Enjoying a panoramic hilltop position in the lower foothills of the picturesque Alpe della Luna mountain range, Il Cerbone rewards its guests with spectacular views and tranquillity. Once an ancient shrine to San Cerbone dating back to the 12th Century, and visited by Saint Francis of Assisi on the pilgrimage route to Rome, the property has been lovingly restored using local materials. Now, a beautiful stone retaining wall borders the entire southern side of the house, with a walkway around the top, and a converted tower offers a spacious bedroom befitting of any fairytale.
Every effort has been made to absorb the magnificent views from the house that gaze across the patchwork of fields into the valley beyond. An arched doorway leads from the dining terrace to the cosy living room where the traditional chestnut-beamed ceiling and terracotta floor tiles reflect the typical style of this region. Most bedrooms also have access to an exterior terrace from where this magnificent landscape can be further admired. A rather unique bedroom, complete with ensuite facilities, has been created at the top of a ‘tower’ to one side of the property. From here, a large rooftop terrace can be accessed where a 360° vista can be truly appreciated as the sun bounces off the light clay-coloured tiling.
From the dining terrace, the steps begin their descent through the large arched gateway and onto the south-facing pool terrace.
The walled town of Sansepolcro (4km) has a range of shops, banks, supermarkets and cafés, plus a lively market twice weekly. You may also be lucky enough to stumble upon one of the many events or festivals held throughout the year including the traditional crossbow contest the ‘Palio della Balestra’ with the rival town of Gubbio. A visit to the Museo Civico in the town should be on every itinerary, where Piero della Francesca’s famous work ‘The Ressurection’ can be admired. Other nearby towns are in easy reach for those wishing to venture further afield with Perugia, Assisi, Cortona and Gubbio all approximately one hour from the house.
Ground Floor: Open plan living/dining room (DVD, CD, iPod dock) with doors to dining terrace. Kitchen (dishwasher). Central heating throughout the house (payable locally).
First Floor: Double bedroom with en suite shower room and door to upper terrace. Twin bedroom with door to upper terrace. Double/twin bedroom as required. Bathroom.
Independent exterior access to:
Second Floor: Double bedroom with en suite shower and door to large private terrace.
Outside: Separate utility room (washing machine). Open grounds of lawn, mature trees and shrubs. Barbecue. Private parking.
Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with corner steps. Open mid May to end September.