The house which has been divided into two separate floors, each with country kitchen, outdoor eating terrace and living room with open fireplace can sleep up to 9 people. On the ground floor there are two double bedrooms with one bathroom, while on the upper floor there are two double bedrooms (one of which includes a separate single bed for flexibility in sleeping arrangements), one single bedroom and two bathrooms. Wrought iron canopy beds in the master bedrooms and antique furniture throughout the house give a sense of luxury, while also displaying the high quality of local craftsmen. The romantic master bedroom on the upper floor is located one level up in the third floor tower, with windows on two sides, offering a magnificent private retreat from which to view the undulating countryside and shifting light effects from dawn to dusk Restoration of this house was done using the traditional materials, including large oak beams, terra cotta floors, and hand painted Italian tiles in the kitchens and bathrooms. Even though recreating the classic Italian farm house, it also offers such modern comforts as dishwashers, high quality cooking appliances, and washing machine. In several of the rooms, imaginative use of plaster and paint recreates the pastel colors used by the peasants to brighten the harshness of their lives. Everywhere there are windows and french doors, creating luminous interiors, and making the natural landscape the house's most dramatic element. Outside there are eating and lounging terraces with spectacular views, and a separate barbecue area. Winding stone path ways lead to the private swimming pool, located just above the house lovely views into the two valleys below. A serene country retreat and a perfect base from which to view the infinitely rich hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria, many of which are within 45 minutes. Closer by, the Etruscan era town of Cortona and the Roman playground of Lake Trasimeno lie 25 minutes to the West. All shopping and basic services are within 8 kilometers of the house. Features: Spacious, fully equipped country kitchens with modern appliances and dishwashers. Central heating. Washing Machine and outdoor drying facilities. Two open fireplaces. Furnished with antiques and authentic restoration pieces from local craftsmen. Terraces and gardens suitable for outdoor eating in the warmer months Personalized Italian cooking lessons and/or serving at home, available upon request. Private swimming pool. Special Things to do: A fun thing to do here is to arrange for a cook to come in and do a cooking class for the afternoon. Always a high point! The kitchens in the houses are set up for serious cooking, attracting gourmet cooks and gourmet eaters from all over. One of the best ways to experience the local cuisine is to have Elizabeth come to the houses to prepare a custom meal, including such dishes as lamb roasted slowly in the old outdoor brick oven at La Pietra, grilled lamb spitted over the large open fireplaces, or handmade pastas, bread and fresh ricotta. Please note re Driveway: Please note also that the approach to Casa Cielo is by way of an unpaved driveway, approx. 2 km, it is steep in parts but does not present a problem if driven slowly; It is regularly maintaned and can take vehicles of all sizes; Once you have done it a few times you may wonder why you gave it a 2nd thought the first time. Top of page...Read more
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