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CASA CRISTINA: MEDIEVAL TOWER IN A MAGICAL MOUNTAIN VILLAGE

Kristine

Advertiser since: 2006
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Speaks: english, italian
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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CASA CRISTINA: MEDIEVAL TOWER IN A MAGICAL MOUNTAIN VILLAGE

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

Overview

Spoleto House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Casa Cristina

Nestled in a hidden valley in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains, lies the tiny village of Vallocchia a short drive from the city of Spoleto. The village is a quiet and friendly outpost where one can enjoy the peace and beauty of the mountains. Vallocchia offers a serenity and a way of life long forgotten in most parts of the world today.

The house itself offers the utmost privacy. The house was originally an old farmhouse/tower that was lovingly restored by an Academy Award winning Italian art director a decade ago. The top floor of the tower is the master bedroom, with a second bedroom a floor below, at street level. There is also a small bedroom off the living room with a twin bed.

The kitchen and living room are on the ground floor (one floor below street level) and both open onto their own terraces. Only Gioia and A.D., the village horses grazing in the pasture, impede the idyllic view of this stunning valley and the mountains surrounding it. In the basement is a third bathroom with shower and laundry facilities. The kitchen and bedrooms are connected by a circular staircase. The house has thick walls that keep it cool in the summer. You can also opt to close the shutters to keep out the heat of the day and then open them to let in the cool evening breezes.

Vallocchia offers many wonderful hiking opportunities, from treks to the nearby ancient chestnut forest - Vallocchia is legendary for its chestnuts - to spectacular hikes up into the mountains offering breathtaking views of this glorious mountain region. Also, the beautifully preserved medieval town of Spoleto is just ten minutes away by car. Here, one is centrally located for day trips to all the wondrous history, art and nature Umbria has to offer.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kristine (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2006
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Speaks: english, italian

About Kristine

We always wanted to give our daughter a second language and fantasized of doing it in Italy. One day the stars aligned, making our dream a possibility. Three weeks later we came upon Casa Cristina. It seemed too rich an experience to not make the leap. And what a leap it was. We were city folk unused to the quiet rhythm of nature but, looking for adventure, it didn’t make sense to trade one city for another. And so we came to this historic mountain hamlet for a full year and fell in love. Our neighbors immediately embraced us. When the moving van couldn’t make it through the narrow pass by Mimma’s house, Lando called Aleandro in from the field. They hitched a flatbed up to Aleandro’s trailer and made several trips, depositing all of our belongings onto the car park. Thus began what has been a decade of experiences rich beyond recounting. Pictured here is our daughter just before we took her down to Spoleto for her first day of school at the age of nine. She is now in her second year of college and working on her fourth language. Sharing our life and home here with other adventurous travelers has been a wonderfully rewarding experience.

Kristine and John

Kristine purchased this house in 1999

Why Kristine chose Spoleto

After visiting friends in the area for many years, we came to view this part of Italy as home. We fell in love with the house when we first saw it! The village is a protected historic site and one of the best preserved villages of its kind in all of Umbria.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your perfect Italian home. Daily we visited local towns and returned to relax in the hammock, sit by the fire, and eat around the family table. Our little one loved feeding the horses carrots and chasing the gray cat. We all enjoyed the Star Wars videos late at night. The perfect ending to another perfect day!



We hope to return some day.



Best regards,



C & P, M & K
Oct 2010
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Reviews

Reviews

5
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Casa Cristina: Medieval Tower in a Magical Mountain Village
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews
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Casa Cristina: Medieval Tower in a Magical Mountain Village
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p113166vb
-+001 (646) 942-2644 (New York, USA)
Spoleto Spoleto area
Oxford
5

A wonderful holiday in a lovely unusual house

  • 5 of 5
Hi Kristine,
I would just like to say thankyou once again for sharing your lovely house with us. We had a wonderful time and it was nice to see a slightly different part of Italy to that we have been used to in the past.
We tried out some of your restaurant suggestions, it was just a shame that we didn't have longer to experience them all. The ones we did try though lived up to your reviews, it's always nicer to try those that come with recommendations rather than take pot luck in the towns with the more tourist orientated establishments, I thought my favourite was going to be Ristorante al Palazzaccio but then we went to La Trattoria ...........We really wanted to try Ristorante dei Pini but were not brave enough as our Italian is not up to much, we try hard but felt that was a bridge too far !! Maybe next year.
As you know, and we found out, Bianca is probably the best welcoming party any guest could ever hope for. She was always willing to help with whatever little questions we had and made our stay very easy. Thankyou.
  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casa Cristina: Medieval Tower in a Magical Mountain Village
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p113166vb
-+001 (646) 942-2644 (New York, USA)
Spoleto Spoleto area
Minneapolis, MN USA
5

Charm, comfort and location. Christina has it all!

  • 5 of 5
If we had been able to cancel the next leg of our itinerary, we would’ve - and just stayed at the utterly charming Casa Christina. The home comes with its own private village. Well, practically. It’s a restored jewel nestled on a hillside overlooking a green valley, and in mid-autumn it was quiet. The home itself was perfect, at its heart was the fully equipped kitchen where we built fires on cool evenings, made soup with lentils from our excursion to Norcia, drank and drank the local wine. It was tempting just to hang out on the terrace all day with a book listening to Casa Cristina’s music collection, but it was so easy to explore from Vallochia, that we usually tore ourselves away by late morning. Black truffle season was in full swing so we took advantage of this unanticipated bonus by partaking of the prized fungi harvested from highly secretive locations around Umbria. Our first truffle meal was enjoyed when we wandered up to the highest piazza in Spoleto, and then again when we visited the hill town of Montefalco. After lunch one day at Palazzaccio, just outside Spoleto, we meandered up to Castello Poreta and higher to sleepy Silvignano, where the sweeping views prove there's more than one "balcony of Umbria" overlooking the fertile agricultural plain. There’s so much to savor in Umbria (the new Tuscany) and Casa Christina is the ideal jumping off point. Tastefully and comfortably decorated, and perfectly situated in the foothills of the Appennines, it is a true gem to which we hope to return.
  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Casa Cristina: Medieval Tower in a Magical Mountain Village
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p113166vb
-+001 (646) 942-2644 (New York, USA)
Spoleto Spoleto area
Sainte Foy, Burgundy, France
5

A perfect holiday at Casa Cristina

  • 5 of 5
I just wanted to say thank you for a super holiday. We all thouroughly enjoyed it, and your house really was welcoming.
Despite the exceptionally hot weather (40°C every day and even 47° the day we went to Nocia !), we always had a welcome breeze waiting for us in Valocchia. We had everything we needed and more, with Mima popping in every morning to water the plants, and Bianca checking up from time to time. Not to mention the cats and the horses who kept us company !
So between visits of the local towns, and relaxing in the hammock, it was all just perfect.
  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Casa Cristina: Medieval Tower in a Magical Mountain Village
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p113166vb
-+001 (646) 942-2644 (New York, USA)
Spoleto Spoleto area
5

Casa Cristina

  • 5 of 5
Have been in Spoleto for two months and have enjoyed every minute. Weather has been perfect - the three weeks in your house were very relaxing. We spent our days exploring the hill towns - Assisi, Bevagna & Montefalco - so beautiful, and the churches!! And the scenery!! Spent time also on your terrace enjoying the wonderful Italian wines & antipasto - also feeding the two beautiful, gentle horses. Kevin fell quite in love with them. They love apples and carrots!! Also visits from the black and white dog! Found some amazing restaurants – Il Tempo del Gusto one of our favorites. Mimma tried to fatten us up with her gastronomic cooking class (which we are still trying to eat three days later) and of course Bianca has been wonderful - her tiramisu is to die for! We had some impromptu Italian lessons at the pasticceria in Conad (which we frequented too often!). Everyone has been very friendly & have put up with our versions of Italian. Saw "La Traviata" at the Teatro Nuovo (Spoleto) and had dinner with Princess Doris and a guy who could sing like Frank Sinatra - honest!! Found a hidden gem – the old church being restored in your village - if only we had enough €€€'s. Thanks again for sharing your beautiful house & being so forthcoming with all the information - it was so helpful.
  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing
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Casa Cristina: Medieval Tower in a Magical Mountain Village
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p113166vb
-+001 (646) 942-2644 (New York, USA)
Spoleto Spoleto area
5

Fantastic mountain retreat just 7km from Spoleto

  • 5 of 5
Kristine, never had a chance to let you know what a wonderful stay we had. On the morning we left, I suddenly realized our Sunday Opera tickets in Bologna we're for a 3:30 show not 8PM, so we blew out of there (and made it, and it was fantastic!) - although we said goodbye to Bianca, we didn't say a last arrivederci to Mimma. What a great place you have, in such a fabulous beautiful unique location. We will miss the mountain views from the hammock on the porch, the comforts of a real home away from home, and our excursions to the neighboring hill towns. Thanks for opening it up to us, and hopefully it will be possible to return, next time with friends!
  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Casa Cristina: Medieval Tower in a Magical Mountain Village
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p113166vb
-+001 (646) 942-2644 (New York, USA)
Spoleto Spoleto area
New York, NY. USA
5

A Treasure

  • 5 of 5
What a treasure this home is! Every inch is pure art. Everything is perfectly appointed. Meaning everything you need is there, in good working order and a pleasure to the eye. Because the owners are American, amenities like Wi-Fi, a bathroom scale and even a yoga mat are provided. The guide book to the house is clear, but even more convenient are the helpful "label-maker" instructions posted on light switches, washing machine, stove, refrigerator. Every question is answered before it's even thought of.

The views from the terraces are unparalleled. The hiking trails offer every imaginable level of challenge. And then there's Spoleto, which you can walk around for hours and never tire of. It's immaculately preserved.

This is a HOME, not merely a vacation rental. You can see how much love the owners have put into this house. It's CLEAN. It's well-kept. The housekeeper lives two houses away and came over after a thunder storm took down the power one time.

We've also had guests visit for a few nights and never got in each other's way. The layout of the house is such that it affords privacy and community.

We cannot recommend Casa Cristina highly enough! We're booked for our third year in 2015!
  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Map

Map

Ponte delle Torri
"Stunning bridge that is one of the sights of Spoleto. Beautiful olive groves and a lovely wa..."
Trattoria Al Palazzaccio
"Al Palazzaccio is so good it’s hard to be believed. It’s the perfect family-run Umbrian tra..."
Ristorante Dei Pini S.R.L.
"Ristorante Dei Pini (da Giancarlo) (Just north of the Spoleto roundabout on the “old” SS Fla..."
Chiesa di Sant'Eufemia
Roman House
"Not to be missed! It is rare to be able to walk through a private Roman house. The mosaic fl..."
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
"The paintings in the aspe are breathtaking. Use your coins to light it up so you can see it ..."
Fortress
"The Rocca was once home to Lucrezia Borgia and is now a museum and performance space."
Parco Storico Fonti del Clitunno
"The Romans thought this stunning spot was the source of the Tiber river. You will know why a..."
Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Rome
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Spoleto
Car: necessary

Vallocchia offers many wonderful hiking opportunities, from treks to the nearby ancient chestnut forest - Vallocchia is legendary for its chestnuts - to spectacular hikes up into the mountains offering breathtaking views of this glorious mountain region. Also, the beautifully preserved medieval town of Spoleto is just ten minutes away by car. Here, one is centrally located for day trips to all the wondrous history, art and nature Umbria has to offer.

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From €125 Per night

Spoleto House Rental Rates

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€850
€2,899
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

end of stay cleaning fee €60
Notes Rental season is from April to November.

Winter months are available for a long term rental.
50% deposit is due upon booking and the balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.
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Amenities

Amenities

Spoleto House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 135 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , shower is large
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet , Plus washer and dryer
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • King size beds (1) Two twin beds with top-of-the-line American mattresses makeup a king size bed. This bedroom is at street level, with its own private bathroom (toilet, shower, and bidet)., Queen size Beds (1) The master (upstairs) bedroom also has a top-of-the-line American mattress and its own private entrance from the street. Also with private bathroom, including a toilet, shower, and bidet.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
Notes:
*Private Cooking classes can be arranged with an exquisite local cook, We are also located in the midst of glorious mountain hiking and biking trails.

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