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Medieval Watch-Tower Quietly Overlooking the Spoleto Valley

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I Cerri from the castle road

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Last updated: 03/03/2012

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  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Spoleto tower description

The Watch-Tower, I Cerri (Italian for 'The Turkey Oaks') proudly stands as one of Italy's more secret listed historic properties. Nestling in the Appennines overlooking the Spoleto Valley towards Montefalco and, just a bit further beyond, Tuscany, you will appreciate the absolute privacy and quiet while sipping on an aperitif on the ample terrace, where you will be doing most of your outdoor entertaining, or, in the cooler months, cooking your hearty meals in true Umbrian style in the kitchen fireplace.
Though perfect for just the two of you, if you are travelling with another couple or your family, you will nevertheless have all the privacy and comfort modern living can muster. The two fully-furnished bedrooms, one with an en-suite bathroom, the other with its bathroom two steps away in the corridor, are completely autonomous with breath-taking views and oodles of character. The bedroom with the en-suite bathroom also boasts a French boat-bed with inlaid wood ca.1804, in which Napoleon himself with said to have slept with his ravishing Josephine. Various other antiques, rugs and paintings add further charm to the medieval structure.
In the living room just off the large kitchen-dining area, you can admire the rock face, which is the mountain itself, onto which the tower was originally built all those centuries ago. It provides for a naturally cool environment, even on the hottest August days, and, thanks to the floor heating working perfectly right throughout the entire structure, a cosy area in which to snuggle up in the cooler months.
The tower itself is positioned, in true medieval style, to catch the warmth of the sun from mid morning to sunset. If you happen to be here at the summer solstice in June, for example, you will notice that I Cerri looks exactly in the direction of that very special sunset that embues everything with a reddish-pinkish hue.
Up and behind the house on the hill side, there are some delightful terraced areas in amongst the olive trees and the many colourful flowers, where you can either sit and read, snooze the afternoon away or have yet another aperitif before lunch or dinner. A large BBQ area is perfect for providing those outdoor meals characterising summer living.

Keywords: Self-contained flat

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Tower

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Other Amenities

              • Both bathrooms have a shower, toilet, bidet; the terrace is excellent for dining outside. A large umbrella is provided for hotter days. A delightfully-gurgling fish pond will freshen the air as you sunbath, dine or are having an aperitif...moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • CD Player
              • Stereo
              • Television
              • VCR

              Attractions

              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Nude Beach
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Babysitter
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Horseback Riding
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

                  • Mountain View

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Spelunking
                  • Swimming

                  Dining

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 8 people

                  General

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Wood Fireplace

                  Kitchen

                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Kitchen
                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster

                  Outside

                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Outdoor Grill
                   

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                  From 1/3/2013  - 31/5/2013     780 euros per week
                  From 1/6/2013  - 30/9/2013     840 euros per week
                  From 1/10/2013 - 28/2/2014     730 euros per week
                  from 1/3/2014  - 31/5/2014     780 euros per week
                  Please add 70 euros per week for every extra person staying 
                  Please ask for special 10% discount on all remaining free weeks this year.
                  

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                  Location

                  30 Kilometres
                  Nearest Airport
                  Perugia-Assisi
                  11 Kilometres
                  Nearest Train
                  Spoleto
                  200 Metres
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Poreta

                  Car: Recommended

                  The Watch-tower is situated on the Via Francigena di San Francesco, the famous medieval pilgrims' route once connecting Rome to southern France and from there to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Today it is still travelled on by the more spiritually inclined among us and hiking enthusiasts. By simply following the signs dotted along the way, you could go north and end up in Assisi, or south towards the township of Spoleto and Norcia. Here you can visit places of historic interest, such as St Benedict's home and the beginnings of Western monasticism, the 'sacred wood' at Monteluco, monasteries, abandoned medieval churches, and secluded places of Franciscan worship. If you wanted to, it could even guide you right down to Rome and the Basilica of St Peter!

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 1992

                  About the owner: I am a philologist with a particular interest in the medieval and Renaissance periods. I deal with texts and their transmission and have lectured at the Universities of Edinburgh, Oxford, Milan, Perugia and Rome 'La Sapienza'. I carry out most of my research at the Vatican Library in Rome, but do prefer to come back to I Cerri for the peace and quiet. It is here that I can really concentrate on my work and get my writing done. As you can imagine, I LOVE what I do and sharing it with those others drawn to this area, especially over the odd ice-cold prosecco or two. And I Cerri is truly the perfect place in which to do it!

                  Why the Owner Chose Spoleto:
                  I Cerri and I have a love affair that literally started at first sight. We instantly realised that I belonged to her and she belonged to me, even though I did not even know at the time whether she was for sale, who the owner was, anything! As it turned out, the Cistercians who were going to get it and turn it into their Umbrian hermitage opted for a much larger complex in the Marches and I got it instead! I really feel it was meant to be!

                  The Unique Benefits at this Tower:
                  The best facet about a stay here at I Cerri is that you can spend the day in a bustling city such as Rome, Florence or Perugia, or in perhaps one of the smaller tourist towns such as Assisi, Spello and Spoleto itself, and come back here in the evening to a relaxing atmosphere in cosy elegance and fresh, sweet-smelling air. At I Cerri you are literally in the heart of Italy with it all surrounding you, yet quietly detached in full privacy and harmony with nature.


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                  Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian

                   

                  Photos

                  • I Cerri from the castle road

                    I Cerri from the castle road

                  • Aperitif on the terrace

                    Aperitif on the terrace

                  • Entertaining at night...

                    Entertaining at night...

                  • Peering through the lower entrance to the terrace

                    Peering through the lower entrance to the terrace

                  • Summer lunch with friends

                    Summer lunch with friends

                  • Corner of lounge area

                    Corner of lounge area

                  • I Cerri overlooking the Spoleto Valley on a foggy autumn day

                    I Cerri overlooking the Spoleto Valley on a foggy autumn day

                  • Upper patio, perfect for sunbathing and just whiling away the afternoon

                    Upper patio, perfect for sunbathing and just whiling away the afternoon

                  • The terrace all ready for soaking up the sun...

                    The terrace all ready for soaking up the sun...

                  • The shady terrace

                    The shady terrace

                  • Autumn snack

                    Autumn snack

                  • Overlooking the Spoleto Valley from the upper patio

                    Overlooking the Spoleto Valley from the upper patio

                  • Early evening just before dinner

                    Early evening just before dinner

                  • Downstairs kitchen

                    Downstairs kitchen

                  • Rustic kitchen and fine Umbrian cuisine

                    Rustic kitchen and fine Umbrian cuisine

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                  This listing was first published here in 2012.

                  Date last modified - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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                  2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 6

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                  Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
                  • Calendar last updated: 03/03/2012
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