Villa Pia looks wonderful. It’s a 15th century manor house in the Umbrian village of Lippiano, Italy, where you can stay with your children. Villa Pia offers all-inclusive luxury family holidays in child-friendly accommodation.
I’ve been asked to write about Villa Pia and the more that I research and read about it the more I wish that we’d gone there when my children were small and still needed a babysitter. If you have young children it seems to me that Morag and Kevin, Villa Pia’s British owners, have thought of everything needed to create a welcoming, relaxing holiday environment in a beautiful part of the world.
Let’s start with the accommodation. The rustic buildings look just as you’d like an Italian country house to look: they’re built of old stone, they’re a bit crumbly and they’re beautifully restored. The main house and its converted stables and barn have 17 guest rooms, each with a private bathroom.
There’s also another building which has space for four families. If you go there with babies or young children I don’t think you’d need much luggage apart from clothes and nappies. Villa Pia provides cots, high chairs, waterproof covers for cots and beds, cot sheets and baby blankets, potties, baby food, fruit juice, bars for beds, children’s plates and cutlery and a microwave for heating and sterilising bottles.
There’s not much chance of anyone getting bored at Villa Pia. The villa is set in five acres of grounds and has two swimming pools, a sand pit, a trampoline, an indoor soft play room and an adventure play area. There are slides, swings, pedal cars, bikes, push-along cars, soft toys, dressing up clothes, board games and toys for the pool and sandpit. There are sun terraces to relax on and enjoy the views and woods to explore and play in. There’s an all-weather tennis court and even a vineyard which produces wine for the villa. The one thing which Villa Pia doesn’t have – and I think this is great – is a TV. But it does have wifi.
The food at Villa Pia is seasonal and locally sourced as much as possible and I bet it’s delicious. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the price of your stay and are prepared by local chefs. If you’re hungry between meals then you can help yourself to fresh fruit, yoghurt, bread, baby puree, tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcohol whenever you like. Everyone eats together at a long table in the dining room or on the terrace of the main house. (I like the sound of this but I guess you’d need to be happy socialising with the other guests at the villa for this to work for you.) There’s a children’s dinner for the younger ones at 6pm and then the adults can take their time enjoying a four course meal while the kids are looked after by English-speaking babysitters. Perfect!
Guests at Villa Pia can use the on-site babysitting service so that they can enjoy beauty treatments, adult cookery classes, Pilates, yoga, wine tasting and more. There are also cookery classes and art classes for children. Villa Pia staff can organise cycling, horse riding, hiking and farm visits for you.
The village of Lippiano looks like just the kind of place I like to explore in Italy. It has a 10th century castle, a playground a football pitch and a local bar with homemade gelato. It’s in Umbria but close to Tuscany. Arezzo, Florence, Perugia, Pisa and Siena are all within striking distance if you fancy a day trip to somewhere amazing.
A week at Villa Pia including meals and drinks costs from £540 per adult, £230 per child between the ages of 2 and twelve years old. Children under 2-years old are free if they’re sharing a room with their parent.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Villa Pia.