About the property
- Villa2690 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights
Villa on Tuscan Umbrian Border, Stunning Views, Great Saline and Heated Pool, 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms. Perfect for Family + Friends, Free Wifi
This lovely villa consists of 4 BEDROOMS, all with PRIVATE BATHROOMS of which there are 4.
The bedrooms are all very spacious with the two upstairs bedrooms being master bedrooms with double beds. One of the master bedrooms on the upper floor has it's own private terrace overlooking the splendid Umbrian countryside with mountain views in the background. The second upstairs master is really a suite with doors that lead into a separate dressing area, bathroom with tub and bedroom.
You enter the property via a wonderful covered terrace which is very large and acts as an outdoor lounge area with sofa and comfortable seating providing the perfect spot to sit and relax during the day as it is covered and hence shaded or to take in the stunning views with a glass of wine or two in the evening.
From the terrace large doors lead into the lovely bright sitting room with TV, DVD player and DVD library and a wood burner for the cooler months of the year. The sitting room is in what used to be a tobacco tower and therefore has very high ceilings lending this space a very airy and bright feeling.
From the upstairs sitting room doors lead into the upstairs master bedrooms and bathrooms. One of the master bedrooms has its own private terrace from which to enjoy the amazing views and its own bathroom with shower. Another set of doors lead into the second master bedroom suite, comprising of dressing area, bathroom and very spacious bedroom.
From the upstairs sitting room steps lead down to the lower floor where you will find two further bedrooms each with two single beds (in one of the rooms the beds can be made into a double bed). These rooms have very large doors with lockable shutters. There are also two lovely bathrooms on this floor so that each bedroom has its own bathroom.
Also situated on the lower floor is the modern kitchen with table and chairs seating 8 and a second smaller sitting area with sofa and armchairs. Doors lead outside onto a large area, terrace for outside dining with sunshade, barbecue and again with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside.
The property has been restored (former tobacco tower) to a high standard throughout. Originally an agricultural building, we have taken great care in restoring the villa to have all modern comforts and yet retaining the original feeling of the place. We have used local workmanship throughout using the traditional chestnut beams and tiled ceilings and the floors are all terracotta tiles which keep the floors nice and cool in the hot summer months. We have used good quality sanitary wear and tiles in all 4 bathrooms so that each bedroom has a lovely bathroom.
The property has a very large 16x6m saline pool (almost no chlorine) situated on a terrace one level below the house. We have now also added pool heating and thereby extending the season and taking the edge off once the nights start to be cooler in the shoulder months.
There are plenty of sunbeds for those of you who want to take in the sun, however, there is also plenty of natural shading provided by trees and shrubs for those of you who prefer to sit in the shade. On one side of the pool we have planted a row with lavender stretching the entire length of the pool and on the other sides of the pool are planted a variety of shrubs including rosemary, thyme and sage which guests are very welcome to pick and use in cooking. We have also planted a variety of roses to add some colour and there is a fig tree just outside of the kitchen area where you are welcome to pick the fruit when ripe.
The property is set in beautiful tranquil countryside however, should you wish to take a stroll into the village maybe for a glass of Prosecco or some ice cream then you can walk it in around 15mins.
The property is ideal for friends and families sharing also because of the layout as the two floors are very separate and hence should part of the family have young children, perhaps on the lower floor, they will not disturb those that may be resting on the upper floor. The villa is ideal for those that wish to spend time together, however, also have some privacy at times.
Villa Quercia is ideal for those wanting to relax by the pool as well as for those of you who want to take in the sights as within 30mins to 1 hr you can visit any number of wonderful places such as Cortona, Citta' di Castello, Montone, Gubbio, Assisi, Perugia, Arezzo and many more.
And should you wish to take a break from the pool and the views there is a ping pong table situated in the portico where you can play as often as you wish.
Last but not least for those of you who need to be able to check emails and perhaps do a bit of work there is WiFi connection at the property that we do not charge for separately.
And for those of you who wish to go walking, cycling, canoeing (very good club in Cita' di Castello), play some tennis, golfing, sailing on lake Trasimeno, cooking lessons or take in a winery tour and more all of this can be arranged in the area.
Villa Quercia provides the perfect location for a wonderful and very special holiday.
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- May 12, 2018
About Maria Christina
We came to live in Italy from the UK almost 10 years ago now, a move that was initially fueled by some health issues our son was experiencing We fell in love with and bought the property mainly due to its fabulous views with a vision of what it could become rather than what it was at the time following the theory that you can change pretty much most things except for the location of a property. The property became a restoration project which involved the moving of volume, replacing of beams, floors, a total overhaul since it had in the past been an agricultural-tobacco tower, a project which at times caused great stress. The area is truly breathtaking and is also called a "hidden gem" by those who know the area since it is one of the lesser known valleys of the Valtiberina running parallel to the better known Niccone and Morra valleys. The views in the morning in particular are breathtaking and those of you who don't know this part of Umbria will be amazed by its beauty and authenticity.
Maria Christina purchased this Villa in 2004
Why Maria Christina chose Città di Castello
With superb, panoramic views, Villa Quercia provides the perfect balance between relaxation, peace and tranquility and seeing the sights in a most wonderful and yet very traditional setting. The ideal setting for your holiday yet within 30 minutes you can take in some of the bests sights of the area. The property is situated on the border of Umbria and Tuscany and provides the perfect location for exploring both of these regions. The pool is really amazing, very large 16m x 6m so you can do some real lengths and saline water is just so much nicer than chlorine and we have now also made it into a heated pool which will make it one of the best pools in the area, everyone loves it! The layout of the property is ideal for friends and family wanting to spend time together yet at times be apart as there is enough space here to do this with 3 lounging areas not to mention the various terraces and the fact that each bedroom has its own private bathroom is just bliss. And not to forget there are some great family run restaurants only a short distance away several 5-10 minutes away. A great place from where to experience this wonderful part of Italy.
What makes this Villa unique
Above average sized 16m x 5m, saline (very small amount of chlorine) pool. Big enough for some real swimming as well as playing (we have also had guests play water polo in the pool as large enough). We have now also made this wonderful pool into a heated pool, heated with solar panels and thereby taking the "edge" off during the shoulder months and at times when the weather is not perfect. Each bedroom has its own bathroom (4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms) and they are all of a good standard with lovely sanitary wear. The property is large enough (very spacious) so that you may spend time together, however, with a downstairs lounge, an upstairs lounge, the covered terrace and outside seating on the lower level, there is plenty of space to also be apart when you want to be. The layout of the villa is such that the upstairs bedrooms are very separate from the downstairs bedrooms, and hence is ideal also for families or friends who have slightly different timings, since occupants of the downstairs bedrooms will not disturb those upstairs. Being situated on the Tuscan-Umbrian border Villa Quercia is ideal for visiting both of these wonderful parts of Italy. You can walk into Tuscany withing 15 minutes and hence this truly provides the perfect location for you to explore the Umbrian hill top towns and villages and at the same time take in some of the Tuscan gems such as Cortona (only 25 minutes drive away) and Arezzo. The owners live close by and are at hand in case of any problems and advice. Should you wish to take cookery lessons, go on a winery tour, have a massage, play tennis, go horse-riding and much more we are able to help you with any of these. Last but not least the unique covered terrace from which to enjoy truly wonderful views. The perfect place to avoid the sun during the day and to relax in the evenings with a glass of wine or two. Just heavenly!! There is also free wifi throughout the villa
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We had a wonderful stay at Villa Quercia. The property is in a great position and has everything you need for a relaxed stay in the heart of Umbria but also close enough to nearby towns for cultural trips as well. In particular we loved Cortona which is only a short drive through the hills and Mortone was lovely too.
We spent most of our time on the large shady and covered terrace which looks over the garden and pool and where the owners have placed sofas and comfy chairs, just perfect for any time of day and the views were just amazing plus the was a lovely cooling breeze as it is on a hillside. We ate most of our meals on the terrace just outside the kitchen, frequently bbq'ing and regularly went to the excellent but really cheap local restaurants. Michelin starred is available in Citta di Castello but we like local Umbrian fare.
The kids and adults all adored the superb and huge pool and played lots of ping pong. We also enjoyed the board games and CD,s provided by Richard and Christina. The best thing though was the heated pool. We have stayed at other villas with pools outside the heat of summer and they have been cold but this one has solar heating and a proper cover so it was warm all the time. As there were eight of us we were worried about being on top of each other but there were lots of different areas to relax in. The kids had a different lounge so their PCs were all plugged into another area. We had a memorable stay and would recommend it to anyone. One of our best ever holidays and thanks!
Nice and cool, lovely villa, heaven
We had an excellent holiday. The villa was spacious, the bedrooms clean and bright, the rooms were cool even in 39C heat (Christina left good instructions how to use the shutters at night), the pool was amazing (actually more than amazing) and the local restaurants incredible value. Overall, 5 stars and we will be back. Thanks Christina for helping us really enjoy the villa and loation.
We hope to be able to welcome you back very soon.
We had a great time during our stay. The villa was a little out of the way but once found didn't present a problem. We may have given it 5 stars but unfortunately previous renters had left it a bit messy. Also the single beds were really children's beds and were uncomfortable for adults.
The villa is located in fabulous Umbrian countryside with spectacular views within 5 minutes drive (20 minutes walk) to the local village with 2 bars and a small village shop. The nearest town with 2 supermarkets, banks, and all amenities is a 10 minute drive away and Citta di Castello, Umbertide, Cortona are all a 30 minute drive away. There are 5 restaurants all 5 - 15 minutes drive away. I apologise for any mess left by previous guests, normally our cleaning lady is spot on and leaves everything immaculately. Unfortunately whereas I am normally around to check before new guest arrive we had to leave for the UK as my daughter was starting University and also my mother in law was not very well. And unfortunately as the last guests of a long season (we had started in May) the house by then perhaps is not as pristine as it is at the beginning of the season which is also reflected in the price, I believe I gave you the villa at a very good price. Although no one has mentioned the two single beds as not being comfortable I have made note of this and in fact was intending to replace these beds for the next season. I hope you had a good remainder of your trip.
Holiday of a lifetimw
We had the holiday of a lifetime at the beautiful Villa Quercia. The setting is typically Umbrian/Tuscan and the property itself is lovely. It was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed. The heating on the pool meant that it was at a lovely temperature even early in the season before the sun really gets going. Trestina is the nearest town (10 min drive) and has all the necessary amenities with supermarkets etc. Cortona, Città di Castello and Umbertide are all 25 minutes away, very beautiful and with great restaurants, shops and evening entertainment and markets in the mornings. However, there are also closer restaurants with our favourite place only 5 minutes away in the next village. And we loved that we could by the odd item in the little shop in the village. Christina & Richard were fabulous hosts. They were on hand to offer valuable advice on everything from where to eat to the best places to shop (including the best markets to visit). We loved the fact that we could relax by the wonderful pool during the day and that there were so many lovely small to middle sized towns to visit near by. Fantastic!
Perfect for relaxing, swimming and sometimes work
We stayed in Villa Quercia May this year 2016 and just loved the whole experience. The pool was bliss, very large and even in May with the solar panels warm enough for us to be in, even with a couple of young children. We also loved the fact that each bedroom has its own bathroom. I was unfortunately having to do some work over the weeks holiday but the Wi-Fi was good enough for that and sitting on the fabulous covered terrace whilst working really made it that much easier to bear. On the whole a great location for relaxing, sightseeing eating out and even for working if you have to.
Spacious, airy, fab pool, ideal base to see Umbria
The villa suited us perfectly - ideal for large family groups. The pool is wonderful. You can play but you can exercise properly too. The location easy for day trips to Asissi, Perugia etc- lots of wonderful places to see within an hour and a half drive. We were there mid September and the temperatures perfect for us- certainly warm enough for swimming. For us flying in to Bologna and hiring a car from there worked well- we extended our week away with a night at each end in the city and it made a very nice balance. The house was very easy to be in, and the bedlinen really lovely. It is especially nice to have all the bathrooms of course, but also the various living areas. Wifi was ok to check emails etc but not consistent enough if you wanted to work or to skype. We had a wonderful week and would certainly recommend this villa as a base for exploring Umbria and parts of Tuscany. Cortona is a gem, and not far over in to Tuscany- less than an hour. Christina was a very helpful and flexible host.
Trestina (10 minutes away) is situated in an agricultural area made wealthy from the Tobacco plant and is a very lively small town hosting its own festival in June every year. It has several bars and restaurants, 2 supermarkets, post-office, banks and other amenities together with the best place for ice-cream in the area.
The village where the villa is situated is still very much a working and very alive village with a small shop and two bars. A small van comes in the mornings to deliver bread to the shop and guests may buy fresh bread there should they wish to. There is also a van selling fresh fruit and vegetables which comes into the village every Friday morning.
You may enjoy that one of the bars is a walking distance away and you may like to take a walk down for a prosecco or an ice cream and to soak in the local atmosphere.
The area is truly stunning with breathtaking countryside and yet very close to many wonderful places to visit. The local villages and towns (often being hilltop towns) are lovely and very picturesque and over the period of April to November many wonderful festivals take place such as the Calendimaggio in Assisi in the month of May, the Ceri in Gubbio also in May, and the truffel fair in Citta' di Castello which usually takes place in November.
During the summer months there are more festivals, predominantly music than you can wish for, with the most famous one of course being Umbria Jazz in Perugia always in July with many international and local guests. A wonderful event where the entire city is taken over by musicians for the week, many street artists participate and you can either pay to see one of the better known artists or just walk around the city and listen to some wonderful music. A must for music lovers.
Not to forget Trasimeno Blues by lake Trasimeno, and the Festival delle Nazione in Citta di Castello at the end of August which is a wonderful classical music event hosting many internationally known musicians.
These are only a few of the wonderful festivals that take place in the region, there are just too many to list. If there is anything in particular that would interest you please let me know and I will be happy to provide more information.
Citta di Castello is a very pretty medieval walled city with some lovely sites. A great piazza, a wonderful cathedral and some spectacular churches, one hosting a Raphael, and lots of events happening during the summer months as well as very good market twice a week not to mention the numerous bars and restaurants. Every Thursday shops stay open till midnight during the summer months and the town is buzzing with musical events in the piazza .
The area called the Upper Tiber Valley is very beautiful and still very unspoiled. Being right on the Umbrian / Tuscan border you are able to easily visit both of these areas. With Arezzo close by, Perugia to the south, Lake Trasimeno 30 minutes away, Montone (said to be one of the most beautiful hilltop villages in Italy close by), Cortona made famous through the book and film (Under the Tuscan sun) and Castiglion Fiorentino both approx. 30 minutes away and a spectacular drive through the hills.
The area is ideal for those of you who wish to just relax by a beautiful pool, but also equally suited to the more active visitor with many wonderful areas to discover.
And if you or the children are more into sports there is a tennis court for hire in Trestina (10min.), a large tennis club in Umbertide (25min) where you can have lessons or the kids may wish to participate in the kids club run during the summer months. Canoeing in Citta di Castello (again they run kids clubs), sailing on lake Trasimeno, horse-riding near buy, fishing in the local lakes and rivers, cookery classes or winery tours.
All of these and more can be arranged and we would be happy to help you with any of these, just ask..
Villa Quercia is your perfect base providing relaxation or sightseeing or perhaps a combination of both.
Villa Quercia is the perfect location from where to experience this wonderful part of Italy from.
Special interest holidays:
Should guests wish to undertake cookery classes, Italian language classes, walking, horse riding excursions, canoeing, tennis lessons, fishing or wine tasting evenings, any of these can be arranged should you so wish and we would be happy to help with any of these.
We are also able to provide babysitting should you so wish.
Or to organize cooking lessons or someone to come and cook for you at the Villa.
The villa is mid way between the coasts. Both the Adriatic as well as the Mediterranean is about 1.5 hours drive away. Nearest beach is Fano. Just south of Ancona are some very lovely beaches approx. 1hr 40 minutes away.
Rome airports 180km - 2,5 hours drive.
Ancona airport 130km - 2 hours drive.
Bologna - 2.5 hours drive
Pisa - 2 h
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Payments may also be made either in Sterling or in Euros into our company account and thereby avoiding the fees added by the website. Changeover Day: Saturday during high season, some flexibility outside of high season. During May and October when our rates are very low we charge for cleaning. During the other months cleaning and change of linen is included in the price. Our change-over day in general and in high season is on a SATURDAY. However, whenever possible we are happy to be flexible in particular out of high season when we are very flexible regarding arrival and departure . The property is available from 4.30pm on the day of arrival, to leave luggage prior to this time is not a problem however, the villa is not ready prior to 4pm. On the day of departure we ask guests to leave at the latest by 10am in order that we may get the property ready for the next guests. Booking Notes: A refundable damage deposit of £220 is payable with the final payment, Changeover Day: Changeover day is generally Saturday but we are flexible so please ask and we shall try our best. Payment can be made by bank transfer direct into our company account and thereby not paying for payment protection via the website. Visa, Mastercard or credit card may be used through the website. To book we require a deposit of 1/3rd of the total. The remainder is due 2 months before the start of the rental period. Payments are not usually refundable so we do urge all guests to take out adequate insurance.