La Lombarda is our charmingly restored traditional 18th century Tuscan farmhouse. La Stufa is a charming two bedroom apartment with wood-beamed ceilings and terracotta floors. There is a comfortable sofa and two armchairs in the lounge, TV, DVD, books, games and videos for your enjoyment. The fully fitted kitchen/diner has a table and chairs, fridge/freezer, oven and hob and washing machine. On the first floor there is a pretty twin/double bedroom, with views over vineyards and olive trees, with en suite shower room. There is a second double bedroom with views towards Cortona and a further shower room. From the lounge french doors open onto your own private patio, where you can enjoy al fresco meals or simply relax with a glass of wine.
The La Stufa apartment was, formerly, a tobacco-drying tower which was added to the famhouse in the late 1800's. Tobacco was widely grown in the area before the subsidies were removed and was reputedly of a very high quality. Tobacco leaves would be hung from the beams around the inside walls of the tower and dried by the heat of the fire built in the centre of the earth floor.
The farmhouse is set in a rural landscape and is an oasis to which to return after a day's sightseeing. Relax by the pool and soak up the sun or sit under the jasmine covered pergola with a good book and a glass of local wine taking in the view of rolling countryside.
La Lombarda is ideally placed within easy reach of Tuscany's and Umbria's wealth of art and cultural centres. Cortona, nestling on its hillside is just 20 minutes away, with its medieval cobbled lanes is a delightful and atmospheric town. Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, Perugia, Assisi and Lake Trasimeno are each within a one hour scenic drive. Florence and Montalcino are a little further afield, but less than 1 and half hours by car.
This part of Italy is a must for the holiday-maker seeking immersion in art, architecture and fine food and wine. For the more energetic there is a wealth of beautiful scenery in which to walk or cycle.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Castiglione della Pescaia (seaside) 118 kms; Tuoro 118 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia-San Francesco D'Assisi 60 km, Nearest railway: Camucia-Cortona 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
“La Stufa”, once a tobacco drying tower, is charmingly restored on two floors in cotto and wood beams.
The two single beds in the twin/double bedroom can be placed together to make a king size bed.
Telephone and fax services provided on request.
WiFi Internet available at all times.
|Further details outdoors|
Each apartment has its own private patio area, perfect for al fresco meals, and is equipped with table and chairs, sun umbrella and a small BBQ.
Tired of the Tuscan sun? The shady pergola by the pool, equipped with table and chairs, is the ideal place for a long cool drink and a good book.
A free Welcome pack consisting of bread, butter, cheese, salame, fruit juice, a couple of beers and a bottle of local wine is provided on arrival for stays of 7 days.
Swimming pool available Mid May through to end September.
Garden is shared with the English owners of the house who are on hand to provide assistance and advice when required.
Guests are requested not to bring any glass object to the pool-side as breakages may result in injury to themselves or other guests, and even closure and drainage of the pool in order to remove shards.
We are able to arrange language and cookery classes nearby.
Details of our other two rental apartments may viewed on the Holiday Lettings website.
Apartment names and property numbers as follows:-
La Mimosa - 20346
Il Bocciolo - 20356
Tuscany and Umbria, a land of changing hues soaking in brillant light, stunningly beautiful and green, land of rolling hills, undulating valleys, rows of cypress, olive groves, blood-red poppies, glorious sunflowers, succulent-grape-full vineyards and picturesque mountains, unexpectedly, gently changing scenery, perfect for walking and cycling. The worlds's richest region for its mediaeval and renaissance art and architecture, Roman and Etruscan sites and museums. Renown for its charming, atmospheric and, sometimes, intriguing hill towns where the unsuspecting traveller may relax over the finest food and wine.
From its lofty perch, picturesque and historic Cortona an Etruscan town founded around 700b.c., much of the Valdichiana and Lake Trasimeno may be surveyed: the mountains of Cetona and Amiata, and the town of Montepulciano to the south.
Cortona's excellent Etruscan museum houses fascinating and priceless relics including the 4th century B.C. 'Etruscan Chandelier'. The Diocese Museum has many works of significant artistic value, the masterpiece being Fra Angelico's 'Annuciation'.
Hidden in a cleft of Monte Sant' Egidio lies 'Le Celle' founded by Saint Francis in 1211. This peaceful, spiritual place is where the saint spent some time and where you can still see his cell. The monks here continue living their lives according to his teachings.
Stroll Cortona's medieval cobbled streets. Down from the Diocesan Museum is the characteristic Via del Gesù, dating 1300 - 1500 and still perfectly preserved. Sit and rest a while at a bar in Piazza del Repubblica and watch the world go by sipping a cappuccino or a glass of prosecco. Choose from one of Cortona's large selection of excellent restaurants serving simple local dishes to the gourmet, accompanied by local wines justly famous for their quality. Cortona has its own DOC and has in recent years gained an excellent reputation for its Syrah (Shiraz) wines, as well as for the ubiquitous Sangiovese.
In mid May Cortona stages the 'Archidado' games to commemorate the marriage in 1397 between Francesco Casali and the noblewoman Antonia Salimbeni. The crossbow skill challenge, marriage re-enactment and pageant take place in Piazza Signorelli.
Summertime is the season of classical, chamber and jazz concerts throughout Tuscany and Umbria. The traveller is spoiled for choice of entertainment with most villages holding festas and concerts.
'Ferragosto',15th August, at the peak of the Italian summer season, coinciding with the Feast of the Assumption, is celebrated in the Giardini del Parterre in Cortona with the 'Sagra della Bistecca' (T bone steaks cooked on 14 metre wide barbeques), and the following weekend, at the same location, the locals and visitors celebrate again with the 'Sagra del Porcino' (Porcini Mushroom festival).
Of course, Cortona is not the only attraction in the Valdichiana. The hill town of Montepulciano is quite close and is rightly famous for its architecture, views and, naturally, for its Sangiovese based wines, especially the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Also, not to be over-looked is Lake Trasimeno, Italy's 4th largest, and where Hannibal defeated the Romans in 217 b.c. The area surrounding its shores provides nature trails, pony trekking, historic trails, boating, fishing, sailing. There are ferry services from the lakeside resorts to the tranquil islands of Maggiore and Polvese. A feature of the lands around the lake, and not be ignored, are the many and delicious individualistic wines to be found there. The lake provides a marvellous micro-climate, which together with the unique terrain, makes the area eminently suitable for the production of wine that is pleasantly distinct from its Tuscan neighbours.
A little further afield, but close enough, are the towns of Siena, Florence, Pienza, Perugia, Orvieto, Fiesole and Assisi, each of which would need a book to describe their attractions, but maybe it is sufficient to bring to the attention of the discerning traveller that each of them has its own unique history and beauty straining to be discovered. Take a scenic drive and discover the many hidden gems that this area has to offer.