Host the event of a lifetime at Castello Ducale. Built in the Middle Ages to defend the town of Gubbio, the fourteen-bedroom villa near Perugia blends walls that have stood for centuries with recently renovated interiors. The 1,200-acre estate, large garden and separate guest quarters give parties of up to 30 guests plenty of space, and much of the property is wheelchair-accessible.
During your stay, spend time exploring the surrounding village and forests, strolling the rose garden, swimming in the pool or playing billiards and ping-pong. Lounge in one of the Jacuzzi tubs or on a chaise by the pool, and enjoy al-fresco meals at the long table in the courtyard. Thanks to the 2009 restoration, even the medieval parts of the villa now have under-floor heating, a computer and Wi-Fi access.
From the stone walls and tile floors to the beamed ceilings and elaborate fireplace mantels, you’ll be surrounded by history at Castello Ducale. The common areas have been furnished with antiques like carved armoires, roll-arm loveseats and spindle-leg tables for a comfortably elegant feel. Dine at a long table in the splendor of the great hall, or enjoy a casual meal over farmhouse-style tables and ladder-back chairs. The stainless steel kitchen is fully equipped for either a simple coffee and snack or a professionally catered meal.
Each of the castle’s fourteen bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom. There are seven bedrooms in the main castle, and seven in the guest quarters, which can be reached by crossing the courtyard or via secret passageway. In the castle, you’ll find five bedrooms with double beds, one of which has a Jacuzzi and sitting area, and two bedrooms with two twin beds each. In the guest quarters, there are six bedrooms with double beds, two of which are wheelchair-accessible, and one bedroom with two double beds and a Jacuzzi.
Just over a mile from Castello Ducale, you’ll find a small supermarket in the village of Carbonesca. It’s a 7-mile drive to a tennis court, a 9-mile drive to the nearest restaurants, 12 miles to the train station and 15 miles to the golf course. Visit Gubbio, 13 miles away, Perugia and Umbertide, each 30 miles away, or Lake Trasimeno, 45 miles away. At arrival or departure, plan on a 40-minute drive to the airport.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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