Il Giardino

San Lorenzo Bibbiana, Perugia

A welcoming, characterful retreat for garden lovers, book lovers, nature lovers and families on the Tuscany/Umbria borders


6 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 6


Up the winding road, into the wooded hills, to find, at the end of the track a mellow stone house reached by an outdoor stair and a one-up, one-down cottage for overflow. Both are easy-going, fuss-free sorts of spaces.

Outside is an oasis bursting with plants, trees and secret paths through bushes and hedges to hammocks and patios, a glassy pool that reflects the olive trees around it and an orchard where Indian mirrors swing in the breeze. Inside you’ll find low beams, wonky walls and floors, lots of books and a big rustic fireplace for chilly days.

Drive ten minutes into the village for a good butcher (try his wonderful porchetta) and an excellent baker. Go further to explore the culture-filled towns of Tuscany and Umbria (you’re on the border of both) and this region is famous for its cashmere outlets like Cucinelli.

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We think you'll love

  • Shopping in the local village
  • Taking a picnic and walking all day
  • Sitting in the beautiful garden
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Home truths

  • You need to get in the car for shops and restaurants
  • There are many steps to negotiate
  • It's a proper family holiday home - not a swept bare sort of place


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights July/August, 4 nights June/September. Parking on-site.
Mid-September to mid-June.
Restaurants 8km.


Nightly price
from €260
Weekly price
from €1800
Damage deposit
1 House for 6
From €2606 beds4 bedrooms


This lovingly restored 19th century farmhouse with its beautiful garden and idyllic setting is a garden-lover’s paradise, the perfect place for a restorative holiday. We visited in the autumn, and will certainly go again in spring or summer. The location is quite remote so you need a car to explore the many lovely towns in the area, also famous for its delicious food. The house is furnished with everything that you might need, including lots of helpful information about local attractions and things to do. But best of all is the tranquil beauty of the garden itself.

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The neighbourhood

The garden is stunning, so you could hang around here happily - there are lots of different places to sit. There are short and long walks into the countryside, or hire bikes and pedal along virtually car-free roads coming across tiny villages (and often food festivals with music and dancing). Arezzo, Montepulciano, Siena and Assisi are all within an hour's drive. Visit Perugia for the Umbria jazz festival and to go boating on Lake Trasimeno.

Local points of interest from Vanna Wittenburg

  • Our house was a working farmhouse until the 1960s .It was built in the 1870s, we bought it in 76 and restored it without changing its original structure. We kept the layout of the surrounding fields transforming them into different ' garden rooms'.
  • We are passionate gardeners: we have a great variety of plants, hundreds of beautiful terracotta pots and a huge collection of botanical books. every garden room has furniture, so you will be able to enjoy different parts of the garden day and night.
  • For art lovers there are many medieval and Renaissance towns with splendid museums to visit nearby: Cortona, , Bevagna, Assisi Giotto), Arezzo (Piero della Francesca), Spello (Pinturicchio). Don't miss the Madonna del Calcinaio near Cortona, splendid!
  • Music lovers will enjoy the Perugia Jazz festival, Festival delle Nazioni in Citta' di Castello, Terre Senesi Festival in Iris Origo's beautiful gardens at La Foce, Opera in Montepulciano.
  • Food lovers will enjoy all the 'sagre' (village fetes) with a food theme: mushrooms, truffles... Favorite place for aperitivo: Locanda dell'Amorosa in Sinalunga, most romantic. Good restaurants in the lovely villages of Lucignano and Montone.
  • After all these activities you will deserve a swim in our beautiful swimming pool with the swallows skimming the water in the evening with a glass of Cortona Syrah and some finocchiona and Tuscan bread to go with it.


Vanna Wittenburg

The owners bought the house as a ruin in the 70s along with 12 hectares of rough land. Vanna is a wonderful gardener and has transformed the garden into an oasis full of scented plants like lavenders, rosemary and cistus. Mature olive trees and majestic cypresses give shade and there are many seating areas. The house is full of objects brought back from their extensive travels, particularly from India. They are both passionate cooks.