House in Orciatico, Nr Lajatico and Volterra. - Peaceful Location , woodland fringes wonderful views
About Janis Cauthery
Piers and Janis live in Wilmcote a village near Stratford Upon Avon, in the UK. They purchased the property in January 2014. They fell in love with Tuscany on a visit in 2013 and decided to search for a property where they could spend time with their family and friends. They were lucky to find Casa Colomba . It is in the delightful hilltop village of Orciatico, which is peaceful and unspoilt . It is great for walking and bird watching and is well located for touring around Tuscany.Ideal base to stay for the concert of Andrea Bocelli at The Teatro el Silenzio. The concert can be seen from the house. Since purchasing the property , they have installed a complete new damp course, fitted fly screens and decorated inside and out. We have had a new driveway built so access and parking is easier. There is now space for 3 car. In 2017 we put ina swimming pool with wonderful views.
Janis Cauthery purchased this House in 2014
Why Janis Cauthery chose Orciatico
We love Tuscany. The lifestyle, the food, the landscape and the wonderful places to visit . The location is so peaceful with the most spectacular views.There are so many places to explore and the location is ideally suited for peace and quiet with easy access to the more traditional tourist towns and cities. There are also some lovely little medieval towns within a short drive . There are wonderful walks through the woods directly from the cottage gates.
What makes this House unique
The location is unique .So peaceful yet just a short walk to the local bar run as a co-operative by the locals . There are wonderful views even even whilst you swim. Fantastic woodland walks that go on for miles.The Astronomical Observatory is just up the hill see their website . http://www.astronomicalcentre.org/
Pool / Spa
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Delightful Italian home in gorgeous location
We all enjoyed a lovely relaxing September week at Casa Columba, a real home from home with so many thoughtful touches to make our stay really comfortable. And as for the view, the photos really don't do it justice, it's breathtakingly gorgeous and hard to tear yourself away from! The weather was very kind to us so we spent many happy hours enjoying the numerous seating areas on the terrace or having a refreshing dip in the pool. Fillipo was the perfect caretaker, good fun and very helpful with his excellent English and local knowledge, making restaurant bookings for us to sample the delicious local food and wine. There are so many beautiful places to visit in the area, we could only manage a few but enjoyed day trips to Volterra, San Gimigano and Lucca.
We all returned from Casa Columba with fully recharged batteries, it was the perfect place for a relaxing holiday!
Thank you for your lovely review. So glad that you had a lovely week at Casa Colomba
A little bit of paradise
Casa Colomba exceeded our hopes and expectations. The views are incredible (the photos don’t do it justice). The pool and gardens are kept immaculately clean and the house is also spotless, cosy but has plenty of space for a family of 5 (including 2 adult children). There is so much to see and do in the surrounding area. Volterra and Lucca were highlights for us and we didn’t have a disappointing meal throughout the 2 weeks of our stay. We wanted a relaxing, lovely family holiday before our eldest sets off travelling and our middle child starts Uni in a couple of weeks. That is exactly what we got and made some great family memories along the way.
Wonderful views, great pool and would recommend to anyone! Excellent location for sight seeing
A great experience and holiday
So glad you had a great time . Thank you for you review
What a Gem!!!!
Let me start by saying the pictures don't do justice to what you actually see, the views of the Tuscan country side are absolutely breathtaking. The weather was perfect, hot outside but cool in the house and the pool was great for us and our kids. The house itself was the perfect size for us our 2 teenage kids and another couple that met us for a few days, it is fully equipped with everything you would need, really a home away from home.
The near by town of Orciatico is only a 5 min walk and has a small store , bar and a great family owned restaurant we ate at twice. Our favourite was the wonderful and art filled town of Lajatico which is about 3 km away and can be seen from the house. Just an amazing little find close by with great shops and a family run restaurant called Nello's where the food is all homemade and absolutely to die for, definitely a must try if you rent this house. It is also a wine lovers paradise, with vineyards every five minutes when you are driving . It was a great place as a home base for doing wine tastings at one of the hundreds of vineyards and to visit Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano or many of the amazing little hill top towns in the area.
I would highly recommend Casa Colomba to anyone wanting to visit the Tuscan country side or if you just want to have a wonderful home to kick back and relax at.
Thank you so much Janis for opening up your wonderful home for us to enjoy.
Rod and Kari
Thank you for such a lovely review. We are so glad that you love Casa Colomba as much as we do. Lajatico is also our favourite place . Thank you again
Lovely house with amazing views
What a great find. Case Columba is a lovely ‘home from home’. Very clean with all you need to hand for a superb holiday. Close to many Tuscany attractions but so utterly peaceful. Good pool and those amazing views. If you are considering just ‘do it ‘. You won’t be disappointed
Thank you for you lovely review . So glad that you enjoyed your stay. We love our holiday home and are so glad others do as well .
Its always, always about location, location, location
Whilst the house itself is very comfortable and has pretty much everything you would need for a holiday stay including a decent kitchen with a good quantity of utensils/crockery etc , good library and satellite telly, it is the views from the outside spaces that really provide the " wow factor " This part of Tuscany is blessed with the rolling farmlands that you look for and this house affords tremendous views of them all the way up towards Pisa and over towards Lanterra. There are several tables and chairs positioned outside village allowing you to focus on any aspect of the view you wish. The pool is obviously a big draw and it is a hardship to sit with your feet cooling whilst looking over to Lajatico - truly blissful. Orciatico itself is a charming unspoilt village which you must pass through to reach the house. Although it is truly steep the road is fine for driving and for walking ( 10 mins down 15/20 back ! ) Being 45-50 mins from Pisa Airport it is an straightforward drive away and is a good point to travel from and explore all around. Throw in friendly neighbours and you have the receipe for a perfect holiday - just like we had.
Thank you for the lovely review
Special interest holidays:
We are able to provide Art course with an Artist who has a degree in History of Art from Cambridge University .
Our local agent arranges bespoke tours and would be more than happy to organise one for you if you so wish. He is Italian but speaks very good english.
The nearest beach is a Cecina, 45 minute drive. This has an excellent beaches, and a fantastic waterpark .
There are excellent outdoor swimming pools at nearby Chianni and Peccioli.
Pisa airport is 45 minutes. A car is essential.
25 minute drive to Volterra and San Gimignano.
1 and a half hour drive to Florence and Siena
Orciatico has a very friendly bar, where you can pick up all the local gossip. You can also buy a bottle of local wine for 5 Euros and collect a refill for 2euros. It has a general store , delicatessen and a very good restaurant which opens in high season.There are several good restaurants near by .
In nearby Lajatico there is a bank, post office and a weekly market on a Wednesday .There are four restaurants in and around Lajatico. Lajatico is the home town of Andre Bocelli where he has a concert for one night every year in the Teatro del Silenzio . This can be seen from Casa Colomba .La Rosa about twenty minutes away has more shops