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Romantic Hideaway and Writer's Retreat with Stunning Vistas

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Romantic cottage with stunningly beautiful vistas from a serene hilltop on an exclusive 250 hectares estate--a well-known mushroom haven--crowded with cypresses and oaks, open to lovely walks.

The two-floor cottage has one large bedroom and bathroom, living room with fireplace, a cozy kitchen, and a wrap-around pergola. It is equipped with wifi and central heating. The cottage enjoys total privacy on a six acre olive grove with a thriving organic vegetable garden.

The owners' house, one hundred yards away, lies beyond a wall of vegetation, with its own entrance and parking. It is used exclusively by the owners. This ensures total privacy for the cottage which has its own entrance and parking.

The estate—with its splendid Renaissance villa--offers memorable walks through pristine forests that witnessed the passage of St. Francis. Nearby a medieval Franciscan convent with a lovely garden is run by seven eccentric nuns as a spiritual retreat and guest house.

Surrounding fields produce saffron, sunflower, wheat, and the rich tobacco for the famous Tuscan cigar.

The 'Via dei Sapori' (road of many tastes) passes through nearby Anghiari--celebrated by Leonardo da Vinci--only 5 minutes by car. It is one of Tuscany's most authentic villages known for its antique fair, theater, concerts, The School of Autobiography, and delicious trattorias--a list of favorites will be provided.

Fifteen minutes away lies Sansepolcro, birthplace of the great Renaissance master painter Piero della Francesca whose fresco 'The Resurrection' is visible everyday until midnight.

In this eastern part of Tuscany, bordering Umbria, many villages with art treasures and antique fairs dot the landscape. Florence, Siena, Perugia, and Assisi are all easy drives from the house.

Keywords: Romantic cottage, private estate, sweeping views, olive groves, organic vegetable garden, heart of eastern Tuscany.

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
April 4, 2018

About Idanna

The owners are involved in the arts. Their work takes them to different parts of the world.

Idanna purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Idanna chose Anghiari

The property was inherited and is part of a family estate.

What makes this cottage unique

A friend Neil MacFarquhar of NYTIMES wrote from the cottage on New Year's eve:

'I have been meaning to write since the second we set foot in this amazing place. Now, happily ensconced downstairs in front of a roaring fire to type this. You really have a stunning spot here. From the kitchen, I saw a fog rising out of the valley and the distant hills all blue. One could also appreciate what it might be like with the windows open and a warm breeze flowing though. The first day we wandered around Sansepolcro. Yesterday we did Arezzo and admired those extraordinary frescoes of Piero della Francesca. We are so content here that we may not have time for Florence...'

Like Neil, you will quickly feel at home in the cottage and this part of Tuscany because of the genuine and spontaneous attitude of the local people. Unlike the Chianti region, where foreigners often seem to outnumber locals, in this area all the villages are still lived by families rooted to the lands of their ancestors.

The main piazza is the lively heart of each town with its café, gelateria, tobacconist, barber, newspaper stand, haberdasher, shoemaker, butcher, fruit vendor, etc.

Agriculture and artisan craftsmanship are still very much alive in the bucolic region--which attracted 14.000 tourists in 2011 compared to Montalcino's flood of 400.000. It is seen as one of the hidden treasures of Tuscany.


Anghiari Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa in the living room can be opened into a comfortable double bed
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The house of the owners stands about 100 yards away, well separated from the cottage by a wall of vegetation. They keep iit exclusively for their use and never rent it. So the guests will have total privacy. They have their own entrance and parking close close to the cottage. The guests are free to harvest from the organic vegetable garden and also work in it if they have a green thumb. We have no pool. But we can direct you to two olympic-size public pools in wonderful, very well organized settings open until late evening in the summer. The windows have permanent mosquito screens, even though we are glad to say that until now there have been no mosquitoes, and it is absolutely gorgeous to dine outside especially on a starry night.


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Romantic Hideaway and Writer's Retreat with Stunning Vistas
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

An ideal place to relax in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I felt so lucky to be able to stay at Terry and Idanna's gorgeous Tuscan villa. We found the location perfect - far enough out that you're truly immersed in the quiet countryside, but also a great spot to use as a home base between day trips to nearby beautiful, historic cities like Anghiari, Montalcino, and Perugia. Our hosts were fantastic people - accommodating, generous, and full of helpful suggestions on where to explore and eat. The views are incredible, and the old world charm and attention to detail throughout the property make the experience of staying there extra special. We'd highly recommend staying here to anyone who has the chance.


Nous étions super chanceux de pouvoir rester chez Terry et Idanna. Nous avons trouvé leur villa et la cité super chouettes. Nous étions separés des embouteillages et les lieux trop touristiques tout en étant localisé au centre proche de plusieurs cités dont je nomme le lieu historique d'Anghiari, Montalcino et Pérugia. Terry et Idanna étaient vraiment fantastiques, leurs recommendations étaient excellentes et grâce à eux nous avons eu une experience vraiment locale de la campagne Italienne! Les légumes bio dans leur jardin et les produits locaux offerts étaient vraiment appréciés!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Taste of heaven

  • 5 of 5

What a special place - impressive views, pure nature and great customer service. I met a dear american friend there and I have to say: That was my best Tuscany experience. Many historical sights and delicious food just near by. And the cottage itself is historical, very authentic and shows the owners appreciation of beauty. Thank you for sharing this place with guests!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Retreat With Wonderful Views

  • 5 of 5

My first impression at the cottage was how high up we were. You can see for miles. And it is an unspoilt view. Incredible. The cottage is delightful. A lovely large bedroom and bed. The living room has a fire which we lit on several occasions as it was still very much spring. It was so romantic. The bathroom is good with an excellent shower. The kitchen well equipped - including silver teapot! How smart. And the welcome we got was fabulous. Our hosts were the warmest you could hope for. Thanks to them we discovered villages we would have missed. They have a great selection of guide books for when you want to explore. But equally it is wonderful to have time relaxing here and sniffing the air. We would love to return in summer so we can see what it is like with all the leaves out. We meant to have an evening or two in, but the Vecchio Osteria Pergola down the road was just too damned tempting. Home made pasta to die for. We have to return.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Colleyville, TX, USA

Springtime in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Though short, our stay at the Cottage was a most pleasant and satisfying experience. The weather was perfect, the hospitality provided by our hosts was much appreciated, and the quiet evenings filled with birdsong, crickets & frogs were idyllic. Two nearby restaurants were outstanding: Osteria La Pergola in Tavernna, and Da Alighiero in Anghiari.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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London, UK

Glorious views

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is comfortable, very nicely furnished, splendid bathroom with a magnificent shower, and is, as claimed, the perfect romantic hideaway - although I was only there with a friend so romance was not on the agenda. He got the sofa bed, which was comfortable apparently. The views are terrific and since I paint, like most retired Brits seem to do, there were lots of challenges around. The cleaning lady was a bonus, not an asset I have enjoyed in other rentals in Italy. It is a little off the beaten track but that is no bad thing and the fact we had access to the contents of the garden was a delight - gorgeous tomatoes and green beans. The Tavernelle shop has pretty well everything one needs in a crisis and there are loads of supermarkets around - I prefer PAM in San Sepolcro, but that is only because I have been using it for years. Anghiari is stunningly beautiful - the trick is to park at the bottom of the vertical hill that runs through town in the car park (free) and go back to the piazza by lift - and San Sepolcro is one of the nicest Tuscan towns. We were there in the last half of September and got lovely autumnal weather but cool evenings and sitting in front of a blazing log fire was really something when one comes from the world of central heating. Anyway I would recommend it to anybody except parents dragging a teenager along as the young person would get bored. Small children would love the grounds. It is a first rate base for touring the splendours of the Tiber valley and beyond - the Libbia road to Arezzo is beautiful - and do try to visit the castles listed on the map of the area. The access roads can be daunting but the end results are worth it.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Melbourne Australia

A rest for mind, body and soul.

  • 5 of 5

The photos tell the true story. A beautiful cottage with spectacular views of hills, valleys and green as far as the eye can see. The surrounding villages have wonderful works of art, museums and local markets. Easy to get to Arezzo by car and other places of interest. We loved having "a cosy home" for 5 days after quite a few weeks of hotel living. Would return any time, summer, autumn and winter, asthe scenery would change each time. The owner was most welcoming and generous, with goodies in the frig and cupboard, so nothing was needed on our arrival. We will never forget our stay there.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2013
  • Stayed: April 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
La Pergola
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Convent of St. Francis
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Villa of Barbolana
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La Pergola Trattoria
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Caprese Michelangelo
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Castle of Poppi
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La Verna
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Monte Santa Maria Tiberina
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Car: necessary

The towns of ASSISI, URBINO, PERUGIA, TODI, SPOLETO, SIENA, MONTALCINO, FLORENCE, AREZZO, each can be viisted in a day's excursion.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $50
If heating used, daily $25

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.