House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)
Tania & Keith von Barkenhagen
About Tania & Keith von Barkenhagen
We began our Italian adventure by following our dream and moving to Italy in March 2005, leaving the bustling life of southern California behind. Tania is an American born Italian who has visited Italy almost every year of her life. With a passion for photography and a desire to be immersed in culture and art, she has always yearned to live in the country that engendered her artistic and vivacious personality. Keith is a techie who loves to travel, cook and intricate details of just about anything and was up for the challenge and change of life. Their shared love of travel, new adventures, wine and delectable local dishes made Tuscany the perfect destination. Murphy the dog, well, he just likes food and companionship, probably in that order, but he also seems to be thoroughly enjoying his life in Italy.
Tania & Keith von Barkenhagen purchased this Farmhouse in 2007
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Val di Chiana, minutes from the picturesque hilltop town of Cortona (featured in 'Under the Tuscan Sun'), 'Casa bel Posto' is a tranquil and charming Tuscan farmhouse conveniently located in southern Tuscany. Casa bel Posto boasts the perfect Tuscan getaway with the best of both worlds; located in the heart of the countryside with all the benefits of having a lively historical city nearby. Everything you could want to see in central Tuscany is at your fingertips - 5 minutes from the main train line leading to Rome in 2.5 hours, Florence in just over 1 hour, 1/2 hour drive to Perugia for chocolate making, Montepulciano or Chianti for wine, Pienza for amazing cheese and countless little hilltop towns along the way. Less than an hour drive to Sienna (famous for it's horse races, the Palio), Montalcino for wine and many other towns. Plus we've explored the area for you, so we're ready to help with reservations, little out of the way spots to explore, hilltop towns to discover, small family-run wineries to see.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 10:00 a.m.
Smoking is allowed outside only, please.
We welcome children under adult supervision.
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Excellent location, lovely property and great experience. Kids loved it!
What a lovely place to have a holiday! The owners, and their family and friends were so accommodating and made us feel very welcome. Cortona is delightful and a great place to explore the rest of the region and we enjoyed a day trip to Florence which was quite close. The property is fantastic and the pool and garden wonderful. I would recommend to anyone and in particular our children had a great time.
Arrived after a week of non-stop sightseeing in Rome to this beautiful, peaceful, tranquil farmhouse. A warm greeting by the owners Keith, Tania and their beautiful labs, Stella & Murphy. The farmhouse was perfect - great size bedrooms and kitchen with a cosy living room area - with everything we needed. The outside of the property is amazing - they grow fresh veggies (and we were supplied with a welcome basket of fresh veggies and fruit a few times during our stay). There is a huge huge swimming pool - which was very welcoming after our days out visiting local Cortona (which is fabulous). Lots of great restaurants, cafes, grocery stores etc - all very close to the farmhouse. Keith and Tanya lived above the property and were happy to help for recommendations and shooting the breeze chatting. They also make the most amazing Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegars which we mopped up with crusty bread every single day - its truly divine and I will be ordering some when I get home! Lovely lovely people and I can't recommend this place enough. If anyone is heading to Tuscany then this is certainly worth staying it. Would definitely go back here if we ever come back to Tuscany.
Was going to start off with the "not so great" things about Casa Bel Posto - but honestly, there aren't any! Great owners, beautiful property, friendly dogs, amazing pool, close to plenty of restaurants, grocery stores, villages. Couldn't wish for anything more - simply was the icing on the cake for us after spending a week in busy Rome. Would come back in a heartbeat. LOVED IT!!!
Thank you so much for your kind words, we are so happy you and your family enjoyed your stay! You were a great group and we and the dogs really enjoyed having you all here. We look forward to welcoming you back hopefully soon!!!
Keith, Tania & Murphy, Stella
Wonderful memories of time spent at Casa Bel Posto!
Our family of 6 (Mom & Dad and our 4 kids, ages 20, 13, 12, 10) spent a wonderful month traveling throughout Italy in July 2016. We used VRBO to rent apartments in Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Sorrento, and Rome. We booked our week at lovely Casa Bel Posto in the middle of our busy month, in order to give our kids some down time to rest and play. Our time spent at Casa Bel Posto exceeded our expectations! Tania & Keith were fantastic hosts! They were available & attentive to our many questions but they also afforded us privacy during our stay, including the many hours we spent outside enjoying their lovely property. Their farmhouse apartment, with it's 3 well-appointed bedrooms and 2 modern bathrooms, was great for our family. We enjoyed cooking in their well-equipped kitchen, grilling and eating meals/relaxing under their cozy Pergola, and swimming in their amazing pool! We enjoyed excursions into Cortona, shopping at local markets, and a day-long cooking class nearby at Alessandra Federici's Cucina Cooking School.
Favorite memories of our time spent at Casa Bel Posto include: waking each morning to find Stella & Murphy waiting to greet us outside our door, hours spent swimming with Stella & Murphy in the wonderfully refreshing, HUGE pool, hanging our freshly-washed clothing out to dry in the warm Tuscan breeze, being surrounded by Tania & Keith's beautiful property and the neighboring sunflower fields, bike riding on winding roads & nearby trails, many many hours spent enjoying Cortona, and last but not least, celebrating two of our daughters' back-to-back birthdays!
Tania & Keith's amazing L'Arte dell'Olivo products are so delicious-make sure you ask for a tasting! Our family & extended family have enjoyed the olive oil & vinegars that we purchased-check out their great website at lartedellolivo.com.
If we are ever blessed to visit Cortona again, we will definitely stay at Casa Bel Posto!
A perfect spot in Tuscany!
Such a perfect place to stay when in Tuscany! Close to Cortona, and within an hour's driving time to Orvieto, Montepulciano, Siena, Arrezzo and Assisi to name a few...Tania and Keith were fantastic hosts, and provided lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as lots of staples for our stay. And Stella and Murphy were always close by for a pat. The home itself was well equipped with everything we needed. The swimming pool was wonderful to come home to each day, and we loved having dinner and spending the evening under the pergola. They gave us great recommendations for places to visit, restaurants to eat at, and where to buy groceries-we especially enjoyed the little market where the butcher cuts the Chiana beef the thickness you like, and his mother makes fresh pasta sauces daily. Walking across the lawn and seeing Cortona in the foreground each day was a pleasure! Keith and Tania hold a 4th of July party every year and we were fortunate to be invited to join in the celebration. My husband was invited to play his guitar with their friend George under the pergola till the wee hours and it was one of the highlights of the trip for him! We highly recommended this place!
When you get to Casa Bel Posto you come home!! Tania and Keith are incredibly gracious and kind. Their hospitality draws you in and captures your heart. Not only do they know amazing restaurants, museums and EVERYTHING to do throughout tuscany- they are passionate about it and it's contagious! The home is adorable- with such a tuscan feel. The furniture is darling and so cozy! The grounds are lovely with amazing Cortona in the backdrop- yeah paradise. This place will forever be in our hearts. We can't wait to go back!
We produce local award winning L’arte dell’Olivo extra virgin olive oil and artisan balsamic vinegars and are happy to give our guests a free tasting during your stay. Keith is a certified Olive Oil Sommelier and does educations tours. Tania works with the local wine industry, offers tours and always has info on the various degustation events. Full day cooking classes with 'Alessandra's real Italian cucina' can be arranged, located a couple minutes away.
The beautiful medieval village of Cortona is just a few minutes away by car and is a favorite amongst travelers. There are Etruscan ruins nearby, Lago Trasimeno a few minutes away and plenty of beautiful drives in all directions in the spectacular Tuscan countryside.