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Castle | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Short stays welcome

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from £94 /night

£658 - £877 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
I would like to mention that if you bring bikes, surfboards… There's space to leave it. There's space to clean them after use it. You're inbetween the Alt and Baix Empurdà, so you have lots of places to stay and visit. The place is really good have a family time.  …see more

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Castle | 6 Bedrooms | sleeps 18

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £238 /night

£1665 - £3417 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Rogheta ancient Agostinian hermitage is now a charming country house with swimming pool and Jacuzzi (dipped into a natural reserve area) in the very heart of the etrurian Tuscany, between Volterra and the sea. A specially "neat place" since it has been constructed with bio-compatible material.  …see more

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Castle | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

3 Nights min stay

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from £63 /night

£439 - £701 / week

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  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Luxury stylish and wide Apartment with breathtaking view o the Valley and sunset. High level furniture, comfortable livings, 1 bedroom,1 bathroom with shower, equipped Kitchen. Host 2 persons Pool is shared , full servicing. Welcome breakfast basket on arrival The perfect home for independent Travellers who like to have a comfortable retreat after a touring day.  …see more

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Castle | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £114 /night

£798 - £1315 / week

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  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
13 Century Castle in Gubbio, Umbria. Furnished with antiques. 12 acre private grounds with jacuzzi and sun terrace. Can sleep 8 guests with 2 double beds, a twin room, double and single sofa bed, 2 Lounge/TV rooms, dining room. Stunning views from top of hill. Sole use of property and all facilities. Secure underground car park, video phone entry, hot tub, barbeque  …see more

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Castle | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £63 /night

£439 - £482 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
A unique place to stay.  …see more

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Castle | 7 Bedrooms | sleeps 18

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £375 /night

£2624 - £2629 / week

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  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Bansha Castle is one of Ireland's best kept secret get-aways. A former home of the Butlers of Ormonde, this luxurious period property is now yours to experience as a haven of relaxation in the lush county Tipperary countryside, backed by the stunning Galtee mountains.  …see more

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Castle | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 15

1 night min stay

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from £69 /night

£482 - £3067 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
5 large rooms with private bath each and toilets, the small castle is situated along the river where bikes pass (85 KMS). We also have a restaurant just near to Le Clos Belle Rose,private parties catered for. We speak English. We can use the kitchen if you need Possibility to reserve hot stone massage, or with rose oil  …see more

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Castle | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 15

Excellent 5/5 

6 Nights min stay

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from £25 /night

£174 - £414 / week

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  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Large, modern fully equipped castle, centrally north of Bangkok with close access to rivers, mountains, fishing, neighboruring countries and quiteness. But close to a town with nightlife. The castle is ideal for recreation, in case you want to get away from it all. Luxurious home - next to a lake, large swimming pool, large rooms and lots of space.  …see more

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Castle | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £87 /night

£605 - £1210 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 28 km
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
PALACE! Medieval Palace in ancient, mountain citadel, near pools & rivers. Sleeps 2 to 6. Serene & splendid spot, panorama of peaks & valleys, tranquil beauty spot not too far from the sea. 1 of the top-100 Italian beauty spots. Free WIFI, Free British Satellite TV, & FREE access to communal guest PC COMPUTER (HP 4-core WIN 7 : fast!).  …see more

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Castle | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 10

2 Nights min stay

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from £53 /night

£368 - £1139 / week

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  • Nearest beach 75 km
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Holidays in an original Castle near Siena! Castello di Capria offers the perfect location for history and nature loving guests. Space for up to 10 people in comfortable rooms, self catered or with catering. Special Getaway for smaller groups for up to 10 people. Golf nearby, Horse riding nearby, swimming nearby.  …see more

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Castle | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £82 /night

£570 - £658 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Castle Tower Above Spoleto Valley: Italian Design and Pool Access, 2-bedroom, 1 1/2 baths, sleeps 3-5. 5-minute drive to large private pool, 1 free pass for 2 to nearby spa: sauna, steam room, heated pool. Other spa treatments available. Outdoor dining. Campello, Umbria  …see more

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Castle | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

1 night min stay

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from £60 /night

£417 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 66 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
A haven in the heart of the Charente-Maritime, the Chateau de Beaufief will host you in an exceptional environment where the nature rhythm yours desires. You will recharge yourself in this history cadre.  …see more

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Castle | 9 Bedrooms | sleeps 15

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £398 /night

£2783 - £3286 / week

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  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Glentruim Castle is a stunning nine bedroom property which is set in 53 acres of beautiful mixed woodland with abundant wildlife, and is situated in the Cairngorm National Park, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. An ideal location for large house parties. Beautiful rooms, in a stunning location, with a host of facilities to suit all ages.  …see more

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Castle | 12 Bedrooms | sleeps 30

3 Nights min stay

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from £827 /night

£5786 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
For total exclusivity and our fullest attention, hire the whole castle? Work groups, Birthdays, Weddings, Golfing Trips or just you and your family or friends; terrace, park, pool, main salon, dining halls, library, and billiard hall.  …see more

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Castle | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

3 Nights min stay

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from £130 /night

£910 - £1141 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
Two double rooms, one shower. Kitchen. Balcony. Drawing room with sofa/bed. VCR. 4-6 people, terrace, park, pool, main salon, dining halls, library, and billiard hall.  …see more

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Castle | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

5 Nights min stay

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from £63 /night

£439 - £877 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Exclusive apartment in 16th Century fortress,within the walls of a pristine Tuscan National Heritage monument. La Rocca Spagnola sits magnificently over the picturesque Marina of Porto Ercole. idial for honymoon, quite, peaceful, wonderful view from the garden.  …see more

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Castle | 8 Bedrooms | sleeps 24

3 Nights min stay

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from £558 /night

£3900 / week

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  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Our stunning pink stone castle w/9 Bedrooms, lofts & alcoves sleeps 24+. Once the home of the GUSTAV MAHLER family and recently the residence of SOFIA LOREN, it offers private pool, sauna & 3 double, jetted tubs. Luxuries of a spa experience. 3 double jacuzzis, sauna, swimming pool, lawns, gardens, stunning views.  …see more

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Castle | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

1 night min stay

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from £130 /night

£910 - £1141 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
Three double rooms - two large rooms with balcony and lovely parkview, one smaller room with fireplace, one bathroom, VCR, terrace, park, pool, main salon, dining halls, library, and billiard hall.  …see more

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Castle | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 10

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £857 /night

£5995 - £11000 / week

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  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Winner of the tv series 'I Own Britain's Best Home', Carr Hall Castle is a stunning luxury castle with a contemporary interior boasting 5 sumptuous double bedrooms, indoor swimming pool, gym & hot tub, set in a private deer park estate. Beautiful 12 acre gardens. Escape to the Yorkshire countryside for a weekend a week to enjoy privacy, tranquility & luxury .  …see more

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Castle | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 15

1 night min stay

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from £119 /night

£827 - £9095 / week

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  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
Chateauzen a truly contemporary vacation experience enjoy a stress-free holiday, just focusing on you. Enjoy yoga, organic, zen, nature, meditation, massage.  …see more

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Castle | 8 Bedrooms | sleeps 16

1 night min stay

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from £63 /night

£439 - £745 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
Luxury retreat for your holiday in Piemonte. We offer exclusive apartment elegantly refurnished and equipped with all the modern comfort. Spacious open air spaces such as swimming pool and garden at our guest disposal as well as the wine shop for wine tasting and tours.  …see more

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Castle | 10 Bedrooms | sleeps 20

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £643 /night

£4500 - £9000 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Winner of Top vacation rental Edinburgh Award huge baronial beautifully decorated country mansion house. 45 mins to Edinburgh 10 acres of grounds Beautifully decorated ideal for family groups,corporate, events- Butler/catering on request. Short breaks.Dogs welcome. The perfect house for entertaining and celebrating.  …see more

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Castle | 9 Bedrooms | sleeps 19

7 Nights min stay

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from £538 /night

£3761 - £7356 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Tucked away into the hills of Arezzo lies the magic Castello di Galbino dating back to the 11th century. A large and welcoming family castle surrounded by seemingly endless fields and hills covered olive groves and woods.  …see more

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Castle | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 35

1 night min stay

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from £709 /night

£4959 - £7439 / week

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  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Fairytale Castle set in a secluded 30 acre park within travelling distance of Paris and the Loire Valley, ideal for weddings or family gatherings and providing accommodation for up to 35 people on the estate. The area is one of natural beauty being a National Country Park.  …see more

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Castle | 6 Bedrooms | sleeps 12

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £355 /night

£2480 - £3554 / week

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  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
The Puilacher castle is a XV/XVIIth century historical monument listed by the French Ministry for Culture. It has all modern conveniences including air-conditioning, a 6x12 m large swimming-pool, an exhibition room for beautiful contemporary African Art. The Mediterranean sea is about 40 km and, around, there are many interesting places (abbeys, caves, etc.)  …see more

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Castle | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £335 /night

£2340 - £2980 / week

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  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Montecastello - features, Swimming Pool, Wi-Fi, easy distance to the Tuscan Riviera. Montecastello is a reconstructed Tuscan stone farmhouse with fortified tower is situated on its own elevated position above the 16th century village of Tavernelle. Sleeps up to 8 person Montecastello offers beautiful surroundings with Swimming Pool. Best of both worlds country and coast.  …see more

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Castle | 13 Bedrooms | sleeps 24

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £263 /night

£1840 - £6899 / week

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  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Self catering, vacation rental for up to 24 people in a luxurious exclusive castle. Mansion house, Big house rental, castle rental Ireland. Castle rent Ireland. Group accommodation. Family reunion. Wedding venue. Corporate venue. Business meetings. Please enquire even if marked booked as there is only 1 calendar for both properties, and 1 may be available  …see more

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Castle | 7 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £208 /night

£1455 - £2909 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Chateau, Loire Valley, historic, environmentally friendly, family run, swimming pool, garden, self catering, quiet Groups from 4 to 8 people can be accommodated in the Chateau.  …see more

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Castle | 35 Bedrooms | sleeps 50

Short stays welcome

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from £86 /night

£596 - £771 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Exceptional setting close to all of the major tourist sites of the region. Magnificent Chateau with a new gastronomic restaurant serving local delicacies such as truffle or 'ris de veau'. With a warm, receptive and courteous Staff it makes Monrecour a great choice.  …see more

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Castle | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 10

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £72 /night

£500 - £3400 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Tastefully restored Henri IV Chateau well situated in a calm and rural setting. The property is made up of a main building, up to 9 people and two self contained apartments: the Loft and La Pommeraie. Property can be rented as a whole (up to 15 people) or separately. Just minutes away from the landing beaches and Omaha Golf. 3 units sleeping 2, 4 or 9 people. Max 15 people  …see more

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Castle | 7 Bedrooms | sleeps 14

7 Nights min stay

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from £514 /night

£3592 - £5081 / week

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  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Al piano terra c'è la cucina che si apre sul giardino ammobiliato con mobili in legno e barbecue. E un terrazzo con una bella vista ed alcuni scale sotto, c'è il grande spazio della piscina con un gazzebo ornato di rose, lettini da sole e sedie sdraio. Doccia calda. Tutti i Saloni sono al piano terra e decorati: sala TV, sala Lettura, salone grande con pianoforte e ufficio  …see more