House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
An 18th century villa recently restored to a high standard yet keeping all the original features – mixing faded red brick with original stone externally; beautiful beamed ceilings, terra cotta floors & travertine marble bathrooms internally. Sunny, bright, airy & spacious, the interiors are finished perfectly with an eye to comfort & designed with Italian influence.
A large sitting room with doors to the garden leads through to equally large kitchen which is fully fitted – dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine, cooker and larder together with a large pine table (seating 8/10) & chairs with pine dresser and side board – 3 doors open onto the brick covered terrace, perfect for al fresco dining with a large garden table & chairs, together with a barbeque.
One double bedroom en suite on the ground floor & 3 bedrooms & marble bathrooms upstairs, one with its own private balcony. All the bedrooms are distinct and individually beautifully decorated. Outside a there is a 12 x 6 metre pool with a D end and steps to the shallow end. The gardens and pool are lit at night. The farmhouse is surrounded by its own fenced garden and gates, ideal grounds for family games (which are supplied). A perfect spot to relax with the local wines & olives as the sun sets over the mountains.
Situated down a quiet track, close to the village and its amenities, the property lies only 10 minutes from the beautiful, ancient, walled town of Castiglione. Close to the Tuscan border, easy driving distance to many beautiful towns such as Assisi, Cortona, Montepulciano, Siena, Perugia, Spoleto, Gubbio and an easy train journey to Florence & Rome.
This is a beautifully quiet family home. Outside the gates you can go for a run, walk down the quiet country tracks through vineyards & olive groves or simply sit by the pool and relax. Get away from it all. No one will disturb you.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||The Lake - one of the biggest in Italy is only a 1|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: ROME - PISA - PERUGIA - FLORENCE - BOLOGNA, Nearest railway: Castiglione del lago|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms, 4 En suites and 4 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Umbria region
Wonderfully situated on the borders of Umbria & Tuscany, the views from the house are stunning, looking out over Castiglione del Lago & beyond to Cortona. On leaving the property you may visit many well known cities such as Siena (70kms), Assisi (60kms) and, closer to home, beautiful towns such as Cortona, Montepulciano & Pienza (home of Percorino cheeses). Situated in the heart of vineyards and olive groves both famous for the quality of their produce and local farms producing excellent cheeses. End the day on the terrace watching the sun slip behind the mountains while enjoying the local wines, olives and wonderfully fresh products while you decide whether to dine in or sample the vast choice of good restaurants nearby.
Italy is the home of many famous designers and one of the many Malls is only an hour away towards Florence with names such as Armani, Gucci, Tods & many more. There is also another good mall just 30 minutes away. Additionally, there are numerous local, independent and interesting shops to be found in the narrow streets of the hillside towns that dot this part of Italy.
Castiglione del Lago
Lake Trasimeno is the largest of the nearby lakes and where Hannibal fought near Tuoro, (there is also Lago di Chuisi & Lago di Montepulciano). There are water sports including wind-surfing & sailing and there are also boat trips to the island. Rare species of aquatic birds can be seen at San Feliciano. There is the Castle of the Knights of Malta at Maggione and a Benedictine Abbey at Sant'Arcangelo. Castiglione del Lago has one of the finest military 13th Century fortresses with 4 corner towers & a triangular keep.
There are 3 islands on Trasimeno – Isola Minore-the smallest. Isola Polvese, the largest where there is a ruin of a 12th century fortress and an abbey. The Perugian Province has made this a protected environment for flora & fauna for research. Isola Maggiore is home to the art of lace making using the famous 'Irish Stitch' which still thrives thanks to the local women. There is a beautiful church dedicated to Michael the Archangel and a small church marking the spot where St Francis landed here in February 1211.
Climbing steeply up, the town sits in the middle of this famous wine area. It overlooks two valleys. A distant bell chimes in a tower as you stroll through the narrow streets lined with palazzos. There is a long tradition of handcrafts here including mosaics, copper & ceramics. Most important though is the Montepulciano wine; the most famous, Il Nobile 'a noble amongst the nobles'. Sample wine & cheese as you go!
Cortona sits high on the hillside at 500 metres above sea level. Taking the steep streets climbing up past churches, bell towers, farm houses, terraced olive groves and on through the Etruscan Walls, you will arrive to enjoy stunning views over the lake and the Val di Chiana beyond. Events in the summer include operas, plays, open air concerts and art exhibitions. Cortona was one of the principle locations for the film of 'Under the Tuscan Sun'.
Other towns nearby:
Siena - Piazza del Campo where the world-famous palio takes place, the Duomo, the Battistero of San Giovanni & the Church of San Domenico.
San Gimignano - known because of its towers and the “vernaccia”wines.
Pienza - the Duomo, Palazzo Piccolomini & the gastronomic products – particularly cheeses – a real little gem & my favourite restaurant, Il Chiostro di Pienza – breathtaking views and sublime food.
Arezzo - the Centro Storico, the frescoes by Piero della Francesca, the antiquarian market.
Perugia -the Duomo, Piazza Quattro Novembre, Jazz Festival.
Assisi - home to St Francis and of religious significance
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