Palazzo Prugnoli, Villa in Umbria, Sleeps 18, Pool
Magnificently set on the flanks of a mountain on the Umbrian / Tuscan border between Florence and Siena, stands this meticulously restored, 16th century Tuscan villa formerly owned by the Prince of Milan. This Palazzo, which has undergone a complete, but sympathetic, restoration by local artisans features huge bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and sleeps up to 18 guests. The rooms retain their original character, with every window flooded with light and stunning views over the Umbrian countryside.
The villa stands in the centre of 2.5 acres of gardens and is surrounded by open land - providing plenty of private space to relax, admire the beautiful Italian countryside and for children to run around all day. The grounds incorporate a large swimming pool, terraces and a charming covered outside dining area with breathtaking views in all directions. To the left of the property is the (untouched) tobacco tower (where tobacco was once left to dry) and which also houses a large bread oven. To the right is the Loggia. This contains a professional catering barbeque and is often used as a dining area offering shade from the hot Italian sun. The giant outdoor chess is set beside the Loggia in the midst of a box maze.
Behind the house lies an impressive 20 metre terrace of stone and terracotta tiles which is accessed by an elegant sweeping stone staircase. This overlooks the gated pool area and is the ideal place to take in the breathtaking views across the Tuscan countryside.
Enter the villa through the double chestnut front doors and you'll discover a magnificent vaulted hall with terracotta brick and stone floor which stretches through the house. Explore the rooms and you should find spacious comfort in every corner.
On the first floor three of the bedroom suites enjoy oversized beds, antique furniture, well appointed bathrooms featuring roll top baths, drench showers and â€˜carreraâ€™ marble topped hand-made vanity units. On the second floor a further four bedrooms are located. To the right are two bedroom suites (arranged as above), while to the left another suite is situated consisting of a double and a twin bedroom with a connecting Jack and Jill bathroom. The eighth bedroom (a twin) is located on the ground floor.
The main living areas are also located on the ground floor including a sitting / games room with comfortable sofas and chairs, a large flat screen TV, satellite, DVD and table football . There is a utility room with washing machine, dryer and a sink and a "boot room" where complimentary golf clubs and tennis racquets can be found.
To the left of the main hall double doors open into the dining room, which features a beautiful brick arch, a large dining table seating 16+ and a sitting area. The entire ground floor is laid with reclaimed stone and has underfloor heating.
The villa's kitchen was designed to cater for large groups and family and friends. Handmade and painted it has granite work tops, an island with twin sinks, a 1.5 metre Godin range gas cooker, two larder fridge freezers, a microwave, two dishwashers and an enormous original marble sink plus plenty of storage.
On the first floor you will find the drawing room (soggiorno). This is an airy room with a vast original fireplace, comfortable leather sofas, honour bar, integrated Hifi and an ipod docking station. An idyllic place to relax and unwind.
A study is located on the second floor and WIFI is provided at the villa.
Citta di Castello, about 10-15 mins away, is an attractive town and has great facilities including shopping, restaurants (over 40!) and supermarkets. Similarly sized Sansepolcro (25 mins) is the birthplace of Piero della Francesca - part of the "Piero della Francesca trail" which includes nearby Monterchi (15mins away) where the only known picture of a pregnant Madonna can be found.
There are good motorway / dual carriageway links to other places of interest including Perugia (20 - 30mins), Florence (1hr 30mins); Arezzo (30mins); Siena (1hr 15 mins); Assisi (40 mins); Gubbio (45 mins) and even Rome (2hrs 30 mins).
Chianti, Brunello Di Montalcino, Montepulciano and Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Maybe above all else the local region is famous for it's wines and vineyards (Ital: Vinetti) and there is no better way to feel like you've escaped to real Italy than taking a local Tuscan or Umbrian wine tour. You can either make a day of it on the numerous organised tours or you can simply wander off to a local vineyard and stock up for the duration.
A large equestrian centre and a 9-hole golf course are situated about 10 mins away. For golf lovers there is an 18 hole championship golf course just 30 minutes away. Antognolla Golf Club has a driving range, practice green, club house, bar and changing facilities. You can also hire bikes in Citta di Castello and travel around town the Italian way.TripAdvisor property ID 2304945...Read more
Please note: these rates exclude taxes and fees and may vary depending on the length of your stay. Rates are also subject to change at the [owner/manager]’s discretion.
Damage Deposit | $1,126 per stay
Cleaning fee | $113 per stay
Additional notes from the owner
A security deposit of ÂŁ1,000 is payable with each booking. This is refunded to the client at the end of the holiday after deductions for damages/breakages/utility costs. Utilities are charged as extra according to usage. Meter readings are taken on arrival and again on departure.
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