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Citta di Castello chateau / country house description
Located on the Tuscan/Umbrian borders, perched on a hill, in the Renaissance heart of Italy, you will find this original historic 18C farmhouse. The villa has a privileged position standing proud above the Upper Tiber Valley with the villages of Anghiari, Citerna, Città di Castello. The property is surrounded by two hectares of gardens and grounds that have been professionally landscaped and contain planting typical of the region: sunflowers, olives, vineyards, lavender, rosemary, herbs, cypress, figs and roses.
The magnificent modern pool has been built inside an antique vasca from the 19th century to keep its original structure, unique in its kind. It is surrounded by big gardens with summer beds, plants, olive trees, and roses and overlooks the Tuscan and Umbrian hills.
The villa is suitable for a single group or a group of seperate families and friends who would prefer more privacy as the property can be devided into several self-contained units due to its various independent entrances. The main area is composed of a charming living/dining room with a big country kitchen and summer dining pergola in the garden where the whole group can gather together.
Recently a well-planned restoration has transformed the casa padronale, the former tobacco drying house and the barn in a residence full of elegance and charm with antique terracotta floors, beamed ceiling and original country furniture. The accommodation which can be rented besides the casa padronale is described as follows:
The former tobacco drying house has been restored and renovated to create a completely independent characteristic apartment, sleeping 2/6. There are two spacious sleeping rooms each with kingsize bed, one has an additional single bed, big seperate living space with sat-tv, cd-stereo, dvd, library, table seating 10, kitchen with fridge, frezzer, oven, dishwasher, kettler, etc. There is a large bathroom with full size bath, shower, sink, toilet and bidet. All rooms are tastefully furnished and decorated. Access to covered portico with original bread oven.
In the same part of the house there is another big double bed room, a suite, with seperate entrance. This bedroom has its own large living space with sat-tv, cd-stereo, dvd, library, fridge for your drinks, bathroom with shower, sink and toilet.
The restored barn across from the main house contains one independent apartment, with a sleeping room with kingsize bed, living area with sofabed, kitchen, sat-tv, cd-stereo, DVD, library and own bathroom with shower, sink and toilet.
For social gatherings, the ground floor of the barn has been converted to a living room which opens onto the large country kitchen, very well equipped, with family sized fridge and freezer, microwave, oven and dishwasher. The kitchendoors open onto a wonderful summer dining pergola situated in the garden which is covered with vines. Seating is for upto 10-12 people with its' own barbeque. Just imagine sitting sipping your cool glass of white wine whilst the men do the cooking for a change!
The lounge contains a pull out double bed for those extra guests complete with bathroom, toilet, sink and shower. All units have free wifi internet access, sat-tv, cd-stereo, dvd player and choice of dvd, library with books in all languages
From every room, gardens and pool the views are just stunning, the gently rolling Umbrian and Tuscan hills are really breathtaking, yet the property is just a short drive from local amenities and supermarkets. The atmosphere is tranquil, views are magical. The big mediterranean garden offers a perfect refuge for those who seek peace and tranquillity. You can enjoy a leisurely stay all year, enjoying wine and food and meeting the nice people of this region.
As well as embrancing the 'dolce far niente' attitude celebrated by the Italians and indulging in some complete relaxation, on request guests can enjoy acts such as cooking lessons where a professional cook comes to the house and will show you how to make home made pasta. After this a Whole 3 course meal will be served to you in the garden. A olive oil and wine tasting tour in the neighborhood can be organised
On your arrival the owner Karin will receive you with welcome prosecco and appetizers.
Although nestling in the hills, the property is quiet and secluded but is very conveniently located, close to the village of San Giustino, just 1-2 minutes by car. Its position on the Tuscan/Umbrian border makes Casa Spertaglia a perfect base for touring Tuscany, Umbria and The Marche. The artistic treasures of Sansepolcro, Cortona, Caprese Michelangelo (the artist’s birthplace),Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Spoleto, Orvieto and Trasimeno Lake are close by. Florence (120km), Siena (120km), Pisa (150km), San Gimignano, (119km), Chianti region (60km), Mediterranean and Adriatic Costs, Rome and Bologna are are no more than 2hrs easy travel. New: try Italys fast train and reach Rome in 80 minutes from Arezzo!!!
The surrounding countryside offers endless possibilities for walking and cycling. The local town of San Giustino and the nearby villages Sansepolcro, Anghiari and Città di Castello offer historic centres, weekly markets, a big variety of shops, outlets within a few minutes drive. There are plenty of restaurants and wine bars from family run osterias to elegant style dining. Guests are provided with itineraries for visiting. If you are interested in art you will find them all: Piero della Francesca, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Signorelli. Città di Castello and Perugia host in July Umbria Jazz, Horse Show in September, Eurochocolate in October, the national Fair of White Truffles in November. Antique trades all year, Italys biggest Antique Market take place very month in Arezzo. During summer you can find everywhere open air concerts, festas and sagras where the locals will prepare you typical food and wine.
What to do in Umbria: visit the local 14 century Bufalini castle, explore the close renaissance town of Città di Castello, enjoy the local markets, visit the famous Alberto Burri collection (the Guggenheim Museum is hosting the Burri exhibition in October 2015), relax in the termal bath and new day spa in Città di Castello, visit Assisi, the most famous spiritual place in Italy, visit Montone, Gubbio and Perugia, Umbrias capital. Visit Orvieto and the St. Patricks well, make a winetour in Montefalco, explore the Trasimeno Lake, visit Spoleto, Spello, have lunch at the Clitunno springs.
What to do in Tuscany: visit nearby Sansepolcro with its corso and designer shops, outlets, visit Anghiari, Arezzo and Italys most famous antique market, Florence, Pisa with the leading tower, Lucca, Siena, make a winetour in the Chianti region. Visit Cortona ('under the Tuscan sun'), San Gimignano, taste Brunello wines in Montalcino and Montepulciano.
Have your best 'gelato' in Italys most famous Gelateria owned by the Italian champion of gelato making in San Giustino at 2 minutes drive from the house
Head for one of the numerous 'sagra' (food festival) and experience real rural Italy
Go for a typical oliveoil and winetasting nearby.
Visit Italys most famous designer outlet 'the mall' close by
Keywords: Farmhouse, Country house, Chateau, historic, views, pool, Umbria, Tuscany, Italian gelato
There are two other rooms, each with a convertible queen siz...moreless
King size beds (4) Kingsize beds in 4 big sleeping rooms,
Child bed and children chair available, Additional Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) Crip available, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) There are two sofabeds in two extra rooms which can be conferted to comfortable double beds...moreless
The bathrooms are very comfortable and all big. One has a bath tube
Summer beds in the garden and around the pool, tables and bbq in the two summer dining pergolas for your al fresco eating, magic views, birdwatching. On request catering can be organised for your candlelight dinner in the garden. Wine and oil tasting in the neighbourhood, antique markets close by, designer outlets.
Included in the price:
American Coffee maker, Barbeque, Cooking equippment, Crib or Cot, Electric Oven, Dishwasher, Ironing supply, Microwave, private parking, Sat-Tv, DVD, Toaster, Pool Towels, Weekly Linen and Towel change, Wifi, Internet
Services excluded from the price:
Babysitter (on request), Brunch (on request), Breakfast (on request), Champagne and Drinks (on request), Daily towel change (on request), Extra cleaning (on request), Supplementery Linen change (on request), Italian Dinner served in the garden (on request), Wine and Cheese Tasting (on request)
On your welcome the owner will organise for you a welcome Prosecco and typical Italian appetizers...moreless
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The farmhouse is famous for its stunning views over Umbrian/Tuscan hills...moreless
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You can eat al fresco in the romantic summer dining pergola cooking by yourself or just relax and let a chef serving you after a day of sightseeing. Inside the house dining room placing 10-12...moreless
high season May 30 - Jun 26, 2015 7 night min stay
high season Jun 27 - Aug 28, 2015 7 night min stay
mid season Aug 29 - Sep 25, 2015 7 night min stay
low season Sep 26 - Dec 18, 2015 7 night min stay
My Standard Rate 7 night min stay
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Rates include lodging, linen and towels for all rooms and baths, kitchen and all utilities except central heating (paid daily according to consumption) Pool towels included, final cleaning 10 euros one adult person
on booking 30% of total amount requested, restal amount 2 months before arrival
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Settled on a hill the next village is reachable by a 2 minutes drive on a very good road. There you can find all kind of shops and restaurants. From there you can easily reach all places of major interests in Umbria, Tuscany and Le Marche. Perugia Airport 30 min, Arezzo 35 min, Florence 70 min, Pisa and Rome 120 min
Year Purchased: 1992
About the owner: A warm welcome awaits you from owner Karin, who ensure that everyone who stays at the house experience an unforgettable holiday in the heart of Italy. Swiss born Karin, is multi-lingual and her years of experience and knowledge of the surrounding countryside and what it has to offer, will keep you coming back year after year.
Why the Owner Chose Citta di Castello: The house is famous for its stunning views in the whole valley
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House: You will stay in a typical Italian stone farmhouse, several hundred years old, with outstanding views. The gardens contain a myriad of local plants. The whole property is quiet and secluded, yet the property is just a short drive from local amenities.