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Tennis Court and Pool at Our Beautiful Farmhouse Villa

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Last updated: 05/31/2014
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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Citta di Castello house description

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 look forward to hearing from you.


Property Type

  • 3 story
  • House
  • 300 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome:

            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

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 child bed

            Queen bed is 68 inches...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            Queen bed is 68 inches wide...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

            Queen bed 68 inches wide...moreless

          • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

            In Europe standard single beds are 36 inches...moreless

          • Bedroom 5: 2 twin/ single

            In Europe standard single beds are 36 inches...moreless

          • Bedroom 6: 2 twin/ single

            In Europe standard single beds are 36 inches...moreless

          • Queen size Beds (3) 68 inches wide, Twin or Single Beds (6) 36 inches wide. Roll-out bed available by prior arrangement. Baby Cribs available free of charge by prior arrangement...moreless

          Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower, bidet


          • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet


          • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet


          • Bathroom 4: toilet, tub, shower, bidet


          • Bathroom 5: toilet, shower, bidet


          • Bathroom 6: toilet


          • Four of the bedrooms have en suite bathroom or shower room. Two of the twin bedrooms share the fifth bathroom. There is also a ground floor laundry room with toilet and handbasin....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Pantry Items:

            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

          • Cooking Utensils:

            Wide selection of cooking equipment, to enable you to make the most of the local produce. Pots, pans, baking tins, food processor, weighing scales, pasta board and roller and much more....moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Full range of good quality dishes and utensils to serve 12 people and plenty to spare...moreless

          • Dining:

            As well as the dining room, there is a choice of outside dining areas...moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            Espresso machine, plus several moka pots and two large cafetieres...moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            (2) One large fridge/freezer and one larder fridge ...moreless

          • Oven:

            Large oven (90 cms wide) with five burner hob...moreless

          • Kitchen:

            Kitchen with adjoining utility area...moreless

          • Child's Highchair
          • Toaster
          • Microwave
          • Dishwasher
          • Seating for 14 people


          • Fireplace:

            Two fireplaces with wood-burning stoves. An initial supply of wood is provided free of charge to winter guests, with further supplies at cost...moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            All bed linens provided and changed weekly (extra change can be provided at extra cost). Crib linen can be provided if required...moreless

          • Living Room:

            Main living room approximately 9m x 6m, seating up to 12. Antique fireplace and terra cotta floor. Doors to covered portico...moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            Bath, hand and pool towels provided and changed weekly (extra change can be provided at extra cost)...moreless

          • Parking:

            Plenty of off-street parking available on our property. Covered parking for three cars. No garage...moreless

          • Heating:

            Central heating available at extra cost. Gas is metered and charged at cost...moreless

          • Wood Stove:

            Wood stoves for heating only. See details under Fireplace heading...moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            In our property, with initial supply of washing detergent provided...moreless

          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

            In open parking area on our property...moreless

          • Covered Parking:

            For three cars...moreless

          • Parking Off Street
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board


          • Books:

            Wide selection of books for adults and children, including a range of guide books...moreless

          • Games:

            Wide selection of puzzles, card games and board games for children and adults...moreless

          • Video Library:

            Wide range of DVDs & videos for adults and children...moreless

          • Satellite / Cable:

            Italian Sky provided, with many channels in English...moreless

          • Stereo:

            CD player with iPod dock. Not for use outside...moreless

          • Toys:

            Basket of toys for younger children....moreless

          • Television:

            Second small TV set for videos only...moreless

          • Foosball
          • DVD Player
          • Music Library
          • VCR
          • CD Player


          • Wireless Internet:

            Wifi reaches throughout most of house and to pool area. Free to guests...moreless

          • Internet:

            Free wifi internet access using guests' own hardware....moreless

          • Telephone:

            Charged separately by 'honesty box'...moreless

          Pool & Spa

              • Private Pool:

                12 x 6 metres, 0.9 - 2.4 m deep, with diving board. ...moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • 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

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Charcoal barbecue. In addition, the house has its original wood fired bread oven - please contact us for further details about this....moreless

              • Tennis:

                Private tennis court on the property. Acrylic surface. Racquets are available, but keen players may prefer to bring their own....moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                Terraced area adjoining kitchen, with pergola and seating for 6-8 (see also 'lanai'). Beautiful view along the valley...moreless

              • Gazebo:

                (2) One by pool, one by tennis court (with giant chessboard)...moreless

              • Lanai / Gazebo:

                Roofed portico adjoining dining room, with table for 14+...moreless


              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions

              Location & View

                  • Mountain View:

                    Surrounded by beautiful views over farmland and forested hills on every side ...moreless


                  • Live Theater
                  • Hospital
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services
                  • Tennis
                  • Hiking
                  • Fishing
                  • Cycling
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Swimming
                  • Golf
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Groceries
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Antiquing
                  • Restaurants
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Museums
                  • Churches
                  • Playground
                  • Cinemas
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Walking
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Boating
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Shopping
                  • Roller Blading


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                  2014: Rentals run Saturday-Saturday except low season when we can be more flexible
                  (please note that prices are inclusive of all taxes, if any are due)
                  Mid:  5th April-24th May 2014              £2500 per week
                  High: 24th May-5th July 2014                £3300 per week
                  Peak: 5th July-30th August 2014             £4300 per week
                  High: 30th August-27th September 2014       £3300 per week
                  Mid:  27th September-1st November 2014      £2500 per week
                  Low season & Christmas/New Year period:  On request (flexible dates possible)

                  Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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                  Last updated: 05/31/2014
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                  40 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  100 Miles
                  Nearest Ferry
                  24 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Arezzo mainline
                  6 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  70 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Adriatic coast
                  4 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  3 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Fattoria Caldese
                  4 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant

                  Car: Necessary

                  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


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 1998

                  Contact us

                  Speaks: french, italian, english, A little Spanish



                  • The pool and outbuildings

                    The pool and outbuildings

                  • Master Bedroom

                    Master Bedroom

                  • The Old Kitchen

                    The Old Kitchen

                  • One of the twin bedrooms

                    One of the twin bedrooms

                  • The kitchen terrace

                    The kitchen terrace

                  • Monte Santa Maria Tiberina

                    Monte Santa Maria Tiberina

                  • Antique market in Arezzo

                    Antique market in Arezzo

                  • Citta di Castello at dusk

                    Citta di Castello at dusk

                  • Our house in May

                    Our house in May

                  • Master Bedroom bathroom

                    Master Bedroom bathroom

                  • The pool terrace

                    The pool terrace

                  • The pool taken from the house

                    The pool taken from the house

                  • Portico and bread oven

                    Portico and bread oven

                  • A view from the tennis court

                    A view from the tennis court

                  • A view from Monte Santa Maria Tiberina

                    A view from Monte Santa Maria Tiberina

                  • Anghiari, a beautiful medieval town in nearby Tuscany

                    Anghiari, a beautiful medieval town in nearby Tuscany

                  • Autumn sunset

                    Autumn sunset

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                  This listing was first published here in 2005.

                  Date last modified - Sunday, June 22, 2014


                  6 Bedroom / 5.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 12

                  View calendar: Updated 05/31/14
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                  +44 1732 762013

                  Speaks: french, italian, english, A little Spanish
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