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Charming cottage near Cortona, garden, olive grove, A/C, WiFi - LA COLONICA

88 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Cortona area Villa Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, Sleeps 4/5. Views over olive grove.

La Colonica is a completely private house in the large grounds of an old and very beautiful ex-farmhouse in the Cortona area. It is the perfect base to visit Florence, Siena, Chianti, and the hill and wine towns of Tuscany and nearby Umbria like Assisi and Perugia; itineraries provided. A/C in all rooms. It is comfortable and welcoming. Ideal for up to 4 adults or a family of 5. Lovely Garden setting in really beautiful gardens. 2 large very comfortable bedrooms with en-suite private marble bathrooms and A/C. One bedroom is a double with four-poster bed. The other bedroom can either be a double or a twin. Large living room; open wood-burning fireplace. Dining room; Kitchen. Panoramic dining patio. The house is totally self-contained and private; not overlooked. Beamed ceilings and terracotta floors. Very well furnished and fully equipped. Dishwasher and washer. Wi-Fi; SAT TV; DVD; CD. Parking in grounds. Swimming pools and thermal spas nearby. Maid service possible. Excellent good value local restaurants. Short walk to nearby pretty village. • FREE GPS, laptop, and Italian cellphone. • Welcome amenities on arrival include our own organic olive oil, fruit and flowers from the property and local wine. • Rental rates are all-inclusive: utilities, A/C, Wi-Fi, linen, baby crib/cot, final cleaning, taxes. A CAR IS ESSENTIAL!

The house is located in a pretty village in the heart of the Val di Chiana countryside. The house is surrounded by large (2.5 acres) gardens and olive grove with views of the surrounding hills. Because of its strategic location, it is the perfect base to explore Southern Tuscany and Umbria or for a relaxing holiday in comfortable and elegant surroundings. See Cortona, Florence, Siena, Perugia, Assisi, the Chianti region and Rome. Explore the unique towns of Pienza and San Gimignano, or Lake Trasimeno. Visit Montepulciano, Montalcino (Brunello wine) and the Chianti region and enjoy their famous wines. Visit the monasteries of Monte Oliveto Maggiore and Sant'Antimo (where the English Patient was filmed). Or simply relax and enjoy your private garden!

There is a friendly and well-behaved dog on the property (see the reviews!).

Discounts for stays of 2 weeks or more or for occupancy by 2 persons depending on the season.

• FREE baby crib/cot, child bed and high chair: no charge. Experienced baby-sitter available.

• Swimming Pools - Thermal Spas: There are numerous very nice reasonably priced swimming pools in the area, all within a short drive. All towns have one. The nicest are Camucia (near Cortona), Trequanda (magnificent setting), and Castiglion Fiorentino. Foiano is rarely crowded. Badicorte is very popular with children as it has numerous slides etc. Three famous thermal spas are nearby: Rapolano Terme has two spas, and there is a wonderful outdoor thermal pool with stunning view at Bagno Vignoni (40 minutes drive through some of the most beautiful countryside in Tuscany).

• Local events and open-air markets: Local Open-Air Markets (mornings): Monday: Foiano; Tuesday: Sinalunga; Wednesday: Monte San Savino, Castiglione del Lago; Thursday: Camucia, near Cortona (the largest and the best!), Lucignano; Friday: Castiglion Fiorentino; Saturday: Cortona, Arezzo.

• The famous horse-race in Siena, the Palio, is held on 2 July and 16 August. Each village and town has local feasts: please ask us for details. The biggest are in Cortona end July/early August. Lucignano has a May festival in the last two weeks of May. Each town/village often has open-air concerts and other musical events. Cortona has open-air operas and concerts, and there is a music festival in Monte San Savino. Cortona has several historic processions. Jousting competitions on horseback in Arezzo, Castiglion Fiorentino and Montalcino!

• The huge open-air antiques fair in Arezzo takes place on the first Sunday of the month. Cortona, Arezzo and Monte San Savino have numerous antique shops.

Places to see: All are within one hour's drive. We can provide detailed itineraries and advice where to eat etc.

• FLORENCE. Leave your car at the small local train station and take the train to Florence, leaving and returning every hour; 1 hour’s journey. Avoid the traffic problems in Florence!

• SIENA is about 40 minutes away by car, driving through magical country side. Easy parking. Siena has the famous horse-race, Il Palio, and is perfectly preserved. From Siena visit SAN GIMIGNANO and the CHIANTI region.

• CORTONA AND LAKE TRASIMENO. Cortona is a jewel!

• LUCIGNANO: Best kept secret in Tuscany! Spectacular medieval village.

• MONTE SAN SAVINO: small market town with Loggiato in the main street and marvellous garden and amphitheatre. Nearby is the Castle of Gargonza.


• Wonderful walks (we provide maps etc).

• If you are tired of sight-seeing, or simply want to relax ... your garden awaits!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, french

About Owner

I decided to restructure this small villa and the beautiful old farmhouse which shares the grounds. The whole enterprise was a major restructuring job. In addition, fields had to be converted into gardens so so we now have 2-3 acres of olive grove and gardens. I enjoy meeting my guests from all over the world and making sure that they are well-looked after. I am very lucky in having good helpers, particularly the housekeepers and the gardener. Each year I plan a new project for the garden. Of these, the nicest so far are a secret garden, a formal Italian garden and a rose garden. The most recent project is a surprise xeric garden (local low-maintenance plants ideal for this climate) in the olive grove, and is centered on a sculpture I designed which was executed by a local craftsman. Just that small project took 9 months! I love to get guests' suggestions for new projects.

Owner purchased this villa in 2005

Why Owner chose Cortona area

This area, the Val di Chiana is strategically located to see some of the finest parts of Tuscany. There are stunningly beautiful towns like nearby Cortona, and the wine-producing hill-towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino. The countryside is magnificent in every season. Florence is only 1 hour away, Siena 45 minutes, and Rome a little more than 2 hours. This area is still unspoilt. There are excellent reasonably priced local restaurants and lots to do. We provide details and touring itineraries.

What makes this villa unique

Most guests say that the gardens and olive grove are the best features of La Colonica. Others like the dining patio and its views. All like the comfort of the house which is air-conditioned and cool in summer and cozy with an open wood fire in winter. There is much to see and do in the area: we provide itineraries. Or else, just stay at home, enjoy the sun, explore the property and its various gardens. Eat out on the patio, using our home-grown organic olive oil. Have a barbecue! Enjoy the local food and wine: buy home-made fresh pasta, or try out the local pastry-shops. Discover your favorite gelato (ice-cream). Visit the designer discount outlet malls nearby. Go to one of the many local festivals and meet the local people!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our first visit to Tuscany. Beautiful location. Your suggestions of side trips were wonderful. We enjoyed many of the local wines and the olive oil from your property was enjoyable. We were referred to come here by relatives and will continue this tradition of telling other Canadians about this little place of beauty.

Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada.
Apr 2010
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based on 88 traveler reviews

Charming cottage near Cortona, garden, olive grove, A/C, WiFi - LA COLONICA
average rating of 5.0 based on 89 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This is a truly wonderful place to stay but its biggest selling point is its location. We went to Florence by train in one hour, and to Siena, Assisi, Perugia, and every single wine-producing hilltown you can think of by car - all less than one hour away.

The cottage is brilliantly decorated, really spacious and has proper air-conditioning in every room. Two really good sized bedrooms and immaculately clean bathrooms. Beautiful living areas (really well-designed and decorated) but we more or less lived on the patio from breakfast on. Everything is well-cared for and you can see it. There is huge attention to detail. Very nice unobtrusive owners and staff including the cleaner who is a darling. We wanted self-catering but we ended up eating out a lot and found some great ristoranti - the owners provide a guide and do the bookings if you want. Best thing of all - once you get inside the gates of the property, its like you're in another world. We have been to Italy seven times now and this is definitely our favorite. Last but not least - the cost is very reasonable as everything is included. We are going back!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2007
  • Stayed: Aug 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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excellent place to stay to explore Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

This wonderful property is spacious, warm, fully supplied with everything you can think of, bottle water, bottle wine, olive oil, all cooking spices. Extra supplies of everything (except shampoo). Lots of travel information, maps, books, directions, local GPS with already programmed favorites, local cell phone. It is centrally located and easy to go everywhere. The house is on a very large parcel of land with lots of olive tree . Lots of outdoor spaces to relax in. It is behind locked gate , thereful very safe. Owners live in another house on the same property, but they gave us all the privacy. David is so helpful, ready to help for directions and making restaurant reservations. Can't say enough good things about this place. We will come back.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It was great to meet you and your friends. I am happy you all enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you back!
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Wonderful memories

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful memories of our stay. We were lucky enough to have warm weather in early November (it seems this is usual) so it felt like September. As all the reviews say, the villa is a dream – spotless clean, bright, very well appointed and SO comfortable. We toured around, enjoyed the towns without the summer visitors, had wonderful meals and relaxed totally. The highlights of our trip? So many, but definitely Assisi and Siena. One day we went to Gubbio – a long drive but worth it for the wonderful scenery and the beautiful town. La Colonica was the perfect base. Our hosts and the wonderful staff were so kind and helpful. Excellent value for the money. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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London, United Kingdom

Simply perfect

  • 5 of 5

This villa, La Colonica, was the perfect choice for us. It is quiet and well located for seeing the beautiful Tuscany countryside and villages. It is also very convenient for the bigger towns like Florence, Siena and Perugia. The villa is exactly as shown on the website. It is very well furnished and maintained. It is fully equipped, down to the smallest detail. We received a welcome gift of wonderful home-produced organic olive oil, wine and other local produce. The grounds are very beautiful. The owners were charming and exceptionally helpful. They never intruded but were always available to answer any questions we had. We enjoyed everything about our stay and give it top marks. Although we rarely return to places, we will probably make an exception in the case of La Colonica. It is simply perfect.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chester UK


  • 5 of 5

La Colonica has to be the best equipped holiday rental that we have ever stayed in. The photos on the website are accurate but the reality is even better! It is very conveniently situated for touring Tuscany and the owners provide detailed itineraries for half and full day trips from the villa. They could not be more helpful. The grounds and views are idyllic and everything is so generously provided from basic commodities to fresh flowers and fruit from the garden. We found a bottle of wine and two bottles of water chilling in the fridge. The village of Marciano della Chiana is charming and other villages nearby have all the amenities you could possibly need for both self catering and dining out. Very highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Amazing villa - Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Colonica in August and could not have been happier with our choice. The villa is just adorable - no other word for it! It was so welcoming and just feels good. Nothing showed signs of wear and everything looked brand new. The gardens are fantastic and we loved walking around. We practically lived on the patio. There are many very good restaurants in the area. Do not miss Osteria del Teatro in Cortona tho' we also had a superb meal in Rigomagno on the way back from Siena (forget the name but it was the only restaurant in that little town). Cortona is lovely but we liked the smaller villages best. Our hosts were fantastic and we could not have been nicer or more helpful. We loved the peace and quiet of La Colonica, and the comfort of it. It is quite amazing - we would go back tomorrow if we could. Grazie!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Castiglion Fiorentino Camucia-Cortona
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Car: necessary

La Colonica is located in a pretty village in the heart of the Val di Chiana countryside near Cortona. The house is surrounded by large (2.5 acres) gardens and olive grove with views of the surrounding hills. Short walk to the center of the nearby medieval village. Excellent local, reasonably priced restaurants. Because of its strategic location, it is the perfect base to explore Southern Tuscany and Umbria and for a relaxing holiday in comfortable and welcoming surroundings. Ideal location to visit Cortona (made famous by the film and book Under the Tuscan Sun), Siena (26 miles), Florence (50 miles), Perugia (40 miles), Assisi (50 miles) and Arezzo (12 miles). Rome (112 miles) is reachable by car or train. Nearby are the medieval hill towns of Southern Tuscany and Umbria, including Montepulciano, Montalcino, and the beautiful countryside of the Val d’Orcia. Lake Trasimeno and the monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore are nearby. Discover the beautiful Chianti wine region and the towered city of San Gimignano. Tour a winery in an ancient castle or monastery, or take an Italian cooking class in Cortona.

Florence: about 1 hour by train.


Rates & Availability

Cortona Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Aug 20 2016 - Sep 3 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 12 2016 - Dec 23 2016
5 night minimum stay
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 3 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $4 per night, per additional guest
Mar 4 2017 - Apr 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 30 2017 - Nov 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

All-inclusive rates: utilities, central heating or A/C (normal use), logs for open fireplace, A/C, Wi-Fi Internet, linen, Baby Crib, Child bed, High Chair, final cleaning and taxes. NO HIDDEN CHARGES!


FREE COMMUNICATIONS PACKAGE: GPS, Italian cellphone, laptop.

Maid service (daily or as required), or experienced babysitter: costs extra.

Central heating and A/C included up to normal consumption for any given period; any excess charged at cost.

• Stay in Florence: Combine a stay in Tuscany with a stay in one of our beautiful apartments in the historic centre of Florence: Property 156288 on Homeaway or 156288ha on VRBO (sleeps 2/4) OR our 2-bedroom, 3 bathroom apartment with stunning views of all of Florence: Property 343064 on Homeaway or 343064ha on VRBO. The perfect Italian vacation!

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Cortona area Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Printer
  • Safe
  • Scanner
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , En-suite bathroom for Bedroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , En suite bathroom for Bedroom 2
    Half Bathroom - toilet , Handbasin and toilet - off living room
  • Marble bathrooms. Spacious and well equipped. Hairdryer, robes and slippers in each bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Four poster Double bed: 65 inches/165 cm wide
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 Large Double (69 inches/175 cm) or 2 Twin Beds
    Sofa Bed in Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa bed in living room
    Baby Crib - 1 baby crib , Baby Crib/Cot
    Child bed - 1 child bed , please ask us for details of size etc
  • Bedrooms 1 and 2 are spacious and bright. They are exactly the same size. Both have large en suite bathrooms (shower/WC etc). Bedroom 1 has a four-poster double-bed (65 in/165 cm - midway between US King and Queen size) and stunning hill views. Bedroom 2 can either be a large double bed (69 in/175 cm - nearly US King size) or a twin (two single beds); it has lovely garden views. New Orthopaedic mattresses. Both bedrooms are completely private, very quiet and not overlooked. Terracotta floors, beamed ceilings, marble bathrooms. Very well-furnished: large wardrobe, dresser, 2 bedside tables and lamps; central light; chairs. Outside shutters and mosquito screens on all windows. Double sofa bed in living room is large and easy to use. Baby Crib/cot available. The sleeping arrangements are perfect for a group of 4 or a family of up to 5 (plus baby in crib/cot). Both bedrooms are air-conditioned (like the rest of the house).
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
• Recently refurbished. Mint condition. Really well-furnished. Fully equipped including 2 full dinner services, glasses, tablecloths, cutlery, bedlinen, towels, clothes-line, washing-machine, ironing board and iron etc. Extra charge for maid service (optional: daily or as required: cleaning, washing, ironing) and for baby-sitter. Large really beautiful gardens and olive grove. Private Herb garden. • Air-conditioned throughout. • Wi-Fi Broadband Internet connection. • FREE COMMUNICATIONS PACKAGE: GPS, Italian cell phone, laptop computer, unlimited Wi-Fi internet: totally free of charge. • FREE baby crib/cot and high chair • Fax/safe in farmhouse; phone through switchboard. • Bed-linen changed weekly; towels changed every 3 days. • 2 TVs: in living room and in Bedroom 1. • Staff on premises. • Two very well-behaved friendly dogs on the property (see the reviews!). • SWIMMING POOLS (5 mins) - THERMAL SPAS nearby

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