Citta di Castello Villa Rental Photos and Description
3 double beds with en-suites. Very large kitchen, six designated living rooms
Completely private luxuriously appointed detached villa incorporating a 14C priest's house in own grounds of 7 acres inc. 2 acres of landscaped gardens, olive groves and woods. Beautiful furnishings, selected antiques and superb lighting combine with a modern restoration, emphasising steel, glass and light, to provide a stunning designer scheme. Italian light floods this spectacular house; wonderful views are seen from every window
This stunning property is not just a rental property but an immaculate and well appointed home maintained to the highest of standards. A sparkling kitchen , spotless bathrooms and crisp white linens will provide the 5 star service that enables you to feel immediately at home. We and our staff pride ourselves on never having had a complaint. Our aim is to give you a holiday experience unrivalled in the area.
Reluctantly, because of the high standard and quality of the furnishings found in the house, we are unable.to accept young guests under the age of 12.
The atrium breakfast room opens onto the dining terrace with sun blinds. A bright modern fully equipped kitchen leads into the reception hall and the all glass panoramic dining room. The first floor living room with glass balcony leads into an additional sitting area and music room with Bechstein grand piano and separate library/study. A floodlit stone staircase leads to the terrazzo floors below. The bedrooms are private. An all year comfortable,, fully equipped home: Satellite TV inc. SKY Sports, broadband, top quality linen comfortable canopied beds. New 14m black lined pool with comfortable entry stairs.and plenty of comfortable pool furniture
A welcome pack of our own Olive Oil, Umbrian organic wine and patisserie with a table set for afternoon tea awaits you. In the fridge you will find fresh milk and butter and cool mineral water.
More about the villa: A unique house in a unique setting offering peace and privacy yet so near to numerous attractions and the wonderful town of Città di Castello.The villa is situated on an ancient site which is on the medieval pilgrims walk to the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi. It has a commanding position atop a ridge that overlooks the Tiber valley. There are no immediate neighbours, the nearest being 1/2 a km distant to the west; to the other points of the compass there is a km distance Although private the house is not isolated; the life of the valley can be viewed from the house and access is extremely easy
. Within walking distance of restaurants,golf course and riding facilities. A large discreet swimming pool, carefully designed to blend into it's hillside setting, with a fairytale view of Monte Santa Maria Tiberina
A private electronically gated drive of 250 m leads to the house through the olive groves. The land and the landscaped garden are fenced; there is a burglar alarm and plenty of outside lighting. A shaded carport for two cars
The custodian's house, which is a restored 13C chapel is approached by an independent road and does not overlook the main house. The custodian is available if needed
A major feature of the property is the garden. An extensive rose garden and walks feature over 100 historic roses.
A long hedge of Eleagnus mixed with purple plum and cypress trees; mature cedars, oaks, walnuts and fruit trees,
The Upper Tiber Valley gives the unique opportunity to view some of the greatest renaissance masterpieces in intimate and uncrowded surroundings within minutes from the house.. Piero della Francesca, Signorelli and even a recently discovered Donatello sculpture in the exquisite village of Citerna.
Your nearest local town, Citta di Castello is famous for its Burri museums, one in a Renaissance palace and the other in a Cathedral-like structure of an immense ex tobacco drying shed. The effect is stunning and emotive,
More on The Upper Tiber Valley: There is so much to see and do in the Upper Tiber Valley; driving without crowded roads is a sheer delight. Within 10 km are to be found two of 'The Most Beautiful Towns in Italy, Citerna and Anghiari. Music festivals eg Umbria Jazz, The Festival of the Nations at Città di Castello and The Festival of the Two Worlds at Spoleto are just a few. Good quality restaurants are to be found everywhere: truffles all types of mushrooms, homemade pastas,local salami and game feature on the menus.
Lake Trasimeno, a 50 minute drive offering some of the most spectacular views in Umbria, offers sailing and water sports and ferry trips to the lake's islands and Tuoro - the site of the Battle of Hannibal.
For wine lovers the area around Montefalco is home to some of the most famous names in Italy. The Vineyards are often open to the public - but don't leave Umbria without trying The Sagrantino of Montefalco.
Around the Rose City of Spello and its neighbour Spoleto are some of the best olive plantations in Italy - another speciality not to miss.
The woods of Umbria yield another delicacy 'The Truffle'.
Remember that the renaissance artists used the exquisite countryside as a template for paradise.
Further afield: The local area offers so much, but it is also possible to make day trips.
The renaissance glory of Florence is 90 min by car; parking outside the city. Or, take the train from Arezzo; less than an hour.
Sienna, famous for the Palio in the Piazza del Campo also 90 min by car.
It is also possible to take an intercity train from Arezzo to Rome: approximately 80mins; or pay for the Freccia Rossa train and arrive as if by magic.
Drive the passes of Bocca Trabbaria or Bocca Seriola to arrive in the Marche; truly incredible scenery and views and interesting driving.!
Guests will find all the tourist information and maps needed available in the Villa.
Shopping trips with translator can be arranged.
We also have an excellent chef who can prepare those special meals for you and even provide you with cooking lessons!
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- Low Allergen Environment
- pets not allowed
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
About Carole McKinlay
I was born in East Anglia and at the age of 14 my family moved to the West Country and it was there that I fell in love with small towns and beautiful countryside. Family circumstances forced a move away and back to urbanity in Essex but the spell had been cast!
However, life had other plans and after many years in the severe climate of Eastern Canada and then a five year stay in Norway I eventually achieved (at the age of 45) my dream to visit Italy. Arriving in Umbria, after a long drive through the night, I awoke the next morning to see an exquisite landscape and the spell was reborn and I vowed that one day I would return.
Dreams are not easy to achieve in the cold light of day and there was some hard work and planning before I bought my first house in Umbria 20 years ago. The 'Learning Curve' had begun
and continues to this day.
Casa Sant Anna is the fourth house I have restored in Umbria and it certainly demanded the most. I was, of course, getting older but even more determined to achieve something special.
However, not only do I have this beautiful house but I achieved another aim of wanting to be able to speak another Language fluently and live 'inside' another culture.
It has been an incredible experience!
Carole McKinlay purchased this villa in 2005
Why Carole McKinlay chose Citta di Castello
Why this house? A question I asked myself many times at 'low' points during the restoration - there were easier projects out there.
The answer was never in doubt. The site of Casa Sant Anna is very special - an ancient site chosen by the Etruscans and later by the Christians to build the chapel of Sant'Anna to offer sustenance and spirituality to the pilgrims walking to Assisi. The land is offered up to the sun all day and the mature vegetation planted by many generations gives the site a very special energy. Guests tell me how peaceful they feel and 'magic' is a word often used to try and describe the ambience.
I knew that in some way I had to open up the house to it's surroundings, this was an objective that caused many sleepless nights. The house had undergone a 'visceral' intervention in the 70's a period of thoughtless renovations with the aid of the State. I had to turn back the clock at the same time as bringing the house into the twentieth century. I have restored houses in many countries and know that if you give them time they 'tell' you what they need. The relationship with Casa Sant'Anna had begun and now it is my dearest friend!
What makes this villa unique
Casa Sant'Anna has a priviledged position on a ridge that overlooks the wide sweep of the Tiber Valley to one side and into the valleys of the Appeninnes to the other. There are no immediate neighbours and yet the life of the valley can be watched from the Windows - privacy but not isolation. A surfaced road winds down the hill into the valley and in a few minutes there are two villages with shops and bars. A little further and there are all the amenities of Città di Castello. A fantastic situation that offers the best of both worlds. Indeed Casa Sant'Anna does feel like my own personal world! Undisturbed by the rush and stress of today's life but never, never lacking in interest. Like the pages in a gossip magazine there is the life of the valley. An agricultural calendar is on view in the activities of the farmers and nature's noises chime the hours - once 'tuned in' there is no need to clock watch. A lifestyle I wouldn't or couldn't change!
Guestbook comments from the owner
Thank you Carole for such a wonderful week of self indulgence. Even the thunderstorms with spectacular flashes of lightening over the valley were a pleasure when viewed from your lovely home. This is so mjuch more than a rental villa.
We have visited the local hilltop villages - exquisite. And you were right about Perugia - future guests be warned if your teenage female offspring want to shop - go elsewhere!
The best evenings were at home catered for and looked after by your wonderful cook.
Thank you so much for everything we would love to return.