Watermill in Badia Tedalda, Nr. Sansepolcro, Tuscany, Italy - A Lovingly Restored Watermill in an Unspoilt, Tranquil Setting
Angela and Maurice Petch
- english, french, german, italian
About Angela and Maurice Petch
We are passionate about Italy and feel blessed to have a home here. Maurice is half Italian and spent most childhood holidays in beautiful Urbino. Angela lived in Rome as a child and studied Italian at University. She teaches Italian, offering "hands-on" lessons. Nearly 20 years ago, a dream came true and we bought our ruined water mill and have spent holidays here ever since, with our 3 children coming and going with friends. We have just enjoyed a 5th successful season since Maurice retired, enjoying integrating with the local community, eating produce from our 'orto', exploring mountain paths. We live in our converted stable and are on hand (whilst respecting privacy) to help guests enjoy their holiday.
Angela and Maurice Petch purchased this House in 1999
Why Angela and Maurice Petch chose Badia Tedalda
We fell in love immediately with the mill and the area. The mill is in the sun all day.The river has been perfect for our children and continues to be so. We have made lots of friends locally and found out about the history of the mill, which was a vital resource for the local population. The area is special - and many Italians recognise there are very few "real" places left like this corner of Tuscany. We can walk up in the mountains and not come across anybody. The wildlife is rich. Orchids stud our meadow in early summer, fireflies help light up our barbecues, honey buzzards soar over the mill, egrets fish in the pools. We literally feel ourselves unwind the minute we arrive and our guests tell us the same. It is a place to catch up with yourself in this busy, busy world.
What makes this House unique
Il Mulino is in a remote corner of Eastern Tuscany and yet you can be in Sansepolcro within 35 minutes. If you want to go and immerse yourself in art and architecture, sit in a bar in a busy piazza and people-watch, you can do so. You can't come to Italy and ignore its rich culture and history. Some of our guests choose to spend one week in a city and then come and "restore" at il Mulino but it is possible to dip in and out. The local restaurants are excellent and very good value. Quality and freshness of seasonal ingredients are very important to Italians and a meal is always a special occasion. It's also fun to buy at the market, bring the food home, pour out the wine and eat on the terrace with the river flowing by. Il Mulino is a place of inspiration for writers and artists. too.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Peace and tranquility in Tuscany
Il Mulino was the perfect place to unwind. The peace and tranquility of the surroundings, the beautiful countryside and the proximity to the river combined to make a wonderful holiday. Angela and Maurice were really helpful and their communication from the time of booking to the day of our departure was excellent. The village of Badia Tedalda was a five minute drive away, and has a very good grocers, green grocers and butchers. We had a Sunday lunch to remember at L'Erbhosteria and a superb evening meal at San Patrignano courtesy of Teresa.
This certainly is the ideal location if you wish to get away from it all!
This is our second stay in this wonderful property and once again it was incredible. Angela and Maurice are lovely people that strike the perfect balance between being attentive and available but also giving guests their privacy.
We will be back!
Marvellous house, perfect hosts, a real Italian Eden
Il Mulino is a real haven, a beautifully converted old mill in a ravishing setting surrounded by more wildlife than I’ve ever seen in Italy - deer, pinemartens, porcupines, boar, every kind of moth and butterfly, with hoopoo and herons and fireflies as neighbours. Best of all it is beside a clear mountain stream full of bathing pools which is far, far better than cooling off in a chlorinated swimming pool, and the constant trickle and murmur of which really enters and sooths your mind. There are very good local food shops and restaurants indeed in Badia Teldada and environs, and Sansepolcro, Anghiari, Gubbio, Perugia, Arezzo, and Urbino are all easily visitable. But funnily enough their allure fades once you have relaxed into Il Mulino, and more often than not it seems preferable to stay put rather than climb into a hot car. The walking, too, is excellent.
We love how our guests arrive tired and pale and leave with a few lines missing from their faces and a glow to their skin.
Thanks so much for your great review. I liked your description of the sound of the river, how it "sooths your mind." That is so true. The river appeals to all ages.
We really hope to see you here again one day.
A relaxing and peaceful break
The property was well equipped and situated not far from a lovely small town which had everything you need. The countryside was wonderful with lovely walks and amazing flora and fauna. Swimming in the natural pools only metres from the property was also a delight.
“The best place to relax i have ever been.
After spending year after year in the South of France we decided to look for something different. The Mill was simply fantastic,equipped with everything you could possibly need.The views were amazing,our daughter said she felt like a Princess living at the top of a castle.We also thought we had fallen in to a fairytale.Sitting at the stone table in the evening with a glass of wine listening out for any animals which were in the area together with the river flowing by was one of the many highlights.The waterfall which was only a two minute walk from the mill (still inside the the beautifull gardens) was a delight and swimming in the pool below it was wonderfull. Even although it was high season we still had the pool to ourselves 95% of the time.
We arrived with the idea that we would have a day in Florence,San Marino etc, but we soon agreed that we did not want to go very far away from the mill. Badia Teldada a 5 minute drive away had everything we needed bakers Butchers etc.
The Sunday lunch at l erbhosteria in Rofelle is an experience not to be missed.
This was booked for us by the mills owners Angela and Maurice who lived close by and were easy to find if you needed help or advice on the area.This is a place we hope to visit again.It suits couples and familys with kids very well.
It was a pleasure to meet you all - and your little princess in her tower! We're so glad you "got" the enchantment of the Mulino. Many holidaymakers set out with plans to visit more touristy places in Tuscany, but there are hidden, "real Italy" corners like ours in the Valmarecchia to savour. We are so glad you relaxed and we look forward to welcoming you once again. Thanks for your lovely review.
Lovely hollyday at the mill.
My family (2 adults and 3 children aged 10, 12, 14) spent 11 days in the mill in July 2016. We found the mill and the surroundings absolute lovely and relaxing. The hosts were very kind and most helpful. Everything lived up to our high expectations. We enjoyed the river, the garden, the lovely mill and spent hours sunbathing, playing cards, badminton etc. We did the Sunday dinner at Del Piero’s, which was fantastic and very cheap as well – 3 hours of non-stop eating (remember to skip the breakfast) with only 17 persons (mostly Italians) was 30 Euro per adult and 22 Euros per teenager and 15 Euros for the children. We chose to pay 30 Euros x 5 because the children got the same meal as us and everything was perfect. We visited the pizzeria in Badia twice, which was original and nice/cheap as well. We visited the bar in Badia and did shopping several times in the local Badia Alimentarie/small supermarket – the people there was absolutely marvelous and “spoiled” our children with candies. Maurice arranged a cooking lesson for our family with Teresa and her sister in the nearby B&B (walking distance) – very fun and we prepared a lovely dinner for our family. Coocking leason was 2-3 hours in the afternoon and then we went back in the evening to get our prepared dinner served by the sisters. It was 50 Euros per adult and 30 Euros per children everything included – lesson, food, wine, coffe etc. Absolutely worth trying. Thanx to Maurice and Angela for helping out with everything and for your kindness. The Mill have our best recommendations for future visitors and we and / or our children might very well choose to revisit the mill someday. Best wishes for the future Gitte, Freja, Malthe, Nikolaj and Brian from Denmark.
Special interest holidays:
We can provide Italian language courses and writing retreats.
We also arrange very reasonably priced cookery courses at a local restaurant and these have proved very popular. In addition we can arrange for truffle hunting in the woods opposite the mill with a local expert. Please contact the owners for further details.
Guests have told us the beaches are very clean but a charge is made for hire of sun loungers. There are good shops in the centre of Rimini and sea food restaurants.
Car hire is essential as il Mulino is remote. Perugia airport 100km (1½ hours), Ancona airport 150km (2½ hours), Bologna airport 195km (2¼ hours). The owners provide very detailed directions and instructions for your arrival.
Badia Tedalda 5km.Sansepolcro 33km. Anghiari 38km. Monterchi 46km. Urbino 66km. Gubbio 96km. Arezzo 70km. Siena 130km. Florence 143km. Open air swimming pool 10km.
EVENTS NOT TO MISS: May 17/18 - Mille Miglia; June 29 - Anghiari Palio; July 5-14 - Perugia Jazz.
The nearest small town is Badia Tedalda at 5km with 3 grocers, a butchers, a bank, post office, bars and restaurants plus a tourist office. There is also a very good restaurant within walking distance of Il Mulino. It is difficult to convey in words how relaxing il Mulino is and although there are places of interest within easy access, most of our guests have been quite content to let the place work its magic and stay put. They have told us they welcome the opportunity to ‘catch up’ with family, read, paint, bird-watch, walk, bathe in the river and, above all, for their children to be children again. In June, July and August there are plenty of ‘feste’ in the villages, with dancing in the squares and food stalls where you can sample local specialities and wine.
Sansepolcro is the birth-place of Piero della Francesca and home to just some of his masterpieces. You can see his beautiful "Madonna del Parto" at Monterchi and wander round this little jewel of a town. Similarly, Anghiari is fascinating, with alleyways brimming with colourful plants and music and literature festival in June and July. Sansepolcro is our nearest large town.Go on Tuesday, market-day, and sit in the main piazza; sit outside a bar and watch your very own Italian opera walk by. In early September the spectacle of Il Palio delle Balestrieri should not be missed: an archery tournament held annually against Gubbio. At dusk, the participants and their retinue parade round the darkening streets in their magnificent Renaissance costumes. Breathtaking! The owners live close by Il Mulino. They are both fluent in Italian and can advise you on how to get the absolute best out of your stay. There is also a book kept in the mill with comprehensive details of activities and places of interest in the area. What are you waiting for?