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Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 7

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

This is a place to enjoy an authentic Tuscan experience. Close to the historic town of Cortona and set in acres of olives and pastures - this beautiful 17th century newly renovated Mill House with private pool has been painstakingly restored and provides an authentic taste of Tuscan country living.

The villa has its own private entrance and each room has all the original features - including chestnut beams and terracotta-tiled floors.

The accommodation:

The first floor has a large comfortably furnished and spacious sitting room filled with a rich collection of books. The kitchen and dining area have recently been refitted. The master bedroom has a double bed and en suite bathroom with a bath. On the second floor there are 3 additional bedrooms; a bedroom with a double bed, a bedroom with two single beds and a single room. The second bathroom has a powerful shower.

The Outside

The large swimming pool (11 meters by 7 meters) lies on a sunny terrace with a beautiful almost endless views. There is stunning 'hand made; olive wood gazebo. Lots of comfortable sun beds to enjoy the Tuscan sunshine or simply just relax.

The rambling gardens are filled with geraniums and other colorful flowers, lavender and rosemary among other Mediterranean plants and aromatic herbs.

Stroll outside to the garden to sip your morning cappuccino and enjoy a panoramic view of the lush Tuscan landscape. Sweet fragrant lavender and rosemary fill the air. Wander around until you find a comfy corner to sit and contemplate the beauty around you listening to bird song and distant church bells. It is all about relaxing and enjoying your well deserved vacation in Tuscany.

There are also ponies and horse in the adjoining pasture. (These can be moved on if you are not a horse lover), The ponies are freindly and well cared for and you can choose to help feed them and, if you are confident, to ride them enjoying the fabulous views.

The Location

Wisteria Villa is famous for its prize-winning olive oil, It is a working organic olive farm where horses graze in the meadows and chickens run free amidst the trees. It is a model of healthy, sustainable living.

We have a large organic vegetable garden and pick our own plants and fruit for our herbal tisanes and jams.

Be adventurous and walk through olive groves and explore the Mediterranean forestland that lies above the house. Stretches of Roman and Medieval roads are hidden across the mountains where breathtaking walks lie waiting for you to discover. There is also an extremely handy well stocked supermarket within walking distance (approx 10 to 15 minutes) opposite the local Cafe and a Pizzeria renown for its excellent pizza.

The lower ground floor is not included in the rental. The owner reserves the option of residence. Children are welcome and cots are available on request.Animals are also welcomed

Size Sleeps up to 7, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Trasemeno Lake, 15 km
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Perugia 45 mins (45km), Pisa 1 hour 45, Rome 2 hou, Nearest railway: camucia 5 km
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

General Central heating, Wi-Fi available
Standard Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (2)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ

The Tuscany region

About the area

Coast/Beach

2 hours drive to the sea. 25 minute drive to the beaches on Lake Trasimeno where you can enjoy the beach or try a boat ride to the islands for the day

Golf

There is a brand new gold course only 20 minutes drive away.

Special Interest Holidays

The owner of the property is a registered tourist guide, so any help is always available

Day trips to cities include Montepulcino, Montalcino, Pienza, Siena, Assisi, Florence, Gubbio, Arezzo and Sansepolcro are all close enough to explore. For shoppers, the large Valdichiana outlet village famous for its Italian designer retailers and the gold factories (in Arezzo) are 35 mins away. We offer to arrange the following activities or services - horse back riding, guided tours of the area and neighbouring towns, day trips out hiking in the Apennines or by the lake, wine tasting, olive oil-tasting and a visit to a traditional olive oil mill. An experienced chef can be booked to prepare a traditional Tuscan meal for you and cooking lessons too. Guided tours of local museums. It can all be tailor made for you!

How to get there

Car hire is strongly recommended but shopping and eating out can also all be done on foot so intrepid walkers can do without. Perugia 45 mins, Florence 90 mins, Pisa 120 mins, Rome 120 mins.

Distances

Cortona 5km, Lake Trasimeno 10km, Arezzo 20km, Montepulciano 30km, Montechiello 35km, Pienza 40km, Lucignano 40km, Siena 55km, Florence, 85km.

Further Details

Once part of the Etruscan kingdom of Etruria, this is countryside steeped in mystery. The Tuscan Umbrian border area still holds secrets that archaeologists and historians are still unravelling. Due to recent finds Cortona, our nearest town, has become home to the biggest Etruscan museum (the MAEC) outside the Villa Giulia in Rome. We are close to Lake Trasimeno where Hannibal the infamous Carthaginian general had his famous victory over the Romans in 217 B.C. Today the lake is a delightful place to visit for picnics and boat trips to the Islands. Just outside Cortona lies one of the most precious medieval monasteries built on the rock cave where Saint Francis sought shelter during his numerous trips through Cortona. The local, supermarket, pizzeria, restaurant, bar and clothes shop are within 10 minutes walk. The closest banks are in Cortona or Camucia, a 10 minute drive away. Things To Do in Cortona. Cortona offers a huge variety of cultural events such as:

“The Archaeological Week” includes guided tours, theater, plays and evening events. The “Cortona Dance Vintage Festival” is dancing in the piazza. “Festival di Musica Sacra” is classic organ music set in our beautiful churches as well as a few yearly Gospel concerts. "Cortona on the Move" is a very extensive photographic yearly event with shows and workshops.

There are always new Art shows in the local galleries too.

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Review 1-5 of 5

1 Jul 2013

5/5

"An authentic Italian experience that far surpasses our expectations."

I brought a group of American travelers to this olive grove for a one-week writing retreat. Louise was an exceptional host, and opened the villa to us like we were family. The rooms were comfortable a… More

23 Jun 2013

5/5

"We have been visiting this delightful villa for the last 20 years."

We have been visiting this house for the last 20 years. We came here on honeymoon and have been returning, now with children, eversince. One of the best things about here is the delightful owner who is very attentive to visitor's needs. The viila is clean, comfortable and relaxed and has such a wonderful library of books, you can get away without lugging them in your case (although things different now with Kindle). There is a superb swimming pool and garden with plenty of sun loungers. Horse riding and walks in the cool hills above the villa with views of Lake Trasimona.. Car is an absolute necessity. Two minutes away is an excellent supermarket and pizza bar where there are always friendly locals to meet. The magical and beautiful city of Cortona is 20 minutes away and there are several different ways of getting there, worth asking the owner, as fun to take different routes. Owner hugely knowledgable about Art and museums and ask her to tell you about restaurant on the other side of Cortona and also where St Francis of Assisi slept. There is a rather steep staircase going up to the bedrooms so very small children need to be helped.

29 May 2013

5/5

"beautiful hillside in the middle of all the great Tuscan / Umbrian places to visit"

I have been here every year over the last few years. it is one of my favourite places in the world to visit. I love its situation on the side of a beautiful hillside which is quiet and rural and yet close to so many Tuscan (and Umbrian) sites - Cortona on the doorstep, then Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi, Siena, Orvieto, Florence etc.
The house has been lovingly restored, including its original terracotta floors, by Louise who is an archeologist and painting restorer. Its has a great garden and generous sized swimming pool. There are wonderful walks from the house along the fire break and over the hillside. if it isn't too hot the walk up to Cortona is amazing with vistas for miles.

27 May 2013

4/5

"very nice house in a beautiful environment."

Authentic 18th century stone house with pool and lovely garden. Close to interesting cities, such as Cortona, Assisi, Arezzo and Orvieto.

19 May 2013

5/5

"Under the Tuscan Sun"

A great little spot for gateway and catching some Tuscan sun! Friendly, smily people around, delicious food, charming surroundings, everything you need to spend great time and enjoy the beauty of life… More

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Calendar last updated:21 Aug 2014

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