Private Organic Olive Farm just outside Cortona, Tuscany, 10 min walk from Shop And Bar
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As the owners of an organic olive farm, we combine love of the land with the skill of artisans to produce award-winning organic extra virgin olive oil. Italy has been our home for many years, patiently spent restoring this property. Louise is a qualified tour guide and offers visitors an authentic experience exploring the Tuscany and Umbria, she has been called a "renaissance woman" more than once, because of her passion for Italian history and culture. Winfried a retired teacher and an intrepid trail finder and can plan your stunning walks into the tuscan countryside. We look for a profound understanding of the peoples who have inhabited this part of the world for thousands of years. Knowledge of conservation inspire us to keep our property an authentic tuscan home for our guests to enjoy.
Louise purchased this Villa in 1970
Why Louise chose Cortona
Our view is particularly beautiful, we see olive groves in every direction that have given inspiration to many visiting artists and sculptors. Our property has been in the family since the 70's and was bought as a family holiday home before deciding to it open up to guests. We have lovingly restored the house over the years with thought and care. It used to be a water mill that was used throughout the year to grind wheat for flour and the olives for oil,using a small horizontal water wheel under the house where part of the stream used to flow. We have tried to keep all the old authentic features and blend them into the modern. Our sitting room still has its amazing, original open fireplace and stone kitchen sink! It is actually a heritage building. A perfect balance between being close to shops and and feeling hidden away amongst the olive groves. There is a sense of feeling at home in a comfortable and cosy atmosphere where you can really enjoy your stay and live your Tuscan dream.
What makes this Villa unique
Unique benefits of our property Our home is a working organic farm that considers the preservation of the environment a priority. Planting trees, mulching and a constant water conservation policy are among various eco friendly projects underway. We handpick our olives in October and November and always try to live harmoniously with Nature. We want to contribute to a green and sustainable environment for present and future generations. With our very open and friendly attitude we hope to make you feel totally welcome and particularly cherish returning guests. We run a working farm that takes the preservation of the environment very seriously. Planting trees and water conservation are among various eco friendly projects underway.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Louise was a most wonderful host and her home was absolutely lovely and charming. She made fabulous recommendations of things to do and places to visit in the area. Her home is very clean and well stocked with all the necessities of home. And you felt like you were home the minute you arrived. Her homemade olive oil is extremely delicious. My daughter pretty much drank it from the can. I cannot say enough wonderful things about our stay. And I cannot wait to return.
Thank you Louise!!
Charming respite to escape frantic tourism
Though there are multiple historic towns nearby, you find yourself unable to leave the peace and beauty of the Villa itself. A balm for mind and body.
Fabulous Tuscan Holiday.
Our recent stay at this authentic Tuscan farmhouse was fabulous. This was our first trip to Italy and Louise (owner) was a great resource - introducing us to local proprietors for wonderful food, wine and restaurants, and arranging an unforgettable cooking lesson and feast for the family at the house with an experienced private chef, a lunch at a renowned Michelin-starred restaurant nearby, Il Falconiere, as well as a guided tour of a local Etruscan tomb and museum in Cortona. The house is excellently situated in a small village just outside Cortona, perfect for excursions when desired, or relaxing by the pool and enjoying the countryside; ample space and activities for our party of five including two children (8 & 12) and grandma (70). We would happily return.
Everything we hoped for and more.
Our extended family stayed here for two weeks at the beginning of June and had the most wonderful holiday. The house is a actually a converted old mill surrounded by beautiful gardens, olive groves and a good sized swimming pool (this was immaculately clean and is exclusively for use by guests). The owner, Louise, lives on site and is also a tour guide and so a font of all knowledge on the region as well as being extremely welcoming and helpful.
While being in a quieter area of Tuscany, on the border with Umbria, all the major sites are reachable by car and there is also a nearby railway station with regular trains to Florence. Having said that the real appeal of this area for us was the fact that it was much quieter than the better known areas of Tuscany with many beautiful and less touristy ancient towns a short drive away. The nearest town is Cortona, within walking distance or a 10 minute drive and probably one of the oldest towns in Italy, with walls over 2000 years old, set on the hillside with fantastic views overlooking the plains towards Umbria. There are also some great walks to be had in the hills behind the property and above Cortona, Louise provided us with some very helpful walking maps, and when we were there the hillsides were covered in a wealth of beautiful flowers, visited by swarms of amazing butterflies. The local hills rise to over 1000m but most of the height can be gained by road, so walking is not too strenuous.
Despite being away from it all it was only a 10 minute walk to the local village with a bar, pizzerias and the local shop that had all the food you could want, including freshly baked bread everyday and a wonderful selection of local cheeses and cured meats – not forgetting the freshly baked cantuccini, delicious! Oh and if you come back from the pizzeria in the dark your route is illuminated by hundreds of flashing fireflies – magical!
Overall this was one of the best holidays we’ve had, we probably barely scratched the surface of what there is to do in the area in the 2 weeks we were there but it was also great to just chill out in the garden and by the pool, eating out just about every meal on the table outside our front door. Perfect!
Idyllic setting for a Tuscan holiday
This lovely farmhouse within an organic olive farm makes for an idyllic Tuscan holiday. If you want to experience Tuscany and all it has to offer, this is the place to go. In addition to the charming house with the benefit of a pool, the picturesque views make for an amazing holiday. Louise and her daughters are fantastic hosts, they are truly accommodating and helpful. We had a wonderful holiday here, and were able to appreciate the wonders Tuscany has to offer, helped by Louise's amazing knowledge and hospitality. We can't wait to come back!
Relaxing corner of Tuscany
We very much enjoyed our stay in this lovely old house surrounded by beautiful Tuscan countryside. We woke to birdsong every morning and enjoyed dinners under the starlight. The pool was a great plus! There was plenty of room for a party of 7 (6 adults) and this was a great place to discover the region from. Louise was an attentive and helpful host.
Special interest holidays:
We have had years of experience organizing outings and entertainment for our guests. Day trips to cities include Montepulcino, Montalcino, Pienza, Siena, Assisi, Florence, Gubbio, Arezzo and Sansepolcro and are all close enough to explore. For shoppers, the large Valdichiana outlet village famous for it's Italian designer retailers and the gold factories (in Arezzo) are 35 mins away. We offer to arrange the following activities or services - horse back riding, guided tours of the area and neighbouring towns, day trips out hiking in the Apennines or by the lake, wine tasting, olive oil-tasting and a visit to a traditional olive oil mill. An experienced chef can be booked to prepare a traditional Tuscan meal for you and cooking lessons too. Guided tours of local museums. It can all be tailor made for you! How about Yoga lessons in your garden at sunset? All on request and subject to extra charge. Why not get married in Cortona - We can arrange weddings for couples in the exquisite town hall.
2 hours drive to the sea. 35 minute drive from the beaches on Lake Trasimeno where you can enjoy the beach or try a boat ride to the islands for the day!
Car hire is strongly recommended but shopping and eating out can also all be done on foot so intrepid walkers can do without. Perugia 45 mins, Florence 90 mins, Pisa 120 mins, Rome 120 mins.
Cortona 5km, Lake Trasimeno 10km, Arezzo 20km, Montepulciano 30km, Montechiello 35km, Pienza 40km, Lucignano 40km, Siena 55km, Florence, 85km.
Once part of the Etruscan kingdom of Etruria, this is countryside steeped in mystery. The Tuscan Umbrian border area still holds secrets that archaeologists and historians are still unravelling. Due to recent finds Cortona, our nearest town, has become home to the biggest Etruscan museum (the MAEC) outside the Villa Giulia in Rome. We are close to Lake Trasimeno where Hannibal the infamous Carthaginian general had his famous victory over the Romans in 217 B.C. Today the lake is a delightful place to visit for picnics and boat trips to the Islands. Just outside Cortona lies one of the most precious medieval monasteries built on the rock cave where Saint Francis sought shelter during his numerous trips through Cortona. The local, supermarket, pizzeria, restaurant, bar and clothes shop are within 10 minutes walk. The closest banks are in Cortona or Camucia, a 10 minute drive away. Things To Do in Cortona. Cortona offers a huge variety of cultural events such as:
“The Archaeological Week” includes guided tours, theater, plays and evening events. The “Cortona Dance Vintage Festival” is dancing in the piazza. “Festival di Musica Sacra” is classic organ music set in our beautiful churches as well as a few yearly Gospel concerts. "Cortona on the Move" is a very extensive photographic yearly event with shows and workshops.
There are always new Art shows in the local galleries too.