This magnificent castle dates back to the early Middle Ages (1200 AC), during which it was the focus of defence of the town of Gubbio against Perugia. Inaugurated in 2009 after four years of meticulous renovation, Castello Ducale is in the middle of an untouched village, surrounded by forests, meadows and near the waters of the river Chiascio.
The castle is part of an estate of 500 hectares, where forests and fields offer a variety of paths for horse riding and itineraries for amazing walks. A beautiful garden of 5.000 sqm surrounds the castle, with its rose garden, century old trees and a large swimming pool.
The owners of the estate are descendants of the family of Napoleon Bonaparte and they have elegantly furnished the living areas and bedrooms in the empire style with the family’s antique furniture.
In the watch tower including the third floor, bedrooms have been constructed, two of them so large that they cover the entire perimeter of the tower.
The kitchen – a highly functional, professional stainless steel kitchen - is intended for use by clients and staff and is more than adequate for catering for wedding receptions or parties. It has direct access to the inner courtyard of the castle as well as the other outdoor areas.
The guest quarters are independent but are also connected to the castle by an old secret passageway. Wheelchair users are welcome.
Together with the guest quarters, Castello Ducale can accommodate up to 30 guests and the price includes both a daily maid service (except on Sundays) as well as daily breakfast preparation (except on Sundays, cost of the food excluded). On request, a chef can be hired to provide dinner which may be enjoyed in the magnificent setting of the courtyard within the wonderful castle walls or otherwise outside the castle in the terrace area in front of the park, close to the kitchen.
The location of the castle allows for relaxed morning and afternoon excursions to Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi and Cortona. In addition, daytrips to Siena, Florence, Montepulciano and Orvieto can easily be arranged.
Staying at Castello Ducale means having a wonderful holiday in a place of your dreams, where you may find yourself recalling the feeling of being a ‘lady or a knight of the court’ in a natural and historical setting and where you cannot help forgetting the daily trials and tribulations of the 21st century.
beautiful outside terrace, main reception, big industrial kitchen, large dining room with a 16th century fireplace and a door leading to the guest quarters, guest bathroom, passing the courtyard there is another seperate big dining area.
two sitting areas, one with big sky tv and dvd player, both with 16th century fireplace, one sitting area with a small terrace with views of the open countryside.
3 little steps, 1 double bedroom with bathtub in the bedroom and with 7 steps to the en suite bathroom, 1 twin bedroom (can be converted into a double bedroom) with en suite bathroom with bathtub, hand shower and fireplace, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with bathtub and hand shower, 1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom with bathtub and hand shower.
down level of the tower: 1 master double bedroom with en suite bathroom with bathtub, jacuzzi and hand shower and a sitting area.
elegant open staircase, 1 large double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower.
the guest quarters are directly linked to the castle, entrance hall, dining room, small kitchen used only by villa staff, sitting area with billiard table, guest bathroom.
1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower and hand shower (wheelchair access), 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower (wheelchair access), 1 double bedroom (can be converted into a twin bedroom) with en suite bathroom with shower and fireplace, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with bathtub and jacuzzi, this bedroom connects to another double bedroom, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower.
accessible via an external staircase, living room with kitchenette and a dining table for 4 people, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower.
the caretaker speaks perfect English. Daily maid service and daily preparation of breakfast (both with exception of Sundays) included.
supermarkets and trattorias 2km/1mile, restaurants 15km/9miles, tennis court 12km/7miles, 18-hole golf course 25km/15miles, train station at Fossato di Vico 24km/15miles or Perugia 48km/30miles (frequent trains leaving to Florence, Rome and Pisa), massages at the villa: Californian massage, relaxing massage, aromatherapic massage, Shiatsu, Raichi massage - the cost for 1 hour is 120 Euros to pay directly on site. It is also possible to organize Yoga lessons and Taichi Qi Gong lessons for 120 Euro per lesson for the whole group that will partecipate. Ballon ride for 300 Euro per person (min. 2 people), take-off points are Lake Trasimeno, Assisi or Todi.
the keyholder has his office on the ground floor of the castle, and has access to the property (privacy is guaranteed), staircase to the third floor and the tower of the castle are not suitable for small children; the kitchen can be used by the guest and the staff. Pets allowed. Wedding planner available only booked through Home in Italy. Possibility to clebrate Masses in the Chapel of the property.
Carbonesca 2km/1mile, Gubbio 21km/13miles, Umbertide 48km/30miles, Perugia 48km/30miles, Lake Trasimene 72km/45miles, Siena 140km/87miles, Florence 180km/110miles, Rome City 220km/135miles.
Perugia 39km/24miles (40min drive), Florence 200km/124miles (about 2h30m drive), Rome 238km/148miles.
Euro chocolate Perugia, Umbria Jazz festival Perugia
swimming pool (8x15mts)
2015 weekly rates
30 people (max. 15 bedrooms)
maid service 20 hours throughout the whole week excluding Sunday, daily preparation and serving service for breakfast (not included purchase and cost of the food, surcharge of 30 Euros for particular food requests), weekly rental, all taxes, electricity up to 330kwh, water & hot water, weekly change of linen, change of towels twice a week, final cleaning on Saturday, WiFi internet connection.
heating 100 Euro a day, telephone, cooking service for dinner is 130 Euro for up to 14 guests (plus the cost of the food), 140 Euro for up to 22 guests (plus the cost of the food), 150 Euro for up to 35 guests (plus the cost of the food), please note that the purchase of the groceries (for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner) is excluded and can be done by the care taker; the cost of this service is 50 Euros each time the key holder goes shopping; a deposit of 1.000 Euro for the cost of the groceries must be paid in cash upon arrival directly to the owner, based on receipts the property owner will give the remaining money in return, extra maid service, babysitter 20 Euros per hour, laundry service: 15 Euro per hour or 5 Euro per wash (use of the washing machine and soap included). English speaking wine tasting (max 20 people) 120 Euro plus cost of the wine. Cooking class (2 persons involved) Euro 220 + cost of food and wine (min 6 people max 12 people), waiter service for cooking classes Euro 30.
22 people (max. 11 bedrooms)
14 people (max. 7 bedrooms)
10 people (max. 5 bedrooms)
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Magical!!! We all had the most amazing week, and a magical wedding during our stay! From D'Anita , Laura and to the staff at the castle who were so helpful and made our week one which we will cherish forever! We didn't want the week to end, it exceeded our expectations!! Our week there will be spoken about for many years to come by us all! Holiday of a lifetime! Thanks to you all
Our family had the privilege of spending a week at Castello Ducale in July, 2012 and we all agreed the experience was fantastic. The castle was beautifully restored with a perfect blend of family antiques and modern conveniences. We especially enjoyed exploring the hiking trails around the estate and relaxing in the perfectly groomed lawns and pool areas. Christian and his wife Petra, caretakers of the estate, were wonderful, they supplied everything we needed or wanted with a smile. We enjoyed their company so much, they made us feel like family. Stephano and his wife prepared amazing dinners for us, everything was delicious.
The staff at Home in Italy were excellent to work with, all of the questions or concerns we had were addressed quickly and efficiently, we would use them again. We hope to return to Castello Ducale for another wonderful vacation.
Celine and Monina,
I cannot thank you two enough! Our stay at Castello Ducale was absolutely fabulous! I truly appreciate all your hard work in assisting us with all the details and smoothing out the complications we had previous to our visit. You went above and beyond, which is sometimes rare and wonderful to see these days in a customer service oriented industry. It will certainly persuade our future decisions in looking for places to stay on future visits to Italy, as well as recommendations to friends and family.
With regards to Castello Ducale, what a beautiful location and facility. It was just perfect for what we were looking for, a castle/villa feel where we could feel at home in our surroundings, yet with a pampered touch. The castle was beautifully restored and the grounds were lovely. The grounds keeper, Christian, and his wife, Petra, were exceptional. They bent over backwards to make sure all our needs were taken care of and always with a smile or a joke, so that by the end of the week they were almost like family. He even arranged for our dinner at a local restaurant for our group of 24 on the chef's night off. The chef at the castle was outstanding, my only complaint would be that he gave us too much food!! But it was great. We truly enjoyed the wine tasting, the Sommelier brought an excellent selection of wines and she was very friendly and knowledgeable. Both the wine tasting and the cost of groceries for the week were very reasonable, there were no hidden costs or surprises. Everything was taken care of in such a way that we were able to just sit back, relax and enjoy our friends, family and the surroundings.
Until our next visit, warm regards,
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