(x 6 people)
Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 3 | Near Cortona, Umbria
Independent villa | Private pool | Air conditioning | Maid included |
This is the third property that the owner of Sant’Anna has restored and the result is fantastic. A huge amount of creativity and knowledge was used to transform, an abandoned farmhouse incorporating a 14th century priest house into, what has to be one our most comfortable villas. An open plan ground floor, with a fantastic kitchen flows out into the charming garden through the extensive use of glass. The interior is bathed in light; air-conditioned bedrooms on the first floor ensure that the rooms remain cool in the hot summer months. There is a breakfast area off the kitchen, a sophisticated dining room, and a shaded loggia facing the valley, overlooking the pool for dining al fresco. On the first floor, is the wonderfully furnished living room with a balcony, overlooking the breakfast area and a Bechstein grand piano. The villa is set just below a small hamlet, facing south, enjoying very pretty views of the unspoilt countryside, just minutes from the walled village of Monterchi, where the famous “Madonna del Parto” al fresco by Piero Della Francesca resides.
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Casa Sant'Anna is available at a lower rate for smaller parties. For details see Casa Sant'Anna (x 2 people).
To the west of Citta di Castello, 8km/5 miles, home to an array of shops, bars and restaurants along with museums and art galleries to explore a whim. A leisurely walk nearby leads to a local restaurant, perfect for leaving the car at home. Monterchi, 4km/3 miles, home to the famous "Madonna del Parto" al fresco by Piero Della Francesca. Assisi and the Etruscan city of Perugia - with its renowned Umbria Jazz festival tasking place every July - can both be reached in under 1 hour. Closer to home the musical Festival of the Nations takes place every August at Citta di Castello, 8km/5 miles.
Advise: This house is not recommended for infants or children.
Entrance hall. Very well equipped modern kitchen leading into an elegant dining room, adjacent lies a breakfast room both with French doors leading out to the furnished loggia for al fresco dining. Double bedroom [Italian Queen size convertible to twin] with an ensuite bathroom with shower. Laundry room. An open staircase leads to the first floor.
Sitting area with Bechstein grand piano. Large living room with fireplace. Study. Air-conditioned double bedroom [US Queen size] with an ensuite bathroom with bath. Air-conditioned double bedroom [Italian Queen size convertible to twin]. Bathroom with bath.
Set within a private 7 acre estate of olive groves and woodland, 2 acres have been reserved for the beautifully landscaped garden with over 100 rose bushes, cypress tress, mature cedars, oaks and fruit trees compliment by large lush lawns. From the loggia the lawn gently slopes down to the private swimming pool, 4.5 x 14 m/14 x 45 feet, furnished with sun loungers and umbrellas.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's extremely helpful English-speaking caretaker, who occupies a separate house on the estate with its own separate drive and fenced garden with her residents pets. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Microwave. Washing machine. Spin dryer. Satellite TV [Sky Channels] with DVD. CD player. Air-conditioned bedrooms on the first floor only. Central heating. One working fireplace. Eco-friendly wood burning stove. Wireless ADSL internet connection [computer provided]. Fixed telephone line. Security system.
Airports: Perugia, 45 minutes; Florence, 1 hour 45 minutes. Railway station at Citta di Castello, 8km/5 miles. Motorway exit at Citta di Castello, 8km/5, along paved roads leading to the 200m/yard white access road with electronic gate. Ample parking. Covered parking for two cars.
Walking and trekking trails including the famous Franciscan pilgrims walk. Fishing along the Tiber river. 9-hole golf course, horse riding and spa centre at Caldese, about 1km/600 yards on foot or 2km/1 mile by car. 18-hole golf course at Antignolla, 38km/24 miles. Tennis courts at Piosina, 4km/3 miles. Beaches at Castiglione del Lago, 60km/37 miles and at Fano, 90km/56 miles. Bike hire available at Citta di Castello, 8km/5 miles. Various water sports on Lake Trasimeno.
Blender. Toaster. Iron and ironing board. Hair dryer in each bathroom.
The private swimming pool, 5 x 14 m/16 x 45 feet, has a constant depth 1.4m/4.5 feet with steps for entry/exit.
Pets are not allowed.