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Beautifully restored Tuscan farmhouse - large pool & terrace, fantastic views



Updated: 09-Oct-2016
Covivoli - 4-5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, big pool, breathtaking views, wifi, close to beautiful Tuscan towns

This 100 year old farmhouse has been restored to a very high standard, with many original features, such as terracotta tile floors and wooden beamed ceilings, plus modern bathrooms and kitchen. Outside there is a shady pergola and a large sun terrace, leading directly to a 12x6m swimming pool. Set in 2 acres of olive, fig and cherry trees, Covivoli has magnificent uninterrupted views across rolling hills.

Covivoli is in eastern Tuscany near the border with Umbria. Close to the beautiful, historic towns of Caprese Michelangelo (Michelangelo's birthplace), Anghiari and Sansepolcro, it makes a perfect country retreat from which to explore. Choose from site-seeing in Assisi, Perugia, Sienna or Florence, a trip to one of the local markets or a night out any of the numerous superb local restaurants, or simply relax on the terrace, soaking up the views, the sun and a bottle of the local vintage.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Kate and Gareth live in Bristol with their two young children, Mathilda and George. Kate is a graphic designer and illustrator, and has her own successful business selling children's colour-in products worldwide. Gareth is a marketing manager.

We bought Covivoli in July 2003, seduced as much by the location as the potential of the house itself. With Mathilda just a toddler and George only 3 months old, we moved to Italy in 2004 to spend more than six months overseeing the complete renovation of both farmhouse and grounds. In 2005 we returned to England (to friends and family, and work), but we spend as much time as we can in Tuscany, often with a big group of friends, enjoying relaxing holidays and exploring new places. Our favourite months are May and June.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"Just wanted to say that we had a really great week. Having stayed in Covivoli before, we were a little worried that we might have imagined it was better than it was, but the house was just as perfect as we remembered it. It was lovely seeing Fernanda and Mario again. They really are fantastic at looking after you. They don't intrude but are so willing to do anything to make our stay better. Fernanda's cooking and cakes are a real treat."

"The house - really good accommodation at a reasonable price. We have stayed in numerous self catering villas, most of which we have booked through Owners Direct and this had been the nicest property we have ever stayed in. We love the simple, tasteful decor, furniture and bed linen. It easily accommodates eight people without feeling crowded and it is really well equipped with more than enough crockery, glasses, cooking utensils, etc. I don't think we have ever needed anything that wasn't there. The terrace outside is perfect for dining and we took full advantage of the herbs and figs from the garden. Table tennis proved a winner with our son."

"The pool - one of the nicest we have had as large enough for eight people to swim in, and a fantastic view."

"Restaurants - fantastic food at very reasonable prices. Buca is always a must for Sunday - we have been there 7 times over the last ten years and feel it just gets better every year."

"On behalf of my whole family I wanted to thank you for providing us with the opportunity to stay in your beautiful Tuscan home. While we were aware that the house, pool and garden would be no doubt special from the photos you had provided, we certainly weren’t prepared from what awaited us on arrival last Saturday. We all had such a lovely week, and Fernanda and Mario were so helpful, friendly and generous."

"We had a fantastic time at your lovely villa, we're all in agreement it was one of our best vacations ever! So thank you for that. A special thanks to Fernanda and Mario of course where you have truly found some marvellous people looking after your house and your guests."

"We are just back from Italy. We stayed a fortnight in your lovely house and we had a great time there. We enjoyed the fantastic views and loved the complete silence. Fernanda was so kind, her apple cake was great and her tiramisu just perfect. We definitely will recommend your house to our friends."
May 2005
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A quiet, relaxing spot with amazing views!

  • 4 of 5

There were 9 of us staying at Covivoli and the house provided plenty of room and space. The kids spent hours in the pool and exploring, while us Adults relaxed by the pool or had a lazy lunch outside.

If you are into cycling there were some great cycle routes and climbs nearby and we hired some bikes not to far away - only cost 100 Euros for the week which I thought was very good.

Most days we would venture out to a nearby town and check out the markets so there was lots to do. We loved the chapel where St Francis received the Stigmata (Chiusi della Verna) and also enjoyed Sansepolcro.

In short it was a great week at a special spot in Tuscany.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An amazing villa, beautifully restored, spacious, comfortable, clean and well stocked

  • 5 of 5

An amazing villa, beautifully restored, spacious, comfortable, very clean and well stocked with a great pool overlooking a wonderful valley . Its actually more gorgeous than the photos suggest!

The villa is out of the way and Covivoli was not on our sat nav so we would recommend following Gareth's written instructions very carefully, buying a detailed map and getting there in day light. That said its well located with some wonderful historic towns 30 minutes drive from the villa

Fernanda was lovely.

All in all we could not recommend this beautiful villa more highly

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect place for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

Our family, which includes three boys aged between 10 & 18, thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Covivoli.

We collected our car in Rome and found it to be a simple 3 hour drive to the house following the excellent instructions provided.

The house is in a beautiful location, and is very well equipped. We enjoyed cooking at the house and eating dinner under the pergola each evening.

The table tennis table was a massive hit, as was the pool, where our 10 year old learnt to overcome his fear of the deep end (which is deep - our 6ft4 son couldn't touch the bottom!) and also learnt to dive!! Watching the swallows coming in for a drink was amazing!

This really is a little bit or paradise in the middle of Italy. Quiet, completely private and surrounded by stunning scenery.

We enjoyed an amazing day trip to Florence and visited the beautiful village of Anghiari regularly, the boys very much enjoying the locally produced ice cream and pizzas.

The only down side to be aware of was that we were expecting air conditioning as this was listed, however this was not the case. Some of the rooms did have floor standing fans,

Fernanda looked after us well and baked us the most amazing apple cake. All in all this truly is a fabulous holiday destination and we hope one day to return.

David, Rachel and boys

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful family holiday

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this lovely property and we once again had a fantastic holiday. A perfect setting where time just seems to stand still. Our party included our two youngest grandchildren aged 3 and a half and 1 and a half who spent many happy hours in the swimming pool during the day and we enjoyed grown up time on the terrace in the evenings, enjoying a glass of wine, the amazing view and watching the fire flies. Would love to visit again one day - and would thoroughly recommend. Many thanks to Gareth and Kate and also to Fernanda who made us feel so welcome. Would love Fernanda's recipe for apple cake - just delicious and enjoyed by all.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Sympathetically restored with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

Three generations of our family spent two weeks at Covivoli and had a fantastic time. Gareth and Kate could not have been more helpful before we arrived, and once there, we were extremely well looked after by the lovely Fernanda. The villa is simple but functional with a modern kitchen, and well designed over three floors making providing a sense of privacy. The terrace is lovely with stunning views, and the table is easily able to seat 12 for long Italian lunches. We didn't find the lack of air conditioning really a problem. The local towns of Angiahri and Caprese provided culture, restaurants and fun. I cannot recommend this villa highly enough. We hope one day to return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Beautiful Property in a Beautiful Location

  • 5 of 5

Our party of 11, 6 adults and 5 children have just returned from a week long stay at Covivoli. The property certainly lived up to the photographs and description. It is the perfect retreat for a relaxing holiday and the owner's have done everything possible to achieve the balance between it being a rental property and their own home. It was great being able to use the toys, books and games available. We did not meet Mario but Fernanda was very friendly and helpful and her apple cake was gratefully received. The only downside to our holiday was the disappointing weather but hey ho maybe we'll just have to go back again. Many thanks Gareth and Kate.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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From the Owner

We loved Covivoli from the moment we set eyes on it. Yes, the house was falling down, and everything was overgrown, but its location, set in olive groves with fantastic views across the valley, secluded yet close to amenities, made it ideal. We already knew Tuscany well, having enjoyed many holidays there, but we both agreed this was our favourite part. It has everything: lovely countryside, historic towns, great restaurants and friendly people, and although well known to Italians, it sees few foreign tourists, which somehow makes it feel even more authentic and special. Now, after all the hard work renovating the house, re-landscaping and building the pool and pergola, our enthusiasm for Covivoli, the area and its people, has not diminished. In fact, the more we go, the more we love it.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Perugia at 90 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bar Boschetto, Caprese Michelangelo at 3 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Antagnolla Golf Club, Perugia at 75 Kilometres Nearest Train : Arezzo at 40 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : SS3bis (E45) at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Buca di Michelangelo, Caprese M. at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ski : The Alps and Dolomites at 400 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Lago Trasimeno at 80 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Great location for walking, horse-riding and cycling holidays. Cooking and pasta making courses are available from our housekeeper, Fernanda. (She is an experienced cook, and will often shop and cook dinner for you - arrange with her on arrival.) There are many many fantastic restaurants nearby. (Our house guide has more details, and Fernanda is happy to book for you.)

Travel: Use of a car is pretty much essential, although there is public transport (trains to Arezzo, buses to Anghiari and Caprese). Suitable airports include: Perugia - 1 hour; Rimini, Ancona & Bologna - all around 2 hours; Pisa & Rome - 2½ hours; and Venice - 3½ hours.


Caprese Michelangelo 3km. Pieve 10km. Anghiari 15km. Sansepolcro 20km. Perugia 90km. Siena 100km. Assisi 100km. Rimini 110km. Florence 120km.

Coast/Beach: West and East coasts reached in under two hours, Lake Trasimeno in an hour. (But remember, Covivoli has a big private swimming pool.)

Further Details:

Caprese Michelangelo has a small supermarket, pharmacy, doctor’s surgery, post office, bars, pizzeria, police station, bank and some fantastic restaurants. Pieve has a decent supermarket and Sansepolcro has a much wider selection of supermarkets and good shops and restaurants. In fact, there are many very good local restaurants within 10-15 minutes drive from the house. Several local markets can be found in local towns, our favourite being Anghiari on Wednesday mornings, but there are bigger ones further afield. Look out too for the various music, food and artisan festivals, farmers markets and antiques fairs that take place throughout the year in many of the local towns.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn Holiday 2016
22 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn / Winter 2016
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas / New Year 2016-17
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter / Spring 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Easter Holiday 2017
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Spring 2017
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer 2017
27 May 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

PLEASE NOTE: Due to high demand, we are only able to take bookings SATURDAY to SATURDAY during peak periods. (Autumn/Winter and Winter/Spring breaks of 3 or more days are possible.)

Arrival after 4pm, departure by 10am, unless arranged beforehand.

Prices include electricity, gas and water, weekly maid and pool service, bed linen, bath and pool towels, and a welcome pack (wine, coffee & tea, bread & butter, fruit, etc).

Special prices available for lets longer than 2 weeks and for last-minute bookings.. Please contact us for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Updated: 09-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

We've probably said enough already, but feel free to contact us if you want to know more. All we would like to add is a big, big thank you to Fernanda and Mario, who look after Covivoli for us. They are amazing. As the many amazing guest comments make clear, Covivoli would not be the same without our dear friends, Fernanda and Mario.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


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


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Lift ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef


  • children welcome ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 180 m²


  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Cot
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon, Double sofa bed in second living room next to double bedroom


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available


  • Notes on accommodation: Covivoli is ideal for adults wanting a private house with pool in a beautiful, tranquil setting with amazing views. It's also great for families with kids. There are lots of toys and games (eg boules and an outdoor table tennis table), and a double swing amongst the trees. The grounds and surrounding countryside offer lots of space to play and explore. Our housekeeper and her husband, Fernanda and Mario, live half a mile down the lane. They keep a low profile (unless you're lucky enough for Fernanda to bring you one of her wonderful apple cakes, or you've asked her to cook for you) but they are always available should you need any help or advice.

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