Beautiful House, Quiet, Peaceful, Rural and Close to the true Umbrian Towns
Why William Davies chose Città di Castello
Architecturally it is beautiful. It is very old. It has space. It has soul, is very peaceful - all the while being within 30mins of some beautiful towns, restaurants, etc. You can eat outside on the terrace and at 700m have unobstructed views into the Niconne valley. In the winter you can light the fires and have some great meals in the dining room for 20 ! If you like to run or mountain bike - the dirt roads and ups and down are nice..
What makes this House unique
Great family and friends location. All can have space, yet have 3-4 locations where all can gather for meals outside and inside.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
But only for civilized 40th / 50th etc
3 cots, 4 highchairs 4 movable mattresses
There is no use of the pool from late-September onwards
In late Oct and possibly at Easter, you may want to light the fires, woodburners etc. You will require wood, which I have. There would be a charge.
If you take the house for multiple weeks and want the house cleaned each week, then please ask. Euro 200 per week charge - cash.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
La Dolva Vita in
Fattoria San Lorenzo is a beautiful home overlooking the Niccone valley. We were there for a lovely week with our extended family who had flown in from all around the world - many enjoyable hours were spent either seated by the terrace drinking wine or playing by the pool. Uwe was happy to help with anything we asked - I have to say he went above and beyond firing up the pizza oven on a 30deg C day! In addition, William was a great host with very good communications prior to our arrival and always happy to respond to our questions and requests eg helping to arrange chefs to provide dinner one night. Thank you Uwe and William for making our family reunion so special!
Off the scale! Complete reboot complete, thank u
We just lived the Italien dream!
For us it was the mix of rustic charm, cultural immersion - it’s not often you get to live in a traditional tobacco farm with the luxury of high ceilings, fine sofas, terraces and pool time. The house is a real testomy to sympothetic restoration with original features and masonry.
We were four families with 8 kids and never felt on top of each other and when left on our own (just the three of us) we didn’t feel like we rattled around.
Stunning views, I’m sure there’s plenty to explore but we rarely left the property (more like a very small hamlet!) although the local winery did get a visit as did the pizzeria which were nearly as good as the pizzas we made by the pool on the enormous pizza oven!!
The perfect place to escape and spend quality time with friends and family. Already planning the next big birthday bash!!! So many happy memories, thank you
Such a magic place - beautiful, old, just the right mixture of ramshackle and grand.
William and Uwe looked after us so well, answering questions, fixing any problems and sharing tips about the local area. The kids loved pootling by the pool, catching lizards and chasing butterflies. A week of pure relaxation.
Family holiday with multiple Families
We visited Citta Di Castello as part of our family Summer holiday with two other families, a total of 16 people, inc 7 children and 3 babies under 9 months, the house worked perfectly for this large group of families, with room to spare, and there were three cots and highchairs.
The house itself is charming, elegant and spectacular, while retaining a cosy and homely feel, perfect for settling in to enjoy our stay. The views were wonderful and if you're luck enough to see the low lying cloud within the valley in the mornings you're in for a breathtaking treat.
The house is perfect for staying put and doing nothing but relax and enjoy the pool and house facilities, however there is plenty to explore in the local area, including Lake Trasimeno which we visited on a couple of occasions.
We had a few sat nav issues early on, which lead to some bumpy track adventures, but this only added to our experience and the charm of being at the top of the hill. The house keepers were friendly and welcoming and always happy to help and offer advice. We also enjoyed a few meals out at the local restaurant within the valley, which was always welcoming with great food.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and were all sorry to leave. We hope we will get the opportunity to revisit in years to come, and we look forward to seeing how the surrounding barns and buildings may evolve. .
Lovely secluded property away from it all
We had a wonderful time. The house has a magnificent balcony, with stunning views across the Niccone valley, and a delightful dining room for cooler or stormy evenings. We have been renting houses in Italy for nearly 30 years, and one thing we especially enjoyed was the slightly cooler air (and no mosquitos!) up on the hill. If you are looking for easy access to the great cities, churches and sights you will have to program in a 30-45 minute drive. But if you want magnificent views, solitude, and long walks or runs then it is hard to top this place. At night we saw porcupines, deer and wild boar in the forest. Very special. Communications with the owner were first-rate. He was very quick and helpful with any questions or concerns. Highly recommended.
Wonderful and relaxing fortnight
We enjoyed a wonderful two weeks at Casa Padronale. The house is beautifully situated with a delightful and calming view over the valley; the heat of summer, which is fairly intense at the bottom of the valley, is reduced by the breezes that generally flow up the valley walls. Early mornings and long evenings are the best times of day.
We invited several friends over the fortnight to share the holiday and found the house to be ideally suited to sharing by 3-4 couples with kids. The house is spacious enough (for example, with two living rooms on different floors) to accommodate a big group of friends who are willing to share shopping and cooking. The kids made full use of the swimming pool and could easily retreat to the second living room in the evenings if they wanted to spend time together. The adults usually ended up reading in the shade during the day, making day trips for sightseeing or sitting around the spacious outdoor dining table, enjoying the view, food and conversation until late in the evening.
Umbertide and Cortona are each about 45 minutes' drive for food shopping. I should mention that, since we arrived on a Saturday when shops were already closed for the weekend, the caretaker Uwe (resident next door) had already by prior arrangement bought ample high quality food and wine which was waiting for us in the kitchen. Uwe was most friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and well networked in the area.
Ian and Birgit
Rural Umbria, unspoilt oak forests, beautiful unspoilt valleys, close to the beautiful historic towns of Assisi, Citta di Castello, Montone and Preggio. 2.5hrs drive from Florence. 2.5hrs drive from Rome. 5hrs drive to the Alps. Local Tuscan and Umbrian vineyards near by, fantastic trail running, hiking, mountain biking on the doorstop. Quiet, very peaceful, true light, so stars at night and unspoilt by town light.