Villa Rental Umbria
Wonderful Family Villa with Pool minutes from Spoleto in total tranquility


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VALLI MURRAY BROWN

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Overview
  • Property Type Villa Rental
  • Location Umbria
  • Sleeps 14
  • Bedrooms 7
  • Bathrooms 5
  • Minimum nights stay7
  • Low season price per week€4000
  • High season price per week€6000
  • Customer rating 4.9 / 5 ( 17 reviews )
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Description

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Il Castellaccio is a beautiful secluded family self catering villa near the small hamlet of Vallocchia, only 15 min from the centre of Spoleto, Umbria. The house is named after the ruined watchtower set above it at the top of a dramatic flight of 104 steps climbing straight up through the woods. At 750m it is surrounded by its own land - oak & chestnut woods full of wild flowers. In an idyllic position, the front faces south over gardens and lawn towards the upper valley while the back overlooks the plain with panoramic views towards the famous hill towns of Trevi, Spello & Assisi. From the watchtower one can see even further.

Fully restored in 2004, the house has the latest anti-earthquake reinforcements using a seismic belt system.

The self catering villa has a double height drawing room with gallery, large hall, dining room, kitchen and study/film room, all with French windows opening onto terraces. It is extremely well laid out and very comfortable with loads of room and living space. There is a small snooker table, darts, card tables and a good library. A very good place for children. We have a chest full of every game you can think of from Monopoly to Twister. The little downstairs sitting room has a large flat screen TV used mainly to watch old movies in the winter. Terracotta and old tiled floors throughout with open fires, it is cool in summer and very cosy in winter.

In the summer, everybody seems to spend their time out of doors. The gardens: have sweeping Lawns and a Parterre filled with beautifully scented old English Roses and peonies. There is a pergola perfect for dining under, and a terrace with outdoor seating and banquettes overlooking the valley behind the house. It has a wood burning oven and outdoor kitchen. There are plenty of sunny and shady seating areas, with the hill catching a cool breeze even on the hottest summer days.

The 12m x 6 m pool sits on a terrace tiled with herringbone terracotta and overlooks the little hamlet of Pie di Vallocchia. It is beautifully finished with mosaic tiling, and refreshingly deep. (Please note the pool is 1.40m in the shallow end and 3 m deep at the deep end and therefore not suitable for non swimmers. Young children should be supervised and wear armbands at all times if they are not confident swimmers. Not normally operational before 1st June - unless specially requested. It can be fenced off on request.)


A perfect rental for Spoleto Festival, for touring Umbria or walking and Mountain-biking holidays and lovely at any time of year. There are wonderful walks into the Appenines from our doorstep, and the area is mountain-biking heaven, with trails along the old railway to Norcia, to Assisi and beyond. It is idyllic for children, and great fun for teenagers too, as Spoleto is full of life, bars, etc. and only 15 min away. The Festival dei Due Mondi, Spoleto is world renowned and takes place each June and early July. In recent years, cultural activities have been carried through till September. Concerts, exhibitions, outdoor films, pop concerts, jazz - you name it. The world famous Marionette Colla Puppet Theatre is a must for children (and adults).

October half term break comes when the woods are at their prettiest, with their wonderful autumn colours. The Umbrian towns are at their most atmospheric, shrouded in smoke from their inhabitants' fires. It is colder in the evenings, but the sun is still warm. Wood fires make the house cosy and snug. A perfect place to relax and feel totally remote and the best place ever to recharge one's batteries. We really have the best of both worlds.

Rental costs vary depending on the season. High season mininum rental is 7 days. At other times of year, we let the house for shorter breaks depending on the amount of guests and dates, so it is always worth asking. We have staff available who can clean and cook during your stay by prior arrangement.

Reviews

A Lovely, Comfortable Family Home With Ample Room For Entertaining Inside And Al Fresco.


By Anonymous on 06-Sep-2018


.Il Castellaccio, Pie di Vallocchia, Spoleto, Perugia, 06049, Italy
Date of Stay
17 Aug 2018

We had such a fabulous time in this lovely family home. So much more comfortable and relaxing than most holiday houses that lack character. All the bedrooms were spacious and very comfortable. There is masses of room for 14 people to relax, eat and live - inside and out. The pool is a good size (if a little fresh temperature wise!). The pretty garden makes a lovely setting for this hide away gem in the Umbrian hills. We went as a family and friends group and we all enjoyed it very much. Loved the pizza oven, once we had mastered the technique!


4 of of 5

Beautiful, Serene, Fun


By Anonymous on 30-Jul-2018

Il Castellaccio, Pie di Vallocchia, Spoleto, Perugia, 06049, Italy
Date of Stay
5 Jun 2018

This Villa Rental is everything and more than the pictures depict! We arrived to find a garden bursting with beautiful, fragrant roses and peonies. As a fervent gardener, it was a magical moment. The house is very special, very nicely appointed, and our family of 10 found it perfect for our needs (in fact we could have accommodated a few more people!) Each bedroom unique from the next, bathrooms abound, four separate dining spaces (two inside, two outside), several distinct seating areas around the house - we were very pleased with the villa. Our favorite area was the kitchen where we would congregate in the mornings, enjoy our morning coffee and plan our day. The surrounding hill towns of Umbria/Perugia are gorgeous and provided limitless opportunity for strolling, sight-seeing, shopping. The nearby town of Spoleto is gorgeous in itself and provided everything we needed for our languid dinners at the villa. The area surrounding the Villa Rental offers hiking opportunities and the view off the rear veranda is simply amazing. My young adult children played soccer in the yard and we enjoyed the pristine pool most days. In the evenings we all cooked together in the fabulous kitchen gathering around the big communal table, making pasta, slicing prosciutto and cheeses with the professional slicer, putting that gorgeous AGA stove to full use. Afterwards we would swim or play one of the many games available, or sing around the piano. Valli was very responsive to our needs throughout our visit, setting us up with someone to show us how to use the pizza oven and directing us to biking opportunities and answering all our questions in short order. We will be back!


5 of of 5

Wonderful Peaceful Location - Fantastic House


By Anonymous on 13-Jun-2018

Il Castellaccio, Pie di Vallocchia, Spoleto, Perugia, 06049, Italy
Date of Stay
26 May 2018
Helpful votes: 0/0
Really comfortable house, with beautiful gardens and great views, totally peaceful - a real find. Very well equipped. Lovely terraces for eating out. Loved the outdoor kitchen and Pizza oven. Had a great pizza evening and they came out brilliantly. Only 10 minutes from Spoleto, and perfect as our base in Umbria. Mauro could not have been nicer and Daniela was so helpful, and her pasta sauces delicious. Will definitely come again!


5 of of 5

Lovely Mountain Retreat


By Anonymous on 04-Nov-2017

Il Castellaccio, Pie di Vallocchia, Spoleto, Perugia, 06049, Italy
Date of Stay
10 Sep 2017

Peaceful location with gorgeous views of Spoleto and fabulous walks in the surrounding hills. The house has everything you need from the outdoor pool and ping pong table to a lovely piano and great book collection. Nearby Assisi is a magical place to visit and Spoleto itself is also well worth exploring.


5 of of 5

Great , Spacious And Really Well Equipped As Well As Being Relaxed And Very Homely


By Anonymous on 30-Aug-2017

l Castellaccio, Pie di Vallocchia, Spoleto, Perugia, 06049, Italy
Date of Stay
16 Aug 2017

We had a wonderful two weeks , artists in our group found lots of great places to paint , secluded and quiet with room for everyone to find their own corner. Good place for a real holiday where nature can do its work of helping everyone to relax , really well equipped with games and movies too and a beautiful big pool . Will definitely go back Catherine ( London)


5 of of 5

Superb Villa In Wonderful Location


By Julie G on 25-Aug-2017

Il Castellaccio, Pie di Vallocchia, Spoleto, Perugia, 06049, Italy
Date of Stay
8 Jul 2017
Helpful votes: 0/0
Wonderful property situated in a secluded area in the hills close to Spoleto. An ideal property for a family holiday in a spacious Villa Rental with all the faciltiies and amenities correctly listed on the property sheet. Valli, the property owner was absolutely charming and accomodated all our requests and was forthcoming with excellent catering options for hosting a party as well as local advice. I would have no hesitation in recommending this property to friends. We stayed in the Villa Rental during the Spoleto festival dates and it was easy to go back and forwards into town. Because our stay was a mix of buisness and pleasure, I would point out that the wifi was not always reliable but from experience i know that this is common in many rural areas of Umbria and Tuscany. Overall a very enjoyable stay, thank you Valli!
My Response

You will be glad to hear that we have the internet sorted - at long last. Guests can now have up to 60GB using a Three webpocket and webcube, so it is now a whole lot better than it has been and far more reliable. For the first time, I had no complaints from my own children this summer, one of whom had brought their Amazon Alexa with them, which must mean something!


5 of of 5

A Fabulous Time!! We Are All Missing It


By Czeslaw Z on 09-Jun-2016

Il Castellaccio, Pie di Vallocchia, Spoleto, Perugia, 06049, Italy
Date of Stay
24 May 2015

13 of us stayed in late May as part of a family group with 2 small grandchildren included so the age range was 60 down to 15 months!! We had a wonderful time. The house is spacious and very well laid out and we never felt on top of each other. We dined in and out as there is a lovely kitchen and very large dining room as well as external space. A highlight was cooking pizzas in the outdoor oven which we did on two evenings. Its a few km out of Spoleto about 700m up in a wooded area so we felt private but there are other houses in the area so not too secluded. Spoleto is very nice with some lovely building (such as the Duomo) and its a good base for Assisi and many other local towns. As I said; we are all missing it!!


5 of of 5

A Wonderful Umbrian Holiday


By Anonymous on 09-Oct-2013

Il Castellaccio, Pie di Vallocchia, Spoleto, Perugia, 06049, Italy
Date of Stay
15 Sep 2013
Helpful votes: 0/0
We had the most wonderful holiday at Il Castellaccio. The house is luxurious and peaceful, set in beautiful gardens surrounded by woods.This is also the perfect holiday for any food lover, quite apart from the wealth of restaurants nearby, the house is equipped with every kitchen essential and we loved making our own pizzas in the the wood fired oven. We were perfectly positioned for sightseeing and visited numerous picturesque Umbrian hill towns. This really was a perfect holiday - we returned utterly restored and hope to come back soon.


5 of of 5

Lovely Stay For Spoleto Festival


By Mary R on 28-Aug-2013

Il Castellaccio, Pie di Vallocchia, Spoleto, Perugia, 06049, Italy
Date of Stay
28 Jun 2013

Wonderfully comfortable and well-equiped, really beautiful garden + pool with amazing views. There's always a shady spot under the trees and even a hammock, for relaxing after a hot day sightseeing. I hope very much to go back before too long - very tempting for a family Christmas break as well.


5 of of 5

Wonderful Family House 15 Minutes From Spoleto


By Anonymous on 26-Aug-2013

Il Castellaccio, Pie di Vallocchia, Spoleto, Perugia, 06049, Italy
Date of Stay
10 Aug 2013
Helpful votes: 1/0
Just back from a 2 week stay at Il Castellaccio. This family house is well set up for large numbers (we were 3 families), great outdoor cooking facilities - Pizza Oven, loved by all the teenagers, Gas BBQ and BBQ. Nice large swimming pool. 2 good eating areas....one for breakfast and one for supper. Kitchen well set up and with bread machine, which was used twice daily and great coffee maker. Property clean and well maintained and owners very helpful and accommodating (providing extra beds etc). The house "black book" was full of activities to do in the area, places to visit and restaurants to try. Loved our stay....thank you.


5 of of 5

Wonderful Vacation House


By Rena G. on 08-Sep-2012

Il Castellaccio, Pie di Vallocchia, Spoleto, Perugia, 06049, Italy
Date of Stay
12 Aug 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed this house, perfect for a family gathering and vacation. It is extremely well equipped and maintained, with much thought invested in stocking the kitchen, game room and library. The interior is well designed and very comfortably furnished, outdoor spaces were superb, with a well- maintained pool and delightful patio behind the kitchen for meals (with adjacent outdoor grill and pizza oven!) . The owner was very helpful in arranging a cook to come in and prepare two dinners during our stay. The house was spacious and roomy, and easily accommodated our family group of 11, aged 13 to 82. The house is in a quiet, beautiful setting and serves as a good base for trips to the area (though we also spent time just relaxing at the house). It met all our needs and we rate it one of the best we have stayed in during many family gatherings abroad. We will certainly recommend this house to friends and relatives.


5 of of 5

Firsttimers To Area From USA


By Andrea M on 10-Jun-2012

Il Castellaccio, Pie di Vallocchia, Spoleto, Perugia, 06049, Italy
Date of Stay
18 May 2012

We nine found our accommodation to be comfortable and conveniently located. We were able to fit 11 at the dining table. Not sure where the 5th bathroom is, unless at the pool. Unfortunately, we were too early for the pool because it looked lovely but we had full benefit of the roses and peonies. It is a place ot get away but for those who need internet, the access was very limited. Be sure to visit Montefalco and the wineries. We made easy visits to Assisi, Deruta, Gubbio, Orvieto, Bevagna, the Cascades and Norcia. The caretakers were very helpful and we would definitely go back again.


5 of of 5

Fantastic Holiday


By Sshroon on 27-Sep-2011

Il Castellaccio, Pie di Vallocchia, Spoleto, Perugia, 06049, Italy
Date of Stay
30 Aug 2011

We loved our 2 week vacation here. The accommodation was lovely, it felt like a 'home away from home', which made everyone in our party feel really comfortable, even the babies!

The owners were amenable to every request. Daniella and her husband the caretaker were really helpful and even made us a delicious pasta sauce!

The gardens were great, the pool lovely (although a little too deep), and all an easy distance to Spoleto.

We would love to return and probably will!

Recommended for: People with Disabilities, Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers.


5 of of 5

Umbrian Hideaway


By Hunger4rd on 02-Jul-2011

Il Castellaccio, Pie di Vallocchia, Spoleto, Perugia, 06049, Italy
Date of Stay
22 Jun 2011
Helpful votes: 1/0
Il Castelluccio provided the perfect base from which to explore Umbria. Secluded and comfortable, the Villa Rental was well appointed and assistance available whenever required. Norcia, Bevagna, Todi and other jewels were within easy reach. Central Spoleto, as the festival started, is only 15 minutes drive so easily accessible.Recommended for: Sightseeing, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers.


4 of of 5

Unforgettable Umbria


By Matt on 22-May-2011

Il Castellaccio, Pie di Vallocchia, Spoleto, Perugia, 06049, Italy
Date of Stay
12 Mar 2011
Helpful votes: 3/0
We recently had a wonderful stay at Il Castellaccio which not only proved to be well located for numerous day trips in lovely Umbria but was also nestled privately in the hills above Spoleto with wonderful views and access to some interesting walks.
The house is well appointed with an area for every occasion. We often found ourselves sitting around the table in the kitchen planning the day ahead over breakfast or recounting the days events over an excellent red wine from Montefalco whilst pizzas cooked in the outside pizza oven (which were pretty good if I do say so myself). Being away with a young family and friends also meant there was plenty of space for everyone to occupy themselves on the odd afternoons we stayed in and around Vallocchia. Whether that be watching a DVD in the television room, playing a game of pool or reading a book in front of an open fire in the sitting room.
As food lovers we were more then happy to take recommendations from the owner Valli and her family friend Mauro for many wonderful local restaurants. A highlight was when Mauro with the aid of his lovely wife came up and prepared an authentic Umbrian feast at the house.
We will definitely return with family and friends in the future.
Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers.


5 of of 5

Wonderful House, Highly Recommended


By Caro2009 on 20-Aug-2009

Il Castellaccio, Pie di Vallocchia, Spoleto, Perugia, 06049, Italy
Date of Stay
31 Jul 2009

We had a fabulous time at Vallocchia and thought the house and surroundings were absolutely greatRecommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.


5 of of 5

Green Umbria


By Damfino on 04-Jun-2008

Il Castellaccio, Pie di Vallocchia, Spoleto, Perugia, 06049, Italy
Date of Stay
1 Jun 2008
Helpful votes: 4/0
We have stayed at Il Castellaccio twice, once in late autumn and recently in June. It is a proper family house and doesn't feel like the usual sort of rather impersonal rental property. Comfortable bedrooms and well equipped bathrooms - downstairs has quite a grand dining room but we mostly ate outdoors (or in the autumn when the Aga was on in the family size kitchen). We appreciated the huge American style fridge and Miele equipment, the kitchen is not modern "built in" so it probably helps if you are tidy by nature.
Swimming pool is great (very deep). Setting is lovely, and what looks like a recently planted garden is coming on.
We enjoyed walking in the quiet of the woods and then the contrast of driving down to Spoleto, which has some great restaurants. Also took the opportunity of buying a day return to Rome as the train connection is excellent if you feel the urge for additional sightseeing. Would definitely consider returning with a group of like-minded friends as the house is easily large enough.Recommended for: Sightseeing, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.


5 of of 5
Prices
25 May - 29th June 2019 Mid Season Rates €5000 per week
30th June - 7th September 2019 High Season Rates €6000 per week
29th December - 2nd January 2020 New Year €6000 per week pro rata
Non specified dates Low Season €4000 per week pro rata
Location
Suitability
Children Welcome
Facilities
Refrigerator Hob Oven
Pantry item Toaster Dining seats
Dining room Internet Air conditioning
Linens provided Television Satellite/cable
Private pool Garden
Theme
Away from it all Family Romantic
Tourist attractions
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