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Peaceful house With Private Pool, Garden And Shady Outdoor Eating Area

Overview

Property

Updated: 05-Nov-2016
House in San Leo Bastia, Nr. Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy - Beautiful Views Of Wooded Umbrian Hills. 10 Minutes' Walk To Village With Bars, Shops And Restaurant

Colcello is a stone built house on the outskirts of the authentic village of San Leo Bastia in northern Umbria. You have sole use of the gardens and pool and are not overlooked by another property, affording you complete peace and seclusion. A ten-minute walk takes you down to the village where you can sip a cappuccino or campari in one of the two bars, buy fresh bread, pecorino and prosciutto for your lunch or enjoy a delicious pizza in the village restaurant. The hillsides ring with birdsong, butterflies flutter among the lavender and olive trees and the views are quite simply breathtaking - if you are looking for tranquillity in beautiful surroundings, this is the place for you.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Colcello is owned by siblings Kirstie and Zita who live in the UK and their brother Rory, who lives in the Middle East. Our mother, also Zita, lived here on and off for the last 30 years of her life. She loved San Leo Bastia, the people, and the beautiful soft undulating hills. She was a keen painter - you can see some of her paintings on the walls in the Bar Spaccio.

Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian

3 Reviews

5
based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

5

The perfect getaway - peaceful, quiet and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

I could write for days about how marvellous our stay at Colcello was! It was perfect. Exactly as described: Quiet, peaceful, relaxing. We chose to have a road trip and drove all the way from the midlands, stopping off on the road for a few nights. When we arrived, we felt that the place was very special indeed, almost like the oasis we had been aiming for!

The house itself is ideal for a couple wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the UK. Wonderfully full of character and with everything we could need. Swimming towels were provided which saved us some much needed space in the car!

The pool is perfect and offers the best views out across the valley. Perfect for an afternoon dip to cool off.

The shaded eating area has the sun on it in the early morning and the views are wonderful, making breakfast a long affair. Throughout the day, we relaxed by the pool and revelled in the peace and quiet, with the occasional chicken to keep us company!

Each evening we spent out on the terrace concluded the day nicely. We were very lucky with the weather and were able to enjoy most of our time outside gazing out across the valley and enjoying the views.

The house was lovely and cool during the day if we did need to escape the midday heat, but we tended to opt for a swim in the cool waters of the pool. The only small comment we would make was that the 2 sun loungers have probably seen better days (they pink one was fine for our stay, but we did use the deck chair in favour of the blue lounger) but it didn't impact on our enjoyment at all!

Would recommend a confident driver to do the drive up to the house as it is a little steep,narrow and rocky, but perfectly accessible. We found it quite exciting!

Would highly recommend the pizzeria at the local bar too - delicious and fantastic value for money.

The neighbours are very friendly and it does help to speak a little of the language, especially if like us, a gust of wind locks you out!

Zita, who owns the property, was fantastic at correspondence and providing answers to any questions, and the whole booking and payment went very smoothly.

A fantastic place, we would definitely love to visit again! If you are in two minds whether or not to book this place, do it - you will not regret it!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had such a wonderful time at Colcello! You're right - it is a very special place. It's always lovely to hear back from guests who have found it exactly what they were looking for. And thanks for the heads-up on the sun loungers. We'll be replacing them for future guests! Look forward to welcoming you and your partner again.
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5

A very special, peaceful, beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

I could write for days about how marvellous our stay at Colcello was! It was perfect. Exactly as described: Quiet, peaceful, relaxing. We chose to have a road trip and drove all the way from the midlands, stopping off on the road for a few nights. When we arrived, we felt that the place was very special indeed, almost like the oasis we had been aiming for!

The house itself is ideal for a couple wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the UK. Wonderfully full of character and with everything we could need. Swimming towels were provided which saved us some much needed space in the car!

The pool is perfect and offers the best views out across the valley. Perfect for an afternoon dip to cool off.

The shaded eating area has the sun on it in the early morning and the views are wonderful, making breakfast a long affair. Throughout the day, we relaxed by the pool and revelled in the peace and quiet, with the occasional chicken to keep us company!

Each evening we spent out on the terrace concluded the day nicely. We were very lucky with the weather and were able to enjoy most of our time outside gazing out across the valley and enjoying the views.

The house was lovely and cool during the day if we did need to escape the midday heat, but we tended to opt for a swim in the cool waters of the pool. The only small comment we would make was that the 2 sun loungers have probably seen better days (they pink one was fine for our stay, but we did use the deck chair in favour of the blue lounger) but it didn't impact on our enjoyment at all!

Would recommend a confident driver to do the drive up to the house as it is a little steep,narrow and rocky, but perfectly accessible. We found it quite exciting!

Would highly recommend the pizzeria at the local bar too - delicious and fantastic value for money.

The neighbours are very friendly and it does help to speak a little of the language, especially if like us, a gust of wind locks you out!

Zita, who owns the property, was fantastic at correspondence and providing answers to any questions, and the whole booking and payment went very smoothly.

A fantastic place, we would definitely love to visit again! If you are in two minds whether or not to book this place, do it - you will not regret it!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Idyllic cottage in Umbrian hills

  • 5 of 5

Tranquility in the bel paese! Colcello is a lovely hideaway with a great view from its loggia over the wooded hills into the distance. The local village a few minutes away has a handy shop and a restaurant which is friendly, good value and does an excellent carbonara! The immediate neighbours (and spare key holders) are a friendly old couple who were very tolerant of our (bad) Italian. Overall it was very peaceful – looking at the Milky Way at night I would have sworn we were the only people for miles. The pool is diligently maintained and large enough for some pre-meal circuits or pausing to take in the gorgeous view over the valley. The accommodation itself is simple and cosy (with low beams), but has a definite rustic charm. I think this is a perfect getaway for a couple who crave some peace and quiet, the odd dip in the pool and some good meals out at the excellent local restaurants. We spent a fortnight there, but wish it had been longer and hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

Our parents fell in love with this area while on holiday and decided that they wanted to live here. We were still at school and university at the time. The rest, as they say, is history.

Activity and Interests

Coast/Beach:

Approximately 45 mins to Lake Trasimeno by car. Approximately 2 hours to nearest beach (Fano).

Distances:

About 10 mins from small town of Trestina. Citta di Castello, 20 mins. Perugia (university city), 45 mins. Assisi, 45 mins. Cortona (old walled town),25 mins. Gubbio,45 mins. Umbertide, 30 mins. Montone (little hilltop town), 40 mins.

Borgo San Sepolcro, 45 mins. Arezzo, 1 hour. Siena, 1 hour 30 mins. Florence, 2.5 hours. Rome, 3 hours.

Further Details:

One of the really nice things about Colcello is that if you just want to spend your days reading, swimming and pottering about, you can buy all your food and other supplies in the village. Both the shops attached to the two bars have fresh bread delivered daily, excellent delicatessen counters and a good choice of vegetables and fruit. The village also has its own butcher and restaurant. If you are interested in sight-seeing, here are our recommendations. All are within easy driving distance.

• Cortona – Less than half an hour’s drive, this is a lovely medieval town with a good collection of Renaissance art including work by Fra Angelico.

• Citta di Castello - This walled town has an excellent market twice a week (Thursday and Saturday mornings) and is home to the renowned Festival of Chamber Music in August and a city art gallery housing paintings by Luca Signorelli and Raphael.

• Assisi – Home to Umbria’s greatest glory, the Basilica of Saint Francis.

• Perugia – Umbria’s capital and home to some beautiful medieval buildings and Umbria Jazz, Italy’s top jazz event.

• Gubbio – An austerely handsome town renowned for its ceramics.

• Arezzo – Most people come here to see the Piero della Francesca frescoes. You can also see some of his best-known paintings in his birthplace, Sansepolcro.

• Lake Trasimeno – Take a boat trip to one of the lake’s three islands, enjoy a swim and or try one of the many excellent fish restaurants. The nicest town on the lake is Castigilione del Lago.

• Spello – Medieval and pink-stoned, this hill town above the Vale of Spoleto has frescoes by Pinturicchio.

• Spoleto – A beautiful medieval city which is also home to Italy’s leading international arts festival.

• Siena – Most people consider Siena with its extraordinary Campo (medieval square) a must.

• Umbertide – Not very picturesque but there’s a lively market on Wednesday mornings and the nearby hill town of Montone is well worth a visit.

Prices and Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
50% deposit payable on booking. Remainder due 10 weeks before start date. Whole rental payable if booking made less than 10 weeks before start date.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Arrival after 4.00 pm. Departure by 10.00 am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week. Heating not included in prices.

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Facilities

From the Owner

Everyone who visits Colcello comments on the special atmosphere - there's something incredibly peaceful about the place. More and more, we find that we do very little here except mooch about, read, swim and, of course, visit the village at least twice a day for the obligatory morning cappuccino and pre-dinner campari soda. If you can tear yourself away from the view, beautiful hilltop towns, music festivals and art galleries await you.

Property Type

  • house

General

  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided

Kitchen

  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • The white tiled bathroom has a bath with hand-held shower, washbasin, lavatory and bidet.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Both bedrooms have beautiful views, mosquito frames over the windows and wooden shutters. Bedroom one has a double bed. Bedroom two has a double bed and single bed.

Outside

  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: There is a washing line at the top of the garden and another at the front of the house. For those visiting off-season, there is gas central heating as well as an open fire in the lounge. Outside: From the front door a path leads to the pergola, a thatched terrace with beautiful views over the pool and hills. There is a table and chairs for alfresco eating as well as space to relax in reclining chairs in the shade. Steps lead down to the sun terrace. From here, there are steps into the raised, circular swimming pool which is 5.5 metres wide. It's no good for lengths (you have to swim round and round instead!) but it's definitely big enough for a refreshing dip and moderate exercise. Kids of all ages love it! The surrounding garden is terraced, with olive trees, fruit trees and, in early summer, tall spires of self-seeded hollyhocks. There is also a large washing line. At the bottom of the garden, a little path leads to a mountain spring where you can fill bottles with your own delicious spring water. A stone built outhouse to the left of the front door contains a barbecue and a variety of sun recliners and outdoor chairs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels are provided. Please bring your own swimming towels. The property is cleaned weekly (including a change of linen and towels).

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