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Unique house with fantastic views and wonderful new swimming pool near Lajatico

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Orciatico, Nr. Volterra, Pisa Province, Tuscany and Florence, Italy - Peaceful Location On The Woodland Fringes Of Orciatico

Casa Colomba. Unique . Fantastic views . Swimming pool

Casa Colomba is a restored property set on the woodland fringes of Orciatico, an ancient hilltop village 400 meters above sea level. The setting is so peaceful.A brand new swimming pool was installed in 2017.There are stunning views over the Tuscan hills towards Pisa, Florence and Volterra. On a good day you can even see the Leaning Tower .Comfortably furnished, the house has many artistic and original features. It has two balconies and terraced seating areas and a fully enclosed garden with patio, lawn and olive trees.Through out the day you can follow the sun all the way around the cottage.There are breathtaking views from all three bedrooms.The field adjoining the property belongs to Casa Colomba .The cottage is spacious ,comfortable and well equipped. There are a large selection of books,DVD's and games.A complimentary welcome pack will be there for you on your arrival.The charming small town of Lajatico is just ten minutes away and it is where Andrea Bocelli holds his concert every year at the Teatro del Silenzio .

Janis Cauthery
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Janis Cauthery

Piers and Janis live in Wilmcote a village near Stratford Upon Avon, in the UK.

They purchased the property in January 2014.

They fell in love with Tuscany on a visit in 2013 and decided to search for a property where they could spend time with their family and friends. They were lucky to find Casa Colomba . It is in the delightful hilltop village of Orciatico, which is peaceful and unspoilt . It is great for walking and bird watching and is well located for touring around Tuscany.Ideal base to stay for the concert of Andrea Bocelli at The Teatro el Silenzio. The concert can be seen from the house.

Since purchasing the property , they have installed a complete new damp course, fitted fly screens and decorated inside and out. We have had a new driveway built so access and parking is easier. There is now space for 3 car. In 2017 a swimming pool has been built with wonderful views.

Janis Cauthery purchased this house in 2014

Why Janis Cauthery chose Lajatico

We love Tuscany. The lifestyle, the food, the landscape and the wonderful places to visit .

The location is so peaceful with the most spectacular views.There are so many places to explore and the location is ideally suited for peace and quiet with easy access to the more traditional tourist towns and cities. There are also some lovely little medieval towns within a short drive . There are wonderful walks through the woods directly from the cottage gates.

What makes this house unique

The location is unique .Swimming pool with wonderful views .So peaceful yet a short walk to the village and the bar. Wonderful woodland walks that go on for miles.The Astronomical Observatory is just up the hill see their website .

Guestbook comments from the owner

A guest wrote in June 2014

We had a fantastic time. Thank you so much. We loved the house and it was really lovely to have the books and music to enjoy too. The family who owned the local restaurant were so good to us. The weather was very hot and we did visit the beach as a break from touring the beautiful towns. We managed to use the pool in Agriturismo Signorini which is on the road out of Orciatico towards Volterra about 3 or 4 km from the house. They charged us 5 euros per person and have a lovely pool and loungers. They said that they would welcome other visitors to the house. there are details in the house. We had a lovely lunch there but you need to telephone in advance and tell them if you would like to eat there.

April 2014 guest wrote

The weather was blissful. Views from the house are stunning a panorama across a deep green valley dotted with hints of small villages in the distance. The house is at the top of Orciatico and as such feels both cut off whilst having access to the local village amenities. Walks up the hill take you to the forest littered with wonderful scenery : a few fascinating windmills, a fascinating abandoned house and a chorus of frogs at the top. Each morning we awoke to birdsong and a view from our balcony of the mist breaking and separating across the valley and the hills . The house is beautiful and has a lovely feel . We are looking forward to returning.

March 2014

We enjoyed a relaxing stay in this comfortable home.The central heating system works well. Italy enthrals as ever our last day in the peaceful sun here on the balcony was a real treat .

Ann who stayed in 2013 wrote .

Thank you for a wonderful stay . The house was lovely , the views in particular were stunning. It was a perfect location for visiting the main cities. I would certainly recommend Casa Colomba to family and friends

Guests in 2014 from England and Australia .

Having sent a week here we are very reluctant to be going home.Every day starts with spectacular views and weather permitting ends with wonderful sunsets.The walk up the hill is well worth it.

Audrey and family June 2014

One week is not enough in this idyllic setting.The village restaurant is fantastic 20 euros for 4 courses. House is well furnished. Our way home from the village was lit up by fire flies.
Jan 2014
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Lajatico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hip bath
  • Upstairs Bathroom with small bath and shower WC Downstairs Shower room with WC and bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Also a sofa that can make into two single beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1- 1 King size bed Bedroom 2- 1 King size bed Bedroom 3-2 single beds Bedroom 3 - Twin beds Additional double sofa bed in upstairs sitting room There is also a sofa in Bedroom 1 that makes in two single beds
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Casa Colomba is a spacious house comfortably furnished and has full central heating . The kitchen is well equipped . Outside: Very private and quite. Fully enclosed garden with Olive trees.Balcony and terrace seating . Wonderful views . We also own the field next to the house .There are wonderful walks in the woods.The centre of the village is a five minute stroll away . Utility Room: Large Utility room with washing machine,additional fridge,microwave, ironing board, additional outside chairs, high chair travel cot and pushchair. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels and final clean included. We have a local agent who looks after the property for us . He speaks very good english . Other: All three bedrooms are comfortably furnished.Bedroom two has its own balcony with table and chairs. Upstairs there is an additional sitting room/landing which opens out onto the balcony with seating area.


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Unique house with fantastic views and wonderful new swimming pool near Lajatico
average rating of 4.84 based on 26 reviews

Incredibly comfortable and cosy Italian home at suberb location

  • 5 of 5

Casa Colomba is a truly marvelous place and absolute gem.

I've stayed in many Italian houses over the years, but at this place everything is just perfect; the views, the location, Orciatico and nearby Lajatico, the lay-out, the pool, the inside interior and I can go on and on about it. Therefor Many compliments to Janis and Piers for turning it into such a warm and welcoming home away from home. And also Filippo and Giancarlo were truly helpful and fantastic. We'll certainly return here because I absolute fell in love with this place.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Superb property, location, beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We have recently stayed at Casa Colomba and the first thing that strikes you is the magnificent setting and countryside around. Perched high on the hill just outside the village of Orcatico, Casa Colomba can be seen for miles around. There are absolutely stunning views from the villa, the terraces and the pool. With colourful flowers on the steps down to the Villa, Casa Colomba is sparklingly clean, spacious and well equipped. The large and very welcome pool is furnished with loungers and parasols and there are three terraces from which to eat outdoors, including a terrace on the bedroom first floor. The house and setting coupled together with the pretty countryside full of wildflowers, and beautiful historic architecture and artworks of the villages and towns around, makes this a perfect holiday villa.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Retreat in Rural Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house, welcoming. Clean and spacious. Views from every room, even the bathroom upstairs. All facilities available at the house to make it a home from home experience. The views as soon as you arrive will leave you breathless. Ever changing throughout the day, but no less amazing. Pool cleaned every morning and plenty of room for relaxing around the pool area, or any of the three patio areas. Ideal location for visiting many of the towns and villages nearby, but also fabulous if you just want to relax and re-charge. Local bar/café down the hillside into the village, run by the community, restaurant and small shop. The walk back up to the house needs a little more effort, but well worth it when you arrive. Filippo was on hand if you needed any advise or help throughout the holiday. He even came to see us on our last day to see how the holiday went and what to do on our departure. Visited (a few times), San Gimignano, Volterra and some of the local villages around Orciatico. Thank you to Janis and Piers for allowing us to stay in their home in this beautiful home in Tuscany. Denise, Alan, Andrea and Brian

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review . We are so glad you enjoyed your holiday and enjoyed the house and the area as much as we do
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A Special Place in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

What a special place… one to remember.

We spent a week in this Tuscan Villa in late September, the weather was lovely and we even managed a dip in the pool even at this time of year.

Firstly the view, you just have to see it to really feel it, its breath taking – you are just high enough to see miles and miles of Tuscany countryside. The house patio and pool and perfectly situated to take in the view while you are having a swim or having some breakfast outside.

The house is well equipped, we had our baby and three year with us and my parents. There was lots of space for us all to share. The beds are comfy and it’s so quiet at night (when our little ones were asleep) it’s so peaceful. The bathroom has a shower with an amazing with a tiny bath (which we loved – with me and the two little ones in). The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need.

The house a lovely feel and is a great base to explore Tuscany.

We will be back x

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Tuscan Delight - central, accessible

  • 5 of 5

Did you say “ORCIATICO“? Shhhh. “Orciatico". That's better. Don't tell the world. You won't find it in many guide books.The perfect place to go out from in the morning and come back to in the evening. So why am I telling you? It's what you do when you are in love. And everyone can't come here.

Janis and Piers have thought of everything you might need to make your stay a success – and then some more - even walking poles and binoculars. So let me tell about our time in Orciatico in September : It’s early morning; I am the only one up …

Listen. What do you hear? Nothing. That's it. Silence. Beautiful silence. Broken only by the occasional burr of a farmer’s saw or the distant dog who barks at 4pm each day. Usually one bark starts another across the valley, but in the hot Tuscan sun, they can't be bothered.

Go into the garden below the yellow stone walls of the old house and pick a fig, olive or pomegranate or even the largest conker you ever had. Admire the yellow autumn crocuses under the olive trees.

Listen to the birds. Hear the wind in the trees. Look for the red squirrel with the bushiest tail. Spot a fox or porcupine – yes! - at the roadside as you return from a restaurant in the evening.

Walk up the road into the forest and see the wild flowers – orchids, purple colchicum and yellow crocuses. Visit the ancient windmill ruins or the astronomical observatory. Follow the winding path back through the woods.

If the day is hot, cool off in the blue pool - as one of our party did one morning. He didn't intend to and had all his clothes on at the time. He survived; a pity about his iPhone.

Wander down to the village bar. Watch the ladies playing ‘Briscola’ with 40 strange and familiar cards. Buy a litre of local Chianti for 4E. Listen to the crickets as dusk falls. See the lights of the distant villages and even perhaps Pisa in the distance. Wonder at the billions of stars appearing in the evening sky. Re-introduce yourself to the Milky Way and show your children that it is not a chocolate bar.

Get up early and sit on the balcony as the leaves rustle in the breeze and the morning sun rises over the Mediterranean poplars in the east. Watch the changing patterns as the mist lifts from the patchwork quilt of fields in the valley below. See a plume of smoke rising lazily from a wood fire. It can't be bothered to go all the way up. Reaches 100 ft and then heads off towards Pisa.

This is Italy, Tuscany, Orciatico, Casa Columba. We loved it: So will you.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely spot and comfortable house!

  • 5 of 5

A super place with stunning views across the countryside. Delightful pool and several places to sit at different parts of the day to find shade!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

We are able to provide Art course with an Artist who has a degree in History of Art from Cambridge University .

Our local agent arranges bespoke tours and would be more than happy to organise one for you if you so wish. He is Italian but speaks very good english.


The nearest beach is a Cecina, 45 minute drive. This has an excellent beaches, and a fantastic waterpark .

There are excellent outdoor swimming pools at nearby Chianni and Peccioli.


Pisa airport is 45 minutes. A car is essential.


25 minute drive to Volterra and San Gimignano.

1 and a half hour drive to Florence and Siena

Further Details:

Orciatico has a very friendly bar, where you can pick up all the local gossip. You can also buy a bottle of local wine for 5 Euros and collect a refill for 2euros. It has a general store , delicatessen and a very good restaurant which opens in high season.There are several good restaurants near by .

In nearby Lajatico there is a bank, post office and a weekly market on a Wednesday .There are four restaurants in and around Lajatico. Lajatico is the home town of Andre Bocelli where he has a concert for one night every year in the Teatro del Silenzio . This can be seen from Casa Colomba .La Rosa about twenty minutes away has more shops


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $191.99

Booking Notes:
On booking a deposit of 20% final payment is due 8 weeks before departure.
Bookings can be done on line or via post
We only take booking from Saturday to saturday but may be able to do alternative days in low season

Changeover Day:
Arrival after 15.00 hours and departure by 10.00 .
Changeover day is usually Saturday but there can be some flexibility in low season

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the property per week in UK pounds. Short breaks and midweek bookings may be accepted in low and medium seasons. Discount for long lets- please contact for details. Costs are inclusive of linen, cleaning , gas and electricity.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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