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Beautiful 16th Century Farmhouse with Large Pool, Located Near Cortona,Tuscany - Rosa

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Front view of Rosa in the autumn sunshine.


Last updated: 01/30/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Farmhouse
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A


Rosa : Cortona Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 65675ha

Large living room with feature arch and fireplace. The room is beautifully furnished with contemporary sofas and stylish furniture. TV/DVD, Freeview, WiFi. The well equipped kitchen is stunning with large beams and island work station. All worktops are marble with ceramic double sink. Appliances Bosch dishwasher, SMEG fridge/freezer and double oven range cooker. Oak farmhouse table extends to seat 12. Second fridge/freezer and washing machine in utility room. Upstairs reading room with stone fireplace and comfy sofa. Off this room is a queen sized double bedroom with en-suite shower room and walk in closet. In addition two twin bedrooms with shared bathroom featuring mosaic tiles and marble basin. Either twin can be made as a double. On the ground floor is a 4th bedroom with beautiful queen sized bed and full ensuite, available at the owners discretion for an additional 20% levy on list price. Rosa can comfortably accommodate up to 8 people. Separate large pergola for al fresco dining

About the Property

Rosa sleeps 6+2 people and Jasmina up to 4 people respectively.

"La Violina" is our beautifully restored C16th Tuscan farmhouse set in peaceful countryside with lovely views towards Cortona and the Tuscan hills. The property is divided vertically into two private self-contained houses - Rosa and Jasmina.

Rosa sleeps up to six (6) people having one en-suite double bedroom and two twin bedrooms with a shared bathroom.

For larger groups of eight (8) people an additional ensuite double bedroom, accessed downstairs, can also be made available at the owners discretion. Please note there is a price surcharge of approximately 20% levied on the list price should this unit be required.

Jasmina sleeps up to 4 people with a double bedroom and bathroom plus a twin room with en-suite. Rosa and Jasmina can be rented together or seperately.

La Violina is exclusively situated in 13 acres of private land consisting of a small pine copse, 200 olive trees and 1 acre of private landscaped gardens with a 7 x 14 metre saline swimming pool. The pool is situated behind the house in the middle of the gardens and is open early May until late September. It is edged with travertine marble and surrounded by an antique brick patio. A large pergola and umbrellas provide shade and all outdoor furniture is of high quality. Rosa and Jasmina have their own separate outdoor eating areas.

Both Rosa and Jasmina have been furnished with a stylish mix of antique and contemporary furniture. Very importantly the beds are very comfortable with high quality mattresses. When people are on holiday we believe a good night's sleep just as essential as it is at home. Comfy sofa's in spacious living rooms with access to tv, internet (approx 15mb) and books provides a relaxing indoor space.

"La Violina" is ideally situated for visiting the wonderful regions of Tuscany and Umbria. Perhaps most importantly and the main reason we bought the house, is its proximity to Cortona, a less than 15 minutes drive away. It is an Etruscan town whose origins are older than Rome. Although small it is perfectly formed! Aside from its great architecture and historic importance the town is blessed with wonderful restaurants, gelateria's, coffee bars etc. The monasteries and churches are beautiful, the museums excellent and the festivals which take place throughout the year are great fun. Its close proximity means you can easily visit on a daily basis but if one evening it feels too far why not head to Casa di Francesca, one of the best restaurant's in the area, and only a 10 minute walk from Violina.

For those seeking to explore further afield access to a major trunk road is an easy 5 minute drive. From there within 30-60 minutes are Montepulciano, Pienza, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi, Siena and Orvietto to name a few. San Gimignano and Volterra are only a little further. Also of great convenience is the local railway station which is 5 minutes from the house. Here express trains can be boarded to Florence or Rome, enabling a day's sightseeing.

Lago Trasimeno, the 4th largest lake in Italy, is 10 minutes away, where boat trips, wind-surfing, and child friendly man-made beaches are found. Bike hire and trekking are just two ways with which to explore around the lake.

La Violina is on the wine route "La Strada del Vino", which links Cortona with Montepulciano. Wine tasting nearby can be arranged at La Braccesca (Antinori), Avignonesi, Poliziano and many others.

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Member since: 2006

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 01/30/2017

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Additional information about rental rates:

NB: AT OUR DISCRETION ROSA CAN BE HIRED IN THE LOW AND MID SEASON BY SMALLER GROUPS. THE RATE FOR 1-4 PEOPLE IS APPROX 70% FULL PRICE AND FOR 5-6 PEOPLE THE RATE IS APPROX 85% FULL PRICE. eg; the price for 4 people staying in low season is £1225 and in mid season £1470. For 5 or 6 people staying in low season the price is £ 1500 and in mid season £1785. So in June you and 5 friends could be enjoying Rosa in the Italian sunshine for £42.50 per person per night! Please note we charge a fully refundable breakages deposit of £300 for Rosa. The rent includes; bed linen and bath towels, utilities, firewood, internet connection, first/final clean. The swimming pool is open May-September. Pool towels are not provided and must be supplied by guests.

Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 220 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • The downstairs has good accessibility for wheelchairs with double doors and no steps between the living room, kitchen / dining area and downstairs bedroom with en-suite bathroom. However please note there are no specific items of equipment for frail or disabled guests such as bath lifts or grab rails in the bathroom....moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console


  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool

Property Descriptor

  • Semi-Detached


from 14 traveler reviews


100 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Perugia, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Bologna
3 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
40 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Golf Club Perugia
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Siena - Perugia autostrade (Pietraia)
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Lake Trasimeno

Car: Necessary

Violina is located less than 10 minutes away from Italy's 4th largest lake, Trasimeno, which provides the scene of Hannibals great victory in 217 BC over the troops of Roman consul Flaminius. The house, in its own landscaped gardens within a rural setting, enjoys views toward the Tuscan-Umbrian hills and the

historic Etruscan town of Cortona. Montepulciano is less than 30 minutes drive away.

Golf: The Golf Club Perugia course is set in gently undulating parkland north of Lake Trasimeno. It is a Par 72 - SSS 70 - 6,272 yards in length, partly dating from the 1950's and redesigned by the Architect Davide Mezzacane and increased to 18 holes in the early '90's. The holes are not exceptionally long, but the rich vegetation, and mature trees lining many fairways call for precision, particularly with the drive, and on the fast, undulating greens.There is an excellent practice ground with open and covered bays, two chipping greens and a practice putting green. Two resident professionals are in attendance. There are also 3 separate par 3 holes.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Our love affair with Italy began in the 1990's and continues to grow. Now that we have both retired from our respective careers we have been able to enjoy more of our time in this beautiful country, getting to know its people, culture, history and many delights.

Why the Owner Chose Cortona, Arezzo, Italy:
It took over 5 years of searching before we identified and bought Violina for our home in Italy. We think the house is beautiful; a mix of brick and stone that has developed over the centuries. Podere Violina has been on the local maps for over 500 years and is classed as a building of historic artistic value; the equivalent of a listed building in the UK.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
The restoration work of Violina is complete and so today it offers peaceful and extremely comfortable accommodation for those seeking time out in Tuscany and neighbouring Umbria. Whilst it is sometimes difficult to pull oneself away from the house its close proximity to Cortona is always a draw. Without doubt Cortona is a very special place and is a key reason why we purchased Violina. The restoration is complete but the project is not. Each year we aim to undertake one or two projects to continue to improve the house and grounds (over and above general maintenance / redecorating etc). The works have just been completed for the formation of a new olive grove in the grounds where a further 50 trees will be planted in spring 2013. Our 'guestbook' in Rosa and Jasmina is always open and we welcome further suggestions on how to improve the house from all our guests and to whom we say a big thank-you for all those who have supported us thus far.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 01/30/2017

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  • Front view of Rosa in the autumn sunshine.

    Front view of Rosa in the autumn sunshine.

  • Jasmina four-poster double bedroom

    Jasmina four-poster double bedroom

  • The kitchen in Jasmina

    The kitchen in Jasmina

  • Twin bedroom in Jasmina can be made up as a double

    Twin bedroom in Jasmina can be made up as a double

  • The living room in Rosa.

    The living room in Rosa.

  • Double bed in Rosa with ensuite. Antique cabinets compliment modern furnishings.

    Double bed in Rosa with ensuite. Antique cabinets compliment modern furnishings.

  • Shade sail area of Jasmina

    Shade sail area of Jasmina

  • Landscaped gardens

    Landscaped gardens

  • View of Rosa and Jasmina from the pool patio

    View of Rosa and Jasmina from the pool patio

  • Landscaped gardens and large swimming pool

    Landscaped gardens and large swimming pool

  • Sights of Tuscany & Umbria very accessible by car

    Sights of Tuscany & Umbria very accessible by car

  • Violina is near Lake Trasimeno National Park

    Violina is near Lake Trasimeno National Park

  • Front view of Jasmina (sleeps 4)

    Front view of Jasmina (sleeps 4)

  • Jasmina living room and fireplace

    Jasmina living room and fireplace

  • Jasmina bathroom

    Jasmina bathroom

  • An aspect of the living room in Rosa.

    An aspect of the living room in Rosa.

  • The kitchen in Rosa

    The kitchen in Rosa

  • Both twin bedrooms in Rosa can also be prepared as doubles.

    Both twin bedrooms in Rosa can also be prepared as doubles.

  • Rosa and Jasmina share a very large 14m x 7m pool

    Rosa and Jasmina share a very large 14m x 7m pool

  • View of pool and gardens with Tuscan hills beyond

    View of pool and gardens with Tuscan hills beyond

  • Part of the landscaped garden's at Violina

    Part of the landscaped garden's at Violina

  • Old capanna in front of Violina

    Old capanna in front of Violina

  • Cortona is a real jewel in Tuscany's crown

    Cortona is a real jewel in Tuscany's crown

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