Self-catering Holiday Rentals near Assisi (Umbria, Italy)

Casa Rosa is a traditional stone farmhouse set high in the green hills of Umbria, some ten kilometres (or six miles) north-east of Assisi. The house is divided into self-catering holiday apartments – one large holiday apartment occupying the entire of the first floor of the original farmhouse, two smaller apartments sharing the ground floor, a small cottage in the converted stables; a two-bedroom apartment; and a studio apartment in a new extension. Each apartment is completely self-contained, with its own kitchen and bathroom, and its own balcony or terrace.


All the apartments are simply but comfortably furnished, beautifully decorated, and have full central heating. There is also spectacular swimming pool, shared by the apartments: located above the house in a marvellously tranquil position, it enjoys panoramic views over the National Park of Mount Subasio.


The pool is bordered along one side by lavender, local herbs and a large cherry tree; on the other, a wide terrace is paved in local stone, with sun-beds and deck chairs for lounging and sunbathing. Also found here are the barbecue and gazebo. Around the house is a small farm of 40 hectares (or 100 acres), roughly one-third cultivated, one-third pasture, and one-third wooded with planted trees.


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Each holiday rental is completely self-contained, with its own kitchen and bathroom, and balcony or terrace. All the apartments are simply but comfortably furnished, beautifully decorated, and have full central heating. Towels for the pool and bed linen are provided and a child’s cot is available if required. There is free Wi-Fi and a telephone which guests can use.

The Farm

The farm is surrounded by woodlands and pastures, and elevated as it is 450 metres in the hills, offers magnificent views over the National Park of Mount Subasio. The hillside and forest hide an abundance of local wildlife: martens, porcupine and wild boar have all been seen on the farm, and the wealth of bird life includes buzzards, goldfinches and hoopoes. In spring, the meadows, fields and verges abound in wild flowers, among them poppies, cyclamen, wild gladioli, and many types of orchid; from May to July, fireflies dance in the night, and through the summer the farm is home to some 30 varieties of butterfly. Along the river are waterfalls and natural pools, where one can bathe in the summer. The hills, woods and valleys offer countless possible routes for walking.


Assisi, the nearest town, was the home of St. Francis and his female counterpart, St. Clare. For seven centuries now, Assisi has been a focus for pilgrimage, with the area rich in traditions associated with the saints. The town itself has been carefully preserved, its steep, medieval streets winding between churches and houses of rose-coloured stone.

Visit number 5!
Date Published: 08/02/2018
Our fifth stay since 1991 at this most wonderful of places tucked away up in the hills in its own little secluded haven. Ella and Alessandro hit just the right note with kindly attention to detail and help with all things, allowing guests to enjoy their stay to the upmost. The guided walks from Casa Rosa on the hand drawn maps are a must, taking you up through footpaths providing the most wonderful views from above Casa Rosa and beyond and don’t miss the shorter walk to the secret place for a swim beneath the water fall… The apartments are just lovely and very well equipped with all that could be needed to cook and enjoy or indulge in chef Alessandro’s cooking! All in all just the best place for unwinding in the most tranquil, beautiful of settings away from it all. Thank you Ella!
5 / 5 stars
Doesn’t get any better than this
Date Published: 07/30/2018
We had an unforgettable time at Casa Rosa. Not only the apartments are cosy, beautiful and quiet. But the location also deserves 5 stars: surrounded by the Umbrian forest and secret blue waterfalls, wild animals, spectacular views. What a magical place! We were very happy to hike around the trails at the property, talk with the lovely family who are the owners, laying down to read a book by the swimming pool, or even meeting the cats, which we absolutely loved. The garden was in full bloom, full of lavanda and flowers of every color. The deep freezer meals by Alessandro was also a surprise for us, we tried lasagna and melanzane, it was absolutely delicious!!! Kitchen was also fully equiped and we could prepare fantastic grillata and cakes in the oven! There is a yurta (two actually) in the middle of woods which is very peaceful to meditate and do yoga. I could not recommend a place to stay more than Casa Rosa. Was our favorite in Italy so far. Because it was a very different pace from normal hotels, with much more privacy and freedom. Congratulations to the ones who work to keep this place amazing! Thank you Ella for your attention and hospitality with us! We hope to come back as soon as we can!
5 / 5 stars
A hidden gem – heaven is a place on earth
Date Published: 07/05/2018
Casa Rosa is absolutely wonderful – I cannot recommend it highly enough (I sort of don't want to in-case its too busy when I next want to book, but it does deserve to be shared!) The owners Ella and Alessandro have got it absolutely spot on in creating a paradise up in the hills outside Assisi. It's quiet and peaceful and surrounded by nature. The whole estate is thoughtfully planted with roses, flowers and herbs, and there's plenty of little hidden places to sit and reflect.

The swimming pool is glorious and I spent many a happy hour sunning myself up there when not in a hammock with a good book. There's a waterfall and fresh water pool a short walk down the valley for a spot of wild swimming, and June see's the meadow ablaze with fireflies each evening. I genuinely cannot wait to go back – it was magical.

5 / 5 stars
Quiet, relaxing, truly wonderful – spectacular location and views
Tripadvisor Review
Date Published: 11/07/2015
We loved our time at Casa Rosa. We stayed in the smaller studio, which was cozy and perfectly set up for a comfortable stay in this truly inspiring location. It is a quick drive to Assisi, but worlds away from the touristy feel and hustle. Ella and her husband Alessandro were lovely hosts, very available and friendly. We also were pleasantly surprised to have access to the washing machine and also Alessandro's delicious frozen meals that were ready to pop into our oven, these were some of the best meals we had in Italy! The studio was a joy to be in – great views, sunshine, it even smelled good! We hope to be back someday.
5 / 5 stars
“Perfect place for a honeymoon”
HomeAway Review
Date Published: 10/22/2015
My wife and I travelled around Italy for over two weeks, and the highlight of the trip was without a doubt the five days we spent at Casa Rosa. Ella and Alessandro are warm and friendly and the perfect hosts (I guess I might be a better person too if I got to live at Casa Rosa). When Ella learned that we had not picked up groceries before arriving, she delivered a red wicker basket filled with bread, jam, vegetables from their garden, and eggs from their hens so that we would not go hungry in the morning.

Ella and Alessandro also have great recommendations for day trips to nearby towns and vineyards. And the property is beautiful – spending your days hiking around the Umbrian hills or just floating in the pool is not to be discouraged. Merely thinking about Casa Rosa immediately relaxes me and puts a giant smile on my face.

Oh, and make sure to buy a meal prepared by Alessandro in your kitchen. It was our favorite meal in Italy.

So, just book this place already, you will be very happy.

5 / 5 stars

Tripadvisor Review
Date Published: 07/28/2015
Casa Rosa is a special place. I can't help but echo the reviews of the other guests: it is peace personified but just a short drive from Assisi; it is a natural paradise but has everything you need to hand; it is a home from home in its hand-painted furnishings and decoration; and above all, it is run by the loveliest couple – Ella and Alessandro.

From the cherries and jam we enjoyed courtesy of Ella, to the delicious meals prepared by Alessandro, we were just enamoured with their generosity and kindness. As for the surroundings, it is nothing short of breathtaking – and I've seen many a picturesque landscape! The house was so welcoming, replete with touches like wild flowers.

To wake each morning to sunshine over the mountains, and end each evening watching fireflies dance in the dark, was really quite spectacular. The sound of birdsong and bats, or the breeze playing in the trees, is the extent of the noise pollution from the balcony! And the days spent by the pool, walking to the 'Secret Place' (I won't spoil the surprise!), or simply the smell of lavender washing over you: there really aren't words.

As for Assisi, it's an incredible town – and there's so much more to experience in Umbria generally. For some true R&R, I am truly convinced there is nowhere better.

5 / 5 stars

Tripadvisor Review
Date Published: 01/10/2014
We spent 2 weeks at the beautiful Casa Rosa and loved every minute of it. The villa is a heavenly spot: utterly quiet, surrounded by green fields, olive groves and hills. The holiday apartments are simple and rustic, but comfortable. We spent a lot of time chilling out at base, making simple meals, sitting out on the balcony quaffing local wine and watching the world go by; having a dip in the pool. The owner, Jennifer Holmes and her lovely family, are charming, gentle and caring hosts. Jennifer is a fine artist and we very much enjoyed meeting her, though she was in the final stages of cancer and, very sadly, has since died.

Casa Rosa makes a great base from which to explore Assisi and the surrounding district. Assisi, though not a large town, has a huge amount to explore, and the surrounding Umbrian countryside is very beautiful. In August, it was hot, but Casa Rosa provides some relief from the heat, being up in the hills and catching what breeze there is.

It was perhaps our most relaxing holiday ever, partly because we stayed 2 weeks at the one location, which made it feel very spacious, but also because of the quiet beauty of the place itself.

5 / 5 stars

Tripadvisor Review
Date Published: 09/04/2014
I arrived late in the evening, so it wasn't until morning when I walked outside of my apartment (1 of only a few units) and was overwhelmed by a profound sense of peace. I've had many wilderness adventures in my life, but they all required driving at least several hours from civilisation. The Casa Rosa farm is just 15 minutes from Assisi, but driving the circuitous road up the nearby mountain achieves a similar sense of remoteness. There are no other signs of civilisation in sight and the only sounds are birds singing, or perhaps the grunting of a wild boar foraging in a nearby meadow at night. Being enveloped in such a serene environment makes it impossible to carry anxiety or tension. There are many walking trails in the area to explore, and the swimming pool offers spectacular views of the valley while cooling off. I highly recommend Casa Rosa even if you only have a few days.
5 / 5 stars
Casa Rosa
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