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Karin Ender

Member since: 2002
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french, german, italian

HILLTOP COUNTRY HOUSE, UMBRIAN/TUSCAN BORDER, STUNNING VIEWS, POOL

19 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

San Giustino Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, plus 2 conv. rooms, sleeps 8 people plus 2

Located on the Tuscan/ Umbrian borders, perched on a hill, the villa has a privileged prosition standing proud above the Upper Tiber Valley, Sansepolcro, San Giustino, Anghiari, Citerna, Città di Castello. Views are unique.

The house is in a very quiet position, secluded, but only 2 minutes by car from the next village.

The garden and grounds have been professionally landscaped and contain planting typical of the region: sunflowers, olives, vineyards, lavender, cypress, figs and roses.

The magnificent modern pool has been built inside an antique Roman 'vasca' from the 18 century to keep the original structure, unique in its kind. It is surrounded by big gardens with summer beds, plants and olive trees and overlooks the Tuscan and Umbrian Hills.

A well planned restoration has transformed the mainhouse, the former tobacco drying house and the barn in a charming residence with antique terracotta floors and beamed ceilings.

The villa is suitable for large families and group of friends and offers a lot of privacy. The sleeping rooms are spacious, cosy and comfortable. Bathrooms are nice and have all hairdryers.

For social gatherings, the ground floor has been converted to a living room which opens onto the large country kitchen, very well equipped, with family sized fridge and freezer, microwave, oven and dishwasher. The kitchen doors open to a wonderful summer dining pergola situated in the garden which is covered with vines. Seating is for up to 10-12 people with its’ own bbq. Dock station for your entertainment. Near the living/kitchen section there is another bathroom with shower, basin, WC.

Just imagine sitting sipping your cool glass of white wine whilst the men do the cooking for a change!

The lounge contains a pull out double bed for those extra guests complete with bathroom, toilet, sink and shower.

All units have free wifi internet access,sat-tv, cd-stereo, dvd player with dvds, library with books in all languages.

In low season the house can also be booked seperately with the possibility of having breakfast served.

Outside area has big gardens with herbs, roses, lavender, pine trees and olive trees. Private romantic pool overlooking the hills. Terraces some in the full sun, some in the shade, 10 summer beds, patio. Two summer dining pergolas with eating area, bbq, dining table seating 10-12.

As well as embrancing the 'dolce far niente' attitude clebrated by the Italians and indulging in some complete relaxation, on request guests can enjoy acts such as cooking lessons, where a professional chef will come to the house and show how to make home made pasta. After this a 3 course menue will be served to you in the garden.

A Olive oil and wine tasting tour in the neighborhood is included in your stay

The surrounding countryside offers endless possibilities for walking and cycling. The local town of San Giustino and the nearby villages Sansepolcro, Anghiari and Città di Castello offer historic centres, weekly markets, a big variety of shops and boutiques, outlets within a few minutes drive.

If you are interested in art you will find them all: Piero della Francesca, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Signorelli.

Città di Castello and Perugia host Umbria Jazz in July, Horse Show in September, Eurochocolate in October and the National Fair of White Truffels in November. Antique trades all year. Italys biggest Antique Market takes place every month in Arezzo.During summer you can find everywhere open air concerts, festas and sagras where the locals serve you typical food and wine.

On your arrival the owner will delight you with welcome Prosecco and typical Italian specialities

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Karin Ender (Property Manager)
Member since: 2002
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french, german, italian

About Karin Ender

a warm welcome awaits you from the owner Karin who ensure that everyone who stays at the farmhouse experience an unforgettable holiday in the heart of Italy. Swiss born Karin, is multi-lingual and her years of experience and knowledge of the surrounding countryside and what it has to offer, will keep you coming back year after year. Karin is always available to answer any questions on the surrounding area, where to go, what markets to visit and more important she makes sure her guests are comfortable and lack nothing.

Karin Ender purchased this chateau / country house in 1992

Why Karin Ender chose Perugia area

Steeped in history, the main part of the house was fromerly used to dry tobacco, but has been restored into an elegant country residence complete with antique terracotta floors, beamed ceiling and original country style furniture.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The house is famous in the whole valley for its stunning views over Umbrian and Tuscan countryside. The gardens contain a myriad of local plants including sunflowers, olives, vines, lavender, cypress, figs and roses. The whole property is quiet and secluded, yet the property is just a short drive from local amenities and supermarkets

Guestbook comments from the manager

We emjoyed the typical Italian atmosphere. The farmhouse is stunning, the pool soooo romantic. Hope to come back one day, love Annie and Jim
Aug 2010
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Reviews

4.8
based on 19 traveler reviews

HILLTOP COUNTRY HOUSE, UMBRIAN/TUSCAN BORDER, STUNNING VIEWS, POOL
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 22 reviews
5

Well presented well located

  • 5 of 5

We are 4 couples who have shared several 1 week rentals over the past 10 years in various towns in Italy and France. We have yet to have a bad experience and Casa Spergaglia is another winner thanks, in no small part to our host. The rooms are clean, beds comfortable, the kitchen and dining areas are excellent, the views awesome and the pool is perfect for cooling down after a full day of exploring this wonderful part of Italy. Karin is wealth of information and advice for places to visit. We too, partook of the oil tasting and cooking class/dinner which are not to be missed. Topping our list, Karin led us out to da Vasco, a family run restaurant in the country side for a taste of local cuisine and culture. It was unpretentious, not expensive and the locall sourced food was fabulous. Thanks Karin, for a lovely week.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice words...they mean a lot to me. You have been a wonderful group and I enjoyed very much also our cooking class and the visit to the oil mill. Thanks again, Karin
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5

Gorgeous house, excellent host, wonderful views!

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family spent a great week in August at Casa Spartaglia: stunning views across the valley, spacious accommodation and a lush garden that invited you to relax and forget about the world. Our host Karin was attentive, witty and went the extra mile to make this a memorable holiday for young and not so young.

The trip to the olive oil farm was a highlight, and so was the cookery evening which gave our sons a whale of a time making gnocchi and out-of-this-world tiramisu'.

We weren't blessed with good weather (the heat wave decided to stop for that week), but it did not spoil our al fresco dining. As the location is at the border between Tuscany and Umbria, we had lots of outing and sightseeing opportunities. Personally, I was not overly impressed with the nearest village San Giustino and the nearest town Sansepolcro, but nearby Anghiari was a gem!

I highly recommend this home away from home.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Helga, thank you for the many compliments and lovely words regarding the property and my person. It was lovely having met your family and sweet kids. Yes, San Giustino is a small village but still has several restaurants, bars and 3 supermarkets. In San Giustino - although being a small village - we are proud to mention that the center of the village contains the famous 15th Century Bufalini Castle with a stunning Italian Labyrinth garden. The Bufalini Castle is a rare example of an almost intact historical patrician manor that preserves most of its original furnitures and fittings. Turists remain impressed with the collection of paintings, tapestry, china wear, majolica and various busts of Ancient Rome. The rooms contain stunning frescoes, stucco decoration rooms and trompe l'oeil (which I personally adore). Dear Helga, maybe, since during your stay, you had several days of rain, you could not really enjoy nearby Sansepolcro which contains in its ancient walls the old elegant town. The vivid "Corso" hosts the local markets and is full of high quality shops and many restaurants and bars where guests can enjoy al fresco dining. In Sansepolcro turists can also follow the art trail from famous Renaissance Painter Piero della Francesco, who was born there. His masterpiece, "The Resurrection" is seen in the civic museum and has been described as "the greatest picture in the world" by Aldous Huxley. By the way....the painting and therefore the village of Sansepolcro was saved from distruction in World War Two by a British artillery officer who loved art and wanted to protect the painting. I agree that nearby Anghiari is a gem. I hope you can come back one day with family and friends. Thanks again and kind regards, karin
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5

Wonderful host.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Karin for our wonderful stay. We had a fantastic stay in your beautiful home. Was lovely to get to spend some time with you for the welcome Eve and the Olive Mill visit, made my brother-in-laws birthday truly memorable. Many thanks Tracy, Ricky, Owen, Harvey & Grace x

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Lovely farmhouse in San Giustino

  • 5 of 5

We loved our one week stay in Casa Spertaglia. We had the one bedroom cottage, separate from the main stone farmhouse, with our own kitchen and sitting area. The property is high up on a hill with spectacular views of the farmlands of Umbria and Tuscany. You can visit many wonderful towns in by car.

Karin was a terrific hostess and provided a wonderful welcome dinner with Prosecco, Italian olives, sausages, mozzarella, tomatoes, and more.

The pool and grounds are well maintained and the town of San Giustino is charming. Karin was also a great concierge with fabulous recommendations for restaurants and local sights. She arranged an olive oil tasting that was the highlight of our stay!

We hope we can go back again soon, and stay longer than one week!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Touring Umbria in June 2015

  • 4 of 5

6 of us spent a great 2 weeks at Karin's home in Umbria. We were given a very warm welcome over proseco and snacks as well as getting a run down on the local area and amenieties. The house has spectacular views across the valley and the garden is the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the green, lush Umbrian countryside (set to the tinkling of cow bells from the farm across the hillside!!). We travelled to all the major sites including Assisi, Spoleto, Cortona, Lake Traimeno. All within a hour's drive. Through Karin we also spent an interesting couple of hours with a local Olive Oil producer who also let us taste a variety of oils in the courtyard of his family home. Very atmospheric! Thanks Karin for a lovely holiday.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Lovely farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our week at this farmhouse, and we all wished it was longer than a week. The house is very well maintained, and has lovely areas to be with a large family or friends, as well as seperate sleeping areas for privacy. Karin was a wonderful hostess and made sure we were all comfortable in everyway. There were great recomendations for day trips, restaurants and even gelato. Upon arrival we were given a lovely antipasti w/prosecco to welcome us.

The views over the valley made me want to just sit on the lawn chair and listen to the sounds of the Umbian countryside. The pool was a great way to unwind before dinner. there were lovely towns to explore within easy driving distance and even some further afield that we had the pleasure to visit. I can't think of any downside except that we should have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Perugia or Forlì/Bologna (Ryanair)
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
San Giustino
Nearest Ferry
140 Kilometres
Ancona
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Arezzo
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
San Giustino
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
San Giustino, 2 minutes drive
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Fano, Rimini
Car: recommended

Although nestling in the hills, the property is quiet and secluded but is very conveniently located, close to the village of San Giustino, just. 2 minutes by car. Its position on theTuscan/Umbrian border makes this villa a perfect base for touring Tuscany, Umbria and The Marche.

The artistic treasures of Sansepolcro, Cortona, Caprese Michelangelo (the artist’s birthplace),Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Spoleto, Orvieto and Trasimeno Lake are close by. Florence (120km), Siena (120km), Pisa (150km), San Gimignano, (119km), Chianti region (60km), Montefalco wine road (80km) Mediterranean and Adriatic Costs, Rome and Bologna are are no more than 2hrs travel by car. New: visit Rome with Italys fast train: 80 minutes from Arezzo!!!

The place is easily accessed from international airports. The farmhouse is located close two old market towns, Città di Castello in Umbria (15km) and Sansepolcro in Tuscany (6km). Both offer a big variety of shops and restaurants, often with 'all fresco' eating. The local food and wine is delicious!

WHAT TO DO IN UMBRIA:

Visit the 15 century Bufalini castle with its Italian Labyrinth garden in San Giustino. It is a rare example of an almost intact historical patrician manor, explore the close renaissance town of Città di Castello, enjoy the local market, visit the famous Alberto Burri collection (New York is hosting an important Burri exhibition at the Guggeneheim Museum in October 2015), relax in the new termal bath and day spa 'Fontecchio', visit Assisi, the most famous spiritual place in Italy, visit Montone, Gubbio and Perugia, Umbrias capital, the Perugina chocolate factory, visit Orvieto and the St. Patrick well, make a winetour in Montefalco, explore the Trasimeno lake, visit Spoleto, Spello, have lunch at the Clitunno springs.

WHAT TO DO IN TUSCANY:

visit nearby Sansepolcro with its vivid corso and designer shops, follow the art trail from Renaissance Painter Piero della Francesca who was born there and whose masterpiece "The Resurrection" is seen in the civic museum. The painting was described as "the greatest picture in the world" by Aldous Huxley and saved from destrucion in World War Two by a British artillery officer who loved art.

Anghiari a gem, Arezzo and the antique market, Florence, Pisa with the leading tower, Lucca, Siena, make a winetour in the Chianti region. Visit Cortona ('under the Tuscan Sun'), San Gimignano, taste the Brunello wines in Montalcino and Montepulciano.

Have your best 'gelato' in Italys most famous Gelateria owned by the Italian champion of Gelato making in San Giustino, 2 minutes drive from the house.

Head for a 'sagra' and experience real rural Italy!

Go for a typical wine and olive oil tasting in the neighbourhood

Go shopping to Italys biggest designer outlet 'the mall' near Florence

Key words: historic, Umbria, Tuscany, Country House, Stone built

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Rates & Availability

San Giustino Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
low season
Sep 24 2016 - Oct 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
$2,253
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$2,028
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Notes to the rental rates:. Rates include lodging, linen for all beds, bath + kitchen and all utilities except central heating (paid daily according to consumption). Free fresh linen every week for bath and bed, pool towels available if requested. Final cleaning 10 Euros a person. On request maid service, laundry service..

30% of the total amount when booking, by bank transfer or credit card

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

San Giustino Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • fax
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • All bathrooms are very confortable, one of them has a bath tub, all the others have showers. Every bathroom has its own hairdryer
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , big bedroom with kingsize bed and additional single bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , our biggest bedroom, additional single bed on request
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Bedroom in the barn with kingsize bed, plus sofabed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • 4 big bedrooms each with kingsize bed, (3 double bed rooms with additional single beds in the mainhouse, in the barn 1 big bedroom with kingsize bed and one room with only sofabed convertable to sleeping room), living space in barn convertable with sofabed queensize, baby cot available. All rooms are very spacious and well furnished. All rooms have wardrobes and drawers, shelves with books.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Services included in the price: American Coffee maker, Barbeque, Wifi Internet, Cooking Equipment, Cooking Gas, Crib or Cot, Dishwasher, electric Oven, Fridge and Freezer, Gardener, Pool, Ironing supply, Kitchen, Microwaver, Toaster, Sat-Tv, Washing machine, Sun Beds, Towels and Linen, weekly linen and towel change WELCOME PROSECCO AND ITALIAN APPETIZERS ON ARRIVAL Services excluded from the price: Babysitter (on request), Brunch (on request), Breakfast (on request), Meals (on request), Cooking Lessons (on request), Copy machine (on request), Drinks (on request), Extra cleaning (on request), Olive Oil Tasting (on request), Wine-and Cheese Tasting (on request), Supplementery Linen change (on request), Supplementeray towel change (on request), Italian dinner served in the garden (on request)

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