Sleeps 12 (plus 3 children)
Price per week €7200—€9600

The villa was lovely, more than we hoped for. Beautifully furnished and ideal for a family group. The garden and grounds are beautifully kept and the pool area is gorgeous.

Charles, Hertfordshire

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Living Space

7 bedrooms
Main house (4 bedrooms):
First floor
Master suite with king size bed, en suite bathroom with shower and freestanding bath
Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower
Studio 1 with double bed, en suite bathroom with shower and own sitting room (can sleep child)
Ground floor:
Studio 2 with double bed, own bathroom with shower and own sitting room (can sleep child)and seperate entrance- wheelchair accessible

The farmhouse (2 bedrooms):
Double bedroom with king size bed
Shared bathroom with bath
Bunk bed room
Kitchen/dining sitting area
Plenty of space for a family with 2 plus children

Converted barn (1 bedroom):
1 double bedroom (can be made into twins) with en suite bathroom with shower

Main house
The ground floor kitchen is equipped with a La Cornue Grand Chef cooker
The kitchen leads to a large open plan dining room and sitting area with a stone fireplace
The first floor has a large sitting area with a fireplace, a floor-to-ceiling library and a TV corner

Lower ground floor:
Modern play area
Small spa area
Home cinema
Wine cellar (stocked with French and Italian wines)

Former stables converted to childrens’ play area/yoga

 

Amenities

Swimming pool (15 x 5m)
Trampoline
Sand pit
Pool table
Tree house
Hanging chairs
Swing seats
Huge sail shade
Outdoor shower
Outdoor furniture
BBQ grill
Air conditioning
WiFi
Cable TV
DVD player
Home theatre
Table tennis
Table football
Football goals
CD player
iPod dock
Library
Solar panels
Cots and high chairs
Hairdryers
Wheelchair access

Domestic Services

Housekeeper
Gardener
Pool guy
Chef available on request (payable locally)

Location

The house is just outside the small hilltop town of Citta della Pieve on the Tuscan/Umbrian border, just inside Umbria
Citta della Pieve is a 10 minute drive, a lively town with three supermarkets, several bars and restaurants as well as hotels
Orvieto is a 45 minute drive
Perugia is a 30 minute drive
Montepulciano is a 35 minute drive
Siena, Rome or Florence are all within driving distance for day trips

Transport

Driving distances from nearby airports:
Perugia 40 minutes
Rome 90 minutes
Florence 90 minutes
Car hire is essential

Local Information

Citta della Pieve is famously the birthplace of 2 of Italy’s greatest Renaissance artists (Perugino being the more famous of the 2) – works by both artists can be found in St Maria and St Antonio churches. The town is small and has most of its medieval town wall intact. It boasts an 11th century tower and an impressive medieval castle.

The labyrinth alleys date back to medieval times and the picturesque nooks and corners, steeped in memories and emotions are still full of life today. Enjoy the Nonna sitting outside her small house playing top trumps with her grandson or make the most of the beautiful girls who arrive on their Piaggios to have a latte mid morning in one of the many cafes.

There are some great restaurants: both basic and ’posh’; a little of everything but all very delicious. The weekly Saturday market offers some great local fare, clothes and even small ducklings for sale!

The village also has a claim to fame: it is home to what is thought to be Italy’s narrowest street, the Via Baciadonne (or “Kiss Women Street”), probably built following a quarrel between neighbours.

There are many other wonderful hilltop towns within easy reach, Perrugia is the nearest. A trip to Orvieto is a must, with its elegant shops and wonderful cafes. The site of the city as you approach is incredibly dramatic as it rises above the vertical faces of cliffs (it is built on an old volcano) that are completed by defensive walls built of the same stone.

It is also under an hour to drive to Montepulciano, world-famous for its vino noble (do try the Pici pasta which it is also very well known for) where a happy day can be spent in the cool wine caves sampling the delicious local wine.

Siena is an hours’ drive, Florence a little further and Rome is almost two hours but all very doable in a day.

Nearer to the house is horse riding, tennis, cycling (around Lake Trasiemo which is only 30 minutes drive) and white water rafting. There is a small (but fun) water park 15 minutes away which serves great coffee for adults!

Our View

This is a great house – especially for children, a paradise with a huge lawned garden, brilliant pool area with pool house and games galore both in and out of the house.

Adults will appreciate the interior-designed rooms, nothing has been left to chance with stunning furniture, glorious colours, wonderful furnishings and luxurious bathrooms. The linen is of the highest quality (so important in our view!) and the views from the garden across the valley are to die for.

There are swing seats, fabulous vintage (& new) toys, football goals, a football table & even an adventure park in the forest. Here children can play for hours in the evening (or in the middle of the day, perfect for getting out of all that hot sun!) they have a tree house, sandpit and zipwire!!

The old stable area by the pool is complete with trampoline, table football, table tennis & so many other toys which the owners have generously provided.

The light is incredible, the sun setting over summer harvested fields, olive groves, vineyards & Tuscan hill towns is breathtaking, utterly beautiful.

The 340 olive trees on the estate produce some of the finest olive oil in the area and recently even won an award. This house is the most perfect place for a family holiday.

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