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Colcello ('Colle Cielo' - 'the Hill in the Sky.')

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"Colle Cielo" (the hill in the sky.) Over centuries, the name became 'Colcello'.

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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Large country house, stunning setting/views, sleeps 6/8, 4 bedroom/2.5 Bathrooms

Colcello is a large, stone-built 3-storey country house in a magnificent hilltop location, with breath-taking 360-degree views. It is set in more than 16 acres of olive terraces and woodland, spacious lawns and orchard.

The house has a large kitchen/dining-room (used to be the stable!), opening directly onto a long dining terrace under a large, vine-covered pergola. The spacious and fully-equipped kitchen has a dishwasher, large and small fridges, built-in oven, gas cook-top, island prep unit/breakfast bar, and generous storage space. All kitchen tools, dishes, cookware, glassware, etc., are included. A separate laundry room with washer and dryer adjoins the kitchen. A more formal carpeted dining-area at the other end of the large kitchen seats 6-8.

On the second floor a comfortable lounge with TV, music and books available, opens onto a covered loggia, perfect for before- and after-dinner drinks, or shaded reading, with miles and miles of beautiful hills and valleys open to your view. Also on this floor is one double en-suite bedroom, opening onto a large terrace - perfect to greet the morning sun with your first cappuccino, or laze away the afternoon! A second double bedroom with a separate bathroom, is also on this floor, plus a further small bedroom/study with a quality sofa-bed. A spiral staircase leads up from the lounge to a large third floor studio bedroom, with half-bath, to sleep four. A "Juliet" balcony opens out onto "top of the world" views. All towels and bed-linens are provided.

Also on the property is a small swimming pool, set on an olive terrace, for sunbathing, swimming, reading and relaxing. A gas-BBQ is available on the dining terrace alongside the house, and a large walnut tree and the best fig-tree in Umbria provide shade and fruits in season! The property has a private drive, electric gates and ample secure parking.

It is a short 5-minute drive (or a longer walk!) to a local riverside bar/restaurant, Bar Sasso, very popular with local residents for traditional local foods, and outdoor and indoor eating spaces. There is a children's play-area and park here, and a place for them to paddle or swim in the little River Soara. About twenty minutes away is the local town, Città di Castello, for farmer's markets and supermarkets, restaurants and cafés, large and small piazzas, cocktail bars, music, outdoor events, and just "people-watching" !

Your friendly on-site owner is available if needed, unobtrusive if not, in her own small ground-floor apartment, always very happy to make you welcome and comfortable, and to help with any queries you might have.
Rental costs vary with season and number of guests, to comfortably accommodate 6 adult guests (extra charges for 6+ guests).
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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/18/2017

Property Type

  • Villa

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Primary renter(s) must be adult(s) over age 21, and take full responsibility for the behavior and care of any and all other guests....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Guests responsible for supervision and safety at all times....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Well-behaved dogs may be accepted if at all times supervised and controlled by responsible owner(s). Consult with owner: waldman@onemain.com...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility:

    Ground floor accessible with one step up. Use of owner's ground-floor apartment can be arranged if needed. Consult with owner: waldman@onemain.com...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 3: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    High-quality double sofa-bed, adjacent bathroom....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    adjacent bathroom....moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    En-suite including bath, French doors to large terrace....moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 4 twin/ single

    Half-bath, 2 good-quality beds can make a 'seam-free' double...moreless

  • Two second-floor queen bedrooms are adjacent to a smaller room with a good-quality sofa-bed, ideal for 1-2 small children and adjacent to parents. A third-floor studio served by a spiral staircase accommodates 4 single beds, two of which can be made into a king-size double....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Adjacent to bedrooms 2 & 3....moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet

    En suite in Bedroom 4, shower in bathroom on 2nd floor....moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    En-suite....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Mid-week linen-change/house-cleaning available if required (additional charge for this service). If available, a local chef will give lessons and/or cook for guests at Colcello (additional charges for this service)....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Assortment of fiction/non-fiction, travel guides, etc....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Board games, playing cards....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Wide range of classical composers....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Nearby Città di Castello - small, lively walled town on the River Tiber - typical piazzas, ancient palaces, markets, elegant or homely bars & restaurants, street music & concerts, many summer events....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Ancient Umbrian/Tuscan hill towns are famous, and views from the house show the hills folding away into blue distance. East is Monte Nerone - the Adriatic can be seen from its car-accessible peak....moreless

  • Rural:

    Hilltop villa, magnificent views of mountains, wooded hills and valleys. River-valley below dotted with ancient farmhouses. Mountains north & east, Tuscany west, famous St.Francis trail borders house....moreless

  • Village:

    No specific "village" in immediate area, but nearby popular bar/restaurant in the pretty river valley below, indoor/outdoor eating, play area, bocce court, river swimming, ample parking....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    Formal dining table will sit 6-8 guests, with removable leaves for smaller groups. Island counter-top with bar-stools serves as a breakfast area....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    An electric clothes-dryer is available for use by guests in the laundry room, as well as outdoor-drying facilities in the orchard. ...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Open hearth in 2nd-floor living room, with inset stove....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating, radiators in all rooms, attractive flame-effect electric stoves in both second-floor sitting rooms, wood-fired stove in kitchen....moreless

  • Internet:

    Free for guests, router for whole-house connection....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All bed linens are provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    2nd floor, two 2-seater sofas, 2 armchairs, coffee table, bookshelves, TV/DVD player, French doors to loggia/balcony with outdoor seating....moreless

  • Parking:

    Alongside the house on two sides....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    Bath-towels, hand-towels and face-cloths provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    A washing machine is available for use by guests, in a laundry/utility room adjoining the main kitchen....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Large wood stove in dining area. ...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Drip coffee-machine, and stove-top espresso-maker....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Large selection of serving dishes, crockery, flatware and glassware . Good selection of cooking utensils. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Bosch dishwasher....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Spacious and well-quipped kitchen/dining-room, with island prep surface/breakfast-bar, granite surfaces. Large formal dining area away from cooking area....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Large 'combination' microwave/oven in addition to main built-in electric oven. ...moreless

  • Oven:

    Electric, built-in....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Staple spices/condiments provided. Bottled water/paper goods/basic shopping, by request....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    One large and one small refrigerator....moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas hobs, extractor fan over....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Second-floor covered loggia with beautiful views....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Long paved dining-terrace outside main kitchen, spacious paved terrace outside 2nd-floor Bedroom 1, small paved loggia/balcony outside 2nd-floor lounge, "Juliet" balcony outside Bedroom 4....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Vine-covered pergola/gazebo and terrace outside the main kitchen, with tables to seat 10....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large lawn/play area, orchard area with figs, walnut, apple, cherry trees, woodland area and olive terraces....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    On the outskirts of the nearby little town there is a sports facility with indoor and outdoor pools, including an Olympic-sized pool....moreless

  • Private Pool:

    Set on an olive terrace below the house, lovely views in every direction....moreless

  • Sauna:

    A nearby professional & fully -equipped therapeutic spa & pool, set in a pleasant park with tennis courts, and a range of spa/massage treatments available to visitors....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 2017
Apr 29 - Jun 2, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,590

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 6 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest

June 2017
Jun 3 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,680

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

July 2017
Jul 1 - Jul 29, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,770

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 6 guests; add $42 per night, per additional guest

Aug 2017
Jul 30 - Aug 31, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,010

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 6 guests; add $48 per night, per additional guest

Sept 2017
Sep 2 - Sep 30, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,770

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 6 guests; add $42 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:


Notes:

Payment may be in US dollars, euros or sterling (contact me for current conversion rates). Quoted rates are for up to 6 adult guests. Please contact me directly for personal quotes for more or fewer guests, and for any other queries you may have, at waldman@onemain.com. Payment is via a 25% deposit, with final payment at check-in. Weekly reservations are normally Saturday to Saturday. I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you, and to making you very welcome.


Owner's cancellation policy:

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


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Location

100 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Florence/Pisa + Rome/Perugia/Bologna/Ancona
5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Bar Sasso:popular dining/playarea/river swimming.
70 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Lago Trasimeno (island ferries)
25 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Lerchi (15Km away)
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Città di Castello (local) and Arezzo (intercity).
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
E45 (local 5Km) & A1 Florence-Rome(50).
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Many in/near Città di Castello,urban/rural styles.
70 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Passignano, at Lago Trasimeno, near Perugia.

Car: Necessary

Città di Castello - a small, very ancient walled town on the banks of the Upper River Tiber. Cafès and restaurants enliven little streets and the central piazza. Enjoy the evening after-dinner passegiata - the traditional socializing stroll around the town. Live music in the piazza are frequent events on summer evenings, and a weekly farmers' market is a busy social occasion. A smaller antiques market is held most week-ends.

A recreation center & indoor/outdoor swimming pools are on the outskirts of the town. Tennis, thermal spa, health and beauty treatments, restaurants, are also available nearby in the spacious grounds of a resort hotel.

Colcello's location provides easy access to both Tuscany and Umbria, and the many famous and picturesque hill-towns of both regions. Nearby Perugia gives you a glimpse into Etruscan, Roman and Renaissance architecture and history all in one day. An easy drive to Arezzo, on the main rail-line between Florence and Rome, making it possible to enjoy a car-free visit to both those historic cities. Arezzo itself is an ancient and cosmopolitan city, famous for its gold jewelry, its monthly international antiques street fair, the famous jousting competition called "The Saraceno", and the renowned frescoes in the Church of San Francesco.

A pleasant 'day on the beach' is at the easily accessible Passignano, on the north shore of Lago Trasimeno, west of Perugia. Nearby is the site of Hannibal's famous battle and his defeat of the Roman armies. Ferries criss-cross the lake to little islands, and to Castiglione del Lago, a ruined castle on a promontory south-west of Passignano. Further south-west is Chiusi Scalo, with a national Etruscan museum and a chance for a guided visit to frescoed Etruscan tombs.

Your route to Assisi passes the large cathedral of Santa Maria deli Angeli, which houses the restored original church built by St Francis of Assis, a tiny gem, a shrine for pilgrims, and a complete contrast to the magnificence of the huge cathedral itself.

In the mountains north of Città di Castello is La Verna, a beautiful working monastery where Francis and his followers would go in retreat. You can see the slab of rock which was his bed, and the little chapel marking the spot where he received the stigmata on his hands. Modern pilgrims and hikers now follow his ancient route between Assisi and La Verna, which passes right by Colcello, forming one of its boundaries.

Near La Verna is Caprese Michelangelo, the birthplace of Michelangelo. You can visit the room in which he was born, and the tiny chapel of his baptism.

It is easy to travel farther afield and reach Florence, Rome, Siena, Venice, even Pompeii and the Amalfi coast by car and train, if your time allows.

After sight-seeing (and there is so much to see) Colcello itself offers a beautiful and welcoming place to relax, swim in the pool, read, eat and drink, maybe go to town for a cocktail and/or dinner. Enjoy strolling the olive groves, find an easy chair under the pergola to sip your wine, watch the sunsets, gather to eat and laugh and talk under the stars, soak up the peace and tranquillity. Benvenuti! Welcome to you!

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1988

About the owner: Hello! My name is Ann, I am English, speak Italian, and I have owned Colcello since 1988. It is my great pleasure to welcome my guests to this beautiful house in Italy, and make them comfortable. I lead a double life, half in Italy, half in California, with even more travels to visit children, grandchildren and other family in England, Canada and Seattle! My Italian neighbors and good friends in the lovely river valley below Colcello have taught me so much about life in Italy, and how to enjoy its many pleasures. Colcello is an old house, dating from 1675, and home to many generations of Italian families. Part of the ground floor, at the rear of the main house, is my private apartment, so I am easily accessible to help with any information or help you may need, without encroaching on your privacy. Meeting guests from many different countries, offering them hospitality, and helping to make their stay comfortable and enjoyable, is a part of my life in Italy that I value and appreciate very much.

Why the Owner Chose Città di Castello, Perugia, Italy:
Italy is a very popular destination for visitors from many parts of the world. The warmth and friendliness of the people, the food, the history, the art, the climate, the traditions, all play a part in making this a wonderfully diverse country. History is all around, an inescapable part of every-day life. So Italy itself was the main reason that I chose to live here. The house itself was chosen because of its location - one of those places you fall in love with instantly! This area of Umbria was once patrolled by Roman soldiers. Pieces of old Roman roof tiles are sometimes turned up when my olive terraces are ploughed! Old Medici palaces in the nearby town are still in use, as museums and galleries - and as local council offices! There is easy access to many other fascinating places in Umbria and Tuscany, hill-towns and hidden valleys, vineyards and olive groves, castles and cathedrals, and always the beauty of the landscape, and the clear light. For many visitors traveling to Italy, it is love at first sight, and so it was with me. To live my daily life in this lovely ancient home, in a magnificent landscape, brimming with art and history, good food and wine, is great privilege, and a great pleasure. It's even more so when I can share it, with guests and friends.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
In 1988, Colcello was still home to a simple farming family, but the children were grown and gone, leaving elderly parents and an ancient grandmother. And these three were now ready to move to an easier life nearer the little city of Città di Castello. The house was not then as it is now, by any means, but the stunning views were just as beautiful then, and it was easy to see that with a lot of work (!!) it could become the beautiful and comfortable home it is today, in a location that my Italian neighbors call 'il paradiso.' Of course, I completely underestimated the time, effort and cost of actually doing all that work, but 'love at first sight' happened! I can list all the things that now make it the place I love - but I keep the 'before' photos to remind me occasionally of all the things that 'love at first sight' can blind you to! Now, every day, I appreciate my Italian home for:- * stunning views over hills and valleys, rivers and mountains * its character and history * spacious and comfortable accommodation * the pleasant little swimming pool, so welcome in summer * a well equipped kitchen * the many interesting nearby locations to discover * beautiful surroundings for relaxation * a lovely country retreat near a pretty little town


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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/18/2017

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Photos

  • "Colle Cielo" (the hill in the sky.) Over centuries, the name became 'Colcello'.

    "Colle Cielo" (the hill in the sky.) Over centuries, the name became 'Colcello'.

  • Woodland shades. Spot deer, wild boar, foxes, pheasants, hoopoes, owls and more.

    Woodland shades. Spot deer, wild boar, foxes, pheasants, hoopoes, owls and more.

  • Glass in hand, salute a midsummer sunset from the balcony.

    Glass in hand, salute a midsummer sunset from the balcony.

  • Some of the nearest neighbor's olive terraces, across the valley from Colcello.

    Some of the nearest neighbor's olive terraces, across the valley from Colcello.

  • Fast food lunch!

    Fast food lunch!

  • Evening glow across the olive terraces.

    Evening glow across the olive terraces.

  • Pasta-making lesson!

    Pasta-making lesson!

  • 2nd-floor lounge, with books/TV/DVD player, and spiral stair to 4-bed studio,

    2nd-floor lounge, with books/TV/DVD player, and spiral stair to 4-bed studio,

  • One of the 2nd floor double bedrooms, with en suite bathroom.

    One of the 2nd floor double bedrooms, with en suite bathroom.

  • 3rd floor bedroom (4 single beds or 2 singles & 1 double) with 'Juliet' balcony.

    3rd floor bedroom (4 single beds or 2 singles & 1 double) with 'Juliet' balcony.

  • Craftsman in Città di Castello's annual medieval street festival

    Craftsman in Città di Castello's annual medieval street festival

  • Lunchtime in the shade!

    Lunchtime in the shade!

  • Shaded by walnut and fig trees, space for parking or to sit, read or take a nap!

    Shaded by walnut and fig trees, space for parking or to sit, read or take a nap!

  • Figs!  Pick your own for breakfast (in season!)

    Figs! Pick your own for breakfast (in season!)

  • Large rear terrace, opening from a bedroom, perfect for sunrises and sunbathing.

    Large rear terrace, opening from a bedroom, perfect for sunrises and sunbathing.

  • Al fresco under the vines, seating for 10, a BBQ, a place to gather and relax.

    Al fresco under the vines, seating for 10, a BBQ, a place to gather and relax.

  • Large, well-equipped kitchen and formal dining room, with breakfast bar.

    Large, well-equipped kitchen and formal dining room, with breakfast bar.

  • Dining room and stair to 2nd floor.

    Dining room and stair to 2nd floor.

  • The loggia, for a pleasant cocktail hour before dinner on the terrace below.

    The loggia, for a pleasant cocktail hour before dinner on the terrace below.

  • Overlooking the pool, distant olive terraces and the road St.Francis once trod.

    Overlooking the pool, distant olive terraces and the road St.Francis once trod.

  • Market days in Città di Castello (Thurs. & Sat.)

    Market days in Città di Castello (Thurs. & Sat.)

  • Street banquet during the town's medieval festival.

    Street banquet during the town's medieval festival.

  • View from the pool up to the house.

    View from the pool up to the house.

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Thursday, March 23, 2017

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