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Homely Private Family House, Private Fenced Pool, Views, Free Wifi

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,368 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

Casa Gorgacce, Mercatale di Cortona, Arezzo Province, Tuscany and Florence, Italy - Close To Delightful Villages

Casa Gorgacce is situated at the Tuscan end of the picturesque Niccone Valley which runs into Umbria. The house stands on its own surrounded by its own grounds. The village of Mercatale di Cortona is about 2.5km from the house, it is a friendly village with shops, cafes and a popular trattoria. the Umbrian village of Lisciano Niccone is a further 1 km and has a pizzeria/trattoria. The living accommodation at Casa Gorgacce is all on the first floor reached by wide steps from the parking area below. At the top of the steps is the loggia with table and dining chairs and a retractable awning for shade in the summer months. The front door open onto a large room with fully fitted kitchen to the near end, dining area and sitting room with sofas and armchairs in front of the fireplace at the far end. The master bedroom is directly off this room and has a queen size bed and en suite bathroom with shower (no tub). At the far end of the living room is a door through to a hallway off which are a bathroom (shower) and another double bedroom and a room with 2 single beds. The house has beams throughout and terra-cotta floors. There is parking space for one or two cars at the front of the house - there is another parking area at the rear. From the steps at the front of the house a gravel driveway leads to the pool area and covered barn. The barn has table and chairs for dining and a barbecue. The pool measures 9 v 4.5 metres. The owners (UK residents) have an apartment on the other side of the house on the ground floor. They are respectful of the privacy of guests and do not use the pool. Free wifi.

Casa Gorgacce is rented exclusively by Gorgacce Rentals: renting houses since 1993.

More Details

Martin and Emma Daykin
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, German, Italian
Calendar last updated:
15 April, 2018

About Martin and Emma Daykin

I am Emma Cordingley, the booking agent for Casa Gorgacce. I have lived in the area since 1999 and with my husband, Martin, run a small rentals agency that was started by my parents in the 80s. I am originally from the UK where I was a high school teacher. I have 2 teenage daughters. I like walking, gardening, cooking, films and reading. I love everything Italian. Martin has run wine tastings locally for the past 10 years or more, in January 2016 he qualified as an Italian sommelier. he has also written a book of local walks and leads walks in the countryside and some of the local towns.

The owners of Casa Gorgacce are family friends of mine from Teddington, Greater London. They and their children and grandchildren are regular visitors. Casa Gorgacce used to be owned by my parents and I lived at the house permanently between April 1999 and June 2000.

Why Martin and Emma Daykin chose Cortona

As booking agents who live nearby we want all our guests to enjoy their stay at Casa Gorgacce. You can book knowing that we are on hand to deal with problems that may arise during your stay, we are always available by phone, text, WhatsApp and by email.

What makes this villa unique

We invite all our guests to a wine tasting evening at the local vineyard. This is a regular event run by by husband Martin Daykin who passed his Italian Sommeliers Association exams in January 2016.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had the most amazing holiday in Tuscany and thoroughly enjoyed staying in Casa Gorgacce. The house had everything we needed, including the fantastic views! The children made the most of the pool; we had many table tennis tournaments and the sheltered barn was lovely to cool off when the weather warmed up. We have made many family memories of our Italian holiday and hope to return again one year. Please pass on our sincere thanks to Sheila and David for making us feel welcome after a long drive. The wine from the local vineyard was much appreciated. By: R. L-C, UK, August 10, 2014.

Wonderful house and countryside.

A beautiful property and location. We fell completely in love with Tuscany having been to several other parts of Italy, there is no comparison. By: C. B. UK, Jun 23, 2014.

I would like to start this review by saying Casa Gorgacce was exactly what we were looking for in a Tuscany farm villa. We loved it. This place puts you in the middle of the Tuscany culture. It was a quiet spot to relax & unwind, after a day of discovering all of Tuscany's quaint little hill towns. Siena, Montone, Assisi, Montepulciano, & Cortona were some of the towns we visited during our week stay. All of these places were easy day trips, from where Gorgacce is located. Also, located nearby, were two of the best restaurants we ate at during the entire trip, “Girasoli di Sant' Andrea” a restaurant-winery & “Locanda di Nonna Gelsa” a family owned establishment. The villa was very clean, & has been up dated with modern amenities, such as television, microwave, Wi-Fi, but still has the rustic look & feel of “Back in the Day” Tuscany. The pool was a nice added touch, but being from Texas & New Jersey, the weather had to be warmer, for us to take a dip. If you prefer to experience a way of life, instead of 5 star luxury hotel, Gorgacce will not disappoint. Carol, USA, May 2014.
Oct 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Cortona in Province of Arezzo

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2368 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 20
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 has shower, wc and basin. Bathroom adjacent to bedrooms 2 and 3 has shower, basin and wc.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a Queen size double bed and en suite shower room bedroom 2 has a queen size double bed bedroom 3 has 2 single beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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Homely Private Family House, Private Fenced Pool, Views, Free Wifi
average rating of 4.7 based on 11 reviews

Relaxing holiday location

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 had a very enjoyable holiday at Casa Gorgacce. We frequently come to the Niccone Valley but it was our first stay here. It was great to be close to Mercatale for shopping and eating out, we really enjoyed our village visits. The house is very easy to live in and very comfortable. The loggia is a fantastic place to sit any time of day - or all day! Great views.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, we are glad that as regular visitors to the Niccone Valley you enjoyed your stay at Casa Gorgacce.
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Casa incrível. A casa é linda, tipicamente toscana

  • 5 of 5

Casa incrível. A casa é linda, tipicamente toscana, paisagem fantástica, limpeza e arrumação em ordem quando chegamos, decoração agradável e jardim belíssimo. Usamos a lavanderia sem problemas, máquina em funcionamento mas não tem secadora. Como estivemos sob sol intenso todos os dias, tudo certo para a secagem. De lá pudemos conhecer uma dezena de cidades maravilhosas e em Camucia (Cortona) existem diversos mercados para abastecer a casa (atenção: fecham às 20 horas e depois disso você não encontra absolutamente nada para comprar, nem delicatessen ou qualquer comércio; cuidado, portanto, por quem é acostumado com grandes cidades). A experiência foi um sonho.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been happier with our stay at Casa Gorgacce. It is a very comfortable house and ideal for two couples. Beautifully clean and tidy and well-equipped. We rented bikes in nearby Lisciano Niccone and it was no problem to cycle into the village in the morning for coffees and shopping. The bikes enabled us to explore the lovely countryside, brimming with flowers close up. The pool warmed up while we were there and it is lovely relaxing spot. Most enjoyable was having a drink on the loggia in the evening, or breakfast in the morning, enjoying the views.

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear helen thank you for taking the time to write a review of Casa Gorgacce, we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that the pool warmed up for you.
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Good for a family holiday

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for a family Easter holiday in April 2017. We found the house clean and well-presented and as advertised. The kitchen was well-equipped and the whole house has a charming cottagey feel. We knew it was too early for the pool to be open so didn't get to experience that - we will have to come back. We were lucky with the weather however, it was very warm and we did use the sun-loungers. We visited many of the local towns, Casa Gorgacce is well located for that. All in all a very good holiday and a house that I am happy to recommend for families and for one or two couples.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here and were sad to leave! It's a great place to stay if you're looking for an isolated home in the Italian countryside, to relax. We liked hanging out at the table outside the front door, so we could stay in the shade and have a nice view. Emma and everybody else we talked to were very responsive and helpful. They took care of a nearby hornets nest, and fixed the wifi quickly. Not in the photos, they also have a big DVD collection there in case you get bored.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review of Casa Gorgacce. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and we were glad to help you out. Emma
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Great location for a family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 (3 kids between 4 and 9) had a wonderful, relaxing holiday at Casa Gorgacce and heartily recommend it for families, friends and couples. The house is comfortable, clean and has all one needs. The wifi worked well throughout our stay. It is very easy distance to Mercatale village which we enjoyed visiting everyday for shopping, coffees and ice cream. We ate twice at Mercatale's Trattoria Mimmi which is very good value and very tasty.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Mimmi's Trattoria famous for her homemade pasta.
Mercatale di Cortona
A great little village where everyone is friendly. Here you will find: Il Dolce Forno,; a gr...
Umbertide market
Every Wednesday morning. A colourful market. Fruit, veg, fresh fish and sea food, porcetta, ...
Ristorante Da Gianna
Le Capannine di Sommavilla
A great restaurant, food has a French-north African flavour. Great for Sunday brunch on the ...
Tuoro sul Trasimeno
Punta Navaccia
Agriturismo Ristorante Calagrana
Locanda di Nonna Gelsa
Simone Corsetti - Ristorante I Girasoli di Sant' Andrea
A great restaurant. connected to the local vineyard it also has regular wine tastings.
Umbria Jazz
Citta di Castello
San Gimignano
Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
43 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
Trattoria Mimmi
Nearest Beach
16 Kilometres
Lakeside at Tuoro su Trasimeno
Car: necessary

The local village has a range of shops, 2 small supermarkets, an excellent bakery, butchers shops and 2 pharmacies. There are at least 2 ATMs and 5 cafes between them and 2 trattorias. There are many other good restaurants within 15 minutes drive. The town of Umbertide which is a 20 minute drive has a colorful weekly market and larger supermarkets. Cortona and other local towns also have weekly markets.

Casa Gorgacce is a great place from which to explore southern and eastern Tuscany and all of Umbria. Lake Trasimeno (the 4th largest in Italy) is a short drive and there are several pleasant lakeside towns, the nearest Tuoro has a beach with children's play equipment including trampolines. The ferries from here to other towns on the lake and to one of the 3 islands. Pedaloes, sun-loungers and beach umbrellas can be hired.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Cortona, Arezzo Area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
May 2018
28 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June 2018
26 May 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June/July 2018
23 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid July to mid August 2018
14 Jul 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late August 2018
11 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late September-October 2018
15 Sep 2018 - 12 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 Apr 2019 - 24 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early June
25 May 2019 - 21 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Jun 2019 - 12 Jul 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High summer
13 Jul 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early September
31 Aug 2019 - 13 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Sep 2019 - 1 Nov 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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