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Experience the Italian gourmet tradition inside the calm ambiance of the beautiful nature of Umbria's region. While being away from the chaos of crowded places, you will discover what an agriturismo vacation is all about: taste meals prepared from raw materials produced on a farm or locally, participate in daily farm activities, and learn how to cook with the special flavor that distinguishes the rural cuisine. There will be not regrets on living the simple life, relaxing in the peace of nature, and tasting the flavors of traditional local food.
During this vacation, you will spend seven nights at Agriturismo Villa Dama. Villa Dama is a few kilometers away from Gubbio, in the heart of the Umbria region, on the top of an mountain of 680 meters (2230 feet). It is surrounded by fields, woods, and natural paths, in a location where you may find a calm and silent atmosphere. The agriturismo is a tastefully restored old farmhouse situated in the middle of an organic farm of 150 hectares, at the bottom of Monte Cucco, a mountain of 5100 feet, with an exquisite naturalistic area that is a regional park since 1995. The main villa used to be an old family countryside house where to relax in the swimming pool, catch up with friends, and spend time away from the chaos of the city life.
Villa Dama has five cottages, all restored in stone with their original form, about 800 meters (0.5 miles) away from each other. Villa Dama is the main building’s name, where you can find the reception, the restaurant, the pool made of stone with hydro-massage, a sauna, and a Turkish bath. The other farm cottages are deep in the green, between the orchards and the woods of the estate Fattoria la Torre. By walking through the trails, you will reach the grown fields and the grazing animals. All rooms are comfortable and bright, simply furnished in traditional style; some with wrought-iron bed and wood beams on the ceiling, and some others with bathroom with hydro-massage tub. On the ground floor of each house, a living room with a fireplace is available to guests and it is much appreciated by groups of friends who stay there and have the opportunity to share it.
Every house is located in a panoramic position, has open space, is well-lit, and well equipped; there is also a private parking in each cottage. At Casale, there is a second pool made of stone, the children facilities, and the soccer field. The beauty and peace of this place are mainly due to its scenic location and distance from the city. The closest village is 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) away and can be reached via a partially paved road. Immediately upon arrival, you can see the landscape extending all the way towards the horizon, with nature being the true protagonist.
Surrounded by nature, the orchard, and the woods, this residence has been renovated in stone and offers a stay in total relax. The rooms are spacious and welcoming, with a typical rustic style, wrought iron beds, and a ceiling of wooden beams. On the ground floor, guests can enjoy the communal dining room with the fireplace and the outdoor facilities, which include a five-a-side football field and a new swimming pool. The pool, made in river stone, is situated just a few steps from the house and is surrounded by nature. Il Casale is situated on the estate of the Fattoria la Torre; by walking along the trails, you can reach cultivated fields, the orchard, and grazing animals. Large groups of friends can rent the whole house with exclusive use of the lounge, the kitchen and its wooden oven, and the swimming pool.
This residence, located about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) from Villa Dama, was originally built at the highest point of Torre dell’Olmo, not far from the ruins of the medieval tower. Its location offers a spectacular panoramic view. Guests can spend pleasant days outdoors by strolling through the old woodland of oaks and junipers, by relaxing in the sunshine in the garden, or by cooking on the wooden oven barbecue. The residence has two apartments, each with a kitchen, a fireplace, and a double bedroom on the ground floor.
It is the most suitable accommodation for those who want to be closer to a farm life. You can listen to the rooster crows in the morning and, from the balcony, see the pigs, the grazing cows, and the vegetable garden surrounded by woods and meadows, inhabited by red and roe deer. In this residence, guests can experience the everyday life of the farm, together with the people who work there. Above the oil mill, there are two welcoming apartments with a kitchen and a living room. People with disabilities can easily access this accommodation, thanks to the spacious outdoor area and the lift. On the ground floor, guests can enjoy a large communal living room with a central fireplace. The living room can also be rented for private parties. The nearest swimming pool is the one of il Casale, which is 500 meters (0.3 miles) away.
This residence is located in a very panoramic position, with a direct view of Monte Cucco and a spectacular view of the entire valley. The colorful rooms, some with Jacuzzi, are the ideal setting for a romantic getaway for couples. You can book an apartment with an outdoor barbecue. Large groups of guests can rent the whole residence and share the communal living room and kitchen on the ground floor. Outdoor areas are sunny and equipped with tables and deckchairs.
At the main mansion, there are two apartments on the top floor, overlooking the garden and the swimming pool. A small guest-house, located a few steps from the swimming pool, has four double bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning. The dining room and swimming pool are available to all guests.
This holiday will take place in Gubbio, Italy.
Everyday at Villa Dama, guests will begin their day with a hearty buffet breakfast enriched with cakes, jams, honey, yogurt, sweet bread, bread, and croissants, all homemade by the experienced hands of Luciana and Simone. In winter, they gather again for dinner at the large living-room with the big fireplace, and during summer months, at the beautiful rooftop terrace lit by lanterns.
Luciana and her colleagues serve traditional regional dishes from Umbria, prepared with the organic products from the farm, to food-lovers and those in search of authentic and traditional flavors. A daily choice of simple dishes, capable to recall traditional flavors and new aromas, are served following the seasonal rhythms of the countryside.
Villa Dama's products are sourced from the 170 hectares of its land; they are transformed in the butcher’s workshop, in the kitchen, and in the oil mill, and can be ordered and purchased at the agriturismo's shop. The pork meat is exclusively from free range pigs cinta senese and large white reared in the farm. The meat is prepared on site by a butcher, with the passion and experience, which was handed down by farmers. All products are prepared without the use of preservatives, additives, and flour, making them suitable for people with celiac disease. You will find bread and cakes, fresh eggs, fresh meat, honey, jams and preserves, oil, vegetables and fruits, and wine.
The bread is baked using a natural yeast starter; the cold cuts are prepared without the use of preservatives, following the expertise of a butcher, and are matured in the walk-in refrigerators of the farm; the pasta is homemade, pulled with the rolling pin; and all the meat is from free range or wild animals reared on the farm. The vegetables and the fruits are from the local garden and orchard, and the cakes are prepared with the eggs from local chickens. Luciana cooks using exclusively extra virgin olive oil, produced from the olives of the local farm, which are cold pressed in a traditional oil mill from 1956.
At Villa Dama, you can spend time reading in the shades of the old olive tree in the garden, walking within the rows of the vineyard surrounded by the silence of the nature, or sunbathing during the hot summer days. The two swimming pools are made of river stones and are available exclusively to the guests. With the poolside areas, jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room, enjoy moments of total relaxation. Sports enthusiasts can go mountain biking or walking on the trails that cross the agriturismo, play football in the five-a-side football field, or exercise in the outdoor facilities. Kids can enjoy the outdoor space by playing in one of the wooden playgrounds.
The closest airport to Villa Dama is Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi - Umbria International Airport (PEG).