|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Traditional farmhouse and cottage restored to highest specifications. Beautifully positioned in rolling countryside and situated off a quiet country lane close to the Tuscany border. Fenced and gated grounds of 1ha contain: 6 x 13 meter salt water pool, BBQ & pizza oven, 3m trampoline and unobstructed views of Lago Trasimeno.
The property consists of 2 houses. Farmhouse has 4 bedrooms (sleeps 9), 3 bath - traditional home which was expertly restored in 2005. The cottage was constructed in 2006 in the traditional style (c.70m from farmhouse) and has 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4), 2 baths.
Location is excellent for relaxing by the pool in a tranquil setting or for touring the Tuscany & Umbria regions and visiting many of the beautiful towns and villages close by - Arezzo, Assisi, Cortona, Montepulciano, Orvieto and Siena - all being within a 1hr drive. Florence and Rome are best reached via 1.5hr train ride - station is 20mins from the property. Both houses have wireless broadband.
Wine tasting and cookery schools/lessons: We have many highly recommended wineries close by and the famous Vino Nobile di Montepulicano region is just minutes away.
Sightseeing trips: The immediate area has many wonderful towns and villages to visit.
Cortona - Base for the popular book and movie 'Under a Tuscan Sun' is approx. 20 mins.
Montepulciano - Internationally renowned for its wine and beauty.
4 UNESCO World Heritage sites -
1. Pienza; also famous for its pecorino cheese.
2. Assisi; spiritual home of St. Francis.
3. Siena - home of the 'Palio' and reputedly the place where perfect Italian is spoken.
4. Val d'Orcia & Montalcino - area of exceptional beauty and home to Italy's greatest wine, Brunello di Montalcino.
Castiglione del Lago, Paciano and Panicale - designated amongst the most beautiful villages in Italy.
Florence & Rome (we suggest by train- station 20 minutes from house).
Also shopping at Val di Chiana Outlet Village.
Additional features of the house include: Fantastic Pool - features include, roman steps, 2.4m deep end with diving board, skin-friendly salt water system, wonderful 'bisazza' mosaic tiles which shimmer and reflect different colours. A large terrace surrounds the pool and there is ample space to relaxing and sunbathing.
Wireless internet through most of the property - check you mail by the pool or under the shade of the magnificent oak tree.
We were expecting a lot from your website and friend's recommendations, but we are each more than amazed by the beauty and thoughtfulness you have lovingly put into this special place. We can feel your passion for Italy and life and I feel grateful that we can partake in that and so happy to be sharing it with special friends and family. Thank you! We visited the lovely Castiglione del lago today, made a chicken soup and hosted the whole group for a scrumptious wine dinner tonite which started poolside, then on the patio and moved into the house. Tomorrow we will visit Montepulcianno in the morning, then spend another fabulous afternoon and evening in your lovely Italian home. I am sorry to be going on and on, but I cannot tell you enough how pleased we are. We are all wondering what the crop surrounding your property is. Looks like corn stalks with brown tops and no husks. I am thinking of making some grape jam from some of the trellis grapes if that's OK, as souvenir of this special place. Best wishes, Jo
Our family of 10 adults and 4 children spent 2 wonderful weeks together at this beautiful villa in August. The villa was perfect for our large group and the setting is stunning, in amongst the olive trees and vineyards, looking out over the rolling countryside and yet close to all amenities needed.
The villa and gardens - The villas, pool and gardens are all immaculately kept. The pizza oven was a major hit and well used! There's loads of room for the children to play, inside and out, shade under trees around the pool and they loved the trampoline. The vine covered pergola makes a wonderful al fresco area to while away the hours over delicious local food and wine!
The area - It's such a stunning area of Italy and the villa is so well situated. We did several day trips to local towns, wineries and eateries, recommended by Ken and Danica in their very helpful guide folder, and it was always so lovely to come home to the peace and privacy of the villa.
Our hosts - Ken and Danica [by email] and Sandra [locally] were so helpful and responded immediately if we needed anything, thank you so much to both. They have thought of so many details within and outside the villa to make their guest's stay both comfortable and fun.
We loved our stay and would thoroughly recommend Villa La Quercia as a perfect home away from home.
Thank you so much Ken and Danica!
Villa la Quercia is the quintessential Umbrian gem. Away, away, tucked away “past the little chapel” down a dusty “white dirt road,” you come to a drive, at the end of which is a gate that opens to a compound of little cottage on the left, then a large farmhouse ahead and beyond the crest of a hill — wow — a swimming pool to die for. The magnificent oaks (le querce) shade one side of the farmhouse and a trellis shelters the dining terrace on the opposite side.
The cottage is cozy and complete. The farmhouse is grand and spacious. We enjoyed cooking in the full-fledged kitchen fitted out with large American style appliances—oven/range, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, and all the little brother appliances—toaster, teakettle, coffee maker. The counter-top gadgets challenge the rural electrical service, so you use them sequentially, not all at once. The same goes for the laundry machines in the attached garage. Minor adaptations afford modern conveniences. Owners have thought of everything. The otherwise invisible maintenance staff promptly materializes when questions arise. The locals are a delight.
The bedrooms and bathrooms are roomy and well appointed. Beds are very comfortable with lovely linens.
Surrounded by tilled fields you’ll hear the chirrup of cicadas, see geckos darting along the foundations and bees fondling the lavender. When the heat shimmers over the hayfields, take refuge in the delicious pool where you can gaze across the hills and cypress trees to Lago Trasimeno on the horizon.
Explore the little nearby villages, especially lovely Castiglione del Lago. Bring your GPS, but be prepared for the darned thing to occasionally get totally flummoxed, so bring the Michelin map book, too. You’re in the countryside!
Absolutely lovely villa situated perfectly in the Italian countryside with spaciousness all around. We didn’t think the pictures did it justice! Loved being nestled in among the olive trees and vineyards nearby! And, especially liked the centrality of the location in visiting the lake and other nearby villages. Ken and what seems to be a team of local people they know, are most responsive if you need them. Thank you for understanding a traveler’s needs!
We recently stayed at this beautiful villa and there truly is something for everyone in the area. The house is set up as a real home from home with every convenience you could wish for. Our day trips included a number of local markets; Isola Maggiore on Lake Trasimeno where we discovered an Irish lace making museum and a tradition of lace-making which is still alive on the island today; Città della Pieve where we saw some beautiful works of art by a famous renaissance painter, Pietro Vannucci, known as Il Perugino (The Perugian) who was born in the city. My teenage daughter spent a number of hours on a horse-riding trip through vineyards and olive groves which will always be a special memory for her. We would relax in the evening with a glass of some delicious local wine under the stars watching the fireflies play and wake up next morning to the sound of the cuckoo in the distant forest. There's so much to experience locally but more importantly this house is a perfect getaway where you can relax and switch off, unwind and re-energise your heart, mind and body.
We had a wonderful holiday staying in this amazing house. From the moment we arrived, the beauty and tranquility of the house and surrounding countryside was just fantastic. The information folder provided is a gold mine of information to help you enjoy your holiday even more. We followed the recommendations for a few restaurants and all were fabulous. The nearest town, castellione di lago on Lake trasimeno was beautiful and we also visited montepulciano and Cortona, gorgeous hill-top towns. We didn't do too many days trips as we spent lots of time chilling out at the house and enjoying the beautiful swimming pool. Just to note, we traveled with our 7 month old baby and our room was set up with a very comfortable cot for her, there was a high chair also and a lovely big tree just beyond the swimming pool provided perfect shade for us on the patio so she could still enjoy sitting at the swimming pool with everyone between her swims.
We stayed here for 1 week in June and can't wait to go back! The villa was even more impressive than the description. Perfect pool with stunning views to the lake. Very private and tranquil setting yet close to all necessary amenities. Ken and Dancia were extremely good hosts and their recommendations for restaurants etc were superb. I would highly recommend this property.
On the border of Tuscany/Umbria - excellent base for excursions to Assisi, Arezzo, Cortona, Montelpulciano, Orvieto, Perugia, Pienza, Siena and many, many more.
A short drive from train station which makes Florence and Rome day trips very convenient!
Although very quiet and rural, we are a 57 min walk from a fantastic traditional restaurant. All pasta is made in house.
'Beautiful views of the sunrise and Lake Trasimeno............' Guestbook quote UK visitors '08.
Historic village of Castiglione del Lago is close by - bars, restaurants, museum, weekly market and lake front activities.
Within 30 minutes drive are: Chiusi, Cortona, Montelpulciano, Paciano, Panicale, Pienza and a host of other spectacular villages.
Day trips to Florence and Rome are a 1.5 hr train ride from the local train station.
Arezzo, Assisi, Siena, Orvieto are within an easy hour's drive.
Outlet shopping is 30 min away at Val di Chiana Outlet Village.
Other Activities: shopping, wine tasting, sightseeing, cookery schools, cycling
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000|
Ask about the PRICE REDUCTION FOR SMALLER PARTIES
Security deposit is €1,000 euro.
Price includes electricity, heating.
If renting for more than 1 week, a 10% discount will apply to the subsequent weeks.