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.
- children welcome
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets not allowed
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.
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!
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.