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Majestic stone villa with infinity pool which sweeps you into forested hills

People12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Farmhouse in Arezzo / Anghiari Tuscany, Italy - Seemingly secluded at the end of a long gravel road but within reach of charming historic cities

Campicci is a delightful and traditional stone villa at the end of a gravel road which winds its way up to the villa from the village of Chiaveretto, on the main road between Arezzo to Anghiari. It is eco friendly with powerful solar heating and its own spring water.

The setting is magnificent – absolute tranquility among the forested hills that surround you, its stone walls keeping you surprisingly cool even with a ferocious sun outside. A wonderful infinity pool sweeps you into the surrounding hills. A toddler safe fence can be added for an additional cost. There are olive groves, orchards, and plenty of forest to wander through. Lots of bird and animal wildlife. Connections to famous Apennine walks and bike trails. The house is stocked with a fine mix of antique furniture including a magnificent billiards table, set in its own room with hundreds of books, cd's videos and games. A brand new kitchen leaves nothing to be desired. Eco friendly, hot water provided by efficient solar system while tap water comes from a spring under the ground, and is so desirable that villagers come to a source just outside the gate to replenish their water bottles. There’s a large banquet table inside, another in the garden plus two further round garden tables and a stone barbecue. Hidden in the billiards room is an ancient bread oven, perfect for pizza making if you don’t mind hauling your firewood up the stone staircase to the first floor.

There are beautifully coloured Tuscan dining plates and fine wine glasses. Two flat screen televisions and two stereos with plenty of music to choose from or use your iPod. There is an all weather table tennis in the garden, other bats and balls, and even some golf clubs to knock a few balls around although please don't chop up the lawn and stay clear of the delicate solar panels.

Here is a rough layout of the house. Firstly the main house. On the ground floor is the living room, a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, the kitchen, and the dining room with its banquet table and extra lounge chairs to enjoy the view into the forest. Both the living room and dining room have superb wood fires, and there is plenty of wood stacked outside near the large parking area. There is a laundry which stays very warm and is excellent for drying clothes overnight because the stored water from the solar panels keeps it that way. There is an extra little room here (for clothes and suitcase storage)which also has a single bed.

Up the stone staircase you come to two bedrooms. The one on the left has a double bed and two windows with wonderful views. The second bedroom is configured with twin beds but an extra mattress can be added to make it a real double. It looks out on the forest to the rear.

These two rooms share a modern bathroom with huge college shower.

You then pass through the billiard room (another stereo here) to the main bedroom. Its almost a mini apartment because it is isolated. Great views. Dressing room. Big bathroom with bath and college shower.

Then there is the annex. Great place for teenagers. Downstairs there is a three quarter bed and a sofa with flat screen tv and surround sound, wood fire, kitchenette with gas stove and a small ‘fridge. Winding wooden stairs (not for the elderly) take you to the first floor bedroom (twin beds) and a large bathroom.

Just outside the dining room is the perfect place to sit around the white marble round table to watch the sunset. You can bring over another table if needed. The barbecue is nearby.

In late August you can eat figs from the tree.

Not far from the end of the road is the village of Chiassa Superiore where there is a bar with free wi-fi. You get a whole lunch here including coffee for only 10 euros (primo, secondo, contorno and water). But just across the bridge is a slice of heaven – the deli run by Patricia. Top quality fruit and veges, some basic supermarket supplies, and lots of home made goodies from ravioli to wood fired cooked chick peas, hams and cheeses. It’s a joy to come and shop here and chat about anything from the weather to politics. That’s me chatting to the owner in the profile photo. There’s a butcher and a baker in the village, plus a post office and bar.

There are so many places to visit I can not list them all here, but needless to say Anghiari and Arezzo with their fascinating historic centres are each only 20 mins away. Then there’s Sansepolcro with the fresco which Aldous Huxley says is the best painting in the world and so much more. Siena isn’t that far, Florence is a 40 min train ride away (to avoid the parking hassles) and the airports of Pisa, Florence and Perugia are all accessible.

Its a short drive to Michelangelo's birthplace, Arezzo has a famous monthly antique market (weekend of the first Sunday of each month) and if you miss that there are still impressive antique stores around the main square. Naturally there are detailed instructions about where to eat to suit every taste. Please lock up the main gate at night to stop deer coming into the garden and eating my plants. As you arrive on the gravel road there is a pond in the forest to your left where for years a grey heron stands looking for food crawling in the mud.

Scan the skies for birds of prey diving into the forest. Listen to owls at night and the occasional frog orchestra.The deer grunt in the right season and foxes bark. House martins skim over the pol gobbling up mosquitoes. There are very few of them in the house. The lavender plants attract an amazing variety of bees and butterflies, including wild bees which most people may never have seen.

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch
Calendar last updated:
14 June, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Didn't have a chance to thank you for the help you gave us and for the wonderful experience in your gorgeous house.We loved all of it. The house, the great furniture, the kitchen, also your CD and DVD collection. The garden and pool are also gorgeous as are the quiet hills with early birdsong.

G Simmonds Jun 2012

“This is our second visit and we think its becoming a tradition! The setting is a real little paradise, absolutely quiet and private with the lovely thick stone walls keeping it cool. Lovely mix of antique furniture and modern facilities like the new kitchen and the mix is just right between leaving a house sufficiently empty for the renters while keeping personal touches which add to its charm - not to mention your eclectic taste in books, music, and magazines left for us to devour.We LOVE LOVE it.This is a true piece of heaven on earth.”

B. Helmer July

We loved being secluded within this prime hillside position. This is the Tuscany dreams are made of! S. Conway
Mar 2008
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Arezzo in Arezzo Area

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , new bathroom with spacious shower area
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , new ensuite bathroom to lower bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , very spacious bathroom exclusive to main room
    bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , new - spacious shower zone
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1st bathroom spacious delectable bath, wc, bidet separate college shower. 2nd. New. Large shower area, basin, toilet and bidet. Used by bedrooms 2+3. 3rd ground floor brand new black slate big shower wc and basin. 4th Annex large shower room wc bidet 5th ensuite shower and toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed , three quarter size bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , can be double if required
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 11/12 Notes on bedrooms: 1. Main bedroom. Queen with 160cm dressing room, views over property fields.Own bathroom. 2. Double width 140mm, white brass bed views from two windows over fields and forest.Shares shower room with 3. 3. Queen width 160mm looks over rear forest 4. Ground floor brass three quarter size bed. Forest. ensuite shower room. 5. Annex upstairs twin wooden beds can be doubled - looks onto garden through French windows. Other window to forest. Big bathroom next door. 6. Annex downstairs two single beds and now with new ensuite.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: The house has magnificent solid stone walls so is cool in summer. The dining area is the favourite gathering space because of its large windows looking onto the forest and its comfortable sitting area near or at, the table. Solid antique wooden banquet table seats ten. Wood burner for chilly evenings and Hi Fi with input for ipod. Downstairs living room has new Sony Bravia 42" flatscreen with Blue Ray player. Local freesat includes BBC World. Many DVDs (some blu ray) to choose. Up the magnificent stone staircase is the second living room with 8 x 4 foot billiard table, viewing high chairs, sofa and spare extra single bed. The main bedroom with antique bedhead and ceiling fan is almost an apartment closed off with its dressing room and large bathroom.The second bedroom with double bed (white antique brass) is more compact but romantic with views on two sides. Third bedroom has rear view on forest - double bed and antique solid work table.These last two bedrooms share the new bathroom. Outside: The lower floor leads out onto charming garden with view of hills. There is a long table which can be moved to find shade from cypress trees. Two other outdoor tables one wood moveable the other white marble outside dining area immobile. There are two good mountain bikes. You can wander up dirt tracks immediately behind the house through rich forests where deer are raised. Deer can be seen from the garden in the evening. All-weather table tennis table with new quality bats (aug 2012) and new badminton set. Stone steps lead to the annex then down to the infinity pool 12 x 6 metres. Total privacy - no ugly structures to spoil the virgin forest. Owners will leave behind their favoured games including chess, backgammon, dominoes, cards, scrabble, monopoly, and mah jong. A large number of DVDs, some blu-rays, and CDs are also left out on trust. New free standing barbecue structure. Two pool umbrellas provide shade either on stone deck or grass side of pool.Pool spring water cold/hot shower Utility Room: Large utility room houses main heating elements including boiler from solar panels, pumping system for spring water, plus two new washing machines, iron with board.Hang clothes here overnight to dry as heat from solar system keeps room warm and dry. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: House is professionally cleaned before arrival and cleaning fee of €130 is applicable on departure. Clean sheets and towels are provided according to need at start of holiday. Extra sheets or towels available from linen cupboard. Extra cleaning available. Other: Dining room massive windows to forest. Large banquet table 10 chairs, sofa, antique cabinet for glasses and dishes, hi fi and cds. Wood burner for chilly autumn evenings. The favourite hang-out room for most adults. Plenty of indoor games.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

5

A wounderfull vacation in a magnificent house

  • 5 of 5

We had a wounderfull vacation i this beautiful house. We was 3 families whit 2 adults and 2 children. The house was perfekt because every family could have there own space and we could alo eat together all 12 both in and out. The pool had a perfekt size and the children loved the tilt.

The owners is very helpfull both before and during the stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Absolutely fantastic house in a gorgeous Tuscan location.

  • 5 of 5

This is a really special house - incredibly comfortable and well equipped. The infinity pool is really spectacular with an astonishing view - sometimes you are swimming looking onto deer grazing in the meadows below! The diving board makes it extra good fun for teenagers! There is everything in the house you need. The kitchen is well organised - and there is plenty of space for large groups to eat together - both inside and outside the house. The beds are extremely comfy - and the shutters keep the rooms nice and dark and cool. The location is excellent - you can reach Arezzo easily for shopping and sightseeing - and Siena and Florence are easily reached for a day trip. The house itself is reached by a ten minute drive up a rough, steep but scenic track. The local deli in the nearby village is a treasure trove of delicious local produce and wine! John was always available on his mobile for any little queries, and the property was clean and well fitted out. There is Wi-Fi - a must for teenagers! All in all, a brilliant place to spend a holiday - highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Magical

  • 5 of 5

Stunning location, beautiful property that felt like someones home rather than a holiday let. If you're looking for complete peace, quiet and tranquillity then this is the place for you. The house is not overlooked by any other properties and is fairly remote (which we loved!). It was stocked with everything that you would need and was incredibly comfortable. Both outdoor and indoor cooking and eating are catered for - all of the bedrooms are stylish and roomy. I had both my family (including young children) and a group of friends with me, the biggest problem we had each day: what to eat and drink and when to start: heaven!

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Special

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in a lot of Italian Villas but this one really stands out. The setting is incredibly tranquil, the house wonderfully comfortable and the view from the pool is quite simply mind blowing - enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Heavenly

  • 5 of 5

This is a slice of paradise in the Tuscan countryside. John and Anne were wonderful hosts and easy to make arrangements with. The property lives up to its photos. It's charming, very comfortable, private and beautiful. It makes a perfect base to explore Umbria and Tuscany. My friends and I loved every minute of our stay there and hope to return. I couldn't recommend it more highly!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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France
5

Dream house in southern Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Surrounded by forest. Glorious starry nights. Rise early to see deer browse in the dew. House, pool, kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms spotless, comfortable and perfectly equipped. Owner charming and delivers on all things promised. Found we could escape foreign tourist crowds by visiting nearby San Sepulcro, Anghiaria and other sights where Italians themselves go for summer. First visit was with friends of all ages, and returning this year (2015) with extended family. House perfectly secluded and private at end of gravel road, and no public transport or shops within walking distance, so car an absolute must, but shops of all sorts within easy drive, from family grocery with fresh local produce all the way through huge supermarket with all anyone would need. Easyjet flies to Pisa, about 2 hours by car.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
June 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,500
for 7 nights
£2,500
 
 
July
1 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,200
for 7 nights
£3,200
 
 
August 2017
29 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,400
for 7 nights
£3,400
 
 
Sept 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,500
for 7 nights
£2,500
 
 
October 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,200
for 7 nights
£2,200
 
 
summer 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,500
for 7 nights
£2,500
 
 
summer 2018
23 Jun 2018 - 27 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
£3,200
for 7 nights
£3,200
 
 
summer 2018
28 Jul 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£3,400
for 7 nights
£3,400
 
 
summer 2018
25 Aug 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,600
for 7 nights
£2,600
 
 
summer 2018
15 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,500
for 7 nights
£2,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£2,500
for 7 nights
£2,500
£6,000
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
Secure booking of house with deposit of 25% of total. Full amount must be received one month before arrival. Cancellation within reason - negotiate with owner. Damages deposit of €400 payable before entry and returned within five days of departure. Cleaning fee of €130. I have so far never not returned a full deposit, despite an extensive array of breakages. I keep it high mainly against damage to the billiard table for which it would prove only a meagre contribution.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is traditional changeover day but am open to anything. I must insist on departure by 10 from the main house on changeover days. Flexible if no new guests arriving and you can always stay longer at the pool. Arrival strictly after 1500. Extra nights work out at slightly less than daily calculation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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