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Il Castelletto - Fabulous Rustic House wi. Pool "REDUCED RATES!"

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,829 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms (Sleeps 6), 2 Baths, Pool, 3 terraces, completely private

Il Castelletto is a private, 170 square metre, villa located in the heart of eastern Tuscany. It is situated on 6 hectares (15 acres) and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains (Alpe de la Luna) and lake (Lago di Montedoglio).

There are numerous (Michelin-rated) restaurants within a 15 minute drive of the villa offering some of the best of Tuscan cuisine at local prices.

The villa offers spacious, comfortable and tastefully appointed rooms. Entrance is into main floor which includes the Kitchen and Great Room with dining area. The Great Room boasts an authentic carved-stone wood burning fireplace, comfortable seating and an entertainment centre. French Doors provide a spectacular view of Lago di Montedoglio and the Appenines. Double doors provide access to the upper terrace where you can dine outdoors or sit comfortably while enjoying fantastic views of the lake and countryside.

The modern well appointed kitchen is fitted with dishwasher, oven, hood and fridge/freezer.

The 5 x 10m private pool and stone deck are situated on the lower terrace and are ideally positioned to capture the sun's rays, provide complete privacy and unspoiled views of the surrounding countryside. Sun loungers and outdoor furniture are provided. The lower Bedroom, including Bath, is directly accessible from the Pool.

The villa has 3 bedrooms each with queen beds, and wardrobes.

There is a main bathroom with tub and shower as well as a master ensuite, located off of the lower bedroom.

Things to Do:

Visit Sansepolcro (10 minutes) with its local and international shopping, museums and restaurants.

Spend an afternoon in Anghiari (20 minutes), voted the most beautiful hillside town in Italy.

Visit Caprese Michelangelo (20 minutes), the birthplace of the world's most renowned artist. View his home and the church where he was baptized (both open to the public).

Monterchi (20 minutes), is the Tuscan town famous for Piero della Francescas Madonna del Parto, and an important stop on the Piero della Francesco trail.

Just 35 minutes away is Arezzo, the county seat, where 'Life is Beautiful' was filmed and home of the largest antique market in the country (the first weekend of every month.)

The villa is centrally positioned for those who want to venture further a field. Florence, Pisa, Rimini, Sienna and Assisi are all potential day trips away. Even Rome is only a 3 hour drive but we prefer to take the train from Arezzo.

Getting There

When considering which airport to arrive/depart from there are many options: Forli is the closest airport being only an hour drive from Il Castelletto. The airports at Bologna, Rome, Florence and Pisa offer an opportunity to combine a stay in the city with a stay in the villa.

Touring Ideas

Sansepolcro/Citta di Castello - 10 minutes

Anghiari - 20 minutes

Caprese Michelangelo - 20 minutes

Arezzo - 35 minutes

Cortona - 45 minutes

Umbertide - 25 minutes

Gubbio - 45 minutes

Assisi - 1 hour

Florence - 1.5 hours

Siena - 1.5 hours

Rome - 3 hours

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More Details

Colleen Jones & Jim Fantuz
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 11, 2017

About Colleen Jones & Jim Fantuz

Hello. My name is Colleen Jones. My husband, Jim Fantuz, and I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and currently work as professionals in our city of 1.5 million people.

Colleen Jones & Jim Fantuz purchased this house in 2006

Why Colleen Jones & Jim Fantuz chose Arezzo Province

We chose this property for a number of reasons but primarily to provide us with an opportunity to own and experience a part of 'la dolce vita' in an area of Italy that is virtually unspoiled, private and yet, very close to all of the food and culture that you could possibly want.

What makes this house unique

This is truly an unique villa situated at the southern, sun-catching edge of a small medieval hamlet (Brancialino) on 6 hectares (15 acres) of private property. The house and 4 terraces provide breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside; the Alpe de la Luna to the east, Lago de Montedoglio and Appenines to the west, all set in a wonderful rustic landscape of orchards and vineyards. The 400 year old structure offers all the amenities of a modern residence whilst maintaining the character of its 'rustic italiano' origins. Day trips are typically the rule here; Assissi, Gubbio, Lago di Trasimeno, San Moreno, San Leo, Bologna, Arezzo, Cortona, Perugia, Siena, Anghiari, and Monterchi, to name but a few of the towns and locales within a 1 1/2 drive from the house. Of course, you can always take an overnight trip (by car or train from Arezzo) and visit the major cities of Rome, Florence, Milan, and/or Venice. Local restaurants favour Tuscan cuisine at prices that will leave you wondering how it is possible to serve such fabulous fare a such reasonable prices. These are restaurants frequented by the local populace; their success testament to 'non-turistico' clientele. Culture is abundant; Michaelangelo was born 20 minutes away in Caprese, St. Francis roamed the valley of the Tiber River on his way to La Verna (20 minutes from the house) and Piero della Francesco heralded from nearby Sansepolcro. His painting, Prato Madonna (the only known depiction of a pregnant Madonna), survives and can be viewed in nearby Monterchi.

So, in summary, WHY THIS VILLA? It's unique location in the heart of eastern Tuscany affords you the opportunity of an authentic Italian experience (without having to deal with hordes of mind-numbing tourists) all within easy reach of major cultural, historical, and culinary centres.

Guestbook comments from the owner

October 2, 2016

My wife (Pam) and I stayed at your place in Italy with Bob and his wife Lilianna in August.

I am little late sending you this note but I just want to say what a beautiful place you have ... and that we all had a great time relaxing by the pool, travelling around the countryside, drinking wine and eating some great pasta made with locally grown fresh vegetables.

I can honestly say it was awesome!

Pam and I had never been to Italy until this summer.
Aug 2016
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Pieve Santo Stefano House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1829 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Main Bath for the house adjacent to the Upper Bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , Private ensuite to Lower Bedroom (accessible from Pool)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Private Terrace overlooking the Tiber Valley (Valtiberino)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Private ensuite Bath and access to Pool and Terrace.
  • Queen size Beds (3)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
Pool Furniture, Terrace Furniture, Computer Printer, Espresso/Coffee Machine, Toaster, iPod docking station (stereo)


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Il Castelletto - Fabulous Rustic House wi. Pool "REDUCED RATES!"
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Quintessential Tuscan Experience

  • 5 of 5

Il Castelletto is a fairy tale Tuscan get-away. Quiet, private and perched on the top of a hill with stunning views, it is surrounded by gorgeous vegetation. Walnut trees, almond trees, irises, wisteria, red poppies, and endless vineyards. We really enjoyed our stay, comfortable beds, top notch cleanliness with all the comforts.

Grazie! We look forward to visiting again

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this countryside home. Private charming home with in driving distance to very nice quaint

villages. Well equipped kitchen and nice seating areas around the home to enjoy scenery and solitude.We will be back as we did not see everything on our list.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Il Castelletto was a perfect retreat.

  • 5 of 5

We had the most amazing time at Il Castelletto. This was a welcome retreat, which we found to be like our private hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the cities. The views of the country side and very nice outdoor spaces made it really special.

Even though it's very private it’s only minutes from the towns of Sansepolcro and the adorable Anghiari. And close enough to do a number of great day trips, we really enjoyed Arezzo (fun shopping), Assisi and Perugia. As well as the wineries we visited in the area. It was September, but a dip in the pool was a welcome treat after these trips around Tuscany and Umbria.

The house is so charming with it’s traditional fire place, windows and furnishings. The beds and linens were perfect. (We’ve not always found this in our travels so this was extra fabulous.)

The kitchen is a little small but still well equipped and didn’t lack anything when we brought some sausage and pasta home from the market to cook-up.

Would we go again? In a heartbeat. If you want to get off the beaten path for some privacy, but not compromise on convenience and really see this part of Italy, it’s perfect.

Oh and there’s WiFi… great – can’t live without it.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brancialino Villa vacation

  • 5 of 5

Such a great location,private,with panoramic Tuscan views. Town,resturants,shopping 10 minutes,but you need a car. Villa well equipped,clean comfortable and having the pool was excellent .great walking to lake and easy travel for day trips.Starlit warm nights by the pool and unlimited supply of great wines. Evening stroll thru team after eating at great restaurants highly recommended. Stress free,but internet is you need it. Highly recommended to get in touch with what life was intended for!!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect vecation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Il Castelletto. The house is well-maintained and furnished, the surroundings are fantastic and while being quiet and private, there are a lot of great spots within 30 minutes drive (You will need a car). The pool is great and even in the middle of summer when it gets very hot, there is a lot of shade available. Frequent visits from Lasa the dog were very appreciated by the family. The beautiful city of Anghiari is quite close, something that you shouldn't miss.

Jim and Colleen have been wonderful, making everything from booking to staying easy. I would definitely recommend staying here.

/Joachim and family

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the house. Our Property Managers, along with Colleen and me, put a lot of effort into maintaining and improving the property. We want our guests to receive best value for their vacation budget and Tuscan experience!
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  • 5 of 5

This was one of the better experiences Ive had in a short term rental. Well maintained house, clean, great backyard and was truly more impressive than the pictures. Terry, the house manager, was extremely responsive, easy to reach and was there to show us the ropes as soon as we arrived.

All good things, definitely making this my go to stay in Palm Springs..

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Ristaurante in Aboca
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Ristaurante in Aboca
Nearest Beach
90 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The house is located in a small rural hamlet in eastern Tuscany, and within an hour's drive to numerous historical cities, towns, and villages including activities such as: vineyards (grape/wine & olive); etruscan,medieval, and renaissance towns and monasteries, fabulous restaurants, local and international shopping, local markets (meats and produce), museums (art and history), and hiking trails.


Rates & Availability

Pieve Santo Stefano House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Refundable damage deposit $750

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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