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Restored Villa, private heated Pool, Wi-fi and TV (inc. UK TV). Secure Payment

Overview

Property

Updated: 14-Nov-2016
Villa near Civitella in Val di Chiana, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy - Beautiful And Tranquil Location With Panoramic Views.

Now also featured on Alistair Sawday's 'Special Places to Stay' If you are looking for a secluded property with beautiful views, yet close to many of the attractions of Tuscany, this could be for you. On a tranquil Tuscan hilltop, a comfortable farmhouse/villa with a large pool. Wander acres of olive groves, dine al fresco beneath starry skies. Elevated above the Chiana valley this is a peaceful Tuscan farmhouse surrounded by acres of olive groves. The old building had been left to ruin, but a careful restoration transformed its fortunes; a new stone facade, terracotta floors and beamed ceilings blend tradition with solid modern comfort. Through the wooden arched doors interiors are cosy and rustic. Plump sofas surround an open fire, while checked curtains add a touch of English country style. A long pine table is great for sociable dinners in the kitchen, or you can eat al fresco beneath the pergola or impressively starry skies. Good sized bedrooms are simple and fresh; most have garden views and one has an en-suite shower room. A terracotta terrace with a barbecue and outdoor seats frame the house, and there's a gorgeous swimming pool just beyond. Walks from the door head through olives, chestnut and oak woods where you might spot wild boar, foxes and porcupines. The house is in beautiful countryside close to the historic village of Civitella and superbly located for art and culture and all the historic towns and villages of Tuscany and Umbria. Florence is about 1 hour away, Siena and Cortona about 50 minutes, whilst Perugia and Assisi are within easy reach.

A new pool heater is being installed for the 2016 season. It will be operational from Easter, but the pool is normally open from mid-May, however it can be made available earlier on request.

Some guest comments but also see Reviews section) "...so busy since returning that I've not had the chance to thank you for letting us have such a glorious week at La Tartaruga. You have a wonderful place in the hills with such terrific views and challenging walks. (May 2013) We had a great time at the villa, and enjoyed the pool very much. It was all kept in excellent order by the people who came in at various times to do the pool, garden aand the sheets/towels - all very friendly and I think we managed to communciate despite our total lack of Italian. They were very quick to get the sun umbrella for the pool area repaired. We would certainly recommend the villa to friends. (September 2013) We left your lovely house yesterday morning after a wonderful week. All went well and we left the house as we found it. During the week we have met your friendly gardener and the man who came to check if everything was OK. (July 2013) Thank you for your email, we had the most fabulours week, thank you so much! We were so lucky with the weather, it was glorious and added to the enjoyment of the stunning scenery, etc. (April 2013)

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

David Evans and his wife Edwina bought this property in spring 2006. Whilst our home remains near Winchester in the South of England we have spent many happy times at La Tartaruga, and it is very much our second home. We have three grown up daughters who live and work in London, but who love coming to Tuscany with their young families.

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Speaks English, French, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We had a lovely time and how special we found the area. Lake Trasimeno - great fun for kids - we did pedalos - and lake boat trip. Would be lovely for cycling/walking. Great fun lying on the sunloungers at night and star gazing and walking up the drive wildlife spotting - deer/wild boar/fox cubs etc - children won't forget that in a hurry. The house was beautifully equipped - the pool is superb - great to have such a large one. The house really is beautiful.' (Baynes - July 2007).



'Very comfortably furnished with those little extra items that make a stay more enjoyable and comfortable. The location is superb - so quiet and peaceful with fantastic views from all aspects and certainly a good area for walking.' (Cotton - August 2007).



'We all had a wonderful time, the house, weather, countryside, food and wine couldn't have been more perfect. The children had a great time exploring in the many acres of ground surrounding the house.' (Melrose - July 2008).



I’ve been so busy since returning that I’ve not had the chance to thank you for letting us have such a glorious week at La Tartaruga. You have a wonderful place in the hills with such terrific views and challenging walks; John, Felicity and I were kept on our toes with the walk to Civitella (what a beautiful yet tragic village). (May 2013)



We had a great time at the villa, and enjoyed the pool very much. It was all kept in excellent order by the people who came in at various times to do the pool, garden and the sheets/towels - all very friendly and I think we managed to communicate despite our total lack of Italian. They were very quick to get the sun umbrella for the pool area repaired - we gathered that they had found it broken when preparing the villa for our arrival. We would certainly recommend the villa to friends. (September 2013)



We left your lovely house yesterday morning after a wonderful week. All went well and we left the house as we found it. During the week we have met your friendly gardner and the man who came to check if everything was ok. (July 2013)



Thank you for your email,we had the most fabulous week,thank you so much!We were so lucky with weather,it was glorious and added to the enjoyment of the stunning scenery,etc. (April 2013)
Aug 2007
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14 Reviews

4.6
based on 14 holidaymaker reviews

5

Beautiful peaceful villa in glorious surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Delightful villa set in glorious countryside surrounded by olive trees. Our family 5 adults and 2 children aged 9 and 4 could not have been happier. The villa was simply but very well equipped and we felt relaxed as soon as we arrived which was just what we all needed.

The pool was great and the little boys needed no other entertainment.

Although there was easy access to the big Tuscan cities most of which we had seen before we were all happy to just enjoy the surroundings. The local vineyard provided excellent wine to accompany our home cooked and barbecued meals.

We would highly recommend this villa for a relaxed comfortable family holiday.

Our daughter said she could have stayed for several more weeks.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A lovely property in a beautifully quiet spot

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted with the lovely house, clean and well equipped and in a truly peaceful location. It is also well placed for visiting the top tourist destinations in the area.

Any issues we had (eg. the power was turned off for emergency works in the local village) were dealt with quickly and efficiently by the owner.

We would certainly recommend this property as a very comfortable base for visiting Tuscany and, staying there in June, we were treated to the amazing nightly spectacular of the fireflies!

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

Excellent stay at La Tartaruga

  • 5 of 5

Lovely high quality property exactly as described. Gift of local olive oil and bottle of prosecco nice touch on arrival. Huge pool maintained at a steady 75 degrees F all week. Well equipped house with everything you need for the holiday. We had a few problems getting the TV to work reliably but the internet connection is very good and i-player compensated. Owner responded quickly to any questions we asked. If you want some rural peace this is the place. Cuckoo sang all week, deer and wild boar family in the garden on one occasion. Final access drive might be a bit rough and narrow in places if you have a wide or low slung car, our land rover loved it.

Local area is great, visited Siena, Arezzo, Montepulciano all close and ,a bit further away, Pisa. Owner provided good local information. Excellent Coop hypermarket in Arezzo and good Coop and minimarket in nearby Monte San Savino. La Terrasse restaurant in Monte San Savino highly recommended by owner and was tremendous quality and value. Make that a must. Blu Notte pizzeria in Albergo we can't recommend, unhelpful surly staff, but good pizze can be obtained everywhere.

Only three of us but plenty of room for up to 8 people. Hopefully we'll get a chance to return in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed an excellent family holiday at La Tartaruga this summer. We are a family of six, two adults and four boys ranging in age from 11 to 17. The house is well equipped, well furnished and we fitted in very well – we found it very homely. The kitchen is fine for a holiday and we used the BBQ. The location is just great with stunning views and nothing much else to disturb you. The garden is also well kept.

We made good use of the pool, played a lot of games and watched some DVDs we’d brought. The wifi was also a must for the boys but we did managed to restrict them!

We ate out locally a few times which was easy and cheap. We visited Sienna (reasonably short drive), St Gimignano (bit further), Florence (easy train journey from Arezzo) and Arezzo. The one regret was we only went to Arezzo on the last day and found it to be beautiful – wish we’d discovered that sooner as we’d have gone more than once.

I would recommend this villa if you like private, self-contained family holidays.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A well equipped, comfortable villa.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in La Tartaruga with our teenage boys and friends also with teenagers. The villa is roomy, well equipped and set in a beautiful location in the Tuscan hills. There are plenty of options for day trips, shopping and eating out but it was good to get back to the peace & quiet of the villa with large pool. The remoteness might unnerve some people but for country folk like us it was perfect. The last 0.5 mile on a dirt track does make you wonder where you are going but it is worth it. The directions we were given were spot on. Lots of helpful tips available of where to eat and what to do make life a bit easier. There is UK TV and Wifi to keep you connected but this is a place to get disconnected for a while. Early risers might catch sight of a deer in the garden. The following week that we spent in busy, hot Florence, Lucca and Pisa was memorable but I know where I would rather have been.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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5

Fantastic stay in a beautiful Tuscan Villa

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Tartaruga with friends last September and had a wonderful relaxing week (I'm writing the review now because we are thinking of returning!).

Between us we had 4 children under 5 and they all had a brilliant time playing in the huge, beautiful gardens and swimming pool. The house is rustic, cosy and very comfortable - it has been beautifully renovated. The views from the gardens, terrace and pool are breathtaking - an idyllic Tuscany landscape. The house is striking distance from Arezzo, Pisa, Siena and Florence and is a perfect base for exploring. We flew to Pisa from Bristol and hired a car - this was very easy and we had no problems getting up to the house. La Tartaruga is an idyllic and relaxing haven and we could not recommend it any more highly! We will definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
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Location

From the Owner

We first came to Tuscany when our children were young and loved the area with its old hill towns and glorious landscapes. When we started looking in 2005 we decided that this area was very well placed for all the attractions of Tuscany and Umbria, and Arezzo itself is a delightful local town. When we first saw the house it was obvious that this was the house for us. A huge reconstruction from a ruined farmhouse was almost complete, so there would be very little for us to do, and the views were stunning. We also loved its quiet location which is completely private, although it is close to Civitella and Monte San Savino for shopping and restaurants. There are so many towns within an hour's drive, including Siena and Florence which we never tire of visiting.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Florence at 60 Miles Nearest Barpub : Albergo at 2 Miles Nearest Train : Arezzo at 12 Miles Nearest Motorway : A1 at 6 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Civitella at 2 Miles Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

Civitella is more or less equidistant from the east and west coasts of Italy. The west coast can be reached by car in under 2 hours, the east coast in under two and a half hours.

Travel:

Low cost airlines fly in to Pisa, Rome, Bologna and Perugia. BA flies in to Pisa, Rome and Bologna. Meridiana and Cityjet (from London City) fly in to Florence which is about 1 hour away. There other options. By car the house is a bit less than 950 miles from Calais. Maybe consider driving via Brussels, Luxembourg, Alsace and the St Gotthard tunnel - virtually no road tolls and cheap fuel in Luxembourg!

Distances:

The hilltop village of Civitella is about 2 miles away with a bar, two nice restaurants and a pizzeria, with great views from the piazza. Arezzo (20 minutes) has lovely medieval streets and a well known monthly antiques market. The property is ideally situated both for Cortona (50 minutes) and Perugia and Assisi to the east, as well as for Siena (50 minutes) which is a real delight and the incomparable Florence (1 hour). Florence and Pisa are easily reached by train from Arezzo or Montevarchi.

Further Details:

So many of Tuscany's most famous and beautiful places are within one hour of the house. Florence, Siena, the hills and villages of Chianti, Arezzo, Cortona, Perugia, Montepulciano and the Casentino, whilst Orvieto and Assisi are only 15 minutes further on and an easy drive. Arezzo is a lovely town in its own right. It has fantastic frescoes by Piero della Francesca and other fine art works. After a hard morning of culture relax in the Piazza Grande with a coffee or beer. There are also beaches and watersports on Lake Trasimeno.

Shops and other local facilities: Civitella - one general store (2 miles). Albergo - one general store, bar and pizzeria (2 miles). Badia al Pino - mini-market (3+ miles). Monte San Savino - most facilities (8 miles). Arezzo - all facilities (10 miles). We do most of our shopping in the supermarket in Monte San Savino, where there are also a family run food store and two excellent butchers. On Wednesdays there is a local market. Mountain bikes can be hired from Monte San Savino, and there are riding stables at the bottom of the hill. There is a small vineyard also at the bottom of the hill which supplies wines at very reasonable prices which are better in quality that similarly priced supermarket wines. Guests will find in the house a list of around twenty recommended restaurants and there are many more to try. Nearest are the pizzeria in Albergo and the two restaurants in Civitella. The restaurants and pizza places range from fine dining to a brilliant pizzeria at the bottom of our hill - best to book on Friday and Saturday.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Autumn
22 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
£571
for 4 nights
£1,000
 
 
Christmas & New Year
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
£857
for 5 nights
£1,200
 
 
Jan to March
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
£571
for 4 nights
£1,000
 
 
Spring 1
1 Apr 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£714
for 4 nights
£1,250
 
 
Easter
15 Apr 2017 - 5 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,350
for 7 nights
£1,350
 
 
Spring 2
6 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,400
for 7 nights
£1,400
 
 
Summer - 1
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
 
Summer - 2
1 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,200
for 7 nights
£2,200
 
 
Late summer
26 Aug 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
 
September/October
9 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,400
for 7 nights
£1,400
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
The house is open all year for weekly rentals with a Saturday changeover., except during Easter. The pool will normally be open mid-May to early October (outside these dates by arrangement) but the season can be extended on request. Provisional bookings will be held for 7 days after sending to you a rental contract. Security deposit required. All payments can be made either via PayPal or direct to our bank account. Please ring the owners for further information.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday and guests depart by 10 am. Arrival after 4pm. Over Christmas, New Year and Easter the letting periods can be flexible. Outside the summer months lettings are for a minimum of 4 days.

Notes on prices:
Prices are inclusive of final cleaning.

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Facilities

From the Owner

Often when we go to Italy we like to do nothing more than relax in the sunshine and use the pool. We love to walk up into Civitella and have a drink in the square enjoying the lovely views, and then maybe go for a meal in of the restaurants there, or sit outside for a pizza or pasta in the square with great views over the valley? Florence is an easy trip by car or train. Another favourite is Arezzo where, after a little shopping, or a visit to the wonderful Piero della Francesca frescoes, we like to sit at one of the bars in the beautiful piazza with a beer or aperitif and watch the world go by. Our children also love coming to the house with husbands and friends and we often have a houseful which is great fun. We find La Tartaruga a very special place.

Property Type

  • villa

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 180 m²

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, washbasin, toilet and bidet. Bathroom 2 with shower, washbasin, toilet and bidet. Bathroom 3 with shower, washbasin and toilet and washing machine.

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with 5' (152cm) double bed, bathroom en-suite. Bedroom 2 with two single beds. Bedroom 3 with 5' (152cm) double bed. Bedroom 4 with 2 single beds and infant's travelling cot.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Please note from April to mid-October and over Easter lettings are Saturday to Saturday only Notes on accommodation: Central heating. No smoking or pets allowed at the property. Outside: Large terrace with table and chairs for 8 and umbrella. Barbecue. On the olive terraces there is a pergola to give further shade which overlooks the pool and is furnished with a table and 8 chairs. There are 11 sunloungers with cushions. The terraced olive grove and grounds of about 7 acres provide for a pleasant after dinner stroll. The swimming pool is private and measures 12 metres by 5.2 metres. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen and towels are included and changed every Saturday. Please note that guests are required to take their own swimming towels as the bath towels are not to be taken from the house. Swimming towels can be provided at £1.50 per towel to cover costs. Other: Spacious entrance hall. Water from private bore-hole.

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