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Completely Refurbished Villa with Large Private Pool and poolhouse in 4 Acres

People12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview


Details
Property
villa
People
12
Bedrooms
5
Bathrooms
5
Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Villa nestled just below Cortona, Tuscany, Italy - Secluded and Tranquil with Stunning Views, but Very Near Major Towns

San Marco's drive winds through its olive grove, passes its wrought iron gates and up its avenue of pencil pines before arriving at this classic Italian villa, where our wonderful 'housekeeper' will greet you. Completely refurbished & with a wonderful poolhouse, the tranquil Villa San Marco is set in its parklike grounds of 4 acres, surrounded by fields, yet it has stunning views down the valley to Lake Trasimeno and also up the hill to the Etruscan city of Cortona, which alone would take many weeks to explore. The villa is spacious, bright, beautifully decorated, elegantly furnished with many antiques and it has a warm family atmosphere. The refurbishment created 6 new bathrooms (1 in the poolhouse), 2 fabulous 'cooks' kitchens (one indoors and one outside), a breakfast room with doors opening directly into the ivy-clad pergola, total redecoration and huge 'behind the scenes' improvements, e.g. very high specification hot water, heating and electricity systems.


Owner
Andrew Ball
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Housekeeper; UK, Italian, German, French, Dutch +
Calendar last updated:
26 January, 2017

About Andrew Ball

My wife's family is in Australia and we have friends dotted around the globe, so we spend many months a year staying in other people's homes. This has given us considerable insight into what works in making a functioning home and what doesn't. This, combined with my wife's considerable talent as an interior designer, especially in relation to colours, and my perfectionism has enabled us to create homes that are calm and welcoming- places where people feel relaxed.

We were confirmed francophiles until we discovered Italy about 15 years ago and since then we have not looked back. The Tuscans are such happy and welcoming people, with a zest for life, especially really fresh, natural food and their sense of humour is superb. We manage about 3 months per year in Tuscany and love every momen

Andrew Ball purchased this villa in 2006

Why Andrew Ball chose Arezzo Area

We rented properties nearby in 2005/6 and had fallen wildly in love with Cortona, a true gem of a city within the magic of Tuscany and so central for visiting much of what it has to offer.

The first property was a converted farmhouse and it looked great, but it just did not work as a dwelling- the staircase was outside, the kitchen was tiny, north facing and 50 yards away from the (fixed) place to eat outside. The pool was even further away. The second was a villa "near" Cortona, but it was actually a 30-40 minutes drive. The description of the accomodation looked good for 12, but more that half the bedrooms were in the attic with sloping ceilings and unlockable windows at floor level.... and we had several young children!

We saw San Marco once, for 15 minutes, before we bought it. We did not look at any other- enough said

What makes this villa unique

We lived in San Marco for several months over 2 years before making any changes, but we then made structural alterations in all but two rooms in order to end up with a (brand new) villa that really worked. We took 30+feet off many of the trees to restore the glorious views and planted the drive of pencil pines, an orchard and a vegetable/herb garden.

Three years later we completed my dream of a poolhouse, wood oven and BBQ to enable 12 people to be entertained outside without having to go back to the villa, i.e. everything necessary, down to a full kitchen, all tableware, a changing room and bathroom were right there beside the pool.

We are so fortunate to have a wonderful and incredibly capable multi-lingual housekeeper, who project managed all our upgrades. She is one of our dearest friends and really looks after our guests.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'I don't have a wide enough vocabulary that could adequately describe how wonderful we found San Marco. Your beautiful house surpassed our expectations by miles! We have rented properties all over Italy and your house is the most perfect. We have often found bathrooms and kitchens to be basic in even the nicest houses but you have worked very hard to provide modern facilities in keeping with the elegance of the house.'



'We all had a lovely time- the photos and description on the website do not do it justice. It was everything I imagined a Tuscan villa to be but better.'



'We had a problem with one of our bags and your housekeeper could not have been more helpful. Thank you again for letting us share your home.'



'What a fabulous house, just lovely, lovely.'



'We wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, for its peace and tranquility, lovely setting and high standard of accommodation.'



'Thank you once again for the use of your fabulous home and we look forward to the next time.'
Apr 2007
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Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

5

Blissful Holiday

  • 5 of 5

This is the third time we have been to San Marco and we can't begin to tell you what a fantastic time we have had in this beautiful home. It is honestly one of the most enjoyable and relaxing holidays we have ever had. The weather has been perfect - hot during the day and blissfully cool in the evenings and at night. The villa is incredibly comfortable with every last detail thought of. The pool house is a great meeting place for the whole family and the pizza oven tests everyone's cooking skills! Also there are interesting towns and vineyards within easy driving distance making this a fun holiday venue for all.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

The perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

We have had a wonderful two weeks in this beautiful home. The house itself is really lovely and a credit to its owners. We loved the combination of beautifully decorated rooms with the benefit of every modern convenience - there is no detail or possible need which hasn't been considered!

However, most of our time was spent at the pool area, again - the pool house kitchen is wonderfully equipped, so our cooking was all done there and our eating all al fresco. The pool itself is just lovely, large and inviting, with cleaning done discreetly on a regular basis.

Carol looked after us so well on arrival, providing us with lots of useful information and the house book gave us lots of ideas for eating out both locally and further afield.

Cortona is just lovely, with beautiful old, meandering streets. We went most days to have coffee or an evening meal. We also went to Siena, Florence (by train, thank you for the tip), Assisi (our favourite), Montepulciano (great wine tasting) and Perugia (great chocolate!!).

We certainly hope to return to San Marco before long.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

San Marco Magic!

  • 5 of 5

Our second stay at Villa San Marco and this time we knew what to expect, in terms of facilities (luxury) and relaxation. We are all busy professionals who enjoy our working lives but prefer the downtime with our grown up children and friends and what a place to do this! We spent a fortnight last year and decided that a three week break (with a quick trip back to the UK via Rome for a wedding!) was the way ahead this year. Villa San Marco is the perfect setting to either spend the full duration, with all it has to offer, or as a base to explore some more of the historic local settings. We opted to enjoy the pool, cinema, table fussball, croquet and sunsets on the terrace, with incredible views of Cortona. As keen cooks, we LOVED the salad garden with a range of different tomatoes, herbs and salad and this year we found the almond trees(!) and were able to enjoy making salted caramel almond praline in the wood oven to add to our own gelato. The house is so beautifully decorated, with personal effects (we feel like we already know the owners, despite not having met them), able to play the grand piano and driving up the track to the house really felt like coming home! Our keen interest in cooking was more than satisfied by all of the local produce and the wood oven, which we used almost every night - also did a Tuscan cooking course while we were there...learned so much about my favourite hobby! It was great to see that some of the inflatables we bought last year were still there.....and having some very fit and young adults with us, we thoroughly enjoyed lilo races, as well as water volleyball. I know we will

visit again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A Tuscan. Delight

  • 5 of 5

This is the second year that we have stayed at this Villa, with another family. The accommodation is five star with every amenity you could wish for. Rooms are large and comfy. the pool is a delight, but the star for us was the outside pizza oven which we used pretty much every night. The housekeeper was on hand when required, the pool cleaned regularly and Sabrina the cleaner was just fantastic. Enjoy the fresh tomatoes and herbs from the garden.. I was happy to chill for 3 weeks and ventured out only seldom - other''s were more adventurous and found transport links good - only 45 minutes from Perugia airport, and 10 minutes from Camucia railway station with high speed links. No hesitation at. All in recommending this villa highly.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Villa San Marco Re visited

  • 5 of 5

Our 3rd visit to Villa San Marco,we always stay as a party of 4 couples although San Marco can sleep more this way every couple get their own bathrroom.

The location is perfect for exploring Tuscany.Cortona itself is a jewel best described by Francis Mayes in "Under the Tuscan Sun" read it.

The house is 5 star the pool a delight and pool house/bar BQ/pizza oven make for a foodies heaven with local produce.2 fully equipped kictens at pool and Villa ease party catering.local restauraunts in and arround Cortona are also a major pull bringing my wife and I back time and again.This rental has no faults and provides everything you need from bikes to fully equipped Cinema in the cellar.As an only child the only draw back is writing these reviews will mean I will have to share San Marco with others besides the thoughtful owner Andrew and his wife many thanks again to you both for sharing your beautiful home.

Phil and Irene Robson.Southport UK

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Fantastico

  • 5 of 5

We had 2 stunning weeks at the Villa and the surrounding countryside. Fantastic location, central to everything. From every corner of the Villa and property gorgeous views. Great to have the pool and cabana not to forget the incredible wood fired Pizza oven. The amenities within the Villa exceeded our expectations.

We look forward to returning again and again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter
5 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,536
for 7 nights
£2,536
 
 
Spring
8 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,752
for 7 nights
£2,752
 
 
Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,598
for 7 nights
£3,598
 
 
High Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£4,572
for 7 nights
£4,572
 
 
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,683
for 7 nights
£3,683
 
 
Autumn
23 Sep 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,752
for 7 nights
£2,752
 
 
Christmas
21 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£3,344
for 7 nights
£3,344
 
 
Winter
6 Jan 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,536
for 7 nights
£2,536
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£2,536
for 7 nights
£2,536
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £423

Booking Notes:
We can hold an option on the house for you for 3 days.

Changeover Day:
Rental starts at 4.30-7.30 p.m. on the day of arrival and ends at 9.30a.m. on the day of departure. Arrival-departure days are Saturdays and the minimum booking period is 7 days. Outside of the main season this is negotiable.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the villa per week in euros.

Reservations are guaranteed on receipt of a 30% deposit (non-refundable). The remaining balance must be paid 8 weeks before the rental commences. The damages deposit of 500 euros (1,000 euros if using the cinema room) must be paid in cash on arrival and this will be returned in your local currency, less charges for any damage, breakages, telephone, additional help, etc, following departure.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Casorbica-salcotto in Tuscany

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 1 (en suite) with shower, basin, wc. Bath 2 with bath, shower, basin, wc. Bath 3 with shower, basin, wc. Bath 4 (en suite) with shower, basin, wc Bath 5 (cloakroom in the UK) with basin, wc, bidet. Bath 6 (poolhouse) with shower, basin, wc
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Child Bed , Can be made up as one large double (67 inches)
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Cot only in room on request
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Cot available on request
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , One large double (67 inches), can be split to two singles
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10/12 (5/6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedrooms 1,2 and 3 with double beds. Bedrooms 4 and 5 with twin beds that can be made up as doubles. Study/bedroom 6 is on the ground floor with a full double sofabed with orthopaedic mattress.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 3 bicycles
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: This is our second home, not a rental property and we have refurbished, decorated and furnished it to our own very high standards. The pool is fenced and the house is generally child friendly, though the living room is rather more adult and the ground floor is largely open-plan. There are toys, family games, a 32" Sony HD TV, BlueRay DVD player and an extensive DVD collection. High-speed wireless broadband (computer not provided) is available and free. We did not even consider air-conditioning during the refurbishment as with really thick walls and good 'heat management' (details in the house book) we are able to keep the villa at 22-24 degrees during the Summer. Oil for the central heating (only needed during the Winter) is charged separately, though there are 2 large and excellent real fires (in the kitchen/breakfast room and the living room) and these really heat the place up. There is a log-pile, for which there is no charge. Outside: There are 2 large tables to seat 8/12 and several places to enjoy the different views or to eat in either the sun or the shade of the pergola or the verandah of the poolhouse overlooking the 16 x 39ft pool and our olive grove. There is a huge pizza oven and barbecue and a full outdoor kitchen (including everything for 12 people), plenty of pool loungers, sun umbrellas and garden furniture. The 1st floor terrace has 2 tables and 8 chairs with views up to Cortona and bedroom 2 has a Juliet balcony with views over the pool to the local 14th century chapel. There are lovely walks amongst the trees, a grouping of hammocks and for the more active, outdoor table tennis, table football and 3 bikes. There is a herb and vegetable garden, two good fig trees, a mature plum and walnut and we have planted an orchard of nectarines, plums, apples, pears, apricots and almonds as well as 5 vines. We often have pairs of woodpeckers, hoopoes, pheasants and hares and the occasional wild tortoise. Utility Room: A separate laundry with a washing machine, drying racks, tumble dryer, huge basin for hand washing, with drying rack above, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Hair dryers, towels, including pool towels, and linen are provided. The house is clean on arrival and is cleaned and linen changed every Saturday. Further help (making up the beds, washing up, etc.) can be arranged for an additional amount paid locally. Other: An impressive entrance hall and staircase. Several different places to eat outdoors. Cinema room with 3m screen. The 18 inch thick walls mean that with good 'heat management' the villa stays delightfully cool.

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