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Tuscan Umbrian border holiday cottage, secluded and private but not isolated.

People10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview


Details
Property
farmhouse
People
10
Bedrooms
5
Bathrooms
5
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

Niccone valley luxurious comfortable cottage sleeps upto 10 in 5 bedrooms.

The house has been painstakingly restored over several years to maintain it's original character while adding contemporary luxury and comfort; Centuries-old stone and terracotta floors now have underfloor heating. The bathrooms are decorated with handmade Sicilian ceramic tiles while the baths and fixtures were brought from France and England

The house sleeps 10 in 4 1/2 double bedrooms (twin or double beds), each with it's own private bathroom.

The chestnut-beamed sitting room lies at its heart. With a huge fireplace, a rose-coloured sofa piled high with cushions, a coffee table laden with books and every inch of white wall hung with paintings, this and the large dining room are very inviting for house parties and entertaining.

The true heart of the house is probably the kitchen. With two sofas, a large open fireplace and dining table you never have to go anywhere else...

Lie under the shade of the olive trees or soak up the sun beside the 'Pebbletec' natural pool. With it's salt water filter the water is delightfully soft and un-chlorinated.

WIFI is available at the property.

- Pets are welcome. *Jenny has dogs. They are rescues and very sweet-natured, They will give you a chearful welcome on your arrival and then tend to stay well out of the way, focusing their attentions on Jenny at her neigbouring cottage they are very friendly and never agressive.

- The swimming pool is secluded but close to the house, and measures 6 metres x 12 metres (15m to the steps), with a 'Pebbletec' natural smooth stone surface and a salt water filtration system - no chlorine.

There is a terrace under a huge oak tree, with chandelier lighting and a very large open log-burning fireplace for outside seating and dining.

Home produced olive oil and wine is available.

The rental cost has been greatly reduced for the 2017 season making this a very good value "exclusive holiday villa."

Electricity is included.

Mobile telephone reception is good at the house.

The local village, Mercatale Di Cortona is 4 KM from the house and has 3 bar/cafe's, 2 butchers, a baker, 2 supermarkets, 3 banks and a wonderful trattoria - "Mimmi's".

There are several very good restaurants in the valley near the house.

The house has a washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, underfloor central-heating, open wood-burning fireplaces, TV with UK Sky satellite reception.

The Niccone valley is separated from Cortona and it's famous Valdichianna valley by a range of hills which has managed to keep life here tranquil and slow. The valley is given over almost entirely to agriculture, the main crops being vineyards, maize and sunflowers, together with the remanants of an earlier tradition of tabacco cultivation. Mercatale is our local village and offers facilities which a much larger town would envy including three bars, two banks, two supermarkets. the best butcher in the region and much more. When guests wish to dine out there are several good restaurants in the immediate area. Mercatale is fortunate enough to be home to "Trattoria Mimmi" one of the fast disappearing traditional retaurants where you don't have to do anything but eat. There are no menus. Mimmi just brings dish after dish to your table. Usually three or four different pastas varying with the season, followed by an array of roast meats, home grown vegetables, salads and desserts, all with her own delicious "genuino" wine. Mercatale is four kilometers from the house. Cortona is a twenty minute drive over the hill, and Umbertide, our nearest town with a big weekly market is twenty minutes away at the other end of the valley towards Gubbio, and Citta Di Castello. We are close to Perugia between Rome and Florence. Driving to Rome takes two and a half hours, to Florence an hour and a half. By rail from Terontola our local station, Rome is an hour and forty minutes by fast train, or two hours twenty by normal service. Florence by train is an hour and a half.

No picture can do this property justice, it is absolutly breathtaking and has to be seen to be believed.

November Umbrian Earth Tremors.

Our area and property is totally untouched by the November tremors as the Apennine mountain range which is about 40km+ away protects our part of Umbria from the active fault, our beautiful countryside is totally safe and untouched, please feel confident to holiday in Umbria as ever.

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Owner
Eric Read
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2017

Why Eric Read chose Cortona area

It's impossible not to fall in love with the Slow life at Ca' di Gosto. This beautiful five hundred year old honey-coloured stone farmhouse is set within wooded hills, with views of Umbria and Tuscany.

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and relax, enjoy the lovely gardens and pool, the surrounding countryside and endless sights, attractions and activities.

And now just to make your stay even more perfect there is a sumptuous 4 course welcome dinner served to you and your party on your first evening, an authentic Italian menue made from quality local ingredients by the house owner Jenny Nichols who is a very well know and respected chef.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Step back in time to enjoy the panoramic unspoilt views, enjoy the breathtaking cottage gardens, enjoy a relaxed stay in a home you will not want to leave. This perfect family holiday will give happy memories to last a lifetime. You will not be dissapointed with this house and surroundings.

Reviews

5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)

5

We will return.

  • 5 of 5

The house was very easy to find, when we got there we were welcomed by Jenny and made very at home. We were all absolutely stunned by the beauty of the house and perfect presentation. We dont usually holiday twice in one place but we will be returning for another relaxing week next year.

Thanks Jenny 10/10..............

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is paragraph from a thank you letter sent to me from one of our happy guests.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,539
for 7 nights
£2,539
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£581
for 2 nights
From
£290
£2,031
 

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Cortona in Arezzo Area

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 5 Bathrooms with an individual style of their own.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed
  • 5 double bedrooms with 5 seperate bathrooms.
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
There are some very good quality golf courses within an easy driving distance. Lake Trasimena is nearby offering a huge range of activities and has a nice sandy beach with sunbeds and warm waters suitable for swimming, or take a ferry trip to the islands.

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