Citta di Castello Villa Rental Photos and Description
Country House, 4 Bedrooms (sleeps 6/8), 2.5 Bathrooms
Colcello is a 3-storey country house in a stunning hilltop location, with breath-taking 360-degree views. It has a large kitchen/dining-room (which used to be a stable!) opening onto a dining terrace with a vine-covered pergola. The fully-equipped kitchen has dishwasher, island prep unit/breakfast bar, and a separate laundry room adjoins the kitchen.
On the second floor a comfortable lounge opens onto a covered loggia, perfect for before-dinner drinks or shaded reading, with miles and miles of beautiful hills and valleys open to your view. Also on this floor is one double en-suite bedroom, opening onto a large terrace - perfect to greet the morning sun with your first cappuccino! Another double bedroom with bathroom, plus a small lounge with a quality sofa-bed, are also on this floor. A spiral staircase leads up to a large third floor bedroom with half-bath, four single beds and a Juliet balcony.
On the property there is a swimming pool, BBQ, 15 acres of woodland and olive terraces, and the best fig-tree in Umbria! The property has a private drive, electric gates and ample parking. It is a short 5-minute drive to a local riverside bar/restaurant, and twenty minutes to the local town, for farmer's markets and supermarkets, restaurants and cafés. Your friendly on-site owner is available if needed, unobtrusive if not, in her own small ground-floor apartment, always very happy to make you welcome and comfortable, and to help with any queries you might have. Rental costs vary with season and number of guests, ranging from $1350-$2300 for up to 4 guests, extra for 5+ guests. Please email for your personal quotes to email@example.com
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- children welcome
- limited accessibility
- non smoking only
- pets considered
About Ann Waldman
Hello! My name is Ann, I speak English and Italian, and I have owned Colcello since 1988. It is my great pleasure to welcome my guests to this beautiful house in Italy. I lead a double life, half in Italy, half in California, with even more travels to visit children and grandchildren in England and in Seattle, and my parents in Canada!
My Italian neighbors and my very good friends in the lovely valley below Colcello have taught me so much about life in Italy, and how to enjoy its many pleasures. Colcello is an old house, dating from 1675, and home to many generations of Italian families. Part of the ground floor is my private apartment, so I am easily accessible to help with any information or help you may need, without encroaching on your privacy. Meeting my guests from many places, offering them hospitality and helping to make their stay comfortable and enjoyable, is an aspect of my life in Italy that I value and appreciate very much.
Ann Waldman purchased this villa in 1988
Why Ann Waldman chose Citta di Castello
Italy is a popular vacation destination for guests from many parts of the world. The warmth and friendliness of the people, the food, the history, the art, the climate, the traditions, all play a part in making this a wonderfully diverse place. History is all around, in every-day life. This area of Umbria was once occupied by Roman soldiers, and pieces of old Roman roof tiles are sometimes turned up when my olive terraces are plowed! Old Medici palaces in the nearby town are still in use as museums, galleries - and local council offices! There is easy access to many other fascinating places in Umbria and Tuscany, hill-towns and hidden valleys, vineyards and olive groves, castles and cathedrals, and always the beauty of the landscape and the clear light.
For many visitors traveling to Italy, it is love at first sight, and so it was with me. To live my daily life in this ancient home, in a magnificent landscape brimming with history, is a privilege and a pleasure for me, and even more so when I can share it with guests and friends.
What makes this villa unique
In 1988, Colcello was still home to a simple farming family, but the children were grown and gone, leaving elderly parents and an ancient grandmother. And these three were now ready to move to an easier life nearer the little city.
The house was not as it is now, by any means, but the views were just as beautiful then, and it was easy to see that with a lot of work (!!) it could become the beautiful and comfortable home it is today, in a location that my Italian neighbors call 'il paradiso.' Of course I completely underestimated the time, effort and cost of doing all that work, but 'love at first sight' happened! I can list all the things that now make it the place I love - but I keep the 'before' photos to remind me occasionally of all the things that 'love at first sight' can blind you to!
Now, every day, I appreciate my Italian home for:-
*the stunning views over hills and valleys, rivers and mountains
* the character and history
*the spacious, comfortable accommodation
*the swimming pool
*the well equipped kitchen
*the interesting things nearby to do and see
*the beautiful surroundings for relaxation
*a lovely country retreat near a pretty little town