From the king size bed look through your French windows to the gardens, pool and Cortona beyond. The large bedroom has Tuscan antique furniture - wardrobes, cupboards, desk and easy chairs and french windows lead straight into the garden. It is suitable for guests who require their accommodation all on one level, the shower is also equipped with a fold-down seat. il Melograno also has its own terrace right outside the dining room door perfect for al fresco breakfasts before setting off for the pool - just 30 metres away. There is a large, brand-new bathroom with walk-in shower (with seat) toilet, bidet, washbasin and plenty of storage. The spacious brand new kitchen has a fast four burner hob is just perfect, with a pretty sink, fridge, toaster, worktops and loads of storage. The dining area has a large table, plenty of plates, cookware, equipment. CD player also. Laundry facilities are available in a separate laundry building - on the other side of the garden.
Independence and tranquility are yours with a choice of two exquisite, lovingly restored, independent holiday homes (each sleeping two) in the grounds of Casa Valentina, an historic, hillside farmhouse. There is a large, secure garden with olive groves, and 12 x 6 m swimming pool + hydromassage (open mid-May to mid-Sept). There is a spacious sun bathing deck so you will never feel crowded. It has a natural stone surround and wonderful panoramic views to Etruscan Cortona and to the Val di Chiana with Monte Amiata in the distance. If you can tear yourself away from the beauty and calm of Casa Valentina, then Cortona, the setting for Frances Mayes book 'Under the Tuscan Sun' is just 5 mins away. It has a cosmopolitan yet historic atmosphere; cafes - to watch the world go by, antique shops to browse in, wonderful restaurants - you will be spoilt for choice! Cortona is extremely well placed - The main autostrade (A1) just 20 mins. away and Florence, Siena, Arezzo and Perugia all in an hour.
About the Owner
To confirm your booking we require a 25% deposit. The balance is advised a month before arrival. Our price includes everything except heating in the cooler months and pool towels in the Summer. A security deposit is a required, to cover any damage, any heating costs and extra cleaning costs because the property was not left reasonably clean and tidy on departure. Arrivals are generally between 5 and 9pm. If your week is booked please look at IT12482, that offers child free tranquility for twos.
In line with other rentals our changeover day is Saturday (This makes a two-centre holiday possible). However, in the low season we can be more flexible so please ask.
Arrival time is after 5pm on Saturday and Departure 10am on the following Saturday.
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
We offer Tuscan cooking courses just for two at one of our other properties please just contact me for more details.
Nearest beach - Southern Tuscany, Grosseto in 1 hour 30mins. However, there are 'beach resorts' on nearby Lake Trasimeno, Italy's fourth largest lake - just 20 minutes away.
Nearest airport - Florence 1.15hr. Rome 2.00hr. Perugia 1.00 hr. Pisa 1.45hr. Bologna (Forli) 2.00hr.
To get the best of all that Tuscany has to offer a car is recommended. Nearest motorway/autostrada exit - Val di Chiana - 20 minutes.
Camucia/Cortona 5-10 mins - with countless shops, banks, bars, restaurants, markets, train station, internet cafes, taxis and buses. Lake Trasimeno with boat trips to beautiful islands - 20 mins. Arezzo - 35 mins. Siena - 45 mins. Perugia - 45 mins. Florence - 1 hour, Montalcino - 1 hour, Montepulciano - 30 mins. Rome - 2 hours, Chianti - 1 hour.
Casa Valentina is next to a State archaeological park where numerous Etruscan and Roman antiquities have been found and are still being found. Roman remains have even been found in garden! From here there are also many wonderful walks (some easy and some more demanding) in the woods, along country lanes and even up to Cortona, via the beaten track, where you can see for around 50 miles - south to Lake Trasimeno to Monte Amiata beyond.
Cortona - the beautiful setting for 'Under the Tuscan Sun' (the book and the film) is under 10 minutes away - it hasn't been spoilt and it has everything you could need cafes, banks, restaurants, history, museums, shops etc...
The Internationally renown Music Festival every August and the exclusive antiques fair held every September.
Siena and Florence - each with a proud and different history are only an hour or so from Casa Valentina.
The Chianti Classico wine area and the timeless Tuscan hill towns of Montalcino, Montepulciano, Poppi, Anghiari and San Gimignano are all easy drives for the perfect Tuscan day - touring and tasting! You will not be disappointed!!
The St. Francis of Assisi trail - (Assisi itself is also easily reached from here in about an hour), Etruscan historical sites, the birthplaces and locations of many recorded scenes of Michelangelo, Piero della Francesca and Leonardo da Vinci.
The fantastic Arezzo antiques fair held on the first Sunday of every month and the Saturday before. The Arezzo Giostra del Saracino, a medieval re-enactment, with hundreds of costumed participants, held in June and September - similar to the Siena Palio but with Jousting not horse racing. The Siena palio held every July and August. Numerous International Music Festivals. Wine Tours. Truffle Hunting. Photographic Fair held twice a year in Arezzo.
Finally the fashion designer outlets of Prada, Gucci, D & G,
Ferragamo and Valentino and numerous others are all under an hour away by car. We'll give you the directions.
- Dining Area
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- autumn foliage
- live theatre
- recreation centre
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- outlet shopping
- scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Bedroom 1
- Golf ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Insect screens on all windows and fans provided, which together with the thick stone walls keep the property cool in the Summer. No smoking in apartments. Sorry but not suitable for children and pets not allowed. Central heating available in the cooler months, charged at cost per unit used. Free Wifi available. Outside: The grounds of Casa Valentina extend over many hectares with green lawns, mature trees, olive groves and orchards. There are countless planters overflowing with colour from the Spring to the Autumn. The 6 x 12 metre pool (open mid May to Mid September), (depth varies from 1.10m to 2.90m) has a large, natural-stone sun deck with sunloungers and chairs for you to enjoy both the sun and the views. It has an automatic summer cover and in this way the heat is conserved for a longer season. So serious swimming is possible here! There is also a large, traditional brick-built barbeque set on a lovely shady dining terrace for guests use. There is plenty of space here for two or four. Secure, shady parking behind automatic gates.