Comfortable friendly farmhouse, with private pool - sleeping 6 (quoted price) or 10 (whole house) - Cultural/historic tours, Hiking, Exploring, Swimming, Relaxing
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"La Madonna del Bagno" is the last house on the hill above the village of Pergo. First and foremost, it is a family home, set in the midst of olive groves, woodlands and with its own pool. The 3-floor building is divided into 2 apartments (and is rented as either the upper floors sleeping 6 for a family or smaller group, OR the whole house sleeping 10, perfect for a holiday with an additional family/friends). The apartments have separate gardens and entrances and are attached to a rarely used church featuring an ancient fresco of a breast-feeding Madonna, symbolic of the location’s Etruscan and Roman roots and the 2000 year-old fame of the hill’s waters. Few places are more peaceful than here, with its views of olive groves, hillsides and valleys and its sounds of birds and leaves. The thick ancient walls keep out the summer heat and winter cold and its wooden ceiling beams and terracotta-tiled floors reflect the care given to respecting its architectural tradition. With WIFI available on site, it is 2 kms from Pergo supermarket/bar/pizzeria; 10 mins from Cortona with its restaurants, museums, music festivals, art exhibitions, shops and a vibrant summer time street nightlife; and 15 mins from the main railway connecting Florence + Rome. Numerous Tuscan and Umbrian towns of interest all within easy reach: Siena, Perugia, Montepulciano, Assisi, Arezzo, Pienza, Montalcino – to name a few. Hiking, sports, horse-riding all within easy reach.
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"La Madonna del Bagno" is the last house on the hill above the village of Pergo. First and foremost, it is a family home, with a pool, but it's also a uniquely located 16th Century restored farmhouse, that offers peace and quiet in the midst of the beautiful Tuscan countryside, surrounded by olive trees and wild oak and the seasonal wonders of Spanish broom and roses in spring, and lavender through the summer.
La Madonna del Bagno is a rustic, comfortable, well-loved home. It has original 500 year-old beamed ceilings and open fireplaces, terra cotta floors and soft hues, known for Tuscany, as well as a traditional wood oven. The house is attached to a rarely used church featuring an ancient fresco of a breast-feeding Madonna, symbolic of the location’s Etruscan and Roman roots and the 2000 year-old fame of the hill’s waters. Legend has it that the Greek hero Ulysses is buried in a nearby field.
Nestled in gardens and lawns, the house looks onto the Val di Chiana on one side, with Mount Amiata in the distance, and has wonderful views of the Val d’ Esse from the poolside.
The property is perfect for a family or group of friends to enjoy the true Tuscan experience. Only 10 minutes away from this peaceful haven lies Cortona, the famous medieval town, with centuries of stories being told by its walls and piazzas. Cortona enjoys a wide selection of restaurants, music festivals, art exhibitions, shops from luxury boutiques to local produce and a vibrant summer time street nightlife. Besides Cortona, there are an array of other Tuscan and Umbrian towns of interest all within easy reach: Siena, Perugia, Montepulciano, Assisi, Arezzo, Pienza, Montalcino – to name a few. None of these places demand more than an hour’s car ride, and many much less. Even Florence is just over an hour on the train.
Besides the historical, cultural and culinary delights, for the energetic, there are plenty of sporting opportunities – from wonderful hikes straight out the back door and up into the hills or down into the valleys below, golf on a brand new course, horse riding and water sports on nearby Lake Trasimeno.
Although the last house on the hill, it is still only 2 km away from the valley floor and the village of Pergo with shops selling all that is needed on a day to day basis (and more), a pizzeria and a bar/ café selling international newspapers, where you can enjoy your morning cappuchino. It’s 15 minutes from the main railway connecting Florence and Rome. It is at the centre of central Italy and yet is also perfectly apart.
The 3-floor building is divided into 2 apartments (and is rented as either the upper floors sleeping 6 for a family or smaller group, or the whole house sleeping 10, perfect for a holiday with an additional family/friends). The two upper floors consist of a large and comfortable sitting room, with its open fireplace, scores of books, TV/DVD player and numerous films, WIFI, an open plan kitchen/ dinning room, three bedrooms (1 king with ensuite bathroom, 1 double and 1 twin), along with an additional bathroom. The house opens out onto a large shaded terrace with garden chairs and a dinning table for 6, and an extensive lawn with the swimming pool equipped with lounging chairs and can be lit at night. A long wooden picnic table is carefully situated under a pine tree ensuring shade during the day, and for warm evenings, subtly lit-up for al-fresco dining. A barbeque is available.
The lower level consists of a large open plan kitchen/ dining room, with a beautiful long wooden table that comfortably sits 10. Adjacent is a spacious sitting room, with an open fireplace, cozy sofas, TV/DVD, WIFI. There are two bedrooms - both doubles - one with a king size Balinese four-poster bed, while the other has a door leading out into the gardens. A bathroom is situated between the two. All rooms look out on to the valley below, with Mount Amiata in the distance. It has a fenced-in garden with a flag-stone terrace, with a tiled table and chairs for al fresco’ dining, shaded by a vine pergola, and hosts a rare and unique wood oven.
Notes on accommodation: The whole house is ideal for a group of up to 10 people as it is functionally divided into 2 self contained units, each with its own sitting-room, an open fireplace, scores of books, TV/ DVD player, WIFI system; its own open plan kitchen/dining room and its own garden. For smaller groups, the upper unit, sleeping 6 (2 doubles, 1 twin, 2 bathrooms), with private use of the pool is available from late March through mid-October.
Over the years the house has been equipped as per guest’s requests: BBQ, dishwashers, microwave, toaster, ice cream maker, kitchen appliances, ceiling/floor fans in bedrooms, television sets with dvd players.
The house comes with linen, bath and swimming towels. A weekly clean is included for those staying more than one week, while additional cleaning and cooking can be arranged (at extra cost). A baby cot, child’s bed and high chair are available.
The pool (8x4 m / roughly 26x13 ft) has a variety of lounging chairs, and is purposely placed to enjoy maximum sunshine. It has a specially designed etched out corner (2x2 m /roughly 6x6 ft), with wide steps for readers and paddlers, and can be lit at night. Pets are welcomed and dogs can be kept close and happy in the fenced and shady lower garden. Charcoal/ firewood for cooking/ heating is available, pool toys, dvds and books and any reasonable request may be placed in advance.
Both the pool and gardens are discreetly looked after, ensuring peace at all times.
We are happy to organise historical and cultural tours, guided walks, spa days, cooking, ceramics, riding, language and painting lessons.
Accessibility - Both upper and lower units are accessible to guests needing wheelchairs, but they were not designed as such. The upper unit is more readily accessed with all facilities (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen/dining and sitting room) on the same level, and one step up onto the veranda and another to enter the house. The lower unit can be accessed, but would require passing via the garden to join the sleeping/bathroom side, with the sitting/dining/cooking side, as a small steep staircase joins the 2.
About the Owner
Having moved around all our lives, this is 'home'. Acquired in the mid 1970s, as a derelict farmhouse, we've poured energies into its restoration, with a particularly keen eye to maintaining its architectural traditions and to working the land - tending the olive groves and oak woods, and creating relaxing spaces.
The olives, wood piles, lawns, fruit trees all call for attention, as do the surrounding hills in which we hike and bike, or Cortona or many of the surrounding towns where a morning cappuchino or an evening sun downer gives just the right accent to the day. Leah and Chiara were born in Kenya, go to school in Rome and relish in their weekends and holidays at "Il Bagno". We love it and haven't yet met anyone who doesn't also fall in love with its simplicity and beauty.
Guestbook comments from the owner
"I was going to email you to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at La Madonna del Bagno. Your house is beautiful and we had a super week. We had everything we could have asked for, Wi-fi was much appreciated and we couldn’t keep the children out of the pool. I do hope we looked after everything well for you. I think we’ll be back!, " Tracey, UK.
"We loved your house especially as it was not a 'holiday home'." Helga, Germany.
"Living in Rome, I go to lots of houses in Tuscany and Umbria, but yours is always my favorite one. It just has something so relaxing about it." Renata, Italy.
From the Owner
“As fairly busy travellers for much of the year, La Madonna del Bagno provides the perfect relaxation - with its wild-yet-tame beauty, its invitation to be lazy or active, its remoteness as the last house on the hill while at the same time its accessibility to art, culture, food, and leisurely strolls in any of the surrounding towns. It's home. The children love it. Friends and family want to come and come again.”
Activity and Interests
The famous Tuscan Argentario coastline, with the Parco dell’Uccellina, is a two-hour drive, through beautiful countryside. Closer to home - roughly 20 mins drive - is Lake Trasimeno, with its beaches and islands in the middle of the lake. Lake Trasimeno offers ferry rides to the islands, where there are restaurants, strolling on the beach or water sports such as sailing and paddle boats. There are play grounds for children and various restaurants and bars in the area.
Airports include Perugia 50 minutes door-to-door. Pisa 120 minutes. Florence 90 minutes. Rome (Fiumicino and Ciampino) 150 minutes. Ancona 120 minutes. Train stations include Terontola 10 minutes, connecting Rome and Florence; and Camucia 8 minutes.
Car hire is essential for day-to-day excursions, and we suggest you book one together with your flight for those coming from abroad.
Closest shops/bar/pizzeria are within walking distance (2 kms from valley floor, steep for heavy shopping bags).
Pergo 2 km. Cortona 6 km. Trasimeno 20 km. Arezzo 30 km. Montepulciano 40 km. Pienza 45 km. Siena 60 km. Florence 85 km. Rome 200 km.
Two kms from the house is the village of Pergo where you can find a well-equipped supermarket with fresh produce; a lively bar/ cafe with people of many nationalities pass through and selling national and international newspapers; pizzeria; dentist and a few assorted shops.
Camucia offers most services such as the larger food chain stores (COOP, Eurostar, Penny Market), post office, banks and ATMs, hospital, hardware, clothes, launderettes, dry cleaning, etc. and has a large weekly market on Thursday mornings, where you find everything from farmer's wears, chickens, cut flowers, fruit and vegetables, salamis, cheeses, shoes, clothes, (quality) second-hand clothes, Provencal table cloths, and various crafts.
Cortona has a selection of fancy boutiques, the largest Etruscan museum in the area, art galleries, bars, ice cream shops, restaurants, exquisite walks and views of the Val di Chiana and a market on Saturday mornings, which is smaller than the Camucia market, but has much of the same. In August, Cortona hosts the Tuscan Sun Festival with art, music, operas and exhibitions.
"Le Celle" - a beautifully preserved monastery, that was frequently visited by Saint Francis, is beyond Cortona town on the way up to the Castello and the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Further along, on the way to Citta di Castello, is the "Castel Giraldo" restaurant, with magnificent views of the valleys below. It is also possible to walk down to the house from here, if you can organise the logistics.
Arezzo has numerous churches and places of interest, including the largest outdoor antique market in Europe, on the first Sunday of the month (except August).
Deruta, just beyond Assisi, offers extraordinary and beautiful hand-painted pottery. Perugia hosts a 10 day Umbrian Jazz Festival in July.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
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Notes on prices:
Prices refer to the upper floors, sleeping 6 in 3 bedrooms.
For an additional Euro 400/ week, the whole house (sleeping an extra 4 people, in 2 bedrooms) can be rented during the summer months.
The house is only ever rented to one group ensuring privacy and exclusive use of the pool.
Changeover day is Friday or Saturday during the high season, with departures by 10am and arrivals between 4-8pm. When possible, we are flexible so do ask if you would prefer to arrive on another day. During off-season, there is much more flexibility.
(The downstairs unit, sleeping 4, is available for the remainder of the year. It has 3 heating options (open fire, wood stove and gas). Contact owner for enquiries.)
30% deposit paid to confirm booking, with balance paid 60 days before arrival.
Cancellation charges are 90% refunded with 90 days notice or more, 50% refunded between 90 and 60 days notice prior to date of arrival, and no refund 60 days or less notice prior to date of arrival.
Refundable damage deposit of Euros 500 paid on arrival.
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From the Owner
“Peace and quiet, with easy access to cultural activities, hiking, horse-back riding, cycling, golf, water sports (including sailing), culinary delights of all types. shopping for food, clothes, etc. You can easily stay-put, entertained and rested at the same time or explore the many attractions that the area has to offer. Having sampled our olive oil (half litre provided), we are happy to sell you more to take home as the perfect Tuscan delicacy!”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool ...
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- autumn foliage
- live theatre
- winery tours
- horse riding
- outlet shopping
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- mountain biking
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Upper floors - sleeping 6 En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, wc, wash basin Bathroom to bedrooms 2+3 with bath/shower, wc, bidet, wash basin If whole house is taken, there is an additional bathroom downstairs: Bathroom to bedrooms 4+5 with bath/shower, wc, bidet, wash basin
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Upper floors - 3 Bedrooms, Sleeping 6; Bedroom 1 - master bedroom with king size bed, on top floor, with ensuite shower/ toilet Bedroom 2 - twin beds Bedroom 3 - double bed OR - Whole house (with additional 2 rooms, sleeping 4) for an extra Euro 400/ week Bedroom 4 - double bed Bedroom 5 - king size 4-poster bed
- Terrace ...
- Notes on accommodation: Over the years the house has been equipped as per guest’s requests: BBQ, dishwashers, microwave, toaster, bread maker, ice cream maker, kitchen appliances, ceiling/floor fans in bedrooms, television sets with dvd players. Weekly cleaning is included (with linen change) for stays over a week, while additional cleaning and cooking can be arranged (at extra cost). A baby cot is available. The pool (8x4 metres +/-26x13 ft) has a variety of lounging chairs, and is purposely placed to enjoy maximum sunshine. It has a specially designed etched out corner (2x2 metres +/-6x6 ft), with wide steps for readers and paddlers. Pets are welcomed and dogs can be kept close and happy in the fenced and shady lower garden. Charcoal/ firewood for cooking/ heating is available, pool toys, dvds and books and any reasonable request may be placed in advance. We are happy to organise historical and cultural tours, guided walks, spa days, cooking, ceramics, riding, language and painting lessons. Outside: Well-tended gardens wrap the house, with an extensive lawn and the swimming pool on one side, overlooking the valley of Vallechie, and a hedged/ fenced in smaller and shaded garden on the other side (suitable for retaining pets) overlooking the Val di Chiana. The gardens recede into the surrounding countryside with olive trees, oak woods and lavender as a backdrop. Pool is for guests only. It is 8x4 metres (26x13 ft) with an additional 2x2 metre (6x6 ft) annex with shallow and wide steps for reading and paddling. It can be lit up for night-time swimming. Pool chairs and recliners are provided. The upper floor has a large veranda, well shaded by mid-morning, with table and chairs for 6, while the lower floor has a pergola covered in vines and its own table and chairs for 6. A barbeque is available for outdoor cook ups. The house is only ever rented to one party, ensuring privacy. Whether up or down, the setting is perfect for morning cappuccino, afternoon tea or evening drinks. Utility Room: Clothes washing machine is located in the garage/ cantina. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen, towels and pool towels are provided. Weekly cleaning is provided for rentals of more than a week, while additional cleaning (with linen and towel change) can be organised (at additional cost). Other: The upper floors give onto a large and furnished terrace for al fresco dining, leading onto an extended lawn with a picnic table for 12 and digesting hammocks. The downstairs apartment gives onto a vine-covered terrace, with dining for 6.