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STUNNING FARMHOUSE VILLA, TUSCANY UMBRIA BORDER, POOL, OPEN VIEWS,

Gill or Ged Mayo

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Speaks English, French
People13
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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STUNNING FARMHOUSE VILLA, TUSCANY UMBRIA BORDER, POOL, OPEN VIEWS,

People13
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Monte S. Maria Tiberina - Casa Colcello

Farmhouse villa rental, private sanctuary, 5 beds, 4 baths, sleeps 10 to 13

Villa Casa Colcello, the perfect place to relax & enjoy a luxury self catering holiday in privacy, space & comfort. Enjoy peace and tranquility, breathe clean hill top air, hear birds & cicadas, admire breathtaking views sunrise to sunset from south facing terraces. The farmhouse has been renovated to the highest standards to create a home which has kept its traditional charm whilst responding to modern needs. A large private pool overlooks the wooded valley to Monte Favalto 1082 m, & the rolling landscape of other ridges of Tuscany and Umbria.

This is your private sanctuary to enjoy in the way you choose. The villa is set five minutes climb up a white road. There are few other houses in sight, no traffic noise except an occasional farm car or tractor and a ten acre estate to roam with olive trees, meadows and woodland. An inspiring place perfect for walking, photography, painting, writing, Yoga, or for just relaxing, cooking, eating and being together in small or larger groups of friends or family. When you need to stock up Gioello is 5km away – basic food/wine store and pharmacy, San Secondo 9km - small selection of shops and supermarkets, Trestina - 12 km good selection of shops and supermarkets or Citta di Castello 18km - all amenities. Local specialities include the famous white truffles, wild boar salami as well as Umbrian olive oil considered one of the best. You are in a perfect location from which to visit the key attractions, villages & towns of this lovely part of Tuscany & Umbria exploring galleries and museums.

Garden and Pool: The garden has now established itself beautifully and there is a lot to enjoy throughout the year. Near to the house there are south facing terraces with a mixture of hard landscaping in stone, gravel and grassed areas for sitting out which have been planted with buddleia, wisteria, roses, lavender, rosemary, thyme, sage, wild grasses, Jasmine, cypress and many more wonderful Mediterranean plants. Nearby above and below the house there are ancient olive groves, natural woodland of oak and chestnut and wild meadows to explore. You may find figs, blackberries and plums and you may see a porcupine, eagles, buzzards or deer or hear the sound of a wild boar. There is no light pollution here so you may spend some time star gazing, on a clear night they are spectacular with the Milky Way clearly visible.

The large pool is secluded, private and regularly cleaned benefiting from the sun all day long making this an ideal place for the focus of your day in high summer. It is well equipped with comfortable sunloungers and a fixed pergola for shade. There is outdoor lighting for a late night dip or party by the pool.

The surrounding area: This is an area less touched by tourism which retains its ancient rural charms with local festivals to be found honouring saints or local specialities. Every hilltop seems to offer another attractive town starting with nearby Santa Maria Tiberina dating back to Etruscan times. You will find fields of sunflowers, poppies, wheat, olive oil, wine & truffles, superb light, renaissance art, architecture and a local community that is welcoming and friendly especially at the local store in Gioello (5km) and San Secondo (8km). Citta di Castello (18km) is a walled medieval centre with winding streets to wander where people have time to stroll and chat - you will find shops, banks, supermarkets, markets, ice cream shops –some 24 hour!, cafes restaurants and a thermal spa. Have a drink at one of the many pavement cafes, people watch, or enjoy the evening passegiata.

We provide an extensive guide at the house to help you to discover and explore the local area and the ‘Green heart of Italy’ for yourself. Try not to miss Piero della Francescas Madonna del Parto in Monterchi (only 25 mins) and other inspired works at Sansepolcro, Arezzo and Urbino. Others may enjoy the nearby country club with its horse riding centre, 9 hole golf course, pool and restaurant, or maybe guided walks or hiring bikes and mountain biking is more your thing. Slightly further away there is an 18 hole golf course west of Perugia and a selection of water-sports are available at Lake Trasimeno (1 hr). Perugia, a university town to the south and Arezzo a regional centre to the north (1 hour max) are both honey pots which have a real buzz, there’s lots going on and plenty of shops to suit all tastes and curiosities. Assisi with its spectacular cathedral will help to fulfill spiritual needs just one of the many places of inspiration within an hour from Colcello not to mention all the many churches, museums and galleries that Italy is so renowned for.

This is an area of concerts and festivals happening throughout the summer from a small intimate but highly respected film festival in Montone or classical concerts in the hill top towns of Citerna, Monterchi or Anghiari sometimes held outdoors through to spectacular festivals and pallios held in Arezzo or Gubbio conducted in full medieval costume with processions, flags and fuelled with local enthusiasm and vigour. There are a myriad of food festivals held throughout the summer from truffles to polenta to porchetta or local honey, wine or oil. Citta di Castello hosts one of the Italy’s most prestigious horse festivals. If chocolate or Jazz is your passion Perugia has the festival for it.

Local Help: Casa Colcello is managed by our house manager and her daughter. They live nearby, speak fluent English and our house manager is also a walking guide - she can arrange local guided walks. They are both happy to give useful advice and are extremely helpful. Our house managers other daughters are excellent cooks- they offer a catering service which can cater for you in-house, alternatively they can cook for your freezer. They are also available by special arrangement for airport pick up and local taxi service and babysitting.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Gill or Ged Mayo (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2005
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About Gill or Ged Mayo

Back in 2002 we set about finding a place to share and spend time with family and friends, where we could soak up the unique spirit and character of this beautiful part of Tuscany and Umbria. Ged having worked in Theatre and Television for over 30 years and Gill who worked in retail interiors for 12 years had a clear idea of the feel of the place that they wanted to create but it took some time to find it and even longer to create it.

Gill or Ged Mayo purchased this farmhouse in 2002

Why Gill or Ged Mayo chose Monte S. Maria Tiberina

We couldn't resist the incredibly beautiful setting of Casa Colcello or the honey coloured stone walls smoothed and weathered by nature over the years. Its special aura of calm and peacefulness amongst natural surroundings, abundant flora and fauna all around, ancient terracotta floor tiles and rich red roof tiles patterned with lichens and mosses. The farmhouse was almost in ruins, but had an abundance of potential and incredible uninterrupted views and yet we were within reach of so many of our favourite places to visit. There are fields of poppies in May, magical fireflies dance in the dark in June, crickets, geckos butterflies and hummingbird moths to watch out for in the summer across fields of nodding sunflowers, deer owls and wild boar to listen out for and fires to build in the Autumn. This was a place that we could celebrate and mark the passing of the seasons. And the stars! We were hooked!

What makes this farmhouse unique

During renovations the emphasis has always been on conserving the original atmosphere and the historic style of the house without neglecting comfort and modern standards. Each bedroom has its own special view and its own atmosphere.

It is now nearly six years since we completed Colcello and it just gets better every year as we keep finding new ways to add to it. This year we added a comfortable outdoor seating area, the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, a quiet read in the middle of the day or a pre-dinner drink on the east terrace and improved the paths that lead through the olive groves and woodland around the property.

The garden has established itself beautifully and there is a lot to enjoy throughout the year. Near to the house there are south facing terraces with a mixture of hard landscaping in stone, gravel and grassed areas for sitting out which have been planted with buddleia, wisteria, roses, lavender, rosemary, thyme, sage, wild grasses, Jasmine, cypress and many more wonderful Mediterranean plants. Nearby above and below the house there are ancient olive groves, natural woodland and wild meadows to explore. You may find figs, blackberries and plums and you may see a porcupine, eagles, buzzards or deer or hear the sound of a wild boar. There is no light pollution here so you may spend some time star gazing, on a clear night they are spectacular with the Milky Way clearly visible.

The large pool is secluded, private and sees the sun all day long making this an ideal place for the focus of your day in high summer. It is well equipped with comfortable sunloungers and a fixed pergola for shade. There is outdoor lighting for a late night dip or party by the pool.

Casa Colcello is an authentic stone farmhouse in Umbria renovated to the highest standards to create a home which has kept its traditional charm. The perfect place to relax and enjoy a luxury holiday in privacy, space and comfort.

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Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Stunning farmhouse villa, Tuscany Umbria border, pool, Open Views,
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  • 5 out of 5
We stayed for 10 days last June and having been to Italy on numerous occasions found this property to be stunning. For a get away from it all break, as long as you don't mind driving, it has everything you need. The home itself is immaculate and as described, with amazing views (pictures don't do it justice). Everything you can possibly need is there and all rooms are very comfortable. There are some lovely hill top villages within 15 minutes drive and a few bigger towns slightly further away. There are a few local restaurants to pick from, although when we were there the local pizzeria never seemed to be open! There is a great fresh pasta shop/bakery nearby and good butchers. To be honest, we ate in most evenings and made the most of the bbq, terrace and beautiful dining room on the windy evenings!! Even some late night ping pong was played.. Would highly recommend and hope to return one day soon. One very small thing I would say is the pool is chilly!
  • Review Submitted: 30-Mar-2010
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Location

Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Perugia, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Bologna, Rimini
Nearest Train
42 Kilometres
Arezzo
Nearest Motorway
19 Kilometres
Citta di Castello North (E45)
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Monte Santa Maria Tiberina
Car: necessary

Casa Colcello is situated close to the border of Tuscany and Umbria in the beautiful foothills of the Appenines, above Citta di Castello and Sansepolcro. Set 5 minutes climb up a white gravel road overlooking an ancient mystical landscape of green wooded valleys and ancient hill top towns typical of this beautiful part of Tuscany and Umbria, A host of museums, churches, galleries,concerts, festivals, hill top villages, food, wine and Umbrian hospitality await for your inspiration and enjoyment.

The closest village is the precariously perched Monte Santa Maria Tiberina which dates back to Etruscan times together with Marcignano a small local village. The nearest villages with a selection of shops are San Secondo and Trestina with medieval walled Citta di Castello nearby and Cortona, Arezzo and buzzing Perugia within easy reach.

Although in a completely tranquil and remote rural situation you are in a perfect location to visit the key attractions and treasures of both Tuscany and Umbria. Assisi, Lake Trasimeno, Perugia, Cortona, Anghiari, Arezzo, Sansepolcro and Gubbio can all be visited in under an hour. Florence, Siena,San Gimignano in 90 mins. Ravenna, Urbino, Chianti and more are a little further away.

Good motorway and rail links are within easy reach including several airports Rome and Florence (2 hours) Perugia (45 mins) direct from Stanstead or via Milan, Pisa, Bologna, Bologna Forli, Ancona, Rimini.

Country Club - There is a 9 hole golf course together with a Horse Riding Centre and country club with restaurant 15 minutes away. Many other excellent golf courses around this area, our website offers a dedicated guide for recommended golf courses.

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Rates & Availability

From £1,500 Weekly

Rental rates for this holiday farmhouse in Monte S. Maria Tiberina, Citta di Castello area

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Christmas
21 Dec 2014 - 3 Jan 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,500
for 7 nights
£1,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit £150
Notes We offer 6% DISCOUNT for bookings of two weeks or more
Rentals run Sunday to Sunday. Please ask as we can be flexible sometimes.

Included:-
Free WIFI broadband
Welcome pack - tea, coffee, milk, sugar.

Payable:-
Extra provisions/cleaning may be ordered prior to arrival.
Wonderful in-house catering available - Authentic Italian home cooking.
Taxi service. Baby sitting. Guided walks
A 20% non-refundable deposit is payable to confirm the booking which will be deducted from the final balance. Final balance is payable 6 weeks prior to commencement of your holiday. A £150 housekeeping deposit is payable with the final balance to be refunded within 21 days of your return providing the house is left in good condition. Rates are subject to change until the booking is confirmed.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Monte S. Maria Tiberina in Citta di Castello area

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 250 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 13 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom/downstairs - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom upstairs communal - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom ensuite master - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom ensuite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Master/family-enauite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 3 Child Bed , 2 Cot , Child beds and crib are not in the room permenantly
    Double - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Twin/Double-ensuite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Twin/Double - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Twin/Double - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Colcello is suitable for 10 adults with additional fold out beds available for a further 3 people. The fold out beds are of high quality, sturdy and with thick mattresses suitable for children or teenagers. There are two cots available. The Master bedroom may become a Family room with the addition of for example 3 fold out beds or 1 fold out bed and 2 cots or 2 fold out beds and 1 cot. Each of the other bedrooms is able to accommodate either one fold out bed or one cot.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Note: Casa Colcello is spacious+airy with ample space to relax and enjoy time together or separately. Guests find it a real home from home. Windows have fly screens + shutters. A very well equipped kitchen, tiled with terracotta and old hand painted tiles, opens on two sides to terraces, and looks out toward the pool. A fully tiled bathroom with wet room shower is between the kitchen and lounge.The large comfortable lounge is a great place to gather, watch a film, plan tomorrow, or a cool spot to have a midday snooze or read a good book There is a supply of good books, DVD's, Videos, games, jigsaws aswell as outdoor games (chess, dominoes etc) and table tennis A staircase leads off the lounge to landing areas, all the bedrooms and one shared bathroom. Each bedroom is individually designed all have herringbone terracotta tile floors,beams, antique furniture, comfy beds, crisp sheets and each enjoys their own view of the panorama. All twins can easily convert to king size double.

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