Villa with Tennis Court
About the home
Belvedere di Prato offers all you could want for a perfect holiday in this fascinating region. Many of the most famous tourist destinations of Umbria and Tuscany are within easy reach, yet you may be tempted just to relax and enjoy the scenery by the pool, play a game of tennis or garden chess or, in the cooler seasons, settle down by the fire with a book from the extensive library.
After being almost totally abandoned, Belvedere has now been restored to create a beautiful, welcoming family home. Original chestnut-beamed ceilings and terracotta floors have been retained to preserve the character of the old farmhouse, whilst furnishings and fittings have been chosen with immense care to provide every comfort. The comprehensively equipped kitchen has everything you need for making the most of the wonderful local produce, and the lovely garden provides a choice of outside dining areas for enjoying the fruits of your labours. Mindful of airline baggage restrictions, many extra items are provided such as pool towels, hairdryers, hundreds of books, games, toys and picnicware.
The delightful towns and villages nearby offer art and music, restaurants and markets, festivals and produce fairs throughout the year. Golf, riding, canoeing, watersports, fishing and hiking are all available in the area - there is so much to see and do that many of our guests return year after year to make the most of it all.
Please call us if you need further information. We really appreciate the chance to talk to you so that we can tell you all about everything Belvedere has to offer.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Lake Trasimeno, 50km|
Nearest amenities: 5km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||6 Bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 4 en suites|
|Furniture:||Single beds (6), Double beds (3), Cots (3), Dining seating for 16, Lounge seating for 12|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Tennis court on site, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
The house is on three floors and works well for two/three families holidaying together:
- Ground floor: Kitchen, scullery, dining room, sitting room, laundryroom with WC
- First Floor: Entrance hall/second sitting room, two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, one twin room with en suite shower room
- Second Floor: Master double bedroom with ensuite bathroom, two twin bedrooms sharing one bathroom accessible from the landing
- Fully equipped kitchen, with two fridges, Gaggia coffee maker, large oven, food processor and plenty of pots, pans, kitchen implements and tableware
- Large 170cm double beds
- Extensive library for adults and children
- Lots of board games, toys and puzzles
- Videos, DVDs and CDs (CD player has ipod dock)
- Wifi free of charge to guests
Further details outdoors:
- Pool usually open beginning May to end September, or by arrangement. Pool 12m x 6m, 90cms - 2.40m deep, diving board
- Plenty of reclining chairs and sunloungers
- Pool room with table football and pool toys.
- Pool towels provided
- Beautiful, maintained garden planted with olives, vines, fruit trees, flowering/scented plants, herbs
- Choice of terraces and outside eating areas
- Original working brick bread/pizza oven
- Tennis court with acrylic surface
- Garden Chess
- Shaded parking
Children: We welcome children of all ages, but please note that the house is old and not specifically designed for them. Call us for details if required
Restricted mobility: If you need further information about the suitability of the house for people with restricted mobility, please call us and we'll be happy to discuss your requirements and see if we can meet them
Central heating: metered and charged at cost if required
Telephone: charged by honesty box
Additional linens, cleaning,shopping etc: can usually be offered by prior arrangement at extra cost
Welcome pack provided, including some basic foodstuffs plus bin bags, lavatory paper, cleaning products etc. Call for full details if required
The Umbria region
Umbria is known and loved by people all over the world as the 'green heart of Italy'. Its landscapes of mountains, forested hills, lakes and rivers are unbelievably beautiful at any time of year, whether bathed in summer sun, veiled by mist in spring or autumn, or sparkling with frost in the depths of winter. As well as revelling in the countryside, you will also be able to immerse yourselves in the rich history and culture of the many world famous towns and cities throughout the region. Visit the magnificent St. Francis's Basilica in Assisi, the music festival in Spoleto, the art (and chocolate!) in Perugia - they are all within easy reach, as are countless little hilltop towns and villages where you can enjoy the local markets and restaurants amid spectacular views. The Tuscany border is just minutes from the house, so many of the delights of this wonderful region are easily accessible too. Enjoy the astounding art and architecture in Florence, Siena, Cortona or Arezzo, visit the vineyards of Chianti or indulge in some retail therapy at the designer outlets - the list is endless. Lake Trasimeno has islands, boats and beaches to keep the children amused and the wild beauty of the Casentina region is great for picnics and walking. The Adriatic coast is accessible for a day by the sea. Lovely as it is in the height of summer, the region takes on a whole new character in spring and autumn and, with fewer tourists and fresher weather, sightseeing is perhaps even more pleasurable, whilst taking full advantage of the changing seasons and the enticing range of shops, markets and local festivals.
The Citta Di Castello / Monte Santa Maria Tiberina area
Citta di Castello in Umbria is one of the principal communities of the high Tiber valley. Its beautiful historic centre is renowned for its round tower, which you can climb to gain fantastic views over the valley. It has everything you need in its shops and twice-weekly market, as well as a fine picture gallery. It is a centre for the furniture and antique trade, with monthly antique markets and a major trade fair in early autumn. There are events and festivals throughout the year, but particularly the Fiere di San Bartolomeo in late summer, and the White Truffle Festival and the Fiere di San Florido, both in November Sansepolcro in Tuscany is renowned as the birthplace of the artist Piero della Francesca, whose Resurrection of Christ remains the jewel in the crown of the town's art gallery. There are shops, markets, restaurants and bars, all set within its beautiful historic centre. The main festival is the Palio della Balestra, a crossbow competition against Gubbio held every September, with a whole week of medieval parades and events leading up to it. The lovely medieval town of Anghiari is not to be missed, with its beautiful fabrics, crafts and antiques. Monte Santa Maria Tiberina itself is great for lunch or coffee, especially during the summer festival at the end of July, or the autumn gastronomic festival in October. At Monterchi you can see Piero della Francesca's masterpiece, La Madonna del Parto, which art lovers travel from all over the world to see. For sports lovers there is 9-hole golf course, riding and a spa centre at the local Country Club, a few minutes away by car, and the stunning, newly refurbished 18-hole golf course at Antognolla is just 40 minutes away. Canoeing, rafting and fishing are all available nearby. Throughout the summer there are musical events, including Umbria Jazz in Perugia in July, The Festival of Nations chamber music festival in Citta di Castello in September, and the famous Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto in June/July. Spello has an amazing Flower Festival in late June. and in May Gubbio holds its medieval Ceri race, followed shortly afterwards by the return match of the Palio della Balestra against Sansepolcro. In June and September the Palio del Saracino, a spectacular jousting contest, is held in Arezzo, and the world famous Siena Palio is held twice yearly, on 2nd July and 16th August. The nearest shopping is at Monterchi, about 10 minutes away by car. Citta di Castello is about 20 minutes away and has a large supermarket and a full range of other shops, as does Sansepolcro. Designer outlet shopping is available at The Mall, between Arezzo and Florence, with many iconic Italian brands represented. Arezzo is famous for its huge antique market, held every month throughout the squares and lanes of its beautiful historic centre.
How to get there
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Belvedere is easily accessible from a number of airports, and from the main A1/E35 motorway or E45 dual carriageway. Please note that at present there are no direct flights to Perugia on a Saturday.
The closest mainline railway station is at Arezzo, on the main Rome line.
Distances to nearest airports: Perugia: 50 mins, Florence: 1hr 30m, Ancona/Rimini: 2 hrs, Pisa/Bologna: 2hr 30m, Rome: 3hrs - 3hrs 30m.
We consider it essential to have car(s) available to make the most of your visit
Activities near Citta Di Castello
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
11 Oct 2012
Villa Belvedere is a hidden gem on the boarder of Tuscany and Umbria. The magnificently restored Villa boasts 6 bedrooms,4 of which are suites. A fully equipped kitchen,lovely living room ,formal... more
27 Aug 2012
This is absolutely the most beautiful house my family has ever rented in 10 years of renting vacation homes. The house is an old farm meticulously restored and decorated. The rooms are spacious and full of light and the bathrooms modern. It is a perfect house for large family gathering. We found everything to be exceptionally clean and in order. Any questions we had were immediately answered by the extremely capable local manager. We really enjoyed swimming in the large pool, playing tennis in the afternoons and grilling in the outdoor fireplace. The views are incredible and the garden is magnificent! We would love to return!
22 Oct 2011
Belvedere really is the perfect location for a family holiday. We have been holidaying in Italy for several years now but after our visit to Belvedere I think we will find it difficult to persuade our children to go anywhere else. We were accompanied by two other families but there was more than enough room for us all and the adult en suite rooms were truly luxurious. It is ideally placed, being fairly near to a minor road, but not too close to it, and also in secluded but not isolated spot.
The setting in the rolling Umbrian hills, half way up the side of a valley, provides beautiful views in all directions and whilst the adults just enjoyed soaking up the peace and tranquillity of the Italian countryside, the teenagers were happy splashing in the pool and playing tennis. The amazingly well equipped kitchen and al fresco dining terrace were an inspiration to the cooks so there was hardly any need to venture out in the evenings, although we did enjoy some late afternoon visits to Monterchi, Anghiari and Monte Santa Maria Tiberina, which gave stunning views for many miles.
Although we were a large group, there always seemed to be plenty of space for us to relax in, both inside, in the many different rooms, and outside, in the carefully designed and tended garden, which had an almost cottage like feel to it. We spent many happy hours surrounded by fragrant flowers and herbs, sitting, reading, chatting or just having a quiet doze!
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 12|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Mid||23 Mar 13||25 May 13||£ 2300||-||-||1 Week|
|High||25 May 13||6 Jul 13||£ 3100||-||-||1 Week|
|Peak||6 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 4200||-||-||1 Week|
|High||31 Aug 13||28 Sep 13||£ 3100||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||28 Sep 13||2 Nov 13||£ 2300||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas/New Year||14 Dec 13||11 Jan 14||£ 3100||-||-||1 Week|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
All dates not shown above, please contact us. We may be able to offer flexible arrival and departure dates in low season or at Christmas/New Year, for lets of one week minimum when available.
Payment by sterling cheque or bank transfer in sterling is preferred. We may be able to accept payment in euros or US dollars by arrangement. Please contact us for details if you wish to pay in a currency other than sterling.
25% deposit to confirm booking, with balance due eight weeks before start of rental. Booking conditions will be sent to you for approval before confirmation.
Central Heating, when required, is metered and charged at cost.Enquire now
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Please contact us for availability outside marked dates and for Christmas/New Year period. We may be able to offer flexible arrival or departure dates at these times
Peak period is usually only available for lets of two weeks or more, but we can sometimes be flexible on this so it's worth calling us anyway.
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