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Our holiday villa is a stone-built former farmhouse, stunningly situated at the head of a tranquil valley in Northern Umbria, with wonderful views over farmland and forested hills. Located just minutes from the Tuscany border near Monterchi, it makes a perfect base for exploring this fascinating region of Italy.
After many years of neglect, our house has been painstakingly restored to create an extremely attractive, welcoming and well-equipped family house, with its own private swimming pool and tennis court. Beautiful beamed ceilings, terracotta tiles, and working fireplaces combine to preserve the character of the old house, whilst the furnishings and fittings have been chosen with great care to provide every comfort, with spacious bathrooms, generous double beds, and a wide variety of modern appliances provided.
The three beautiful double bedrooms all have en suite bathrooms. One of the twin rooms has an en suite shower room, and the remaining two twin rooms share a bathroom, with access for both from the landing. Three of the bedrooms are on the first floor, and three on the second, so it is a great house for two families to share. The master bedroom also has a single bed, which can be made available by prior arrangement. Floor plans are available if required.
There are plenty of books, toys, board games, and videos/DVDs to provide entertainment for adults and children alike if you need a break after sightseeing. Holiday cooks keen to experiment with the mouth-watering range of local delicacies will find a comprehensively equipped kitchen and a choice of delightful sunny or shady outside eating areas in which to show off the results.
The lovely garden is a particular feature, planted with vines and olive trees and scented with lavender, rosemary and jasmine. There are plenty of garden recliners and sunbeds for relaxing in the sun or shade, and in the early summer the evening air sparkles with fireflies.
If you can tear yourself away, the house is very well placed for visiting many of Tuscany and Umbria’s best-known tourist destinations, and the delights of Florence, Arezzo, Siena, Cortona, Assisi, Gubbio, Perugia and many more are all within easy reach. Even closer to home, you will find plenty of interest in the charming but lesser known towns of Sansepolcro (the birthplace of Piero della Francesca), Città di Castello and Anghiari, or in the many small mediaeval villages which pepper the hillsides. Lake Trasimeno has a variety of small beaches, and the wild beauty of the Casentina region is close at hand. After a day relaxing by the pool or playing tennis, you could venture out to join in the evening ‘passeggiata’ at a nearby town or try out one of the many excellent restaurants, and if you are feeling more energetic, there is a wide variety of sporting activities within easy reach.
In Spring and Autumn the region takes on a whole new character and, with fewer crowds and fresher weather, sightseeing is perhaps even more pleasurable, whilst taking full advantage of the changing seasons in the surrounding countryside and the enticing range of local produce in the shops and markets. Even in Winter, full central heating and two log-burning stoves mean that our house can be a cosy retreat, perhaps for Christmas or New Year with family and friends.
Do give us a call if you would like further information - we really appreciate the chance to talk to you so that we can answer any questions and discuss your requirements.
We welcome children and have had many families with children of all ages over the years. However, the house is old and has not been designed specifically with young children in mind - there are hard surfaces and knobbly corners! But we do have cribs, toys, games etc. Please don't hesitate to contact us for full details if required....moreless
Large oven (90 cms wide) with five burner hob...moreless
Starter pack includes basic goods for first breakfast, 6 bottles water (but tap water is safe to drink), wine, toilet paper, kitchen roll. Please contact us for exact details if needed....moreless
(2) One large fridge/freezer and one larder fridge
Deck / Patio:
Terraced area adjoining kitchen, with pergola and seating for 6-8 (see also 'lanai'). Beautiful view along the valley...moreless
(2) One by pool, one by tennis court (with giant chessboard)...moreless
Lanai / Gazebo:
Roofed portico adjoining dining room, with table for 14+...moreless
Lawn / Garden:
Lovely garden and grounds of approximately 2 acres with lawns and olive grove. Beautifully planted with a wide range of flowering and scented plants and culinary herbs, cypress trees, vines and more...moreless
Charcoal barbecue. In addition, the house has its original wood fired bread oven - please contact us for further details about this....moreless
Private tennis court on the property. Acrylic surface. Racquets are available, but keen players may prefer to bring their own....moreless
Pool / Spa
12 x 6 metres, 0.9 - 2.4 m deep, with diving board. Heating available early and late season...moreless
Christmas/New Year Dec 20 - Jan 10, 2015 7 night min stay
Mid Mar 28 - May 22, 2015 7 night min stay
High May 23 - Jul 3, 2015 7 night min stay
Peak Jul 4 - Aug 28, 2015 7 night min stay
High Aug 29 - Sep 25, 2015 7 night min stay
Mid Sep 26 - Oct 31, 2015 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Please contact us for prices for all dates not shown in the Rates section. Though the minimum stay is always 7 nights, we can sometimes be flexible on changeover days outside the main season, with additional days being charged pro rata where appropriate.
A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the total rental price is required to confirm a booking. The balance of 75% is due eight weeks before the start of the rental. Full booking details will be sent for your approval before confirmation.
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Belvedere's location on the northern border of Umbria with Tuscany makes it an ideal location for exploring the many world-famous tourist sites these beautiful regions of Italy have to offer. Each of the towns and cities has its own character and so many things to see. Florence, Siena, Assisi, Perugia, Cortona, Urbino and many, many more stunningly beautiful towns are within reach for a day's visit, and there are feasts and festivals to enjoy throughout the year. Antique lovers will adore the huge monthly antique market in the gorgeous historic centre of Arezzo, and there are food festivals of every kind in many towns and villages, as well as bustling local markets in the delightful nearby towns of Citta di Castello, Sansepolcro, Anghiari and Monterchi every week, selling delicious produce and other local goods. There is designer outlet shopping between Arezzo and Florence, with many top designers represented, and beautiful ceramics, leather goods and fabrics are produced throughout the regions.
But above all the art and architecture of these regions are almost beyond compare. From the galleries of Florence to the magnificent Basilica in Assisi, the medieval streets of Siena to the charming Renaissance centre of nearby Sansepolcro - there is so much to see you could spend a lifetime exploring.
For fresh air and exercise, the stunning countryside is perfect for long walks and leisurely drives. Lake Trasimeno provides beauty and waterside activities of all kinds
Year Purchased: 1998
Speaks: english, french, italian, A little Spanish