A portion of an ancient farmhouse with private garden Near a country village
- english, italian
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great relaxing stay
This is a great place for a couple looking to unwind in Tuscany. Cortona is five minutes drive. Centrally located to dozens of great hill towns and vineyards. The house and property and neighborhood have tons of charm and Michaele was a great host, providing bikes, and local restaurant and sightseeing advice, including placed we'd never heard of. If we get back to Eastern Tuscany, we'll be staying again!
This property was more than I expected. Pictures do it no justice
I loved the apartment it was the perfect Tuscan home for my holiday. Although the owners live next door, it was completely private I would go days without seeing them. It was very clean, spacious, I would stroll around the property picking fresh flowers and herbs. I was surprised to find it has 2 bathrooms. I cannot say enough. I will definitely go back.
Perfect house, nice people
Perfect house, nice people, Cortona is lovely and there are plenty more places to go.
Tuscany From a Beautiful Ancient, Rustic home
My wife and I just finished two lovely weeks at this beautiful and ancient home in the tiny village of Montalla, just outside of Cortona. We came to Tuscany to help harvest olives with friends who live here so it was off-season, the first half of October.
The owner, Michael, was extremely accommodating even before we arrived as we had to change our dates at the last minute to adjust to the unpredictable harvest times.
When we got there, he helped us settle in and responded to all our initial questions and requests. He helped us get set up for grocery shopping and an outside laundry (on a Sunday no less) and quickly fulfilled a few small requests.
The apartment itself was spacious with a beautiful, large tiled full bathroom, a king size bed with an extra bed in the bedroom and an extra 3/4 bathroom at the back. The kitchen was fully functional and well stocked and the living/dining area was very spacious. (My wife says to mention NOT to miss the soft sofa cover in the chest that she only discovered the day we left.)
We cooked many great meals on the gas stovetop and in the electric microwave/convection oven. The hot water never cooled one bit, even with back to back showers. Internet was not super fast but was 100% reliable in the living area.
Michael lives next door and was available for any questions but he never intruded.
The grounds are simply gorgeous (see his site photos, they are accurate, even showing the assigned parking place with a car in the background.
This home is 1 minute from a wonderful local grocery store and perhaps 8 minutes from the "escalator parking" for the famous thriving ancient hill town of Cortona, made known to Americans by the Frances Maye memoir: Under the Tuscan Sun - a copy of which was there for me to read.
Another mile or two brings you to the larger city of Camucia with its large Tuesday Market. Don't miss it.
One of the great discoveries for us was that Michael's mother, Donatello, who owns her own appointment-only restaurant 150 meters down the road, as well as a cooking school, was able open her doors and cook for just us and another couple, one of the best meals we have had here in Italy, and for the most reasonable of prices. Michael arranged it for us (his English is perfect and he translated for his mother.)
When we return to Tuscany next year we will look to book with Michael again.
The property is spacious with modern decor. Everything you could want is provided. The oven is a small free standing counter top oven, which I understand is common in Florida. We used the bikes to cycle to the beach. The area has proper cycle ways but it seems no one minds if you cycle on the pavement. The back porch of the house is lovely just to sit and relax and the pool is fine, we used it and it was March! It is close to great beaches, parks and also the Town Mall which is huge. We would rent this home again if we were to return to this area.
Vacation Rental 2014
House was nice and clean. Pool was great. Location was great. It was close to everything. Didn't have any problems while we were there. Only negitive were the bathrooms. My husband and I are both disabaled. The toilets were not handicaped accessible. And the Shower was small. Other than that everything was good. We stayed 2 weeks and had a wonderful vacation.
Take the A1 motorway exit at Val di Chiana, follow signs to Cortona, Cortona exit, follow signs for Umbertide / Mercatale, follow signs for Montalla
Restaurant Gustasapori, cooking lessons of the ancient Tuscan tradition.
Horse riding nearby
Archaeological site near Rural Tourism
museums, restaurants, concerts, festivals traditional Tuscan cooking classes