Casa Mimosa
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  1. Wonderful holiday in Casa Mimosa

    31 January, 2013 by Linda

    A post from visitors who loved their holiday in Casa Mimosa

    Your home was exactly as you described. It is the perfect destination to explore the surrounding area. Your home has been very tastefully modernised retaining many character features. It is well appointed so everything needed to make our stay there comfortable was available. (more…)


  2. Spring Cleaning and a Reward in Monte Argentario!

    23 May, 2012 by Linda

    The whole house is now completely Spring-cleaned!  We have dusted, scrubbed, vacuumed and polished everything from the beams downwards and the house is sparkling!  It took three weeks to complete everything but Casa Mimosa is now ready to receive guests. (more…)


  3. Our Journey Continues into Stylish and Historic Parma

    10 May, 2012 by Linda

    From Colmar we travelled on to Switzerland (very green, neat and tidy with time for no more than a passing glance at beautiful lakes and distant snowy mountains) then via the Gotthard Tunnel (horrible, claustrophobic and headache-making) into northern Italy.

    We had booked into a hotel outside Parma and, as it was late evening, we checked in, had an evening meal, collapsed on the bed and slept.

    Next day dawned warm and sunny so we decided to explore Parma, easily finding a multi-storey car park near the historic centre. (more…)


  4. Colmar – A Beautiful City in Alsace

    2 May, 2012 by Linda

    Day Two of our Journey to Italy

    Colmar, Quai de la Poissonnerie

    Colmar. Why didn’t we know more about this fabulous place? This beautiful city in Alsace, on the French- German border, contains an historic core of half-timbered buildings, some decorated in Renaissance style, Voltaire’s residence, Little Venice with its picturesque canals and the home of Frederic Bartholdi who created the Statue of Liberty at the entrance to New York’s great harbour. (more…)


  5. We’re on our way to Italy!

    by Linda

    Day One of our Journey – Folkestone to France

    Wine GlassesHooray! At last we’re setting off for sunny Italy after days of wind and rain in grey Britain. Approaching Folkestone the sun broke through and shone from blue skies. The Channel Tunnel was so quick and efficient – we hardly knew we were moving when, suddenly, we were in France and ready to roll. (more…)


  6. An Umbrian Dream – Our Italian Holiday Cottage Story

    14 February, 2012 by Linda
    Perugia's Historic Centre

    Perugia's Historic Centre

    Have you ever sat and daydreamed about escaping the daily grind into warm Mediterranean sunshine?    I used to do this a lot and longed to be in sunny places.  But, one day, things began to change.

    I had just learnt that one of my colleagues was counting down the days until he and his wife motored down to start a new life in Umbria in central Italy.  Graham described the rolling green hills, the wide valleys, those magical little hill towns, the glories of Assisi and the magnificence of the Apennines.

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  7. Winter Snow in Papiano

    13 February, 2012 by Linda

    Papiano had 20 cm of snow a few days ago!  This is very unusual and part of the cold conditions in Umbria at present.  Aafke and Roberto, the wonderful couple who look after Casa Mimosa and our visitors, took this photograph from their house across the valley to ours.

    Snow in Papiano Feb 2012

    Snow in Papiano Feb 2012


  8. L’Antico Forziere – A Country House Restaurant

    10 February, 2012 by Linda
    L'Antico Forziere - Country House Restaurant in Umbria

    Ambrosial, award-winning puddings!

    We recently took my sister and brother-in-law across the valley to have lunch in L’Antico Forziere, a country-house restaurant just off the E45 south of Deruta.

    We had seen its sign several times and kept meaning to go and explore so on a sunny morning we set out to drive the 3 km from the house.  The hotel/restaurant is set in its own grounds, surrounded by conifers and with a pleasant terrace for dining out on summer evenings. (more…)


  9. Visiting Perugia

    9 February, 2012 by Linda

    When you drive to Perugia from Papiano, (about 25 minutes from the house) you come off the E45, and drive up around the hill on which the city stands. The road is lined with tall trees and gives a rural, pastoral feel to the city approaches.  We were told to look out for the Parcheggio di Partigiani, the best car park for the historic centre. (more…)


  10. Carsulae – A Roman Settlement Near San Gemini

    by Linda

    We first visited Carsulae, the site of a Roman settlement near San Gemini, in June 2002, the year we bought the house.

    It was also the year we organised a villa party for 14 friends in nearby San Gemini.  We stayed in a fabulous palazzo, (Santi Terzi, rentable through Tuscany Now  which had once been owned by Antonio Canova, the sculptor who created the famous ‘The Three Graces’. (more…)