This magnificent castle dates back to the early Middle Ages (1200 AC), during which it was the focus of defense of the town of Gubbio against Perugia. Inaugurated in 2009 after four years of meticulous renovation, Castello Ducale is in the middle of an untouched village, surrounded by forests, meadows and near the waters of the river Chiascio.
The castle is part of an estate of 500 hectares, where forests and fields offer a variety of paths for horse riding and itineraries for amazing walks. A beautiful garden of 5.000 sq m surrounds the castle, with its rose garden, century old trees and a large swimming pool.
The owners of the estate are descendants of the family of Napoleon Bonaparte and they have elegantly furnished the living areas and bedrooms in the empire style with the family's antique furniture.
In the watch tower including the third floor, bedrooms have been constructed, two of them so large that they cover the entire perimeter of the tower.
The kitchen - a highly functional, professional stainless steel kitchen - is intended for use by clients and staff and is more than adequate for catering for wedding receptions or parties. It has direct access to the inner courtyard of the castle as well as the other outdoor areas.
The guest quarters are independent but are also connected to the castle by an old secret passageway. Wheelchair users are welcome.
Together with the guest quarters, Castello Ducale can accommodate up to 30 guests and the price includes both a daily maid service (except on Sundays) as well as daily breakfast preparation (except on Sundays, cost of the food excluded). On request, a chef can be hired to provide dinner which may be enjoyed in the magnificent setting of the courtyard within the wonderful castle walls or otherwise outside the castle in the terrace area in front of the park, close to the kitchen.
The location of the castle allows for relaxed morning and afternoon excursions to Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi and Cortona. In addition, daytrips to Siena, Florence, Montepulciano and Orvieto can easily be arranged.
Staying at Castello Ducale means having a wonderful holiday in a place of your dreams, where you may find yourself recalling the feeling of being a 'lady or a knight of the court' in a natural and historical setting and where you cannot help forgetting the daily trials and tribulations of the 21st century.
Beautiful outside terrace, main reception, big industrial kitchen, large dining room with a 16th century fireplace and a door leading to the guest quarters, guest bathroom, passing the courtyard there is another separate big dining area.
Two sitting areas, one with big sky TV and DVD player, both with 16th century fireplace, one sitting area with a small terrace with views of the open countryside.
3 little steps, 1 double bedroom with bathtub in the bedroom and with 7 steps to the en suite bathroom, 1 twin bedroom (can be converted into a double bedroom) with en suite bathroom with bathtub, hand shower and fireplace, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with bathtub and hand shower, 1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom with bathtub and hand shower.
Down level of the tower: 1 master double bedroom with en suite bathroom with bathtub, jacuzzi and hand shower and a sitting area.
Elegant open staircase, 1 large double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower.
The guest quarters are directly linked to the castle, entrance hall, dining room, small kitchen used only by villa staff, sitting area with billiard table, guest bathroom.
1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower and hand shower (wheelchair access), 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower (wheelchair access), 1 double bedroom (can be converted into a twin bedroom) with en suite bathroom with shower and fireplace, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with bathtub and jacuzzi, this bedroom connects to another double bedroom, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower.
Accessible via an external staircase, living room with kitchenette and a dining table for 4 people, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower.
The caretaker speaks perfect English. Daily maid service and daily preparation of breakfast (both with exception of Sundays) included.
Supermarkets and trattorias 2km/1mile, restaurants 15km/9miles, tennis court 12km/7miles, 18-hole golf course 25km/15miles, train station at Fossato di Vico 24km/15miles or Perugia 48km/30miles (frequent trains leaving to Florence, Rome and Pisa), massages at the villa: Californian massage, relaxing massage, aromatherapic massage, Shiatsu, Raichi massage - the cost for 1 hour is 120 Euros to pay directly on site. It is also possible to organize Yoga lessons and Taichi Qi Gong lessons for 120 Euro per lesson for the whole group that will partecipate. Ballon ride for 300 Euro per person (min. 2 people), take-off points are Lake Trasimeno, Assisi or Todi.
Staircase to the third floor and the tower of the castle are not suitable for small children; the kitchen can be used by the guest and the staff. Pets allowed.
Euro chocolate in Perugia, Umbria Jazz Festival in Perguia
All Italian villa rentals are for 7 nights, beginning and ending on Saturdays, unless otherwise noted
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