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Stunningly Restored Barn, Infinity Pool, Peaceful Village

Bedrooms 3
Space 150 m²
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Short Drive from Spoleto, 17th Century Barn with Stunning Views

Whether you are looking for a peaceful getaway with endless days by the pool or a central base from which to explore southern Umbria's endless cultural offerings, Le Stalle fulfils both choices and more. Le Stalle beckons in all seasons. In autumn, take long walks through the surrounding woods and sample the just pressed olive oil. In winter, snuggle by the fire and revel in Spoleto's holiday festivities. The 17th century barn is now a home after a loving, five-year process which involved the work of two amazing architects and expert local craftsmen. We were thrilled to take residence there in June, 2008, and welcomed our first renters shortly thereafter. Le Stalle is a two storey, 170 sq.m., three-bedroom, 3 bath home. All rooms view the valley and medieval towns dotting the hilltops.

In the restoration of Le Stalle, we have preserved, as much as possible, its original structure and overall feel. Where, for example, it was structurally better to rebuild, as opposed to restore, we did so using both old and new materials. We are committed to making Le Stalle environmentally low impact, and thus have used local supplies and traditional methods where possible.

In terms of style, Le Stalle will highlight the aesthetics of both modern and antique Italian design. It will also contain our favorite pieces gathered during our years abroad in both Europe and Asia. Our hope is that you will find great comfort in the beauty and simplicity of Italian design enriched by elements of the centuries old silk road trading route between Europe and Asia.

Geppa is accessed by paved road.

17th century buildings do not readily conform to easy access. Le Stalle is built on two levels and a stairwell connects the levels. One can access the lower level by taking a dirt road that weaves around to the front of Le Stalle.

The infinity pool measures approximately 170sq.m, is oval in shape and blends into the natural surroundings. The water flows over one side into a stream for children (and adults) to play in, and at the other side is a hydro massage unit. both are unheated. The extensive landscaped grounds have olive and fruit trees. The pool is located below Le Stalle and connected by a set of stairs. The pool is shared with guests or owners of two nearby single family homes and the palazzo next door which has four apartments.

Umbria is the 'green heart' of Italy - the only region without sea coast. That said, one can access the coast by car in 60-90 minutes.

There is skiing at Frontignano in the Sibillini Mountains, about 1 hour away by car. The season lasts from Christmas until April and there are several ski lifts.

Superbly situated, Geppa is a ninety minute drive from the center of Rome and about 2 hours from both of Rome’s main airports. One can also fly to Ancona, about 2 hours away, and rent a car there. A car is recommended, though one can take a train to Spoleto from Rome and pick up a rental car there.

One can access the closest shops in a five minute drive. Wonderful restaurants are plentiful.

The hamlet of Geppa is home to several Italian families (as well as about twenty sheep.) One of the families is available to cook evening meals featuring the specialties of the zone.

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Katherine Young
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
26 March, 2017

About Katherine Young

After stints in international schools in London, Athens, Lugano, and Taipei, Taiwan, Italy beckoned. Here in Rome, Leon teaches literature, while serving as Department Chair for the English department. I also teach English, and we both work in the boarding facility at our school. I also continue to run a small business which brings handwoven silk clothing into the United States. While we miss much about Asia, we adore the chance to explore Rome and be near our home.

Katherine Young purchased this barn in 2003

Why Katherine Young chose Perugia area

After five years of living in Taipei, we longed for the beauty of Italy and so, in the summer of 2003, we searched in Tuscany and Umbria for a place of peace. We found Le Stalle in its unrestored splendor the day before we saw it officially with our real estate agent. Our decision to pursue this property was instantaneous. The position of this 17th c barn, the mountain and valley views, the surrounding countryside, the ease of access to Spoleto, Rome, Assisi, Perugia, the warm welcome from the Italian neighbors all coalesced and compelled us to move ahead.

What makes this barn unique

Le Stalle offers a brilliant balance. You can explore Italian art and culture in the myriad of cities accessible: Spoleto, Trevi, Bevagna, Montefalco, Perugia, Todi, Rome.... The valley of the Valnerina is reknown for its beauty and has been granted World Heritage status, thus building new is very difficult (restoring old can be as well!) That said, a five minute drive down the hill one finds a cafe, post office and soon to arrive restaurant. Exquisite villages, Spoleto, more restaurants than one could ever hope to sample, the most sublime art, gorgeous walking and cycling opportunities are all within easy reach. You can arrange yourself on the terrace, taking in the views and natural scenery, move to the infinity pool or in cooler weather, snuggle in front of a fire. We restored and furnished the house as if we were going to live there year round, so it is filled with favorite pieces from both Asia and Italy and offers comfort in whatever season. The well-stocked kitchen should accommodate those who want to cook, but if anyone prefers, our Italian neighbor prepares wonderful local cuisine and delivers to the terrace or living room. In our minds, Le Stalle offers the best of all worlds. Utterly peaceful, the only sounds are the bells of nearby sheep.

Guestbook comments from the owner

May 3, 2015

Your villa in Geppa is magical. Next stop is heaven. No need for movies or music. The view of the mountainside and songs of the birds is all you need. Perfect place to decompress and commune with the beauty of nature, especially after busy city life in Roma. Signora’s cooking is outstanding, from the homemade pasta with truffle sauce to wild boar stewed in wine, hearty Umbrian cuisine at its best. The region is full of small towns to explore and has everything from medieval towers and castles, Roman arches and the finest Renaissance frescoes. Now for the villa. We are in love with all the details, the beamed ceiling, big wooden country doors, rustic dining table, and stone sinks. All appointed by stunning Asian antiques. Many many thanks for sharing this little bit of heaven with us. J and T and family, Rhode Island
May 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn rental in Vallo di Nera, Italy

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • En suite 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    En suite 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    En suite 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with bathtub, walk in shower, 17th c marble sink, wc. En-suite bathroom to bedroom 2 with walk-in shower, sink, wc. En-suite bathroom to bedroom 3 with walk-in shower, sink, wc.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed
  • Chestnut floors in upstairs (Bedroom 1 & 2) and polished concrete in downstairs (bedroom 3.) Radiant floor heating throughout.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
The kitchen offers a custom built island housing an 18th century stone sink, dishwasher, work and dining space. In addition to a stove, oven and refrigerator, coffee pot, place settings for ten, all necessary pots and pans, glasses and dishes. Pantry is located adjacent to kitchen and offers additional storage space, as well as a washer. The living & dining areas are combined. The brick fireplace and original niche create an intimate lounge area. The dining table enjoys views of the garden and valley beyond. The ground floor is polished concrete. Original archway leads to kitchen. An original arched doorway leads from the kitchen to a covered terrace, ideal for dining. From here, one may gaze out to the beautiful valley, or closer in, Geppa's central fountain, or possibly the local sheep that might be quenching their thirst. Linens and duvets, as well as towels, both for the shower and pool are provided. Maid service is an additional charge and happens weekly.


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Stunningly Restored Barn, Infinity Pool, Peaceful Village
average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews

An amazing Italian farmhouse in the Umbrian hills

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of four friends who traveled from New York for three days in Rome and then a week in Umbria. We stayed at Le Stalle, which met all our needs and was so cozy and comfortable that we hardly wanted to leave. But we did go out each morning to explore another part of Umbria -- Spoleto, Spello, Bavagna, Perugia for cooking class, Assisi to ride bicycles, Montefalco for vineyards, Gubbio for a tour, and much more. Plus hiking and swimming right on the property. The house is fully stocked with everything you need, plus has three bedrooms with queen beds and a pull-out bed in the living room, plus a fireplace. The next-door neighbor, Senora Andreina, will cook dinner for you. We had a wonderful meal and the leftovers fed us for another day or two! The house is beautifully decorated with a mixture of old and new. It was perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A welcoming respite tucked in the hills of Nero

  • 5 of 5

Tucked amid the Umbrian hills in the tiny hamlet of Geppa, Le Stalle is a rustic shining gem. The stone and wood barn that was my home for one magical week in September is magnificently restored. Walls of stone and wood, beams of hewn logs, original barn doors lovingly set in arched doorways- creates a snug, immaculate, and artistically decorated respite from day trips in the hill region of Italy. My bedroom included a handsome Buddha, a head board that must have been a barn door from elsewhere in Umbra, beautifully set windows that open to the fresh air and the magnificent views - and the sound of gurgling water that feeds the trough for the livestock.

This house is equipped with everything a traveler needs. There are down comforters and a fire place for chilly nights, three well appointed bathrooms, a kitchen with a gas cook top, convection oven, plenty of pots for Italian pastas and sauces, and on and on!

Included on the property is an infinity pool that seems to slide over the mountain top. There is a generous terrace at the pool for reading and a covered area if the sun is too intense.

All of this is set among lavender, rosemary, roses, beautiful burst of color and a 100 hues of green- trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs that I had never seen before.

We used Le Stalle as a launch pad to explore several hill towns in this lush area- Spoleta, Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio, Spello, and others.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Breathtaking break in Geppa

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the little village of Geppa in Le Stalle a beautifully renovated house. The first thing that struck us was how well equipped it was with beautiful details like old stone sinks and ancient double doors. We loved the peace it fills you with from the stunning views across the valley as you sit sipping coffee on the terrace. To the amazing views from the infinity pool. The pool is an incredible addition, so well designed and so gorgeous to be in. We ordered the meal from Senora Eresia and it didn't fail to impress, it was a good move to have it the first night we got there as it was truely an Italian experience, delicious! They are all lovely and very friendly even though my Italian fell short most of the time. If you stay there virtually all the restaurants are good and there's plenty of advice for near and far ones. One thing do go to see the waterfalls they are sensational and worth the trip.

It was rather wonderful to feel the relaxation sinking into you day by day surrounded by the Apennines and this perfectly restored house. It felt like home after the first week and we literally had to tear ourselves away to go back to England. For anyone looking to restore their inner calm, shake off the stressful life then this is the place. It is a secret valley in Umbria, full of charm and delight. We wish we could transport ourselves back today we loved it that much. Thank you Katherine for sharing it with us and for being such a great host.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning Location

  • 5 of 5

Le Stalle was just beautiful. The house was a truly sympathetic restoration and it felt as if Geppa had barely changed over the centuries. We loved the sound of the bells when the sheep and one little lamb came for their daily drink at the water trough next door followed by the working horses.

We enjoyed the view of the valley from the terrace (and our bedroom) and watching the fire flies dance at night.

The pool was stunning and so sympathetic to the landscape. The house was well equipped and felt like a home, unlike many holiday lets. There was a good collection of interesting books as well.

An early morning walk through the forest to Piedapaterno village for a coffee and croissant at the Hotel Umbria was fun and the walk back up the hill only a little challenging as there was plenty of shade.

We were so comfortable, it was hard to go elsewhere, but the Sibillini mountains and the wild flower meadows were glorious, the Marmore falls magnificent and cooling (the spray!). Spoleto is a beautiful town, as is Montefalco. We enjoyed the Montefalco wine which was of an excellent quality and it was a pleasure to experience Signora Eresia's home cooking delivered to the house.

All in all a wonderfully relaxing holiday. We are already dreaming about being back there.

Kate, Michael and Lily, England

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful location in Umbria

  • 5 of 5

This was our first holiday in Umbria and we fallen in love with this country. We've felt us very well and welcome in Katherine's and Leon's lovely barn. It is furnished with attention to detail and love.The big swimming pool is integrated perfectly in the landscape.

The small village Geppa is a good base to see all the old and picturesque towns like Assisi/Montefalco/Spello/Norcia.... Our highlight was Piano Grande and the nationalpark Monti Sibillini. We've never seen such a place. If you like hiking or cycling Monti Sibillini is the right place.

We've discovered Umbria with our bikes.(We recommend the old "ferrovia" from Spoleto to Norcia).

The work and communication with Katherine was real pleasure. Normally we book 2-3 cottages in europe in a year, but nobody has given us so much information like her. At his point a big compliment to her! Please say hello to Leon and thank you very much for being your guest in Geppa.

Rike&Kersten Germany

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The best part of our 2 weeks in Italy!

  • 5 of 5

This home and setting is even more beautiful than the photos! Such a special place that feels tucked away in a fairytale setting, yet very close to many other towns and sights in Umbria. We only had time for a short visit, but this would be a wonderful base to explore the area for a week or two. The house has everything that you need. We cooked a few meals at the house and found the kitchen to be extremely well equipped. The owners were great to work with. Hoping to return again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

The tunnel makes Spoleto a 20 minute drive, though there are several smaller towns in between offering cafes and grocery stores. One can access a number of breathtaking towns within 15-30 minutes by car: Trevi, Spello, Bevagna, Montefalco and Foligno. In 30-60 minutes, you can reach Assisi, Orvieto, Deruta, Perugia, Todi, Cascia & Norcia. Florence is about two hours by car. There are many outdoor pursuits available in the area, including walking, skiing, river rafting & horseback riding.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday barn in Vallo di Nera, Italy

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2017
29 Oct 2016 - 28 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
29 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
28 Oct 2017 - 27 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Prices per week in euros, though when available, we rent for shorter periods.
Two weeks - 5% discount on the 2nd week.
One month and long term - Please contact for pricing (attractive savings).
Nightly 250 euros per night.
To confirm a reservation, a booking form along with a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the total price is required. The balance is due six weeks before the arrival dat

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