House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Charming small villa near Cortona, set in large gardens and olive grove with views of the surrounding hills. A/C and Wi-Fi throughout. Very comfortable and really fully equipped. Mint condition. Lovely Garden setting with dining patio ovelooking really beautiful gardens. Stunning countryside. The perfect base to explore Tuscany and nearby Umbria.
• Visit Florence, Siena, Chianti, and the hill and wine towns of Tuscany. Discover Assisi and Perugia in Umbria: 1 hour's drive. Itineraries provided.
• FREE COMMUNICATIONS PACKAGE: GPS (Sat-Nav), Italian mobile/cell phone, laptop computer, Wi-Fi internet.
• Rental rates are all-inclusive: all utilities, A/C, Wi-Fi, linen, final cleaning, taxes. From November to end-March, gas and electricity consumption is metered and charged at cost.
• Swimming pools and thermal spas nearby.
• Excellent good value local restaurants.
• Short walk to the village.
• Completely private house sharing very large grounds with an old and very beautiful ex-farmhouse. Ideal for groups of up to 4 adults (families of up to 5).
• 2 large very comfortable bedrooms (one with four-poster bed) with en-suite bathrooms.
• Large living room; open wood-burning fireplace; Dining room; Kitchen. Panoramic dining patio.
• The house is totally self-contained and private; not overlooked. Beamed ceilings, terracotta floors, and marble bathrooms.
• Excepionally well furnished; fully equipped. Great views from each room.
• Wi-Fi in all rooms and on patio.
• A/C in all rooms.
• 2 TVs; DVD; CD.
• Parking in grounds.
• Maid service or experienced baby-sitter possible.
• Staff on property to assist.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rome, Florence, Perugia, Pisa, Nearest railway: Arezzzo|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
• FREE COMMUNICATIONS PACKAGE: GPS (SAT-NAV), Italian mobile/cell phone, laptop computer, unlimited Wi-Fi internet: totally free of charge (book on reservation).
• FREE: Baby cot/crib and high chair.
The Tuscany region
Tuscany has everything: beautiful counryside with olives and cypresses, sunshine, wonderful food and wine, and countless local festivals.
Because of its strategic location, the house is the perfect base to explore Southern Tuscany and nearby Umbria. Visit Siena (26 miles), Florence (50 miles), Perugia and Assisi (40 miles), and Arezzo (12 miles). Rome (112 miles) is 90 minutes away by train; 2 hours by car. Nearby are the medieval hill towns of Southern Tuscany and Umbria, including the famous wine-producing hill-towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino.
See the exaordinary landscape in the Val d’Orcia. Visit Pienza, an entire town built for a Pope, and listen to Gregorian Chant at the monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. Lake Trasimeno is nearby. Explore the Chianti region and San Gimignano. And much more.
Cortona was made famous by the film and book Under the Tuscan Sun. It is a lively town with excellent good value restaurants. There is a special occasion nearly every week, including the Tuscan Sun festival in end July/early August and many musical and artistic events all year.
Local Festivals are dedicated to mushrooms, truffles, olive oil, chestnuts, pizza, duck, beefsteak, lumberjack competitions, jousting on horseback, processions in medieval costume.
There is an open-air market in the area every day including Monday in Foiano, Thursday in Camucia (beside Cortona), Friday in Castiglion Fiorentino and Saturday in Cortona.
Special trips: Dive across enchanting countryside to Villa La Foce and its world-famous garden created by an Anglo-American lady who was also a war hero. On your way back, treat yourself to the famous thermal spa in Bagno Vignoni, or stop off for a drink at Montichiello, a tiny and pretty hill village
See the monasteries where the English Patient film was made: Sant'Antimo and Sant’Anna in Camprena. We provide a scenic itinerary!
Or just relax in your garden, have a BBQ, cool down in a nearby pool ....
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21 Apr 2013
Staying at La Colonica was the best decision that we made in the three weeks of traveling that we did in Tuscany and Umbria. The cottage that David and Casare rent was perfect for us: great bed, impec… More
6 Jan 2013
"Spacious and stylish retreat in Tuscany"
Surrounded by beautiful countryside, this house offers understated elegance in a Tuscan style, providing a spacious and stylish retreat for a peaceful holiday. Meticulous attention to detail, ranging … More
30 Aug 2012
"Wonderful unique place. Pure Magic."
La Colonica is a wonderful unique place. From the moment they opened the big gates, this year's holiday became pure magic. We were overcome with the setting - the beautiful cottage is surrounded by wonderful gardens, and was bathed in sunlight when we arrived. Inside the house, everything was cool. We chose a large bedroom with a huge four poster bed, and en suite bathroom. From the bedroom we looked out on gardens, olive grove and Cortona! We had breakfast on the patio, and afterwards went sightseeing or stayed home sunbathing and reading. There is a lot to see - Cortona, Siena, Assisi, the Tuscan hill towns, the Val d'Orcia and best of all, the Abbey of Mount Oliveto. A once in a lifetime experience. Total peace and quiet. The villa is amazing. It is so beautifully decorated and there is everything one can need - even reusable shopping bags! It is magnificently well-maintained and kept sparkling by a wonderful lady who brings flowers and fruit from the garden. Grazie Signora! There are shaded swings in the gardens and olive grove for reading, day-dreaming.... There is incredibly good Wi-Fi (even in the garden!). La Colonica has no swimming pool so most days we went to a lovely quiet pool a few minutes away.We had barbecues, we cooked pasta, we bought wonderful fruit, vegetables and breads at the local markets and got wine from the local vineyard. We sat in the garden in the evenings with a drink listening to music and wondered what made the Tuscan light so special! I have never been so relaxed in my life, nor has my husband.This place is so unique, the gentle owner who lives on another house on the estate and never intrudes, the friendly staff, and the wonderful dogs, Flint and Rocco. We are going back!
26 Aug 2012
"Exceptional Tuscan Rental"
My wife and I just spent 4 weeks at La Colonica. We have been traveling to Europe and staying for multiple weeks in rented cottages and apartments for the past 6 years. La
Colonica was easily our best self-catering experience so far. Unlike many rental properties we've stayed in, La Colonica is very nicely furnished, very clean and decorated to a level that you would have or would like to have in your own home. Everything we needed was there. The house is also fully air conditioned which provided a welcome oasis after traipsing around Florence and the hilltop villages in the hot summer months. Most important, though, was the friendly assistance provided by the staff. They were always available and provided an abundance of advice and guidance on the local sights (in English). We were even treated to a few dishes (e.g., very tasty home-made pasta meal, fruit salad) prepared by the owner who also allowed us to enjoy delicious apricots and plums from the trees on his property. It is very quiet so you can be assured of a good night's rest (something we didn't get in a number of other accommodations we've stayed in).
5 Jan 2012
"We can't wait to return!"
I will admit it...I actually cried when we had to leave La Colonica. My husband and I were fortunate to have the opportunity to stay there for 5 weeks from mid-August thru the end of September. Ever… More
2 Jan 2012
"Heaven on Earth!"
First of all thanks for coming to retrieve us when our car rental fell through and for taking us shopping for groceries and back to get the car. Your place is heaven on earth. The gardens, the house, … More
25 Dec 2011
"Great Base and Caring Hosts"
We wanted a Tuscan retreat situated in a central spot in the region to maximize our traveling and La Colonica was a perfect choice. We arrived late but David had already offered to buy us groceries and made us feel welcome immediately we arrived. Never short of suggestions, our hosts were discrete but available. The dogs were a joy for the kids as well.
Overall the atmosphere made this lodging a home away from home and complemented the wonderful Tuscan experience. We would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a central location in the region.
Thanks David and Cesare and we look forward to revisiting.
14 Dec 2011
Our stay this past spring was perfection. We were met on arrival by David who offered a glass of wine while we chatted about the area and he made some recommendations. The gardens are beautiful and … More
6 Dec 2011
"Fantastic home and vacation, we would stay at La Colonica again..."
Beautiful homeWe have been looking at pictures and reliving our great vacation. Thank you for providing this beautiful home base for all of our travels. Every suggestion you made for dinner, daytrip o… More
4 Dec 2011
"The Complete Package"
Four of us stayed in this delightful, extremely well equipped villa for one week and I only complaint was that we didn't have more time to spend there. The owners and hosts, David and Cesare hav… More
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