are the sounds of nature. If you are lucky (and quiet enough) you will have a chance to see some wildlife like squirrels, porcupines, wild boars, fox and even a badger (of whom we think that he is living on the property).
The site is perfect for relaxation, reading, thinking, dwelling around, playing and cooking together.
The site inspires your creativity in a compelling way. If you are not yet a fine arts practitioner, your career will start here! The owners will gladly provide you fine arts materials and, upon request at your booking, an art teacher, if available.
Price to be agreed in advance.
The site is challenging for children's fantasy. There is a large natural swimming pond with a separated part for small children, a big swing, plenty material for building huts etc. Furtheron the kids will bring their fantasy, that will keep them busy.
Interação com os hóspedes
You choose us because of our personal approach and flexibility.
We are extremely flexible. You may choose: from self care to fresh bread in the morning.
Twice a week you can enjoy our 'table d'hôte' with heavenly meals made by the owners, wine out of Bacchus's jars (25 euro p.p.p.dinner).
On request we provide you of fine arts materials. If you wish, we may try to arrange a teacher. On request we organize half a day/one day cooking classes, felting, potterie painting, raku, (thematic) trekkings and so on. Price depends on the exact deal.
Out of the many positive reviews, we cite only a small number:
“ Very nice place to be!!
We have very much enjoyed the peace and quiet of the property. The same goes for the hospitality of the owners. ‘Da Nonna’ is an excellent place to stay with sufficient conveniences, good beds and a fully equipped kitchen. Dwelling around the garden and sitting in it, is really enjoyable. The surroundings offer plenty of possibilities to visit and many things to do, like walking, hiking, biking etc. Fresh bread in the morning, baked by the owners completed our stay. We certainly plan to come back.
Saskia and Hans, the Netherlands.”
“ A wonderful place for nature lovers
We were welcomed most cordially by our hosts, who continued to look after us throughout our stay and gave us opportunities in the local area that we'd certainly not have had without their help. Our little house was very fully equipped and we enjoyed cooking the very good local produce. The calm and peace of the countryside is delightful after a busy life, with fireflies and nightingale in the evening and dappled sunlight and birdsong for breakfast. We divided our stay between walking locally and travelling further afield to the attractions of an area steeped in history and culture.
David and jenny, UK.”
“ a tranquil base for exploring Umbria
Our stay at Da Nonna's could not have been better. The appartment is cosy and well equipped, and the owners are very hospitable, catering to your every need. The best thing about this place is the location, though. Wonderful hiking opportunities, bird-spotting, wildlife, as well as dozens of quaint Umbria villages. Knowing Umbria as the back of their hand, Edith and Willem will gladly help you to put together a list of sights and activities. Thanks to them, we had a lovely week, filled with unique experiences.
NSN, the Netherlands.”
"We stayed in the 'casetta degli angeli' at alsettimocielo over the wint(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) period for three and a half months. If there was a heaven on earth then this is the place to be. A stunningly tranquil setting to structure my book disturbed only by the wildlife. Observing nature through the seasonal changes (even through one of the harshest winters of recent years!) we found meditative, spiritual and rewarding. We left here with a new language, a love of Italian food and a refreshed zest for life.
Edith and Willem have made us both feel welcome and have been both helpful and accommodating since the day we arrived. As tour guides, they are informative and passionate towards sharing their knowledge and love of this beautiful area of Italy. As multi linguists they possess a wicked, dry sense of humour!
We hope to return to 'Seventh Heaven' in the near future.
Alice and Leslie Pearson x"
Redcar, UK (but always travelling around the world)
We try to live as sustainable as possible. Water is the new gold of the world, specially in the mediterrenean countries. We expressively ask you to be mindful with water. If it might take long to get hot water for your shower, please don't let it stream away, but collect the water in a bucket and later use it to wash your vegetables and/or to water the plants outside.
Please keep an eye on your children and tell them not to open the taps in the garden. Please take short showers and don't waste water.
If the weather in July and August is very hot, we sometimes have to cope with a lack of water for the garden. So don't get upset if the grass isn't green.
We try to prevent superfluous washing. Therefor we provide you of one set of towels and one set of bed linen per person per week. Our starting point is that your body is clean when you dry it and when you step into your bed. In case you would like to have more, we will charge you for it.
In all seasons we charge for gas according to consumption and electricity 2,65 euro per day.
In case you would like to stay for longer than a holiday please get in touch. It is a heavenly spot, perfect for writing a book, composing music, concentrating on creative work like sculpture, ceramics, painting etc.
Most important: no smoking. Although the house consists of two apartments (with each a kitchen and a bathroom) plus a separate bedroom with a big bathroom, we rent out the whole to garantuee the highest privacy.
Of course the apartments are clean, when you arrive, but we expect you to clean the apartment yourself during your stay, although we can provide extra cleaning. Price by mutual agreement. Please take into account that water is a scarse item in summer. Respect the ones who are living on the property; wildlife is amongst them. Check-in time by mutual agreement. Further rules to be found in the house.
After having worked as (Dutch) lawyers over 35 years we , Willem Smit and Edith Brons, decided to change track and to dedicate ourselves to another passion, arts. We have always had a wide interest in arts. A few years ago we got in touch with the meditative power of sculpturing ‘al fresco’ in the wonderful Italian landscape. That was very inspiring. We wished to share this experience with other people. So in 2004 we started undertaking the search for an inspiring spot in central Italy. Three years of efforts were rewarded: finally we found a wonderful, poetical spot in the south of Umbria. The location is more than ideal just between Rome and Florence, easily accessible both by public transport and by car. One year we have been working on the preparation of the property and the accommodations. It has really been tough to reach the seventh heaven!
Our creative force is in the development of ideas, bringing the right people together, to stimulate and to create the proper basic provisions, like housing, materials and tools, tasteful meals, good music, inspiring excursions etc.
5 thing we cannot live without: our children, eachother, our family, friends, art...
Our favourite travel destinations: Italy, Spain, France, Portugal are our favourites until now; we still have many wishes: East Asia, South America, China (for a ceramic tour).
Books to many to mention: we have been reading all our lives and still do. Shows? we are not very fond on shows, unless you can consider Cirque du Soleil as show. Music: omnivores: 60's and 70's (Bob Dylan, Stones, Beatles etc. etc), jazz, classical musi (chamber music), Spanish folk and the pop based on this music( Tomatito, El Barrio and many others), fado (even Duitch fado!), worldmusic like Anour Brahem etc.etc.. We now are discovering Italian pop based on Italian folk (e.g. tarantapop, Eugenio Bennato), .
Food is very important to us; therefore we partially live in Italy! We love cooking good fresh food from the region, honestly prepared. We love long dinners with family and friends.
Please read the reviews to know how it is like to have us as a host.
Life motto? Enjoy life, try to forgive and do not put too much energy in regretting things you might have done wrongly, try to avoid stress.