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Luxury 12th Century Monastery,Peaceful Location,Heated Pool,Walk to Restaurant

Bedrooms 5
Space 4,736 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

12th Century Monastery in Citta di Castello, Apecchio, Umbria, Italy - Luxury 12th Century Monastery, Heated Pool, Wi-Fi: Within Walking Distance of Bar and Restaurant

Sant'Ansovino is a 12th century Benedictine monastery nestling in the breathtaking and tranquil hills of central Italy at the crossroads of Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche. It has been lovingly restored into an elegant and comfortable holiday home using all original materials. Modern conveniences such as en-suite marble bathrooms, Wi-Fi broadband internet links, a large American-sized fridge, professional range cooker, and a heated swimming pool make it the ideal destination for family holidays, anniversary celebrations or indeed a wedding. There is an excellent restaurant within walking distance, together with a wine bar and a bar/shop (open 7 days a week). San Ansovino lies about 4KM East of the beautiful medieval village of Apecchio which offers a wide range of services including a bank (with ATM), several supermarkets, bars, numerous excellent restaurants, a post office, chemist etc. The world famous UNESCO City of Urbino is just 40 minutes away, as are other beautiful hill towns.

Louise Gross
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, German, Italian
Calendar last updated:
21 November, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

5/5 A magical place for gathering, hiking, relaxing

Helen/New York City-Date of Stay: May 2008

This is the real thing - beautiful, elegant, restored with great care and good taste. The whole house, including the pool, gives dramatic views in every direction; the facilities are luxurious, and there are plenty of places for a large group to both come together as a whole, and split up into quieter areas. The location is excellent, giving access to the incredibly cute and well-appointed town of Apecchio; but also to some of the most satisfying day-hiking in Europe - fabulous meadows full of flowers clinging to the side of dramatic slopes with views that go on for a hundred miles across the wild Umbrian landscape. There are also good restaurants within a short drive; and easy run to the hypermarket, which has everything a gourmand could want. A stunning home-from-home. The owners are friendly, and the local helpers are very capable, accommodating, and speak English.
Jan 2009
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Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Hiking, mountain bike Rental, horse riding, cooking classes, wine tasting, truffle/mushroom hunting, babysitting, cooking services, Italian lessons. Others by special arrangements.


San Ansovino is approximately 40km from the coast. There are excellent beaches and boardwalks at Cattolica and Rimini about 1 hour away.


BEST AIRPORTS: From the UK take RyanAir or EasyJet to Ancona, Forli, Rimini, Bologna or Perugia. Rome International Airport is 2 1/4 Hours away. From the Adriatic coast: Take the A14 motorway towards Fano, leave the motorway there and take the Super Strada in the direction of Rome. At the 2nd Acqualagna exit follow the signs for Città di Castello / Apecchio.


Great Morning or Afternoon Excursions: Urbino, Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi, Arezzo, San Leo, San Marino. Most of Tuscany & Umbria. Full Day Trips: Rome, Florence, Sienna.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Apecchio in Province of Pesaro and Urbino

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4736 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 15 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 6 Luxury Travertine Marble en-suite bathrooms. Master bath-wc, roll top bath, shower enclosure. Campenile-wc, shower enclosure, bidet. Children's Bath-bath with shower, bidet. Sachristy-double shower. Dispensa/Studio-wc, shower enclosure.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12/14 (5/6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master Suite-1 King bed, en-suite. Campenile Room-1 Double bed, dedicated shower room. Children's Bedroom-2 Single beds, en-suite bathroom. Sachristy-2 Single beds, en-suite, double shower. Morrison Suite (Master)-1 King + 1 Cot +Single bed Annex
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
By special arrangement: a trip to San Ansovino is an opportunity to relax, a chance to visit Assisi and Urbino, and simply to enjoy the peace and serenity of Italian country life. Perhaps you'd like to learn a little Italian, cook a special dish, or visit the Opera. You might prefer to have a guide take you siteseeing, or even truffle hunting, we can often arrange this. Simply contact us for more information. Children at Sant'Ansovino: The owners of Sant'Ansovino have two young children of their own (6 and 9), and bought the monastery as a unique place for them to enjoy their holidays. The grounds offer idyllic exploring opportunities, and places to build dens, play football, and generally have the freedom to be children. To keep them safe the pool has been fenced off, movable guards are available for all fireplaces, and there are two travel stair-gates for guests to place where they will. Outside: Outside there are stone walled terraces lined with lavender, paved in travertine marble slaps with magnificent views of Monte Nerone and the surrounding hills. There is a covered loggia with seating for 15, BBQ, wood fired oven and sink. There is also a private 6X10 m heated swimming pool for the exclusive use of our guests. Other features include: child's swing, sand pit, balcony, parking, garden, terrace, 16 garden chairs. There is also a wide selection of toys. Utility Room: Washer/dryer, iron/board, wine rack, small balcony Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels (Pool & Bath), linen, a selection of toiletries and weekly cleaning are included. Other: Marble paved terrace and pool area, covered pergola with dining for 15, barbecue, wood-fired oven, private heated pool with seating for 15.


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Luxury 12th Century Monastery,Peaceful Location,Heated Pool,Walk to Restaurant
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

A great rural family retreat for s sense of real Italy

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay the house is really well equipped and beautifully renovated .We were three family's , the pool was an obvious hit but we had great fun cooking pizzas in the outside pizza oven and the covered sitting area works brilliantly with the location of the pool , house and lounges . The restaurant at the bottom of the hill to which you can walk to was perfect ,everything you want for an authentic Italian experience . The antipasta were delicious as was all the other rustic fare provided . The two villages nearby were great for a drink or pizza . There are plenty of walking trails and mountain bike routes and you can hire bikes in Appechio which has a useful tourist information centre which can sort out canyoning , climbing etc if you are feeling more adventurous .

To us it felt like bygone holidays in France from years ago , rural and unspoilt but with a thriving local population .

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jane, thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are so pleased you had a lovely holiday and hope to welcome you back to San Ansovino very soon. Best wishes Louise
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A breathtakingly beautiful place. Even better than the photos and description.

  • 5 of 5

Ansovino is a very special place. Stunning, sophisticated, well appointed and very peaceful. It's obviously a place much loved by the owners Louise and Marc, as is testament by the beautiful antique furniture and top end equipment. Also Anna is on hand to give local advice and sort out any problems quickly and efficiently.

It was very hot during our stay but there was also a wonderfully cooling breeze which made for a perfect mix.

Great local restaurants and beautiful cities to visit a shortish drive away.

The house also has the cleanest windows I have ever seen!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sarah, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday. Anna, Monia and all the team here very much hope we'll be able to welcome you back in the future. With best wishes Louise
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The holiday that exceeded all expectations!

  • 5 of 5

We booked this house for a 3 family joint holiday. As ever, booking on-line was concerning me until I had decided upon the Monastery and made contact with the owners. Louise was so helpful, friendly and reassuring from the get-go. She made the whole process of booking and paying for the holiday stress free and painless. Upon arrival, the Monastery blew us away! What a fabulous and amazing house. The children were so excited, especially with the gorgeous pool and garden area. The house was spotless and what really impressed was the attention to detail. The arrival pack was generous and comprehensive. The highlights included; cooking outside using the Pizza Oven (we even managed to cook a full Sunday roast in there!), late night swims in the beautifully flood-lit pool, breakfast at the local cafe in Appechio, trips to Rome/Sienna/Florence, the peacefulness of the sublime valley the Monastery nestled in, the restaurant at the bottom of the hill - a short pop-in on the way back from a visit to a local town turned in to a 3 hour boozy lunch! There are too many highlights to list here. Suffice to say, the 2 weeks passed too quickly and we returned home. I'm not exaggerating when I say that we all miss the Monastery and the gorgeous surrounding area. We have also fallen in love with Italy. We will return. In conclusion, the holiday far exceeded our expectations and I thoroughly recommend this house for your holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Traumhafte Erholung in einem wunderschönen Ambiente

  • 5 of 5

Wir (2 Familien, mit 5 Kindern) haben im Monastero San Ansovino eine traumhafte Woche erlebt. Das ehemalige Kloster wirkt bei der Ankunft sogar noch beeindruckender als die Fotos und ist riesig (es hätte leicht noch eine weitere Familie Platz gehabt). Unsere Kinder (und wir) liebten den Pool, den Pizzaofen und die geschmackvoll eingerichteten Zimmer. Die Landschaft ist so schön, dass man eigentlich die ganze Woche dort verbringen könnte, ohne irgendwelche Ausflüge zu machen (was ein Fehler wäre, da es viel zu sehen gibt).

Das alleine rechtfertigt die 5 Sterne. Als "Zugabe" war alles im Bezug auf die Unterkunft perfekt organisiert, wir bekamen detaillierte und hilfreiche Reiseunterlagen von der Vermieterin, die Betreuung von Anna (spricht perfekt Englisch) vor Ort war super, die Zimmer waren tadellos und auch der Pool (und sogar der Pizzaofen) wurde jeden Morgen von Carlino in einem Topzustand gebracht.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Siegfried, Thank you for taking the trouble to write such a lovely review and for being such delightful guests. I have passed on your kind words to Anna and Carlino who both join me in hoping that we will get to welcome you back to San Ansovino before too much longer. With best wishes Louise
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Apecchio, Marche

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
30 Sep 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
16 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low Season
7 Jan 2018 - 7 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
8 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
mid season 2
2 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £886.38

Booking Notes:
San Ansovino does not allow any smoking indoors (outdoors is OK). 25% booking deposit and rental agreement required with remaining balance due 8 weeks before arrival. Payment accepted in Euros, Pounds Sterling or US Dollars.

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover from June-August. Days are flexible at other times.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in euros.
Central heating, pool heating and telephone charged at cost based on usage. Discounts available for parties of 6 or Less. Last minute discounts available.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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