Master bedroom.  Proper King size bed with real mattress (not two pushed together). Balcony and ensuite bathroomCeiling fan in summer, Underfloor heating/wood stuffa in winter, mosquito nets on windows.
Light filled apartment on Tuscan/Umbrian border

Entire home/apt

5 guests

2 bedrooms

2 beds
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Spacious, flooded with sunlight, kitchen enjoys gas cooker and oven, ample counter space, and clothes washer , pantry. Living space has comfy seating & divano, a stone fire place with stufa, antique beans, old tiles and large balcony with sun loungers, BBQ, & dining area. Both ensuite baths have drop showers and old English fittings, bidets, 1 claw foot tub. Beds are proper Matrimoniale & Queen mattresses vs 2 singles pushed together. Armoires, chest of drawers. Space for baby cot & single bed.

The space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 10AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


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Cleaning Fee $62
Weekly Discount: 29%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 couch

House Rules

As with all Italian properties, price excludes wood at €20/day and gas which is charged at cost and read off the meter at the end of your stay.

The house, while restored, is old. 500 years old. Things are delicate - chains on toilets need to be pulled gently, ancient doors bolted properly, boilers reset now and again. Our couches aren't sealed; our floors aren't polished, so we only eat in the kitchen or on the balcony & are looking for similarly considerate guests so that the apartment maintains its fresh natural charm. If you appreciate a simple uncluttered ambiance (and share our hatred of plastic shower curtains and overly lacquered modern floor tiles!) our home is for you. However, If you need a place to bang and crash around or eat Nutella in bed or couldn't really give a toss about understated elegance maybe a place that can withstand the wear and tear might be better suited for you. No smokers please. And if you like cats and our big German Shepherds, all the better. Thank you for reading!



2 nights minimum stay

9 Reviews

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Susan User Profile
August 2017
This is a truly magical and special place to stay. The apartment is very spacious, extremely comfortable (the beds were SO comfy), well equipped and really stylishly decorated. It is on the top floor of a stunning house, set amid a glorious, unspoilt landscape of rolling hills. The photos do not do justice to the apartment as one of the best things about staying there is waking up to the wonderful views from all windows. There is a large, well furnished terrace where we enjoyed having breakfast or dining at night. The apartment offers total tranquillity and a unique experience of being surrounded by nature whilst being only a short drive to an excellent supermarket or to the shops and restaurants of Castigliano. We found staying there to be very invigorating as well as great fun as Cynthia and Oliver are kind, attentive and really charming hosts. They went the extra mile to ensure we enjoyed our stay, with welcome chilled prosecco, great recommendations, imparting their enthusiasm and love of the area. We really appreciated this as well as their sensitivity. Cynthia was always on hand but never intrusive. Communication was excellent and always easy. On the last evening we shared a delightful meal with them. Their hospitality was truly amazing! We would love to return!!

Sarah User Profile
September 2014
We had a great time staying at Cynthia and David's. The apartment was beautiful and they were very welcoming and helpful hosts. The beds were super comfortable and the layout of the rooms was ideal for two couples.

Amy User Profile
August 2014
Beautiful apartment with stunning views, an abundance of toys for our toddler, to keep her well amused for our stay. Very comfy bed and great showers. Would most definitely recommend to couples or families, the nearby lake helped us to keep cool.
Cynthia User Profile
Response from Cynthia:
Grazie Amy, it was loving having you, and Gus loved having Poppy!
August 2014

Sara User Profile
July 2014
Staying in Cynthia and David's gorgeous and tastefully renovated apartment was such a treat. After spending time in Rome and Florence we couldn't wait to relax in the countryside, and their home fulfilled all our expectations: a beautiful, peaceful setting; great location close to a lovely lakeside town; a short drive from stunning hilltop villages; and kind and gracious hosts. Cynthia was friendly and so much fun to meet - she gave us great recommendations for everything from renting bicycles to the best spots to have coffee and watch the World Cup. The apartment was spacious and stylish, with a kitchen well-equipped for cooking and a living area and patio made for reading, relaxing and taking siestas. We would love to spend more time in the apartment and had such a fabulous time.

Sarah User Profile
May 2014
We had a fantastic time staying at Casa Paterna. The apartment is beautiful and just as pictured - in fact, better! Cynthia and David were lovely, so sweet and accommodating. The location is perfect with lots of towns to explore in an easy daytrip. We loved every minute of it and it was hard to leave!

Jakob User Profile
March 2014
My wife, our wee 8-month-old daughter and I stayed at Cynthia's and David's for two weeks and were absolutely captivated by their beautiful house. Our apartment at the top floor was very tastefully and elegantly decorated and we felt at home right from the outset. Since we had our toddler with us and also visited outside of season, we did most of our cooking in the big kitchen which was very well equipped for our needs. Even though it was only March, we still spent some warm, sunny hours on the fabulous terrace. Furthermore, both Cynthia and David were absolutely brilliant hosts, giving us excellent insider tips on what places to see and which local restaurants to visit. Their boys even helped us light the stove when we were out, warming the flat up before we returned in the early evening. We're hoping that they add a few extra guest rooms to the guest portion of the house so we can bring our friends and their kids next time we visit. Can't imagine anyplace else to stay when visiting Umbria, and we absolutely adored every single day we spent there.

Rachel User Profile
October 2013
Cynthia and David were congenial and caring hosts, who did everything they could to make my stay pleasant and smooth. Their children were also gracious and a joy to be around, but were discreet and quiet. Gussie the dog was a wonderful greeter, and I also met 2 of their 4 cats, who made me feel at home. The restored historic apartment is beautifully and functionally decorated with lovely details and colors, and is clean and airy. The kitchen is well-equipped and huge. The place also has gorgeous views of the rolling hills, and is about a 15 minute drive from the center of Castiglione del Lago, a fabulous town with a huge medieval castle rich with history, alongside a lake that looks more like a sea. You must not miss the views from the Castle tower and parapets. It is so wonderful to drive such a short distance to enjoy them, from this charming, romantic country apartment with its many conveniences yet old-fashioned atmosphere. I highly recommend it, and cannot say enough good things about Cynthia and David! What a find. I agree with the first reviewer who said she almost wished she could keep it to herself.

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Cynthia User Profile

The nomadic Yank met the workaholic Brit in China, courted throughout Asia, married in Bali, made a family in Hong Kong, jumped from Bangkok, Tokyo, HK & Sing, quit & traveled Africa & South America, (and worked some more, let's be realistic), sat on a beach at the earth's end and found out they weren't keen to live in each other's home countries, played 'where would you want to live if you could never go home?,' narrowed it to two, spent a month house hunting in each, chose Italy, restored a grand old property, made it their permanent home, are blessed to have friends from far and wide swinging by all the time. As lifelong backpackers, the more people we share this beautiful home with, the more magical a place it becomes...

Languages: English, Español, Français, Italiano, Nederlands
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Response time: within an hour

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