OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992

Restored Farmhouse with Private Pool and Panoramic Views

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,776 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Farmhouse in Castel Rigone, Umbria, Italy - Secluded and Peaceful Location in the Heart of the Umbrian Hills

The farmhouse sits in nine acres of countryside and has been restored to the highest standard using traditional materials. The 12m x 6m pool has an infinity edge looking over the valley to the south-west. The property is totally secluded and private with access from the village of Castel Rigone 2.8km away via a country track. Inside, the house is fully furnished and extremely well equipped with everything required for a relaxing and peaceful holiday. Many of Italy's most beautiful towns such as Cortona, Arrezzo, Siena, Assissi etc are within easy driving distance. The local village of Castel Rigone is a typical Umbrian hill-top village of largely medieval stone houses with breathtaking views of Lake Trasimeno some eight km distant. The village contains basic amenities such as small supermarket, pharmacy and two bars. Nearby Passignano on the shores of Lake Trasimeno contains a range of excellent restaurants and there is a regular ferry service to the islands on the lake.

bill marsden
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
8 July, 2017

About bill marsden

We are Bill and Margaret Marsden. Bill is a consulting engineer in the Oil and Petrochemical Industry and between us we run a Bed & Breakfast from our home in Northamptonshire. We bought Elceto as a complete ruin and used a local company to undertake the restoration.

bill marsden purchased this farmhouse in 2000

Why bill marsden chose Cortona area

We bought the house in Umbria because of the rural nature of the area, the peace and tranquility and the fact that it is less heavily "touristy" than Tuscany. Having said this however we are only just over the border from Tuscany and many places of interest such as Cortona, Arrezzo etc are only a short drive away. The local people in common with most Italians are extremely friendly and hospitable and the produce available including food and wine is invariably top quality. Over the years we have become friends with many families in the area which we regard as a particularly special privilege, especially with Alfio and his family who look after Elceto when we are away. Another friend Gianni who built the wrought iron gates to the property was the last person to be born there.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Elceto is in a rural setting off the beaten track and it is therefore extremely quiet and peaceful. We enjoy 360 degree views and no matter how many times we go to the house we never tire of the views over the valley in front and the hills beyond. There are around 60 olive trees close to the house and a stroll through the olive grove is a very happy and rewarding experience. It takes around 10 minutes to drive up the track to the village of Castel Rigone which is a beautiful typically Umbrian hill top village with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside and lake Trasimeno and also has a magnificent church. The music festivals in the village and also at nearby Preggio have provided some memorable moments too. In short Elceto is a magical, beautiful oasis of tranquility.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Dear Bill

Charlie and I have just returned from a wonderful holiday at your beautiful home in Castel Rigone. The house is so beautifully comforatble and the views were breath taking. We did very little other than relax by the pool as the weather was very hot. It was idyllic!"

"Dear Bill

We had a truly wonderful break in your beautiful home. Alfio, despite our lack of Italian was extremely helpful in settling us in, the position of the house is perfect, we spent hours just gazing at the vistas both front, back and sides.

You were quite right in respect of peace, not a peep from any quarter. We had an aerial display one morning by (I think) a hunting Goshawk, stunning."

"Hello Bill And Margaret,

Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at

your beautiful Casa Elceto with Norman and Angela. The facilities were more than

adequate and very charming. We could have stayed another week! June even

took a dip in the pool."
Jan 2008
  • 1 of 1


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Cortona in Province of Arezzo

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1776 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, toilet and huge antique stone wash basin. Family bathroom with cast iron bath, shower compartment, toilet and antique stone wash basin. Ground floor bathroom with shower, toilet and antique wash basin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed and en-suite bathroom and external balcony. Bedroom 2 with king-size double bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds which can be joined to make a large double.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Notes on accommodation: The property is heated by underfloor heating on the ground floor with radiators upstairs. Approximately 3 acres of the grounds are securely fenced. Outside: Outside the house is a large patio made from reclaimed Roman Road, and this year a large veranda has been added to provide shade for alfresco meals. The 12m x 6m pool is totally private and has stunning views from it's infinity edge. Approx 3 acres of ground have been securely fenced and there is an ancient Olive Grove in which to wander. The area immediately next to the house is lawned and there is a herb garden close by. There is also a vegetable plot tended by an Italian friend and guests are welcome to sample the produce. Near the pool is an annexe which has a built in barbeque and wood fired oven, ideal for pizzas or more adventurous dishes such as porchetta! The countryside around the property is stunning and there are numerous paths and mule tracks through the surrounding woodland where guests can take anything from a short stroll to a serious walk. The local woods are famous for mushrooms in the early autumn. Utility Room: The Utility room next to the kitchen has Belfast type wash basin and there is a fully automatic washing machine, and store cupboards. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided and changed for each new arrival. Other: Outside there is an annexe with a further fridge/freezer, a built-in barbeque and wood fired bread oven. There is always an ample supply of logs.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

Restored Farmhouse with Private Pool and Panoramic Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Complete Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Of all the properties available to book we are so lucky to have found this secluded home. Within ten minutes of arriving we had decided that we will be returning. The moment you see the house appear from the track you fall in love with its still ambience set in the Italian Hills. Nipping out for provisions became an inconvenience to us as we didn't want to leave. Sun from rise to set, beautiful gardens, infinity pool, pizza oven...the list goes on. We expected a great holiday but didn't expect this, cant wait to be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Two weeks of beauty and quiet in Elceto

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for two wonderful weeks in Elceto and enjoyed it very much. The house is beautiful, inviting and fully equipped. The owners have left well planned instructions so that we felt comfortable using every area of the house as well as the infinity pool and the pizza oven outside. We had a chef come and teach us a cooking class in the well equipped kitchen which was a fabulous experience. The views are stunning and sunsets were truly beautiful. There are hiking paths nearby and the gravel road (about 3 km) from the house to the charming town of Castel Rigone is about a 30 minute walk. The owner was responsive to our questions and made us feel very welcome.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0


  • 5 of 5

Julie summed it up nicely! A 5-STAR property with all the comforts.

We are a Canadian family of 6 and had enough space for each of us. The pictures truly do not do the house justice as it has been made warm and welcoming with furnishings and pottery, fiction and non fiction books to read. We have rented many Villas over the past 5 years and this one is on our repeat list. I dare say we want to rebook now for next year for fear of waiting too long and missing out.

We arrived well after supper (Due to flight delay and Google Maps misleads) and Alfio was waiting patiently road side. The welcome package of Prosecco and basic necessities he brought was heaven after our long day. Marcello the local store owner stayed open for us so we could pick up things we would need for our evening.

The grill and pizza oven were well used and late night swimming under the stars was a daily event to end our evenings after long days of touring Cortona, Siena, Florence (go by train!) and other local areas.

Thank you Bill & Margaret for this amazing week and sharing your "paradise" with others to enjoy.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 5 of 5

The photographs simply cannot do this home justice. It is without question the nicest Italian villa we've stayed in (and we've stayed in many). From the spacious, cool, clean interior to the acres of garden with its superb infinity pool with unparelleled views, and the wood fired bbq and pizza oven. There are simply not enough superlatives to describe Elceto. It is remote so privacy is ensured whilst still being ideally located for jaunts to some of the most beautiful towns and villages in Umbria. There are local markets a-plenty (get there early) and restaurants in abundance. There are plentiful fish restaurants around the lake, and our particular favourite is Trattoria Del Pescatore in Passignano. (booking recommended) But to be honest, you'd struggle to get a bad meal in this area. But for us, unquestionably, the highlight is cooking at home on the forno, watching the sun set, the fireflies flutter and with a hefty glass of red! I'm almost reluctant to leave a review as I want to keep this plot of heaven our secret!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Most memorable family vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed at the villa during the summer of 2014. Every aspects of the vacation surpassed our expectations and was absolutely outstanding. Bill was extremely helpful with all his instructions and recommendations, which we are extremely grateful for. The views are unbeatable - waking up to the infinity pool and panoramic views were just breathtaking.

While the villa itself is secluded allowing for the utmost privacy and tranquility, the location is ideal for making day trips to other areas which gives it the perfect balance for an unforgettable vacation.

We made day trips to areas like Florence, Pisa, Cortona - visiting Montepulciano is also a must!

The villa and the grounds are extremely well maintained. Couldn't have asked for anything better - would love to visit again. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a scenic, tranquil getaway in a gorgeous rustic Italian setting.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anjum That is so kind,thank you and your family very much All the best Bill M
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
West Midlands

Umbrian paradise

  • 5 of 5

What a gem! Lost in the rolling countryside is the lovely Elceto farmhouse. Well equipped for all eventualities, tranquil, gorgeous views and sunsets. All supported by the diligent Alfio and his family.

The perfect holiday if you want to get away from hustle and bustle.

Good restaurants and a charming local shop cater for most eating needs. We wanted a tiramisu but the shop didn't have any so the enterprising shopkeeper called his wife and the next day she had made us a huge tiramisu which lasted three days! They don't do that at Sainsbury's.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Umbria lies in the heart of Italy so a drive to the coast would take up to 3 hours, however a 15 minute drive takes you to Lake Trasimeno and the numerous small towns and villages on it's shoreline. Passignano in particular is a delightful town with numerous restaurants and bars.


The nearest airport is Perugia (Ryanair from Stansted) which is a 45 minute drive away, however Ancona, Bologna Forli and Rome are only a 2 hours drive. Use of a car is essential due to the track to the house from Castel Rigone.


The nearest village Castel Rigone is 3 km up the track but notable towns such as Assissi, Perugia, Cortona etc are within an hour's drive and Siena within 2 hours.

Further Details:

Basic necessities can be obtained from the village supermarket, however for larger shopping needs there are large supermarkets, hardware shops and department stores in nearby Magione. Village markets such as at Magione and Tuoro are open on various days to supply top quality local produce. The are 3 "Cantinas" close by where you can buy excellent local wine at a range of prices direct from the producer!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Cortona, Arezzo Area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
summer 2017
25 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
autumn 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
For booking details please contact us by phone or email. A deposit will be required to secure the booking.

Changeover Day:
Preferred change-over day is Saturday but we can always discuss other options if required. Guests are requested to leave by 10:30 a.m. and to arrive not before 4:00 p.m and not later than 10.00 pm. For a stay of more than one week, the bed linen and towels will be changed on Saturday. The caretaker will arrive at 10:30 unless guests advise hime otherwise.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Enquire Now