Spello, Umbria

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This garden in the glorious walled Umbrian hill town of Spello, near Assisi, had been largely abandoned for many years, used only as a dog-run and occasional dumping ground for building materials.

Being in the centre of town, the garden is naturally overlooked by neighbours: a pergola running around three sides of the walled space will afford some shady privacy. A covered dining area outside the front door is a perfect place for summer meals. The new garden beds surrounding it brim with herbs which perfume the garden and can be used in the kitchen too.

The house, which sleeps four, is available for holiday rentals: see www.buonanottebarbanera.com for contact details.

Designed by Peter Curzon & Anne Hanley, 2010