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'Casa Bel Posto' Lovely Tuscan Farmhouse Near Cortona W/Pool!

Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Val di Chiana, minutes from the picturesque hilltop town of Cortona, is 'Casa bel Posto', a tranquil and charming Tuscan farmhouse conveniently located in southern Tuscany. Casa bel Posto boasts the perfect Tuscan getaway with the best of both worlds; located in the heart of the countryside with all the benefits of having a lively historical city nearby.

Casa bel Posto is secluded, completely fenced in a spacious yard with a delightful view of Cortona, has a considerably large swimming pool and is surrounded by small farms where you often find fields of vibrant sunflowers in the summer. The well-equipped 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment sleeps 6 comfortably and is located on the entire bottom floor of the farmhouse with its own private entrance.

The Casa bel Posto vacation apartment has been designed with style and convenience in mind; each bedroom is individually themed and artistically decorated to make you feel at home in a 'B&B' like setting. The kitchen comes fully equipped with appliances, cooking utensils, pots and pans, dishes, silverware, etc.; everything necessary to make you feel at home. The dining room, located in the same large open plan room as the kitchen, has a sizable rustic wood table that can easily seat ten people, perfect for entertaining. The living room is comfortable and spacious and thanks to the very thick stone walls the apartment stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There is a brand new Whirlpool washing machine in the rental unit. Bedding, towels, electricity and heating are included in the weekly rental rates, mid-week cleaning service can be arranged for a minimal fee. As additional amenities for our guests we also offer complimentary internet (Wi-Fi) which is accessible both from inside the apartment and outside on the property, even by the pool.

We highly encourage our guests to make use of the large yard where you can enjoy meals, dining al fresco at the outdoor dining table (seating 12), under the protective cover of umbrella pine trees while enjoying views of Cortona up on the hillside. There is also a charcoal barbeque on-site for guest use. The 24 ft. x 48 ft. swimming pool, open from May – October, is a cool refreshing break from the summer heat. Poolside you will find lounging chairs, inflatable mattresses and plenty of noodles to ensure maximum relaxation in the peaceful countryside setting. Two bicycles are available to guests for explorations of the nearby local farming community and rural country roads.

The delightful town of Cortona is just a few minutes drive from Casa bel Posto, perched dramatically on a hillside looking out over the Val di Chiana and Lago Trasimeno. Cortona has picturesque little streets, enchanting churches, museums, local shops and entertainment and well as a wide variety of delectable restaurants.

We will be happy to give you recommendations and help make reservations for local dining and give you advice on what to do or see in the area. We also operate Journey to Enlightenment Tours, a small custom-designed tour company specializing in the local area and can arrange personalized tours for you upon request.

Casa bel Posto is centrally located in southern Tuscany, 2.5 hours north of Rome, a little over an hour south of Florence, 45 minutes from Siena, 20 minutes from Montepulciano and Perugia and in easy reach of numerous other beautiful Tuscan towns. The property is just a few minutes from Camucia, where the main train station for Cortona is located, a stop on the Rome – Florence train line.

For additional information and more pictures of Casa bel Posto, please contact us directly.

Keywords: Apartment in Farmhouse, Cortona, villa, farmhouse, apartment

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Tania & Keith von Barkenhagen
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 2, 2017

About Tania & Keith von Barkenhagen

We began our Italian adventure by following our dream and moving to Italy in March 2005, leaving the bustling life of southern California behind. Tania is an American born Italian who has visited Italy almost every year of her life. With a passion for photography and a desire to be immersed in culture and art, she has always yearned to live in the country that engendered her artistic and vivacious personality. Keith is a techie who loves to travel, cook and intricate details of just about anything and was up for the challenge and change of life. Their shared love of travel, new adventures, wine and delectable local dishes made Tuscany the perfect destination. Murphy the dog, well, he just likes food and companionship, probably in that order, but he also seems to be thoroughly enjoying his life in Italy.

Tania & Keith von Barkenhagen purchased this farmhouse in 2007

What makes this farmhouse unique

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Val di Chiana, minutes from the picturesque hilltop town of Cortona (featured in 'Under the Tuscan Sun'), 'Casa bel Posto' is a tranquil and charming Tuscan farmhouse conveniently located in southern Tuscany. Casa bel Posto boasts the perfect Tuscan getaway with the best of both worlds; located in the heart of the countryside with all the benefits of having a lively historical city nearby. Everything you could want to see in central Tuscany is at your fingertips - 5 minutes from the main train line leading to Rome in 2.5 hours, Florence in just over 1 hour, 1/2 hour drive to Perugia for chocolate making, Montepulciano or Chianti for wine, Pienza for amazing cheese and countless little hilltop towns along the way. Less than an hour drive to Sienna (famous for it's horse races, the Palio), Montalcino for wine and many other towns. Plus we've explored the area for you, so we're ready to help with reservations, little out of the way spots to explore, hilltop towns to discover, small family-run wineries to see.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Italy has been on our “bucket list” for many years. How wonderful for us that when we finally got around to visiting in April, 2012, we knew that Casa bel Posto would fit our needs exactly. We find great joy in sharing our travel experiences with friends and family, and here in Cortona, we had room to spare.

The little girls loved romping with Murphy, and the grown-ups loved sitting out in the late afternoon sun with a glass of wine, looking up toward the beautiful ancient town on the hill. My husband, Don (who speaks no Italian) described his favorite moment -- he took a walk and ended up having a delightful conversation with a local man who spoke no English. Yet they talked for 40 minutes! I don’t think any of us imagined how very friendly and open this beautiful place would be.

Keith and Tania made great suggestions for shopping, dining, and wine tasting, and made us feel so much a part of this lovely home. The kitchen is beautifully equipped, and that grand, large, family-style table was home to many meals cooked with all the fresh bounty of Tuscany, including Keith and Tania’s own olive oil brand – “L’Arte”. Delicioso!

There was something for everyone; a delightful Etruscan museum for me, an outdoor restaurant for our son and his wife, infinite photo opportunities for the shutter bugs, and the “world’s best” gelato for the girls. We were conveniently situated within comfortable drives of many of the lovely old cities and towns, and we even took a drive to the coast for a day.

Happily, we have NOT crossed Italy off our bucket list; we hope to visit again and again. Only next time, we will feel like we are “coming home” – to Casa bel Posto!

Springfield, Vermont, USA

May, 2012
Apr 2012
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'Casa Bel Posto' Lovely Tuscan Farmhouse Near Cortona W/Pool!
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Wonderful memories of time spent at Casa Bel Posto!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 (Mom & Dad and our 4 kids, ages 20, 13, 12, 10) spent a wonderful month traveling throughout Italy in July 2016. We used VRBO to rent apartments in Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Sorrento, and Rome. We booked our week at lovely Casa Bel Posto in the middle of our busy month, in order to give our kids some down time to rest and play. Our time spent at Casa Bel Posto exceeded our expectations! Tania & Keith were fantastic hosts! They were available & attentive to our many questions but they also afforded us privacy during our stay, including the many hours we spent outside enjoying their lovely property. Their farmhouse apartment, with it's 3 well-appointed bedrooms and 2 modern bathrooms, was great for our family. We enjoyed cooking in their well-equipped kitchen, grilling and eating meals/relaxing under their cozy Pergola, and swimming in their amazing pool! We enjoyed excursions into Cortona, shopping at local markets, and a day-long cooking class nearby at Alessandra Federici's Cucina Cooking School.

Favorite memories of our time spent at Casa Bel Posto include: waking each morning to find Stella & Murphy waiting to greet us outside our door, hours spent swimming with Stella & Murphy in the wonderfully refreshing, HUGE pool, hanging our freshly-washed clothing out to dry in the warm Tuscan breeze, being surrounded by Tania & Keith's beautiful property and the neighboring sunflower fields, bike riding on winding roads & nearby trails, many many hours spent enjoying Cortona, and last but not least, celebrating two of our daughters' back-to-back birthdays!

Tania & Keith's amazing L'Arte dell'Olivo products are so delicious-make sure you ask for a tasting! Our family & extended family have enjoyed the olive oil & vinegars that we purchased-check out their great website at

If we are ever blessed to visit Cortona again, we will definitely stay at Casa Bel Posto!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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A perfect spot in Tuscany!

  • 5 of 5

Such a perfect place to stay when in Tuscany! Close to Cortona, and within an hour's driving time to Orvieto, Montepulciano, Siena, Arrezzo and Assisi to name a few...Tania and Keith were fantastic hosts, and provided lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as lots of staples for our stay. And Stella and Murphy were always close by for a pat. The home itself was well equipped with everything we needed. The swimming pool was wonderful to come home to each day, and we loved having dinner and spending the evening under the pergola. They gave us great recommendations for places to visit, restaurants to eat at, and where to buy groceries-we especially enjoyed the little market where the butcher cuts the Chiana beef the thickness you like, and his mother makes fresh pasta sauces daily. Walking across the lawn and seeing Cortona in the foreground each day was a pleasure! Keith and Tania hold a 4th of July party every year and we were fortunate to be invited to join in the celebration. My husband was invited to play his guitar with their friend George under the pergola till the wee hours and it was one of the highlights of the trip for him! We highly recommended this place!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Fairy Tale

  • 5 of 5

When you get to Casa Bel Posto you come home!! Tania and Keith are incredibly gracious and kind. Their hospitality draws you in and captures your heart. Not only do they know amazing restaurants, museums and EVERYTHING to do throughout tuscany- they are passionate about it and it's contagious! The home is adorable- with such a tuscan feel. The furniture is darling and so cozy! The grounds are lovely with amazing Cortona in the backdrop- yeah paradise. This place will forever be in our hearts. We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Haarlem, The Netherlands

“A wonderful experience”

  • 5 of 5

Our hosts Tania and Keith, were from day 1 extremely informative, kind, helpful and great fun. Keith's olive oil tasting demonstration is a must! Many thanks to Tania, for providing us with her home grown fresh vegetables. The house was clean, tidy and really well equiped, as well as being very tastefully furnished. We were lucky enough to have had great weather, so were able to spend a great deal of our time outside in the pool ( which was really large and just for our use). The pergola proved a wonderful place to take our meals and the comfortable furniture was great for relaxing afterwards.

The location was very secluded and safe which suited us, and was only a short ride from Cortona or the local amenities. A great two week stay, all 6 of us would love to return. Again, thanks Tania & Keith (Murphy & Stella) for helping to make our stay extra special.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Cortona Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Without doubt this was one of the best holidays we've had. From the moment we were greeted by Keith and Tania with a glass of Prosecco and the warmest welcome, until the very end of our time in Tuscany, Keith and Tania were the perfects hosts. Their encyclopaedic knowledge of where to go and what to do is definitely worth making use of and ensured that, during our week's stay, we managed to experience loads of what the area had to offer. The only problem was that we had booked for just the one week.

The accommodation was very spacious for just the 4 of us (2 adults and two children aged 11 and 13), very comfortable, well decorated, a true home from home. There's lots to do locally, particularly in Cortona which we loved, but if you fancied staying in by the pool (which is massive) the end of the day could be rounded off sitting on the outdoor sofas, drinking a glass of wine, watching the flames flicker on the outdoor fireplace and watching nightfall over the hill town of Cortona in the distance.

All 4 of us agree that this is definitely one of the best holidays we've had and the question is not if we go back, but when. I expect very soon.

PS. Be sure to try some of Keith and Tania's olive oil and balsamic vinegar and leave room in your case to take some home - it's incredible!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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San Diego, CA/United States

Casa Bel Posto Hosts Makes Italy Vacation Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Tania and Keith (both American) made the trip to Cortona and Tuscany more enjoyable than could have been possible without them. Between their Italian language skills and experience from living in Italy for years, their recommendations and suggestions opened a world to us we wouldn't have known about without them. Helping us to decide which towns are a 'must see' and what to avoid; What food festivals were worth the effort and what to expect (fun); and where to eat in Cortona--so many great choices!!! And Casa Bel Posto was perfect for us: adults and children (as young as 11 and as old as 20). Great space with clean and comfortable rooms and bathrooms, a beautiful pool and loving dogs!!!!!!

If we make it back to Cortona, it will be to stay with Keith and Tania again!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Car: recommended

Full day cooking classes with 'Alessandra's real Italian cucina' can be arranged, located a couple minutes away, half or full day wine tours can be scheduled with the owners who also write.

The beautiful medieval village of Cortona is just a few minutes away by car and is a favorite amongst travelers. There are Etruscan ruins nearby, Lago Trasimeno a few minutes away and plenty of beautiful drives in all directions in the spectacular Tuscan countryside.


Rates & Availability

Cortona Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
Dec 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Dec 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $53
Refundable damage deposit $320

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Cortona Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , Bathroom is ensuite.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Also can be made up as two large singles
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Also can be made up as two large singles. Bathroom ensuite.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Small pull-out couch in living room. 1 adult or 2 children
  • King size beds (2) The two king beds can also be made up into four large twin beds., Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4) These beds can also be made into two very comfortable king size beds.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
  • Bicycles
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
There are two bicycles for guest use, outdoor lounging furniture, hammock, outdoor dining table and chairs under shaded umbrella pine tree area.

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