For rent by owner; Il Rifigio (The Refuge) where you'll enjoy privacy, serenity, and spectacular views. Unwind in this 17th-century Tuscan villa in Cortona, Italy on fifty-six acres of private gardens, fields, woodlands, and centuries-old terraced olive groves. This 5-bedroom/5.5-bath farmhouse is situated on the edge of an ancient olive grove -- above the village of Montanare. It's in the community of Cortona in Tuscany, Italy.
Il Rifugio has two charming buildings, a private swimming pool, a large olive grove, a vineyard and incredible views. The main house, which has ten rooms and a one room cottage just a few steps from the kitchen door.
Upstairs in the main house there are four bedrooms. The master bedroom has a fixed double bed, and an en-suite bathroom. There is a second large bedroom with a fixed double bed and an en-suite bathroom. Two additional bedrooms also have en-suite bathroom with two single beds that can be made up as a double bed. These rooms also share a common sitting room with a fireplace.
Downstairs there is a large kitchen with a fireplace, a separate walk-in pantry, a dishwasher, a five-burner stove with two ovens, a refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, an American coffee maker, and enough pots and pans for cooking gourmet meals. The kitchen is perfect for cooking with a group of friends or family. There is also an outdoor pizza oven.
Also downstairs there is a half bath, a sitting room, a formal dining room, and a living room with a large fireplace fitted with a cast-iron wood-burning stove.
The cottage has a bedroom with two single beds that can be configured as one double bed, an en-suite bathroom, and a separate laundry room with a washer, dryer, and a deep sink.
Il Rifugio can accommodate up to eleven people comfortably with one person in the den and still have ample space for privacy.
There is a pergola, a gazebo and plenty of garden furniture for eating or relaxing on the spacious stone terrace. The terrace offers spectacular views of the surrounding olive grove and the rural valley below. We also have a small vineyard for our own production of wine.
The rental price includes all utilities. Of course, the house is completely cleaned, and is supplied with fresh towels, soap, bed linens, and basic paper supplies before your arrival and every week. Additional maid service during the week can be arranged at a minimal cost.
Additional services such as private city tours, Tuscan garden tours, private in-house dinners, a cooking school, and wine- or olive oil-tasting can be prearranged at the time of booking.
The best reason to visit Italy is Tuscany; and the best reason to visit Tuscany is Cortona.
Just minutes from Cortona, Il Rifugio is fantastic for hiking, biking, cooking, enjoying fine wine, or just relaxing.
Il Rifugio is also the perfect venue for private events. Whether it's your birthday, anniversary or you just want to celebrate life with your friends and family in Tuscany, we can make it happen for you at Il Rifugio.
We also offer Workshops of all types. Please check our web site for a current list.
If Italy is the body of art and culture in the world, Tuscany is the heart and Cortona is its soul. Cortona is just ten minutes away by car.
"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."
Cortona is about ten minutes away where depending on the time of year, you will find music festivals, food festivals, art galleries, wine shops, sidewalk cafés and wonderful restaurants. Lake Trasimeno is about a half hour away.
Golf: The Lamborghini golf course is about 45 minutes from Il Rifugio.
Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website: