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

Castle Rock is set majestically on top of a hill with commanding views over the Tuscan countryside and encircled by the historic village of Cetona- but so far below the view is entirely rural. It has been carefully restored combining opulence and refinement to offer a true luxurious experience. The foundations of the castle date to the time of the Etruscans, long before Rome existed.

The medieval streets of Cetona are crowned by Castello di Rocca, a stronghold dating back to the 13th century now surrounded by an 18th century villa. Bushes frame the entrance path while half-way up you enter a barrel-vaulted tunnel with arched-niches containing Etruscan tombs. All is lit up theatrically and at the top you will find yourself in an ancient amphitheatre which forms the first of many terraces. The private swimming pool is made from travertine stones of an ancient Roman bridge dismantled in North Africa. There are several furnished outside areas in which to enjoy lavish meals or relax captivated by the views that stretch from olive groves and oak woods to Mount Cetona and the Umbrian Hills. 

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.

2016

Dec 03 - Dec 17 $10,995 Weekly

Dec 17 - Jan 07 $12,830 Weekly

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2017 Prices on Request

10

Reviews

3th July 2012
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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