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Villa Gioia

Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Italian

Classic Tuscan villa -Private pool overlooking golden Tuscan terraces, Internet

24 Reviews
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Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Cortona area - Villa Gioia

Self catering romantic villa with private pool overlooking Tuscan terraces

Exquisite Tuscan holiday villa, originally built in the 15th Century but lovingly restored in the last 7 years, overlooking lush green rolling hills within a short distance of magical Cortona, the jewel in the Tuscan crown. Set in 30 acres of unspoilt National Park countryside in the Hills above Cortona, the setting for Francis Mayes book and film -Under the Tuscan Sun. Exclusively private pool with magnificent gardens and shady pergolas. The house has all day sunshine until the late evening and an excellent access road.

Three large well equipped bedrooms and modern bathrooms and three shady pergolas dotted around the property. Full modern kitchen with all appliances.Library with 500/600 books.

Sip a chilled glass of Prosecco under the vine pergola while enjoying the views.

Have our neighbour, a truly excellent cook, prepare a dinner party for your group with fresh produce from their farm, to eat under one of the pergolas. A memorable experience.

House and Contents: The house which originally dates from the 15th Century has been completely renovated and newly furnished by us over the last 7 years and we think we have given the house a homely Tuscan feel. The house offers an exteremely high level of comfort and style, very comfortable beds, top class bed linen,exquisite carpets, well stocked kitchen, very powerful showers and comfortable settees.Library with 500/600 books. 3 private Pergolas dotted around the gardens which will ensure that you can relax on your own when necessary. All of these pergolas have first class garden furniture.

The house is nestled amonst lush green hills and rolling countryside and offers unrivalled private and uninterrupted views of the countryside. The house is located in a nature reserve and there are many examples of magnificent eagles flying around in the thermals. It is impossible to build new houses in this region as regional authorities want this area to remain as it was for hundreds of years.

Broadband wireless internet access available throughout the house - we fought against installing this but due to pressure from younger members of the family............we gave in!

We have striven to restore the house sympathetically, in the Tuscan manner whilst at the same time giving it 21st Century facilities. Most of the house contents are handmade to the highest quality by local Tuscan artisans. You will find the essentials such as olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, salt pepper etc. etc. in the kitchen. Please feel free to use these items and if you run out just replace what you have used so that the next family to use the house can avail of the facilities.

Exclusive use of the private pool.: The 12m X 6M pool sits on the edge of a terrace overlooking the Tuscan hills just below the house. The area whilst being very close to the house is private.There is a vine pergola close by where you and your party can enjoy evening drinks watching the sun set or pick the grapes just above your head. The pool is for the exclusive and private use of guests during their stay at the house. It has a solar cover which ensures that the water temperature is very comfortable and relaxing. The area around the pool is fenced and gated to ensure the safety of little children.There is a magnicent professionally landscaped garden overlooking the pool with a colourful variety of shrubs and flowers. The pool and the area around it can be lit up at night so that you can enjoy a midnight swim if you feel like it. There is a power plug on the wall so as you swim listen to your favourite music. Cold shower by the pool for cooling down.

This area is also a wonderful vantage point to watch the sun rise in the morning and see the skies lit up with the colours only seen in Tuscany - be inspired like the renaissance painters!

Places of Interest:

Le Celle - just about 1km outside Cortona as you drive towards our house there is a little road to the left signposted to Le Celle. Le Celle is an old (still working) Franciscan monastery which appears to be carved out of the side of the mountain. It is a place of serenity, simplicity and beauty and if you can spare an hour or so to explore it you will experience peace and serenity itself.St. Francis passed through here on his way to Assisi and founded the monastery. There is a little cell where he slept and prayed and on seeing this you will appreciate what a simple uncomplicated life he led. There is a book in the library which gives the history of the monastery. There are services there on Sunday mornings and even if you are not Catholic you feel welcome in this holy place.

Cortona:

Cortona is a wonderful magical little place, narrow winding streets,full of restaurants,Trattoria and shops and a hugely impressive Etruscan museum which is definitely worth a visit.

There are usually open air concerts during the summer in the Piazza Signorelli (named after a famous renaissance painter who was born in Cortona) - everything from a jazz/blues band to the Carabinieri band doing their thing to operatic festivals.

The Commune di Cortona put on music/art/wine tasting/vineyard visiting festivals each year - most of these are free - details available from the Tourist office situated just inside the MAEC museum entrance in Piazza Signorelli. Cortona Antiques fair every September. Giostra del Saracino also in nearby Arezzo every September.

In fact almost every village and town in the area have their own Festa during the months of June/July/August and September.Full details of all these Festas are available from the Tourist.

Lake Trasimeno:

Located south of Cortona in the Province of Umbria this is the 4th biggest lake in Italy and was the scene of a famous battle between the Carthiginian army of Hannibal and the Roman Legions in and around 200 BC. Hannibal defeated a much larger Roman army on the shores of this lake during his famous campaign with the elephants. Plenty of books about this in the library!

On the shores of the lake there is a little town, Castiglion del Lago. Wonderful little restaurants specialising in Umbrian food and wine and with a particular emphasis on fish dishes.

All the famous Tuscan towns such as Florence, Cortona, Siena,Pisa, San Gimignano, Montepulciano are within easy reach of the house.

Shopping: There is an excellent Coop supermarket in Camucia, the new town just below Cortona - open all day.. You will be able to do all your grocery shopping here. In addition to a vast selection of groceries and vegetables there is a fabulous meat counter, deli counter and fresh fish counter. They stock a very good selection of wine, beers and bottles of Prosecco for the wine cooler start at about €3.00.

There is also an off licence known locally as the Yellow House or Casa Gialla - yes it is painted yellow! This is just outside Camucia as you drive towards Terontola, on the left side of the road past the last roundabout. They sell a very good selection of top class wines and if you don't feel ilke spending a lot of money you can buy good locally produced box wine there.

Cortona Shopping:

Molesini's in Piazza Republica - The main Piazza in Cortona - If you don't feel ilke a big shop Molesini have a good selection of cheeses, meats, salamis and general groceries etc. They will make up a panini for you on the spot with whatever you want in it. Across the road the Molesini family also own an off licence with a very good selection of wines.

Pasta Fresca - Cortona - just 100 metres on the right inside Porta Colonnia - this lady makes home made pasta to die for - home made lasagne and all kinds of Italian sauces. This year she is also opening a Rosticceria in the same shop so if you want a succulent roast chicken this is the place to go. Phone numbers are in the guide in the house.

Local Shopping: There is a little shop in Portole just 3km away from the house beside Albergo Ristorante Portole where you can get the essentials if you run out.This is run in Summer months by the Hotel owners mother who comes up from Florence every year to get the air. Have a Capuchino and a panino at the tables outside with a magnificent view looking towards Lake Trasimeno.

Markets:

Camucia market is held every Thursday from 8.00am to 1.00pm. Usual Italian fare everything from a needle to a rotovator!

Get a porchetta panini made up for yourself at one of the many stalls. Porchetta is a Tuscan delight - a whole pig is spit roasted , stuffed with lots of herbs. Mouth watering!

Restaurants: Cortona is full of delightful restaurants - there is a full guide to most of them in the house. Children are welcome at all restaurants.Best to book most in advance during July and August so as not to be disappointed.

Albergo Ristorante Portole just 3 km from the house also have an outside terrace for dining in Summer months.

Dinner Party at the house!

Our neighbour who is truly excellent cook will cook for your party at the house a 3/4/5 course meal which is as good if not better than most restaurants. She comes to the house, brings her own fresh ingredients from their farm and cooks the most mouth watering dishes -all served to you at the table. If you want to watch her weave her magic in the kitchen feel free to do so and she washes up afterwards! She will require a few days notice to do this and will take into account any dietary preferences of members of your group.

We have lots of other bits and pieces of information on the house, the area which we have put together over the past 10 years which we will gladly share with you.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Villa Gioia (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Italian

Reviews

4.9
based on 24 holidaymaker reviews

Classic Tuscan villa -Private pool overlooking golden Tuscan terraces, Internet
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews
5

Best Quality villa you could ever rent!

  • 5 of 5

This year we have had two villa holidays. The first was in a James Villa ( best of ) in Majorca. The second in this Tuscan Villa. We booked James before to Guarantee the quality - how wrong we were!

This Villa surpasses any Best of James Villa. It has a lovely setting in the mountains, great pool and great accommodation. Also you actually feel that you are staying in a friends house as the villa is extremely homely and welcoming. The Kitchen is full of the essentials - herbs, preserves, coffee etc, the book shelf and video drawer full of interesting reads and films. The water is wonderfully hot and the shower pressure is fantastic. And very important - wonderfully comfortable beds and very good quality linen!

We had a great week - helped by the owners friendly brother Luca he was available to organise restaurants and taxis and with the neighbour Jolande who cooked two incredible Tuscan meals for us - at a very reasonable price!

All who stay here will be delighted!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Peter - we are delighted you and your party enjoyed the house, the area and the food! And delighted you rate us ahead of the Best of James Villa! This makes it all the more worthwhile for us as we really strive to make sure that all our guests really relax in a warm comfortable environment.
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5

Wonderful views, beautiful gardens, characterful and homely villa.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week in this beautiful property. It is in a very quiet location, high up in the hills above Cortona. The gardens are sublime, with massed planting of lavender, rosemary, sage and jasmine scenting the air. The views are even better than the photos suggest. There are several terraces with comfortable seating, so you can always find a quiet spot for a meal or to read a book. The pool was excellent, with a generous terrace, comfortable sun loungers, umbrellas and fabulous views. It was clean and well maintained, and the water was never too cold to enjoy a swim. The villa itself is full of character, and feels like a well loved family home. It is not smart, but is comfortable and well equipped.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful reflections of your stay there Ian and Sally. We are so glad you enjoyed the house, gardens and pool. Because the house is in a national park area no one is allowed to build any new houses so what is there has been there for hundreds of years and if the Commune of Cortona have their way that's how it will be in hundreds of years from now. We use the house a lot ourselves and leave it feeling like a house and not a rental so that people can relax and feel at home there. Because of the location of the house it gets on average 14 hours of sun each day and the pool is perfectly positioned to take advantage of that. I can still imagine seeing legions of Roman soldiers trudging along the old Roman roads in the area but that is probably helped by having an extra glass of Sangiovese!
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5

excellent pool and gardens with wonderful, panoramic views

  • 5 of 5

Lovely villa which is well-equipped which is particularly suitable for two couples. Garden and pool are exceptionally good with well-planted terraces overlooking a stunning panorama. The pool is lovely with a very effective solar cover which ensured the temperature of the water was very pleasant. Very quiet and peaceful and ideal for those looking for complete peace. The owner`s brother was very helpful with suggestions for good local restaurants, trips etc. Well-placed for trips to Florence and Siena. Cortona is a delight with much to explore with the added benefit of being a very scenic drive from the villa.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Caroline, so glad you and your party enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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4

Gorgeous views and gardenS with complete privacy

  • 4 of 5

The villa has a well equipped kitchen, many lovely spots to sit and read or enjoy the view and a beautifully landscaped pool area. The trip to Cortonna is longer than expected because of the winding mountain roads, but the hiking trails connected to the old Roman road and the Passo Cerventosa were fantastic and offered a variety of scenic vistas. The nearby restaurant at Porthole was an unexpected bonus.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Linda, the old Roman roads parts of which are still there to this day are a wonder especially when you consider the many people who have trodden these roads over the centuries. The local Commune have done wonders in mapping out the roads and they are well laid out for tourists. Cortona is about a 15 minute drive from the house- the road is winding and slows you down enough to appreciate the beautiful scenery especially the view towards Lake Trasimeno. Portole restaurant is a delight and the owner and his staff are more than welcoming especially for families.
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5

Beautiful setting for a family get together

  • 5 of 5

If you want a perfect example of a quintessential Tuscan Villa them this is it! High in the hills above Cortona, the gentle breeze together with the beautiful surroundings were a welcome relief after hot August days exploring surrounding Tuscany. The villa is spacious and has absolutely everything you might need from a washing machine and dishwasher to the most amazing wall mounted bottle opener! There are lots of spaces to take yourself off to inside and out if you are feeling like a bit of solitude and equally there are shady terraces perfect for socialising, which we did plenty of! If you are after an impersonal slick villa this is not the place for you. However if you want a charming home full of beautiful things this is it!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You Carol for your kind words. I am so glad it worked out for you and your family and even your 20 something son who is more Ibiza than Tuscany!! We always try to offer that little bit more and take care of you when you rent our house. That bottle opener you referred to was given to us by an engineer friend who designed and made it but never took it any further.We have used it on many occasions and it has never failed to open a bottle!!
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amazing trip

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing holiday in the villa. It was more than we expected. Even though it was winter, the house was remarkably warm using the stoves, and it was a fun experience. The views were stunning and the house itself was perfect. Cooking in the kitchen was one of the best parts of our trip. We will definitely be back, in the summer so we can use that beautiful. pool!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Erin and we are glad you enjoyed the house and the area. In winter as in summer the villa has a serenity about it that we fell in love with when we embarked on our Tuscan adventure many years ago. Amongst ourselves,we call it the healing house as many who have stayed there have come away feeling refreshed and invigorated! We look forward to welcoming you back in the summer in the not too distant future.
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Location

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Perugia
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Portole/Teverina
Nearest Ferry
150 Kilometres
Grosseto
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Camucia
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
A1 exit Valdichiana
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Albergo Ristorante Portole
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Monte Amiata
Nearest Beach
140 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Exquisite villa with an exclusively private pool overlooking lush green rolling Tuscan hills within a short distance of magical Cortona, the jewel of Tuscany with its narrow winding streets and Piazza's full of life and activity. Home of Under the Tuscan Sun book and film.Enjoy traditional Italian markets as in Cortona and Camucia. Enjoy the magnificent pool and gardens while sipping a glass of chilled Prosecco under the pool pergola. Relax by the pool and listen to your favourite Italian arias.

With easy access to Florence, Siena,Pisa, San Gimignano, the Chianti region, Montepulciano and a host of other historic Tuscan towns and cities this house is perfect for exploring the region.

Have our neighbour cook a fabulous dinner party for your group at the house - watch her weave her magic in the kitchen with fresh produce from their farm.

Get up at 6.00 am to watch the sun rise and see what inspired the renaissance painters - the colours are breathtaking.

Other Activities: Cortona

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Cortona, Cortona area

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
July/August 2016
2 Jul 2016 - 26 Aug 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,050
for 7 nights
£2,050
 
 
September 2016
27 Aug 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
 
October / November 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 25 Nov 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,650
for 7 nights
£1,650
 
 
Christmas/ New Year 2016/2017
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,050
for 7 nights
£2,050
 
 
June 2017
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
 
July/August 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,050
for 7 nights
£2,050
 
 
September 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
 
October/ November 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 1 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
 
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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,650
for 7 nights
£1,650
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £400
Final cleaning £100

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Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 250 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom one just off the master bedroom, with bath,shower, hand basin, toilet and bidet. Bathroom two is ensuite to the downstairs bedroom with wash hand basin, toilet and shower. Bathroom three is just off the library and serves general purpose and bedroom three and contains wash hand basin, toilet and shower. All bathrooms are modern and fully tiled.Water pressure on all showers is excellent.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , This is located in the mezzanine to cater for overflows.
  • Master bedroom has a large double bed in cherry wood, two bedside cabinets with lamps and one big wardrobe. Bedroom has original beamed ceiling and floor of traditional cotto. Exquisite rug by bed. Windows looking out towards the pool and the Tuscan/Umbrian hills.Bathroom , shower and bidet beside this bedroom.Electic fan. Bedroom two downstairs has two single beds and a double, bedside cabinets, wardrobe and private entrance leading out to the garden and the wisteria covered pergola.There is an en suite bathroom with shower. Bedroom three is above the library, one double bed with bedside cabinets, exquisite rug,wardrobe and private terrace overlooking Val Tiberina where you can have your morning cappuccino and admire the stunning views. 4th bedroom is an overflow one and is in the gallery over the dining room
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Kitchen:Fully fitted kitchen with marble topped work surfaces - island work station with butchers block. Big selection of pots, pans, crockery for your gourmet meals. Full range of cutlery,crockery - everything you will need during your stay. Prepare your food inside and take it out to eat - choice of 3 pergolas to choose from -or use the bbq to cook outside. A local woman, with an extensive range of culinary skills is available to come to the house and cook for you and your party. This is an extra cost,not expensive, but well worth the experience. Previous guests to the house have commented that she prepared an amazing 4 course traditional Tuscan meal - everthing cooked from fresh produce grown on her farm -right before your eyes and if you want to get involved in the cooking she will be happy to show you how it is done. Have your own private dinner party served to you on the pergola overlooking the terraces and the pool.

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