Now also featured on Alistair Sawday's 'Special Places to Stay' If you are looking for a secluded property with beautiful views, yet close to many of the attractions of Tuscany, this could be for you. On a tranquil Tuscan hilltop, a comfortable farmhouse/villa with a large pool. Wander acres of olive groves, dine al fresco beneath starry skies. Elevated above the Chiana valley this is a peaceful Tuscan farmhouse surrounded by acres of olive groves. The old building had been left to ruin, but a careful restoration transformed its fortunes; a new stone facade, terracotta floors and beamed ceilings blend tradition with solid modern comfort. Through the wooden arched doors interiors are cosy and rustic. Plump sofas surround an open fire, while checked curtains add a touch of English country style. A long pine table is great for sociable dinners in the kitchen, or you can eat al fresco beneath the pergola or impressively starry skies. Good sized bedrooms are simple and fresh; most have garden views and one has an en-suite shower room. A terracotta terrace with a barbecue and outdoor seats frame the house, and there's a gorgeous swimming pool just beyond. Walks from the door head through olives, chestnut and oak woods where you might spot wild boar, foxes and porcupines. The house is in beautiful countryside close to the historic village of Civitella and superbly located for art and culture and all the historic towns and villages of Tuscany and Umbria. Florence is about 1 hour away, Siena and Cortona about 50 minutes, whilst Perugia and Assisi are within easy reach.
The pool is normally open and heated from mid-May, however it can be made available earlier on request. Until mid-May there will however be a charge to cover the cost of electricity for heating the pool.
Some guest comments but also see Reviews section) "...so busy since returning that I've not had the chance to thank you for letting us have such a glorious week at La Tartaruga. You have a wonderful place in the hills with such terrific views and challenging walks. (May 2013) We had a great time at the villa, and enjoyed the pool very much. It was all kept in excellent order by the people who came in at various times to do the pool, garden aand the sheets/towels - all very friendly and I think we managed to communciate despite our total lack of Italian. They were very quick to get the sun umbrella for the pool area repaired. We would certainly recommend the villa to friends. (September 2013) We left your lovely house yesterday morning after a wonderful week. All went well and we left the house as we found it. During the week we have met your friendly gardener and the man who came to check if everything was OK. (July 2013) Thank you for your email, we had the most fabulours week, thank you so much! We were so lucky with the weather, it was glorious and added to the enjoyment of the stunning scenery, etc. (April 2013)