Property Ref. 490
Almost on the border between Tuscany and Umbria, Il Maniero is a beautiful huge old manor house dating back to the 18th century. It lies approximately 2 miles from the picturesque hilltop village of Monterchi and sits on a little hill above the medieval hamlet of Ripoli overlooking the Tiber valley and with truly spectacular views to the surrounding countryside of the Apennines.
Arezzo is less than twenty miles away to the west and you will be well-placed for exploring this delightful area. The famous Tuscan town of Cortona to the southwest is not to be missed together with the famous wine towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino. It is also an easy drive to Florence or Siena.
Il Maniero is ideal for a very relaxing holiday. The nearby medieval village of Monterchi has a small supermarket, an excellent greengrocer, butcher, and pharmacy together with other small shops, bars and two good restaurants. There is an interesting museum, which preserves the famous painting of 'La Madonna del Parto' by Piero della Francesca. Classical music concerts are also held in the museum on Wednesdays (admission free).
Guests who choose Il Maniero have use of a delightful swimming pool and extensive gardens. The swimming pool has a cover, which the owner will operate in the mid-season, to keep some warmth in. There is also a jacuzzi for which there is an extra charge.
The house is surrounded by a beautiful, large and very well-kept private garden with mature shrubs, flowerbeds and large lawns extending into a marvellous park of several acres with ancient oaks, chestnuts and pine woodland. Along one side of the house there is a beautiful vine covered pergola whilst below the house you have a good swimming pool (12m x 6m) with poolside furniture. From the pool there are outstanding views. There is a small area set aside for guests to play volleyball or five-a-side football. There is also table tennis available and a playground for children.
Notes: The overall quality and delightful location of Il Maniero combine all the ingredients of an excellent holiday. There is air conditioning in all the bedrooms and free Wi-Fi internet access is available in all the rooms and in the garden. Maid service can be arranged on request - please try to book this before your stay. A laundry area is situated on the ground floor whilst, a few steps from the main house, a storage building houses an outdoor bathroom - shower, basin, bidet and wc. Check out time on departure day is no later than 9.30am.
A welcome dinner is offered to all the guests on the arrival day and other meals can be organised by the very welcoming and friendly owners who are very good cooks. The son of the owners speaks English and could be available to take guests out for sightseeing trips. A wine tour which includes lunch can be arranged (minimum 8 people).
There is much to say about the area and there are many sports available - golf at Club Caldese and at Umbertide, horse riding close-by, clay pigeon shooting and water sports on Lake Trasimeno. Good mountain bike tours can be booked - there is a professional organisation at San Sepolcro.
Other places of interest include Citta del Castello, Perugia, Todi and even a day at the Adriatic beaches might make a nice change (1½ hours drive).
The house is laid out on three floors and has three entrance doors. Ground floor entrance into the large sitting/dining room with decorative Tuscan fireplace (not in use), TV, DVD, stereo, terracotta floor and beamed ceiling. An archway divides the sitting and dining areas and a further arch leads through to a large breakfast kitchen (vaulted ceiling, gas hob with five rings, electric oven, microwave, electric American coffee maker, electric Italian coffee maker, electric kettle, two fridge/freezers, dishwasher). Kitchen door to vine-covered pergola and to the barbecue (a pizza oven is also available). Stairs to the first floor.
The first floor has a comfortable sitting room with sofas and a separate TV room with fireplace, satellite TV and DVD player. A corridor leads to four bedrooms and a balcony which overlooks the swimming pool and gardens. The bedrooms are as follows - two double en-suite rooms (shower, basin and wc); one further double room with separate bathroom (shower with hydro-massage, basin and wc) and one twin en-suite room (shower with hydro-massage, basin, bidet and wc).
Stairs from the first floor sitting room lead to the top floor where there are two further bedrooms - both twins (they can be converted into doubles). One twin room is en-suite and the other twin uses a separate bathroom. (Both bathrooms are with shower, basin and wc). All bathrooms have hairdryers.
Central heating in all rooms. Air conditioning in all the bedrooms - to be charged as used. Free Wi-Fi internet access in all the rooms and in the garden. Cot and high chair available on request free of charge.
Furnishings throughout are comfortable and tasteful with much attention to detail - there are delightful, painted ceilings in some of the bedrooms.
Monterchi 2 miles
Citta del Castello 12 miles
Arezzo 16 miles
Perugia 35 miles
Todi 45 miles
Florence 60 miles
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