Casa Al Campo
Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 8
This charming Tuscan Farmhouse is set in a lovely, unspoilt region near the Etruscan hill town of Cortona, amongst olive groves and sunflower fields. Casa Al Campo has 2 acres of unfenced land including its own private vineyard, two terraces and plenty of shaded seating areas and a 12m x 6m swimming pool refurbished in 2013 with a new liner and a salt water system.
This large farmhouse has been restored to a very high standard using traditional materials to maintain authenticity and atmosphere, though with modern kitchen equipment and bathroom facilities. There are five spacious bedrooms and four bathrooms. The two large living rooms(one on each floor) each have their own fireplace. The kitchen opens onto a romantic jasmine-covered pergola ideal for al fresco dining. The house has central heating making it suitable for winter rentals.
This is a perfect base to explore Tuscany and Umbria's greatest treasures or simply settle down to the pace of rural life. Each bedroom has been given the name of an artist who has had a strong connection with Cortona ,from Luca Signorelli, Fra Angelico, Vasari ,Severini to Pietro da Cortona. Every room enjoys an unspoiled and serene view on the Tuscan countryside as shown on the pictures of this website The house is ideal for families with children of all ages also because the pool is fenced.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lago di Trasimeno 20 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia 40 km, Nearest railway: Camuccia di Cortona or Terontola 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The home flows from a large live-in kitchen. From here you step out onto the jasmine-covered pergola and the herb and rose garden.
The kitchen is fully equipped for those who love cooking. The hob has 4 gas and 2 electric rings as well as a large oven. The kitchen comes with a dishwasher, toaster, microwave and large fridge/freezer. From the kitchen you proceed to the formal dining room with a long table seating 12.
Walk through the arch and you are in the sitting room with its large fire place. The second sitting room and four of the five bedrooms are on the first floor which you reach via an internal staircase equipped with child gates at the top and bottom.
The four bedrooms upstairs radiate from a large family sitting room with two sofas and armchairs. This sitting room opens onto a small balcony. In winter the fire place comes into its own.
Winter Rentals - The house has full central heating and two large fire places. It is therefore suitable for the colder but no less beautiful winter months.
|Further details outdoors|
The house is situated well within its own land, surrounded by laurel and lavender hedges, an orchard and olive groves.
The pool has a safety fence and has a new salt system water .
The two acres of garden are ideal for children. In front of the kitchen the owners have planted a herb garden.
Guests are welcome to help themselves to the seasonal abundance which usually includes sage, basil, thyme, rosemary and parsley and to the fruit from the orchard in the lower garden, beyond the lavender hedge (apples, pears, apricots, figs and hazelnuts).
Upon your arrival you will find a small welcome pack (enough for a light dinner and breakfast) waiting for you. Mid-weekly maid service as well as all linens, towels and pool towels are included in the rental. The pool is open from June to September.
The house is equipped with an iron and ironing board. The house is suitable for small children. The owners can provide 2 baby beds, 2 high chairs and have installed permanent child gates at the top and bottom of the internal stair case.
The Tuscany region
The house is situated near the charming little village of Montanare in southern Tuscany. This romantic and tranquil family home is the ideal base to explore the historic hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria. Other attractions include the Palio in Siena and the Giostra del Saraceno (jousting) in Arezzo. Perugia, Assisi, Siena, Montepulciano, Piensa, Citta di Castello amongst others are all within easy access. There is sailing on Lake Trasimeno, twenty minutes away.
Casa Il Campo is a five minute walk from the village of Montanare, which has a bar/convenience store, a post office and a lovely Tuscan Trattoria (Il Molino). The village of Pergo, five minutes by car has a good Pizzaria, a well-stoked supermarket (Mario, the owner, is a first rate butcher) and a nice Cafe. For bigger shops we recommend the Co-op in Camuccia.
The nearest town to Casa Il Campo is the Etruscan hill town of Cortona. Besides beautiful churches and the Celle (the retreat) of San Francis of Assissi, Cortona's Museo Diocesano and Museo Etrusco are world renowned. Cortona hosts the Tuscan Sun Festival (classical music - first two weeks in August). The Cortona Antiques' Fair is one of the most important in Italy (September).
The historic centre of Cortona has been pedestrianized. Along the Via Nazionale you will find a number of lovely stores, ranging from the local pottery maker, two antiques' dealers, a butcher, a greengrocer to Barchelli's, a lovely cafe. Do not miss the central square and adjoining Piazza Signorelli.
Cortona is known throughout Italy for its food, particularly its beef. For a small town it has a remarkable number of excellent restaurants ranging from simple pizzaria (la Grotta, la Logetta) to very elegant (Tonino's, Osteria del Teatro).
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15 Aug 2014
We absolutely enjoyed our stay at casa al campo. The property was perfectly maintained and clean. The pool was spacious which our 4 children loved the most. The proximity of supermarkets, restaurants … More
7 Aug 2014
"Perfection Under the Tuscan Sun"
I chose Casa al Campo based on the photos and reviews. I had never rented a property before, especially not one off a website. I was impressed by what I saw, but it did not prepare me for how truly be… More
25 Jan 2014
"IDYLLIC VILLA IN AN IDYLLIC SETTING"
Our stay commenced with prosecco and snacks served by the lovely pool after our late afternoon swim after arrival, which set the standard for the rest of our visit. The accommodation is of even better quality than we had expected; all was very spacious, comfortable and every necessity provided for. The bathrooms were excellent and modern and so too the bedrooms and the three living areas. We loved the traditional open-beamed ceilings too. As there were six of us, two ladies shared one room. but were happy to do so. For most meals we dined outdoors, under the loggia off the kitchen, except for the last night, when we used the dining room for a celebratory banquet provisioned and cooked by the local lady available to house guests. At our request, she chose for us traditional Tuscan fare which had intense and deep flavours and used the local products, preparing and cooking all in the well-equipped kitchen; she even gave us the recipe for the cantucci biscotti to go with the vin Santo at the end of the dinner. Her price was more than reasonable and she was friendly and generous in spirit. Most of our meals were taken in the vine-covered loggia which was a lovely place to sit, close to the kitchen for convenience, yet next to the garden and the lovely plantings and within sight of the swimming pool and olive grove. We enjoyed fruit from the fig tree and herbs from the garden beds, nuts from the trees and flowers for the table too.
The villa's location also suited us perfectly Our excursions included to Perugia by train, Anghiari (the excellent linen factory and shop of Busatti linens), Sansepolcro, Monterchi (part of the Piero della Francesco "trail"), a vineyard in Montepulciano and a local very fine restaurant in lovely and spacious gardens. We could also have easily gone to Florence and Siena, but kept them for later visits, as we were enjoying the country ambience so much. The early morning walkers amongst us seemed to take longer and longer each day, until I discovered the reason by joining them and finding that the walk terminated at the local all-purposes shop where coffee and a pastry was enjoyed!
Our stay at "Casa al Campo" was a high point of our European travels in 2013 and sharing it brought our friendships of 25+ years even closer together; idyllic villa in idyllic setting, perfect location for sightseeing and cultural touring and wonderful food being available were the keynotes of our stay. It was also enhanced by the ease of dealing with our "padrona" and the team in place to care for guests. Truly a magnificent experience we would recommend to all.
13 Nov 2013
"Late autumn holiday in Tuscany"
he place was exactly as described, in a very nice and quiet area
and at the same time fairly close to Cortona and Camucia, where all necessary facilities could be found
there were a few practical problems, but the local support was OUTSTANDING and problems were quickly resolved
the only minor complaint was that the pool was not shielded at night, an as the nights were rather cold, the water became fairly cold
10 Sep 2013
"Charming, comfortable, practical farmhouse with peaceful garden & pool"
We were blessed with good weather, by which I mean warm enough to have all our meals outdoors, not too hot for our trips to Arezzo, Pienza, Montepulchiano and frequent sorties to Cortona, sunny enough… More
9 Apr 2013
"Treasure in Tuscany"
We had a great week at Casa II Campo in March. Would love to come back in September sometime so we could enjoy the lovely grounds and pool.
This was a good base for exploring Cortona, Pienza, Montepulciano, Perugia and much more. The train station was about 15 minutes away and it was easy to catch the hour and a half train to Florence. We ate at some wonderful restaurants in the area, several in Cortona, and were lucky to walk in on a Womans Day celebration at the restaurant right there in Montanare.
We have stayed at many homes in Europe and around the world and would highly recommend this home for anyone looking to explore the Tuscany area.
Thank You Sylvie for all your help in arranging our stay.
Scott and Marjorie
10 Oct 2012
"Heaven in Tuscany"
Casa Il Campo is absolute heaven. We spent two wonderful weeks here and just didn't want to leave. Swimming, reading, cooking, wandering around the orchard, picking ripe figs off the tree and generally relaxing. Sylvie has definitely thought of everything. The house was beautiful and clean, beds really comfortable and the kitchen had everything we needed for mouthwatering cook ups! I did a lot of research (that's actually an understatement) before I decided on Sylvie's home and I have to say was definitely not let down. Sylvie and everyone we dealt with at Casa Il Campo was delightful. We'd love to come back.
11 Jun 2012
"Captured our heart..."
I almost don't want to give to glowing a review as I am worried the house will be inundated with people and we want to go back.
It was a perfect week. The house is absolutely beautiful, simple, stylish, full of all the little details that only the most consummate hostess would think of from tea lights to a bottle of home-made olive oil waiting for us...
Gorgeous garden full of olive trees, vines, roses and lavender surrounded by rolling forest covered hills. A friendly helpful team of housekeeper Gabriella, pool-lady Franka and two delightful cleaning ladies. We had barbecues most nights, sitting on the beautiful terrace under an archway of jasmine.
If you like delicious food, beautiful countryside and a perfect house go (but not too often!)
We never wanted to leave...
2 Jun 2012
We just returned from a glorious two week stay at Casa il Campo. It was without a doubt the best family holiday we've ever had.
When we were searching for our family vacation, Tuscany seemed like the perfect midpoint for a family coming from NY and Singapore. The pictures of Casa il Campo with its stone walls and perfect symmetry seemed the quintessential Italian villa we were looking for. When we arrived, it far exceeded our expectations. The house is situated among corn fields, surrounded by hills and exudes an Old World charm.
Set off a secondary road with very little traffic, it is very peaceful and quiet. The house and everything in it was in an immaculate condition. It is tastefully furnished and clearly the owner, Sylvie, has thought of everything. From vessels to books, linens to toys, the house is complete. All the beds in the five bedrooms are very comfortable. The cupboards in the kitchen were well stocked not only of enormous quantity of cooking utensils but also of spices, coffee and food for the first two days. Two maids came in twice each week to change the towels and clean the whole place. These charming ladies are also a great source of information about the facilities in the neighbourhood. We cannot say enough about the big garden. Our two grandchildren had a great time exploring the vineyard and just rolling on the lawn. Because we had toddlers with us, the owner was kind enough to fence off the swimming pool for safety. We had a wonderful time dining on the terrace, smelling the jasmine and looking at the stars.
The location of Casa il Campo is perfect for exploring the most exciting part of Tuscany. All the towns one would like to go to, like Assisi, Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulcino are a short drive away. We took the train to Florence for an overnight stay. It took us a mere hour and a half to get there. The nearest town, Cortona is 15 mins drive away. We went there often for the great views and the restaurants recommended by Sylvie. They were all excellent.
All in all it was the most exciting and yet relaxing vacation for us. We would highly recommend Casa il Campo to family and friends. We ourselves would love to return!
25 Oct 2011
"A (large!) piece of heaven in Tuscany!"
We cannot praise this villa, its staff and its owner enough. A group of 7 of us stayed in early September 2011. The villa exceeded all of our expectations - the pictures are good but dont give it the justice it deserved!
The staff were very friendly on arrival and explained eveything to us. Franca who came to tned the pool and gardens each day was lovely, and we got to know her as the week went on. We even arranged for Franca to bake a wonderful cake for our friend who turned 30 whilst we were there.
The villa was inundated with space and we had more than enough to do around the house; day trips fell by the way side as we enjoyed the villa, the pool, its grounds and its extensive kitchen to whip up goodies everyday! I cant begin to touch on the fact the house came with everything - from a massive fridge to store all your food (read; wine!) and the huge cupboard of pool goodies and toys!
I cannot recomend it enough - book this place, put your feet up and enjoy!
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