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Family-Friendly Cottage Private Pool Nature Wide Estate 6 hs Freedom Relax WiFi



Updated: 25-Oct-2016
5 Sleeps 2 Apart Swimmingpool Arno-Valley View Authentic rural retreat in Tuscan hills Close to Natural Park Ideal Art-Towns Visit Pets allowed

Last Minute September 400 Euro Our lovely house, an ancient renewed cottage with panoramic pool is located in the middle of splendid Casentino Valley countryside. From the pool a beautiful view on the Pratomagno mountains and the Casentino Valley with its famous National Park. The farmhouse, divided into two portions, lies next to National Park of Casentino. 540 metres above sea level. Each portion is ca. 90 SM, two floors, upper+ground floor, comfortable and rustic furnishings: down hall with living room with open fireplace and satellite-tv, eating room and kitchen; upper floor, doublebedroom, twinbed-room, bath/bidet/wc, shower/bidet/wc, garden: barbecue. Private: garden on different levels, swimming pool with its furniture (12x5 m, depth 150 cm, open 15 may. -25 sept). Outside shower. Garden furniture, barbecue, facilities: washing machine, sat tv. Absolute privacy and a maximum of security are guaranteed also for children. In ornina you find a really relaxing holiday in the silence of nature! Also degustation of our red and white bio-wine!

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I am a German-literature teacher, I live and work in Florence. I help my family in renting. It is lovely very especial place with a huge private space on the coast that is a wonderful natural space for relaxing and enjoying a special holiday in Toscana.

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Speaks English, French, German, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

Some comments our guests published on Home Away number 1077320

Rudi: 5/5 The Ideal spot for spending a relaxing holiday

A splendid farm immersed in the charming Tuscan hills with a beautiful view over the “Valle Casentinese” valley. The surrounding area is beautiful, unspoilt, peaceful, away from traffic and does not suffer from a great influx of tourists.

Ornina is a very small village, but 5 to 10 minutes drive from the house you find groceries, restaurant, post office, bank etc. The beautiful city of Arezzo is only 20 km away. Famous for its ancient churches and the stunning frescos by Piero della Francesca and every first weekend of the month it hosts Italy's most important antiques fair. And we were lucky to see the training for the “Giostra dei Saraceni”, a knightly game from the Middle Ages.

We have visited other famous cities such as Cortona, Florence, Siena, Montalcino, Pienza and San Gimignano, but we also enjoyed the small towns like Bibbiena and Poppi. We have rented the house already tree times, and we will certainly go back again. Rudi & Bieke from Grimbergen, Belgium. HomeAway

Kathrine und Familie Aus der Hektik des Alltags abtauchen 5/5 Sterne

Wir waren mit drei Kindern im wunderschönen Ornina.Es hat allen Familienmitgliedern fantastisch gefallen.Jeder konnte seinen Lieblingsplatz finden.Der von den Kindern war natürlich am Pool oder in den gemütlichen Sitzecken in Begleitung der niedlichen Katzen vom Grundstück.Wir Eltern konnten die Kinder beruhigt allein umhergehen lassen,da weit und breit keine Straße in der Nähe ist.Die Lage ist wunderschön,abseits,aber trotzdem sind Ausflugsziele gut zu erreichen.Der Abschied fiel uns nicht leicht und wir werden ganz sicher versuchen noch einmal wieder zu kommen. K.und Familie

Josi und Familie Immer wieder gerne! 5/5 Sterne

Meine Familie und ich haben letzten Sommer die Ferienwohnung von Cecilia und Massimo gebucht und durften dort einen wunderschönen Urlaub verbringen. Die Wohnung war mit allem ausgestattet, was man als Familie gut gebrauchen kann (Waschmaschine, Geschirrspüler, Kinderhochstuhl etc.) und ließ für uns keine Wünsche offen. Der Gemeinschaftspool war besonders für die Kinder das Highlight und wurde immer gerne benutzt. Die schöne Lage zwischen Wäldern und Weinbergen und die gute Verbindung mit dem Auto zu den Städten Florenz, Arezzo, Siena, Perugia lässt die Ferienwohnung zu einem echten Geheimtipp werden. Ich bin mir sicher, dass wir nicht zum letzten Mal unseren Urlaub im Casa Ornina verbracht haben werden. Immer wieder Aus: Fe-Wo Homepage Nummer 1077320
Mar 2012
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11 Reviews

based on 11 holidaymaker reviews


2 Dream Weeks in a Charming Site

  • 5 of 5

My wife, 3 children (aged 4, 8, 10) and I stayed at Ornina July 2-16, 2016.

The first thing that hits you is the spectacular view of the Valley and the beauty of the countryside.

Vittoria and Letizia, that waited for us till late night, are amazing people, helpful, friendly hosts. They make you feel so welcome you would think your part of their family.

The property is large, the house and all the surroundings, are well kept. The rooms are quite large, clean, comfortable and tastefully furnished to maintain the rustic charm. Our family stayed in Ornina, surrounded by nature and woods and streams - very quiet and peaceful. With refreshing swimming pool at hand, kept clean every day, with a wonderful view over the Casentino Valley.

There was plenty to do not just on the site but surrounding area's too: The Arno Valley in Casentino is an unspoiled by crowds and has a lots of gems to be explored: We took excursions to Arezzo, Anghiari, Poppi, Orvieto, San Sepolcro and day trips to Florence, Siena, Forlì and Perugia as well as to the Parco delle Forreste Casentinessi (protected area).

My wife and I both agree we would come back and enjoy the peacefulness Massimo’s house has to offer. Marco gave us taste his great wine and Tuscany products telling us about the Tuscany wines and wineries (we were there during the inauguration of his new winery!!).

A stay at the cottage is something really special and we would definitely recommend Massimo’s house to anyone love the nature, quite, and the peaceful!

Many thanks dear friends! Florian & Co.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relaxing holidays in a wonderful environment

  • 5 of 5

Relaxing holidays in a wonderful environment

We are a family from Bavaria and have been to Ornina for the 2nd time. My 3 children enjoyed splashing around in the lovely swimming-pool, I was able to do my yoga exercises and meditation in an unspoilt , peaceful nature and my husband was happy to find different ,authentic restaurants with simple but delicious food, not to forget Marco's great wine. We'll definitely come back next year

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dearest Cornelia and Lucas, thank you very much for your beautiful review! Massimo and I are very pleased that you stayed so good in our cottage, that you found a so relaxing time in Ornina. We wish you and your family all the best and we are looking forward to see you again! Have nice days Cecilia with Massimo
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Under average

  • 2 of 5

When we got there the greeting was very nice and all of the pre booking was easy and simple. The View was lovely but the oven was broken and the shower leaks into the dining area. The pool and the view were lovely but wasn't relaxing at all from either being attacked by horse flies every 10 seconds or the near by farm starting work at 7 until late every day. Overall I wouldn't stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dearest Fay and Peter, thank you for being with us in Ornina. Massimo and I have just read your review. We deeply regret that your holiday in Ornina was so disappointing for you . We always do everything possible for our guests from around the world , who want to visit Tuscany, so that they can fell well in our estate. We value the tranquility, calm , enjoyment of nature, the simple but genuine things. We have no great pretensions but we know that our guests come to us to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Many of them have been coming to us for many years. This is a great satisfation for our efforts. You can understand that your review was of course an unpleasant surprise. A complete surprise because in the last twenty years we have been always making our best to improve our acceptance in Ornina. We know that our house is not a luxury thaing, it is not a villa but prices prove it. Nevertheless, we offer our guests a great seriousness, a great care, a great passion and -but this is just luck-, it does not depend on us- we offer them the beauty of the location and nature. We are very sorry that the oven was broken, but you shoul have write that we offered you soon an electric oven that could replace it. Of course, it was a smaler oven, but you had not to renounce, you remained not for a week without oven. Massimo and I are also very sorry for the shower which did not work well, but if you had told it to us we have could soon phoned to the worker and reapit it immediatly. The best thing would be perhaps if you could let us know that it did not work. It could thus also avoid the damage to the wall and Massimo and I would be very grateful to you. What the horseflies concerns, we are fully aware that they are annoying but when there are those rare muggy summer days, one can not avoid them!! Especially in the countryside . And yet we are not even animals! It depends only on the climate.There were really extraordinary days, they really have shaken the earth with the earthquake and the shocking changing. Excuse my poor English I hope everything is clear even if not elegant expressed! We are very sorry, thanks anyway for coming, warm greeting Massimo and Cecilia
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Quiet and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for two weeks in July/August 2016 - two adults, three teenage children, and one younger (as well as our dog). The site is in the upper Arno valley, surrounded by forested hills - very quiet and relaxing! The pool was great - big but quite shallow (our 7yr old could stand up everywhere). The house itself had everything we needed - the kitchen is quite small but fine for a holiday. The nearest small town - Rassina - has restaurants, bars, cafes and take aways (as well as small shops, though there are much larger ones a little further away in Bibbiena). Florence and Sienna are not far away, and Pisa is a reasonable day trip. There's also walking in the hills. Cecilia was great before we went, and Vittoria and Letitzia were both very helpful when we arrived - very professional. We had an absolutely fantastic time. This was our first holiday with a dog - Italy is very dog friendly and there are vets in Rassina who can handle the Pet Passport process inexpensively.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dearest Vanessa and Neal, Thank you so much for your kind feed back after your recent stay at our house in Ornina. We are very glad that you enjoyed your holiday-spending there and that you felt at home with us (I will remember your nice words to Letizia and Victoria, too). It is the best for who is offering a location to hear that his or her guests always feel at home. Above all when guests are travelling with teenagers: their requirments are always higher! You mentioned quiet and relaxing, which is highly appreciated because we are proud of maintaning in Ornina an authentic rural quiet atmosphere. Leave the all day work time to have a rest holiday in the heard of nature. This is our wish for our guests. Massimo and I are really glad that we could meet your expectations and would be happy to welcome you soon again! We wait for you all, sunny greetings from Florence, Cecilia with Massimo
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Tuscan Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four (including two teenagers) enjoyed a fabulous stay at Ornina inthe summer of 2015 and will be returning again in 2016. The cottage was authentically rural with the added bonus of working wifi ! The pool is a good size and suitable for both proper swimming and fun. The setting was both beautiful and relaxing. It was easy to spend a day(s) doing nothing but soak up the atmosphere with an occaional plunge in to the pool to coll off. After day trips to Florence, Arezzo (great antiques market once a month) and other parts of eastern Tuscany it was great to return again to the peace and quiet of Ornina. Marco, who runs the small vinetyard, was a source of good resturant recommendations. We would not hesitate to recommend this cottage if you are looking for a relaxing holiday in beautiful Tuscany..

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Steve! Tahnk you very much for such a good review. Massimo and I are very happy that you liked Ornina, its peace and quiet. We, too, are used to go there in the week end when we need rest and tranquillity. It is a wonderful thing when we meet a nice correspondence with our guests, we are aware that Ornina is an authentic nice place with untouched nature and surroundings but it is a joy when we are confirmed about it. Thank you again a lot and we wait for you in the next July! Have nice weeks till your holiday! Ciao, warm greetings from Massimo and Cecilia
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Perfect Escape !

  • 5 of 5

This year will be the third time for us to spend our holiday in Ornina. We usually like to travel to different places, but once a year we have to stay at Ornina ! It is so relaxing, the nature is quiet and the owners so friendly. The family-runned wineyard also offers great wine which can be tasted at Marcos cottage just next behind ! A short trip to Arezzo offers possibilities for shopping, walking around or just enjoying a good caffè in the sun. We love this place and our children are already asking when we will go to the nice Italian House again :)

  • Review Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My dears Maya and Volkmar, Many thanks for your kind rewiew. I hope you are all well and your children are growing well and fine. Surely your review will be useful for family with children that are coming to us for the first time. You almost know Ornina and surroundings better than I!! I wish you the best for your life. Massimo and I will wait for you in May. Warm greetings from Florenz to Munich Cecilia with Massimo
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From the Owner

What to visit: Arezzo is an extraordinary city of art renowned for its goldsmiths and antiques traders. The old town is home to valuable monuments including the imposing Medici Fortress, the Cathedral, the Diocesan Museum and the Basilica of San Domenico. The Archaeological Museum showcases many a valuable find, recalling the city’s importance during the Etruscan heyday. The heart of the city is Piazza Grande, surrounded by buildings of various periods and styles - among them the Medieval towers and the Renaissance style Loggiato Vasariano (Visit also Casa Vasari). The itinerary continues to Monterchi, with its stunning fresco of the Madonna del Parto. Do not miss a visit to the small town of Caprese Michelangelo, the birthplace of Michelangelo Buonarroti; a museum, set within the old castle, is dedicated to the artist. Of great artistic and religious interest is the Sanctuary of La Verna in the Casentino Forests. Visit Florence and Siena, too. What to do: Unspoiled nature and cultivated countryside! the Province of Arezzo offers a variety of opportunities to enjoy a holiday in the open air, taking part in various physical activities. The Foreste Casentinesi Monte Falterona e Campigna National Park is the ideal place for excursions on foot, by bicycle or on horseback, while in winter the same paths can be enjoyed on skis and snowshoes. Cycling enthusiasts can follow the Canale Maestro della Chiana bike and foot trail from Arezzo to Cortona, through areas perfectly suited for an athletic holiday amidst unspoiled scenery. Gourmands may choose to follow the food and wine itineraries that wind through the main valleys of Arezzo Province.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Florence at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Ornina at 2 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Poppi at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Arezzo at 30 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Arezzo at 30 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Ornina Il Mulino at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Viareggio at 180 Kilometres Car: necessary

Monna Lisa's Bridge - Buriano Bridge: the bridge with seven arches over the left shoulder of the Mona Lisa. Researchers were able to identify this famous landscape through drawing by Leonardo in the Val di Chiana.. It is necessary you stop to admire it and the natural beauty of the area. Ponte a Buriano is a beautiful Romanesque bridge with its seven arches over the most important Tuscan river. Built in 1277: according to many studies the building was founded on the pillars of an earlier Roman work.

Museo Michelangiolesco: David's creator was born in the lost village of Caprese (today called Caprese Michelangelo), 17 km south of Chiusi della Verna, and the small stone house where the artist grew up can be visited. Right at the top of the hilltop village, next to Caprese's medieval castle, the Museo Michelangeliolesco tells the tale of Michelangelo's childhood roamings in the countryside here and his subsequent artistic career through a series of plaster casts.

Poppi: Castello dei Conti Guidi was built in the 13th century by Count Simone da Battifolle, head of the Guidi family. Inside, there's a fairy-tale courtyard, a handsome staircase, a library full of medieval manuscripts and chapel with frescoes by Taddeo Gaddi. The scene of Herod's Feast shows Salome apparently clicking her fingers as she dances, accompanied by a lute player, while John the Baptist's headless corpse lies slumped in the corner.

Art Cities: Arezzo, Cortona, Perugia, Siena, Firenze: From Arezzo, crossing the Valdichiana and passing through beautiful centres as Castiglion Fiorentino, Monte San Savino, Lucignano, Foiano, you can reach Cortona, a few kilometers away from Lago Trasimeno. A town set on a hill, artistically very rich, among the most beautiful places of the centre of Italy from an architectural point of view.

From Arezzo and Cortona you can quickly reach Siena. From the Casentino, through the Passo della Consuma, in less than a hour by auto you arrive to Florence. These last two cities don't certainly need a presentation.

Along the road Della Consuma, a deviation leads to Vallombrosa, a place of faith whose ancient monastery is certainly worth visiting.

In Pratovecchio: The Toscana Twist. It is a wonderful breed in rural Tuscany, near the train station. Breakfast – delicious cakes, cookies and pastries – and dinner on Friday, and an aperitivo banquet (from 6.30 pm) on Saturday. Decor is an appealing mix of 'vintage tea room' and 'contemporary artsy'. Creative Tuscan cuisine with fresh seasonal veggies, Chianina beef carpaccio with parmesan shavings or liver with onions.

In Pratovecchio: La Tana degli Orsi (The Lair of the Bear), an unusual chalet-style building, are hotly contested, rendering advance reservations essential. Decor hovers between classy and kitsch, but cuisine is top-quality Tuscan with many traditional Casentino dishes created here with local produce. An outstanding wine list lures oenophiles.


Nearest airport - firenze: 60 kilometres nearest motorway - arezzo: 30 kilometres nearest barpub - talla: 4 kilometres nearest golf - poppi: 12 kilometres nearest restaurant - salutio: 2 kilometres


Salutio 2 Km Rassina 5 km Talla 4 Km Arezzo 30 km Florence 70 Km Perugia ca. 100 Km Siena 90 Km

Further Details:

Supermarket in rassina and talla (4 and 5 km) also in salutio (2 km) there is a baker and "alimentari" shop


1,30 h by car


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
12 May 2017 - 27 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
28 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
30 Jun 2017 - 25 Aug 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:
As booking you have to transfer 30% of the rent, the rest you can give directly in ornina + 200 euro as deposit, that will be given you back to you when you live.

Changeover Day:
Saturday- check in 14-19 pm check out 08-10 am it is not a problem if you arrive earlier. If the house is not ready you can wait at the pool or in garden! Our pool is cleaned every day.

Notes on prices:
All services included in the price (electricity, hot water, gas, firewood, linen, towels, cleaning, taxes). Only end-cleaning is extra (50 euro). The central heating (when used), instead, must be paid depending on consumption. A deposit of €200, is requested. The process of booking is completed only after receipt of the deposit. Booking procedure:You receive the bank detail of the owner and you have to pay 40% of the ammount. The rest you give in Ornina cash when you arrive + deposit.

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From the Owner

Ideal for familes of any age. It is a truly beautiful and restful location. The renovated cottage is home from home and the pool a delight. You are surrounded by nature. There is also plenty to see and do a little further afield - Flornce, Siena, Arezzo, Cortona, Poppi.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Farm Holidays
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • river
  • rural


  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 80 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom of both portion: toilet, bath with shower, bidet, wash mashine external shower : outdoor shower, external shower close to the swimming-pool


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Portion 1: a doublebed-room + a twin-bed room(also beds for kids, -please request! -) upstairs and living-room, eating-room and kitchen downstairs. Portion 2: 2 doublebed-rooms + a little mansarde that children like a lot but is is not a really bed-room


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: Outside you can enjoy all the space you like! you have your own garden under plants, flowers and trees, enterely equippared with sun-umbrella, chairs, armchairs, tables and bbq. You can have your dinner or breakfast also in the patio or everywhere you like in our estate, you can organize also pic-nic all around in the surrounded woods! Your children can play anyway in sicurity and tranquillity. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All services are included in the price (electricity, hot water, gas, firewood, linen, towels, taxes). You have NO extra costs for your consuptions! Only end-cleaning is extra: 50 euro

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