|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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
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
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.
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.
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!
The central location of the villa is a great launch point to visit many of beautiful locations in Tuscany. You clearly need your own transportation to stay here, but the local villages are close by and the property itself is complete with all the amenities. The location is stunningly beautiful, intimate and relaxing. The fields and pastures in the adjacent properties reminds one of a secluded well groomed golf course. We will definitely return for another visit.
Our holiday in Tuscany at IL CASTELLETTO was incredible. The villa is amazing and is stocked with everything. The location and views are fantastic. We had daily visits from two of the locals, Lasa the dog and Carmella the cat. In fact, both of them showed up on the doorstep the day we left. We spent seven wonderful nights at the villa and did day trips around the area, including trips to the grocery store in Sansepolcro. Knowing a little bit of Italian goes a long way and my limited knowledge helped. I would definitely recommend a trip to the medieval village of Anghiari. It was one of our favourite places in Tuscany. Also caught the train to Florence one day (one day is definitely not enough though). Very hot in August, so the pool definitely came in handy. Our two teens spent time in the pool everyday. This villa is an amazing place to spend time while in Tuscany and I look forward to going back someday.
Great house, very comfortable and tasteful, with lots of different spaces outside and an amazing view. Really well equipped kitchen. Feels like a real home with character, but also comfort and luxory. Everything works. There are neighbours, which I always think is a comfort, but they are practically invisible, which is also good!. Local town is interesting and attractive, but not overrun with tourists, and there are several other similar places around. Definitely would recommend this and would love to go back.
We have stayed at this property two summers in a row. Our first vacation was in August of 2009, the summer was hot and the villa was the perfect place to relax by the pool, soak up the great Italian sun drinking prosecco! Our most recent visit was September of 2010! We loved our visits. The location is ideally situated, in a very private sub community in the hills of Sansepolcro....I could only hope to make it sound half as romantic as it is. There is an amazing castle that adds to the privacy of the location and the serenity of the setting, its a feeling of being at home. Local vineyards abound. The photos are accurate of the accommodation, and the property was very clean and well prepared for our visit. I would highly recommend this property to anyone hoping to experience the real Italy. The incredible sweeping vistas of the Valtiberina, right at your fingertips prevents you from wanting to ever leave this incredible gem of a villa!
Our 8 and 10 year old daughters are normally quite timid, they had a great time exploring the local area and felt right at home from the moment they arrived. We feel the house is very well located to all major tourist sites, and gives you a great opportunity to explore many of the less known spots which truly are the greatest experiences of visiting Italy. The closest town, Sansepolcro is a very friendly, genuine Italian town....it feels like you are one of locals as tourists seem non-existent! We really enjoyed visiting the towns of Anghiari, San Leo, Caprese Michelangelo (birthplace of Michelangelo), La Verna (the site where St Francis received his stigmata), Assisi, so many many more!!!! We will be back again and again!
Consider yourself lucky to have found this gem!
The house is located in a small rural hamlet in eastern Tuscany, and within an hour's drive to numerous historical cities, towns, and villages including activities such as: vineyards (grape/wine & olive); etruscan,medieval, and renaissance towns and monasteries, fabulous restaurants, local and international shopping, local markets (meats and produce), museums (art and history), and hiking trails.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
16 May 2015 - 18 Sep 2015
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||$750.00|
|Notes||$750 USD Booking/Damage Deposit-Balance due 30 days prior to rental date|
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