|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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The house is simply furnished in a rustic fashion befitting an old farmhouse, it is not fancy and the price reflects this. This property should appeal to those who are on a budget and therefore willingly forego having posh amenities in lieu of beautiful surroundings, peace and quiet.
There are two large bedrooms with queen-sized beds, writing desks and wardrobes; a kitchen/living area, bathroom, and laundry room. The house is equipped with anything you might need to live and be self sufficient. It has a stereo, VCR, DVD player, satellite TV, telephone, and central heat. There is also a wood burning fireplace.
As the house dates back hundreds of years and was at one point used as a granary, there are no stairs to the upstairs bedroom, but rather the original wide plank ladder. A young Italian couple look after the property. They come periodically to cut grass and do basic upkeep. The house sits on seven acres of land with a vineyard, fruit trees and has a beautiful view of the medieval town of Lippiano with its castle and churches.
Lippiano is a town of only about 150 inhabitants and consists of only a post office and the town bar, (you can find it on a Michelin map of central Italy) where the locals could not be nicer and the town, untouched by tourism, has remained unchanged. It is near all of the important historical cities while remaining off the beaten path. "Chiarella" is a one-and-one-half hour drive from Florence.
Arezzo, Cortona, Perugia, Assissi are all about an hour or less away and Siena and Chianti are just a bit further. There are at least five stunning, medieval towns within a 20 minute drive from the house, many with spectacular views of the Tiber Valley. Monterchi is only five minutes away and there you will find the museum which houses Piero Della Francesca's famous painting "The Pregnant Madonna". There are also some stores, restaurants, banks and bars. Marcello and Marcella run the local grocery store where you will find anything from notebooks to Marcello's homemade sausages. For more extensive shopping Sansepolcro is only 20 minutes away.
Sansepolcro is a lovely little town, again unspoiled by tourism and is famous as the birthplace of Piero Della Francesca. There is a museum that houses some of his paintings, as well as sophisticated shops, bottegas, and restaurants.
If you are interested in train travel, you can catch a train to just about anywhere in Italy from Arezzo, which is 20 minutes away; Rome is approximately 2 hours on the fast train
Keywords: Villa, farmhouse, rustic
Thanks Lauri, I want to tell you what a great time we had there., . It was our favorite place of the 5 we stayed in. It is well equipped and we loved the height of the fireplace. We did use heat as it was very damp cold while we were there. We had 3 major thunder storms with over an inch of rain in each, but it did not keep us from having fun. One day we did nothing but set out in the sun and enjoy the site! Two restaurants in the area are highly recommended , the first is Senze Tempo close to the home and second La Pieve Vecchia. We met and became friends with the manager of both, Carollina, and were treated like old friends. You are lucky to own this property in this area! Thanks for making it available to us. Ron, Marilynn, Bert, and Jacquie
This was my second visit to "Chiarella" in as many years (in fact my last stay was only 51weeks earlier!!). The property is located in a very charming and delightfully private setting, on a hillside overlooking a valley amid the rolling hills on the boarder of Umbria and Tuscany.
The house is clean and well kept. A fridge, gas stove, washer, satellite tv, full tiled bathroom, spacious bedrooms, bar-b-q.
You definitely need a car to stay at this property. The location is within a 30 minute drive of Arezzo ( and it's train station), you are only 20 minutes from places like Anghiari, Sansepolcro, and about an hour drive to Chianti, Cortona, Asissi, Gubbio, and Perugia. In between the house and these destinations there are innumerable small hill towns and villages to explore. The house was a total refuge - after a day of driving and touring around, to arrive at "Chiarella" after a stop at the Supermarkato in Monterchi, you can make your own pasta, veal, chicken, sausage, or chicken dish in the authentic Italian countryside.
I thoroughly enjoyed both of my 14 day visits to "Chiarella". I was traveling alone -with my camera - on a photography holiday, I really enjoyed being close to the countryside. I appreciated the opportunity to stay at "Chiarella" and hope to return again in the not to distant future.
Lovely property, excellently maintained w/ simple rustic decor reflecting rural Italian life.
Delightfully tucked away from the road, yet easy to find. HUGE bedrooms ... both loft and lower level. Would definately recommend those using loft bedroom are somewhat agile and comfortable climbing up/down the ship's-type ladder. TONS of books, videos, games to enjoy. Fully updated, modern bathroom. The kitchen sink is unique ... you could bath a child in it ... and, overall the "cucina" is basic, but functional. Wish it had been warmer so that we could enjoyed using the al fresco dining facilities.
Stone walls provide a cool oasis after a day's touring and the cottage is close to a real art treasure museumed in a nearby town. Be sure to check it out if you visit, here.
Convenient to most everything w/excellent roads. Interesting local sites and artisans to visit.
Owner (Laurie) is most helpful and easy to work with.
A car is a must.
THANK YOU for allowing us to visit your Italian home and enjoy its many features. Would like to rent it, again on my next trip if it is available. My friends want to let you know should you ever decide to sell ... well, I told them to not hold their collective breath. Who would ever give up such a gem?
My fiance and I stayed at Chiarella for a week in late September 2010, following a week in Florence and 10 days touring Ireland. It was a wonderful break from the hurly-burly, but still felt like "vacation". The little house sits on a sunny hillside, down a gravel drive from the rural road - so quiet. Our arrival sent red deer running into the adjacent forest from the small vineyard. We had sunny, warm days and wonderful crisp harvest-season nights - we greatly enjoyed the down comforters that came with the house: cozy! We took day trips all over Tuscany and Umbria (45 min west to the Autostrada at Arezzo or 30 minutes east over country roads to Sansepolcro and the E45) but then came home and cooked every night and watched movies from the excellent collection at the house. We hugely enjoyed shopping at the local small grocery store, and having wine or espresso with Marcello, the proprietor. [He was a hearty, welcoming tonic after the jaded, barely-civil locals we encountered in Florence.] My fiance went running every morning down the road to Monterchi, while I power walked up the hill in the opposite direction. We both encountered tractors and farm equipment coming and going from the tobacco harvest. The Sunday we were there was the first day of hunting season, and it was very intriguing to hear the hunting dogs running back and forth through the woods under the bedroom window with their little bells tinkling, and the sound of distant gunfire. However, we enjoyed the cinghale (sp?) on our dinner plates and appreciated the reminder of where our meat comes from. Anyway, we would come back in a heartbeat, and the proprietor of the house was totally professional and fun to work with. And, really, her taste in movies is excellent.
Chiarella is the most charming and relaxing place. Conveniently located to quaint little hilltop towns many of which we stopped in for lunch during our day trips. Also, it's not far from the larger cities of Perugia, Siena and Florence which were great for shopping. We felt Chiarella was the perfect nesting spot in Umbria. During September it is truffle season...Added culinary bonus as we stayed in several nights to cook and enjoy feeling like we actually lived there! My only complaint is that we didn't stay longer. Hopefully the next time...and there will be a next time!
My wife and I went to Italy for our 10th anniversary. We didn't want a "tour group" style vacation. This house - "Chiarella" - and the surrounding towns and countryside were a perfect fit! The house was our precious and intimate home base as we did day trips to Florence, Siena and Perugia. But the real stars were the small towns in between that we had a great time exploring, even with our limited grasp of the language. People everywhere were kind and friendly. Local food and wine is spectacular, especially the nearby farm that sells freshly made buffalo mozzarella. The house itself is in such a secluded part of the countryside that it is the perfect getaway.
When people see words like "cozy" in a property description, they think "too small" - but this isn't the case at all. My wife and I had more than enough room inside the house. It was well kept, with everything we needed. In fact, when we got to our "luxury" hotel in Rome, we looked at each other and wished we were back at Chiarella. For us, this rustic, authentic farmhouse was the perfect host for our Tuscany/Umbria adventure.
The property the house sits upon is a joy to explore - the vineyard, the apple trees, the view across the valley and opposing hillside and castle. A remarkable & charming escape from our suburban Chicago lives. We cannot wait to return and stay at Chiarella again and visit the friends we made at the local market and cappuccino bar.
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