Campello sul Clitunno Tower Rental Photos and Description
Tower, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)
The Watch-Tower, I Cerri (Italian for 'The Turkey Oaks') proudly stands as one of Italy's more secret listed historic properties. Nestling in the Appennines overlooking the Spoleto Valley towards Montefalco and, just a bit further beyond, Tuscany, you will appreciate the absolute privacy and quiet while sipping on an aperitif on the ample terrace, where you will be doing most of your outdoor entertaining, or, in the cooler months, cooking your hearty meals in true Umbrian style in the kitchen fireplace.
Though perfect for just the two of you, if you are travelling with another couple or your family, you will nevertheless have all the privacy and comfort modern living can muster. The two fully-furnished bedrooms, one with an en-suite bathroom, the other with its bathroom two steps away in the corridor, are completely autonomous with breath-taking views and oodles of character. The bedroom with the en-suite bathroom also boasts a French boat-bed with inlaid wood ca.1804, in which Napoleon himself with said to have slept with his ravishing Josephine. Various other antiques, rugs and paintings add further charm to the medieval structure.
In the living room just off the large kitchen-dining area, you can admire the rock face, which is the mountain itself, onto which the tower was originally built all those centuries ago. It provides for a naturally cool environment, even on the hottest August days, and, thanks to the floor heating working perfectly right throughout the entire structure, a cosy area in which to snuggle up in the cooler months.
The tower itself is positioned, in true medieval style, to catch the warmth of the sun from mid morning to sunset. If you happen to be here at the summer solstice in June, for example, you will notice that I Cerri looks exactly in the direction of that very special sunset that embues everything with a reddish-pinkish hue.
Up and behind the house on the hill side, there are some delightful terraced areas in amongst the olive trees and the many colourful flowers, where you can either sit and read, snooze the afternoon away or have yet another aperitif before lunch or dinner. A large BBQ area is perfect for providing those outdoor meals characterising summer living.
Keywords: Self-contained flat
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- pets considered
- non smoking only
About Rodney Lokaj
I am a philologist with a particular interest in the medieval and Renaissance periods. I deal with texts and their transmission and have lectured at the Universities of Edinburgh, Oxford, Milan, Perugia and Rome 'La Sapienza'. I carry out most of my research at the Vatican Library in Rome, but do prefer to come back to I Cerri for the peace and quiet. It is here that I can really concentrate on my work and get my writing done.
As you can imagine, I LOVE what I do and sharing it with those others drawn to this area, especially over the odd ice-cold prosecco or two. And I Cerri is truly the perfect place in which to do it!
Rodney Lokaj purchased this tower in 1992
Why Rodney Lokaj chose Campello sul Clitunno
I Cerri and I have a love affair that literally started at first sight. We instantly realised that I belonged to her and she belonged to me, even though I did not even know at the time whether she was for sale, who the owner was, anything! As it turned out, the Cistercians who were going to get it and turn it into their Umbrian hermitage opted for a much larger complex in the Marches and I got it instead! I really feel it was meant to be!
What makes this tower unique
The best facet about a stay here at I Cerri is that you can spend the day in a bustling city such as Rome, Florence or Perugia, or in perhaps one of the smaller tourist towns such as Assisi, Spello and Spoleto itself, and come back here in the evening to a relaxing atmosphere in cosy elegance and fresh, sweet-smelling air. At I Cerri you are literally in the heart of Italy with it all surrounding you, yet quietly detached in full privacy and harmony with nature.