ARCHITECT RESTORED DESIGNER VILLA, NEW 14 M BLACK POOL, 5 STAR SERVICE IN UMBRIA

Carole McKinlay

Speaks italian, english
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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ARCHITECT RESTORED DESIGNER VILLA, NEW 14 M BLACK POOL, 5 STAR SERVICE IN UMBRIA

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

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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

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. 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

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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

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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,

large lawns

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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!

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Carole McKinlay (Owner)
Advertiser since 2011
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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.
Jul 2013
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Reviews

Reviews

Architect restored designer villa, new 14 m black pool, 5 star service in Umbria
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
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5

Our stay at Casa Sant'anna

Our stay at Casa Sant'anna
  • 5 of 5
My friends and I have just returned from two wonderful weeks at Casa Sant'anna and were so captivated by the house and its location that I felt impelled to write this review in order to encourage others to visit this magical place. We arrived at Casa Sant'anna on a sunny Saturday afternoon in mid August 2011 having left behind the stresses of our working lives in London only the day before and we very quickly began to feel relaxed and far removed from that hectic world in those beautiful, peaceful surroundings. The villa is set among the green hills, olive groves and vineyards of Umbria and the exquisite views from the house, its terraces and gardens will be a lasting memory.
The house itself is outstanding - very beautifully designed by the architect who has transformed a typical umbrian country house into a superbly crafted individual residence, full of light and air, completely at ease with its surroundings while providing all the luxuries of modern living. No expense has been spared by the owner in the furnishing of the house and the many antiques and art works were an ongoing source of interest. The beautiful grand piano was a particular treasure and one of our group, who is an accomplished pianist, thought it was a wonderful instrument and enjoyed serenading us with the Italian classics while we relaxed with a glass of wine and a novel on the terraces. It really felt that we were living in a beautiful Italian home, rather than simply being on holiday.
The location is wonderful and gives the feeling of being alone overlooking the umbrian hills within the beautifully landscaped gardens. You can't even see the owner's converted chapel a little way down the lane but it is lovely to know that she is there and always ready to give that precious insider knowledge, if asked, on the best places to eat, shop or park in the local towns. The location is also excellent as, while very private, it is not isolated and is very accessible to all the hill top towns of both Tuscany and Umbria.
Evenings were often spent at the villa with relaxing meals taken on the terrace, several of which were expertly prepared by the wonderful local cook. We will never forget swimming in the black bottomed pool with the moon and stars reflecting in the water. On the evenings we tore ouselves away from the terrace the local restaurants at only 10/15 minutes away were superb.
It was an amazing holiday at a very reasonable price for a villa of this calibre. We will be back soon!
  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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A Retreat for Sore Eyes

  • 5 of 5
"Wow" was the first thought as we approached the entrance to our home for the next week. The glorious views across Umbrian hilltops in the distance, only unrudely interrupted by the tops of Olive trees, was a sight for the sorest of eyes. It was Autumn time but were welcomed with a sunny clear blue sky as the backdrop to this amazing vista.

The House itself continued the wow factor starting from the portico entrance through the luxuriously appointed reception hall filled with tasteful antiques, the stone staircase, past the formal, open dining room & onto the large kitchen & breakfast area.

The pictures do not lie, this ex farmhouse has been exquisitely renovated to the highest standard with luxurious furnishings, contemporary 'Italian' bathrooms & designer kitchen. Indeed, on arrival I noticed a red metallic piece of furniture in the kitchen & thought this was the 'Ferrari' equivalent of a Coca-Cola vending machine but turned out to be a multifuel burner (rather disappointingly) but was most welcome to warm the evenings at this time of year.

The fine weather enabled us to even help the proprietor of the house, Carole, with the olive harvest, November being the time to pick them. This proved to be relatively easy as most of the branches were at ground level. After a little practice with some of us looking too much like Margo Ledbetter picking beans, we soon speeded up & found a method much like milking a cow, squeezing each branch & pulling in a downward motion thus relieving it of it's bounty without a murmur from it's owner.

Venturing out you will find spectacular countryside, towns & villages offering a variety of castellans, shops & eateries. Recommended is the Pieve Vecchia restaurant in the nearby village of Monterchi. Further a field, in Sansepolcro is Ghignoni's, officially 'The Best Ice Cream Maker in Italy' where there's a mind boggling variety available (top tip, take smaller eyes in proportion to your belly & a spare car as you will need more room to 'spread' into after indulging in your most fab flavour(s)).

A trip to Anghiari, a superbly preserved walled city nestling in the foothills of the Tiber valley, is a must, just to take in the heritage, museums & street cafes whilst admiring the breathtaking views of the valley itself. There are many more sights including Assisi & Florence that we missed but that will have to wait upon return, perhaps in the Spring or Summer & definitely for longer!

Rating: 5/5
  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Perugia
Nearest Ferry
190 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Città di Castello
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Città di Castello
Nearest Beach
90 Kilometres
Fano (adriatic)
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Lerchi
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Caldese
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Caldese
Car: necessary

At 550 m this ancient Etruscan site commands stunning far reaching views into the Tiber Valley (Valtiberina) and the Appenines of Umbria, Tuscany and the Marche. The 'Via Francigena of San Francesco', a superb walking route connecting picturesque hilltop villages such as Citerna and Monte San Maria Tiberina, passes at 250 m. Monterchi, the birthplace of Piero della Francesca 4 km. The ancient battle site of Anghiari 8 km. The magnificent Etruscan and medieval city of Perugia 55 km and Assissi the birth place of St. Francis 60 km. Arezzo with its famous antigue market and centre and a Palio to rival Sienna is half an hour's drive. A 90 min drive into the Marche finds the 'Ideal City' of Urbino. Close by at less than a km a 9 hole golf course and comprehensive equestrian centre with restaurant facilities. A village centre at 3 km offers supermarket facilities and elegant Città di Castello at 8km provides comprehensive shopping, museums, art galleries (the famous Burri collections)

Other Activities: Bowling, water sports on Lake Trasimeno

Golf: There is a 9 hole golf course and driving range at 1 km. An extensive site including an equestrian centre, bar and restaurant and also a fitness centre.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Citta di Castello Villa Rental Rates

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High Season
Jun 29 2014 - Sep 20 2014
7 night minimum stay
£3,499
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit £900
Notes For availability for children, please contact the owner directly.
10% discount for second week.
10% discount for the whole rental period IF only 2 people staying
Electricity, linen twice weekly and twice weekly clean are included in the rental price.
During cold periods all central heating heating is to be paid as an extra account either daily or weekly
30% with booking and the balance 8 weeks before arrival date
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Amenities

Amenities

Citta di Castello Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 350 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Luxury
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Tiled Stove
  • Heating
  • Wireless Internet
  • Computer Available
  • Iron & Board
  • PC
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bottled Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Garage
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • Blender
  • Pantry Items
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • The Tapestry - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    The Toile - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    The Chintz - toilet , shower , bidet , Large walk-in shower
  • Immaculate bathrooms fully equipped. All the showers are high pressure. Plenty of top quality towels which are changed twice weekly; more on request at small extra charge. Pool towels are also provided. Two of the bathrooms have Catalano sanitary ware and the bath is Philippe Starcke. We try to clean as organically as possible and no strong perfumes or air fresheners are used. Soaps and shampoo are provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • The Tapestry bedroom - 1 queen , Canopied
    The Toile bedroom - 1 queen , Canopied
    The Chintz bedroom - 1 queen , Canopied
  • The bedrooms are elegantly furnished with top quality fabrics eg Pepe Penalver and Bakers. The beds are all canopied and are very comfortable. Top quality linen is provided and changed twice weekly (more on request). There are fans for the hot weather and mosquito blinds on the smaller windows. All the bedrooms have louvred shutters for shade and air in the hot months. The library also has a divan bed for snoozing and reading The Toile Bedroom and the Tapestry Bedroom have airconditioning.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • theme parks
  • arboretum
  • live theater
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • equestrian events
  • rafting
  • whitewater rafting
  • golf privileges optional
  • mountain climbing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
Notes:
There is a large separate laundry room with separate washer and dryer and second fridge/freezer.A twice weekly clean is included in the rental; additional help is available on request at local rates. A welcome pack of fresh bread, milk, wine, water and some fruit and vegetables is included. Further supplies can be arranged on request. A bottle of our own organic olive oil is provided and there are plenty of fresh herbs growing in the garden and fresh salad whenever possible. Fresh flowers are placed in the hall and music room. The kitchen is a fully equipped 'home kitchen' with good china, cutlery and cooking utensils. There are also 'Kitchen Aid' blender, mixer and toaster. You can cook in the luxury you are used to. Good quality garden furniture and sun loungers and pool towels provided. A cook can be provided and for that very special occasion the dining table can be set using luxurious china and crystal. Charges to be discussed with owner.
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