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

People12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Covivoli : 4-5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, big pool, amazing views, wifi, close to amenities & beautiful 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 12x6 metre (c.40x20 feet) swimming pool. Set in 2 acres of olive, fig and cherry trees, Covivoli has magnificent, uninterrupted views across the Tuscan 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 Arezzo, Cortona, Perugia, Sienna, Assissi 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.

Covivoli has 3 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom and a second living room with a good quality sofabed, sleeping 10 adults comfortably. There are 2 travelling cots for babies plus a spare single mattress, so Covivoli can accommodate a maximum of 12-13 people/children/babies.

More Details

Owner
Gareth Edmunds
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, Italian, Happy to try to converse in any European language!
Calendar last updated:
14 September, 2017

About Gareth Edmunds

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.

Gareth Edmunds purchased this farmhouse in 2003

Why Gareth Edmunds chose Anghiari - Sansepolcro area

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.

What makes this farmhouse unique

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.

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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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Caprese Michelangelo in Province of Arezzo

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Lift ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time at Covivoli and were a little anxious that it had not changed from the picture we still had in our mind of our first time there, especially since we were taking some family with us this time. We need not have worried. It was still wonderful and the family loved it. The setting of this place is just so amazing. The views are still magnificent and the house is comfortable and very easy to live in. The patio was everyone's favourite and we had some great evenings there, eating, drinking and having fun together. The pool is a great area for the children and the adults to relax around too. Thank you for keeping this place as is. We love it and can't wait to go back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Newcastle upon Tyne
5

Beautiful farmhouse in stunning location

  • 5 of 5

Our third stay at Covivoli and it was every bit as good as we remembered it. The house is lovely - spacious, spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The pool and surrounding area were great for relaxing and the covered eating terrace gave a welcome respite from the endless sunshine. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and totally unspoilt by tourism and there are numerous local places to eat, offering delicious Tuscan cuisine, at reasonable prices. If you are looking for a totally relaxing, get away from it all holiday, it would be hard to find a nicer place to stay than Covivoli.

It is set in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, in a remote hamlet and a car is therefore essential for getting around. If you can tear yourself away from the pool, there are numerous towns and villages to visit in the vicinity, either for eating out or wandering around, taking in the local history and the area is served by good supermarkets.

We would thoroughly recommend a stay at Covivoli and definitely want to return for another visit in the not too distant future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Szczecin
5

great place!!!

  • 5 of 5

Home is wonderfully located and very comfortable. The pool is great and views are outstanding Tuscany seems to be a paradise on earth (especially food, people and climate).

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A beautiful, tranquil haven

  • 5 of 5

The location is perfect, so peaceful yet close to lovely villages. The house is stunning and has everything you could need and is very much a home from home. Really can't fault it.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Rapture in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay in this wonderful villa. The scenery was breathtaking with mountains, olive trees, fig and cherry trees surrounding the property. I brought a book to read but it was difficult to concentrate with the breathtaking views. It was a convenient to drive to the town of Pieve St. Stefano for grocery shopping and other local stores and restaurants. Everyone in town was very friendly and helpful as our Italian was very limited. We had everything we needed in this beautiful home. Plenty of supplies, towels utensils, etc. The bedrooms were very spacious and beds were very comfortable. We had a beautiful and spacious veranda to eat breakfast on every morning and to enjoy in the evening. Not sure if you planned it this way, but the very first evening an absolutely huge moon appeared over the mountains. What a great start to our first evening! Gareth and Kate have a book of detailed information of restaurants and towns to visit and how long it takes to get to each one. I also loved the information on your home, with the details and pictures of the renovations you did on the house. We were even able to use the swimming pool a couple of days, which is unusual this early in the season (May). Cinzia, the housekeeper, was wonderful and helped us with anything we needed. On the day before we left she made us the best raviolis stuffed with ricotta and spinach with a bolognese sauce! We loved it! There is not one thing I could add to this wonderful vacation. Gareth and Kate, thank you for making this beautiful memory possible for us. We are hoping to come back soon and stay longer.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Covivoli Such a beautiful villa in a wonderful area of Tuscany Villa had everything we needed and it felt so peaceful We would certainly stay again and would recommend others to visit

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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Location

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

Special interest holidays:

Great location for walking, horse-riding and cycling holidays. Cooking and pasta making courses are available. Cinzia, our housekeeper, is an experienced cook (he runs a local restaurant), 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.)

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.

Distances:

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.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Caprese Michelangelo, Arezzo Area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Autumn 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,250
for 7 nights
£1,250
 
 
Autumn Holiday 2017
21 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,450
for 7 nights
£1,450
 
 
Autumn / Winter 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£750
for 3 nights
From
£250
£1,250
 
 
Christmas / New Year 2017/18
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,450
for 7 nights
£1,450
 
 
Winter / Spring 2018
6 Jan 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
£750
for 3 nights
From
£250
£1,250
 
 
Easter Holiday 2018
24 Mar 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,650
for 7 nights
£1,650
 
 
Late Spring 2018
7 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,550
for 7 nights
£1,550
 
 
Early Summer 2018
26 May 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,850
for 7 nights
£1,850
 
 
Summer 2018
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,250
for 7 nights
£2,250
 
 
Late Summer 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,650
for 7 nights
£1,650
 
 
Autumn 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,450
for 7 nights
£1,450
 
 
Autumn Holiday 2018
20 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,550
for 7 nights
£1,550
 
 
Autumn / Winter 2018
27 Oct 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£750
for 3 nights
From
£250
£1,250
 
 
Christmas / New Year 2018/19
15 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,450
for 7 nights
£1,450
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£2,250
for 7 nights
£2,250
 

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 small welcome pack.

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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