Umbria farmhouse accommodation in Italy

“Get back to nature on this 250-acre organic farm in Umbria. Home-cooked food, a swimming pool and kids’ activities mean it’s family friendly, too.”

Highlights

Accommodation in a 14th century farmhouse and surrounding houses | restaurant serving homemade organic food | swimming pool | horse riding | guided nature walks | pasta making workshops | activities for children |open-air ecology lab

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
In 1998 we created the Wizard's Garden, an open-air ecology lab within the farm, where our guests can get information about local wildlife from 8 posters in wooden boards (1 for any habitat). Since 2006 we co-operate with the local Natural History Museum in Candeleto Oasis, projecting their ecological path and organizing guided visits and eco-culture events.

In 2007 we created the Carpina Valley Nature Guidebook "Il Giardino del Mago", an illustrated handbook for leaf identifying in Pietralunga Forest, printed on Greenpeace recycled paper (and since now we are running a blog about the Pietralunga Forest wildlife); once a week, we organize guided nature walks.

On our farm we produce green ENERGY with 2 solar PV systems grid connected (a 20 KW solar array in a hidden farm corner + a 10 KW PV system on the barn roof ) and we adopt energy saving measures such as using high efficiency rating ridges and freezers, long-life/low-energy bulbs, small kettles to decrease water and power useage.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We work in partnership with the local community (we were born here!) by:

- setting up a cooperative (CARDEA) for environmental education activities, to educate the community about the need for conservation and the benefits of preserving the local habitat;

- we transformed our farm into a teaching farm: the local schools come several times a year for projects on organic agriculture, ecology and ecotourism;

- setting up a group (the Carpina Valley Association) for responsible tourism in the Upper Tiber Valley territory (encouraging guests to visit local communities and get involved; printing the Carpina Valley Card, a passpartout to locally owned restaurants, organic local food and handmade crafts shops)

- campaigning for the Authentic Village of Pietralunga and for the Undiscovered Carpina Valley together with associations and the Town Council.

- We used traditional building methods with locally available materials and local craftsmen/builders; we grow our own fruit and veg (and animals): the food we don't produce we buy organic, as well, locally and seasonally available.

Climate

3 Reviews of Umbria farmhouse accommodation in Italy

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Reviewed on 13 Aug 2018 by

Relaxing, away from crowds, there is a choice to completely cut off and enjoy what the farm has to offer or combine with trips to local medieval towns Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2017 by

Many memorable moments, but probably the bell ringers in Gubbio, the Medieval procession in Montane and the guided walk with Gino and new friends also staying at La Cerqua. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2017 by

This is a superb place for a relaxing and fascinating vacation in the Umbrian countryside. Welcoming hosts, beautiful, peaceful surroundings, guided walks, horse-riding, organic food and a small pool on site. Fantastic forest walks, breathtaking views and medieval villages and towns all nearby. Read full review

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