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Lucia Cuzzolin

Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, Italian

Casa Rughino - Charming country home in the Tuscan Hills, great panorama

1 Review
People20
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 8 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Monterchi - Casa Rughino

2 spacious connectable apartments 1 studio apt, sleep 15/18, panoramic garden

In the charming hamlet of Montemiliano Casa Rughino is a stone country house surrounded by scented lavenders, roses, brooms and rosemary. From its terraces overlooking Monterchi, home of Piero della Francesca fresco “Madonna del Parto”, you can enjoy incomparable landscapes on the quiet Tuscan countryside where wheat and sunflower fields alternate vineyards and olive groves. The recent restoration has added comfort and neatness to the original Tuscan flavour, completely meeting with ecological building criteria. We can offer accommodation for up to 15/18 people in 2 spacious apartments and 1 double room, all with their own terrace and independent access but connectible inside (in the Manor), while on the other side of the garden the old haybarn has been transformed in a charming studio apartment. For a perfect stay at Casa Rughino we have realized a swimming pool with a stunning view on surrounding hills, large solarium and shaded terrace. And for dinner BBQ under the pergola.

Sightseeing: The tiny ancient village of Monterchi, is situated on the road to Città di Castello in the Tiber Valley, 30 kilometres from Arezzo in unique countryside with splendid vistas, looking across to small hilltop towns and villages with the Apennine mountain range forming the backdrop in the far distance. The major sights of Central Italy are a short drive away along the A1 motorway or E45 freeway: Arezzo, Cortona Siena, Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi and Lake Trasimeno are only 1 hour drive. No more than 2 hours drive to reach Florence, the Chianti wine Region, Montepulciano, Montalcino, San Marino and the Adriatic or Tirrenic seaside resorts. Just another hour drive to reach Rome.

Not Only Relaxing: For the more athletic, there are many sports you can do nearby: tennis courts and a golf course are only a 5-minutes drive away and for those who love water sports, in 15 minutes you can reach a beautiful lake where you can go fishing, canoeing and even surf. Discover the local restaurants and trattorie to taste Tuscan and Umbrian gastronomy (wine, oil, truffles, mushrooms and Fiorentina beefsteak): we can recommend you our favourites! Don’t miss the interesting opportunities for shopping (antiques, delicatessen specialities, clothes and accessories); Italy's fashion houses outlets are not far away. Attend the numerous events that take place in the area: lot of festivals, shows, historical parades, folklore celebration and free concerts all year.

Things to do: Enjoy a cooling panoramic swimming pool at your private disposal, in a wonderful secluded spot, enveloped by scent of lavender, broom and herbs, caressed by the afternoon breeze while in the distance a red-headed woodpecker builds his nest: an intense emotion for all senses! In the meantime when you’ve seen the sights you can leave the “madding crowds” behind and return to the peace of Montemiliano for relaxing walks strolling along the numerous pathways which start from our olive grove. And If you still need more relaxation, thermal baths and a beauty farm are within just a 1/2 hour drive.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Lucia Cuzzolin (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, Italian

About Lucia Cuzzolin

We are a young couple in our sixties and as almost 99% of Italians we had a dream: a farmhouse in Tuscany!

We lived in Milan and had a satisfactory working life but we felt unsuited to the pace of such a busy town. It has been a real lucky break to find Montemiliano 10 year ago. It was a ruined and uninhabited hamlet on the hills near Monterchi, with 10 h of uncultivated land; nevertheless when we first saw the ouline of its roofs we immediately fell in love with it!

We worked hardly to restore to their former glory the complex and 7 years ago we moved and completely changed our lifestyle.

We had to learn almost everything but are now very proud of the results of our efforts and glad to share them with our friends and guests (there isn't really a big difference among these categories).

Lucia Cuzzolin purchased this farmhouse in 2004

Why Lucia Cuzzolin chose Anghiari - Sansepolcro area

We think Monterchi is not one of 'The Most Beautiful Villages in Tuscany' (see Thames & Hudson's), it is really “The Navel of the world”!

Set in the heart of Renaissance Italy, it is brilliantly placed for exploring both Tuscany and Umbria and for a full immersion into the best of Italian culture. There is always somewhere new to visit and to discover by car, foot, and even... by running!

Monterchi has a great feel of the real Italy, and the local villagers go out of their way to make you welcome. For art lovers, it is home to the famous 'Madonna del Parto' by Piero della Francesca. The grander cities of Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Perugia and Assisi are less than 1 1/2 hour drive and the airports of Rome, Pisa, Forlì, Florence, Perugia and Rimini are easily accessible.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Montemiliano is just 1.5 km from Monterchi and with an easy walk you can reach good restaurants, bars and grocery stores. For the more athletic, there are many sports you can practise nearby: horse riding, tennis courts, golf course.

Despite the closeness to the village the location is really stunning and you can relax in peace and privacy with no fear to be disturbed.

Our true flagships are the position, set on the top of the hill with a 360° view on Tiber Valley, and the panoramic swimming pool.

We are not excellent photographers but it is quite impossible to convey such a perfect landscape and the intense emotion it arouses.

Our panoramic swimming pool could be a real problem for you: it will be difficult to leave the clear water to perform the hard work of turist.

Reviews

1 holidaymaker review

Casa Rughino - Charming country home in the Tuscan Hills, great panorama
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
5

Sheia, David, Clare, Leah & Amber.

  • 5 of 5

We have made several visits to Monterchi, staying at Montemiliano twice. On this, our latest visit, we were recommended to stay in the Sun Apartment of Rughino. As before, we were NOT disappointed. The area is so tranquil and calm and the views across the valley to Monterchi and beyond are breathtaking - especially in the evening. We found the apartment clean and well maintained, although we would have been happier with more hanging space in the bedrooms, especially with 2 young grand daughters. We were delighted with the pool and pool area, so welcoming on the many hot days and our grand daughters were particularly glad of it. There is also a small play area on the road into Monterchi.

The owners, Lucia and Gaziano, have the ability to treat visitors more like old friends than customers and we would have no hesitation in recommending the property to friends or relatives. Monterchi is an easy 2 hour drive from Pisa.

With 2 young grand daughters, we tried to keep our travelling to a minimum, especially in the hot part of the day, but we managed to visit plenty of places in the area including, Sienna, Lucignano, Cortona, Sansepolcro, Citta di Castello and Anghiari.

We tried to balance our dining with visits to several local restaurants and some dining at the apartment including a barbecue one evening. We have promised ourselves that when we next visit, hopefully in 2013, we will make more use of the barbeue.

In our view, La Pieve Vecchia, a restaurant less than 10 minutes drive away, gave excellent value for money and the service was very friendly and efficient. There is also a Pizzeria on the road out toward Arezzo which is basic but again good value for money.

There are several markets in nearby towns which are always good to visit if only for the friendly atmosphere.

In conclusion, Italy is the country we would visit again and again, but Toscana and Umbria really have our vote.

Our daughter and 2 grand daughters have fallen in love with Monterchi and we can not wait to take tham back next year.

We very much hope to renew our acquaintance with Monterchi and Lucia and Graziano as often as possible.

With best regards,

Sheila, David, Clare, Leah and Amber.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sheila, David, Clare, Leah and Amber, your family and the two "mermaids" are always in our hearts. The emotional goodbye to your departure moved us. We hope to see you soon and be able to follow the progress of the two young ladies. A hug for the whole family
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Location

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Perugia
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Arezzo
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Arezzo
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Rimini/Fano
Car: necessary

Monterchi is brilliantly placed for exploring both Tuscany and Umbria. Nearby Arezzo offers easy connections to Florence, Rome, Siena, Pisa, Cortona. Other nearby places of interest include Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio, San Gimignano, Sansepolcro, Citta di Castello, Urbino. There is always somewhere new to visit. Monterchi has a great feel of the real Italy, and the local villagers go out of their way to make you welcome. For art lovers, Monterchi is home to the famous 'Madonna del Parto' by Piero della Francesca. Monterchi has a great choice of reasonably priced restaurants. Montemiliano is just 1.5 km from Monterchi: with an easy walk you can reach many facilities e.g. restaurants, bars, grocery stores, pharmacy, bank with ATM and VISA service, post-office and tennis court. Please contact us for more information. Local activities cycling, fishing, golf, horse riding, mountain biking, roller blading, sailing, swimming, tennis, walking, water skiing, wind-surfing.

Other Activities: Clay pigeon shooting, guided tours

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Monterchi, Anghiari - Sansepolcro area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
High Season
27 Aug 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,819
for 7 nights
£1,819
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest
 
Middle Season
1 Oct 2016 - 14 Oct 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,343
for 7 nights
£1,343
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season Special Offer!!
15 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£909
for 7 nights
From
£130
Fri,Sat,Sun
£909
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
Xmas & New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,819
for 7 nights
£1,819
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Special Offer!!
7 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£667
for 7 nights
From
£95
Fri,Sat,Sun
£667
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
Easter
8 Apr 2017 - 5 May 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,819
for 7 nights
£1,819
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring Special Offer!!
6 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£909
for 7 nights
From
£130
Fri,Sat,Sun
£909
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,819
for 7 nights
£1,819
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak Season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,209
for 7 nights
£2,209
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,819
for 7 nights
£1,819
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest
 
Middle Season
30 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,343
for 7 nights
£1,343
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season Special Offer!!
14 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£909
for 7 nights
From
£130
Fri,Sat,Sun
£909
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
Xmas & New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 12 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,819
for 7 nights
£1,819
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest
 
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Changeover Day: Saturday
1 night minimum stay
£217
for 1 night
From
£217
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £43
Refundable Damage Deposit £433

Rates are based on 10-14 people sharing The Mannor (children under 2 years on date of arrival free of charge) and include the exclusive use of the complex and facilities. For up to 14 people if you need to use Apt Sky a further €400,00 rate is applied. Additional price per person up to max 20 people: €150/100 depending on season. Whole property rate less 10 people:10% off (except special offers).
'Special Offer!!' rates (see periods with price per night) are based on 10 people sharing. Add people € 100.00. Laundry € 5,00 per washing. Final cleanings € 100,00.

Booking confirmed on receipt of 30% deposit by bank allowance. Balance due 8 weeks before holiday starts (Full payment for booking within this period).

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Monterchi in Arezzo Area

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , all beds can be double or single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot , this room can be converted in living/dining room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , all beds can be double or single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , all beds can be double or single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , all beds can be double or single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed , all beds can be double or single
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Large Double Bed , all beds can be double or single
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Double Bed , all beds can be double or single
  • In the whole complex there are 8 rooms with 2 or 3 beds (all rooms may be made up as twin or double on request), 5 bathrooms and 3 fully equipped kitchens. For big party one bedroom can be converted in living/dining room. In the Manor Apt Sun, Apt Moon and Aurora can be connected. Every accommodation has magnificent views, table and chairs for outside relax, 2 rooms have French windows to terraces. Each apartment is equipped with single heating. Floors and ceilings have been realized with classic Tuscan terracotta, while the original chestnut beams, the large fireplaces and the stone walls testify the ancient charm. The sunny interior paint enhance glamour and warm atmosphere to every room. The furnishings have been carefully selected with original pieces from the 1900s and new ones skilfully handmade by local craftsmen. Every accommodation is high standard. If you need more rooms you can rent Montemiliano Farmhouse in the same hamlet (at 150 m.). Suitable for children and pets.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Television
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 18 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Casa Rughino consists of 2 buildings: in the manor there are 2 spacious apartments and 1 double room, all with their own terrace and independent access but attached to each other with lockable interconnecting doors. Apt Sun has living room with fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, a twin bedroom, a large 3 beds room (in case of big party convertible in living/dining room). Upstairs, an internal staircase leads to a further twin bedroom, with a nice bower and bathroom (this area of the house can be annexed both to apartment Sun or apartment Moon). Another terrace leads to apartment Moon with large kitchen, interconnecting bower, a bedroom with twin beds and a bathroom at the 1st floor. Upstairs there are 2 twin bedrooms (one can lodge and extra bed) and a bathroom. Downstairs, separated by a lockable door, there is room Aurora with en-suite bathroom. The old hay barn has become a studio apartment Sky with living room, corn kitchen and bathroom downstairs, in the loft a nice double bedroom.

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