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

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Last updated: 12/09/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, Sleeps 4/5. Views over olive grove.

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 up to 4 adults or a family of 5. Lovely Garden setting in really beautiful gardens. 2 large very comfortable bedrooms with en-suite private marble bathrooms and A/C. One bedroom is a double with four-poster bed. The other bedroom can either be a double or a twin. 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 and terracotta floors. Very well furnished and fully equipped. Dishwasher and washer. Wi-Fi; SAT 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. • Welcome amenities on arrival include our own organic olive oil, fruit and flowers from the property and local wine. • Rental rates are all-inclusive: utilities, A/C, Wi-Fi, linen, baby crib/cot, final cleaning, taxes. A CAR IS ESSENTIAL!

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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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/09/2016

Property Type

  • 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 is a friendly and well-behaved dog already in possession (see the reviews)! We are very sorry....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    There are three steps up the cottage, otherwise it is all on the same level. We can provide a ramp provided you let us know in advance. 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


  • 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

  • Fax


  • 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

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 5 - Dec 23, 2016
7 night min stay

Dec 24 - Jan 6, 2017
7 night min stay

Jan 7 - Mar 3, 2017
7 night min stay

Mar 4 - May 5, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Jun 24 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Jul 1 - Aug 18, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Sep 1 - Sep 9, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Sep 30 - Nov 10, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Nov 11 - Dec 22, 2017
7 night min stay

Dec 23 - Jan 5, 2018
7 night min stay

Jan 6 - Mar 2, 2018
7 night min stay

Mar 3 - May 4, 2018
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

May 5 - Jul 6, 2018
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Jul 7 - Aug 17, 2018
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Aug 18 - Sep 28, 2018
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Sep 29 - Nov 9, 2018
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $4 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Rates are based on 2 guests; add $4 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates



Rates include: utilities, central heating or A/C (normal consumption), logs for open fireplace, A/C, Wi-Fi Internet, linen, Baby Crib, Child bed, High Chair.

Final cleaning: included in rental price,


Free Communications package: GPS, Italian cellphone, laptop.

Housekeeping: Our wonderful and totally trustworthy housekeeper can clean the house, wash and iron. It can be weekly, daily or as required. Please ask us for cost.

Experienced babysitter: costs extra.

Central heating and A/C included up to normal consumption for any given period (we will let you know when you make your inquiry); any excess charged at cost.

• Stay in Florence: Combine a stay in Tuscany with a stay in one of our beautiful apartments in the historic centre of Florence: Property 156288 on Homeaway or 156288ha on VRBO (sleeps 2/4) OR our 2-bedroom, 3 bathroom apartment with stunning views of all of Florence: Property 343064 on Homeaway or 343064ha on VRBO. The perfect Italian vacation!

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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 small villa 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, Arezzo, Italy:
This area, the Val di Chiana is strategically located to see some of the finest parts of Tuscany. There are stunningly beautiful towns like nearby Cortona, and the wine-producing hill-towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino. The countryside is magnificent in every season. Florence is only 1 hour away, Siena 45 minutes, 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 wonderful local pastry-shop. 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!

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Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/09/2016

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  • La Colonica Front Entrance

    La Colonica Front Entrance

  • Living Room La Colonica

    Living Room La Colonica

  • 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 Dining

    La Colonica Dining

  • Bathroom La Colonica (2 bathrooms and 1 half-bath)

    Bathroom La Colonica (2 bathrooms and 1 half-bath)

  • La Colonica View from Dining Patio

    La Colonica View from Dining Patio

  • La Colonica Garden ... thanks to Meredith

    La Colonica Garden ... thanks to Meredith

  • La Colonica Secret Garden

    La Colonica Secret Garden

  • Statue (in Winter)

    Statue (in Winter)

  • La Colonica Landscape

    La Colonica Landscape

  • La Colonica On the way to Cortona ...

    La Colonica On the way to Cortona ...

  • Living room La Colonica

    Living room La Colonica

  • La Colonica - log burning fireplace - but there is also A/C!

    La Colonica - log burning fireplace - but there is also A/C!

  • La Colonica Bedroom: Four Poster bed

    La Colonica Bedroom: Four Poster bed

  • La Colonica Double or Twin bedroom

    La Colonica Double or Twin bedroom

  • Kitchen La Colonica

    Kitchen La Colonica

  • 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 Dining Patio

    La Colonica Dining Patio

  • Garden


  • La Colonica Sculpture Garden

    La Colonica Sculpture Garden

  • 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, Roses and Pomengranates at La Colonica ... Thanks to Gill

    Wine, Roses and Pomengranates at La Colonica ... Thanks to Gill

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