Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Pieve Santo Stefano - Il Castelletto
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.
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.
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
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- non smoking only
- not suitable for children
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
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 Pieve Santo Stefano
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
What can I say? This was my second visit with my mom & friends and it just gets better with each visit. The house is fantastic with amazing views from practically every room. What is really unique aside from the blend of rustic charm & modern conveniences is that the house provides all kinds of sanctuary for anyone who wishes some private space to soak in this magical part of Tuscany. Set in the countryside, the house is central to so many charming places to visit either for a day, morning or afternoon. One should take care that they don't get charmed to death! Perhaps the best part is the location is off the beaten path, so it is easier to experience the region without butting heads with a lot of tourists. The rolling terrain offers more variety of color and contrasts compared to the Chianti region further west. The charm of Sansepolcro and the people of the region allows the visitor to acclinmate so easily. The province of arezzo is genuine! Wonder, charm & adventure are within a stones throw in all directions. I cannot say enough about how much I love this place and would wholeheartedly encourage a stay there!