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



Updated: 06-Oct-2016
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.

  • Sleeps 14
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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Speaks English, German, Italian

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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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: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

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.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
10 Sep 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Holiday Season
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid Season 1
6 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid Season 2
3 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
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
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £890

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.
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Updated: 06-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities


  • 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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • 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

Floor Area

  • 440 m²


  • 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
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • 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


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: 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 large trampoline and wide selection of children's 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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