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Luxury Villa with Private Pool and views across the Niccone Valley

Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Villa in Cortona Area, Tuscany, Italy - Tranquil location 20 minutes from the Etruscan town of Cortona

Villa San Martino offers not just another holiday in Tuscany or Umbria; this is a really special place. With spectacular views across the famous Niccone Valley towards Mercatale di Cortona the villa is beautifully presented with a mix of antiques, quality Italian country furniture and original artworks. San Martino has four generous double bedrooms and an additional loft room with two children's beds and/ or a cot. The two large bathrooms and the shower room are all tastefully designed. The house has a large lounge and a dining kitchen and a further smaller lounge area for relaxing. There are beams in every room and cotto flooring throughout. The gardens are immaculately cared for and include large ornamental pots planted with bright seasonal flowers. The property is ideally located to visit all the delights of Tuscany and Umbria including Cortona, Montepulciano, Pienza, Perugia, Assisi, Montone, Gubbio, Siena. Local restaurants offer delicious food and local wines are world-renowned.

Martin Pace
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Calendar last updated:
17 February, 2017

About Martin Pace

Acquiring a villa in Italy was a long-term dream. I worked in Italy years ago and fell in love with all things Italian - people, weather, food, architecture, cars, wine, culture.

As a family we have holidayed in Tuscany and Umbria for many years and often spent time researching and looking at properties. When we saw Villa San Martino we knew we had finally found the right place.

The previous owner was an interior designer and we instantly fell in love with the decor as well as the views, location, pool and especially the garden. The idea behind renting the villa is to simply subsidise the maintenance costs whilst enjoying it ourselves as often as we can. We love the idea of the place having continuous life and hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Martin Pace purchased this villa in 2010

Why Martin Pace chose Cortona area

We were thrilled to buy Villa San Martino. It was near to all our favourite towns and a few we still wanted to get to know.

The Tuscan/ Umbrian border is a little less trodden than lots of other parts of Tuscany but you can still easily access all the fabulous towns and cities. Views are incredible and you can find countless medieval villages with great restaurants.

Spectacular Cortona is 15 minutes away and jewels like Montepulciano, Montone, Pienza, Assisi and Gubbio are all less than 40 minutes away; whilst Siena, Perugia and Florence are just a little further.

Locally we have Mercatale and Niccone which are great for bars and supplies, and there are five or six lovely local restaurants. There are great local walks with spectacular views and watersports nearby on Lake Trasim

What makes this villa unique

The property is up the hill, with no white road but minutes from the village where you can buy literally everything you need and yet it's really peaceful. The whole Niccone valley is just so tranquil and beautiful.

What we love about San Martino is the feel. Lovely interiors (we inherited them and it was part of the reason we bought the villa) and exquisitely kept gardens with a fantastic pool with spectacular views across the valley.

Everyone who stays talks about the 'spiritual nature' of the place.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The setting and villa far exceeded our expectations. The beautifully restored home honored the history and materials of its area, simple and elegant design. It seems every window had a unique and lovely vista as light filtered through the wood beamed ceilings and rooms. The gardens, pool and multiple outdoor dining areas created a magical setting that had such good energy we could barely pull ourselves away to visit the all of the tempting tourist destinations in the area. It truly was a home away from home.

I have an art gallery and our dear friends whom we traveled with - a top designer (from San Francisco) - were completely enamored with this place. Needless to say, we are very particular about our surroundings so the fact we were so happy with Villa San Martino says a great deal.

Thank you for all of the love you have put into this wonderful home and gardens. We will be back!

Lisa Dolby Chadwick & Kem Eva Theilig, San Francisco
Oct 2011
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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A beautiful villa in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this incredible villa with our family & absolutely loved it!

The villa is furnished beautifully and has a wonderfully authentic Italian feel. Within the grounds there is a delightful terrace which is perfect for dining and an amazing infinity pool with stunning panoramic views.

The exquisitely maintained gardens are perfect for relaxing and our children loved spotting tiny geckos which regularly made an appearance.

We sampled some excellent food in nearby restaurants and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the lovely local towns and villages.

We would highly recommend this charming villa and hope to return there again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing week

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week with our family and really felt immersed in the local area and culture. The villa is really well equipped and the pool is amazing; such a gorgeous view too. We loved exploring local towns and villages and the villa was a great base for this.

Once home it was the pool or the terrace that were the real draw especially sitting under the stars of an evening! If you are looking for a peaceful holiday and a true taste of Italy this villa makes a wonderful base.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing, relaxing and delightful

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived we fell in love with the Villa.

The maintenance of the property and quality of the furnishings is obviously high on the owners priority.

The infinity swimming pool was amazing and we loved just sitting around the pool relaxing in the garden whilst admiring the surroundings, my personal favourite was sitting outside just outside the dining/kitchen area enjoying the changing colours of the sunrise. We also enjoyed the large family area inside the house where we were able to relax with local wine in the evenings when it chilled off slightly.

The surrounding area is lovely and we enjoyed visiting Cortona, Perugia and the many local villages. The owner has given details of some local places to visit as well as some restaurants to eat at and those we tried were excellent.

Yes, there is hardly any internet but this is available locally if needed but to be honest we didn’t miss it, it was great to be able to enjoy time with the family in such an amazing and relaxing place.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your lovely comments. :)
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  • 5 of 5

Amazing property, peaceful location with beautiful walks and views. They also recommended AMAZING restaurants for when we weren't making use of the lovely BBQ outside terrace.

Thank you for an amazing holiday. We will be back x

  • Review Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We look forward to seeing you again. :)
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Stunning Villa with spectacular views

  • 5 of 5

The location for us was perfect!! Tranquil, relaxing and ideal for all the family. We used the superb infinity pool every day and evening and it was the perfect size for my son who enjoys swimming laps. The grounds offered plenty of places to relax and soak up the sun as well as two al fresco dining areas. The panoramic views are spectacular!!

We loved the layout, art and furnishings throughout the property and felt we really had a luxurious and cultured experience.

The proximity to local villages as well the beautiful town of Cortona kept us occupied every day.

I'm planning to return this coming summer!!!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. You will be more than welcome next year. :)
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Nice getaway off the beaten track.

  • 4 of 5

We fell in love with the Niccone Valley and magical little towns such as Preggio and Pierle. There are virtually no tourists there, but it's a quick ride to places like Cortona (25 minutes) in Tuscany and many other of the beautiful Umbrian hill towns. The villa is set on a hill with nice views of the valley, has a pleasant pool and is very tastefully decorated. We spent a lot of time on the terraces.

However, it has no wi-fi access and that was not made clear upon our booking. While we appreciate being off the grid, it is nice to have 30 minutes each morning to check in and make sure work life is still in order. Had we known there was no wi-fi, we would not have booked. If a total getaway is what you're looking for, then this is a 5-star option.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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High Season
14 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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Booking Notes:
The villa is available all year round. A 50% deposit is required on booking with the remainder payable shortly before arrival date.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday. Arrival time is anytime after 4pm and leaving time is before 11am.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Cortona in Arezzo Area

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 with bath / shower, WC and twin washbasins. Bathroom 2 with bath / shower, WC and twin washbasins. Bathroom 3 with shower, WC and washbasin.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Child Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8-10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 very large room with king-size bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with double bed. Bedroom 4 with double bed Bedroom 5 child's room with 2 x child's beds and/ or travel cot
  • Books
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: There is a no smoking policy in the property. Beautifully presented with a mix of antiques, quality Italian country furniture and original artworks. Outside: Large gardens with olive and fruit trees; views across the Niccone Valley from all areas. There is a large, private infinity pool, sun loungers, chairs, a hammock and barbeque. There are three outdoor dining areas with tables and chairs. There is a bicycle for guests at the property. Utility Room: Washing machine and dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included and the house and pool are cleaned weekly. Other: Study with comfy chairs and writing desk with internet connection. Outdoor reading room with views of the pool and garden.

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