Dating from the 12C, this borgo is perched at 700m looking down into the Niccone Valley. The main house has 7 double bedrooms, 2 drawing rooms, open fires, a large dining room and fantastic views. The borgo additionally has a stand alone - non-consecrated chapel - and an old grotto where Saint Donino is said to have contemplated life. This house has soul, is very old and been renovated to honor its past as well as adding in some of today's comforts - pool etc. Close to Citta di Castello, Assisi and other historic towns, it provides a great location with true peacefulness. Great for the summer, but also for Christmas and Easter family and friends get togethers. Would also entertain - encourage long lets for the person who would like the seclusion to write, study or contemplate life.
Beautiful House, Quiet, Peaceful, Rural and Close to the true Umbrian Towns
- Calendar last updated:
- 13 Nov 2018
Why William Davies chose Città di Castello
Architecturally it is beautiful. It is very old. It has space. It has soul, is very peaceful - all the while being within 30mins of some beautiful towns, restaurants, etc. You can eat outside on the terrace and at 700m have unobstructed views into the Niconne valley. In the winter you can light the fires and have some great meals in the dining room for 20 ! If you like to run or mountain bike - the dirt roads and ups and down are nice..
What makes this House unique
Great family and friends location. All can have space, yet have 3-4 locations where all can gather for meals outside and inside.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Off the scale! Complete reboot complete, thank u
We just lived the Italien dream!
For us it was the mix of rustic charm, cultural immersion - it’s not often you get to live in a traditional tobacco farm with the luxury of high ceilings, fine sofas, terraces and pool time. The house is a real testomy to sympothetic restoration with original features and masonry.
We were four families with 8 kids and never felt on top of each other and when left on our own (just the three of us) we didn’t feel like we rattled around.
Stunning views, I’m sure there’s plenty to explore but we rarely left the property (more like a very small hamlet!) although the local winery did get a visit as did the pizzeria which were nearly as good as the pizzas we made by the pool on the enormous pizza oven!!
The perfect place to escape and spend quality time with friends and family. Already planning the next big birthday bash!!! So many happy memories, thank you
Wonderful and relaxing fortnight
We enjoyed a wonderful two weeks at Casa Padronale. The house is beautifully situated with a delightful and calming view over the valley; the heat of summer, which is fairly intense at the bottom of the valley, is reduced by the breezes that generally flow up the valley walls. Early mornings and long evenings are the best times of day.
We invited several friends over the fortnight to share the holiday and found the house to be ideally suited to sharing by 3-4 couples with kids. The house is spacious enough (for example, with two living rooms on different floors) to accommodate a big group of friends who are willing to share shopping and cooking. The kids made full use of the swimming pool and could easily retreat to the second living room in the evenings if they wanted to spend time together. The adults usually ended up reading in the shade during the day, making day trips for sightseeing or sitting around the spacious outdoor dining table, enjoying the view, food and conversation until late in the evening.
Umbertide and Cortona are each about 45 minutes' drive for food shopping. I should mention that, since we arrived on a Saturday when shops were already closed for the weekend, the caretaker Uwe (resident next door) had already by prior arrangement bought ample high quality food and wine which was waiting for us in the kitchen. Uwe was most friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and well networked in the area.
Ian and Birgit
Family holiday with multiple Families
We visited Citta Di Castello as part of our family Summer holiday with two other families, a total of 16 people, inc 7 children and 3 babies under 9 months, the house worked perfectly for this large group of families, with room to spare, and there were three cots and highchairs.
The house itself is charming, elegant and spectacular, while retaining a cosy and homely feel, perfect for settling in to enjoy our stay. The views were wonderful and if you're luck enough to see the low lying cloud within the valley in the mornings you're in for a breathtaking treat.
The house is perfect for staying put and doing nothing but relax and enjoy the pool and house facilities, however there is plenty to explore in the local area, including Lake Trasimeno which we visited on a couple of occasions.
We had a few sat nav issues early on, which lead to some bumpy track adventures, but this only added to our experience and the charm of being at the top of the hill. The house keepers were friendly and welcoming and always happy to help and offer advice. We also enjoyed a few meals out at the local restaurant within the valley, which was always welcoming with great food.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and were all sorry to leave. We hope we will get the opportunity to revisit in years to come, and we look forward to seeing how the surrounding barns and buildings may evolve. .
Such a magic place - beautiful, old, just the right mixture of ramshackle and grand.
William and Uwe looked after us so well, answering questions, fixing any problems and sharing tips about the local area. The kids loved pootling by the pool, catching lizards and chasing butterflies. A week of pure relaxation.
Lovely secluded property away from it all
We had a wonderful time. The house has a magnificent balcony, with stunning views across the Niccone valley, and a delightful dining room for cooler or stormy evenings. We have been renting houses in Italy for nearly 30 years, and one thing we especially enjoyed was the slightly cooler air (and no mosquitos!) up on the hill. If you are looking for easy access to the great cities, churches and sights you will have to program in a 30-45 minute drive. But if you want magnificent views, solitude, and long walks or runs then it is hard to top this place. At night we saw porcupines, deer and wild boar in the forest. Very special. Communications with the owner were first-rate. He was very quick and helpful with any questions or concerns. Highly recommended.
Peaceful haven to explore the delights of Umbria
A wonderful rural retreat from which Perugia Assisi Cortona and many beautiful historic Umbrian and Tuscan towns and villages are easily explored.
The borgoo is a calm oasis set high on the Umbrian hills with stunning views over the beautiful Niccone valley. It is warm and welcoming with large airy rooms and a typical country kitchen with modern appliances and every kitchen utensil you could imagine.
The guardian knows the area well and is friendly helpful and an invaluable source of local knowledge. The owner is very helpful and really wants his guests to enjoy Umbria as much as he does.
We had a lovely week exploring the area and returning "home" to San Lorenzo often to delicious locally prepared meals. These can be ordered in advance and delivered or cooked in situ by a delightful local lady. Absolutely amazing to have a dinner served in the baronial dining room after a tiring day of sightseeing! The guardian was also able to shop locally before our arrival.
in an adjacent valley is an authentic family run pizzeria which deserves more than the one visit we managed!
We had a wonderful week of exploration and relaxation and are already very much looking forward to our return to San Lorenzo next year
Rural Umbria, unspoilt oak forests, beautiful unspoilt valleys, close to the beautiful historic towns of Assisi, Citta di Castello, Montone and Preggio. 2.5hrs drive from Florence. 2.5hrs drive from Rome. 5hrs drive to the Alps. Local Tuscan and Umbrian vineyards near by, fantastic trail running, hiking, mountain biking on the doorstop. Quiet, very peaceful, true light, so stars at night and unspoilt by town light.
Additional pricing information
From October the pool will be closed. The House will close from late November to March. In the Autumn and Spring you may require fire wood and wood-pellets for the hot water. The Owner will provide, but these will be small additional costs and based on length of stay.