OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992

Relax & unwind at our Tuscan Paradise hidden in the hills 12 min. from Cortona - QUERCIA - 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



QUERCIA - 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

The Quercia apartment is our biggest and most luxurious apartment. It is ideal for a big family or two small families or groups of friends on holiday together. The large double bed bedroom on the 1st floor looks out across the mountains and features a 4 poster bed. The 2nd bedroom on the 1st floor is kitted out with two full size bunk beds. The shared bathroom on the 1st floor has a large shower, toilet, bidet and handbasin. The stairwell leading down to the kitchen/living area has a child safety gate for added peace of mind when active toddlers are in residence. The double bed bedroom on ground level has it's own entrance and en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet, bidet and handbasin. The kitchen/living area is equipped with a 4 top gas cooker and full size gas oven, fridge/freezer, microwave and toaster, as well as plates and cutlery. The kitchen opens out onto a veranda which is perfect for alfresco dining and relaxing.

About the property


Our tiny family run farm at 650mt above sea level is nestled in the hills 12km above Cortona, surrounded by oak woods. Aimed at families with small children or couples and small groups who want to experience Tuscany in a friendly family environment. No priceless antiques or Persian rugs, just high quality economical squeaky clean accommodation. Newly layed swimming pool with Roman steps ideal for sitting and splashing for the younger non swimmers, equipped with solar shower and safety fenced for piece of mind. Safety gates and fences throughout the property to make toddler surveillance that much easier. Baby beds, baby baths, high chairs, potties, toys, baby monitors and pool equipment freely available. A perfect location for families with children of all ages and couples, both young and young at heart who want to experience Tuscany in a friendly easy-going family environment.

Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
26 June, 2017

About Margaret

About us: Margaret is a trained junior primary school teacher and has lived in Italy for the last 20 years and moved to Cortona with her husband Maurizio and two boys, Thomas 14 and Elliott 12 nine years ago. When not playing mum, she is busy in the greenhouse or creating beautiful photographs. Maurizio, Italian born and bred divides his time between Tuscany and Milan where he is a successful advertising photographer and film director. Thomas is 14 years old and passionate about fast cars. He goes to the school in Australia.His little brother Elliott who is 12 years old loves computer programming and mine craft! We are all completely bilingual in Italian and English.

Margaret purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Margaret chose Cortona area

Welcome to our home. Having become tired of the city and smog filled air of Milan we began searching for a better way of life for our children and ourselves 9 years ago. We stumbled on this property and instantly fell in love with it! The property probably dates back to the 1100s with the newest part being built in the early 1800s. The house would originally have been built by the farm workers who were under the power of the land owner who lived next door (evident by the tower on our neighbours house). We have been told that our home housed 30 people in the early 1920s as well as a barn under the house for the animals. The land was let completely go after the second world war when many farms in Italy were abandoned for the lure of easy work in the cities.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Our little farm offers a respite from the bustling Tuscan towns that surround us. The benefits of being at 650m above sea level means that the nights are always cool, no matter how hot the days are. Our 24/7 presence means that we are always on hand for advice about what to see and where to go and "how to say in Italian" as well as for any questions or problems that you may have.

Available Rentals

Enter dates for accurate pricing


Choosing to pay via bank transfer will eliminate the compulsory "service fee" charged to guests
Changeover Day: Changeover is generally Saturday or Sunday during the high summer season.
We open to midweek bookings outside of July/August .
Check in after 14.30 and checkout no later that 10.30.


Accommodation and facilities for QUERCIA - 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8 in Cortona in Arezzo Area

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 2 full size bunk beds sleeping 4
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The master bedroom comes equipped with a romantic closed fireplace, perfect for mid season evenings.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
Notes on accommodation: Our apartments have been specifically restored with children in mind. There are safety gates at the top of all stair areas and fenced railings throughout the property. There is a communal washing machine, swings, a trampoline and sand pit area. Outside: The beautiful swimming pool measures 5 by 10m and has a sloped floor that is 140cm at it's deepest. It is fully fenced and has a safety gate and solar shower. The communal BBQ area is equipped with a traditional wood pit as well as a gas BBQ and large table and seating area. The sand pit and swing are always a favourite with the little ones.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)


Perfect Tuscan Escape

  • 5 of 5

A special holiday experience at this wonderful place. Our hosts Margaret, Maurizio and family couldn't have done more to ensure we were perfectly looked after, nothing was too much trouble. Our two super-active boys (1 & 3 yrs) adored the pool (safely fenced!), chickens, trampoline, tree house, swings, tractor, badminton, veggie patch, BBQ... the list goes on. The story of the property's restoration is inspiring and the location is fantastic for a balance of Tuscan adventure (not least in nearby Cortona) and well needed country air. Sunset with a local glass or 3, and fireflies was a great end to the day! Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 5 of 5

A 750-year old beautifully appointed Tuscan villa about 15 minutes east of the town of Cortona – with charming hosts Margaret and Maurizio who ensure you feel like a part of their family. Magnificent views of the Tuscan hills, absolute peace and quiet – does it get any better?

Into the Cortona square to meet some locals and observe the passeggiata with our hosts. Cooking wood fired pizzas together, talking Brexit, EU and politics. This is why we came to Tuscany.

We used the villa as a base to visit towns like Spello, Gubbio, Bagni San Filippo and many other places in between. There are a few small restaurants that are a short driving distance, great for dinner or a beer overlooking the spectacular valley. We self-catered for breakfast in the well-appointed kitchen, with supermarkets available in Camucia, just down the hill from Cortona. The Camucia market is also very well stocked with all kinds of local fresh produce.

Having no TV meant that we could all do lots of reading, but fast WiFi is available for your use.

I cannot recommend this rental highly enough. Thanks Margaret and Maurizo for all your guidance and advice.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Tuscan Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Such a great stay in Tuscany, beautiful settlement, very nice and helpful hosts Margaret and Maurizio. We stayed there for a week with our friends from Spain. Quercia apt.was just perfect for our two families,the property was clean and well maintained. We would recommend this place to anyone!

Masha and Ivan Stojanovic

Belgrade, Serbia

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

wspaniały dom, widok i cudowni właściciele

  • 5 of 5

Wspaniale położony dom z zapierającym dech w piersi widokiem. Na około wszystkie udogodnienia potrzebne do bezstresowego wypoczynku: basen, grill, miejsce do siatkówki i badmintona. Wszystko pięknie wkomponowane w otoczenie. We wnętrzu bardzo przestronnie i przytulnie. Kuchnia wyposażona we wszystko co niezbędne. Poranki nie zakłócone żadnym hałasem i ze słońcem Toskani wpadającym przez okna to niezapomniane chwile. Właściciele przygotowali wszystko co mogło się nam przydać. Niczego nie brakowało żeby cieszyć się tym miejscem i okolicą. Nieocenione okazały się również ich wskazówki w kwestii poznawania uroków Toskanii: co warto zwiedzić, gdzie się zatrzymać i na jakim parkingu co we Włoszech okazało się sprawą niełatwą. Bardzo polecam to miejsce wszystkim, którzy szukają ciszy i spokoju, a gdy ktoś będzie miał ochotę na kolację poza domem to do Cortony jest zaledwie 10 km. Na pewno tam wrócimy :-)

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Truly a Tuscan Paradise - I keep coming back

  • 5 of 5

I had never heard of this place before, and what a fantastic surprise to find the most wonderful spot on earth. This is the reason for us spending two summers in a row at Cortona Cashmere Farm. This place is so perfectly restored with a sense for the original buildings and surroundings and yet fulfilling the needs for guests. And your hosts; Margaret, Mauricio and their wonderful boys make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive at the property.

The farm is located 12 km outside of Cortona, which is also a fantastic old town to visit. Going even further up the mountains, you will find Cortona Cashmere Farm. It is basically in the middle of nowhere – in the positive sense – stars have never been brighter – the view has never been more astonishing. We rented the biggest house La Querie, and had much more room than we expected. The place was very clean and Margaret and her family did everything to make us feel welcome and the service was excellent. Every little detail had been thought through – so there were even boxes of toys for the little ones. We travelled with kids aged 7, 6 and 3 and we have never had a vacation before with so much relaxation, kids playing on their own feeding the goats, chasing the chicken, exploring the greenhouse, playing in the sandbox, the swing, the trampoline or in the wooden cottage in the trees. The pool was of course a great hit too, and surrounded by a fence. We spent most of the time in front of our house overlooking the mountains, and we also used the barbeque area which is built like an amphitheatre.

Margaret has lots of suggestions of what to see in the area. We went to Asissi, Cortona ans Perugia, and on a rainy day we went to the old Roman baths nearby.

Having spent two summers in Cortona. I can highly recommend this place and I would give 6 stars if I could!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Carpe diem

  • 5 of 5

2 semaines de vacances incroyables chez Margaret et sa chaleureuse famille. La propriété est immense, les recoins nombreux. Les enfants peuvent partir a l'aventure en toute sécurité, accompagnés du gentil chien Punch et de leur chat PussyCat.

Nous avons apprécié le soin apporté au jardin, la piscine et la gentillesse des co-locataires. Les soirées grillades au feu de bois ont été de grands moments d'échange.


  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Robin, thank you so much for having chosen our little farm for your first "Italian experience". I'm so glad that you all enjoyed youselves!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0



You might like these similar holiday rentals