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villa with roof terrace, magical views, infinity jacuzzi, lovely terraced garden

Overview

Property

Updated: 24-Jul-2016
2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apt. with roof terrace and expansive mountain panorama

This was the village's great barn and granary, now converted into a three floor family home. It stands above the valley where from very early times, corn was sown and harvested. Even in an area of so much natural beauty the view is unrivalled, and the top floor has been designed with a roof terrace so that you can truly absorb its wonderful peace and tranquility. It is an observation post, an observatory even. There is a big reflector telescope at hand if you have some experience. At night you can dine al fresco under the stars; by day relax, sunbathe unseen, and enjoy a cooling roof-top shower. Honeymooners love the feeling of being in their own private world. In fact the barn is spacious.

From the hilltop on the NE side there are 6 steps to the entrance, but from the roof terrace on the SW elevation, where the hill slopes down to the valley, you look out from third floor level.

The Long Barn sleeps 4. There are two en suite bedrooms, a twin and a double which opens onto the roof terrace. They are situated at either end of the apartment and are separated by a large airy sitting room and a dining kitchen. .An additional double en suite bedroom for €25 a head per night, is on the floor below in a lovely suite with beams, ancient stone- work and huge fireplaces.

There is private parking outside. The villa is close to the road.and has beautiful terraced gardens with a sunken jacuzzi and the option of hydro massage therapy. Last but not least there is a wonderful, traditional cook in the next village who would be happy to make you a meal on request, and will show you how to make pasta just for the pleasure of it.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I spent my early childhood in Essex during WW2, later moving with my family to Leicestershire where I was educated and became a member of Leicestershire Youth Orchestra. Although my interests were centred in art and music I was directed towards teaching. Later I travelled, lived for 2 years in Bahrain, and eventually as a mature student realised my ambition to study Sculpture and Fine Arts .

In the early nineties I moved to Italy.My elderly mother came to live with me and I continued to carve stone and model clay for small bronzes - when I could find time from working on the house and garden. Life was busy.

For some years I had hopes of my children joining me but it was impracticable and now I am keen to use the villa as a place for activities and pursuits, like painting and music- making, walking and cycling. There is so much accommodation here it is starting to become a place where friends, guests and helpers meet - and talk in many different languages .

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Speaks English, French, Russian, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

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We discovered Simonicchi in 2011 and came back in 2015. Then and now it struck us as a place where one finds unspoilt nature, tranquility and comfortable accommodation in a beautifully restored old farmhouse looking out into a green and peaceful valley.

We enjoyed sitting in the mediterranean garden and discovering Jennys sculptures wich were carefully arranged in various parts of the garden.

We also enjoyed walking and hiking around Simonicchi and also visiting beautiful old villages and towns in that part of Tuscany.

Last but not least, Jenny our host, was most welcoming and helpful and Vittorio is a wonderful chef.
Jun 2015
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6 Reviews

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5

Large Apartment with a wonderful view and host

  • 5 of 5

The apartment in the hamlet of Simonicchi - a collection of atmospheric houses and very welcoming people perched among the wooded hills. It is large, tastefully furnished, and has all one would want for a relaxing holiday. Jenny is an excellent host who went out of her way to make sure we enjoyed our stay. The roof terrace with its provides ever changing panoramic view over the wooded hills and neighbouring villages is a highlight of this property. Thank you for the hospitality everyone we had a lovely time.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 'Perched among the wooded hills', is the gem of a description - why did I never think of it? Certainly you got the best out of Simonicchi's central location, with your love of hill walking and your cultural visits to the towns and cities. It was useful to get your reminder of the high fashion outlets near Florence where you can go to a shopping mall selling Gucci, Ferragamo, Cavalli, Armani, Valentino and Prada. I think the reason the Simonicchi residents took you to their hearts is because in you they found a real Renaissance family . Thank you A & E & S.
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5

Stunning holiday

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my two children (11 and 14) as I really needed a get away from it all holiday with peace and quiet, great wine and good food. I chose wisely! Stunning place, my host was thoughtful and approachable, it is a place to experience the real Italy.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is certainly a great place to relax - for adults - but what do you do for the children? These children went to beautiful little hill town of Anghiari with stunning churches opening off its tiny roads, to museums in enormous, ancient palazzi, to fairy tale town walls festooned with flowers, to the eco zoo at Poppi, to watch the dancing after a pizza supper at Il Boscetto, to village markets, to eat at Mario's............but best of all they walked down the mountain roads with Bianca my dog, to play in the river shallows at Bachanella.
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5

A romantic and idyllic corner of Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

The warm welcome from Jenny was a lovely start to our holiday in Simonicchi. Sunglasses are a must when taking breakfast on the roof terrace, with stunning views across the valley to the tree covered mountains beyond. The Villa is clean, tidy, well equipped and with many books available to choose from. The beds are very comfortable and the shower is such a blessing in the heat! Excellent restaurants in Lama and Caprese a few minutes down the road in the car. There are wonderful walks nearby, so get the guide maps from the helpful lady in the Tourist Information in Chiusi. See Michelangelo's birthplace in Caprese and St Francis' sanctuary at La Verna. Beautiful old town of Anghiari is not too far and further afield make time to visit Poppi, Assisi and Arezzo. Florence is 2 hours away but suggest parking at Arezzo and taking the (fast) train on to Florence. We would recommend the Villa to friends and family, and hope to return ourselves. Thank you Jenny for a wonderful and relaxing honeymoon in this romantic and idyllic corner of Tuscany.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is a special treat to have honeymooners staying here and to see their pleasure when they realise just what an idyllic spot they have managed to pick. It truly is romantic - a bit like starting married life overlooking the garden of Eden....and almost as private. The roof terrace mentioned by the reviewer has its own shower, and the jacuzzi in the garden can be used simply to sit in and relax. Several years ago other happy honeymooners wrote; ‘The accommodation is absolutely superb, the surroundings breathtaking and places of interest to be explored endless! - all of which contributed to a wonderful honeymoon. Once again thank you….’ Dominic and Vanessa, Kent
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5

Lovely stay in a hidden part of Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Villa Monteverdi is indeed surrounded by green hills which gives one the impression of being in Umbria instead of Tuscany. From the windows and the balcony one has an uninterrupted view of these hills. When we were there in the beginning of June one could hear the sounds of the birds such as the cuckoo but also the sound of the deer challenging each other in the valley below. At night, if you are lucky, you can see dozens of fireflies. The owner Jennifer Barnard is very hospitable and she will do anything to make you feel at home. She is a sculptress and inside as well as outside you can find proof of her work which adds to the attractiveness of the place. If you play a musical instrument don't hesitate to bring it along. Jennifer plays the flute herself and she would love to play with other people!

Simonicchi, which is a hamlet of only a couple of houses at a cul-de-sac, is situated at about half an hour's drive from San Sepolchro. Città di Castello and Arezzo are also within easy reach. You can also visit the sanctuary of La Verna where Saint Francis received the stigmata. The little town of Anghiari near San Sepolchro is considered to be among the 10 most beautiful medieval places in Italy. It is even possible to visit Perugia or Florence.

It is very challenging countryside for cyclists and the are various opportunities for making long walks. As for restaurants we could recommend 'Il Refugio' in Lama (only 4 km away) and for a good pizza you should go to 'Il Bosschetto' in Caprese Michelangelo, the birthplace of the great painter (only 6 km away).

All in all our stay in Villa Monte Verdi was an unforgettable experience!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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full immersion relaxation

  • 5 of 5

The house is delightful, beautifully restored while maintaining its historical character. The views are fantastic, stretching across the valley to the wooded mountains. A painter is spoiled for choice, but probably, like me, won't need to go beyond the terraced garden to find inspiration. The owner is happy to advise visitors about venues and is always ready to help solve any problems that arise.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This professional watercolourist produced some beautiful work, full of atmosphere, during her stay at my house. The light on the side of a mountain is particularly clear, lending itself to the transparency of watercolour, and the sky scape which is vast and changeable is often as inspiring as the hills and mountains. Piero della Francesca was born locally and the strange 'medieval' landscapes of the Casentino National Park remind one vividly of his work. For anyone who would like support and instruction, tuition is available at modest cost, and you can spend happy mornings painting al fresco in venue of your choice.
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The perfect spring break

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful break in a tranquil and relaxing part of Italy with the perfect

hostess. The views are stunning from Simonicchi inspiring us to walk down

the valley, fording a rustic wooden bridge to climb up through the chestnut

trees to Fragiola where we bought freshly made Easter cake to eat in the

sun. After a cold beer in Lama, Jenny kindly picked us up and took us back

for lunch al fresco. Wonderful memories of the space, light and freedom of

the place. A joy not to hear the sound of traffic or planes, just birdsong.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is truly the most tranquil of settings.It is a view that can lift the cares from your shoulders as it did for me the first time I saw it. These are the slopes of the Apennines sweeping down to the valley floor; said to be the best preserved forests in Europe. The chestnut groves are owned and tended by the local families, and the harvesting is one of the oldest communal activities still existing.The festival of The Golden Chestnut takes place in October.
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Location

From the Owner

When I first walked under the arch to find the barn I came upon a vast, forested hillside hidden from the top road. It took my breath away. Rather like walking into a cathedral, it awed me and gave me a feeling of great peace and serenity. I was staying with friends in their Tuscan farmhouse, wanting to see something of Italy after finishing my sculpture course but still finding it difficult to come to terms with a personal grief. This was the moment of change. My friends asked me if I would like to buy the barn (it only needed the roof repairing they said) At first I had no interest in the barn, but because I had fallen in love with the view, I was eventually unable to say no.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Perugia at 67 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Lama at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Viareggio at 88 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Poppi at 21 Kilometres Nearest Train : Sansepolcro. Arezzo at 20 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Pieve Santo Stefano at 6 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Lama at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Abetone at 120 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Cattolica at 44 Kilometres Car: necessary

This is an area that allows you to explore city and countryside alike; from a central base in Caprese Michelangelo, known from Florence to Rome for its restaurants and delicious traditional cuisine. Porcini mushrooms and truffles feature high on the menu at Mario's - just a few minutes away..

Truffles and funghi are found in the woods fields and along the network of tracks, running through the hills.

Across the valley from the villa the slopes are covered with groves of sweet chestnuts, cultivated and marketed by the local people. This is a lovely place to walk or ride a mountain bike. It is full of wild fruits, berry fruits, cyclamen, crocus and primroses. in season. Caprese holds a Chestnut Festival on two weekends in mid October.

It was on this network of paths that St. Francis walked from village to village, preaching and begging alms. The dramatic mountain sanctuary where he received the stigmata is only a few kilometres up the road. It is full of lovely blue and white Della Robbia reliefs, and surrounded by a forest of soaring beeches. It is a centre of world pilgrimage, a landmark in the story of spiritual faith, and needs to be seen.

The sanctuary is on the edge of the mountain basin of the Casentino National Park- place of strange medieval landscapes like those in the paintings of Piero della Francesca, who was born in nearby Sansepolcro. Be sure to visit the museum there and go to on to Arezzo and Monterchi where much of his work is housed.

As the birthplace of Michelangelo Buonarotti, the famous sculptor, and painter of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Caprese Michelangelo's name is known worldwide. You can see the ceiling in the Vatican Museum in Rome, or, if you go to Florence which is nearer,you will find his great statue of 'David' looking out over the city from the Piazzale Michelangelo.There is much more of his work in the Accademia Galleria but don't miss the little museum at Caprese Castle with many other sculptors represented and with videos to fill you in on his background.

There are many captivating places to walk, straight from the house which is on the marked route 'Escurzione Apennine,'The mountain region attracted many religiosi and the hills are full of fascinating chapels, hermitages and abbeys to call at.

The winding mountain roads offer fantastic road bike training. You can hire seasoned Gran Fondo competitor Nick to take you out. He will train and enter you for races if you wish, or you can just hire a bike and go it alone.These are superb roads for racing of any kind and nearby Pieve santo Stefano hosts car races, veteran and classic on the Chiusi della Verna road circuit.

Music festivals with international performers, choral and instrumental, and Master classes at Anghiari, Monterchi etc.Look up London Symphonia on internet to see their programme.

There are also organ recitals at La Verna Sanctuary free of charge

Pageants - the Palio at Siena, others at Arezzo and Sansepolcro and in towns and villages all over Tuscany.

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Facilities

From the Owner

The long line of buildings across the hilltop with an archway leading to the old road through the hills, was a different world. I loved the clean air and the pure light - and views I never wanted to leave.There was the chance of a lifetime to make a really big sculpture.The barn, crumbling and condemned, needed to be restored in a way that would still be in harmony with the beauty of the landscape. There was also a sense of living side by side with the past; close by the birthplace of Michelangelo; the wild mountain side where St. Francis had received the stigmata. The place still has a huge energy. I measured up the barn, drew plans, made a collapsible model in card when I got home, and sent it off to the builder back in Tuscany. After that things went slower and slower and slower..............

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 130 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 Barn Apartment - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 Barn Apartment - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, this is in the main villa

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, This bedroom opens onto the roof terrace.
  • 2 - 2 Single Bed, a quaint beamed bedroom situated above the arch
  • There is a third en suite double bedroom in the villa for €25 per head per night.

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis
  • 1 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Caprese is a caring ,family orientated community. People are ready to help visitors and are proud of their beautiful countryside and heritage. If you try to speak Italian they will love you for it.

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