Romantic Hideaway and Writer's Retreat with Stunning Vistas(8 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)
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
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- 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....moreless
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Live Theater
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Dining Area
- Cooking Utensils
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Taxes Not included
50% deposit and 50% on arrival with an extra fee of 50 euro for cleaning at the end of the visit.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Fascinating medieval city with its dramatic Piazza Grande portrayed in the oscar-winning film "Life is Beautiful" by Roberto Benigni. Famed for its amazing frescoes in the Basilica of San Francesco representing "The Legend of the True Cross" by Piero della Francesca. Birthplace of the poet Petrarch and the painter/ architect/ historian, Giorgio Vasari (author of "The Lives of Artists")...MoreCollapse
The towns of ASSISI, URBINO, PERUGIA, TODI, SPOLETO, SIENA, MONTALCINO, FLORENCE, AREZZO, each can be viisted in a day's excursion.
Year Purchased: 1475
About the owner: The owners are involved in the arts. Their work takes them to different parts of the world.
Why the Owner Chose Arezzo City, Arezzo, Italy:
The property was inherited and is part of a family estate.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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.
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The cottage faces east to cypresses Anghiari in the distance
Looking out from the pergola.
Another view of the living room.
The kitchen flooded with morning sunlight.
The bedroom with a queen-size bed and large closet.
View of the cottage on the right with the owner's house on the left.
Vista from the cottage at dawn.
Anghiari, with its market and shops, is the nearest village to the cottage.
The cottage sits on a serene hilltop in a six acre property with an olive grove.
Living room with fireplace.
Off the living room are the kitchen and the bathroom.
Stairway up to the bedroom.
Other view of the bedroom with desk and armchair that folds out into a bed.
The cottage at sunset in summer.
Surrounding sunflower fields.
This listing was first published here in 2012.
Date last modified - Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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