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Renovated Stone Mill House, Private Pool

Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

Mill House in San Leo Bastia, Nr. Cortona, Tuscany/Umbria Border - Pretty Countryside Location, Own Grounds, Ideal Base for touring Historic Hilltop Cities

The house was originally a mill house with adjoining tobacco drying tower and features exposed beams and barrel vaulted ceilings. The kitchen is designed for modern convenience rather than purely rustic charm, the dining area has a lovely open fireplace and the whole has a comfortable home from home appeal. The shaded wisteria covered terrace and thick stone walls keep the interior cool in summer. The nearest village, about 3kms away, has a restaurant, a couple of bars & some small shops. There are plenty of good restaurants in the surrounding area and a big supermarket can be found 20 mins away by car. Cortona is the nearest hilltop gem, 18 kms over the hills, while Città di Castello & Perugia are easy drives. Gubbio, Assisi, Arezzo and Lake Trasimeno are all within easy reach. Tour as you wish and then relax by the pool in the quiet Tuscan countryside! Perfect... Fly to Perugia, Bologna, Florence, Pisa or Rome. Directions supplied.

Normally one week minimum stay.

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About Michael

I am an owner with family and we enjoy the house ourselves so the property has an individual and comfortable feel. We renovate and update when we can to keep the place to a good standard whilst maintaining its homey character. I am happy to receive your feedback and can say that the vast majority of guests have enjoyed the house and pool as well.

Michael purchased this farmhouse in 1986

Why Michael chose Cortona

We have some friends and relatives who are either nearby or within visiting distance.

What makes this farmhouse unique

We mostly like to relax, enjoy the pool, people, wine and food but there are sights to see and festivals to visit too!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Cortona in Province of Arezzo

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The shower room is on the middle floor & is equipped with generous sized shower cubicle, bidet, wc & washbasin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Large principal bedroom at top of the house with double bed & view across valley, access via spiral staircase. Bedroom two on the middle floor has a single bed with dual views. A lovely large room with 2 double sofa beds can provide more accommodation.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: A booklet is left in the house with general points about the house and area. I would suggest the shutters are closed on the sunny side of the house with the windows closed to keep the interior cool. There are mosquito screens on all the windows. There is usually a gentle breeze up by the poolside which prevents baking. You can spot high circling falcons and in the evenings swifts dart around to catch small insects. Outside: The private pool measures 8 x 5 metres and 3 metres deep and is situated on a slightly higher level than the house giving a panoramic view across & along the wooded valley. There is a gentle current coming on from time to time in the pool which helps the filtration and so you can swim against it and effectively go for as long as you like without having to do lengths! Utility Room: A simple barbecue is provided. There is a cellar (the original mill race) with garden equipment which remains locked. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Beach towels are not provided but linen and towels for the house are changed every week. The pool man/caretaker and cleaning lady come every Saturday to prepare the house. If needed the man will come to control the pool during the week as well. Other: The rooms have terra cotta tiled floors, white washed walls with some exposed stone detail. Lovely old roof beams support the tiled roofs. The pool, along with the spiral staircase and steps in the garden could be a hazard to unsupervised small children.


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Renovated Stone Mill House, Private Pool
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews

Ideal get way location

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay at Casa Molino, the house is spacious, well maintained and kitted out with most amenities - not having a phone signal, TV or wifi allowed us to spend time as a family playing games and chatting in the evenings so this is the place to go if you want to get away from it all. An occasional trip to the local bar for internet access was all that our teenage children needed to keep in touch with the world and not once did we hear a complaint of boredom.

The house was much larger than expected, the pool was a wonderful size and was in sunshine throughout the day, it's location just a few minutes from a small village and being within easy reach of some larger towns is just perfect as we were able to chill by the pool in between trips to various local attractions with Florence only 1.5-2 hours away. The surrounding countryside was magnificent and the locals extremely friendly, helpful and sympathetic to my (extremely) basic grasp of the Italian language.

Michael was very helpful throughout the lead up to our holiday and provided excellent directions and information regarding the property, this was our first trip to Italy and certainly won't be our last !

Our favourite local place was undoubtedly Cortona, not to be missed, along with a trip to Monte Santa Maria Tiberina for an evening meal watching the sunset in a spectacular (and surprisingly quiet) location. The hour and a half drive to Siena is also well worth the time and effort.

Totally exceeded all of our expectations and helped to make this one of the best holidays we have ever had.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Unspoilt beautiful location, quiet, bags of character, cool and a great pool. Sunflowers everywhere.

  • 4 of 5

This is a lovely property that is completely detached from any noise and bustle with wonderful views of the impressive hills in which it sits. Its not cut off though and is a short drive to the friendly bar with free wifi and phone signal. Good large supermarket a 20 min drive away with smaller 'proper independent shops' nearer to hand. A car is a must though.

The property is large and has bags of character. The original solid stonework was great for keeping the interior cool from the 36 degree heat outside. The pool was a 'god send' and perfect size allowing all four of us to swim with ease - and to have fun diving in and splashing around. The kitchen and shaded patio were great for evening meals and for retreat if the poolside got too hot to handle. Bedrooms are large and house could potentially accommodate more if bedding and wc/bathroom allowed.

The owners were so lovely and helpful and I will definitely be recommending this property to anyone I can!

My daughters one concern was (thanks to google) wildlife. (bugs, snakes, scorpions). The reality is - dont be concerned. We saw 2 scorpions (tiny things that could easily be shooshed out the door), one small snake on the way back from the pool that shot off as soon as it saw us, and lots of tiny and very sweet lizards that copied the snake and made themselves scarce. There were wild boars in the fields next to us and we watched as they seemed to find something nice to eat amongst the crops. The farmer didn't seem happy with them in any event. Again the closest we got was on an early morning run when one shot across the road in front of us but made off as soon as it saw us.

This is the perfect get away from it all property in our view. You may travel a bit further from the airport to this house but its by far the best location for landscape, hill towns (Gubbio and Arrezo were real finds) etc without the hoards of tourists. We had a lovely two weeks.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely house in the country

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed at this lovely old mill house house several times over the past few years, always in the summer. It's surrounded by agricultural land and wooded hills so is quite quiet and there are some pleasant walks nearby. The bookshelves are well stocked and there's plenty of space in the house and garden. The drive is steep but manageable, and the E45, about thirty minutes' drive away, makes it easy to get to Perugia and other towns in the region. The owner is a pleasure to deal with, as is Giancarlo, who visits regularly to clean and maintain the swimming pool. Altogether, it's a delightful place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely house

  • 5 of 5

We booked the house for a relaxing honeymoon/holiday and it was perfect. Lovely quiet location with all the amenities we needed. The pool is great ( but bring plenty of insect repellent). You need a car and the drive is steep but the grounds are lovely. We took our two children with us and there was plenty if space and room for more. Michael is a pleasure to deal with and the locals are very friendly. We were even visited by some of the local dogs, who were friendly. Would definately recommend this house.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Casa Molino, St Leo Bastia.

  • 5 of 5

Four of us stayed here for a week, myself, my wife and our two adult children. The weather was good so we spent every day bar one at the house, at the pool! The peace and quiet and privacy nestling in the wooded hills was too good. The house was refreshingly cool during the day. It was larger than we expected too, a really pleasant space to potter around.

We ventured out in the evenings and found some good places to eat and shop. San Leo Bastia is friendly and both bars have wifi. Our one day out was to Citta di Castello. We stumbled on a small restaurant there which served the most delicious food. Could have spent much more time exploring the town.

All in all, a week I'd gladly repeat.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ruhe und Entspannung

  • 3 of 5

nicht ganz sauber

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: For English speakers this guests brief comments were : Rest & relaxation and below: Not very clean. I would just like to say that for the first time ever the lady who cleans the house between guests somehow mistook their arrival date and so when they arrived the house was not prepared, though it was all put right pretty quickly and I was told that they were afterwards very happy with the house and holiday.
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Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
San Leo Bastia
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
San Leo Bastia
Car: necessary


A car is essential as the house is about 3kms away from the nearest village along a 'white' road.


Approx times by car:

San Leo Bastia - 5 mins

Trestina (nearest big supermarket) - 20 mins

Citta di Castello - 30 mins

Cortona - 40 mins

Perugia - 45 mins

Florence - 120 mins

Rome - 150 mins

Further Details:

Restaurant recommendations are made in the booklet left at the house.

There is no mobile phone reception at the house due to the surrounding hills and lack of good booster masts in the area but reception is fine in San Leo Bastia where calls can also be made from a phone booth & free wifi at one village bar & free wifi at the other bar/pizzeria in the village as well.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Cortona, Arezzo Area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
5 - Early Summer
26 May 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 - Summer
23 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 - Summer
30 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 - High season
7 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
9 - late Summer
1 Sep 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
10 - Autumn
8 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
11 - late Autumn
29 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
12 - low season
20 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
13 - off season
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

We now have wifi at the house but there is no TV or telephone. In the village there are two bars with wifi and mobile reception.
Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service:
Beach towels are not provided but linen and towels for the house are changed every week. The pool man/caretaker and cleaning lady come every Saturday to prepare the house. If needed the man will come to control the pool during the week as well.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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