1 double bedroom, 2 twin bedrooms and 2 shower rooms, one of which with small bath
Location: Villas with pools overlooking Lake Trasimeno
This property rents Saturday to Saturday
Castelonchio is a beautiful villa, recently restored, set above Lake Trasimeno. The english owners live next door and are both helpful and discreet. This villa has a lot of return visitors and is a favourite among our clients. The pool is set among the owners' olive groves and is a perfect place to relax. The town of Tuoro is not far away and has restaurants and shops - Perugia and Assisi are also close by, as is Cortona.
A large, honey-coloured stone farmhouse in a beautiful position overlooking Italy's "inland sea" of Lake Trasimeno, Castelonchio is the realisation of an English couple's dream. These charming owners live in an independent part of the house and share their large pool and extensive grounds with discretion and friendly hospitality.
Completely reconstructed, with terracotta tiles, beamed ceilings and pan-tiled roofs, the apartment has spacious accommodation for six people. On the ground floor a covered portico, furnished for eating outside, opens into a modern kitchen. There is a large dining-sitting room with a music system and TV, followed by the main entrance hall with fireplace and staircase. Beyond this are a twin bedroom and a shower room. Upstairs, a double and a twin bedroom share a further shower room with a small bath. All the bedrooms have lovely brass beds and pretty linens. An external staircase, reached by a door from the double bedroom forms another pretty place to sit out with an early morning coffee or late drink to celebrate the breathtaking views of the lake.
Trasimeno lake, with a circumference of over 45kms and depth of up to 6meters is carefully nurtured and environmentally protected. It provides not only fish, but good swimming, water sports and sailing. Ferries provide transport to the islands and guided tours of the lake. At Tuoro, less than 2kms away swimming is good from the clean, sandy beach and there are good restaurants and shops, a "Hannibal-was-here" route, a museum commemorating his defeat of the Romans with his elephants from Carthage in 217 B.C., and a not-too-good contemporary sculpture park. This whole district caters well for hikers and bikers and you can hire horses and mountain bikes with which to follow the well conceived trails. Of the many artists who have featured in its long history, perhaps the mannerist Perugino is the most famous, and his paintings may be seen in beautiful localities. Straddling Umbria and Tuscany, a stay in Castelonchio allows easy access to Florence and Rome by rail, and a myriad of fascinating places in between. Or you can simply relax and enjoy the climate, the music, food, and views from this comfortable, hospitable country house.
Very comfortable house.Excellent out side space.
Very well situated for exploring or in our case returning to favourite places.
One new place this year a little further afield was Pienza.Would recommend for a visit.
Trattoria Dardano in Cortona is a good place for lunch.Always busy.
We had an absolutely lovely time at Castelonchio. Barry and Karen our hosts greeted us most warmly and invited us to coffee the morning after our arrival to tell us more about the fascinating area around Lake Trasimeno. Our little grandchildren ran to the pool in their bathing costumes before we had even unpacked the cars and from then on it was the pool or nothing for them so it was with difficulty that we explored the endlessly intriguing small towns around the Lake. The immediate area is fascinating and the property is well within reach of the more major towns of Siena and Florence, Perugia and Arezzo - that is if the children will leave the pool and the grown ups will leave the beautiful garden with its amazing views.
We had a fabulous time at Castelonchio. The villa was immaculate & had everything you could possible wish. Sitting outside on the patio with a glass of local wine & looking at the views was beautifully relaxing & the children in particular, loved the fabulous pool. Barry & Karen were great hosts & recommended places of interest and were incredibly helpful researching how we could do a park/ride to Rome on our last day. We had beautiful day trips to Siena, Orvieto, Gubbio & San Gimignano as well as a very enjoyable boat trip out to one of the islands in Lake Trasimeno. All in all, it was a fantastic week & we hope to visit Barry & Karen's beautiful house again sometime.
Thank you, Barry and Karen, for another amazing holiday! Gorgeous house, with a perfect pool and perfect hosts. We all hope to see you again soon!
Thank you very much Barry and Karen - Very nice. I apologize for not doing my research before I arrived, Umbria for us from now on. Amongst all the culture, history, leather and wine shops, there was the lake. Treat yourself and hire that paddle board Barry, the best €10 per hour you'll spend for a sore back. ... and the house/ the view / the pool - if only Fife were warm (or even saw the sun), it could be this good. ... and what a surprise, there's we thinking that my summer C90 tape mix would be useless without my walkman - the next time, I'll bring a few more cassettes. Wonderful!
This house is always a delight, the rooms are clean, crisp and comfortable, the views of the lake so pretty, breakfast, lunch and dinner on the terrace always has a stunning backdrop. We enjoyed exploring the area including the lakeside town of Passignano sul Trasimeno, just a 10 minute drive from the house, where we enjoyed seafood in some new favourite restaurants. You can take boat rides to the islands or just paddle on the shore, there is something for everyone.