Molino Meocci: Tuscany border
Watermill | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9
Perfect as a tranquil getaway for small groups or for an extended family, the accommodation is arranged on 2 levels which you can use together or independently - each level having own entrances and shaded portico/pergola. You can rent the whole molino (upto 11 people), or for a more economical rate you can rent just the upper portico level alone (3 bedrooms) which is ideal for couples or for up to 7 people. Exclusive use assured.
Located where the foothills of Alpe de la Luna meet theUpper Tiber Valley, it's a perfect base for walking, painting or cycling, and for enjoying the unspoiled life of historic cities and hilltowns - nearby Sansepolcro (Piero della Francesca's home) is 10 mins drive, and has a lovely summer outdoor swimming pool in a park, with bar.
Michelangelo's birthplace and Franciscan monasteries are close by. Hilltowns such as Anghiari are just 10-30 minutes drive, and it is also a great base for visiting Urbino, Gubbio, Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Lake Trasimeno, Perugia and Adriatic Coast.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lake trasimeno 60 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia, or bologna 65180 km, Nearest railway: Arezzo 45 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||CD player, Telephone|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
An ancient mill house, renovated in 1990, making a welcoming C21 home while keeping its traditional chestnut beams, terracotta floors and ceilings,
* Living room, with windows opening to the view and sound of the little waterfall below. In this spacious room is a large dining table seating 8 comfortably, a wood burning stove, and a lounge area including sofa bed.
Games, CD player, and books provided. Telephone.
* 3 bedrooms: one double bedroom, 1 family bedroom with 1 double and 1 single bed; 1 bedroom having 2 single beds,
* kitchen - with door accessing the portico.
* generously sized bathroom with shower (no bath) and bidet
*living room with dining table seating 4, a wood stove and easy chairs.
*double bedroom with klng size bed
*kitchen, opening to pergola
* generously sized bathroom with wide shower (no bath) and bidet
* two additional folding beds are available if required
* separate laundry room
* supply of firewood for wood stoves.
|Further details outdoors|
Upper (portico) level: portico with original bread oven, table and chairs, just outside the kitchen. Pizza-making tools provided, and a supply of firewood. Three steps lead down from the portico to a wooden sundeck, partially shaded by trees, overlooking a woodland trail, with paths to rockpools. The stream runs alongside, and in 1 minute you can walk down to rockpools suitable for bathing. You can also walk up the stream to further secluded rock plunge pool.
Both portico and deck can be used for dining: outdoor tables and chairs provided, and folding sun loungers.
Lower level: Outside the kitchen there is a shaded lower pergola with a table and 2 chairs.
2 off-road parking spaces, additional parking on road.
Welcome pack provided on arrival.
English speaking agents in nearby town look after the property and can be contacted if required.
Very large outdoor swimming pool in park in Sansepolcro, open summer months.(10 mins drive).
Indoor pool in sports centre in San Giustino (5 mins drive)
The upper Portico unit can be rented alone, or simultaneously with lower Pergola floor: they can be connected by the internal stair.
Exclusive use assured - we do not rent to separate groups simultaneously.
Both floors have original small level changes of 3 steps each between kitchen and living areas. The molino is set into a hillside. We have stayed with very small children and elderly grandparents, but small children will require supervision, and assistance may be required for those with mobility problems.
The Umbria region
Where the foothills of the Alpe della Luna meet the fertile Upper Tiber Valley,(Valtiberina) , Molino Meocci is close to the cultural delights of Tuscany and just within Umbria, known as 'the green heart of Italy'.
Whilst being within easy reach of the key cultural cities such as Florence, SIena,Perugia, Arezzo, Urbino and Gubbio, there are also other delights right on the doorstep. The hills and the valley are very fertile and the farming traditional - the aromas and flavours are everywhere, and produce is all grown and distributed locally. Truffles, olives, vineyards, fruit trees, local honey, cheeses.
Each hamlet has its special festival - chestnuts (Caprese Michelangelo) truffles, wine, flowers, lacemaking, archery, music of all kinds - chamber music (Sansepolcro), jazz (Perugia), chocolate (Perugia)and flag throwing and medieval crafts (Sansepolcro).
Pliny the younger lived near San Giustino, and at the top of the next valley is a still active Franciscan monastery. - Montecasale - which is connected along a beautiful walking trail stretching from Assissi to La Verna
The hilltop monastery of La Verna - first settled by St Francis - is a short drive, and is very close to the hamlet of Caprese Michelangelo, the birthplace of Michelangelo, who credited his wellbeing to the healthy food and atmosphere of his native hilltop. The place has changed little, and the agrarian way of life is still recognisable.
Citta Di Castello
San Giustino (20 mins walk or 3 mins drive) has several friendly bars and restaurants (wonderful food!), plus a range of grocery shops, post office, supermarket, banks, pizzerias, sports centre and a health club.. It's a very small local town, with infrequent foreign visitors. Weekly market in the piazza. It also has a small station - rail connection with Sansepolcro and Perugia.
10 mins drive away - or 20 mins by bike - is historic Sansepolcro. The birthplace of Piero della Francesca, it is a beautiful walled town with a rich variety of restaurants, delightful shopping, and the evening passagiata. It has several hotels, intriguing individual festivals, plus twice weekly market and a cinema.
Horse riding can be found nearby at Il Violino. Cycling is a very popular local activity - hire of very good cycles available, offering route itineraries, and also guided walks. See link on our website.
Molino is very near the border Umbria/ Toscana, and Sansepolcro, the nearest town, is in Toscana (Tuscany).
Citta di Castello - an Umbrian historic walled town -is also nearby (30 mins drive), having a wonderful variety of restaurants, shops, theatre, markets.
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2 Jul 2013
"Lovely, quiet house in a beautiful part of Italy"
This is a lovely old mill in a tranquil area. Good walking from the front door - even better with a car to nearby (and further away) marked trails. Local towns such as Arezzo, Apuglia, Citta di Castello etc all gorgeous and friendly. Pizza oven by the terrace is great fun - remember to use semolina on the paddle to make it easier to put pizzas into and out of oven.
18 Nov 2012
"A sanctuary close to so much"
Thank you very much for the opportunity to live for a week in such a beautiful and atmospheric place. We enjoyed the suggested local walks and the girls really enjoyed the space of the stream. In … More
11 Nov 2012
"A "must visit again" property and location"
The molino is a lovely place to stay.A very welcoming house with everything you need.Well equipped kitchen and comforting wood burning stoves for the colder months.The house is in an ideal position to… More
1 Oct 2012
"Go back in time to beautiful countryside, tranquility and a bounty of culture that you will find nowhere else."
Cuckoos in the Spring, night jars in the evening, a nightingale between you and the village. This is the place to get away from it all and unwind in this solid converted mill, where you can step out a… More
12 Sep 2012
"Superb old mill property in a delightfull position"
Lovely old mill building in a beautifull setting close to a charming and friendly town which provides shops,cafe`s and restaurants.Easy travelling to the most superb ancient towns with their associate… More
29 Aug 2012
Thankyou very much for the use of the water mill Molino Meocci.We had a wonderful time in Umbria, weather, food, and the character of the mill are now deeply engrained in our memory bank, to be re-vi… More
28 Aug 2012
Bordering Tuscany & Umbria, Molino Meocci was for us a real taste of Italy. The setting is beautiful & peaceful, and there was plenty of choice for food/drink in the village of San Giustino, 10 mins w… More
1 Aug 2012
My fifth stay there and it gets better each time - a very relaxing, peaceful wonderful place to be. Its a converted watermill and you can swim in rock pools in the river. nightjars and other birds aro… More
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