Castle Rock

Unique seven bedroom, eight bathroom castle house, right at the top of the hill town of Cetona, surrounding by a beautiful 2 acre garden. Enchanting setting.

Tuscany-Southeast/Val D'Orcia Villa 14

History meets decadent luxury, accompanied by the regal surroundings of the majestic Tuscan countryside. Welcome to the sheer opulence of astle Rock. Set imperially on a hilltop, with commanding views of vineyards and olive trees, this restored castle is the crowning glory above the medieval streets of historic Cetona. Indeed, they almost appear to be prostrating themselves before it.

This 13th-century stronghold incorporates an elegant 18th-century villa. Bushes dramatically frame its entrance path through a vaulted tunnel whose niches contain Etruscan tombs. Theatrical lighting reveals an ancient amphitheatre that forms the first of numerous terraces.

You feel you should doff your cap as you enter the grand hall with an imposing crystal chandelier. Its succession of living spaces cannot but impress. A travertine marble staircase leads to seven large bedrooms, spread across two floors, all with impeccable marbled en suites. Every bedroom is sumptuously decorated, merging original antiques and fine fabrics.

The private swimming pool in the lush gardens has been crafted out of ancient Roman stones found in North Africa. There are several furnished outside areas to enjoy dining or entertaining while admiring the views that stretch to Mount Cetona and the Umbrian Hills.

You also have exclusive access to a separate accommodation. Here there's a further living room, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and sauna. On its lower ground floor a vast room fit for a manor is ideal for throwing a party or celebrating a special occasion.

And staying at CAstle Rock there's plenty to celebrate.

The property has walls less than 1 metre high. Young children, especially those under six years old, should be supervised an adult in these areas. 

  • Barbecue Facilities
  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • DVD Player
  • Fans Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Ironing Board
  • Printer available
  • Safe
  • Sauna
  • Swimming Pool (Private)
  • TV (Satellite TV with English Channels)
  • Washing Machine
  • The following are valid for 2014:
  • Maid service 3 hours daily.
  • Wireless broadband internet.
  • Cost of utilities (water, gas and electricity).
  • Arrival set of bed linen, household linen and pool towels with mid-week change.
  • Luggage transport from Cetona to the villa.
  • Final cleaning.
  • Wine delivery: buy an excellent selection of good quality wines and have them delivered to the villa for free (cost of wine not included).

7 bedrooms/8 bathrooms  830 m2/8934 sq. ft.

Property Type
Villa
Region
Tuscany-Southeast/Val D'Orcia
Capacity
14
Special Selection
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Features
  • Outdoor pool
  • Within walking distance of a village

Ground Floor

Enter into a grand hall with imposing crystal chandelier. On your left find a grand piano and library while on the right there is a living room with fireplace surmounted by a sumptuous mirror. Continue on to a well- equipped kitchen connecting to the dining room with views over the garden and the pool. A marble guest bathroom completes the floor. 

First Floor

From the hall, a grand staircase in travertine marble leads to a gallery with doors to four large bedrooms (three doubles and one twin), all with recently renovated en-suite bathrooms.

Second Floor

Another flight of stairs take you into a big library-study room with satellite TV and computer. There are three en-suite bedrooms on this floor, two doubles and one twin. Every room is decorated with great attention to detail merging original antiques and fine fabrics while the bathrooms are covered in varicoloured marbles.

Annex/Guest House

Located near the pool, with living room, a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom and a sauna. On the lower ground floor of the depandance find a huge room which is ideal for celebrating a special occasion. The door from here leads directly on to the stone-paved streets of Cetona.

Staff

Maid. Cook available at extra cost.

Exclusions

Extra maid service at EUR 18 per hour. - Cook service is available on request in advance at EUR 150 per meal plus the costs for groceries. - Central heating avaliable on request at EUR 55 per day. - Shopping service avaliable on request EUR 30 per service plus cost of groceries. - Chef Service (professional service) - available from EUR 65 per person (based on a minimum of 6 guests) to include 4 courses, groceries, time to do the shopping, clearing up afterwards. - Cookery Class - available from EUR 90 per person (based on a minimum of 4 guests) - Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted. - A deposit is due on arrival in cash euro for the payment of extras charged "per consumption".

Distances

Closest shops/restaurants: Cetona - 400 m, Nearest village/town: Cetona - 400 m, Nearest airport: Rome Airport - 200 km, Gym and tennis courts - 400 m; Montepulciano - 25 km; Pienza - 40 km; Orvieto - 55 km; Montalcino - 55 km; Siena - 88 km; Perugia - 94 km

Deposit

55%

Availability

June through December.

Rates

Prices include all taxes, agency fees, foreign exchange fees, and credit card fees.

2017 Prices

Aug 12 - Aug 26 $15,745 Weekly

Aug 26 - Sep 30 $12,630 Weekly

Sep 30 - Dec 16 $10,865 Weekly

Dec 16 - Jan 04 $12,630 Weekly

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2018 Prices on Request

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Reviews


I want to give you both a more elaborate description of our experience, for it was truly all and more than I had hoped for. The villa is elegant and grand - the grounds, the views, the stone, the furnishings - and surprisingly comfortable at the same time. The layout of the rooms and bathrooms had the equality and relationships that I wanted (but which I had such a hard time picturing; I do recommend that you do a floor plan that better shows the placement of the bedrooms and the en suite baths/showers). All rooms had perfect Tuscan views, the legacy of being a lookout fort at the top of the hill. I think the absence of air-conditioning is a plus. The house did stay cool all day while closed up, and the evenings and mornings had the special quality of the local sounds (cock, church bells, dogs) and fresh air. No screens. I loved that. Most ideal was the sense of rural privacy and views while we were only minutes from the town square. The steep and long stairs were the best and the worst part - good exercise for us, but perhaps tough for some. A dash in for coffee and bread in the morning, gelato in the evening. We ate dinner in town three nights, repeatedly at the same place (Il Nilo), where we felt like regulars. The housekeeper cooked for us three nights, and all was perfect Italian food - simple and delicious. Eating outside at one of the many tables was dreamy. The staff were excellent. I am so glad we got the local babysitter. Bianca was not only the sitter, but our host in many ways. Her day job is working for the Tourist Office, so she was helpful planning day trips and especially translating with Vassily, the custodian, and Lydia, the housekeeper/cook. Bianca set out the extensive welcome spread the day we arrived. We also very much appreciated the presence of Maryse Pen, your local rep. She did our arrival shopping, met us on our arrival day, and repeatedly called to check on us. She is charming, and it was a comfort knowing a local person was looking out for us. I could go on, but I'll save it for reports to our friends.

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