The villa is on three floors, the ground floor is on two levels with a big sitting room running the full width of the house and opening on to a lawned area. A few steps up from the living room bring you to the open plan dining room and kitchen separated by a wide arch (additional cloakroom with WC and washing machine off to one side).
The large kitchen has a gas cooking hob with five rings, an electric oven, fridge with large freezing compartment, microwave and dishwasher. The kitchen door opens out onto a patio with a gazebo. The ground floor is partially open plan except for the cloakroom. A broad staircase leads to the first floor with three bedrooms: a double bedroom with bathroom en-suite, a further, large double bedroom and a large bedroom with two single beds and a set of full size single bunk beds (one bed fixed above the other). These latter two rooms share a big family bathroom with tub and shower. The upper floor forms a self-contained apartment which we use when in Italy and is not rented out. It has its own separate entrance at the back, made possible as the house is built on a hillside. The garden, pool, and main house are private to guests.
From the terrace outside the sitting room are superb views across the Pian di Marte where many Roman soldiers met their end fleeing from Hannibal’s troops after the massacre at Lake Trasimeno in 217 B. C. Steps lead fom this terrace to the 12 by 6 metre pool with broad tiled area on the house side. The pool is heated by solar panels. Below this level the grounds of the house are a semi wooded area and a tiled table-tennis terrace.
We are in a hamlet called Val di Rosa centred on an ancient monastery now a church and three terrace houses which you pass on the way to Casa del Lupo. The house is quite private but on the edge of the community and close to others – a mixture of Italian and English owned homes. The nearest village with shops, banks, restaurants, cafes etc is Lisciano Niccone with its Tuscan neighbour Mercatale di Cortona – (they are separate places only because the Tuscany/Umbria border divides them; in reality, one big village). Lisciano is four kilometres from the house. There is asphalt road right to the house. The sitting room has TV with terrestrial and satellite reception, video, DVD and CD player.