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Tuscan cottages for rent in charming Medieval village

Martha Specht Corsi

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, italian
Sleeps5
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Martha Specht Corsi

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, italian
Calendar last updated:
May 6, 2015
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Tuscan cottages for rent in charming Medieval village

Sleeps5
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Stia Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cozy cottages situated on the remains of the castle walls

Enjoy the beauty and peace of the ancient hamlet of Porciano with its stone paved walkways, centuries old church and breathtaking views. Situated in the shadow of the castle of Porciano and lovingly restored and decorated by the castle owner, the cottages are the perfect place from which to explore the natural and artistic treasures of Tuscany and the Casentino Valley.

Located on the castle property, cottages have one or two bedrooms and baths, living/dining area, some with fireplace, and all with fully equipped kitchen.

Casa Scaletta

This pretty home opens onto the grounds of the Castle.

A rustic antique stone staircase leads up to the living/dining room area. The kitchen is next to it (gas burners, electric oven, microwave oven, refrigerator and washing machine). There is a bathroom on this floor. A few steps down take you to the two bedrooms and bathroom. Both bathrooms have showers.

Nice views from the windows of the tiled roofs of Porciano and the surrounding countryside.

Outdoors tables and chairs are set out for your enjoyment.

Casa Formica

This lovely cottage is built in the area once occupied by the age-old walls which surrounded the Castle. A nice private garden, with outdoor table and chair, is right in front of the entrance door.

On the ground floor are the cozy living room and a big and fully equipped kitchen (gas burners, electric oven, microwave oven, refrigerator and washing machine).

An antique cast-iron spiral staircase leads up to the second floor, where are two double bedrooms and the bathroom.

Nice views from the bedroom window of the tiled roofs of Porciano and the surrounding countryside.

Casa Martina

Small apartment on the ground level, composed of a large kitchen/dining area with fireplace; bedroom which sleeps two with the possibility of a small third bed. Tiny bathroom with comfortable shower. Kitchen is equipped with gas burners, electric oven, fridge, microwave oven and washing machine.

Terrace in front of the house with table and chairs, situated on one of the footpaths of the village.

Casa Martina is located in the higher part of the village nearest the Castle. Cool in the summer and very comfortable. The entrance is in common with Casa Teresa which is one floor up. Casa Martina and Casa Teresa may be rented together as an excellent solution for two couples who wish to have their privacy.

 

Casa Teresa

Walk up the old stone staircase from the main entrance in common with Casa Martina. Enter the livingroom/dining area with corner fireplace. The couch is a small single bed. Kitchenette off this room with gas burners, electric oven, fridge and microwave. No washing machine; laundrymat available in nearby town. The bedroom which sleeps two has an ensuite bathroom with shower. Nice views of the countryside and the tiled roofs of the village.

Tiny garden on the side of the house with table and chairs, right below the remains of the ancient castle walls.

La Torretta

The little watch guard tower is placed in the perimeter of the castle walls.

On the first floor fully equipped kitchen, living room with large window on the second. Possibility of a third bed in the living room.

On the third floor bedroom with two single beds not pushed together, dormer window in the roof and adjacent small bathroom with shower. Steep stairs. Very special and fascinating.

Table with chairs in the garden beneath the tower.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Martha Specht Corsi (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, italian
Calendar last updated:
May 6, 2015

About Martha Specht Corsi

Martha Specht Corsi is the daughter of George and Flaminia Specht, who restored the Castle. Flaminia and Martha throughout the years organized many cultural events in Porciano to attract quality tourism to the Casentino Valley and Martha continues to do so. Martha has hosted lectures, seminars, concerts, Dante readings, as well as theater productions. These events are held in Dante’s Hall or on the lovely grounds in front of the Castle.

She has particular interest in hosting groups of artists, writers, journalists or history and art buffs in Porciano. It is possible to organize lectures by university professors and experts in various fields.

Martha Specht Corsi purchased this cottage in 1800

Why Martha Specht Corsi chose Stia

An excellent location for day trips to Florence, Arezzo, La Verna and beyond or spending time in a relaxing setting .

What makes this cottage unique

Beautiful vistas, quiet, comfortable and private. Cleaning services, tourist information and day trip planning. Staff speaks English and Italian.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps5
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

5
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Tuscan cottages for rent in charming Medieval village
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
San Jose, CA, USA
5

Hooked

  • 5 of 5

I’m the lucky one – Over the last few years I have been staying in 3 of the 4 cottages plus “la Torretta”.

On my own in Casa Teresa in 2013, I was reading and writing with a view into the beautiful valley. On other days I drove to La Verna, amazing Franciscan Sanctuary, and Camaldoli, ancient Benedictine Monastery. I also ventured to La Vialla, a wonderful family-run enterprise which grows amazing organic foods, makes lovely wines and serves the best inexpensive lunches. It was great fun to go places by myself.

Spring 2014: I spent several weeks in Casa Martina, which has a lovely dining area cum kitchen, a comfy queen size bed and a small bathroom with a shower. The weather still being cool during the first few weeks, we would still sit in front of the cottage when the sun was out, either for breakfast or happy hour(s). From here we took excursions to Poppi, Bibbiena, Florence, Forli and Gubbio; amazing little and big towns.

September 2014: I shared Casa Maggiolino with two friends–this cottage has two comfy bedrooms with queen size beds, a nice big bathroom (shower) and a wonderfully airy and cozy kitchen with a table for 4 and a fantastic view into the Casentino Valley. We made excursions to Assisi, Deruta and Perugia, which included a night away, but the drive to one of those towns is doable in one day, too.

Staying in the Torretta is an adventure all by itself – mind you, there are some steep steps to climb, which might be tough after a few happy hour drinks, as the bedroom is right at the top, but the bed is cozy, the skylight lets the daylight in and the kitchen on the first floor has everything you need. I spent many hours reading or writing blogs on my computer (yes, WiFi is working here, too) in the sweet little lounge on the 2nd floor.

I have nothing but lovely memories of the weeks I spent in those cottages in the Borgo di Porciano. If there is one thing I would like to change it’s some of the chairs which are made for sturdy European people – having lived in the USA for too long, my back wants to curve a little more ….

The owner of the cottages, Contessa Martha, who also owns the Castle of Porciano, went more than an extra mile to make our stays comfortable and memorable – after an unexpected leave of a few days, I found the fridge replenished with breakfast items and fresh fruit on my return, another time one of the staff brought a basket of fresh beans …There is always some lovely surprise that greets you. I definitely will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Providence, RI
5

Enchanted valley

  • 5 of 5

I love Porciano and the Casentino Valley. This corner of Tuscany is delightfully unspoiled and there are wonderful places to explore and enjoy. Casa Scaletta was roomy and comfortable, with beautiful views. In the morning, I was able to see the sun rise over the valley and Castello dei Conti Guidi – Poppi floating like an island in the mist. Walking the grounds in the afternoon, there were sun-warmed figs to pick and eat. This is a perfect place in which to enjoy life.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Melissa, thank you for being such a wonderful guest. As you said, Casentino is an area which maintains the appeal of a lesser-known Tuscany where the sense of tradition is still strong. The wish of its inhabitants of not loosing their bond with past history is felt everywhere. Porciano is not a place for tourists, but for travelers who want to enjoy the Real, Traditional Tuscan Hospitality! See you next summer! Best, Martha
Florence, Italy
5

I didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

Porciano is enchanting, I extended my stay because I couldn't bear to leave. Casa Scaletta is comfortable, bright, airy and equipped with everything you need for a short or a longer term stay. I loved waking up in the morning to the gorgeous view over the valley. The Casentino Valley is a Tuscany unspoiled by crowds and has many gems to be explored. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this very special place.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Cate, thanks a lot for your review and for being such a wonderful guest! You are the kind of person we love to host: an experienced traveller, not interested in tourist, crowded, standard destinations, looking for the charm of a matchless, one of a kind travel experience. See you soon, Martha
5

AMAZING!!!

  • 5 of 5

First let me say I was nervous about booking here as it had no reviews....I am so glad I took a leap of faith! AMAZING! Need I say more? The location was incredibly beautiful with views I could only dream of. Fruit trees everywhere, I have never eaten so many figs, pears, apples, berries, grapes, plums, etc....the house is incredibly charming and served as a perfect base for us to come home to after exploring the countryside. Ron and Alejandro were so incredible and helpful with anything we could have needed. When we arrived there was everything we needed for breakfast the next morning waiting for us....bread, cheese, wine, coffee, juice, sugar, milk, and fruit. The castello was steps from our doorstep and we even had wine and cheese on the rooftop as the sun was setting.

This location gets very high remarks in our book, we can not wait to return!!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much.We all enjoyed having you at Porciano and feel we have made great friends. We certainly hope you will return soon.There are so many more sights to see and great food to enjoy.
5

La nostra vacanza a Porciano

  • 5 of 5

Abbiamo passato un mese a Porciano fra Giugno e Luglio 2014, eravamo mamma, papà e i nostri due bimbi di 11 e 6 anni. Questo posto è abbastanza appartato ma in soli tre minuti d’auto si raggiungono tutte le comodità, negozi, farmacia, bar, ristoranti, ospedale, centro storico e ultimo ma non ultimo il fiume che nasce da queste parti per poi diventare l’imponente Arno.

La casa è molto pulita e fornita di tutte le comodità, è arredata con gusto con molti disegni e ritratti particolari. Le due stanze da letto hanno una vista meravigliosa dalla collina verso Stia e la vallata. Il personale e la proprietaria sono molto ospitali e sono sempre pronti ad aiutarvi per qualsiasi necessità. In particolare noi abbiamo avuto un grosso problema con la macchina, e loro ci hanno trovato sia il meccanico che un mezzo sostitutivo gratuito salvandoci la vacanza.

Il castello di Porciano è veramente bello, appena si apre la porta di casa, subito dopo il prato, ci si ritrova nei pressi della torre. Tutto questo rende l’atmosfera molto particolare ed i ragazzi si sono divertiti molto sul prato antistante casa. Combattevano come i cavalieri che una volta popolavano quella collina. La sera era bellissimo sorseggiare del vino sotto le stelle; le luci della città che arrivano dalla valle e quelle delle lucciole che scorazzano accanto al castello rendono quel posto romantico ed indimenticabile.

Avendone la possibilità ci torneremmo con piacere per reincotrare le persone ed i luoghi che ci hanno rapito.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: E' stato un piacere avervi come nostri ospiti e speriamo di rivedervi molto presto. Porciano vi aspetta!

Map

Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Florence Italy
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Stia
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Poppi Arezzo Italy
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
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Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
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Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
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Nearest Ski
15 Kilometres
Fangacci
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

From €550 Per week

Stia Cottage Rental Rates

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Summer Season
Jul 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
€650
€2,080
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
€550
€1,760
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €300.00
Cleaning fee €50.00
Notes Cancellation Policy: guests will receive: a full refund if they cancel at least two weeks before the start of the holiday; a 50% refund if they cancel up to 1 week before the start of the holiday; no refund if they cancel within1 week of the start of the holiday.
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Amenities

Stia Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 60 m²
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • all bathrooms have sink, shower, toilet, bidet
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 5
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming

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