Sleeps 6: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Sun-kissed private pool. Ideal x cultural/ historic/culinary tours, hiking, relax
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About Thomas Simmons
Having moved around all our lives, this is 'home'. Acquired in the mid 1970s, as a derelict farmhouse, we've poured energies into its restoration, with a particularly keen eye to maintaining its architectural traditions and to working the land - tending the olive groves and oak woods, and creating relaxing spaces. The olives, wood piles, lawns, fruit trees all call for attention, as do the surrounding hills in which we hike and bike, or Cortona or many of the surrounding towns where a morning cappuchino or an evening sun downer gives just the right accent to the day. Leah and Chiara were born in Kenya, went to school in Rome and now in the UK and relish in their weekends and holidays at "Il Bagno". We love it and haven't yet met anyone who doesn't also fall in love with its simplicity and beauty.
Thomas Simmons purchased this House in 1970
Why Thomas Simmons chose Cortona
As fairly busy travellers for much of the year, La Madonna del Bagno provides the perfect relaxation - with its wild-yet-tame beauty, its invitation to be lazy or active, its remoteness as the last house on the hill while at the same time its accessibility to art, culture, food, and leisurely strolls in any of the surrounding towns. It's home. The children love it. Friends and family want to come and come again.
What makes this House unique
Peace and quiet, with easy access to cultural activities, hiking, horse-back riding, cycling, golf, water sports (including sailing), culinary delights of all types. shopping for food, clothes, etc. You can easily stay-put, entertained and rested at the same time or explore the many attractions that the area has to offer. Having sampled our olive oil (half litre provided), we are happy to sell you more to take home as the perfect Tuscan delicacy!
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I had an amazing time! Lovely house, gorgeous location and very helpful hosts.
We had a short - too short! - spring break and though the weather kept changing we very much enjoyed the whole area around Cortona and staying in the house. I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere so quiet, immersed in the green of the large well kept garden and the surrounding olive groves and oak forests. When we didn’t feel like touring, we enjoyed walks on the hills around the house and the countless wild flowers. So, so beautiful. The evenings were a bit chilly, but we had a good supply of firewood and enjoyed our evenings in front of the warm flames cuddled up on the sofa. We'll definitely be back! Thank you Tommy and Lucy, especially for all the useful hints and the wood.
Thank you for writing. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and the walks on the hill. We can't do much about the climate, which has been unusual, but we can do our best to mitigate it's effects!
A cosy haven in the midst of picturesque Tuscan hills
I stayed at Madonna del Bagno with my husband and two young children. Staying in the home was an easy and relaxing holiday experience due to its well-equipped kitchen and library and to the huge garden that has multiple places - swimming pool, picnic table, two hammocks - to take in the Tuscan sunshine or be refreshed by the shade. Most of all, Tommy and Lucy are exceptionally kind hosts who went above and beyond the norm to make our stay enjoyable, helping us find the resources we needed to have the best holiday possible. I highly recommend Madonna del Bagno as a home base for families wanting to experience the rich cultural activities this area of Tuscany offers. We look forward to staying there again!
Beautiful house, in a lovely setting with views across two valleys - also a great base for visiting
The house was at the top of a small local road, it felt as if it was both in the middle of the country but also close to good shops and the local town of Cortona. We walked down to the bar at the bottom of the road (about 20 min walk) for breakfast on a number of mornings which was a friendly and lively place and then had a good walk back up the hill afterwards - good exercise!
The house is very pretty, situated right next to a wonderful small church. We were staying in the top half of the house and the owners were living on the ground floor. Because we had separate entrances and gardens we weren’t that aware of them - they were very friendly and welcoming and gave us some good tips on where to visit etc.
The house had everything we needed and felt very much like a home that was lovingly cared for - sometimes these places feel soulless having been designed purely to be let, and are bland and basic, this one by contrast was homely and comfortable with a great book collection which I dipped into and obviously they must have an African connection as there were many wonderful pictures etc around.
The kitchen was simple and old fashioned - but had a dishwasher which is important to me! Also had a good sized table where we ate every day. The sitting room had an amazingly huge fire place, we lit it many evenings and it was a real treat as we don’t have one at home. The bedrooms were comfortable and a perfectly good size. There was a good terrace outside the front door (which went straight into the kitchen) with a table and chairs. It looked out across the garden to the pool, across olive groves and pine trees to the other side of the valley. We sat out there a little but we were a little unfortunate with the weather and it wasn’t warm enough to eat out, I imagine it Is an amazing place for breakfast and lunch in warm and hot weather.
We visited the local town of Cortona which was a typical hilltop town with a couple of nice museums. We also had some great day trips to places I visited many years ago and was keen to see again - Siena, Orvieto, Assisi and Arezzo.
All in all it was an excellent holiday and I hope to go back to explore more next year - and would love to go back to this house - perhaps when we can be more sure of the weather and use the pool
The famous Tuscan Argentario coastline, with the Parco dell’Uccellina, is a two-hour drive, through beautiful countryside. Closer to home - roughly 20 mins drive - is Lake Trasimeno, with its beaches and islands in the middle of the lake. Lake Trasimeno offers ferry rides to the islands, where there are restaurants, strolling on the beach or water sports such as sailing and paddle boats. There are playgrounds for children and various restaurants and bars in the area.
Airports include Perugia 50 minutes door-to-door. Pisa 120 minutes. Florence 90 minutes. Rome (Fiumicino and Ciampino) 150 minutes. Ancona 120 minutes. Train stations include Terontola 10 minutes, connecting Rome and Florence; and Camucia 8 minutes.
Car hire is essential for day-to-day excursions, and we suggest you book one together with your flight for those coming from abroad.
Closest shops/bar/pizzeria are within walking distance (2 kms from valley floor, steep for heavy shopping bags).
Pergo 2 km. Cortona 6 km. Trasimeno 20 km. Arezzo 30 km. Montepulciano 40 km. Pienza 45 km. Siena 60 km. Florence 85 km. Rome 200 km.
Two kms from the house is the village of Pergo where you can find a well-equipped supermarket with fresh produce; a lively bar/ cafe with people of many nationalities pass through and selling national and international newspapers; pizzeria; dentist and a few assorted shops.
Camucia offers most services such as the larger food chain stores (COOP, Eurostar, Penny Market), post office, banks and ATMs, hospital, hardware, clothes, launderettes, dry cleaning, etc. and has a large weekly market on Thursday mornings, where you find everything from farmer's wears, chickens, cut flowers, fruit and vegetables, salamis, cheeses, shoes, clothes, (quality) second-hand clothes, Provencal table cloths, and various crafts.
Cortona has a selection of fancy boutiques, the largest Etruscan museum in the area, art galleries, bars, ice cream shops, restaurants, exquisite walks and views of the Val di Chiana and a market on Saturday mornings, which is smaller than the Camucia market, but has much of the same. In August, Cortona hosts the Tuscan Sun Festival with art, music, operas and exhibitions.
"Le Celle" - a beautifully preserved monastery, that was frequently visited by Saint Francis, is beyond Cortona town on the way up to the Castello and the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Further along, on the way to Citta di Castello, is the "Castel Giraldo" restaurant, with magnificent views of the valleys below. It is also possible to walk down to the house from here, if you can organise the logistics.
Arezzo has numerous churches and places of interest, including the largest outdoor antique market in Europe, on the first Sunday of the month (except August).
Deruta, just beyond Assisi, offers extraordinary and beautiful hand-painted pottery. Perugia hosts a 10 day Umbrian Jazz Festival in July.