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Tranquil Tuscan Farmhouse Sole Use of House, Garden and Pool

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Last updated: 05/16/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Halfway up a valley and commanding breath-taking views over the rolling landscape of the Val di Chiana to the mountain range dominated by Monte Amiata, the Casa del Mulino enjoys a secluded setting with no buildings overlooking the house or swimming pool. Pool available most months. See website for more details.

This farmhouse, built over 200 years ago and sensitively restored over the past 30 years, stands in extensive grounds. These include a 'secret garden' with statues and surrounded by a wisteria-covered pergola, classically inspired parkland with a 'temple' and monuments, and a woodland hollow with a stream running through it and flowers on its banks.

It is a fine location for walks and bird watching. Ideally situated to discover lesser known towns and sites in southern Tuscany and nearby Umbria, it is also within easy reach of such famous centres as Siena, Assisi, Arezzo, Cortona, Perugia, and Florence. Seasonal pleasures vary from birdsong and wild flowers in spring and early summer to the grape harvest in autumn.

While the house has a rustic setting, wireless internet is available using a receiver operating on an Italian cellular network (fine for emails but not suitable for streaming).

In addition to the extensive shopping resources of Cortona/Camucia some 3 kilometres away (and designer outlets in the area), there are local bars and shops, including a pharmacy, and a regular bus route all within 15 minutes' walking distance at the bottom of the valley.

The house can accommodate from two to eight people with one group only at a time and no shared facilities. Costs are scaled according to numbers renting the property, and payment can be in sterling or euros.

May and June are the best months for fireflies and nightingales and for the garden. The roses and blue and white flowers in the 'secret garden' are at their best. The grape harvest starts from mid-September and there are pomegranates in the hedgerows.


Some comments from previous guests:

Our stay at the Casa del Mulino was delightful. I especially enjoyed the gardens and the sculptures contained within them. Barbara C., USA

Casa del Mulino is a delightful retreat nestled in the hills near Camucia, Italy. It is close to many amenities and within easy reach of Cortona, Arezzo, or Perugia by car and Rome or Florence by rail. The main house can accommodate 6-8 people comfortably, with plentiful gardens and trails, olive groves and vineyards. It is a wonderful location to relax with a good book, or to use as a base for exploring on day-trips. Richard and Beverly W., Canada

We shall visit the house again. It is such a beautiful place. Thank you so much for renting it out, and for putting in so much effort to make it the place it is. I have loaded our pictures onto Facebook, and we have received so many comments from friends! We all enjoyed our stay so much – the house and garden are just magical! Jackie H., UK

The gardens are absolutely stunning and a real tribute to your hard work and we thoroughly enjoyed them…
Graham B., UK

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Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 1010 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Lots of space for children to explore including small stream, olive groves and sandpit...moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    Wheelchair access limited due to the gravel surrounding the house, the narrow doorways and lack of elevator....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Outdoors but not in house ...moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 4-8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Upstairs bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king

    Downstairs bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    Downstairs second bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

    Separate bedroom at the back of the house...moreless

  • The beds in Bedroom 4 are two single beds which are normally put together to make a queensize bed....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Upstairs bathroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Downstairs bathroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Detached bathroom (in an adjacent building)...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Extensive parkland with stream, gardens in front and behind house, wood-fired pizza oven...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    A selection of books are provided. As the house is a rural retreat with abundant activities outside, we have never needed a TV! ...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Views of Monte Amiata and the Chiana Valley...moreless

  • Rural:

    Set in the countryside on the border between Tuscany and Umbria, close to the winemaking region of Chianti. Fantastic for walking, seeing flowers and wildlife, mountain biking etc....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining area on veranda with stunning view of extinct volcano. Comfortable for 8 people. Garden has dining table for up to 18 people amongst olive trees....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Covered Parking:

    Parking bay covered by creeper (though not sufficient to keep car completely dry)...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating through radiators in major rooms. Rarely needed in letting period....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wireless internet is available using a receiver operating on an Italian cellular network (fine for emails but not suitable for streaming)....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Due to the lack of laundry facilities in the area, we encourage guests to bring their own linen. We can provide linen for 15 Euros per person....moreless

  • Living Room:

    If the upper floor is rented, this contains a living room with sofa and chairs and views over the valley. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Large amount of parking on drive and around house - easily enough for 4 cars....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Traditional italian style 'Mokka' coffee maker to be used on the cooker. Electric kettle for heating water....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Pans, skillets and other common cooking utensils....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Enough cutlery, crockery and glasses for up to 10 people....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen is kept in traditional rustic style, opening out on to the veranda with a stunning view. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    There is an electric oven...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Refrigerator with freezer compartment....moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas cooker with oven...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Veranda with stunning views of an extinct volcano...moreless

  • Gazebo:

    (4) Four stone tables in separate locations sheltered by vines and virginia creeper...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Veranda with stunning views of an extinct volcano...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The house is surrounded by substantial gardens (3 acres, 12,000 m2, 14,500 square yards) for the exclusive use of your group. We only rent to one group at a time so this offers exceptional privacy....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    Pool is for the exclusive use of the sole guests. It has dimensions of 30 x 14 x 4 feet. The temperature is usually around 70 degrees Fahrenheit so no heating necessary!...moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
late May to late June
May 24 - Jun 20, 2015
7 night min stay

£575 £2,013
late June to early Sept
Jun 21 - Sep 5, 2015
7 night min stay

£715 £2,503
to mid-September
Sep 6 - Sep 12, 2015
7 night min stay

£575 £2,013
mid-Sept to early Oct
Sep 13 - Oct 3, 2015
7 night min stay

£490 £1,715
After early October
Oct 4 - Oct 31, 2015
7 night min stay

£475 £1,663
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

The prices above are based on 1-2 people staying on the upper floor of the house. We can also accommodate 3-6 guests using the lower floor or 7-8 people using both floors. The prices for these are a little higher (but the cost is divided between more people). Please ask for details.

A deposit of 150 British Pounds is required. Due to limited laundry services in the area, we encourage guests to bring their own sheets and towels. For this a 2.5% discount is given. Bookings of 2 or 3 weeks receive a 10% discount, while bookings of 4 weeks or more receive 12.5%. There are no other charges.


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Location

120 Miles
Nearest Airport
Pisa intl. airport (Perugia airport 40 miles)
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
At the Perugia-Arezzo road (SR71)
18 Miles
Nearest Golf
Golf Club Valdichiana
4 Miles
Nearest Train
Camucia-Cortona station
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Perugia-Arezzo road (SR71)
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Many restaurants in Cortona
15 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Trasimeno has nice beaches

Car: Recommended

The house has a secluded setting in the Tuscan countryside and offers fantastic walks in the hills filled with olive groves, streams, flowers and animals. Many who visit hire or bring mountain biles and enjoy the trails higher up in the hills, enjoying the breathtaking views across the valley, before returning for a dip in the pool.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1974

About the owner: Novelist and art historian who bought the house to enjoy with family in the heart of Renaissance Italy.

Why the Owner Chose Cortona:
The location is quiet, private and secluded but with great views and plenty of space for children to play safely. The hillside setting is perfect in the hotter months with cooling breezes. Many of the major sights are within an hour's drive in all directions. Shops and train station (to Rome, Florence) are only a 10 minute drive away. Close to Cortona, a fascinating and bustling town with Etruscan origins, which regularly holds artistic, musical and culinary festivals.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
The property and pool is rented for exclusive use of one group and is not overlooked so very private. There are many countryside walks in the hills and also perfect for cycling and horse riding.


Contact us

Speaks: english, italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

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Photos

  • Front view of farmhouse

    Front view of farmhouse

  • Sitting room on the upper floor of the house

    Sitting room on the upper floor of the house

  • Upper floor bedroom

    Upper floor bedroom

  • Large room on the lower floor with traditional furniture

    Large room on the lower floor with traditional furniture

  • View of the Orchard Room with views of the garden behind the house

    View of the Orchard Room with views of the garden behind the house

  • View of the valley showing the secluded setting of the house

    View of the valley showing the secluded setting of the house

  • View of the private drive leading to house with florentine lilies (Spring)

    View of the private drive leading to house with florentine lilies (Spring)

  • Lower bathroom

    Lower bathroom

  • View from the house across the Chiana plain towards an extinct volcano

    View from the house across the Chiana plain towards an extinct volcano

  • View of swimming pool (loungers, chairs and tables out of view) - 9.1 x 4.4 m

    View of swimming pool (loungers, chairs and tables out of view) - 9.1 x 4.4 m

  • View of private parkland (exclusive use) around the house

    View of private parkland (exclusive use) around the house

  • View of one of the terraces with olive trees and vines

    View of one of the terraces with olive trees and vines

  • Kitchen in traditional Tuscan style which opens on to veranda

    Kitchen in traditional Tuscan style which opens on to veranda

  • View of wisteria walk in Spring

    View of wisteria walk in Spring

  • Plan of the house (not to exact scale)

    Plan of the house (not to exact scale)

  • Garden behind the house

    Garden behind the house

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Speaks: english, italian
  • Calendar last updated 05/16/2015
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