Il Castellaccio is a beautiful secluded family villa near the small hamlet of Vallocchia, only 15 min from the centre of Spoleto, Umbria. At 750m it is surrounded by its own land - oak & chestnut woods full of wild flowers and a ruined 12th century watchtower. In an idyllic position, the front faces south over gardens and lawn towards the upper valley while the back overlooks the plain with panoramic views towards the famous hill towns of Trevi, Spello & Assisi. From the watchtower one can see even further.
Fully restored in 2004, the house has the latest anti-earthquake reinforcements using a seismic belt system.
The villa has a double height drawing room with gallery, large hall, dining room, kitchen and study/film room, all with French windows opening onto terraces. Fully equipped outside kitchen/BBQ and pizza oven on kitchen terrace. Pergolas & terraces for alfresco dining. Fantastic 12m x 6m pool with terrace.
Terracotta and old tiled floors throughout with open fires, it is cool in summer and very cosy in winter. Perfect rental for Spoleto Festival, for touring Umbria or Mountain-biking holidays.
Il Castellaccio, Spoleto, Umbria: Il Castellaccio is named after the ruined watchtower set above the house at the top of a dramatic flight of 104 steps climbing straight up through the woods.
Extremely well laid out and very comfortable with loads of room and living space. There is a small snooker table, darts, card table and a good library. A very good place for children. We have a chest full of every game you can think of from Monopoly to Twister. The little downstairs sitting room has a large flat screen TV used mainly to watch old movies in the winter. In the summer, everybody seems to spend their time out of doors.
Idyllic for children, -the woods are wonderful for exploring. Great fun for teenagers too, as Spoleto is full of life, bars, etc. and only 15 min away. Totally remote and the best place to recharge one's batteries. We really have the best of both worlds.
There are wonderful walks into the Appenines from our doorstep, and the area is mountain biking heaven, with trails along the old railway to Norcia, to Assisi and beyond.
The gardens: Sweeping Lawns and a Parterre filled with beautifully scented old English Roses and peonies. There is a pergola perfect for dining under, and a terrace with outdoor seating and banquettes overlooking the valley behind the house. It has a newly installed wood burning oven and outdoor kitchen. There are plenty of sunny and shady seating areas, and the hill catches a cool breeze even on the hottest summer days. The pool sits on a terrace tiled with herringbone terracotta and overlooks the little hamlet of Pie di Vallocchia. It is beautifully finished with mosaic tiling, and refreshingly deep.
Please note the pool is 1.40m in the shallow end and 3 m deep at the deep end and therefore not suitable for non swimmers. Young children should be supervised and wear armbands at all times if they are not confident swimmers. Not normally operational before 1st June - unless specially requested. It can be fenced off on request.
Festival dei Due Mondi: Spoleto has an a world renowned festival that takes place each June and early July. In recent years, cultural activities have been carried through till September. Concerts, exhibitions, outdoor films, pop concerts, jazz - you name it. The world famous Marionette Colla Puppet Theatre is a must for children (and adults). The festival has its own website that gives you all the information you need. The villa is perfect for Spoleto festival accommodation.
The house is also perfect at other times of year. October half term break comes when the woods are at their prettiest, with their wonderful autumn colours. The Umbrian towns are at their most atmospheric, shrouded in smoke from their inhabitants' fires. It is colder in the evenings, but the sun is still warm. Wood fires make the house cosy and warm.