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 Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992

Wild-yet-tame 16th C. farmhouse w/ private pool amidst woodlands + olive groves

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Character farmhouse sleeps 6. Sun-kissed private pool. Perfect for cultural/ historic/culinary tours, hikes, relaxing

IN A NUTSHELL:

'La Madonna del Bagno' is the last house on the hill above the village of Pergo. First and foremost, it is a family home, set in the midst of olive groves, woodlands and with its own pool. With three bedrooms (sleeping 6), a cozy living area, and open plan kitchen/dinning room, the house gives onto a large garden with a swimming pool at the bottom (which is for exclusive use of the guests).

The house is attached to a rarely used church featuring an ancient fresco of a breast-feeding Madonna, symbolic of the location’s Etruscan and Roman roots and the 2000 year-old fame of the hill’s waters. Few places are more peaceful than here, with its views of olive groves, hillsides and valleys and its sounds of birds and leaves. The thick ancient walls keep out the summer heat and winter cold and its wooden ceiling beams and terracotta-tiled floors reflect the care given to respecting its architectural tradition. With WIFI available on site, it is 2 kms from Pergo supermarket/bar/pizzeria; 10 mins from Cortona with its restaurants, museums, music festivals, art exhibitions, shops and a vibrant summer time street nightlife; and 15 mins from the main railway connecting Florence + Rome. Numerous Tuscan and Umbrian towns of interest all within easy reach: Siena, Perugia, Montepulciano, Assisi, Arezzo, Pienza, Montalcino – to name a few. Hiking, sports, horse-riding all within easy reach.

FOR MORE DETAILS:

'La Madonna del Bagno' is the last house on the hill above the village of Pergo. First and foremost, it is a family home, with a pool, but it's also a uniquely located 16th Century restored farmhouse, that offers peace and quiet in the midst of the beautiful Tuscan countryside, surrounded by olive trees and wild oak and the seasonal wonders of Spanish broom and roses in spring, and lavender through the summer.

La Madonna del Bagno is a rustic, comfortable, well-loved home. It has original 500 year-old beamed ceilings and open fireplaces, terra cotta floors and soft hues, known for Tuscany, as well as a traditional wood oven. The house is attached to a rarely used church featuring an ancient fresco of a breast-feeding Madonna, symbolic of the location’s Etruscan and Roman roots and the 2000 year-old fame of the hill’s waters. Legend has it that the Greek hero Ulysses is buried in a nearby field.

Nestled in gardens and lawns, the house looks onto the Val di Chiana on one side, with Mount Amiata in the distance, and has wonderful views of the Val d’ Esse from the poolside.

The property is perfect for a family or group of friends to enjoy the true Tuscan experience. Only 10 minutes away from this peaceful haven lies Cortona, the famous medieval town, with centuries of stories being told by its walls and piazzas. Cortona enjoys a wide selection of restaurants, music festivals, art exhibitions, shops from luxury boutiques to local produce and a vibrant summer time street nightlife. As well as Cortona, there are an array of other Tuscan and Umbrian towns of interest all within easy reach: Siena, Perugia, Montepulciano, Assisi, Arezzo, Pienza, Montalcino – to name a few. None of these places demand more than an hour’s car ride, and many much less. Even Florence is just over an hour on the train.

Besides the historical, cultural and culinary delights, for the energetic, there are plenty of sporting opportunities – from wonderful hikes straight out the back door and up into the hills or down into the valleys below, golf on a brand new course, horse riding and water sports on nearby Lake Trasimeno.

Although the last house on the hill, it is still only 2 km away from the valley floor and the village of Pergo with shops selling all that is needed on a day to day basis (and more), a pizzeria and a bar/ café selling international newspapers, where you can enjoy your morning cappuchino. It’s 15 minutes from the main railway connecting Florence and Rome. It is at the centre of central Italy and yet is also perfectly apart.

The 3-floor building is divided into 2 self-contained apartments. The two upper floors consist of a large and comfortable sitting room, with its open fireplace, scores of books, TV/DVD player and numerous films, WIFI, an open plan kitchen/ dinning room, three bedrooms (1 king with ensuite bathroom, 1 double and 1 twin), along with an additional bathroom. The house opens out onto a large shaded terrace with garden chairs and a dinning table for 6, and an extensive lawn with the swimming pool equipped with lounging chairs and can be lit at night. A long wooden picnic table is carefully situated under a pine tree ensuring shade during the day, and for warm evenings, subtly lit-up for al-fresco dining. A barbeque is available.

Over the years the house has been equipped as per guest’s requests: BBQ, dishwashers, microwave, toaster, ice cream maker, kitchen appliances, ceiling/floor fans in bedrooms, television sets with dvd players.

The house comes with linen, bath and swimming towels. A weekly clean is included for those staying more than one week, while additional cleaning and cooking can be arranged (at extra cost). A baby cot, child’s bed and high chair are available.

The pool (8x4 m / roughly 26x13 ft) has a variety of lounging chairs, and is purposely placed to enjoy maximum sunshine. It has a specially designed etched out corner (2x2 m /roughly 6x6 ft), with wide steps for readers and paddlers, and can be lit at night. 
Pets are welcomed and dogs can be kept close and happy in the fenced and shady lower garden. Charcoal/ firewood for cooking/ heating is available, pool toys, dvds and books and any reasonable request may be placed in advance.

Both the pool and gardens are discreetly looked after, ensuring peace at all times.

We are happy to organise historical and cultural tours, guided walks, spa days, cooking, ceramics, riding, language and painting lessons.

Accessibility
- the upper unit is accessible to guests needing wheelchairs, although not designed as such. It is readily accessed with all facilities (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen/dining and sitting room) on the same level, and one step up onto the veranda and another to enter the house.

The lower floor is reserved for the landlords, although they frequently travel. The upper floors have their total privacy, with their own entrance, parking and exclusive use of the pool.

More Details

Owner
Thomas Simmons
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

About Thomas Simmons

Having moved around all our lives, this is 'home'. Acquired in the mid 1970s, as a derelict farmhouse, we've poured energies into its restoration, with a particularly keen eye to maintaining its architectural traditions and to working the land - tending the olive groves and oak woods, and creating relaxing spaces.

The olives, wood piles, lawns, fruit trees all call for attention, as do the surrounding hills in which we hike and bike, or Cortona or many of the surrounding towns where a morning cappuchino or an evening sun downer gives just the right accent to the day. Leah and Chiara were born in Kenya, went to school in Rome and now in the UK and relish in their weekends and holidays at "Il Bagno". We love it and haven't yet met anyone who doesn't also fall in love with its simplicity and beauty.

Thomas Simmons purchased this villa in 1970

Why Thomas Simmons chose Cortona

As fairly busy travellers for much of the year, La Madonna del Bagno provides the perfect relaxation - with its wild-yet-tame beauty, its invitation to be lazy or active, its remoteness as the last house on the hill while at the same time its accessibility to art, culture, food, and leisurely strolls in any of the surrounding towns.

It's home. The children love it. Friends and family want to come and come again.

What makes this villa unique

Peace and quiet, with easy access to cultural activities, hiking, horse-back riding, cycling, golf, water sports (including sailing), culinary delights of all types. shopping for food, clothes, etc.

You can easily stay-put, entertained and rested at the same time or explore the many attractions that the area has to offer.

Having sampled our olive oil (half litre provided), we are happy to sell you more to take home as the perfect Tuscan delicacy!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"I was going to email you to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at La Madonna del Bagno. Your house is beautiful and we had a super week. We had everything we could have asked for, Wi-fi was much appreciated and we couldn’t keep the children out of the pool. I do hope we looked after everything well for you. I think we’ll be back!, " Tracey, UK.



"We loved your house especially as it was not a 'holiday home'." Helga, Germany.



"Living in Rome, I go to lots of houses in Tuscany and Umbria, but yours is always my favorite one. It just has something so relaxing about it." Renata, Italy.
Apr 2011
  • 1 of 1

Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, wc, wash basin Bathroom to bedrooms 2+3 with bath/shower, wc, bidet, wash basin
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeping 6; Bedroom 1 - master bedroom with king size bed, on top floor, with ensuite shower/ toilet Bedroom 2 - twin beds Bedroom 3 - double bed, with shared bathroom
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Over the years the house has been equipped as per guest’s requests: BBQ, dishwashers, microwave, toaster, bread maker, ice cream maker, kitchen appliances, ceiling/floor fans in bedrooms, television sets with dvd players. Weekly cleaning is included (with linen change) for stays over a week, while additional cleaning and cooking can be arranged (at extra cost). A baby cot is available. The pool (8x4 metres +/-26x13 ft) has a variety of lounging chairs, and is purposely placed to enjoy maximum sunshine. It has a specially designed etched out corner (2x2 metres +/-6x6 ft), with wide steps for readers and paddlers. Pets are welcomed and dogs can be kept close and happy in the fenced and shady lower garden. Charcoal/ firewood for cooking/ heating is available, pool toys, dvds and books and any reasonable request may be placed in advance. We are happy to organise historical and cultural tours, guided walks, spa days, cooking, ceramics, riding, language and painting lessons. Outside: Well-tended gardens wrap the house, with an extensive lawn and the swimming pool on one side, overlooking the valley of Vallecchie, and a hedged/ fenced in smaller and shaded garden on the other side (suitable for retaining pets) overlooking the Val di Chiana. The gardens recede into the surrounding countryside with olive trees, oak woods and lavender as a backdrop. Pool is for guests and of course their friends. It can be lit up for night-time swimming. Pool chairs and recliners are provided. The upper floor has a large veranda, well shaded by mid-morning, with table and chairs for 6. A barbeque is available for outdoor cook ups. Utility Room: Clothes washing machine is located in the garage/ cantina. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen, towels and pool towels are provided. Weekly cleaning is provided for rentals of more than a week, while additional cleaning (with linen and towel change) can be organised (at additional cost). Other: The upper floors give onto a large and furnished terrace for al fresco dining, leading onto an extended lawn with a picnic table for 12 and digesting hammocks.

Reviews

5/5 -
(1 traveller review)

100% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Wild-yet-tame 16th C. farmhouse w/ private pool amidst woodlands + olive groves
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
5

Beautiful house, in a lovely setting with views across two valleys - also a great base for visiting

  • 5 of 5

The house was at the top of a small local road, it felt as if it was both in the middle of the country but also close to good shops and the local town of Cortona. We walked down to the bar at the bottom of the road (about 20 min walk) for breakfast on a number of mornings which was a friendly and lively place and then had a good walk back up the hill afterwards - good exercise!

The house is very pretty, situated right next to a wonderful small church. We were staying in the top half of the house and the owners were living on the ground floor. Because we had separate entrances and gardens we weren’t that aware of them - they were very friendly and welcoming and gave us some good tips on where to visit etc.

The house had everything we needed and felt very much like a home that was lovingly cared for - sometimes these places feel soulless having been designed purely to be let, and are bland and basic, this one by contrast was homely and comfortable with a great book collection which I dipped into and obviously they must have an African connection as there were many wonderful pictures etc around.

The kitchen was simple and old fashioned - but had a dishwasher which is important to me! Also had a good sized table where we ate every day. The sitting room had an amazingly huge fire place, we lit it many evenings and it was a real treat as we don’t have one at home. The bedrooms were comfortable and a perfectly good size. There was a good terrace outside the front door (which went straight into the kitchen) with a table and chairs. It looked out across the garden to the pool, across olive groves and pine trees to the other side of the valley. We sat out there a little but we were a little unfortunate with the weather and it wasn’t warm enough to eat out, I imagine it Is an amazing place for breakfast and lunch in warm and hot weather.

We visited the local town of Cortona which was a typical hilltop town with a couple of nice museums. We also had some great day trips to places I visited many years ago and was keen to see again - Siena, Orvieto, Assisi and Arezzo.

All in all it was an excellent holiday and I hope to go back to explore more next year - and would love to go back to this house - perhaps when we can be more sure of the weather and use the pool

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Location

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Perugia
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Andry Bar
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Castiglion del Lago
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Terontola
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
A1
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Pizzeria, various
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
Monte Amiata
Nearest Beach
180 Kilometres
Grosseto
Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

The famous Tuscan Argentario coastline, with the Parco dell’Uccellina, is a two-hour drive, through beautiful countryside. Closer to home - roughly 20 mins drive - is Lake Trasimeno, with its beaches and islands in the middle of the lake. Lake Trasimeno offers ferry rides to the islands, where there are restaurants, strolling on the beach or water sports such as sailing and paddle boats. There are playgrounds for children and various restaurants and bars in the area.

Travel:

Airports include Perugia 50 minutes door-to-door. Pisa 120 minutes. Florence 90 minutes. Rome (Fiumicino and Ciampino) 150 minutes. Ancona 120 minutes. Train stations include Terontola 10 minutes, connecting Rome and Florence; and Camucia 8 minutes.

Car hire is essential for day-to-day excursions, and we suggest you book one together with your flight for those coming from abroad.

Closest shops/bar/pizzeria are within walking distance (2 kms from valley floor, steep for heavy shopping bags).

Distances:

Pergo 2 km. Cortona 6 km. Trasimeno 20 km. Arezzo 30 km. Montepulciano 40 km. Pienza 45 km. Siena 60 km. Florence 85 km. Rome 200 km.

Further Details:

Two kms from the house is the village of Pergo where you can find a well-equipped supermarket with fresh produce; a lively bar/ cafe with people of many nationalities pass through and selling national and international newspapers; pizzeria; dentist and a few assorted shops.

Camucia offers most services such as the larger food chain stores (COOP, Eurostar, Penny Market), post office, banks and ATMs, hospital, hardware, clothes, launderettes, dry cleaning, etc. and has a large weekly market on Thursday mornings, where you find everything from farmer's wears, chickens, cut flowers, fruit and vegetables, salamis, cheeses, shoes, clothes, (quality) second-hand clothes, Provencal table cloths, and various crafts.

Cortona has a selection of fancy boutiques, the largest Etruscan museum in the area, art galleries, bars, ice cream shops, restaurants, exquisite walks and views of the Val di Chiana and a market on Saturday mornings, which is smaller than the Camucia market, but has much of the same. In August, Cortona hosts the Tuscan Sun Festival with art, music, operas and exhibitions.

"Le Celle" - a beautifully preserved monastery, that was frequently visited by Saint Francis, is beyond Cortona town on the way up to the Castello and the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Further along, on the way to Citta di Castello, is the "Castel Giraldo" restaurant, with magnificent views of the valleys below. It is also possible to walk down to the house from here, if you can organise the logistics.

Arezzo has numerous churches and places of interest, including the largest outdoor antique market in Europe, on the first Sunday of the month (except August).

Deruta, just beyond Assisi, offers extraordinary and beautiful hand-painted pottery. Perugia hosts a 10 day Umbrian Jazz Festival in July.

Photos

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Cortona, Arezzo Area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Rate 3
30 Jun 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,600
for 7 nights
£1,600
 
 
Rate 4
2 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
£953
for 5 nights
£1,334
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£711
for 4 nights
From
£178
£889
£2,667
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £88.91
Refundable Damage Deposit £444.57

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday or Saturday during the high season, with departures by 10am and arrivals between 4-8pm. When possible, we are flexible so do ask if you would prefer to arrive on another day. During off-season, there is much more flexibility. Please ask for rates out of the prescribed dates above.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
Ask Owner a Question
Available
Unavailable