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Luxury Villa with Private Pool and views across the Niccone Valley



Updated: 08-Dec-2016
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.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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.

Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

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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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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From the Owner

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

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Perugia at 20 Miles Nearest Barpub : Mercatale di Cortona at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Terontola at 10 Miles Nearest Motorway : A1 at 15 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Mercatale di Cortona at 1 Miles Nearest Ski : Abetone at 80 Miles Nearest Beach : Tuoro sul Trasimeno at 10 Miles Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Equestrian activities and water sports abound locally.


Lake Trasimeno offers very local lake/ beach accessibility and Lake Bolseno offers more a little further away. At Tuoro sul Trasimeno, 20 minutes from the villa, there are windsurfing and kitesurfing facilities. The Adriatic and Mediterranean coasts are equidistant at 90 minutes, offering a range of renowned resorts.


The nearest airports are Perugia, Florence, Bologna, Pisa and Rome; with Perugia 30 minutes and Florence 90 minutes. Driving from Calais takes about 12 hours with lovely stop over opportunities in the Italian lakes or swiss Alps en route.


The villa is 3 minutes from Mercatale di Cortona, 15 minutes from Cortona, 30 minutes from Perugia and 45 minutes from Montepulciano, Pienza, Orvieto or Assisi. Siena, Florence and Rome are all less than 90 minutes away.

Further Details:

There are eight or ten delightful local restaurants serving typical Tuscan/ Umbrian food and serving world renowned wines.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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.

Property Type

  • villa


  • 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


  • Books

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • 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
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • 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 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Child Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 1
  • 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


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering


  • 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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