2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms. Free Wifi. A/C in all rooms.Washer.Dishwasher.Parking
- english, french, dutch
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.
Owner purchased this Villa in 2005
Why 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 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.
What makes this Villa unique
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! In winter, enjoy the peace and slower pace and snuggle up to the log fire. Treat yourself and have daily maid service at surprisingly low rates.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Serene and beautiful!
La Colonica is simply adorable!
Please look up when you enter to see the gorgeous ceilings in every room.......including the bathrooms!
My sister and I had the most wonderful time!
May I say that Cesare is simply charming and there for you for anything you need as far as the house. Anna.....so sweet.....and cheerful to help with anything you may need. David was our concierge! Very accessible.....and directed us to some of our most exciting day trips..
Our house was nestled in a very conveniently located area to all of our adventures. Very peaceful and quite to just sit outside and enjoy the Italian mornings and evenings. Many nights we built a fire to sit and watch until we went to bed!
We were welcomed with wine and surprised with a bouquet of flowers!
Grazie Ceasare for your kind nature!
Great location !
Great location and nice apartment for two and adequate, just, for four. Bathrooms are lovely especially when you consider the age of the building. Antonella could not have been more helpful. To have a typical ‘local’ cafe like la Saletta 20 feet from the front door was wonderful.
This is a review of another property. It was posted by guests who did stay here but it clearly refers to an apartment in Cortona where they stayed before they came to us.
A little piece of heaven in Tuscany
This has been such a delightful holiday from beginning to end. It started with the fantastic welcome and hospitality shown by our hosts. The villa was absolutely gorgeous, with spectacular views out into the beautiful garden. This truly is a little piece of heaven. The facilities were first class, everything you could possibly wish for provided. The attention to detail really astounded us given the price of the villa, which was so very reasonable. A car is essential to get around this amazing part of Tuscany and we found it really easy to explore the area when we were there. Google maps helped. We visited so many wonderful towns and cities, but to come to La Colonica was such a pleasure and retreat from the heat of the day. The air conditioning was amazing and I cannot day enough about our fabulous hosts. They were so accommodating and friendly. I can’t wait to return. Petra Brown Northumberland
The host were very friendly & helpful
Large grounds. Very well maintained Very clean highly recommended. Beautiful Vistas Very Private
Perfect for touring Tuscany
We were 2 couples traveling together. The house is in a perfect location for touring Tuscany. The house is clean, well equipped, with a fantastic outdoor area.
Lovely villa with all the amenities, wonderful hosts who were extremely helpful with suggestions for meals, sites to see and a bakery close by with the most delicious croissants! Perfectly situated for day trips to numerous towns and villages of historical note. Enjoy!
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.