The House is located with 4 other stone houses near the main entrance house to the town. These houses form a picturesque grouping which has been painted by artists. It consists of 2 floors over an older house, now the Cantina, with original cotta floors. To the side is located a more modern single garage with a terrace over.
Surrounding the house outside are several distinct external areas including an entrance courtyard, 2 tiled terraces and 3 levels of gravelled terraces with extensive views to the burgo of Giano and the surrounding countryside. To the side of the house is an older path which offers an alternative route to the village (with street lighting at night) with stunning views over the valley to Assisi (35 kilometres) and mountains beyond. Externally the house has a mature almond tree, an olive tree and several mature figs and two tiled terraces. The principal terrace is accessed directly from the house and has water and external lighting, a further terrace over the garage provides additional outdoor space for dining/seating. The property is entered via double gates from a small lane direct into the courtyard with space for a small car and access to the garage. The Cantina is accessed from the side of the main house.
Inside, the house has been fully renovated in recent years with new roof with mandatory earthquake protection provided in 2014/15. The house is fully decorated in neutral colours and is ready for immediate occupation. All floors are tiled, some marble and are in good condition. Inside the house are 2 floors of accommodation providing 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, a bright kitchen / living room, with separate utility space, accessed via a large marble tiled staircase connecting the two floors. All bathroom and kitchen fittings are supplied as part of the sale.
On the ground/ entrance level is the main entrance hall with marble tiled staircase to the first floor above. Off the entrance hall is a utility room with boiler for water and heating, a downstairs WC and washing machine. The principal bedroom suite is located on this floor, and has a bedroom with original fireplace and stufa (stove) and a connecting dressing room providing wardrobe, shower and vanitory unit. A glazed door from this room provides access to a small terrace with views to the village and the valley below. All rooms have windows making the house light and bright.
On the first floor is located the second double bedroom with its own full sized bathroom, accessed from the main landing. Also off the landing on this level is located the main living/kitchen room with space for sofa (currently sofabed), dining table and all kitchen units. Direct from this level is located the main terrace which allows extensive outdoor dining, convenient to the adjacent kitchen.
Both the main rooms on this upper floor have raised ceilings with additional roof lighting to the living area. The house has windows on 4 aspects plus roof lighting, and so is very bright with lots of cross ventilation and has a spacious feel with easy access to the terraces for entertaining, outdoor living, and for family and pets.
Garage and Cantina
Externally – the garage is dry, has electric power and is fully dry-lined with electric power, lighting and cold water via an old stone sink. Currently used for storage, it could be used as an additional summer sleeping space with minimal work. Sliding doors internally (as provided) can allow this conversion. The Cantina, at lower ground floor below the main house, is dry and allows for storage and currently contains extra drinks storage and a large fridge freezer, included in the sale.
The house is connected to mains water, gas and electricity and mains drains. All kitchen and bathrooms fittings are included in the sale and the house is available with furniture as listed.
Notes on Giano
Giano Dell’ Umbria is a 13-15th Century walled town (or borgo) located in the Perugia province of central Umbria. The picturesque landscape of rolling hills which surrounds the town is typical of this region of Umbria, with rows of olive trees and other ancient species, dotted amongst these are clusters of houses, winding paths and active farms. At 540m above sea level, Giano – an ‘Antico borgo medievale’, is a special place associated with the Ancient pagan god ‘Janus’ and has several ancient churches, medieval walls and stone gateways and is located in one of the most famous regions in Italy for the production of olive oil. The town has its own Frantoio (olive press/ mill) ‘Speranza’, located just metres from the house. The town and surrounding countryside is ideal for walking, cycling, mountain biking & hiking and is located on a National hiking route. Extending above the town are the picturesque Martani mountains and at the peak (1,094m) is the famous ‘Refugio Di San Gaspare’, which serves food in a typical Umbrian style and is renowned locally as a venue for Sunday meals and family celebrations.
Below the town is the famous ‘Abbey of San Felice’, (12th to 19th century), which provides a striking vista from the parts of the town. Open to visitors and it also hosts occasional concerts and public events – it is reachable both by road and by walking path from the house. Giano has a local daily bus service to/from Spoleto and nearby villages with a bus stop located just below the house – ideal for those who don’t want to drive.
The town of Giano has a small range of services including an active Church, Post office, Commune office, Pharmacy and 2 small cafe’s / bars, and a tennis club. Just 1km above the town, a small hotel /restaurant provides bar and dining services and is within easy walking distance from the house. At Bastardo (just 4km from the town) are further services with large supermarkets, banks, general shops, a butcher, bars/ gellateria, hardware store, sports club and other many other shops and services.
With elevated views over the Valle Umbria, the house and garden have views of the borgo of Giano itself and distant views of Montefalco, Assisi, Trevi and Gualdo Cattaneo, as well as several smaller towns.
Giano is located centrally within the Valle D’Umbra and many of it’s most famous hill towns are nearby, including Bevagna & Montefalco (both 10 minutes drive), Trevi (15 minutes) and Spello, Todi and Spoleto (20 minutes). Many of these towns have cultural and summer festivals including the world renowned ‘Festival De Due Mondi’ in Spoleto in June and the ‘Fuga del Bove’ in Montefalco in August.
From Giano, the international airport at Perugia is 45 minutes’ drive, the E45 route (at Ripabianca) is 25 minutes’ drive & the A1 (at Orte) is 40 minutes’ drive via Massa Martana.
Total driving time to Rome is 1 hour 40 minutes, making the house a suitable weekend home.
- Energy Efficiency Class
- Good condition