A unique luxury villa in a unique setting, offering peace and privacy, yet so near to numerous attractions and facilities and the wonderful town of Città di Castello.Within walking distance, or a short car ride there are restaurants, a golf course, an equestrian centre and a spa centre. Yet none of it visible in the valley below the house.
A large discreet swimming pool black lined and mirroring it’s surroundings, has been carefully designed to blend into the garden and hillside setting. It offers an incredible view of the highest fortified village in the Upper Tiber Valley (Monte Santa Maria Tiberina at 660m.) Wherever you go in the area it is visible and sometimes in the foggy days of late autumn, together with Monte Santa Maria Tiberina we float above the clouds. We used this view as our web site header.
The custodian’s house is, in fact, partly the restored chapel of Sant’Anna. It is approached by a separate white road and is to the east of the house at the edge of the woods. The Chapel of Sant’Anna was one of three identical chapels to be built in the late twelve hundreds and together formed an equilateral triangle on this, then, fortified hillside. Speculation has involved the Knights Templar. However, they were certainly used to serve mass and sustenance to pilgrims travelling to Assisi. They had no large openings at ground level only small slits through which food was passed (disease was rife). Sant’Anna did rather better than St. Peter and Sant’Agnese (the other two chapels no longer standing) as it had accommodation nearby for the priest, now Casa Sant’Anna. During the restoration the mermaid terracotta tiles were found. Known to be early Christian symbols – we are still investigating their true age and are fascinated by their voluptuousness when they should be admonishing the poor countryfolk.
The garden is featured under a separate section, there are the formal rose walks and fountain but it has been designed to flow away and blend with the countryside all around the house.
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For more written information about this luxury holiday villa in Umbria/Tuscany Italy please read on.
Accommodation & Facilities Inside
The villa is completely detached and is situated over two floors with a total area of 350 sq. m. plus outside terraces. Casa Sant’Anna faces south, but with windows on all sides the house never loses the sun. The pool is in full sun all day and being on the west side the sunset is alluringly reflected in the black pool.
The main entrance is on the west side shaded by a long stone portico. The entrance hall/sitting area is elegantly furnished with antique French furniture. The open floodlit stone staircase leads to the music room on the first floor. From the entrance reception area there are double glass doors leading to the ground floor bedroom suite which is very private. This has a small anteroom, a shower room with large walk in shower, bidet all Catalano. The “Chintz” bedroom can be used as a large double bed or twin beds. The ground floor is open plan but is subdivided into designated areas. The panoramic dining room with its sophisticated furnishings and Murano glass chandelier is delightful at any time of the year; looking over the garden and pool and on into the hills beyond. The kitchen is very large and beautifully fitted with full length glass cupboards and classic white contemporary units. The worktops are either black marble or stainless steel. A fully equipped “home kitchen” with all the utensils, china and cutlery needed and even Kitchen Aid appliances and Alessi electric kettle The main kitchen door opens onto the east side of the house and directly into the main rose garden. The two storey atrium breakfast area opens through two sets of doors onto the dining terrace. Both the breakfast area and the dining room are shaded by extending sunblinds. The entire ground floor is paved in marble terrazzo flooring. The lighting scheme emphasizes the various areas. There are fans for the kitchen area.
The first floor is divided into further open plan living areas and a very separate wing where the two first floor bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms are approached through a separate anteroom.
The stone stairs arrive into the music area with the Bechstein grand piano and a beautiful arched window with a west aspect. The stairs are lined with an interesting collection of art. Off the music room there is a library/study with desk and computer (broadband available) and a divan for snoozing and reading. The non fiction libraryis here together with the music CD library, video collection and DVDs (there should be something for everybody).
The main living area follows on from the music area; a truly stunning room with vaulted ceiling and a viewing balcony overlooking the breakfast room and large windows looking over the hills. It is stylishly furnished and decorated with interesting objets d’arte. The historic fireplace houses a wood burning stove for chillier evenings. Double doors overlook the rose garden. The flooring in the living area is hardwood. There is a television with Sky including Sky Sports.
Double glass doors lead from the top of the stairs into the anteroom (which houses the fiction library) from which lead the two double bedrooms. The “Toile” bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, large double bed, which is canopied, French doors onto the west side garden. The bathroom is Catalano with a Philip Starck bath and shower combined, large basin and bidet.
The “Tapestry” bedroom has a mirrored,canopied bed and a beautiful mirrored Victorian wardrobe. French doors overlook the rose garden.The bed can be a large double or split into twin beds.
The bathroom is immediately adjacent, complete with bath with shower, bidet etc.
We use good quality linen and towels (plenty of them) and they are also changed midweek; more at a separate charge. The bathrooms are immacutely maintained and we try to clean without the use of strong chemical perfumes. Soap and shampoo is provided and every bathroom has a hairdryer.
There are fitted mosquito nets on all the small windows in the bedroom wing and both bedrooms on the first floor have air conditioners.
The house is fully centrally heated and has full double glazing. There is a wood burner in the Sitting Room and an “Eco” stove on the ground floor which uses wood pellets as fuel. An all year round house and home, plus easy access (no tortuous white roads) makes it an ideal house for longer term rentals, maybe even sabbaticals for musicians, during the winter months. Longer term rates on discussion with owner.
For photos of house go to Photo Gallery
Facilities and Accommodation Outside
The house is approached by a 250m electronically gated drive winding down through the olive groves with wonderful views to the hills. A second gate leads into the fenced garden area and the drive continues to the main entrance where there is a turning circle. A carport is cleverly concealed behind the house on the North side. It holds two cars in cool shade for the summer months; there is plenty of additional parking area. The drive is illuminated as are the main gates. There is plenty of outside lighting around the house and for added security, a burglar alarm.
The dining terrace has a large modern table and will seat ten. The house sunblinds cover this.
There is seating under the west portico.
Around the pool there are six sun loungers, deck chairs, tables and umbrellas. Pool towels are provided and changed midweek. The pool can be illuminated at night. It has a constant depth of 1m 40cm and built in entry steps. Access from the house is comfortable.
There are plenty of lawns all round the house and walking just a little further you can take a picnic into the olive groves.
For photos of the Garden go to The Garden & Olive Grove
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What did our guests say
Find out what our guests say about our luxury holiday villa in Guest Review
"You know everything must be perfect when
you realise you just don't want to go home. The stresses of life soon evaporated in fromt of the pool while admiring the garden and the panoramic views......
Thank you Carole for allowing us to share your wonderful home."
Julian, Carolyn and Alexandra,
"Thank you for sharing this very special place with us. We needed this moment of peace, beauty and healing and we will always remember this hilltop in Umbria for the gift it gave us"
Steve and Cookie Roberts,
"Thank you Carole for such a wonderful week of self indulgence. This is so much more than a rental villa"
Our best evenings were at home looked after by your wonderful cook.
We would love to return"
Jan and Adam