N. Terrace
Doorway to West Terrace
An Ancient Umbrien Property
Tower House, Sunrise

Castellaro is an ancient Umbrian property set high in the hills above the Niccone Valley. The 35 acre site has spectacular views, large open fields filled with broom and lavender and over 170 old olive trees. The oldest stones found on the property when we began restoring it in 2000 were a 14th century doorway, imbedded in rock below the largest house. This doorway now provides an entrance to the West terrace (left). Three families originally lived in the main house, which was entered by three separate external stairs. Animals lived below. The old farm, which had been abandoned for over 50 years when we first came upon it, also had a tobacco drying tower, a barn, a large outdoor oven and two pig sties. In its restored state there are four buildings: a 14th Century watchtower, called the Tower House, the large 17th-19th century farm house now called the Main House, the tobacco drying tower, which we call the Studio House, and the Barn.

We have provided this web site for family and friends to introduce them to Castellaro. The property is located in the North West corner of Umbria, close to the border with Tuscany. It lies about 25 kms. East of Cortona, and about 10 kms. from the nearest large town, Umbertide. From Castellaro there is easy access to four famous cities filled with art, Perugia, Citta di Castello, Arezzo and Assisi. Paintings by Fra Angelico, Piero della Francesca, Signorelli and Rosso Fiorentino are within an easy hour’s drive. Two exceptional restaurants are within ten kilometers of the houses, one of which, La Chiusa, offers cooking course for 3 or 4 days at a time, and the other of which, Nonna Gelsa, is located in Niccone, 20 minutes away.

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