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Restored Watermill with Rock Pools and Waterfall

People12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Watermill near San Giustino in tranquil foothills, close to historic towns

Perfect as a tranquil getaway for small groups or for an extended family, the accommodation is arranged on 2 levels which you can use together or independently - each level having own entrances and shaded portico/pergola. You can rent the whole molino, or for a more economical rate you can rent just the upper portico level alone (3 bedrooms) which is ideal for couples or for up to 7 people. Exclusive use assured.

Al fresco dining - deck and portico with bread oven, overlooking waterfall. Gentle clear stream with smooth rock pools for bathing. Wood burning stoves.

An ancient mill house, renovated in 1990, making a welcoming home while keeping its traditional chestnut beams, terracotta floors and ceilings.

Free Wi-Fi is available in the house.

Upper level:

* Living room, with windows opening to the view and sound of the little waterfall below. In this spacious room is a large dining table seating 8 comfortably, a wood burning stove, and a lounge area including sofa bed.

Games, CD player, and books provided. Telephone.

* 3 bedrooms: one double bedroom, 1 family bedroom with 1 double and 1 single bed; 1 bedroom having 2 single beds,

* kitchen - with door accessing the portico.

* generously sized bathroom with shower (no bath) and bidet

Lower level:

*living room with dining table seating 4, a wood stove and easy chairs.

*double bedroom with klng size bed

*kitchen, opening to pergola

* generously sized bathroom with wide shower (no bath) and bidet

* two additional folding beds are available if required

* separate laundry room

* supply of firewood for wood stoves.

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
13 September, 2017

About The Owner

We found this wonderful place in 1989 and spent many years slowly and lovingly restoring it. Three of the 4 of us are architects, so this was a fascinating pleasure, from which we learned a great deal about Italian building traditions.

This project has cemented our friendship and our love of Umbria, and our families have grown up to love the culture, people, cuisine, and wildlife here during our annual visits, when we have worked together on the restoration. It is a great place to consolidate friendships and families, as it has a special calm and beautiful magic all of its own.

We live and work in the north of England with our families, and visit our haven whenever we can. Occasionally we have spent longer here - to write, to design, and for our children to appreciate Italian ways.

The Owner purchased this house in 1990

Why The Owner chose Citta di Castello area

We love the beautiful hills, the drama of the hilltowns, the exquisite cultural traditions of the walled city of Sansepolcro, and the quiet discoveries of nature on the pathways of St Francis.

Family life is slow and gentle here, and there are few overseas visitors, so we find a warm welcome is extended to us. We are also able to learn from the rustic crafts and traditions, and the agrarian way of life.

It's a place we love to return to

Guestbook comments from the owner

If you are looking for holiday where Peace, Quiet and Rustic are your first three keywords then Molino Meocci should come high on your list. We, three generations, seven months to seventy plus years old chose to holiday here and we were not disappointed. This 18th century water mill, lovingly restored, is actually split into two apartments which are interconnecting.

The mill itself is situated a couple of kilometres outside the small town of San Giustino in the foothills of the Apennines on a road that goes nowhere for motor traffic but is an ideal starting point for hikers and bike riders. The river, easily accessible from the mill provides for an adventure playground for the youngsters, (supervision needed!). Ours would have been willing to spend every day there, but the adults had other plans. We hiked up the hill following the clearly marked hiking trail quickly finding ourselves in open farmland with harvest in full swing. Wherever we went we were greeted warmly by the local folk. The trail took us back down to San Giustino. Just right for our group with babes and toddlers through to eight years old. For keen hikers the possibilities are endless. San Giustino, an unflustered and sleepy little town offered all we needed. A good supermarket and several restaurants happy to cater for a large group with kids. Further afield many gems of hill villages wait to be visited.

However back to the Molino, situated in the Umbrian foothills of the Apennines, we found everything in good order. The kitchen is a little small but there are masses of pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. We asked the owners if there was a high chair. There was not but they immediately had one organized. Any concerns we had regarding traffic were unfounded since the few cars that passed did so very carefully. There are quite a few stairs inside the building but our young ones coped well and we had no accidents. Apart from a single residence across the road one is completely alone. We ate outside nearly all the time and should the fancy take you there is a large wood fired pizza oven and BBQ. The deck built over the old mill raceway leads naturally into the forest, again a great adventure playground for young kids and away from the road. Umbria seems less on the tourist track than Tuscany but still with all the natural beauty and fantastic summer climate, warm clear days and cool nights. We left all feeling that this is a place to be revisited as many have done before us!
Aug 2015
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in San Giustino in San Giustino

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Free Wi-Fi is available in the house. Heated by woodstoves in living rooms. Additional heaters available for cooler seasons. An adventurous and absorbing location for children, with stream, rockpools, hilly terrain, and abundant fauna and flora. A friendly, tranquil rural location - cypresses and sunflowers, vineyards and olive groves. Beautiful walks, great views - just by walking up the hill from the house. Smaller children will need supervision due to steep drops. Quiet access road which leads up the hill to a handful of farm properties. Outside: Upper (portico) level: portico with bread oven, table and chairs. Sundeck shaded by trees, parasol and supplied with loungers. Overlooks wooded trail, and path to rockpools. Stream runs alongside, having rockpools suitable for bathing, and waterfall. Lower (pergola) level has paved pergola with table and chairs outside kitchen. 2 off-road parking spaces, additional parking on road.

Reviews

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Restored Watermill with Rock Pools and Waterfall
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 13 reviews
5

3 generations - a place to be revisited

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for holiday where Peace, Quiet and Rustic are your first three keywords then Molino Meocci should come high on your list. We, three generations, seven months to seventy plus years old chose to holiday here and we were not disappointed. This 18th century water mill, lovingly restored, is actually split into two apartments which are interconnecting. The mill itself is situated a couple of kilometres outside the small town of San Giustino in the foothills of the Apennines on a road that goes nowhere for motor traffic but is an ideal starting point for hikers and bike riders. The river, easily accessible from the mill provides for an adventure playground for the youngsters, (supervision needed!). Ours would have been willing to spend every day there, but the adults had other plans. We hiked up the hill following the clearly marked hiking trail quickly finding ourselves in open farmland with harvest in full swing. Wherever we went we were greeted warmly by the local folk. The trail took us back down to San Giustino. Just right for our group with babes and toddlers through to eight years old. For keen hikers the possibilities are endless. San Giustino, an unflustered and sleepy little town offered all we needed. A good supermarket and several restaurants happy to cater for a large group with kids. Further afield many gems of hill villages wait to be visited. However back to the Molino, situated in the Umbrian foothills of the Apennines, we found everything in good order. The kitchen is a little small but there are masses of pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. We asked the owners if there was a high chair. There was not but they immediately had one organized. Any concerns we had regarding traffic were unfounded since the few cars that passed did so very carefully. There are quite a few stairs inside the building but our young ones coped well and we had no accidents. Apart from a single residence across the road one is completely alone. We ate outside nearly all the time and should the fancy take you there is a large wood fired pizza oven and BBQ. The deck built over the old mill raceway leads naturally into the forest, again a great adventure playground for young kids and away from the road. Umbria seems less on the tourist track than Tuscany but still with all the natural beauty and fantastic summer climate, warm clear days and cool nights. We left all feeling that this is a place to be revisited as many have done before us!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, R, for a resoundingly colourful review - Sounds like you all had a magnificent time, and really came to know the locality well. So pleased that those amongst you seeking adventure - and others tranquillity - were equally satisfied, and that diverse generations found activities and conviviality to make it a good time for you all. Do hope you'll be able to revisit soon Warmest wishes, and thanks again, Molino Meocci partners
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5

Peaceful & beautiful location, characterful house.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house full of charm & character which looks to have been restored with much care. The beds are particularly comfortable and along with the large spacious lounge and well equipped kitchen, the whole place made for a delightfully relaxing holiday. Outside, the covered patio and decking is a lovely space to sit and read and the working Pizza oven was a great way to cook our evening meal! It was actually great to stay in the autumn where we enjoy sunny days and evenings by the cosy wood burning stove.

It's just a short walk down to the river from the house, where you can sit & enjoy the peace of the rock pools surrounded by trees. It is nice to be able to walk, on the quiet roads, into the town (15/20 mins ) where there is a great cafe to get your morning coffee, as well as grocery shops. There are also some great local restaurants.

There are so many places within an hour's drive, such as Spoleto, Gubbio, Spello, Assisi and so many more. Choice of great restaurants locally.

The property was clean and well presented, the owner very helpful and responded speedily in our booking enquiry and in answering our queries.

Would highly recommend, and we have already booked our return visit!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very many thanks Jo for taking the time to tell us about your stay. We're delighted that you had such a good time, used the bread oven and enjoyed the locality so much. We look forward to welcoming you and your party for another stay this year. Best Wishes, M, M, I and M
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4

Really comfortable and conveniently located

  • 4 of 5

lovely experienceNo Ratingca di magnano, san giustino, Ca' di Magnano, Umbria, 06016, Italy

Date of Stay

13 Jun 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Mill and found it an excellent base for exploring the area. It was lovely to walk in to, clean and fresh, with a generous amount of food and essentials in the fridge. It is easy to find, being only a couple of kilometres from San Giustino, which, in turn, merges into San Sepulchro. It is in easy reach of several stunning hill towns and hidden gems like Citta in the Tiber Valley bottom. If you travel farther afield it is well place for Gubbio, Cortona, Urbino and Fabriano, all served by good roads. The mill is a sensitive conversion keeping its 18th century character and integrity, with lovely old tuscan tile floors and local furniture . The kitchen was compact and well equipped, the sitting area comfortable and bedrooms spacious. We found it nice and cool when it was burning outside, and it had the decking area for sun bathing, as well as the shady lean-to for BBQ evenings. (These evenings were special because of the displays by the fireflies from dusk onwards) We enjoyed the local village, the friendly bar (the Champions League Final!) and the local historic villa (Castiglione has associations with the local Bufalo family and their dynastic struggles with the Viteli family (you couldn't make it up!), There was everything available within convenient distance, and it did deliver a warm and peaceful three weeks. We have no hesitation in recommending highly for a stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to give us this feedback on your stay: it's great to hear about your experiences, that your 3 weeks was so comfortable, and that you loved the locality so much. We really appreciate your goodwill in providing your review, and sincerely hope you will be able to return to Molino Meocci soon Best Wishes, Maggie and Molino partners
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4

Wonderful Italian Mill in amazing setting

  • 4 of 5

The Molino is situated very close to the Village of San Giustino - just a 10 minute drive or 20/30 minute walk. The setting is amazing with wonderful views and we enjoyed several walks into the village and up into the hills. The location is very tranquil and if you are looking for a relaxing holiday, this is the place to come. There is a wonderful Sun deck but also a welcome shaded porch area when the Sun gets too hot.

I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Molino - it was like stepping back in time to a property that has been restored with care and consideration.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very pleased that your stay was so enjoyable, and that you found the setting and the molino a good base for your walks and relaxation. We appreciate your taking the time to send a review, and hope that you can come back to Molino Meocci soon.
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5

Tranquility and Culture

  • 5 of 5

Cuckoos in the Spring, night jars in the evening, a nightingale between you and the village. This is the place to get away from it all and unwind in this solid converted mill, where you can step out and walk in any direction along quiet roads or across the countryside. Or visit the beautiful hill towns, go on the Della Francesca trail or visit Assisi. You could even take a train to Rome or Florence for the day as we did. Whether its the tranquility you want, or the culture, or to soak up all of these experiences away from the main tourist trails whilst enjoying the delicious food and wine that Italy has to offer, you will find plenty to do here. We have been four times ..........a car is a definite advantage.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear that you and your family loved the birdsong and fauna, Julie - and that you've discovered yet more delights of this peaceful and inspiring region - on foot, by road and rail. Very glad you found your time there so satisfying. Hope you can come again! Very best wishes, M and partners
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5

Full of character, comfortable,relaxing mill house

  • 5 of 5

The property was very comfortable, relaxing and spacious. There’s a well equipped kitchen – we dined al fresco on the back patio, where there’s a pizza oven - one evening we made stone baked pizzas! A 20 minute walk will take you to the local restaurant, good food, fantastic views.

The rock pool is just 3 minute walk from the back of the house – its private and we were able to lie in the clear water and enjoy the warmth of the sun.

San Giustino a small local town is around a 20 minute walk from the Moliono. There is a post office, shop, friendly bar, train station, town square. The market town of Sansepolcro is around 4km away, there are buses, however we chose to cycle. Both are interesting and worth exploring. Sansepolcro has a great open swimming pool.

Each evening we enjoyed spectacular firefly displays, lighting up shrubs, trees and around the terrace.

Walkers and cyclists will find plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding countryside. Bikes can be hired from Sansepolcro – they will bring and collect the bikes from the house.

We visited Gubbio by car and Perugia by train – both as day trips.

Would definitely recommend and will be back to stay again (I hope!).

  • Review Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very glad that you enjoyed your stay at Molino Meocci so much, with a series of fulfilling experiences close to the house, also discovering delights of the locality in many ways. Thank you very much for your review, and hope you're able to return.
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Location

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
perugia
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
san giustino
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
san giustino
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
E45
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
san giustino
Car: recommended

Tranquil rural location between valley and hills, a pleasant 20 min stroll from restaurants, shops and bars in San Giustino.

Rockpools and waterfall within 1 min walk.

Located where the foothills of Alpe de la Luna meet the Upper Tiber Valley, it's a perfect base for walking, painting or cycling, and for enjoying the unspoiled life of historic cities and hill towns. Nearby medieval walled town of Sansepolcro (Piero della Francesca's home) is 10 mins drive, and has a lovely large summer outdoor swimming pool set in a wooded park, with bar. It has festivals of music, archery and medieval crafts, plus twice weekly market and a cinema. Horse riding can be found nearby at Il Violino.

Michelangelo's birthplace and Franciscan monasteries are close by. Hilltowns such as Anghiari are just 10-30 minutes drive, and it is also a great base for visiting Urbino, Gubbio, Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Lake Trasimeno, Perugia and Adriatic Coast.,

Waymarked footpaths can be found in the hills - you can start from the door of the molino.

Cycling is a very popular local activity - you can hire good bikes and explore the hills on winding roads. See link on our website to local family company offering route itineraries, and also guided walks.

Citta di Castello - another historic walled town - is also nearby, having a wonderful variety of restaurants, shops, theatre, markets. The hills and the valley are very fertile and the farming traditional - the aromas and flavours are everywhere, and most produce is grown and distributed locally. Truffles, olives, vineyards, fruit trees, local honey, cheeses. There are festivals of chestnuts (Caprese Michelangelo) truffles, wine, flowers, lacemaking, archery, music of all kinds - chamber music (Sansepolcro), jazz (Perugia), chocolate (Perugia) and flag throwing and medieval crafts (Sansepolcro). Please see our website for more information

Small indoor pool 5 mins drive in San Giustino.

Beaches at Lake Trasimeno 1 hour drive - sailing, watersports.

Beaches at Adriatic coast approx 2 hours drive.

Travel:

Bologna (Forli) 1.5 - 2.5 hrs

Florence 1 - 1.5 hrs

Pisa 2.5 -3 hrs.

Pisa has a main line train connection at the airport, with frequent trains to Arezzo (via Florence).

Rome, Ancona, Venice, Rimini all 2 -3.5 hrs

The nearest main line train station is Arezzo, which has connections to most airport cities. There is one car hire concession just opposite the station (Avis). Hertz is elsewhere in city.

Regular buses Arezzo -Sansepolcro, San Giustino, Citta di Castello.

Car recommended.

Distances:

San Giustino 2 km

Sansepolcro 5 km

Hilltowns Anghiari, Monterchi, Citerna, Monte S. Maria Tiberina all approx 15 -25 mins drive.

Montecasale Franciscan monastery 15 mins drive or a half day hill walk.

Cospaia hamlet half hr walk

Citta di Castello 15 mins drive

Arezzo 40 mins drive

Caprese Michelangelo and La Verna monastery approx 1 hr drive.

Florence, Urbino, Perugia, Gubbio all approx 1 hour drive.

Please see our website for more details on the locality.

San Giustino has a station - rail connection with Sansepolcro and Perugia.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in San Giustino, Umbria

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
 
earlier autumn
23 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£690
for 7 nights
£690
 
 
later autumn
21 Oct 2017 - 24 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£590
for 7 nights
£590
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £100

The property is let fully furnished and equipped, and the rent is inclusive of lighting, hot water, linen and cleaning.
Heating is by woodburning stoves.

Deposit and balance
A deposit of 50%is requested at the time of booking.
The balance of fees, together with a refundable deposit of £100 against breakages, is due six full weeks before the start of your holiday. If a booking is made six weeks or less before the date of the period of the rental, the full hire charge will be required at the time of booking.

On receipt of the full hire charge, you will be sent a key to the property in good time. The key must be returned as soon as possible after your holiday: your breakages deposit will then be returned to you.

Cancellation
Cancellation is only effective when written confirmation is received of your wish to cancel
The following charges will apply to cancellations:
Four to six weeks before the period booked: 60% of full fees
Two to four weeks before the period booked: 85% of full fees
Less than two weeks before the period booked: 100% of full fees
The above cancellation charges also apply to holidays which are foreshortened after they have been booked.

Insurance
It is strongly recommended that guests take out suitable holiday insurance to cover cancellations,risks and losses. The owners of Molino Meocci cannot accept any liability for any losses or damages to guests’ property or for nay personal injury incurred during the period of rental.
Cleaning
The property will have been cleaned just before your arrival. It is hoped, however, that guests will leave the premises in a clean and tidy condition before their departure.

Breakages & damages
Guests are responsible for leaving the property with all its furniture and effects in good condition, and to undertake to inform the owners or their agents of any damage to the property or its contents, and to pay for any damaged or missing items or for any extra cleaning dueto the property being left in an unclean condition.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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