Located in the sleepy mountain village of Arsicci, this converted farmhouse is perfect for a large family gathering. With panoramic views across the surrounding mountain landscape dotted with farms and hamlets, the silence is interrupted only by the distant clang of cows bells, and the atmosphere is very "Sound of Music".
The house is comfortable, practical, and full of character. It's well equipped and has more or less everything you could need from pool towels to barbecue, although a microwave might be a useful addition. The pool and large gardens are very well maintained, and there are plenty of places to sit and read, or just kick back, do nothing, and take in the scenery.
There are one or two small villages nearby, and the closest supermarket is in Pieve Santo Stefano, a small town about 20 minutes drive away. If you want to do some exploring, Paolo, our host, gave us some very useful pointers on places of interest, and what to see in the locality. Sansepolcro, a 35 minute drive away, is the nearest large town. A stroll around it's old quarter is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon.
You would need to set aside a full day for trips further afield such as Florence or Siena.
One of the highlights of our two week stay was the meals prepared by Giuseppena, a local lady who looks after the house. Before your eyes, she will conjure up some wonderful local dishes for dinner - a great option if you want to take a break from cooking.
A beautiful setting and an ideal house for a relaxing family holiday.