|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Vacation in a Renaissance Painting. . .
Il Rifugio... where you will enjoy privacy, serenity and spectacular views. Unwind in this 17th century farmhouse on fifty-six acres of gardens, fields, woodlands and centuries-old terraced olive groves.
Il Rifugio is comprised of a seventeenth century stone farmhouse and 56 acres of private land. The house is situated on the edge of an ancient olive grove located above the village of Montanare in the community of Cortona in Tuscany, Italy. Cortona is just 10 minutes away by car.
Il Rifugio has two charming buildings: one is the main house, which has ten rooms plus 4-1/2 bathrooms, and the other is a small cottage, a few steps from the kitchen, with a laundry room and a bedroom with a bathroom.
Upstairs in the main house are four bedrooms: a master bedroom with a double bed, en suite bathroom and a second bedroom with a double bed and en suite bathroom; two other bedrooms with en suite bathrooms each with single beds that can be made up as doubles; and a common sitting room with a fireplace.
Downstairs is a large kitchen with a fireplace, separate walk-in pantry, dishwasher, five-burner stove with two ovens, a refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, American coffee machine, enough pots and pans for cooking gourmet meals, and an outdoor pizza oven.
Also downstairs is a half bath, sitting room, formal dining room and a living room with a large fireplace fitted with a cast-iron wood-burning stove.
The cottage has a laundry room with a washer, dryer and deep sink, and a bedroom with two single beds and an en suite bathroom.
Il Rifugio can accommodate up to ten people comfortably, with ample space for privacy.
There is plenty of garden furniture and a pergola on the spacious stone terrace for eating or relaxing outdoors, with spectacular views of the surrounding olive grove and the rural valley below.
Utilities are included in the rental price. Of course the house is completely cleaned and supplied with fresh towels, soap, bed linens and basic supplies before you arrive and every week. Additional maid service during the week can be arranged at a minimal cost depending on the number of guests. Additional services, such as private city and winery tours, Tuscan garden tours, private in-house dinners, cooking school, wine or olive oil tasting, etc., can be prearranged at the time of booking.
Keywords: Villa, Farmhouse, Casa, House, Home
In 1988 my wife Shirley and I decided to travel the length of Italy by train to Sicily where all of my grandparents were born. It was also a transition time for me as I was leaving the corporate IT world and starting a one person business as a software developer. The seed was planted on that train ride passing through the Tuscan countryside. The rural terrain spotted with old stone farmhouses in varying degrees of decay struck a deep cord within me. The dream faded away when I woke up upon returning from vacation and had a business to get up and running.
In 2000 I was getting tired of what I was doing and revisited my dream from 12 years ago. I came to Siana for about five weeks and visited a different town every couple of days. I finally decided on Cortona and came back in 2001 to stay for five weeks to get to know the area and confirm my previous feelings about the town and the area. I talked to some real estate agents to check out the market and have some properties to look at knowing Shirley was coming out later.
After looking at several properties we went to see a property we knew was outside of our budget. As soon as we walked on the property it was like getting hit in the chest with two open hands. I was physically taken back and instantly knew this was the property we have been looking for. We just looked at each other and said, 'whatever it takes...'
In 2001 we started the purchase process. In 2002 we finalized the purchase and started a cosmetic restoration. In 2003 we had our first guests. Splitting my time between Cortona and Santa Barbara got old, so in the Spring of 2005 Shirley early retired, I wound down my business, we put our house in Santa Barbara on the market and moved here permanently.
We were never running away from anything but rather running to something we found in Cortona. We very much like the culture, lifestyle and of course meeting and accommodating our guests. Any regrets? Yes. I wish I did it 20 years sooner.
Chuck Ofria purchased this villa in 2001
"Il Rifugio was wonderful!"
"Our expectations, based on your excellent website and the comments of others, were high. The site, geographic location, house and garden layout, building quality, landscaping, interior arrangements and fitout exceeded every expectation and satisfied every wish. You have been so thoughtful in catering to your visitors needs and your housekeeping team is obviously a dedicated crowd. Please pass on to Terri, the gardeners and others involved in the upkeep our thanks and admiration - it's a particular mystery how the plantings have developed (from earlier photos on the website) and look so good with the minimal rainfall of a couple of typical Tuscan summers.
Wishing you every good luck with the pool saga! I hope we may recommend Il Rifugio to our friends? We certainly couldn't imagine a better place to spend another sojourn in Italy - hope we will be able to one day."
Great sunsets, and Sightseeing, Cooking classes, Wine or olive oil tasting, Private tours and Language classes can be scheduled, In house Dinners, supplemental Maid services and child care can also be arranged, Bicycle, Scooter and car rentals are close by, There is also Swimming, Sailing and Fishing at Lake Trasimeno, just 20 minutes away and Golfing about 35 minutes away, Centrally located near many small Etruscan hill-top towns, Just 1-1/2 hours by train to Florence, 2 hours to Rome
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Nov 1 2014 - May 1 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
There is a tourist tax we are obligated to collect for the city of Cortona. The tax is 2 Euro per person per day for the first 4 days of any stay. For example; the tax for a group of 6 people staying at Il Rifugio for one week would should pay 6 people X 4 days X 2 Euro = 48 Euro.
Full amount due at time of booking.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.