This magnificent castle dates back to the early Middle Ages (1200 AC), during which it was the focus of defense 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 with fenced in solarium, pool house with bathroom, showers and changing room. 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, 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, day trips to Siena, Florence, Montepulciano and Orvieto can easily be arranged. The caretaker speaks perfect English. 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. NOTE: Staircase to the third floor and the tower of the castle are not suitable for small children. Kitchen can be used by guest and staff.