Italian Stone Country House

Italian Stone Country House

Celia

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6 Bedrooms
Sleeps 11
7 Bathrooms

About our home

Cretole is a beautiful independent Tuscan Country House with spectacular views, a private swimming pool, large garden, parking, immersed in a forest of holm,oak and chestnut trees. Perched on a stunning hillside location overlooking medieval villages and the Tiber Valley but close to the Village of Monterchi, in Eastern Tuscany. In the surrounding unspoilt countryside owls and woodpeckers can be heard. The property benefits of 15 acres of surrounding hillside with easy walks. We purchased the land and the sadly ruined house in 2001 and carefully rebuilt it, using original stone and salvageable beams, over the following 18 months. At guests' disposal: Private swimming pool, 7x14m, open from 01 May to 30 September. Distances: Cretole is located at 5,5 km from the village of Monterchi. Monterchi has supermarkets, restaurants, butchers, barbers, florist, bars. In the summer there are free outdoor concerts at the Madonna del Parto Museum. Nearby are the famous Tuscan towns of Anghiari, Sansepolcro, Arezzo and Caprese (birthplace of Michelangelo).

Further details indoors:
As you come into the main entrance you will be greeted by the striking suit of armour standing in the grand entrance hall with an elegant staircase leading up to the galleried landing. You will walk on stunning reclaimed stone flooring which is laid through the ground floor, landing and terraces. The dining room boasts many original features and its large antique dining room table can seat up to 12 people allowing for a grand feast!
One of the many complimented features Villa Cretole has to offer is its bespoke hand-painted luxury kitchen with beautiful marble work-tops, all of which are locally sourced. It has a large inbuilt fridge freezer and a separate pull-out door fridge, state of the art range cooker, large dishwasher, two sink areas (one for prepping and the other for washing up). In the middle of this Tuscan craftsmanship stands a lovely wood top island, maximising the ergonomic feel to this stunning kitchen. It is fully utilised with brand new kitchen utensils and crockery which has both elegant and rustic types, perfect for all dinner occasions. A well placed location within the house, it also leads out onto the large side terrace with outside tables and chairs making this a pleasure to potter to-and-fro. This area of the houses always entices its guests to explore their culinary senses!

Next to the kitchen is the utility room with a large sink, toilet and washing machine. The breakfast room is suitably next door which seats up to 8 people. This room also includes the stereo docking station for the in-house speaker system which is featured in every room allowing you to create an abundance of ambience and entertainment throughout the entire house, if you so wish.

The front sitting room leads on to the grand covered terrace laid with the lovely reclaimed pietra stone also. This terrace has another dining table where you can sit and sip your wine whilst over-looking one of the finest panoramic views Tuscany has to offer. The back sitting room is situated in the centre of the house over a working fireplace, making it feel very cosy. In this room sits a large flat screen TV, DVD player and selection of films catering for those more relaxing and lazy evenings in! On the ground floor also lives a delightfully sweet single bedroom with its own en-suite marble shower room adorned by a large clear glass panel, sink and toilet. (This room is perfectly suitable for elderly guests who would rather not contend with the stairs to get to their beds.)

You can get to the first floor via the beautiful staircase in the entrance hall which is decorated with an elegant chandelier proudly hanging from its center. All the flooring on the first and second floor is reclaimed terracotta tiles and all fireplaces are reclaimed also. On this level there is a bedroom suite comprising of a sitting room with a reclaimed stone fireplace and double bedroom. This bathroom has a very large cast iron bath, a marble surround shower, toilet, bidet and two sinks. Leading onto the second bedroom on the first floor is a long corridor with a grand bookcase against it and linen cupboard opposite which contains an abundance of towels and sheets should you ever want extra. There is a bathroom next to this bedroom, again with a beautiful marble surround shower, cast iron bath on legs, sink and toilet. The third bedroom contains a double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom containing a marble surround shower, cast iron bath on legs, toilet and sink. Also on this level is a further sitting room with a pietra stone open reclaimed fireplace for the use of the two bedrooms. Alternatively, this can be used as a separate double bedroom as it has the use of a comfy sofa bed.

For a more modern feel you can venture on up from the large landing to the apartment which lives on the second floor via the Villa’s quaint oak staircase. The apartment is comprised of a large living/seating and dining room area with roof-high ceilings and a luxury modern white kitchen with all brand new amenities including a dishwasher, cooker, fridge and washing machine. The seating area boasts a large stylish white corner sofa, plush rug, large coffee table, flatscreen TV and DVD player. There are two pleasant double bedrooms, one with an en suite marble surround shower, sink, toilet and bidet. The other has an en suite bathroom with a cast iron bath with a shower head, sink and toilet. Apart from the single bed on the ground floor, all the beds at Villa Cretole are super comfy super king size with some being zip and link. As if that wasn’t enough, there is a double zone central heating system throughout the house, perfect for the winter.
What you see outside the villa is as beautiful as inside. Walking on down from the front terrace and situated below the property is Villa Cretole’s extravagant and inviting swimming pool (14 m x 7 m). There is also a pool house where you can store things as well as an outside shower if you need to wash off. This utterly refreshing feature allows guests to cool down in crystal clear water whilst admiring the wonderful panoramic views of the deep forest-filled Tuscan valley upon which the pool area overlooks. Historically rich local villages such as Anghiari can be seen from this truly mouth-watering panoramic view. This is undoubtedly one of Villa Cretole’s most unique features and is enough to make any one feel that they are on top of the world, literally!
Across from the side terrace of the villa lives a lovely pond where you can spot many Koi Carp splashing around. The terraced gardens boast a beautiful array of planted lavender, rosemary, herbs and fruit trees which produce the most delightful summery aromas for your noses to enjoy. The gardens and location of Villa Cretole truly embody the radiance of nature and creates a colourful, loving, warm and altogether magical Mediterranean experience

Further details outdoors:
There is a gate to the entrance of the property and the land is enclosed with a fence.


Conditions

Smoking is permitted outside.

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More about us

  1. We are a semi retired couple with 3 grownup daughters and one granchild

  2. My husband is an Italian from Rome, and so this is our second family home.

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