Il Convento was built in the late 16th century. It was the school and convent beside the summer palazzo of the Duchy of Spoleto, but had not been occupied for years when we bought it in 2006. Two talented architects & their team of local craftsmen helped us to restore it to its former glory. It is our second home, and we also rent it out particularly during the summer months.
The kitchen has custom built units, and sink & floor made from local marble. There is a washing machine, dishwasher, electric hob and oven, fridge and a breakfast area with table and chairs.
The large Living/Dining room has huge chestnut beams painted off-white, and terracotta floors.There is a dining table for up to 12, as well as a sofa, chairs, fireplace, TVDVD and selection of films. The Main Bedroom has a large double bed and ensuite bathroom with shower. The mezzanine has double sofa bed. The top floor contains one double and one twin bedroom. The main bathroom has a bath, shower & bidet.
Just down from the house is a shared infinity pool with stunning views of the mountains and valley below and plenty of seating both in the sun and shade, as well as a hydro-massage area and outdoor solar powered shower.
Geppa is in the middle of an area called the ‘Valnerina’, the most beautiful part of Umbria and very different from the rest of the region. The name means the ‘valley of the Nera river’. It is a place of stunning natural beauty. Geppa is close to Spoleto, Norcia, Castelluccio, the Piano Grande & the beautiful hill towns of Assisi, Trevi & Montefalco.
At the time we first saw it in 2006, Il Convento was a shell of a building that had not been inhabited for centuries. The restoration took just over 3 years and was eventually completed in 2010. Since then we have hosted guests from far and wide and have been delighted to see them also fall in love with this unique place, a refuge from the intensity of the modern world. There are endless ways to enjoy your time in in the area, but what we love most is how it seeps under your skin after a few days, so much so that the world you have left behind becomes a distant memory. That is what draws us back again and again and we are sure it will soon weave its spell on you as well.
We have a website where you can get lots more information about the house and the area: www.umbrianrefuge.com.