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Casa Cristina: Medieval Tower in a Magical Mountain Village

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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Casa Cristina

Nestled in a hidden valley in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains, lies the tiny village of Vallocchia a short drive from the city of Spoleto. The village is a quiet and friendly outpost where one can enjoy the peace and beauty of the mountains. Vallocchia offers a serenity and a way of life long forgotten in most parts of the world today.

The house itself offers the utmost privacy. The house was originally an old farmhouse/tower that was lovingly restored by an Academy Award winning Italian art director a decade ago. The top floor of the tower is the master bedroom, with a second bedroom a floor below, at street level. There is also a small bedroom off the living room with a twin bed.

The kitchen and living room are on the ground floor (one floor below street level) and both open onto their own terraces. Only Gioia and A.D., the village horses grazing in the pasture, impede the idyllic view of this stunning valley and the mountains surrounding it. In the basement is a third bathroom with shower and laundry facilities. The kitchen and bedrooms are connected by a circular staircase. The house has thick walls that keep it cool in the summer. You can also opt to close the shutters to keep out the heat of the day and then open them to let in the cool evening breezes.

Vallocchia offers many wonderful hiking opportunities, from treks to the nearby ancient chestnut forest - Vallocchia is legendary for its chestnuts - to spectacular hikes up into the mountains offering breathtaking views of this glorious mountain region. Also, the beautifully preserved medieval town of Spoleto is just ten minutes away by car. Here, one is centrally located for day trips to all the wondrous history, art and nature Umbria has to offer.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 135 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    toddlers would need protection from the stairs....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Feel free to smoke on the terraces...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • King size beds (1) Two twin beds with top-of-the-line American mattresses makeup a king size bed. This bedroom is at street level, with its own private bathroom (toilet, shower, and bidet)., Queen size Beds (1) The master (upstairs) bedroom also has a top-of-the-line American mattress and its own private entrance from the street. Also with private bathroom, including a toilet, shower, and bidet....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, bidet

    shower is large...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower, bidet

    Plus washer and dryer ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower, bidet

    ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • *Private Cooking classes can be arranged with an exquisite local cook, We are also located in the midst of glorious mountain hiking and biking trails....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Books for all ages, Books on the area, children's books aged 8-12, Adult books, fiction, history and thrillers....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • Games:

    Darts, puzzles and your basic board games....moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    Includes ipod dock as well for I-Phones 4,4s, and 5. Also a CD player and CD's of mostly Jazz and classical music....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    satellite provides BBC and other channels...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    satellite provides BBC, CNN and other channels...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    For both adults and children...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View:

    Sublime, unobstructed valley and mountain view. Perfect for stargazing as there is no ambient light at night....moreless

  • Rural
  • Village:

    Vallocchia is a friendly historically protected village. Many Italians consider it one of the best preserved village in the area. There are 10 year round inhabitants....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining:

    Inner kitchen table seats 8, the table on the terrace seats 6....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    The house has thick walls that keep it cool in the summer. You can also close the shutters to keep out the heat of the day and open them for the evening breezes. Umbria is a dry mountain climate....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access:

    High speed internet arrives via satellite. Average speed is 250 kb per second. Wireless throughout the house....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Clothes Dryer on site, There is also an iron and a hair dryer...moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    The vine covered car park can hold up to four cars....moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    radiator and underfloor heating. Each room has its own thermostat,...moreless

  • Internet:

    Hi speed internet with wireless via sattelite...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Ivory linens with down comforters and down pillows....moreless

  • Living Area
  • Living Room:

    Cozy and quiet with a television, stereo and library....moreless

  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    telephone for local calls....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    New large washer on site....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless throughout the house....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Located in the kitchen, the fireplace can also be used for cooking....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    there is a Weber grill for outdoor cooking....moreless

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker:

    Several sizes of Moka's ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    The kitchen is a fully equipped cook's kitchen with All Clad cookware and Franke appliances....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    A fully stocked cooks kitchen with while dishware, stemmed wine glasses and table linens. Full supply of quality pans and instruments....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Miele...moreless

  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    *Private Cooking classes can be arranged with an exquisite local cook...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Mid size microwave...moreless

  • Oven:

    Franke convection oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    The basics of salt, pepper, pasta, and cereal and coffee are in the cuboards...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Double door Franke refrigerator with ice maker and two different freezer compartments....moreless

  • Stove:

    Franke stove top with 6 burners...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Two Terraces that look out over the valley, which is protected as an historic site....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Two delightful terraces and a small yard make up the outdoor living spaces....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber proudly flow over from the US....moreless

  • Patio
  • Terrace

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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5 night min stay
€125
€2,899

Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • end of stay cleaning fee €60
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Rental season is from April to November.

Winter months are available for a long term rental.

50% deposit is due upon booking and the balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.


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Location

80 Miles
Nearest Airport
Rome
5 Miles
Nearest Train
Spoleto

Car: Necessary

Vallocchia offers many wonderful hiking opportunities, from treks to the nearby ancient chestnut forest - Vallocchia is legendary for its chestnuts - to spectacular hikes up into the mountains offering breathtaking views of this glorious mountain region. Also, the beautifully preserved medieval town of Spoleto is just ten minutes away by car. Here, one is centrally located for day trips to all the wondrous history, art and nature Umbria has to offer.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1999

About the owner: We always wanted to give our daughter a second language and fantasized of doing it in Italy. One day the stars aligned, making our dream a possibility. Three weeks later we came upon Casa Cristina. It seemed too rich an experience to not make the leap. And what a leap it was. We were city folk unused to the quiet rhythm of nature but, looking for adventure, it didn’t make sense to trade one city for another. And so we came to this historic mountain hamlet for a full year and fell in love. Our neighbors immediately embraced us. When the moving van couldn’t make it through the narrow pass by Mimma’s house, Lando called Aleandro in from the field. They hitched a flatbed up to Aleandro’s trailer and made several trips, depositing all of our belongings onto the car park. Thus began what has been a decade of experiences rich beyond recounting. Pictured here is our daughter just before we took her down to Spoleto for her first day of school at the age of nine. She is now in her second year of college and working on her fourth language. Sharing our life and home here with other adventurous travelers has been a wonderfully rewarding experience. Kristine and John

Why the Owner Chose Spoleto:
After visiting friends in the area for many years, we came to view this part of Italy as home. We fell in love with the house when we first saw it! The village is a protected historic site and one of the best preserved villages of its kind in all of Umbria.


Contact us

Speaks: english, italian

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Photos

  • The back terraces

    The back terraces

  • VIew from the kitchen terrace.

    VIew from the kitchen terrace.

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Kitchen

    Kitchen

  • Living Room Terrace

    Living Room Terrace

  • Street level bedroom

    Street level bedroom

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • The hammock at dawn

    The hammock at dawn

  • The moon rises over the mountains.

    The moon rises over the mountains.

  • The church.

    The church.

  • A frequent rainbow over the valley.

    A frequent rainbow over the valley.

  • View from the back terraces.

    View from the back terraces.

  • Kitchen Terrace

    Kitchen Terrace

  • Mr. Wind watches from the car park.

    Mr. Wind watches from the car park.

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Kitchen

    Kitchen

  • Local produce and shade...

    Local produce and shade...

  • Street level bedroom

    Street level bedroom

  • master bedroom

    master bedroom

  • Goia grazing from the back yard.

    Goia grazing from the back yard.

  • The front of the house at night.

    The front of the house at night.

  • View of the Valley from the House.

    View of the Valley from the House.

  • Strolling in the village

    Strolling in the village

  • The village perched over its  hidden valley.

    The village perched over its hidden valley.

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  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
    House
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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, italian
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  • Calendar last updated 07/31/2015
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