Rural, secluded farmhouse near Cortona, Tuscany, for 2-8 people
Halfway up a valley, and commanding breathtaking views over the rolling landscape of the Val di Chiana to the mountain range dominated by Monte Amiata, the Casa del Mulino enjoys a secluded setting with no buildings overlooking the house or swimming pool. Pool available most months. See website for more details. This farmhouse, built over 200 years ago and sensitively restored over the past 30 years, stands in extensive grounds. These include a 'secret garden' with statues and surrounded by a wisteria covered pergola, classically inspired parkland with a 'temple' and monuments, and a woodland hollow with a stream running through it and flowers on its banks. It is a fine location for walks and bird watching. Ideally situated to discover lesser known towns and sites in southern Tuscany and nearby Umbria, it is also within easy reach of the famous centres. Seasonal pleasures vary from birdsong and wild flowers in spring and early summer to the grape harvest in autumn. While the house has a rustic setting, wireless internet is available.
Top Traveller Review
What a beautiful place!
We (adults and children) had such a lovely time here, I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
About the Owner
Novelist and art historian who bought the house to enjoy with family in the heart of Renaissance Italy. The family has many connections to Italy and has had the house for over 40 years.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We shall visit the house again. It is such a beautiful place. Thank you so much for renting it out, and for putting in so much effort to make it the place it is. I have loaded our pictures onto Facebook, and we have received so many comments from friends! We all enjoyed our stay so much – the house and garden are just magical! Jackie H., UK.
Our stay at the Casa del Mulino was delightful. I especially enjoyed the gardens and the sculptures contained within them. Barbara C., USA.
Casa del Mulino is a delightful retreat nestled in the hills near Camucia, Italy. It is close to many amenities and within easy reach of Cortona, Arezzo, or Perugia by car and Rome or Florence by rail. The main house can accommodate 6-8 people comfortably, with plentiful gardens and trails, olive groves and vineyards. It is a wonderful location to relax with a good book, or to use as a base for exploring on day-trips. Richard and Beverly W., Canada.
This property is a true find. It is original, done with care, love and deep understanding of the Tuscan culture. it is apparent, that the owners must be cultivated, sophisticated people as there is art all around the property, interesting garden features, surprising places to find why strolling around that tell little stories. The view into the Val di Chiana with the mystical Monte Amiata in the background is unforgettable: you can mentally travel back in time to etruscan, roman, renaissance times just sitting there on the terrace and enjoying this magnificent panorama. The old etruscan town of Cortona is just 10 minutes away and the best Tuscany and Umbria has to offer is all around you in a radius of 1 hour: florence, siena, assisi to name just the obvious. There is a pool to cool down after a trip into the beauty around you. We had the best time and will definitely be back." Lorenzo K., Berlin, Germany.
This house is nicely located at about 10 minutes from the very beautiful town of Cortona and usually no more than an hour?s drive of some of Tuscany?s main attractions. The building has been tastefully restored, and the setting and views are exquisite. Returning to the house after a day out to take a dip in the pool and relax in the beautiful garden is a delight. This was my first stay here, but I will be back. Next time I will bring a road bike, as the surrounding area (especially the Val di Chiana) is a dream come true for cycling enthusiasts or cyclotourists. Highly recommended." Sam O., Bucharest, Romania
We have stayed in this farmhouse twice now and plan to do so again. It is clean, the setting is very private, the walks are amazing and the porch the perfect place to drink coffee in the morning and wine in the evening. I cannot say enough about how accommodating the owners have been to us and how prompt they are at answering questions." Family of five, Ontario, Canada.
4.8 based on 8 holidaymaker reviews
What a beautiful place!
What a beautiful setting; I was overwhelmed by its loveliness. It was hard to leave this place to go off and visit the many lovely places nearby. Just sitting looking out across the valley, smelling the sweet lavender and herb smells of the garden and listening to the gentle bells of the nearby church would have been enough. The pool was a welcome change of scene as was taking in the various vistas dotted around the large and infinitely interesting gardens. We felt so lucky to be here. The proximity to Cortona (walkable, with stout shoes and a determined uphill grind) was a plus - we could have filled several afternoons mooching around, looking in churches and the (very good) museum with a breathtakingly beautiful Fra Angelica Annunciation. In Cortona there are restaurants to suit all budgets as well as a handy, well stocked supermarket with a good deli counter. We were a little unadventurous in our trips out (the pull of the house was so strong) but, aside from Cortona itself,we visited Arezzo for the frescos as well as Lake Trasimeno for a good castle, lake swimming and boat ride to the island and managed a day trip (easy) to Florence.
We (adults and children) had such a lovely time here, I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
Great place for a family hoiday
We are a family of five adults and used the Farmhouse as a base both to relax and to explore Tuscany. The Farmhouse was very comfortable and clean, and had more than ample space to spread out. Once the shutters were open, there was plenty of light to flood in. We used the outside dining area every night, playing cards and drinking the local red wine.
There are numerous outside sitting areas as well as the pool so we were able to take advantage of fabulous May weather. The gardens are very beautiful.
The road up to the farmhouse is very narrow and take a little getting used to, and we didn't do it at nightime, but it was all part of the adventure. Definitely require a car. We used it every day - travelling out to various towns.
We were provided with plenty of information about the local area and very good restaurant recommendations. All correspondence with the manager was prompt and honest. We felt as though we were well looked after.
In summary, a great family holiday with comfortable accommodation and we would definitely stay here again. .
A Magical Setting
We had a wonderful stay at the Casa del Mulino and its beautiful setting was the perfect place to relax and explore the wonderful countryside around us. The very personal touches that make the gardens so special have created a wonderful haven for people and creatures to enjoy, like the fireflies that produced a dazzling display each evening.
Authentic Italian country side holiday
I visited Casa Mulino with a group of friends and my sister in 2014. The place is absolutely stunning. Especially the garden is just amazing, spread over 4 levels with lots of different little sitting areas to enjoy life outside. The house has three different entrances giving everyone their privacy if you visit in a bigger group. Highly recommended. You do need a car though.
Perfect Vacation at Casa del Mulino
My husband and I had a perfect vacation at Casa del Mulino, which is a quiet secluded retreat in the hills of Tuscany near Cortona, but within striking distance of Florence, Perugia, and Siena. We had many memorable meals with a great bottle of local wine at home on the veranda, with spectacular views, but also in Cortona, when we did not feel like cooking. Locally there is great biking and hiking as well as Etruscan ruins. I would highly recommend this to couples but also
families, or couples with friends. We definitely want to go back again. The weather in October was warm with only a little bit of rain,
but never for an entire day. We would have gone swimming if the pool had not been closed for the season. Casa del Mulino was what made our vacation; it was lovely to come back to after a day touring.
great for walking and biking
We had visited Italy before but always stayed in cities. This time we wanted to see the famous countryside of tuscany so we chose this house, which is also close to the really lovely town of Cortona and train connections. We like hiking and cycling so we explored the hills surrounding the house a lot. We found olive groves, flowers and wildlife on beautiful tree lined tracks and also more challenging trails for real mountain biking. The house was the perfect base for this, offering great views and a refreshing dip in the pool after a hot day. This was our first stay here, but we plan to return.
From the Owner
“The location is quiet, private and secluded but with great views and plenty of space for children to play safely. The hillside setting is perfect in the hotter months with cooling breezes. Many of the major sights are within an hour's drive in all directions. Shops and train station (to Rome, Florence) are only a 10 minute drive away. Close to Cortona, a fascinating and bustling town with Etruscan origins, which regularly holds artistic, musical and culinary festivals.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
The house is tranquil and ideally situated for walking, wildlife, painting, horse riding, mountain biking in hills etc. For flowers, spring is best. The grape harvest is at the end of September and olive picking takes place in late October.
Beaches on the Tuscan coast at 90 miles. Lake Trasimeno (30 minutes by car) with sandy beaches for swimming, pinewoods - pedal boats and cycles for hire.
Pisa at 95 miles.
Rome at 125 miles.
Florence (Peretola) at 65 miles.
Perugia at 30 miles.
Cortona 3 miles, Arezzo 19 miles, Siena 44 miles, Florence 64 miles, Perugia 32 miles, Assisi 44 miles, Rome 128 miles, Pienza 28 miles, Orvieto 59 miles, Montepulciano 20, Lake Trasimeno 12 miles.
Local shops, restaurants, supermarkets, banks and traditional street markets can be found in Camucia (2 miles) or Cortona (3 miles) as well as in the nearest city, Arezzo (19 miles).
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7 night minimum stay
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Contact us by email or phone, stating the desired period. We will advise of availability and ask for a completed booking form (from owners' website, in the 'Booking and Further Information' section) and cheque for half the total amount to be sent. Receipt of this confirms booking. The remainder is due two months before the start of the stay. We accept payment in GB pounds.
Saturday. Previous guests leave at 10am to allow preparation of house. New guests arrive at 5pm.
Notes on prices:
Prices depend on number of people and time of year. For two people, prices vary between £475-715. For 3-6 people, prices vary between £625-925. For 7-8 people, prices vary between £775-1100. Contact us or see house website for more details in 'Booking and Further Information' section.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The property and pool is rented for exclusive use of one group and is not overlooked so very private. There are many countryside walks in the hills and also perfect for cycling and horse riding.”
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- children welcome
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- live theatre
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
- Bedroom 1 has own adjacent bathroom. Bedrooms 2 and 3 share an adjacent bathroom. Bedroom 4 has its own bathroom in adjacent building. Hair dryers provided in bathrooms.
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2-8 (1-4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedrooms kept in traditional style with wooden beams. Bedroom 1 and 2 with queen size double bed. Bedroom 3 and 4 with twin beds.
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: The house is decorated in traditional Tuscan style with unobtrusive nets on the windows to keep the bugs out, but let air in. Much of the time is spent outside the house with a table on the veranda and others in the garden for eating both in the day and in the evening. The house is very suitable for children with extensive grounds (half a hectare) and areas to play (e.g., sandpit, small stream). While the house has a rustic setting, wireless internet is available using a receiver operating on an Italian cellular network (fine for emails but not suitable for streaming). Outside: Extensive parkland (half a hectare) with olive trees and vines surround the house, ensuring that it is private and not overlooked by other houses. There are gardens at the front and back of the house. There are poolside chairs and tables and no fewer than three stone tables (made from millstones) for enjoying drinks or a meal outside. The pool is 4.4 x 9.1m and 1.2m deep and for the exclusive use of the one group renting the property. It is available from the end of May to the end of August. The pool is not heated but during this period the water temperature can reach 28 C, so heating is not necessary. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided at a small cost but this can be reduced if the group brings its own linen. House is cleaned before each let. Other: Veranda (that leads off kitchen) has fantastic views and a table that seats up to 10 people. Three tables sited for their views around the garden which can seat up to 8 people. A large wooden 'banqueting table' under the olives seats up to 16.