Sant'Ansovino is a 12th century Benedictine monastery nestling in the breathtaking and tranquil hills of central Italy at the crossroads of Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche. It has been lovingly restored into an elegant and comfortable holiday home using all original materials. Modern conveniences such as en-suite marble bathrooms, Wi-Fi broadband internet links, a large American-sized fridge, professional range cooker, and several sitting rooms ensure that everyone in your party has space to relax. Outside, our upper terrace has a large loggia with seating for 20. There is a large swimming pool for those hot days, and 12 acres of stunning hillside grounds to meander through if you feel like a walk. The tranquil setting makes it the ideal destination for family holidays, anniversary celebrations or indeed a wedding. There is an excellent restaurant within walking distance, together with a wine bar and a bar/shop (open 7 days a week). Activities such as mountain climbing, cycling, cooking lessons and language lessons can all be arranged and if you just want to lie back and relax, our wonderful team can even prepare you a meal. San Ansovino lies about 4KM East of the beautiful medieval village of Apecchio which offers a wide range of services including a bank (with ATM), several supermarkets, bars, numerous excellent restaurants, a post office, chemist etc. The world famous UNESCO City of Urbino is just 40 minutes away, as are other beautiful hill towns such as Gubbio.
12th Century Monastery in Citta di Castello, Apecchio, Umbria, Italy - Luxury 12th Century Monastery, Heated Pool, Wi-Fi: Within Walking Distance of Bar and Restaurant
- english, german, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 29, 2019
About Louise Gross
Marc is a Californian who grew up North of San Francisco and Louise is English. Meeting in London they discovered a shared fondness for great food which eventually led them to Italy. They have two children, Aurelia and William who have spent many wonderful holidays at San Ansovino and the whole family love this beautiful spot.
Louise Gross purchased this Villa in 2002
Why Louise Gross chose Apecchio
We discovered this wonderful place on a trip to Italy with our then 2 year old daughter and fell in love with it instantly. The bell tower, the way it sits in the hills, and the way the light falls in the afternoon all tugged at our hearts. It was only later during the 4 year renovation that we became priviliged to make many local friends. We hope you love this special place as much as we do.
What makes this Villa unique
An ancient monastery nestling in the hills, will fresh truffles and porcinis to eat - what could be better... and all washed down with a glass of kir di San Ansovino.
Pool / Spa
Check-out: 10:30 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A breathtakingly beautiful place. Even better than the photos and description.
Ansovino is a very special place. Stunning, sophisticated, well appointed and very peaceful. It's obviously a place much loved by the owners Louise and Marc, as is testament by the beautiful antique furniture and top end equipment. Also Anna is on hand to give local advice and sort out any problems quickly and efficiently.
It was very hot during our stay but there was also a wonderfully cooling breeze which made for a perfect mix.
Great local restaurants and beautiful cities to visit a shortish drive away.
The house also has the cleanest windows I have ever seen!
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday. Anna, Monia and all the team here very much hope we'll be able to welcome you back in the future.
With best wishes Louise
A great rural family retreat for s sense of real Italy
We had a fantastic stay the house is really well equipped and beautifully renovated .We were three family's , the pool was an obvious hit but we had great fun cooking pizzas in the outside pizza oven and the covered sitting area works brilliantly with the location of the pool , house and lounges . The restaurant at the bottom of the hill to which you can walk to was perfect ,everything you want for an authentic Italian experience . The antipasta were delicious as was all the other rustic fare provided . The two villages nearby were great for a drink or pizza . There are plenty of walking trails and mountain bike routes and you can hire bikes in Appechio which has a useful tourist information centre which can sort out canyoning , climbing etc if you are feeling more adventurous .
To us it felt like bygone holidays in France from years ago , rural and unspoilt but with a thriving local population .
Dear Jane, thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are so pleased you had a lovely holiday and hope to welcome you back to San Ansovino very soon. Best wishes Louise
The holiday that exceeded all expectations!
We booked this house for a 3 family joint holiday. As ever, booking on-line was concerning me until I had decided upon the Monastery and made contact with the owners. Louise was so helpful, friendly and reassuring from the get-go. She made the whole process of booking and paying for the holiday stress free and painless. Upon arrival, the Monastery blew us away! What a fabulous and amazing house. The children were so excited, especially with the gorgeous pool and garden area. The house was spotless and what really impressed was the attention to detail. The arrival pack was generous and comprehensive. The highlights included; cooking outside using the Pizza Oven (we even managed to cook a full Sunday roast in there!), late night swims in the beautifully flood-lit pool, breakfast at the local cafe in Appechio, trips to Rome/Sienna/Florence, the peacefulness of the sublime valley the Monastery nestled in, the restaurant at the bottom of the hill - a short pop-in on the way back from a visit to a local town turned in to a 3 hour boozy lunch! There are too many highlights to list here. Suffice to say, the 2 weeks passed too quickly and we returned home. I'm not exaggerating when I say that we all miss the Monastery and the gorgeous surrounding area. We have also fallen in love with Italy. We will return. In conclusion, the holiday far exceeded our expectations and I thoroughly recommend this house for your holiday.
Traumhafte Erholung in einem wunderschönen Ambiente
Wir (2 Familien, mit 5 Kindern) haben im Monastero San Ansovino eine traumhafte Woche erlebt. Das ehemalige Kloster wirkt bei der Ankunft sogar noch beeindruckender als die Fotos und ist riesig (es hätte leicht noch eine weitere Familie Platz gehabt). Unsere Kinder (und wir) liebten den Pool, den Pizzaofen und die geschmackvoll eingerichteten Zimmer. Die Landschaft ist so schön, dass man eigentlich die ganze Woche dort verbringen könnte, ohne irgendwelche Ausflüge zu machen (was ein Fehler wäre, da es viel zu sehen gibt).
Das alleine rechtfertigt die 5 Sterne. Als "Zugabe" war alles im Bezug auf die Unterkunft perfekt organisiert, wir bekamen detaillierte und hilfreiche Reiseunterlagen von der Vermieterin, die Betreuung von Anna (spricht perfekt Englisch) vor Ort war super, die Zimmer waren tadellos und auch der Pool (und sogar der Pizzaofen) wurde jeden Morgen von Carlino in einem Topzustand gebracht.
Thank you for taking the trouble to write such a lovely review and for being such delightful guests. I have passed on your kind words to Anna and Carlino who both join me in hoping that we will get to welcome you back to San Ansovino before too much longer. With best wishes Louise
Special interest holidays:
Hiking, mountain bike Rental, horse riding, cooking classes, wine tasting, truffle/mushroom hunting, babysitting, cooking services, Italian lessons. Others by special arrangements.
San Ansovino is approximately 40km from the coast. There are excellent beaches and boardwalks at Cattolica and Rimini about 1 hour away.
BEST AIRPORTS: From the UK take RyanAir or EasyJet to Ancona, Forli, Rimini, Bologna or Perugia. Rome International Airport is 2 1/4 Hours away. From the Adriatic coast: Take the A14 motorway towards Fano, leave the motorway there and take the Super Strada in the direction of Rome. At the 2nd Acqualagna exit follow the signs for Città di Castello / Apecchio.
Great Morning or Afternoon Excursions: Urbino, Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi, Arezzo, San Leo, San Marino. Most of Tuscany & Umbria. Full Day Trips: Rome, Florence, Sienna.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: San Ansovino does not allow any smoking indoors (outdoors is OK). 25% booking deposit and rental agreement required with remaining balance due 8 weeks before arrival. Payment accepted in Euros, Pounds Sterling or US Dollars. Changeover Day: Saturday changeover from June-August. Days are flexible at other times. Notes on prices: Prices are for the property per week in euros. Central heating, pool heating and telephone charged at cost based on usage. Discounts available for parties of 6 or Less. Last minute discounts available.