About the property
- Villa3767 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Farmhouse in Arezzo / Anghiari Tuscany, Italy - Seemingly secluded at the end of a long gravel road but within reach of charming historic cities
Campicci is a delightful and traditional stone villa at the end of a gravel road which winds its way up to the villa from the village of Chiaveretto, on the main road between Arezzo to Anghiari. It is eco friendly with powerful solar heating and its own spring water.
The setting is magnificent – absolute tranquility among the forested hills that surround you, its stone walls keeping you surprisingly cool even with a ferocious sun outside. A wonderful infinity pool sweeps you into the surrounding hills. A toddler safe fence can be added for an additional cost. There are olive groves, orchards, and plenty of forest to wander through. Lots of bird and animal wildlife. Connections to famous Apennine walks and bike trails. The house is stocked with a fine mix of antique furniture including a magnificent billiards table, set in its own room with hundreds of books, cd's videos and games. A brand new kitchen leaves nothing to be desired. Eco friendly, hot water provided by efficient solar system while tap water comes from a spring under the ground, and is so desirable that villagers come to a source just outside the gate to replenish their water bottles. There’s a large banquet table inside, another in the garden plus two further round garden tables and a stone barbecue. Hidden in the billiards room is an ancient bread oven, perfect for pizza making if you don’t mind hauling your firewood up the stone staircase to the first floor.
There are beautifully coloured Tuscan dining plates and fine wine glasses. Two flat screen televisions and two stereos with plenty of music to choose from or use your iPod. There is an all weather table tennis in the garden, other bats and balls, and even some golf clubs to knock a few balls around although please don't chop up the lawn and stay clear of the delicate solar panels.
Here is a rough layout of the house. Firstly the main house. On the ground floor is the living room, a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, the kitchen, and the dining room with its banquet table and extra lounge chairs to enjoy the view into the forest. Both the living room and dining room have superb wood fires, and there is plenty of wood stacked outside near the large parking area. There is a laundry which stays very warm and is excellent for drying clothes overnight because the stored water from the solar panels keeps it that way. There is an extra little room here (for clothes and suitcase storage)which also has a single bed.
Up the stone staircase you come to two bedrooms. The one on the left has a double bed and two windows with wonderful views. The second bedroom is configured with twin beds but an extra mattress can be added to make it a real double. It looks out on the forest to the rear.
These two rooms share a modern bathroom with huge college shower.
You then pass through the billiard room (another stereo here) to the main bedroom. Its almost a mini apartment because it is isolated. Great views. Dressing room. Big bathroom with bath and college shower.
Then there is the annex. Great place for teenagers. Downstairs there is a three quarter bed and a sofa with flat screen tv and surround sound, wood fire, kitchenette with gas stove and a small ‘fridge. Winding wooden stairs (not for the elderly) take you to the first floor bedroom (twin beds) and a large bathroom.
Just outside the dining room is the perfect place to sit around the white marble round table to watch the sunset. You can bring over another table if needed. The barbecue is nearby.
In late August you can eat figs from the tree.
Not far from the end of the road is the village of Chiassa Superiore where there is a bar with free wi-fi. You get a whole lunch here including coffee for only 10 euros (primo, secondo, contorno and water). But just across the bridge is a slice of heaven – the deli run by Patricia. Top quality fruit and veges, some basic supermarket supplies, and lots of home made goodies from ravioli to wood fired cooked chick peas, hams and cheeses. It’s a joy to come and shop here and chat about anything from the weather to politics. That’s me chatting to the owner in the profile photo. There’s a butcher and a baker in the village, plus a post office and bar.
There are so many places to visit I can not list them all here, but needless to say Anghiari and Arezzo with their fascinating historic centres are each only 20 mins away. Then there’s Sansepolcro with the fresco which Aldous Huxley says is the best painting in the world and so much more. Siena isn’t that far, Florence is a 40 min train ride away (to avoid the parking hassles) and the airports of Pisa, Florence and Perugia are all accessible.
Its a short drive to Michelangelo's birthplace, Arezzo has a famous monthly antique market (weekend of the first Sunday of each month) and if you miss that there are still impressive antique stores around the main square. Naturally there are detailed instructions about where to eat to suit every taste. Please lock up the main gate at night to stop deer coming into the garden and eating my plants. As you arrive on the gravel road there is a pond in the forest to your left where for years a grey heron stands looking for food crawling in the mud.
Scan the skies for birds of prey diving into the forest. Listen to owls at night and the occasional frog orchestra.The deer grunt in the right season and foxes bark. House martins skim over the pol gobbling up mosquitoes. There are very few of them in the house. The lavender plants attract an amazing variety of bees and butterflies, including wild bees which most people may never have seen.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 15, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
A wounderfull vacation in a magnificent house
We had a wounderfull vacation i this beautiful house. We was 3 families whit 2 adults and 2 children. The house was perfekt because every family could have there own space and we could alo eat together all 12 both in and out. The pool had a perfekt size and the children loved the tilt.
The owners is very helpfull both before and during the stay.
Absolutely fantastic house in a gorgeous Tuscan location.
This is a really special house - incredibly comfortable and well equipped. The infinity pool is really spectacular with an astonishing view - sometimes you are swimming looking onto deer grazing in the meadows below! The diving board makes it extra good fun for teenagers! There is everything in the house you need. The kitchen is well organised - and there is plenty of space for large groups to eat together - both inside and outside the house. The beds are extremely comfy - and the shutters keep the rooms nice and dark and cool. The location is excellent - you can reach Arezzo easily for shopping and sightseeing - and Siena and Florence are easily reached for a day trip. The house itself is reached by a ten minute drive up a rough, steep but scenic track. The local deli in the nearby village is a treasure trove of delicious local produce and wine! John was always available on his mobile for any little queries, and the property was clean and well fitted out. There is Wi-Fi - a must for teenagers! All in all, a brilliant place to spend a holiday - highly recommended.
Stunning location, beautiful property that felt like someones home rather than a holiday let. If you're looking for complete peace, quiet and tranquillity then this is the place for you. The house is not overlooked by any other properties and is fairly remote (which we loved!). It was stocked with everything that you would need and was incredibly comfortable. Both outdoor and indoor cooking and eating are catered for - all of the bedrooms are stylish and roomy. I had both my family (including young children) and a group of friends with me, the biggest problem we had each day: what to eat and drink and when to start: heaven!
We've stayed in a lot of Italian Villas but this one really stands out. The setting is incredibly tranquil, the house wonderfully comfortable and the view from the pool is quite simply mind blowing - enjoy!
This is a slice of paradise in the Tuscan countryside. John and Anne were wonderful hosts and easy to make arrangements with. The property lives up to its photos. It's charming, very comfortable, private and beautiful. It makes a perfect base to explore Umbria and Tuscany. My friends and I loved every minute of our stay there and hope to return. I couldn't recommend it more highly!
Dream house in southern Tuscany
Surrounded by forest. Glorious starry nights. Rise early to see deer browse in the dew. House, pool, kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms spotless, comfortable and perfectly equipped. Owner charming and delivers on all things promised. Found we could escape foreign tourist crowds by visiting nearby San Sepulcro, Anghiaria and other sights where Italians themselves go for summer. First visit was with friends of all ages, and returning this year (2015) with extended family. House perfectly secluded and private at end of gravel road, and no public transport or shops within walking distance, so car an absolute must, but shops of all sorts within easy drive, from family grocery with fresh local produce all the way through huge supermarket with all anyone would need. Easyjet flies to Pisa, about 2 hours by car.
Beaches north and south of Livorno are more than two hours drive
Use of car is essential for Campicci. At least once or twice each winter heavy snow might make last part of road difficult (meaning a twenty minute walk uphill).It is situated twenty minutes from two historic centres of Arezzo and Anghiari. Sansepolcro is half an hour. Rome is a two and a half hour drive taking the A1 highway to Florence, getting off at the Arezzo exit, but turning towards Bibbiena and Anghiari before arriving at Arezzo. Florence is less than an hour away - Pisa around two hours
Campicci is located behind the village of Chiaveretto midway between Arezzo (17 mins) and Anghiari (15 mins). This road presents an unspoilt view of the Tuscan countryside, full of villages and hamlets of historical and cultural interest.Caprese Michelangelo (birthplace of the genius) 35 mins. Sansepolcro (home of Pier della Francesca) 30 mis. Monterchi 40 mins. Sienna 1hr 30.Florence 1hr.Montepulciano 1hr Pisa 2hrs.Citta del Castello (furniture shops) 41 mins. Chiantishire is about 45 mins west
We are fortunate to be only ten minutes away from probably the finest vegetable shop/deli in the entire region. Located at Chiassa Superiore, Patricia sells only selected quality fruit and vegetables, much of it sought from local farmers. Try their wood oven cooked chic peas, her pastas, cheeses and hams, not to mention a fine selection of bottled wine, plus wine from Montepulciano stored in their vats at only €3 a litre. The nearby butcher provides those Florentine steaks you have to try, and the bakery too tries to go beyond the usual uninteresting dry Tuscan bread. They also make pizzas and wonderful focaccia in the evening to take home and mix with local deli goodies. The area has many fine restaurants which offer great value for money. Right at the bottom of our gravel road is a lunchtime osteria where you eat real family cooked meals. I provide a full list of places to eat in my home notes. At La Verna, a Franciscan sanctuary (you can walk or bike there from a spot not far from the house but make sure you have a car waiting) there is a restaurant that serves fresh Canadian lobster with pasta for the absurd price of €20.Ten minutes away is a traditional open fire barbecue restaurant with delicious Tuscan antipasti and mouth watering steaks. There are some pretty impressive supermarkets less than 15 minutes drive from the house - one towards Subbiano the other towards Arezzo. In Ponte all a Chiassa is a popular coffee bar with free wi fi service for your laptop.There's also a bank with an ATM. Post offices at Ponte all a Chiassa and Chiassa superior. If you not a hardened mountain bike person you can bike along many provincial roads that are quite safe, including the spectacular drive from the bottom of our road to Anghiari along the Liberty road. I have also listed a favourite sit down lunch time coffee bar where primi (pasta etc) cost €4 and secondi €4.50! Now where in Europe can you eat for that price?
Rates & Availability
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Booking Notes: Secure booking of house with deposit of 25% of total. Full amount must be received one month before arrival. Cancellation within reason - negotiate with owner. Damages deposit of €400 payable before entry and returned within five days of departure. Cleaning fee of €130. I have so far never not returned a full deposit, despite an extensive array of breakages. I keep it high mainly against damage to the billiard table for which it would prove only a meagre contribution. Changeover Day: Saturday is traditional changeover day but am open to anything. I must insist on departure by 10 from the main house on changeover days. Flexible if no new guests arriving and you can always stay longer at the pool. Arrival strictly after 1500. Extra nights work out at slightly less than daily calculation.