The Pool and Grounds
Cinque Querce e Mezzo is 300 metres above the Tiber Valley and is accessed by a well maintained white road and just over a kilometre to the village of Celalba.
The 5,000 sq metres of landscaped garden has a remote-controlled gate, ample secure parking and all-round fencing. Surrounded by a protected nature reserve you can walk in the hills, discover parts of the original Roman road and where St Francis walked from La Verna to Assisi.
During the decade we lived here we planted more than 100 olive trees now producing 50 litres of oil a year, an orchard with almonds, pears, apples and plums and two avenues of Cypress trees.
The 12 x 6 metres pool lies in a secluded hollow adjacent to the house with Roman steps and a constant depth of 1.4 metres. You can sunbathe on the deck or retire to the shade of three 100 year old olive trees or sit under the pergola. There are sun beds, easy chairs, pool towels, a solar-powered hot shower and a thermal cover to keep the pool temperature constant overnight.