About the property
- Farmhouse1399 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apt. with roof terrace and expansive mountain panorama
This charming apartment is spacious but so private that you feel that you are in a world of your own.
It was once part of the village's great granary, converted 30 years ago into a family home. It stands above the valley where corn was cultivated for many centuries.
The panorama of the mountains is captivating, and from the roof terrace you are able to enjoy to the full its wonderful peace and tranquillity.You can also enjoy dining al fresco under the stars, private sunbathing and a cooling roof-top shower. This terrace is an observation post which can also be your night-time observatory. There is a big reflector telescope for the use of those who already have some experience.
From the hilltop on the NE side there are 6 steps to the entrance, but from the roof terrace on the SW elevation, you find yourself looking out over the valley from third floor level.
The Villa Apartment sleeps 4. There are two en suite bedrooms; a double which opens onto the roof terrace, and a twin at the other end of the apartment . They are separated by a large, airy sitting room and a well appointed dining/kitchen. An additional double en suite bedroom is available for rent on the floor below, in a suite with ancient beams and huge stone fireplaces.
There is private parking outside. The Villa is close to the road.and has long, terraced gardens. Last but not least there is a friendly, traditional cook in the next village who would be happy to cook you a meal on request - or show you how to make a really good Tuscan pasta .
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- Jun 28, 2017
About villa simonicchi
I spent my early childhood in Essex during WW2, later moving with my family to Leicestershire where I was educated and became a member of Leicestershire Youth Orchestra. Although my interests were centred in art and music I was directed towards teaching. Later I travelled, lived for 2 years in Bahrain, and eventually as a mature student realised my ambition to study Sculpture and Fine Arts . In the early nineties I moved to Italy. My mother fell in love with the place too, and decided to join me. We lived and worked happily together for many years. I continued to carve stone and make small bronzes. Life was busy and hugely enjoyable. Now I am excited about the idea of sharing the the villa and what it has to offer. It is a perfect place for making music, painting, walking, cycling, resting and rejuvenating.There is much accommodation here and it is becoming a place where friends, guests and helpers meet and exchange ideas in many different languages .
villa simonicchi purchased this Farmhouse in 1987
Why villa simonicchi chose Caprese Michelangelo
When I first walked under the arch to find the barn I came upon a vast, forested hillside hidden from the top road. It took my breath away. Rather like walking into a cathedral, it awed me and gave me a feeling of great peace and serenity. I was staying with friends in their Tuscan farmhouse, wanting to see something of Italy after finishing my sculpture course. For me, this was the moment of change. My friends asked me if I would like to buy the barn (it only needed the roof repairing they said) At first I had no interest in the barn, but because I had fallen in love with the view, I was eventually unable to say no.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The long line of buildings across the hilltop with an archway leading to the old road through the hills, was a different world. I loved the clean air and the pure light - and views I never wanted to leave. This was the chance of a lifetime - to make a really big sculpture.The barn, crumbling and condemned, needed to be restored in a way that would still be in harmony with the beauty of the landscape. There was also a sense of living side by side with the past; close by the birthplace of Michelangelo; the wild mountain side where St. Francis had received the stigmata. The place still has a huge energy. Full of this creative energy I measured up the barn, drew plans, made a collapsible model in card when I got home, and sent it off to the builder back in Tuscany. I felt inspired. Why not come to join me and see the result?
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Large Apartment with a wonderful view and host
The apartment in the hamlet of Simonicchi - a collection of atmospheric houses and very welcoming people perched among the wooded hills. It is large, tastefully furnished, and has all one would want for a relaxing holiday. Jenny is an excellent host who went out of her way to make sure we enjoyed our stay. The roof terrace with its provides ever changing panoramic view over the wooded hills and neighbouring villages is a highlight of this property. Thank you for the hospitality everyone we had a lovely time.
'Perched among the wooded hills', is the gem of a description - why did I never think of it? Certainly you got the best out of Simonicchi's central location, with your love of hill walking and your cultural visits to the towns and cities. It was useful to get your reminder of the high fashion outlets near Florence where you can go to a shopping mall selling Gucci, Ferragamo, Cavalli, Armani, Valentino and Prada. I think the reason the Simonicchi residents took you to their hearts is because in you they found a real Renaissance family . Thank you A & E & S.
I stayed here with my two children (11 and 14) as I really needed a get away from it all holiday with peace and quiet, great wine and good food. I chose wisely! Stunning place, my host was thoughtful and approachable, it is a place to experience the real Italy.
It is certainly a great place to relax - for adults - but what do you do for the children?
These children went to beautiful little hill town of Anghiari with stunning churches opening off its tiny roads, to museums in enormous, ancient palazzi, to fairy tale town walls festooned with flowers, to the eco zoo at Poppi, to watch the dancing after a pizza supper at Il Boscetto, to village markets, to eat at Mario's............but best of all they walked down the mountain roads with Bianca my dog, to play in the river shallows at Bachanella.
A romantic and idyllic corner of Tuscany
The warm welcome from Jenny was a lovely start to our holiday in Simonicchi. Sunglasses are a must when taking breakfast on the roof terrace, with stunning views across the valley to the tree covered mountains beyond. The Villa is clean, tidy, well equipped and with many books available to choose from. The beds are very comfortable and the shower is such a blessing in the heat! Excellent restaurants in Lama and Caprese a few minutes down the road in the car. There are wonderful walks nearby, so get the guide maps from the helpful lady in the Tourist Information in Chiusi. See Michelangelo's birthplace in Caprese and St Francis' sanctuary at La Verna. Beautiful old town of Anghiari is not too far and further afield make time to visit Poppi, Assisi and Arezzo. Florence is 2 hours away but suggest parking at Arezzo and taking the (fast) train on to Florence. We would recommend the Villa to friends and family, and hope to return ourselves. Thank you Jenny for a wonderful and relaxing honeymoon in this romantic and idyllic corner of Tuscany.
It is a special treat to have honeymooners staying here and to see their pleasure when they realise just what an idyllic spot they have managed to pick. It truly is romantic - a bit like starting married life overlooking the garden of Eden....and almost as private. The roof terrace mentioned by the reviewer has its own shower, and the jacuzzi in the garden can be used simply to sit in and relax.
Several years ago other happy honeymooners wrote;
‘The accommodation is absolutely superb, the surroundings breathtaking and places of interest to be explored endless! - all of which contributed to a wonderful honeymoon. Once again thank you….’
Dominic and Vanessa, Kent
Lovely stay in a hidden part of Tuscany
Villa Monteverdi is indeed surrounded by green hills which gives one the impression of being in Umbria instead of Tuscany. From the windows and the balcony one has an uninterrupted view of these hills. When we were there in the beginning of June one could hear the sounds of the birds such as the cuckoo but also the sound of the deer challenging each other in the valley below. At night, if you are lucky, you can see dozens of fireflies. The owner Jennifer Barnard is very hospitable and she will do anything to make you feel at home. She is a sculptress and inside as well as outside you can find proof of her work which adds to the attractiveness of the place. If you play a musical instrument don't hesitate to bring it along. Jennifer plays the flute herself and she would love to play with other people!
Simonicchi, which is a hamlet of only a couple of houses at a cul-de-sac, is situated at about half an hour's drive from San Sepolchro. Città di Castello and Arezzo are also within easy reach. You can also visit the sanctuary of La Verna where Saint Francis received the stigmata. The little town of Anghiari near San Sepolchro is considered to be among the 10 most beautiful medieval places in Italy. It is even possible to visit Perugia or Florence.
It is very challenging countryside for cyclists and the are various opportunities for making long walks. As for restaurants we could recommend 'Il Refugio' in Lama (only 4 km away) and for a good pizza you should go to 'Il Bosschetto' in Caprese Michelangelo, the birthplace of the great painter (only 6 km away).
All in all our stay in Villa Monte Verdi was an unforgettable experience!
full immersion relaxation
The house is delightful, beautifully restored while maintaining its historical character. The views are fantastic, stretching across the valley to the wooded mountains. A painter is spoiled for choice, but probably, like me, won't need to go beyond the terraced garden to find inspiration. The owner is happy to advise visitors about venues and is always ready to help solve any problems that arise.
This professional watercolourist produced some beautiful work, full of atmosphere, during her stay at my house. The light on the side of a mountain is particularly clear, lending itself to the transparency of watercolour, and the sky scape which is vast and changeable is often as inspiring as the hills and mountains.
Piero della Francesca was born locally and the strange 'medieval' landscapes of the Casentino National Park remind one vividly of his work.
For anyone who would like support and instruction, tuition is available at modest cost, and you can spend happy mornings painting al fresco in venue of your choice.
The perfect spring break
A wonderful break in a tranquil and relaxing part of Italy with the perfect
hostess. The views are stunning from Simonicchi inspiring us to walk down
the valley, fording a rustic wooden bridge to climb up through the chestnut
trees to Fragiola where we bought freshly made Easter cake to eat in the
sun. After a cold beer in Lama, Jenny kindly picked us up and took us back
for lunch al fresco. Wonderful memories of the space, light and freedom of
the place. A joy not to hear the sound of traffic or planes, just birdsong.
This is truly the most tranquil of settings.It is a view that can lift the cares from your shoulders as it did for me the first time I saw it.
These are the slopes of the Apennines sweeping down to the valley floor; said to be the best preserved forests in Europe. The chestnut groves are owned and tended by the local families, and the harvesting is one of the oldest communal activities still existing.The festival of The Golden Chestnut takes place in October.
This is an area that allows you to explore city and countryside alike; from a central base in Caprese Michelangelo, known from Florence to Rome for its restaurants and delicious traditional cuisine. Porcini mushrooms and truffles feature high on the menu at Mario's 'Il Rifugio '- just a few minutes away. Truffles and funghi are found in the woods fields and along the network of tracks, running through the hills. Across the valley from the villa the slopes are covered with groves of sweet chestnuts, cultivated and marketed by the local people. This is a lovely place to walk or ride a mountain bike. It is full of wild fruits, berry fruits, cyclamen, crocus and primroses. in season. Caprese holds a Chestnut Festival on two weekends in mid October. It was on this network of paths that St. Francis walked from village to village, preaching and begging alms. The dramatic mountain sanctuary where he received the stigmata is only a few kilometres up the road. It is full of lovely blue and white Della Robbia reliefs, and surrounded by a forest of soaring beeches. It is a centre of world pilgrimage, a landmark in the story of spiritual faith, and needs to be seen. The sanctuary is on the edge of the mountain basin of the Casentino National Park- place of strange medieval landscapes like those in the paintings of Piero della Francesca, who was born in nearby Sansepolcro. Be sure to visit the museum there and go to on to Arezzo and Monterchi where much of his work is housed. As the birthplace of Michelangelo Buonarotti, the famous sculptor, and painter of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Caprese Michelangelo's name is known worldwide. You can see the ceiling in the Vatican Museum in Rome, or, if you go to Florence which is nearer,you will find his great statue of 'David' looking out over the city from the Piazzale Michelangelo.There is much more of his work in the Accademia Galleria but don't miss the little museum at Caprese Castle with many other sculptors represented and with videos to fill you in on his background. There are many captivating places to walk, straight from the house which is on the marked route 'Escurzione Apennine,'The mountain region attracted many religiosi and the hills are full of fascinating chapels, hermitages and abbeys to call at. The winding mountain roads offer fantastic road bike training.These are superb roads for racing of any kind and nearby Pieve santo Stefano hosts car races, veteran and classic on the Chiusi della Verna road circuit. Music festivals with international performers, choral and instrumental, and Master classes at Anghiari, Monterchi etc.Look up London Symphonia on internet to see their programme. There are also organ recitals at La Verna Sanctuary free of charge Pageants - the Palio at Siena, others at Arezzo and Sansepolcro and in towns and villages all over Tuscany.