8 K from the beautiful Medieval town Of Gubbio and perched 2000ft up a hill looking towards the Appenine mountains and Mt Accuto, lies Poderetto, a 17th century restored stone farmhouse. The height of the house above sea level means that the summer temperature is less fierce and the nights are pleasantly cool. The extensive, artist and architect owned and designed, conversion of the building and surrounding land has just been completed affording a very comfortable home with 12x6m swimming pool and barbecue area. The house has 4 bedrooms, 3 en suite, all having large bathtubs, showers, bidets, toilets and 2 wash hand basins; The master bedroom also, as well as a bath, has a separate shower and basin.There is a large well equipped eat -in kitchen with gas CH. and hob, electric oven, fridge freezer, washer/drier and dishwasher. On the first floor is a large double height sitting room with two contemporary sofas, TV and video and traditional open fireplace. All the rooms are spacious.
Gubbio: This ancient Umbrian stronghold and renowned ceramics center is like the last outpost of civilization before the wilderness of the high Apennines. The central piazza cantilevers over the lower town like a huge terrace. The square is bounded on one end by a mighty palace, all sharp stone lines and squared-off battlements. Inside is a cluttered archaeological museum and the same echoey medieval atmosphere that pervades the entire town. Gubbio is unique among hill towns -- an antique center unto itself, to which surprisingly few visitors venture.
Nearby is Monte Cucco Natural Park:
This is a predominantly mountainous park, featuring at the higher altitudes, beechwoods and pasture land, with rocky cliffs and picturesque gorges. Monte Cucco (1566 metres above sea level) is known also for one of the most important karstic cave systems in Italy, partly open to visits. It is ideal for sports, such as: canyoning, trekking by horse, bike and by foot, paragliding and caving.
Short drives away are the beautiful frescoes by Giotto in Assisi,The magnificent Piero della Francescas in Arezzo, Monterchi and San Sepolcro. The hill towns of Perugia, the city of infinite views according to Henry James, Spello, Orvieto, Todi, Montefalco Spoleto and Urbino the birthplace of Raphael. These are just a few of the the easy excursions you can make, if you can drag yourself away from the house and the swimming pool!