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Limonaia is a lovely restored baronial guest house surrounded by private gardens

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,829 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

A peaceful and uniquely personal environment - 3 bedrooms for 5 guests

Simply marvelous! Unique and beautiful all year around!. Private villa with gothic windows and fountain nestled in its own formal gardens. La Limonaia, which was originally designed to keep lemon trees warm in the winter, is part of a large estate near Arezzo / Castiglion Fiorentino that once belonged to the renowned Albergottis, a family whose history has been traced back over 1000 years. La Limonaia surrounded by its blossoming gardens is a completely independent, private, baronial-style home with its own cypress-lined entrance and driveway. After parking your car in the covered garage, you’ll walk through private gardens to a beautifully restored baronial guest house. This spacious 3-bedroom 2-bath home for up to five guests will pamper you with the best of sophisticated country living.

Furnished with 19th century antiques, this comfortable retreat offers an open spacious living room with cathedral ceilings, galery with garden views, designer kitchen with granite counter top, central heating, screened windows, unlimited high speed Wi-Fi, cozy fireplace, two patios, gazebo, barbecue, and uninterrupted views of gardens and wooded hills. In addition to the private gardens directly surrounding the house, which are for the exclusive use of Limonaia guests, you can enjoy an 800 meter private jogging trail, and walks through private woods and olive groves.

Enjoy the best time in Tuscany in Autumn!

Late autumn in Tuscany is a romantic time for guests who appreciate the beauty of tuscanys countryside, colorful sunsets and sitting in front of a crackling fire place with a glass of red wine. It is also a time of culinary delights: truffels, chestnuts, porcinis, freshly pressed olive oil and a fantastic time to explore the sights of Tuscany. You can be sure that waiting lines for attractions will be far shorter then usual.

Long-term guests are welcome. Cook and maid service on request.

Or just go to the nearby farmers' market and make yourself a gourmet meal in the large fully equipped kitchen.

La Limonaia is available to rent all year around. Every season has its beauty!

More Details

Owner
Margreth
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, german, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 22, 2017

Amenities

Cortona Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 1829 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexibel / Check-out: Flexibel
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet , dimmable lighting
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Downstairs: luxurious bathroom with window, tub, separate shower with glass door, marble floor and desk, heated towel rack, and dimmable lighting. Upstairs; a lovely bathroom with shower and its own window
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Galerie
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Four poster double bed
  • All bedrooms are specious, airy and have screened windows. Dimmable lighting in every room produces an intimate, romantic atmosphere. The master bedroom offers a handmade queen-size four-poster bed with beautiful antique headboard. The room includes a lovely and very large antique closet with its own built-in drawers, a desk and bookcase. It offers a view of the front garden, and screened double doors that open on a private courtyard with a view of the nearby 17th century chapel. A second bedroom has two 19th century beds and a huge arch, and is very well furnished. The two downstairs bedrooms have beamed ceilings, terra cotta floors and screened windows. Upstairs, where four gothic windows look out over gardens and woods, is an intimate guest room with a single bed, an antique closet and desk. A lovely bathroom with shower and its own window adds convenience to this area.
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
La Limonaia offers an elegantly furnished 50 m² living room with cathedral ceilings, wood-burning fireplace, and a view of private gardens through huge double-glass doors. The room is equipped with satellite TV, stereo with CD player, and phone. Down a corridor from the living room is the master bedroom with magnificent four poster double bed and huge, antique wardrobe. The bedroom, which has a beautiful beamed ceiling, looks out on a garden and has its own entrance area. A second bedroom has two 19th century beds and a huge arch. Upstairs, where four gothic windows look out over gardens and woods, is an intimate guest room with single bed, an antique closet and desk. There is a lovely bathroom with shower and its own window ads convenience to this area, which connects with a wrap-around inner balcony. Just off the living room is a fully-appointed modern kitchen with granite counter top and all a family would expect - not to mention a beautiful view of cypress trees and gardens.

Reviews

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Limonaia is a lovely restored baronial guest house surrounded by private gardens
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5

First timers and will be back

  • 5 of 5

My wife and two of our children stayed a week in Tuscany, all for the first time. La Limonaia, chosen at random one evening while scanning through the HomeAway site, turned out to be a very rare find. Quaint; out of the way; quiet aside from the occasional church bells; perfectly located in terms of day trips; easy accessibility to the train; and finally, an owner that trained in from Germany prior to out arrival just to make sure all was in order and to welcome us to her little piece of paradise. Margreth is obviously very proud of her villa and has very good reason to be. The only unfortunate aspect of our stay was that is went by very quickly. One week in Tuscany is simply too short. We had some of our best meals ever dining at a number of Michelin star restaurants all within an hour of La Limonaia. The four of us would not hesitate to recommend this home to friends and relatives alike. Thank you Margreth for making this a very memorable family get away.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beyond Description

  • 5 of 5

It has taken time to write this review because we (four well-traveled adults from the U.S. and Brazil) wanted to do justice to the beauty of La Limonaia. It is one of the most special places we have stayed in in Europe.

Located on a very large tract of land, adjacent to an old villa in Vitiano, La Limonaia, as the name suggests, was used to store lemon trees during the cold months before the building was completely renovated. Now the well-built large house has the look and feel of a villa and is even nicer than the photos on the site. The house is furnished with fine artifacts, paintings and comfortable beds (real ones), sofas and chairs. The kitchen, which looks out onto the spacious dining and living room area, has all of the utensils and spices that you need to prepare simple or gourmet meals (should you also be or have an inspired chef). Given the quality furnishings, the overall décor, and the inviting patio and gardens, La Limonaia would be a dream to live in twelve months a year. Thankfully, we got to spend a week there at the end of June. We spent our evenings on the patio admiring the surroundings and experimenting different wines from the region. During the day, we explored Tuscany.

La Limonaia is located on a quiet, two-lane road off a main thoroughfare. It is a convenient base for visits to Castilglion Fiorentino, Cortona, Monte San Savino, Montepulciano and Arezzo. Florence, Siena and Assisi are also easily accessible on well-marked byways. Within a 10- to 15-minute radius by car, which you really do need, there are at least two supermarkets (we preferred the Coop), a small produce market, a great “panetteria” that makes bread without salt, a pharmacy as well as a nice coffee shop at the nearby train station. Margreth, the gracious owner of La Limonaia, compiled an extensive list of towns to visit and places to shop and dine. This list is available for guests along with useful guidebooks and a history-in-progress of the villa being written by her husband. A must restaurant for pasta, meat and fish is the “Antica Pieve,” which is very near (but not walkable from) La Limonaia. Margret was able to get us a last-minute reservation there on a Saturday night, which was lucky for us, because we had arrived late and hungry in the early evening on that same day, and the restaurant was fully booked by locals.

We found Margreth to be very generous with her time. She was waiting for us when we got there, as were a welcome bottle of

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Spectacular villa in Tuscany!

  • 5 of 5

This lovely property surrounded by beautiful gardens qualifies as a "pinch me I must be dreaming" experience. The location is the perfect home base for exploring many of the lovely Tuscan towns nearby. Cortona, Arezzo, Montelpulciano, Siena, Perugia are all a comfortable drive away.

La Limonaia is a beautiful home which is fully equipped with everything you could ever need or wish for-all the comforts of home are at your fingertips in this tastefully decorated and well maintained property. Margreth the owner is delightful and was most helpful as are the neighbours Daniela and Oswaldo. We spent two idyllic weeks in this amazing place and we plan to return to what we now feel is our Tuscany home.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wondeful Tuscan base!

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed for one week and truly enjoyed our time here. We were here during the hottest period of the summer but quickly adopted the Italian style of going out in the morning and coming home after a fabulous Italian lunch. We reemerged in the evening to rejoin families in the evening stroll. This house is ideally situated for exploring Tuscany. Every day we ventured to a different location: Florence, Pisa, Arezzo, Cortona, Perugia, Montepulcino, etc. One week is just not enough time..... The house is very comfortable for our family of four. We cooked in several evenings (after foraging in the markets and fabulous grocery stores!). The owners were in Germany but very helpful and their neighbors were delightful. We'd love to come back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Place to Stay in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

After sifting through literally thousands of possible places to stay, we came upon La Limonaia. Everything fit: the location, the size, the 21st century bath and kitchen in a 19th century lovingly restored property, and the villa garden. We were right about all of it.

What we didn't anticipate was how amazing our hosts would be. Happily, Margreth was on hand to meet us and someone we would befriend at home were we lucky enough to meet her. She took a whole day to show us the basics: coffee shop, grocery (which she went through with us), the bank, and Castiglion Fiorentino. And then we were introduced to Daniela and Oswaldo who would look after us in this new adventure. Little did we understand that looking after us meant being unbelievably kind, and helpful and engaging. Whenever we needed anything that we couldn't figure out on our own, they came to the rescue with good cheer. We miss them still.

We also hadn't quite grasped how perfect our location was. Everything we wanted to see and do -- and those we didn't know were on our list but which astounded us -- were within an hour at the most; 20 minutes more often. If we neglected to turn at Cortona, we'd just say what the heck and end up in Perugia. No big deal. Amazing.

We spent four weeks at La Limonaia. When life permits, we will be back. And we hope it permits often. Our life was lived every moment of every day while there. And in my happiest memories I am in the garden under a white umbrella drinking wine with my friends and eating the most spectacular food I have ever known.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Murray Bridge South Australia
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Lovely La Limonaia

  • 5 of 5

It was a pleasure to stay at La Limonaia. The drive in was impressive and the house was stunning. Margreth was there to greet us and spent time with us describing the layout and facilities and provided a bottle of wine and some home made olive oil. The grounds are beautiful and we had our breakfasts and dinners outside. The property was very clean and had some magnificent art and antiques. A car is necessary and La Limonaia is a good base to visit place in Tuscany. We travelled by train to Florence, visited Siena, Arezzo, Montelcino(Brunello wine), Cortona, Pienza, Monte S. Savino, Lucignano, Citta di Castello, Greve in Chianti and the wonderful scenery south of San Quirico. A highlight was having lunch at the Antica Macelleria Cecchini in Panzano in Chianti. A two hour feast of meat and Tuscan fare. Highly recommended. We spent a wonderful week at La Limonaia and have raved about our stay to all our friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Castiglion Fiorentino
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Monte San Savino
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
Ristorante Antica Pieve
Car: recommended

Location is Everything! The ancient estate is only 50 minutes south of Florence and about two hours north of Rome and 10 km south of Arezzo. Although completely private and peaceful, La Limonaia is in a tiny village - Vitiano - that is less than a kilometre from the main road connecting Arezzo (north) with Cortona and Perugia to the south. Only about two km south is the lovely ancient town of Castiglion Fiorentino with modern and easily accessible supermarkets, a commuter rail station, banks, stores,post office and open market on Fridays. La Limonaia offers a wealth of opportunities and a perfect setting to explore nearby Cortona ('Under the Tuscan Sun'), Arezzo with its famous antique fair every first weekend of the month, Monte San Savino, Lucignano, Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, Perugia, Assisi, Sansepolcro, Cittá di Castello, Florence and so many more, not to mention terrific restaurants nearby and easy access to innumerable historical treasures!

La Limonaia offers a wealth of opportunities for relaxation and linguistic and cultural improvement. For instance: Hikes in the hills following the road past the ancient villa. Mountain top national park and zoo at Ligniano, just above nearby Rigutino. There is an Olympian-size swimming pool, the nightlife at Castiglion Fiorentino and outstanding antique shops at famous Cortona. Other Activities: Jogging on your private 800 m jogging trail Italian lessons at La Limonaia with the Scuola del Corso in Arezzo can be arranged.

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Rates & Availability

Cortona Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
high season
Apr 16 2017 - Oct 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,118
 
 
mid season
Oct 16 2017 - Nov 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,000
 
 
cozy season
Nov 16 2017 - Mar 14 2018
7 night minimum stay
$882
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,118
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Second week 15 % off, Third week 20 % off

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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