Villa Casa Colcello
Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 13
Farmhouse villa Casa Colcello is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a luxury self catering holiday in privacy, space and comfort away from it all. Encounter the rural culture of this charming undiscovered region of Italy in an authentic stone villa, with pool, that has been recently renovated to the highest standards to create a home from home. Set 5 minutes climb up a white gravel road overlooking an ancient mystical landscape of green wooded valleys and hill top towns typical of this beautiful part of Tuscany and Umbria
Casa Colcello has a fully equipped kitchen, large comfortable lounge, individually designed bedrooms, beautiful bathrooms, incredible views from the terraces or from inside the villa, table tennis, games, books, jigsaws, DVD, satellite TV, antique furniture and comfy beds. (featured in 'Ideal Home' magazine - Aug 2007).
We have put a lot of thought and care in to making Casa Colcello as comfortable as possible and it has proved to be a great venue for families and groups of friends. They have all really enjoyed the away from it all atmosphere with the advantage of their own private facilities and being within reach of so many wonderful places to visit and experience. We offer other services such as in house catering including organic and vegetarian, transfers to and from airports, babysitting, bike hire and a walking guide.
|Size||Sleeps up to 13, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Castiglione del Lago 110 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia 56 km, Nearest railway: Arezzo 42 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||3 Sofa beds, Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 13, Lounge seats for 13|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
CASA COLCELLO is spacious and airy with ample space for 10 to 13 people to relax and enjoy time together or separately. Guests find it a real home from home. All windows have integral fly screens and shutters.
Cooking - The kitchen opens on two sides to terraces, one of which overlooks the dining terrace towards the pool. The kitchen with terracotta and old hand painted tiles is spacious and very well equipped with all modern conveniences. Between the kitchen and the lounge there is a large fully tiled bathroom with wet room shower.
Eating - There is a lovely dining room with an architect designed fireplace, a large extendable refrectory table and an efficient woodburning stove for cooler days and evenings.
Relaxing - The large comfortable lounge is a great place to get together socially or for special meetings. It can be a cool spot to have a mid day snooze or read a good book or the place for family and friends to gather, to chat, listen to music, watch a good film, plan tomorrow, or just do nothing. Adults and children will find a supply of books, games, jigsaws, DVD's and videos.
Sleeping - The staircase leads off the lounge to two landing areas off which the bedrooms and three other bathrooms are found - two are ensuite. The five individuallly designed bedrooms have herringbone terracottta tiled floors, beams, antique furniture, good quality throws and cushions, comfy beds, crisp cotton sheets, and feather pillows (hypoallergenic pillows available). We provide towels (not pool) and duvets for autumn and winter. Each bedroom enjoys a different view of the panorama. The master bedroom has the feature of a doorway on to a veranda and an outdoor staircase leading down to the east terrace.
|Further details outdoors|
Pool - The large pool is secluded, private and well equipped with comfortable sundowners and pergola and benefits from the sun all day long making this the ideal place for the focus of your day. There is outdoor lighting for a midnight dip or party by the pool.
Garden - The garden has been landscaped. Near to the house there are south facing terraces with a mixture of hard landscaping in stone and gravel as well as grassed areas for sitting out which have been planted with roses, lavender, wisteria, buddleia, pomegranate, rosemary, thyme, sage, grasses, geranium, passionflower, jasmine, cypress and many more wonderful plants typical of this area of Italy. You must spend at least one night stargazing there is no light pollution here and the stars on a clear night are spectacular and you may be lucky enough to experience the magical dance of the fireflies.
* A welcome pack of basic provisions - tea, coffee, milk, sugar, bread is included in the price of the rental. If you require other basic items they can be provided at cost paid locally.
* English-speaking representative on hand to answer any questions.
* In house catering available - Authentic Italian home cooking including organic and vegetarian.
* Taxi service, Baby sitting, Guided walks.
* Swimming pool operational 2013 - 22nd June until 21st September
The Umbria region
Casa Colcello is in Umbria known as the 'green heart of Italy' with Tuscany to the North and West and on to the Mediterranean coast. East of Umbria the Marches region stretches from the Southern Apennines to the beaches of the Adriatic. The climate is typically mediterranean a warm spring and autumn and the hot summer months of July and August. We have the advantage of being elevated which provides fresher air in the heat of summer and allows us to rise above valley mists in the autumn and winter.
We are situated in the Upper Tiber Valley an ancient mystical land in the northernmost Umbrian territory. The Tiber river runs through the entire length of the valley making it extremely fertile. This area is known for medieval hill top towns, fields full of sunflowers, tobacco, and poppies; olive oil, wine, and truffles; hills and valleys of natural forest. Festivals, folklore, ancient traditions and gastronomy; Renaissance art and architecture. This is an area less touched by tourism than nearby Tuscany. The people are very freindly.
Perugia the area’s capital should be visited for its wealth of art, exquisite architecture and Etruscan walls. You are very centrally located within the country, a perfect location to visit the key attractions of both Tuscany and Umbria - Perugia, Assisi, Anghiari, Arezzo, Gubbio, Cortona and Sansepolcro can be visited in under an hour. Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Lake Trasimeno - up to 90 mins. Ravenna, Urbino, Chianti and more.
Citta Di Castello
If you can manage to tear yourself away from Casa Colcello you will find a Panzano food/wine store, pharmacy and bancomat in the tiny hamlet of Gioiello (just 5km away) and a couple of supermarkets, butchers, bakers, bank, newsagent, post office etc at San Secondo ( only 9km). Two restaurants in Monte Santa Maria Tiberina less than 10 mins away and an excellent selection of shops, restaurants, places of interest, activities and happenings in the local towns of Citta di Castello (18kms), Monterchi, Citerna, Anghiari, and Sansepolcro.
CITTA DI CASTELLO (18km) - Nearest main town - is a wonderful medieval centre with winding streets to wander where people have time to stroll and chat - you will find all shops, banks, supermarkets, street markets morning market held on Thursdays and Saturdays, concerts and shows, special festivals, galleries, ice cream shops - gelateria, cafes, restaurants, and the thermal spa Terme Fontechio. Have a drink at one of the many pavement cafes, people watch, or just enjoy the evening passegiata.
There are a number of beautiful hamlets, villages and towns within 25 minutes, some dating back at least to the 16th century, including medieval Montone, Monterchi famous for Piera della Francesco’s ‘Madona del Parto’, other works can be found in nearby Sansepolcro, Arezzo and further away in Urbino. The stunning hill top hamlet of Monte Sainta Maria Tiberina dates back to Etruscan times and is less than 10 minutes away. Perched high on a hillside a lovely small traditional village with winding cobbled streets to wander around with the Marquis Bourbon castle at the top, the main tower is visible for miles around, even from neighbouring Tuscany and is a real local landmark. At over 600 m you are guaranteed the most incredible 360 degree views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Oscars Village bar/restaurant, famous locally for their truffles and pasta, and local shop can be found in the village and another Pizzeria/restaurant, Il Palazzetto (they also do take away) just on the outskirts.
There are many concerts and festivals both in the local area and further afield throughout the summer varying from the tiny to the spectacular. Traditional and modern festivals - food, music, medieval tradition, crafts - Umbria Jazz is an international jazz festival held in July and December in Perugia and in nearby Montone they hold a summer film festival. Medieval jousting, flag throwing and medieval crossbow competitions are held in Arezzo and Gubbio.
You can find plenty to explore and do locally - Walking, superb riding stables and a small 9 hole golf course and club (with pool) just 15 minutes away at Prato, 18 hole golf course west of Perugia, cycling - bike hire available and route maps for the local area, and mountain bilking. A small outdoor water park at Sansepolcro. Watersports at Lake Trasimeno (90 mins) aswell as boat trips to the islands and beaches by the lake.
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