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Charming Cottage Near Cortona, Garden, Olive Grove, a/C, Wi-Fi - La Colonica

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Last updated: 12/19/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Cortona villa description

La Colonica is a completely private house in the large grounds of an old and very beautiful ex-farmhouse in the Cortona area. It is the perfect base to visit Florence, Siena, Chianti, and the hill and wine towns of Tuscany and nearby Umbria like Assisi and Perugia; itineraries provided. A/C in all rooms. It is comfortable and welcoming. Ideal for groups of up to 4 adults or a family of 5. Lovely Garden setting in really beautiful gardens. 2 large very comfortable bedrooms (one with four-poster bed). One bedroom is a double. The other bedroom can either be a double or a twin. Both bedrooms have en-suite private 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. Very well furnished; fully equipped. TV; DVD; CD. Parking in grounds. Swimming pools and thermal spas nearby. Maid service possible. Excellent good value local restaurants. Short walk to nearby pretty village. • FREE GPS, laptop, and Italian cellphone. • Rental rates are all-inclusive: all utilities, A/C, Wi-Fi, linen, baby crib/cot, final cleaning, taxes. NO hidden charges.

The house is located in a pretty village in the heart of the Val di Chiana countryside. The house is surrounded by large (2.5 acres) gardens and olive grove with views of the surrounding hills. Because of its strategic location, it is the perfect base to explore Southern Tuscany and Umbria or for a relaxing holiday in comfortable and elegant surroundings. See Cortona, Florence, Siena, Perugia, Assisi, the Chianti region and Rome. Explore the unique towns of Pienza and San Gimignano, or Lake Trasimeno. Visit Montepulciano, Montalcino (Brunello wine) and the Chianti region and enjoy their famous wines. Visit the monasteries of Monte Oliveto Maggiore and Sant'Antimo (where the English Patient was filmed). Or simply relax and enjoy your private garden!

There is a friendly and well-behaved dog on the property (see the reviews!).

Discounts for stays of 2 weeks or more or for occupancy by 2 persons depending on the season.

• FREE baby crib/cot, child bed and high chair: no charge. Experienced baby-sitter available.

• Swimming Pools - Thermal Spas: There are numerous very nice reasonably priced swimming pools in the area, all within a short drive. All towns have one. The nicest are Camucia (near Cortona), Trequanda (magnificent setting), and Castiglion Fiorentino. Foiano is rarely crowded. Badicorte is very popular with children as it has numerous slides etc. Three famous thermal spas are nearby: Rapolano Terme has two spas, and there is a wonderful outdoor thermal pool with stunning view at Bagno Vignoni (40 minutes drive through some of the most beautiful countryside in Tuscany).

• Local events and open-air markets: Local Open-Air Markets (mornings): Monday: Foiano; Tuesday: Sinalunga; Wednesday: Monte San Savino, Castiglione del Lago; Thursday: Camucia, near Cortona (the largest and the best!), Lucignano; Friday: Castiglion Fiorentino; Saturday: Cortona, Arezzo.

• The famous horse-race in Siena, the Palio, is held on 2 July and 16 August. Each village and town has local feasts: please ask us for details. The biggest are in Cortona end July/early August. Lucignano has a May festival in the last two weeks of May. Each town/village often has open-air concerts and other musical events. Cortona has open-air operas and concerts, and there is a music festival in Monte San Savino. Cortona has several historic processions. Jousting competitions on horseback in Arezzo, Castiglion Fiorentino and Montalcino!

• The huge open-air antiques fair in Arezzo takes place on the first Sunday of the month. Cortona, Arezzo and Monte San Savino have numerous antique shops.

Places to see: All are within one hour's drive. We can provide detailed itineraries and advice where to eat etc.
• FLORENCE. Leave your car at the small local train station and take the train to Florence, leaving and returning every hour; 1 hour’s journey. Avoid the traffic problems in Florence!
• SIENA is about 40 minutes away by car, driving through magical country side. Easy parking. Siena has the famous horse-race, Il Palio, and is perfectly preserved. From Siena visit SAN GIMIGNANO and the CHIANTI region.
• CORTONA AND LAKE TRASIMENO. Cortona is a jewel!
• LUCIGNANO: Best kept secret in Tuscany! Spectacular medieval village.
• MONTE SAN SAVINO: small market town with Loggiato in the main street and marvellous garden and amphitheatre. Nearby is the Castle of Gargonza.
• Wonderful walks (we provide maps etc).
• If you are tired of sight-seeing, or simply want to relax ... your garden awaits!


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Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Villa
  • 120 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Optional
          • Daily Maid Service
          • Housekeeper
          • Staff


          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Children Welcome:

            Children are very welcome; baby crib and Child's high chair are free. The large grounds are ideal for playing. Experienced trustworthy babysitter available (costs extra)....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            Smoking outdoors....moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed:

            Unfortunately we cannot accept pets as there are two friendly and well-behaved dogs already in possession (see the reviews)! We are very sorry....moreless

          • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

            There are three steps up the cottage, otherwise it is all on the same level. However there are no special handicapped facilities such as bathrooms - we are very sorry....moreless

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

            Four poster Double bed: 65 inches/165 cm wide ...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 king, 2 twin/ single

            1 Large Double (69 inches/175 cm) or 2 Twin Beds...moreless

          • Sofa Bed in Living Room: 1 sleep sofa /futon

            Sofa bed in living room...moreless

          • Baby Crib: 1 baby crib

            Baby Crib/Cot ...moreless

          • Child bed: 1 child bed

            please ask us for details of size etc...moreless

          • Bedrooms 1 and 2 are spacious and bright. They are exactly the same size. Both have large en suite bathrooms (shower/WC etc). Bedroom 1 has a four-poster double-bed (65 in/165 cm - midway between US King and Queen size) and stunning hill views. Bedroom 2 can either be a large double bed (69 in/175 cm - nearly US King size) or a twin (two single beds); it has lovely garden views. New Orthopaedic mattresses. Both bedrooms are completely private, very quiet and not overlooked. Terracotta floors, beamed ceilings, marble bathrooms. Very well-furnished: large wardrobe, dresser, 2 bedside tables and lamps; central light; chairs. Outside shutters and mosquito screens on all windows. Double sofa bed in living room is large and easy to use. Baby Crib/cot available. The sleeping arrangements are perfect for a group of 4 or a family of up to 5 (plus baby in crib/cot). Both bedrooms are air-conditioned (like the rest of the house)....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, bidet

            En-suite bathroom for Bedroom 1 ...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower, bidet

            En suite bathroom for Bedroom 2 ...moreless

          • Half Bathroom: toilet

            Handbasin and toilet - off living room...moreless

          • Marble bathrooms. Spacious and well equipped. Hairdryer, robes and slippers in each bathroom....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • • Recently refurbished. Mint condition. Really well-furnished. Fully equipped including 2 full dinner services, glasses, tablecloths, cutlery, bedlinen, towels, clothes-line, washing-machine, ironing board and iron etc. Extra charge for maid service (optional: daily or as required: cleaning, washing, ironing) and for baby-sitter. Large really beautiful gardens and olive grove. Private Herb garden. • Air-conditioned throughout. • Wi-Fi Broadband Internet connection. • FREE COMMUNICATIONS PACKAGE: GPS, Italian cell phone, laptop computer, unlimited Wi-Fi internet: totally free of charge. • FREE baby crib/cot and high chair • Fax/safe in farmhouse; phone through switchboard. • Bed-linen changed weekly; towels changed every 3 days. • 2 TVs: in living room and in Bedroom 1. • Staff on premises. • Two very well-behaved friendly dogs on the property (see the reviews!). • SWIMMING POOLS (5 mins) - THERMAL SPAS nearby...moreless


              • Audio Tape Player
              • Books
              • CD Player
              • Satellite / Cable:

                Satellite TV...moreless

              • Television:

                2 TVs - one flat screen for DVDs; one with built-in VCR for videos....moreless

              • VCR
              • Video Library:

                Limited. Bring your own!...moreless


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


              • Autumn Foliage
              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Forests
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Babysitter
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Horseback Riding
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking

              Location Type

              • Rural
              • Village

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Hunting
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Mountaineering
              • Sailing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing
              • Wind-Surfing

              Communication / Internet

                  • Fax


                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Dining:

                    The dining area in the house seats 6 plus Child's High Chair. Beautiful view. Dining patio surrounded by lush gardens and panoramic views over the olive grove and the mountains. Charcoal Barbecue....moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 6 people


                  • Activities Guide
                  • Air Conditioning:

                    Really good Air Conditioning in every room - included in rental rate....moreless

                  • Alarm Clock
                  • Backpack
                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Broadband Access:

                    Broadband internet access (cable provided). ...moreless

                  • Clothes Dryer:

                    Ecological dryer. Hang the clothes to dry in the open air in the garden! We also have a clothes stand for drying clothes in the utility room....moreless

                  • Computer Available:

                    Laptop provided free of charge....moreless

                  • Fireplace:

                    Open wood-burning fireplace in living room, nice for the cooler months! Complimentary supply of logs from the property....moreless

                  • Firewood
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating:

                    Central heating - included in rental rate....moreless

                  • Internet:

                    High speed Wi-Fi. Also Broadband internet access (cable provided). Laptop available free of charge. ...moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Laundry Soap
                  • Linens Provided:

                    Our wonderful housekeepers change bed linen once a week and change towels every 3 days....moreless

                  • Living Room:

                    Living room seats 6. 2 Comfortable sofas. TV, DVD, Radio, CD, Books, cards, maps. Open fireplace for log fire. Air-conditioned. Central heating. ...moreless

                  • Local Activities Guide
                  • Local Maps
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Mobile Phone
                  • PC
                  • Paper Towels
                  • Parking:

                    Parking on the property (gated)....moreless

                  • Parking Off Street:

                    Parking on the property (gated)....moreless

                  • Printer
                  • Safe
                  • Scanner
                  • Sofa Bed
                  • Telephone:

                    Italian cell phone provided free of charge....moreless

                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Towels Provided:

                    Bath, beach and kitchen towels provided....moreless

                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet:

                    High speed Wi-Fi. No charge....moreless


                  • 4 Ring Stove
                  • Blender
                  • Coffee Maker:

                    American coffee-maker French plunge coffee-maker Italian coffee-maker...moreless

                  • Cooking Utensils:

                    Full range of pots/pans, food processor, etc. If you require a specific utensil, let us know in advance and if we do not have it, we will get it if possible....moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    2 full dinner services for 6, tea and coffee sets, large range of glasses, silverware, serving dishes, bowls, mugs, tablecloths, tablemats etc. Enough for 12!...moreless

                  • Dishwasher
                  • Freezer
                  • Ice Maker
                  • Kitchen:

                    Electric oven, Gas hob, Refrigerator with freezer, Dishwasher, Blender, Food processor. Juicer. Toaster. Electric Kettle. Microwave....moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Pantry Items:

                    La Colonica organic olive oil, some spices, 2 bottles water, paper kitchen towels. Outdoors: Pick your own fresh herbs - rosemary, basil, thyme, sage......moreless

                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster


                  • Barbecue
                  • Beach Towels
                  • Bicycles:

                    Bicycles are for rent locally...moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    The patio is considered to be one of the best features. It is surrounded by lush gardens, including herbs (pick fresh before cooking) and has wonderful panoramic views....moreless

                  • Golf:

                    Golf nearby and also at famous Ugolino championship course near Florence...moreless

                  • Large Cooler
                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    The gardens are one of the biggest attractions at La Colonica and are at your complete disposal, including the secret garden! Several seating areas where you can read a book or simply enjoy the view....moreless

                  • Outdoor Furniture
                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    Le patio est considéré comme l'un des plus grands attraits! Il est entouré de jardins luxuriants, y compris des herbes fraîches pour la cuisine et offre de merveilleuses vues panoramiques....moreless

                  • Patio
                  • Small Cooler
                  • Tennis:

                    There are some good tennis courts nearby - entrance is reasonably priced. Lessons available from English-speaking tennis coach....moreless

                  • Terrace
                  • Yard

                  Forms Of Payment

                      • Accept Credit Card

                      House Cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional


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                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Mid-Year 2014
                          Nov 22 - Dec 19, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          Dec 20 - Jan 2, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          Mid-Year 2015
                          Jan 3 - Mar 6, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          Spring 2015
                          Mar 7 - May 1, 2015
                          7 night min stay


                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          High Season 2015
                          May 2 - Jul 3, 2015
                          7 night min stay


                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          Peak Season 2015
                          Jul 4 - Aug 21, 2015
                          7 night min stay


                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          High Season 2015
                          Aug 22 - Oct 2, 2015
                          7 night min stay


                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          Wine and Olives 2015
                          Oct 3 - Nov 20, 2015
                          7 night min stay


                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          Additional information about rental rates


                          • Taxes Included


                          All-inclusive rates: utilities, central heating, A/C, Wi-Fi Internet, linen, logs for open fireplace, final cleaning, Baby Crib, Child bed, High Chair.

                          FREE COMMUNICATIONS PACKAGE: GPS, Italian cellphone, laptop.

                          DISCOUNTS for occupancy by 2 persons or for 2 weeks or more depending on the season.

                          Maid service or experienced babysitter: extra.

                          Cancellation policy:

                          Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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                          Last updated: 12/19/2014
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                          80 Kilometres
                          Nearest Airport
                          8 Kilometres
                          Nearest Train
                          Castiglion Fiorentino Camucia-Cortona
                          6 Kilometres
                          Nearest Motorway

                          Car: Necessary

                          La Colonica is located in a pretty village in the heart of the Val di Chiana countryside near Cortona. The house is surrounded by large (2.5 acres) gardens and olive grove with views of the surrounding hills. Short walk to the center of the nearby medieval village. Excellent local, reasonably priced restaurants. Because of its strategic location, it is the perfect base to explore Southern Tuscany and Umbria and for a relaxing holiday in comfortable and welcoming surroundings. Ideal location to visit Cortona (made famous by the film and book Under the Tuscan Sun), Siena (26 miles), Florence (50 miles), Perugia (40 miles), Assisi (50 miles) and Arezzo (12 miles). Rome (112 miles) is reachable by car or train. Nearby are the medieval hill towns of Southern Tuscany and Umbria, including Montepulciano, Montalcino, and the beautiful countryside of the Val d’Orcia. Lake Trasimeno and the monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore are nearby. Discover the beautiful Chianti wine region and the towered city of San Gimignano. Tour a winery in an ancient castle or monastery, or take an Italian cooking class in Cortona.

                          Florence: about 1 hour by train.


                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2005

                          About the owner: I decided to restructure this cottage and the beautiful old farmhouse which shares the grounds. The whole enterprise was a major restructuring job. In addition, fields had to be converted into gardens so so we now have 2-3 acres of olive grove and gardens. I enjoy meeting my guests from all over the world and making sure that they are well-looked after. I am very lucky in having good helpers, particularly the housekeepers and the gardener. Each year I plan a new project for the garden. Of these, the nicest so far are a secret garden, a formal Italian garden and a rose garden. The most recent project is a surprise xeric garden (local low-maintenance plants ideal for this climate) in the olive grove, and is centered on a sculpture I designed which was executed by a local craftsman. Just that small project took 9 months! I love to get guests' suggestions for new projects.

                          Why the Owner Chose Cortona:
                          This area, the Val di Chiana is strategically located to see some of the finest parts of Tuscany. There are stunningly beautiful towns like Cortona, and the wine-producing hill-towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino. The countryside is magnificent in every season. Florence is only 1 hour away, and Rome a little more than 2 hours. This area is still unspoilt. There are excellent reasonably priced local restaurants and lots to do. We provide details and touring itineraries.

                          The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
                          Most guests say that the gardens and olive grove are the best features of La Colonica. Others like the dining patio and its views. All like the comfort of the house which is air-conditioned and cool in summer and cozy with an open wood fire in winter. There is much to see and do in the area: we provide itineraries. Or else, just stay at home, enjoy the sun, explore the property and its various gardens. Eat out on the patio, using our home-grown organic olive oil. Have a barbecue! Enjoy the local food and wine: buy home-made fresh pasta, or try out the local pastry-shops. Discover your favorite gelato (ice-cream). Visit the designer discount outlet malls nearby. Go to one of the many local festivals and meet the local people!

                          Contact us

                          Speaks: english, french

                          Guestbook comments from the owner

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                          • La Colonica Front Entrance

                            La Colonica Front Entrance

                          • La Colonica Bedroom: Four Poster bed

                            La Colonica Bedroom: Four Poster bed

                          • La Colonica Double or Twin bedroom

                            La Colonica Double or Twin bedroom

                          • La Colonica Kitchen

                            La Colonica Kitchen

                          • La Colonica - View from the Livingroom - Room with a view .. Thanks to Meredith

                            La Colonica - View from the Livingroom - Room with a view .. Thanks to Meredith

                          • La Colonica View from Dining Patio

                            La Colonica View from Dining Patio

                          • Garden


                          • La Colonica Garden and Olives

                            La Colonica Garden and Olives

                          • La Colonica Garden and Olive Grove

                            La Colonica Garden and Olive Grove

                          • La Colonica Olives before the harvest

                            La Colonica Olives before the harvest

                          • the ex-farmouse in the grounds

                            the ex-farmouse in the grounds

                          • Wine and Roses ... Thanks to Gill

                            Wine and Roses ... Thanks to Gill

                          • La Colonica Living Room

                            La Colonica Living Room

                          • La Colonica Double or Twin Bedroom

                            La Colonica Double or Twin Bedroom

                          • La Colonica Dining

                            La Colonica Dining

                          • La Colonica Shower Room

                            La Colonica Shower Room

                          • La Colonica Dining Patio

                            La Colonica Dining Patio

                          • La Colonica Garden ... thanks to Meredith

                            La Colonica Garden ... thanks to Meredith

                          • La Colonica Secret Garden

                            La Colonica Secret Garden

                          • La Colonica Sculpture Garden

                            La Colonica Sculpture Garden

                          • La Colonica Morning in the olive grove ... Thanks to Jackie

                            La Colonica Morning in the olive grove ... Thanks to Jackie

                          • La Colonica Landscape

                            La Colonica Landscape

                          • La Colonica On the way to Cortona ...

                            La Colonica On the way to Cortona ...

                          • La Colonica gates - thanks to Dona and Gene

                            La Colonica gates - thanks to Dona and Gene

                          €725 - €900 per week (EUR)

                          2 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 4

                          View calendar: Updated 12/19/14
                          Minimum stay: 7 nights
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                          Member since: 2007
                          Speaks: english, french
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