Halfway up a valley, and commanding breathtaking views over the rolling landscape of the Val di Chiana to the mountain range dominated by Monte Amiata, the Casa del Mulino enjoys a secluded setting with no buildings overlooking the house or swimming pool. Pool available most months (not in Off Peak Season). This farmhouse, built over 200 years ago and sensitively restored over the past 30 years, stands in extensive grounds. These include a 'secret garden' with statues and surrounded by a wisteria covered pergola, classically inspired parkland with a 'temple' and monuments, and a woodland hollow with a stream running through it and flowers on its banks. It is a fine location for walks and bird watching. Ideally situated to discover lesser known towns and sites in southern Tuscany and nearby Umbria, it is also within easy reach of the famous centres. Seasonal pleasures vary from birdsong and wild flowers in spring and early summer to the grape harvest in autumn. While the house has a rustic setting, wireless internet is available.
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- Min. Stay7 nights
Rural, secluded farmhouse near Cortona, Tuscany, for up to 8 people
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- English, Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 9 Jul 2018
Novelist and art historian who bought the house to enjoy with family in the heart of Renaissance Italy. The family has many connections to Italy and has had the house for over 40 years.
Owner purchased this Farmhouse in 1974
Why Owner chose Cortona
The location is quiet, private and secluded but with great views and plenty of space for children to play safely. The hillside setting is perfect in the hotter months with cooling breezes. Many of the major sights are within an hour's drive in all directions. Shops and train station (to Rome, Florence) are only a 10 minute drive away. Close to Cortona, a fascinating and bustling town with Etruscan origins, which regularly holds artistic, musical and culinary festivals.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The property and pool is rented for exclusive use of one group and is not overlooked so very private. There are many countryside walks in the hills and also perfect for cycling and horse riding.
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100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
A memorable, idiosyncratic house - a one-off
Casa del Mulino is a real find in that it is not a characterless creation catering to tourists, it is the much-loved house, and even more importantly, garden of a British art historian who has, over 40 years, imagined it, planned it, tended it – people who stay in it now can enjoy the results of all that labour. The garden is a combination of eighteenth-century English idyll and Italian dream. We loved the sublime view of Mount Amiata, perfectly framed by cypresses, and the garden of the four seasons, with its plentiful pots of white geraniums. We loved the many places you can sit (we experimented with having, at one dinner, each course at a different table). The pool is pretty basic - you can't jump or dive into it but it is deliciously cool and well maintained. The furniture within the house is solid, dated but not unsympathetic (though I have encountered more comfortable beds and squashier pillows in my time). The house and its grounds feel private although neighbours are close by and Cortona within easy reach. An ideal base for visiting Arezzo, Sansepolcro etc and seeing the tremendous Piero della Francescas. Good horse riding nearby and further afield.
What a beautiful place!
What a beautiful setting; I was overwhelmed by its loveliness. It was hard to leave this place to go off and visit the many lovely places nearby. Just sitting looking out across the valley, smelling the sweet lavender and herb smells of the garden and listening to the gentle bells of the nearby church would have been enough. The pool was a welcome change of scene as was taking in the various vistas dotted around the large and infinitely interesting gardens. We felt so lucky to be here. The proximity to Cortona (walkable, with stout shoes and a determined uphill grind) was a plus - we could have filled several afternoons mooching around, looking in churches and the (very good) museum with a breathtakingly beautiful Fra Angelica Annunciation. In Cortona there are restaurants to suit all budgets as well as a handy, well stocked supermarket with a good deli counter. We were a little unadventurous in our trips out (the pull of the house was so strong) but, aside from Cortona itself,we visited Arezzo for the frescos as well as Lake Trasimeno for a good castle, lake swimming and boat ride to the island and managed a day trip (easy) to Florence.
We (adults and children) had such a lovely time here, I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
Great place for a family hoiday
We are a family of five adults and used the Farmhouse as a base both to relax and to explore Tuscany. The Farmhouse was very comfortable and clean, and had more than ample space to spread out. Once the shutters were open, there was plenty of light to flood in. We used the outside dining area every night, playing cards and drinking the local red wine.
There are numerous outside sitting areas as well as the pool so we were able to take advantage of fabulous May weather. The gardens are very beautiful.
The road up to the farmhouse is very narrow and take a little getting used to, and we didn't do it at nightime, but it was all part of the adventure. Definitely require a car. We used it every day - travelling out to various towns.
We were provided with plenty of information about the local area and very good restaurant recommendations. All correspondence with the manager was prompt and honest. We felt as though we were well looked after.
In summary, a great family holiday with comfortable accommodation and we would definitely stay here again. .
A Magical Setting
We had a wonderful stay at the Casa del Mulino and its beautiful setting was the perfect place to relax and explore the wonderful countryside around us. The very personal touches that make the gardens so special have created a wonderful haven for people and creatures to enjoy, like the fireflies that produced a dazzling display each evening.
Authentic Italian country side holiday
I visited Casa Mulino with a group of friends and my sister in 2014. The place is absolutely stunning. Especially the garden is just amazing, spread over 4 levels with lots of different little sitting areas to enjoy life outside. The house has three different entrances giving everyone their privacy if you visit in a bigger group. Highly recommended. You do need a car though.
Perfect Vacation at Casa del Mulino
My husband and I had a perfect vacation at Casa del Mulino, which is a quiet secluded retreat in the hills of Tuscany near Cortona, but within striking distance of Florence, Perugia, and Siena. We had many memorable meals with a great bottle of local wine at home on the veranda, with spectacular views, but also in Cortona, when we did not feel like cooking. Locally there is great biking and hiking as well as Etruscan ruins. I would highly recommend this to couples but also
families, or couples with friends. We definitely want to go back again. The weather in October was warm with only a little bit of rain,
but never for an entire day. We would have gone swimming if the pool had not been closed for the season. Casa del Mulino was what made our vacation; it was lovely to come back to after a day touring.
We are so glad you enjoyed so much our house and that you found a home away from home in Cortona! Often October does have lovely weather with warm days and just the hint of autumn, and you get to see the olives on the trees not long before they are picked. I'm sorry that you couldn't use the pool but we close it in early September as it doesn't get enough use to justify keeping it open, and it gets too many leaves in it.
We are big fans of the local wine and have seen it improve over the 40 years that we have had the house.
We hope you come back soon.
Special interest holidays:
The house is tranquil and ideally situated for walking, wildlife, painting, horse riding, mountain biking in hills etc. For flowers, spring is best. The grape harvest is at the end of September and olive picking takes place in late October.
Beaches on the Tuscan coast at 90 miles. Lake Trasimeno (30 minutes by car) with sandy beaches for swimming, pinewoods - pedal boats and cycles for hire.
Pisa at 95 miles.
Rome at 125 miles.
Florence (Peretola) at 65 miles.
Perugia at 30 miles.
Cortona 3 miles, Arezzo 19 miles, Siena 44 miles, Florence 64 miles, Perugia 32 miles, Assisi 44 miles, Rome 128 miles, Pienza 28 miles, Orvieto 59 miles, Montepulciano 20, Lake Trasimeno 12 miles.
Local shops, restaurants, supermarkets, banks and traditional street markets can be found in Camucia (2 miles) or Cortona (3 miles) as well as in the nearest city, Arezzo (19 miles).
Booking Notes: When you book, we will send you details. Half of the total amount is payable by bank transfer. Receipt of this confirms booking. The remainder is due two months before the start of the stay. We accept payment in GB pounds. Changeover Day: Saturday. Previous guests leave at 10 am to allow preparation of house. New guests arrive at 5 pm. Notes on prices: Prices depend on time of year. Different parts of the house will be opened, depending on the size of the group: for 1-2 people - upper floor; for 3-6 people - two floors; for 7-8 people - all rooms. We only let to one group at a time so house, pool and grounds are for the exclusive use of that group. The pool is available at all times except Off Peak Season.