Standing at 900 metres above sea level this imposing former monastery with its welcoming wooden shutters dates back to 800 AD and commands superb, far reaching, southerly views over the Niccone valley to distant hills and Castel Rigone beyond. This is an area of small grey stone villages with cotto roofs. An agricultural area where tobacco and sunflowers lie next to olive groves and small regimental vineyards. An area where organic local produce sells better than any other kind.
This has recently undergone sympathetic restoration, beams have been exposed, cotto floors smoothed out and polished and the rough plaster walls hand painted to great effect in mellow Tuscan colours. The charming owner has made every effort with the selection of the interior furnishings to ensure that they reflect local traditions whilst retain that important element of modern comfort.
Set in 2 hectares of private land, the gardens and terraces contain a variety of fruit trees, figs, walnuts, plum, almonds, olives and vines and you are welcome to help yourselves to their bounty (in season of course). The outdoor terrace is covered in vine and wisteria creating a large, shady, scented (in May) eating area. Relax and enjoy the divine views and you'll see exactly why the monks chose this spot.
Local distances: The village of Mercatale 6 km provides excellent facilities; grocery, butcher, two banks, post office, newsagent, bakery, florist, trattoria, pizzeria and two bars. Citta di Castello 39 km, Tuoro sul Trasimeno 19 km, Umbertide 23 km, Arezzo 52 km, Cortona 26 km, Camucia 25 km, Siena 93 km, Anghiari 59 km, Monterchi 51 km.
Recommended airports: Perugia 55 km (Ryanair), Bologna 228 km, Pisa 243 km, Florence 152 km, Forli 151 km (Ryanair call this Bologna), Ancona 149 km, Rome Fiumicino 255 km.
5 bedrooms / 5 bathrooms
Kitchen, living room, study (all with doors to terrace), dining room, double bedroom (can be made up as twin), cloakroom/wc.
Master double bedroom with en suite bath/shower/wc, single bedroom, bathroom/wc, sitting room with fireplace leading to first floor terrace.
1 double bedroom with en suite bath/shower/wc, 1 double bedroom (can be twin) with en suite shower/wc.
There is a washing machine, dishwasher, TV/video, telephone, cot, table tennis.
PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL:
Heated 6 x 12 m with diving board and Roman steps.