HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992

A beautiful farmhouse overlooking Lake Trasimeno and close to Cortona

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 300 m²
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

In the golden triangle within one hour of Assisi, Siena, Firenze and Cortona.

The farmhouse is located near the top of Parco Monte Castelluccio at a height of 700m above sea level. There are breathtaking views over Lake Trasimeno from virtually every window and outside space in and around the property. The house is next door to the highly rated Villa Sensi which boasts excellent ratings on Trip Advisor. The house was built over 300 years ago and once upon a time used to house both the animals and the farmers throughout the winter. It has many original features such as the 2 feet thick walls which keep it cool even during the hottest summer and the ancient and rustic beams in the kitchen and the downstairs bedroom. The house also boasts classic brick arches and large fireplaces however these original features are complemented by modern comforts such as the pool complex and the associated facilities.

The house is very large at over 300 sq metres. Upstairs there are four double bedrooms, three bathrooms, a second lounge area with two sofas, a coffee table, a Smart TV and DVD/Blueray player. There is also a room which houses a large pool table.

Downstairs there is a very large lounge/dining room of 70 sq. m which has a Smart TV and an extremely comfortable sofa which seats 8 people and the dining table with 12 chairs. There is also a wood burning stove.

The kitchen is large and modern and can sit eight/ten people comfortably with plenty of additional space. Furthermore there is a fifth double bedroom/study and a luxurious bathroom. A utility room in the garage area has a washing machine and a dryer. High speed internet with WiFi is available throughout the house. The house is also equipped with Apple TV and Google Chromecast. There is air conditioning in all the upstairs bedrooms and all the windows have insect nets.

The property is south facing and outside there is a relaxing terrace which affords the best views from the whole property across to Passignano, Spello and on a clear day even to Monte Vettore (over 80 km away) in the East. Castiglione del Lago, Montepulciano and Monte Amiata can be seen to the West. The property is South facing. Below this first terrace is the swimming pool area and the pool house which is reached through a gate after descending a few steps. The pool area has a further table for outside dining which can seat up to twelve people. There is also a further table and chairs on the swimming pool terrace with some reclining loungers. The table is situated underneath a structure which affords shade in the summer. The pool is maintained regularly and is kept to a very high standard. It has a constant depth of 1.5m. and is 10m x 6m in size. The pool is open from early June to late September. The house is situated in grounds of 5,000 sq.m (approx 1.25 acres). Up to five cars can park comfortably on the premises. There is a remote control electric gate at the entrance.

Lake Trasimeno is the largest lake in central Italy and is surrounded by both Etruscan and Roman towns. The town of Tuoro has beaches, water sports activities and ferries to the islands. The house itself offers the relaxing atmosphere that many of us expect during the holiday with delightful walks into Tuscany and Cortona to the rear of the property as well as absolute silence and tranquility when relaxing in and around the swimming pool. The internal arrangement of the rooms, such as the creation of a second lounge and the pool room, is such that both adults and children can be kept amused even when the weather is less than perfect. The house is situated less than ½ mile from the border between Umbria and Tuscany.

The property is in the centre of the areas of tourist interest in both Tuscany and Umbria and is well served by motorways and a dual carriageway, which can be accessed at a distance of 5 km from the house. This dual carriageway goes all the way from Spoleto in the south of Umbria to Siena in Tuscany passing by Assisi and Perugia on one side and on the other side, at a distance of about 25 km, there is the junction with the main A1 Autostrada which goes all the way from Naples through Rome and Florence to Milan and forms the motorway backbone of Italy. The dual carriageway continues all the way to Siena on the other side of the A1.

These are the following nearby sites and the respective distances by road from the property all of which, with the exclusion of Rome, can be reached in under one hour by car.

Cortona (Tuscany) 19km

Perugia (Umbria) 36km

Assisi (Umbria) 49km

Montepulciano (Tuscany) 35km

Val d’Orcia (Tuscany) 40km

Pienza (Tuscany) 55km

Siena (Tuscany) 81km

Todi (Umbria) 48km

Arezzo (Tuscany) 51km

Spoleto (Umbria) 99km

Gubbio (Umbria) 78km

Florence 120km

Rome 195km

In addition to the sightseeing and as mentioned briefly above the area has many mountain bike and road bike itineraries. There are no less than three 18 hole golf courses within half an hours drive of the property. There are also many walking trails especially across to Tuscany and Cortona. Nearby there are also the historic Francescan paths.

More Details

Dave Harmes
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2017

About Dave Harmes

My wife and I own this house together. It is our family home in Italy and will only be rented out for a handful of weeks each year. My wife is Italian and I am half Italian so we both have a very strong connection with Italy.

Dave Harmes purchased this farmhouse in 2014

Why Dave Harmes chose Cortona area

Every year we take a group of friends to a different location in Italy and in our tenth year we decided to visit Umbria. All of Italy is beautiful as you probably know but Umbria has such marvellous views that we immediately fell in love with it.

It is of course referred to as the green heart of Italy as it is in the centre of the country and is landlocked. My maternal grandparents both came from Umbria and because it is within easy reach of Rome and Florence it was the ideal location for us. We started looking in September 2013 and found this house in November 2013. It took a long time to get this one across the finish line but we finally made it in late May 2014 and we are both delighted.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Wonderful internal and external facilities including two lounges, both with Wi-Fi, 3D BluRay players and smart TV's. High speed internet connections and a pool room. The flow through the house is superb and it is particularly suited to large groups with disabled or elderly family members.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Cortona in Province of Arezzo

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Printer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Master Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite bathroom, with shower only
    Downstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , 3.80m x 1.35m Downstairs bathroom with full facilities
    Bathroom Upstairs Left - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , 1.63m x 2.76m serving the left hand side of the house.
    Bathroom Upstairs right - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , Serving the right side of the upstairs bedrooms
    Pool Bathroom - Toilet , Shower and toilet by the pool area.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Downstairs Bedroom - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , 5.59m x 3.94m, wardrobe, bedside table and chest of drawers
    Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , 3.91m x 3.74m, en suite bathroom, wardrobe, bedside table
    Left Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 3.48m x 4.03m, with views over the lake. 2m length beds
    Left Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , 4.14m x 3.73m, wardrobe, with a view over the lake.
    Upstairs Living Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , IKEA Sofa double - bed for emergencies
    Right Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 3.93m x 3.87m, IKEA wardrobe and bedside tables and views
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

A beautiful farmhouse overlooking Lake Trasimeno and close to Cortona
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Fantastic holiday

  • 5 of 5

This stunning property is very well maintained and excellently presented. Clearly a lot of thought has been put into developing this farmhouse, the facilities are top class and it was a very comfortable place to stay. The views from the swimming pool and terrace are spectacular and we had many wonderful evenings out under the stars. I would recommend this to families and groups of friends. Thank you so much to the owners for sharing this beautiful place!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you George. We are pleased that you and your group of friends had a lovely time at our home in Italy.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Stunning views and comfort

  • 5 of 5

As two families (10 people) we found this house more than matched our expectations and provided everything we wanted for an August relaxing week holiday. House clean spacious and well equipped, grounds extensive and fairly private, loads of indoor and outdoor seating space, great pool and best of all the stunning views.

Local facilities in Truoro 10 mins by car down the hill. Recommend a trip to Isla Maggiore by boat - very easy from lakeside pier. Loads of other towns to visit.

Dave is a communicative and attentive owner and Paulo and his dog Barry next door are available for any emergencies.

We would strongly recommend this house

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Julian, We're pleased that our son got to meet you. He passed on some good feedback.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Spacious, comfortable and great views. Does what it says on the tin.

  • 5 of 5

This is a spacious and comfortable holiday villa. It is well appointed with all necessary amenities and provides an outstanding large family holiday venue. It commands exceptional views of the entire lake and surrounding countryside and is well positioned to explore the local area. Perugia 40 mins, Assissi 60 mins, Cortona 30 mins, the lakeside beaches 20 mins. Local supermarkets are 10 mins away and there a couple of ok eateries in the local town, Tuoro 10 mins.

There is also great support from a well informed local neighbour who manages the property.

Pool and surrounds are great. Barbecuing and dining al fresco is a real treat.

One other great feature- often overlooked- is that it's height and exposed location takes the edge off the sometimes fierce Itslian summer temperature and makes it much more comfortable for a Northern European visitor !


  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great house, fantastic view, beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We stayed two families of four in the house and had a fantastic holiday. The house is spacious and well tempered and the outside area is absolutely stunning with a clear view across Lake Trasimeno. From the house it is easy to get to the four lane road towards Perugia, so you can visit towns like Assisi, Montepulciano, Perugia, Cortona and Orvieto after or during lunch and still be home to enjoy a drink and dinner at the terrace as the sun sets. The communication with David and Francesca before the stay was swift and very friendly and while there it was very nice to have Paolo nearby to look after everything.

Niels Ammitzbøll, Copenhagen, 9-23 July 2016

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Niels for your kind words.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Discovering Italy

  • 5 of 5

A truly stunning property very well maintained and furnished with the most beautiful views , in a very private and peaceful location, at the end of a private road. The villa was very well equipped and spacious, very clean and comfortable a great place to come together with friends and family, with a pool and lots of outside space for alfresco living. (It had a B & B next door which could give you extra rooms for a larger family group). A well located base to visit the regions villages/towns. The owners were extremely helpful during our stay providing us with lots of detail on nearby attractions. I would certainly recommend this property to friends and relatives, you do need a card to visit this property.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Fabulous place!

  • 5 of 5

Unforgettable birthday for 90 year-old mother

Podere Nuovo is a beautiful, old farmhouse, which is nestled high in the hills above Lake Trasimeno. There are breath-taking views over the lake from the huge terrace and pool area as well as from virtually every room in the house.

The property is over 300 years old and retains many original features such as old beams and a huge fireplace but it has been beautifully decorated in a contemporary style and fitted out to a very high standard with all the mod cons of a large utility room, dishwasher, washing machine and Wi-Fi.

We went there in October to celebrate my disabled mother’s 90th birthday and she was able to stay in the downstairs bedroom and have the complete run of the downstairs living area without having to go up and down stairs. Fabulous! In addition, since there were fifteen of us some were able to stay in the wonderful Villa Sensi next door and not be inconvenienced in any way. Paolo, the owner of Villa Sensi organised a meal for our family group which included our mother’s brother and his sons and daughters.

There are 5 good-sized bedrooms including the downstairs bedroom and four bathrooms as well as a huge sitting room and dining area. There is also a further sitting room upstairs as well as a smaller lounge with a pool table and TV in, which suited our teenagers. As did the WiFi which had a reasonable signal throughout the house. The swimming pool is a good size and there is an enormous terrace for dining and sunbathing as well as a massive lower terrace around the pool. The substantial gardens go all around the house so the house is very private and very peaceful.

The town of Tuoro is a 5-10 minutes drive and provides everything you need including several traditional food shops and restaurants. There are also slightly bigger towns around the lake from where you can take boat trips or do other activities such as fishing and water sports.

The property is in a great location for exploring the jewels of Umbria and Tuscany and is within easy reach of fantastic medieval towns such as Cortona, Siena, Perugia, Bevagna, Montepulciano, Orvieto and Assisi - all within about an hour’s drive of the property.

We also spent a fabulous day in Florence, which is only just over an hour on the train with the station being about 15 minutes drive. Podere Nuovo is ideal for families or groups of friends as you can totally relax in the house knowing everything is at hand but if you feel more active ther

  • Review Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
36 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Gosparini - Lo Scoiattolo
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Tuoro sul Trasimeno
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Terentola - Cortona
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Raccordo Autostradale Bettole Perugia
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Osteria Lo Scoiattolo
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Tuoro sul Trasimeno
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Cortona, Arezzo Area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season 2017
15 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
Late Season 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £585.59
Pet Fee £41.83

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Enquire Now Enquire Now

Partner Offers

Portable wifi hotspot

You might like these similar holiday rentals