About the property
- Villa1291 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms. Free Wifi. A/C in all rooms.Washer.Dishwasher.Parking
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 and free WiFi in all rooms. It is ideal for 4 persons (5 with infant). Lovely setting in really beautiful gardens and olive grove. 2 large very comfortable bedrooms with en-suite private marble bathrooms and A/C. One bedroom has king-size four-poster bed. The other bedroom can either be king-size or 2 singles. 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. free wifi; SAT TV; DVD; CD. Parking in grounds. Swimming pools and thermal spas nearby. Maid service possible. Excellent good value local restaurants. 3-5 minutes walk to nearby pretty medieval 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 and high chair, 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!
Discounts for stays of 2 weeks or more 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.
• MONTEPULCIANO AND PIENZA. ABBEY OF MONTE OLIVETO. MONTALCINO: home of Brunello wine. AREZZO, PERUGIA, ASSISI. And much much more!
• Wonderful walks (we provide maps etc).
• If you are tired of sight-seeing, or simply want to relax ... your garden awaits!
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- English, French, Dutch
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- May 27, 2018
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
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 wonderful local pastry-shop. 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! In winter, enjoy the peace and slower pace and snuggle up to the log fire. Treat yourself and have daily maid service at surprisingly low rates.
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LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION!
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!
We (2 couples) stayed at La Colonica from April 14 - 21.
The owners were so helpful from the time of our reservation until we checked out. They answered questions abut train travel, car rental, restaurant selection, and suggested side trips. They responded quickly and pleasantly.
The villa itself was exactly as described, very comfortable for the 4 of us. We were greeted with fresh flowers and 2 bottles of the local wine. They provided a cell phone and GPS for help navigating the small roads of Tuscany. We took home a container of olive oil made from the olives growing in the back yard. I will highly recommend this property.
It was a complete pleasure having you stay.
Wonderful villa in the heart of Tuscany
Cesare Sesto's beautiful villa is the ideal place for two couples to stay while making day trips to Montepulciano, Montalcino, Siena, Pienza, Cortona, numerous hill towns, and the beautiful countryside of central Tuscany and western Umbria. La Colonica is a charming, well-equipped, single level villa with two bedroom suites and a central living room, dining area, and kitchen. It is located on a large gated property near Marciano della Chiana with a nice patio, large lawn, and extensive olive tree grove at the rear of the property. We were two couples traveling in separate cars, and the large and secure parking area next to the villa was a big plus. Cesare and his British friend, David, met us upon our arrival and provided an extensive orientation on the property, the surrounding area, recommendations for touring and dining, and much more. They made reservations for us the first evening at a superb restaurant in a nearby town and made sure we knew they would help with anything we needed during our stay. Communications with Cesare, beginning with our booking nearly a year in advance, were the most professional, complete, and helpful that we have experienced with any VRBO owner over years of traveling across the US and Europe. We have wonderful memories from our week at La Colonica and greatly appreciate the exceptional hospitality provided by Cesare and David.
Wonderful stay in Tuscany
This property is exactly as pictured in the photos. The lovely Anna does a wonderful job of keeping everything clean. She is a treasure. Cesare and David are consummate hosts. We got lots of information that helped us to decide on tours and restaurants. We cooked a lot of our dinners in the small but very well equipped kitchen and utilized the charcoal grill as well.
The location is great! So many things to do, see and taste, within an hours drive.
I highly recommend this lovely cottage. It was perfect for 2 couples. The setting with the olive trees and some lovely herbs that you can add to your cooking. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to spend our time in Tuscany!
If this place is available, book it!
From the moment we arrived till the moment we left, we were quite pleased with La Colonica. It has all the amenities, including very comfortable beds and air conditioning. The views from inside, looking over the olive grove and the mountains behind, were only surpassed by sitting outside and seeing even more of Tuscany. The location is perfect as it allows for day trips to innumerable hilltop towns and nearby Cortona, Siena and Florence. And to top it all off, Cesere is assisted by David, who is quite knowledgeable on where to eat and what to look for on your day trips. As we said, if this place is available, book it!! (No, we didn't get paid to say this!)
IF YOU ARE LUCKY, YOU GET TO STAY HERE...
The location and setting is ideal, the service is impeccable, and every detail has been thoughtfully considered. The hosts David and Cesare were incredibly helpful. They deserve each and all the rave comments. We were home in the middle of Italy. The view from the terrace with the 40-year-old olive trees (some planted about 7 years ago) the garden and flowers just as spring arrived did not disappoint.
If you are looking for out of this world personalized service, it does not get better than this and we will go back, the best property I ever rented.
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
Additional information about rental rates
FROM MARCH TO END OCTOBER, RENTALS MUST BEGIN AND END SATURDAY. All-inclusive rates: utilities, logs for open fireplace, Wi-Fi Internet, linen, baby crib and high chair. Central heat in low season: consumption is metered and charged at cost. For stays of less than a week, there is a final cleraning charge of 50 Euro. DISCOUNTS: DISCOUNTS FOR OCCUPANCY FOR OCCUPANCY FOR 2 WEEKS OR MORE DEPENDING ON THE SEASON. PLEASE CONTACT US TO GET A PRICE QUOTE BEFORE BOOKING Free Communications package: GPS, Italian cellphone, laptop. Housekeeping: Our totally trustworthy housekeeper can clean the house, wash and iron. It can be weekly, daily or as required. Please ask us for cost. Experienced babysitter: costs extra. • 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 (sleeps 4/5). The perfect Italian vacation!