“La Tenuta di Murlo is a secluded and privately owned estate in an idyllic Renaissance landscape, with limitless unbroken views and ideally positioned for excursions to the finest cultural highlights in Europe. There are five villas for rent - Caminata, Torre, San Savino, Santa Croce and Subtillia, all reached via several kilometres (in some cases) of dirt track, so hiring a car is essential, though Perugia airport is only 25 minutes away. Each villa has its own unique character, decorated in individual style under owner Carlottas’ careful eye, with plush sofas, cool sitting rooms, thick masonry walls against the summer hear, huge master bedrooms, and fabulous gardens and terraces with views for miles, and pools to die for. A couple of the villas can be split up into apartments for smaller family groups. They have daily maid service, plus breakfast in a box delivered from the estate restaurant, and meals can also be cooked by the restaurant's chefs in situ, if required.
The restaurant is at the entrance to the estate, next to the 18 hole Robert Trent Jones Jr designed golf course, so for golfers this is a paradise, though for non-golfers it’s far enough away from the villas for this not to feel like a golfing resort, which it certainly isn’t. It serves a mix of good local dishes. To relieve the seclusion - this would be an ideal place for a novel writer, for example - the position of the estate makes it a near perfect base for exploring the cultural gems of central Italy - Todi, Assisi, Cortona, Florence and Rome, as well as charming local hill villages you will never have heard of, such as Montone.
In short, La Tenuta di Murlo has a perfect combination of total but relaxed comfort, restful seclusion, stunning landscape and gardens, fabulous food, and easy to reach culture when you want it. The only thing they are lacking is an estate spa, though they do offer in villa treatments, yoga and guided meditation. But they are working on the spa. Watch this space!”
Written by James Dunford Wood
“Immersed in nature and history, in an ancient private estate stretching over thousands of hectares that has been in the same family for generations, Tenuta di Murlo (also referred to as the “Estate” or “Murlo”) offers the ultimate Umbrian retreat with just five private villas, three apartments and two cottages, enjoying five-star services and access to the Estate’s exclusive restaurant and the 18-hole championship golf of Antognolla.
A natural reserve in Italy’s ‘green heart’, Tenuta di Murlo bestows upon guests the sounds and silence, sights and scenes of the region’s great and glorious outdoors, whatever the season. From spring’s fragrant fields of wildflowers and bursting meadows to summer’s sunlight that illuminates valleys and dapples through trees; from autumn’s celebration of ruby reds, burnt oranges and deep ambers to the serene shimmering magic of winter’s whites.
Life and legacy are abundant, and pristine privacy ensured. The medieval castles of Murlo and Antognolla triumphantly tower over the Estate’s harmony of hills, vales and woods, bestrewn with olive groves, cypress trees, rivers and lakes. Wild boar, fallow deer, pheasant, hare, porcupine, partridge, foxes, wolves and an array of birdlife roam and fly free in Murlo’s thick Holm oak forest. Whether admired from a distance or appreciated up close, guests can use their secluded villa base to relax and rejuvenate, to enjoy the many nature-inspired onsite activities, or to embark on a sightseeing day trip of the region’s art and cultural wonders.”