CASA CRISTINA: MEDIEVAL TOWER IN A MAGICAL MOUNTAIN VILLAGE

Kristine

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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

5
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Casa Cristina: Medieval Tower in a Magical Mountain Village
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 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
Millbrook, Ontario, Canada
5

A Peaceful Retreat in Beautiful Umbria

  • 5 of 5
Casa Cristina is a very comfortable home nestled literally on the edge of the Appenine mountains. If you are looking for a quiet haven at the end of a day visiting the beautiful hill towns of Umbria, book this place. The home is well appointed, the views across the valley serene and it's within an hour or so of many of the towns you will want to see.

Kristine was the best unpaid travel agent ever and Bianca was a gracious host who took great care in ensuring our stay was very comfortable. If you have the time, book a cooking class with Mimma but don't book another meal for that day!

Thanks again Kristine for sharing your magical home and the joys of Umbria. We are forever grateful for all your hospitality.

Best Regards,
Jennifer and Charles
  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Casa Cristina: Medieval Tower in a Magical Mountain Village
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-+001 (646) 942-2644 (New York, USA)
Spoleto Spoleto area
Wynnewood, PA USA
5

Peaceful Getaway

  • 5 of 5
Dear Kristine and John, we had an absolutely wonderful stay in your home. Your home is as described on the VRBO website. We had fun navigating the road to and from Vallochia and got quite adept at doing so.
Kristine~you were easily available via email prior to coming to Italy and always returned my emails promptly. It was a pleasure to deal with someone so easy going.
Biana was such a sweetheart. She checked in on us several times during our stay, came to my rescue when I couldn't quite communicate the rental car issue we were having to the FIAT service center and even found me a place to stay in Umbria several weeks later (you were still in your house...or believe me, I would have been there in a minute)!
Mimma and her family were very welcoming and shared chestnuts with us...which we roasted and enjoyed on a hike.
Enjoyed the horses, the dogs (esp Noce) and the cats. I almost took Noce with me!
Your home was so very comfortable. We felt like we hit the lottery.
We did day trips, bike rides (one very cold windy bike ride almost to Assisi when we had to yell "uncle" and take the train back), hikes and just hung out. One of my favorite days was driving to the Piano Grande and then Casteluccio, where we had probably our most outstanding meal of the trip at Taverna Castelluccio. I have misplaced the card for my second favorite restaurant, but it is family run in Trevi~I was in heaven~got to practice my Italian there!
I could go on and on and I think I have.
Thanks again. I hope to have another trip like this someday.
Lisa/Betsy/Andy
  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Casa Cristina: Medieval Tower in a Magical Mountain Village
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-+001 (646) 942-2644 (New York, USA)
Spoleto Spoleto area
Sussex
5

Recommendation of Casa Cristina

  • 5 of 5
I just wanted to write to express my thanks and delight with your beautiful house in Italy. We had such a happy time at Casa Christina and it's location and the comfort it offered more than lived up to all my hopes and expectations. The view from the terrace was stunning. If we had not been busy exploring local towns and cities then even more hours would have been spent soaking up the peace and sheer magic of our surroundings. Daily visits from one of the local dogs, what seems to be a resident cat and, of course, the two horses grazing at the foot of the wooded hills, was a joy. I slept soundly every night as the beds were blissfully comfortable (not something to necessarily be relied upon with holiday lets). Your kitchen is wonderfully equipped without distracting from the simplicity of the house and your generosity in providing videos and CD's for your tenants/guests much appreciated. Naturally we spent a certain amount of time away from the house. Long lazy lunches interspersed with visits to many different churches. It had been nearly 18 years since my last visit to Italy and I had forgotten just how beautiful it is. The architecture, wealth of art, colours of the plastered walls and pigments in the frescoes, history, language, warmth of the people, food, etc etc fed every one of the senses. Although, if it is possible to be "truffled out" I think I was in danger of turning into a truffle by the end of the week.
  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Casa Cristina: Medieval Tower in a Magical Mountain Village
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-+001 (646) 942-2644 (New York, USA)
Spoleto Spoleto area
Brookline, Massachusets
5

The highlight of our trip!

  • 5 of 5
The highlight of our trip has been our week at Casa Cristina. It could not have been more wonderful. The house was filled with light and gentle breezes. We had lots of fun cooking dinner while listening to opera and then afterwards enjoying our meal on the terrace. The wild strawberries were amazing. We also liked reading and doing watercolors in the mornings. We were blown away by the view as we came over the high ridge and caught our first glimpse of the velvety green of the valley, only to discover that it was actually carpeted by wildflowers. We also saw a baby boar (half the size of the cat!) one morning just after leaving the village. It ran out of the woods and squealed as it trotted around our car. We wanted to get out but did not want to encounter its mother! Our 18 year old son loved our time here as well. We are all quite sad to leave. Thank you so much. It is a very special place… we hope to return some time.
  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2008
  • Stayed: Jun 2007
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Casa Cristina: Medieval Tower in a Magical Mountain Village
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-+001 (646) 942-2644 (New York, USA)
Spoleto Spoleto area
Middletown, CT, USA
5

Casa Cristina

  • 5 of 5
We found the home, the village, and the mountain valley and woodland view absolutely enchanting. Spending time in the hammock together, with hot sunshine and a cool breeze was totally heavenly. We will never forget the atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Despite trying to spot a boar from the terrace for the 10 days we only heard their snorts from a distance. We did however spot a porcupine below the terrace close to the horses feeding area...quite a sight. Thank you for making the process of booking and enjoying our holiday so easy and letting us share the beauty of your house for a few days. Kind regards. J & J
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2008
  • Stayed: Aug 2008
  • Source: 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
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-+001 (646) 942-2644 (New York, USA)
Spoleto Spoleto area
Vancouver, British Columbia
5

Rested and Relaxed

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful stay at Casa Cristina. We were surprised by how spacious the villa was and how comfortable our stay was. The washrooms and kitchen were immaculate and we spent as much time possible on the terrace. We highly recommend cooking on the kitchen fireplace. We rarely ate out as one of our party was a chef who was able to use local ingredients to create a series of spectacular meals. The beds were heavenly. We had the best sleeps of our holiday. We also enjoyed afternoon siestas in the hammock and lounge.

While we’re disappointed with leaving, we look forward to a return visit.

Ciao from four rested and relaxed Canadians!
  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2008
  • Stayed: Apr 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

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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4 night minimum stay
€125
€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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