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Tuscany 13th century villa & apart. Gelso ( 4+2)


Torre del Guado Country House is an impressive stone manor house placed amidst the natural scenery of the Upper Tiber Valley, close to Arezzo–Cortona and within easy driving distance of Florence, Siena and other cities of art. The villa looks out at the magnificent medieval towns of Anghiari, perched on a hill, and Sansepolcro, birthplace of the great painter Piero della Francesca.

The villa’s accommodation consists of 2 suggestive reception rooms and 5 refined self-catering vacation-accommodations, of different sizes and typology, with excellent facilities. The whole holiday house inside very large secure beautifully maintained equipped gardens (20.000 mq) with the panoramic 15X7 swimming pool (open from May to September).

The farmhouse Torre del Guado, with its spacious apartments, with private kitchen, washing machine, and living room with sofa beds, is ideal for families ( if many familiar groups, the whole property can be rented), as well as for couples ( like honeymoon) or business traveller looking for one double bed apartment.
As well as relaxing and a base for touring, our holiday farmhouse gives you the possibility to experience unforgettable moments as only a place in Tuscany can and, with its reception rooms plus the park inside the spectacular tuscan landscape, is a superb birthdays, cerimonies and weddings location in tuscany (with optional catering service on request).
Museums, cultural sites, thermal baths, golf, tennis courts, horse-riding, shops, typical tuscan restaurants available at short driving distance.

The Torre del Guado villa can be rented as a whole or as 5 separate apartments.
Outside : In the centre of large and beautifully maintained gardens (20.000 mq), where you may stroll through vast green areas and enjoy a spectacular view on the tuscan landscape, there is the panoramic and equipped 15X7 swimming pool (purified through filters with sea salt widhout the bother of the chlorine) with outside shower, for only guests’ use and relax. The gardens provide, also, plenty of garden furniture: 2 gazebos, sun-beds, tables, chairs, sunshade and a playing and barbecue area.

Facilities on site :
_5 self-catering apartments (each one for 2/6 sleeps), entirely independent and with entry from the garden, Each unit is furnished for outdoor dining, its washing machine, linens, towels, swimming pool towels and tables clothes, Cooling fans, windows mosquito-nets
_By request: available free highchairs for babies, iron & board and hair-dryer
-On demand: cots ( extra € 7 per/day), Wireless connection, unlimited access;
_ Well-tended and equipped garden (20000 mq): 3 Covered gazebos plus BBQ area, _Panoramic (15X7m) ecologic swimming pool (purification through filters with sea salt widhout the bother of the chlorine) plus outside shower, reserved to our guests only
-Private parking plus a covered parking space for each unit,
_Free use of Mountain-bikes, Ping-pong, Mini volley & Table football,
_Large ancient rooms for Cerimonies, Weddings, meetings and cultural events,
Upon request, available private cooking for groups through service catering.

Activities in the proximities :
**For those in search of peace and tranquillity:
The perfect environment for tuscan natural beauty and relaxation, visitors to the holiday house Torre del Guado can enjoy relaxing swims in the pool or pleasant hiking and cycling trips around the stunning tuscan landscape of the tall valley or along the Tiber shores.
**For those of you who prefer to indulge in sporting activities:
Trekking, Biking, fishing at 3 km, Windsurfing on the near Montedoglio lake ( 7 kms), Golf (18 holes) 6 kms away, Horse-riding plus school at 2 and 6 kms tennis courts and and five-a-side football at 2 kms, a very equipped modern gym and professional instructors, sauna, Turkish bath... at 3 kms, in Sansepolcro.
The Adriatico sea at approximately one hour driving.
**For other interests:
-Thermal baths ( Fontecchio) and beauty farm 14 kms, short driving to Museums, Cultural sites.
-Antiquarys objects ( Anghiari, Sansepolcro, Arezzo),

- Events : in Arezzo: Fiera Antiquaria ,Antique fair , (every first Sunday of the month and the preceding Saturday) and “The merry-go-round of the Saracino” (on the first Sunday in June and September, at Anghiari Handicraft market of Valtiberina ( last week of April and first week of May), at Sansepolcro Fiera dellAntiquariato (Antique Fair) and Palio della balestra, “Old crossbow game”, ( second Sunday in September), the Palio of Siena (July and August), Festival of the two worlds in Spoleto (June-July), Umbria Jazz in Perugia (July), Festival of the nations and the Cinema Festival in Città di Castello (August-September).
* For people interested in finding a real bargain in the world of "haute couture" (womens and mens) there is, nearby, a small, exclusive shopping centre called The Mall, factory outlets of Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, and other top designer labels. Not far away there is a similar Prada outlet.

Details on the apartment Gelso (4+2 sleeps):
78 square metres, 3 rooms, on two levels and decorated in soft pastel apricot tonalities, lovely ambience, spacious and well equipped. Living room with 1 Sleeper Sofa-Queen, fireplace, dining table for 6. The upper floor consists of 2 bedrooms ( 1 queen sized and 1 smaller twin ) with a wardrobe space, and a well appointed bathroom with shower. It has its own private outdoor dining area with sunshade. Sleeps 4 +2: 4 are the guests accommodated in the beds. Other 2 guests can be accommodated on the double sofabed.

All the apartments are tastefully and stylishly decorated thanks to a carefully selected colour scheme and enjoy plenty of natural light along with panoramic views of the tuscan landscape. Each self catering accommodation has its independent entry on the ground floor from the garden, own fireplace, a fully-equipped kitchen-corner (4 plates, gas, refrigerator, ice compartment, electric oven, toaster..), 1 bathroom, with shower, bidet, sink, WC, and all the benefits of modern technology ( Satellite TV, individual washing machine and heating ). All linens, including swimming pool towels and tables cloths, fans and windows mosquito-nets are provided. On demand available: free Highchairs, iron and hair dryer Wireless connection, Baby-cot (extra € 7 per/day). The sofa/divan, present in each liv-room, can be transformed into another double or single bed.

* : WIFI, Use of pool ( open from May to September), Linens including pool towels, Water, Electricity, Gas, Private covered parking, Washing-machine, weekly laundry change, Final cleaning, Highchairs and Use of the mountain bikes, All Taxes (IVA 10%).
* In the price not included : the individual heating ( when required is calculated based on consumption: each apartment has its counter), baby cot ( € 7 per/day), final cleaning for the pets ( Euro 20).
Check-in: from 5 pm until 8 pm Check Out: before 10am ( not flexible).
Deposit required to confirm a booking is 30% with balance due on Check out.
A Security deposit of euro 150 is due on arrival and fully refundable upon departure.


Splendid self-catering apartment ì, accommodation for 4/6 guests (4 in the beds. Other 2 on the double sofabed), with panoramic views and excellent services. Arezzo-Cortona-Siena area.


Property type: Apartment

Room details


2 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 2 Single beds

Additional beds:
1 double sofa bed located in liv-room, 1 cot
Room for 6 in the dining area
Room for 4 in the living area
1 bathroom, 1 Separate WC

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
Internet (WI-FI)
TV Languages in English, Local
Table tennis
Heating and air con:
Central heating
Open fire
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Swimming pool:
Private garden


Suitable for
Pets (We ask an extra charge of 25 euros a week for special cleaning after the pet has leaved the Apartment.)

Sports and activities

Horse Riding
Sports Center
Wind Surfing

Sights and attractions

Historic Site

Prices and availability

Last updated 17.05.2014

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Early Booking Discounts
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31st May to 26th September 3 Weeks 15%
Late Booking Discounts
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26th April to 26th September 7 Days 15%


Optional extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
baby-cots All year per baby

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Individual heating ( by consumption): Eur 5 per/m3 1st January to 31st January N/A £3.58 per week

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Individual heating ( by consumption): Eur 5 per/m3 1st February to 28th February N/A £3.58 per week

Paid locally

Individual heating ( by consumption): Eur 5 per/m3 1st March to 31st March N/A £3.58 per week

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Individual heating ( by consumption): Eur 5 per/m3 1st November to 30th November N/A £3.58 per week

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Individual heating ( by consumption): Eur 5 per/m3 1st December to 31st December N/A £3.58 per week

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This is exact location

  • Nearest bar: 2km
  • Nearest restaurant: 3km
  • Nearest supermarket: 3km
  • Florence Airport: 89km
  • Florence: 89km
  • Forlì: 92km
  • Rome: 180km


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2 out of 2 people recommend staying here
Stayed Saturday 25 June 2005
Mattia and Guiseppe were perfect hosts, and the manor house a perfect setting. The pool was beautiful and just right for relaxing by. There was plenty to see in the surrounding area. Sansepolcro was an attractive old walled town with a good stock of restaurants and shops. The whole place was ideal if you just want to get away from everything but even the teenagers enjoyed it.
A beautiful setting for a relaxing holiday - the apartment was clean, comfortable and well furnished and the pool was just right for all the family. The views over the large gardens and fields with the mountains in the distance really made our stay memorable for all the right reasons. Highly recommended.
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Kastrup Denmark Review Submitted: July 23, 2009 Date of Stay: July 2009 We - a danish family on 6 persons stayed at Torre Del Guado app. Gelso for 14 days in the beginning of July 09 Its now the 7 time we are visiting Italy and our experience this time is beyond every thing ever seen - the Hospitality and friendlyness from our host is something never experienced before. The place is lovely - very well kept and its clearly to see the proudness from the owners about the place. Its very easy to reach all the main cities in tuscany such as Florence, Siena and Arezzo or if prefered finding small towns in the hills. We can only highly recommend to everybody Torre Del Guado and we certainly want to go back there next year Mattia and Giuseppe, thank you so much again for 2 wonderful weeks. Looking forward to seeing again you next summer! Kindets Arne, Hanne, Lars, Laerke, Tea and Jeppe Denmark Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Fam. B. Netherlands Review Submitted: July 30, 2008 Date of Stay: June 2008 We have stayed in Torre Del Guado in July 2008 and had a wonderful time. The country house and apartments are beautifully renovated and very well maintained, and are surrounded by a very large garden with a comfortable swimming pool. The environment (Valle Tiberina) is beautiful and quiet, not as touristic as the area around Florence, though interesting sights are very close. The owners of Torre del Guado, Mattia and Giuseppe, are very friendly and helpful, they will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible. We have fallen in love with this place, and so has our little daughter. We will certainly be back next year! Recommended for: Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Review 1945: Torre del Guado, Recommended. Review by Nahoko Ohashi from UK apartments on an estate near Arezzo, Tuscany East -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WhenChristmas 2005, 1 week LocationThe manor house sat in a very green country. Their private garden was immense which was surrounded by farms so there was plenty of privacy and tranquility. Very pretty landscape ... the estate itself was in the centre of the valley so you were in the middle of the green open space but at the same time surrounded in the distant by the Appenines and Tuscan rolling hills/hilltop towns ... kind of like being in the middle of the open theatre, absolutely charming.Nearby AmenitiesThe closest town Sansepolcro was about 5 minutes drive. We were just so impressed with how beautiful and charming this relatively unknown town was! Many bars where you can enjoy from cappuccino to aperitif, fresh grocers with lots of local products, great butcher (salami and prosciutto are hand made by the owner butcher who keeps his pigs/cattles at a nearby farm where they are raised in open space), fantastic restaurants (very refined ones too!), and very chic boutiques.Also to note is a family-run lovely organic vegetable shop we found in a nearby village called San Leo ... our 1 year old daughter absolutely loved their carrots & apples!The House/ApartmentA couple of hundred years old building (the oldest part of the building dates back to 13th century!) was restored to the highest quality by the owner couple, Mattia and Giuseppe. We stayed in one of their tastefully decorated five apartments in the estate.GardenThere was an ecological swimming pool (they don't use chlorine!) and a nice covered gazebo. We would definitely enjoy them at our next visit in the summer.Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living AreasApartment was furnished to a high standard to the finest details, following rustic but chic Tuscan country style. They were not too posh nor too luxurious but welcoming and tasteful, making you feel very much at home. All rooms were shiny clean and comfortable. We paricularly enjoyed the wood fireplace in the living room.Bedrooms/BathroomsSame with bedroom and bathroom, they were clean, comfortable and very well maintained.KitchenKitchen was very functional and had everything you needed to cook full meals. When we got a bit tired of eating out at restaurants we would cook simple pastas accompanied by freshest buffalo mozzarella cheese, prosciutto and Tuscan red wine ... how we miss them!!Agency and Representatives (and price)The owner couple Mattia and Giuseppe lived in the same estate. They were extremely friendly, hospitable, caring, and were very helpful in giving us advice as to where to visit, where to eat, where to buy, etc. As many Italians are, they were great with our 1 year old daughter, almost as if they were her real aunt/uncle! By the time we were to leave, our normally very shy daughter would happily be taken in Mattia's arms which was just fantastic.Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?We would definitely recommend Torre del Guado. If you are looking for a green, peaceful and relaxing vacation, not being swamped by mass tourism, but at the same time enjoy what Italy can offer (fantastic food, charming historical cities, shopping, etc.) this is it!Their apartments are very cozy, nice, clean, exactly what you'd expect from a Tuscan country house and we found their price very reasonable to what we got. Giuseppe and Mattia will make sure that you are happy and will assist you throughout your stay. We've decided that we'd go back to visit them again this summer.Things to do in this areaSightseeing (Arezzo 30min drive, Perugia 1hr). There were also many less known small historical towns/villages (Anghiari, Sansepolcro, Citta' di Castello, etc.) which were great for morning/evening strolls. Horseriding, trekking (the Appenines). Shopping was fantastic (Arezzo, Sansepolcro, Citta' di Castello). Countless lovely restaurants. If you are porcini/truffle lover, you should try restaurants in Caprese Michelangelo (30min), the natal village of the great painter Michelangelo! It was our first time to visit this part of Tuscany and we just loved it ... local Italians' way of life was still very much present in this area.This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of Slow Travel, Inc.


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