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Relax & unwind at our Tuscan Paradise hidden in the hills 12 min. from Cortona - QUERCIA - 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Description

QUERCIA - 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

The Quercia apartment is our biggest and most luxurious apartment. It is ideal for a big family or two small families or groups of friends on holiday together. The large double bed bedroom on the 1st floor looks out across the mountains and features a 4 poster bed. The 2nd bedroom on the 1st floor is kitted out with two full size bunk beds. The shared bathroom on the 1st floor has a large shower, toilet, bidet and handbasin. The stairwell leading down to the kitchen/living area has a child safety gate for added peace of mind when active toddlers are in residence. The double bed bedroom on ground level has it's own entrance and en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet, bidet and handbasin. The kitchen/living area is equipped with a 4 top gas cooker and full size gas oven, fridge/freezer, microwave and toaster, as well as plates and cutlery. The kitchen opens out onto a veranda which is perfect for alfresco dining and relaxing.


About the property

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Our tiny family run farm at 650mt above sea level is nestled in the hills 12km above Cortona, surrounded by oak woods. Aimed at families with small children or couples and small groups who want to experience Tuscany in a friendly family environment. No priceless antiques or Persian rugs, just high quality economical squeaky clean accommodation. Newly layed swimming pool with Roman steps ideal for sitting and splashing for the younger non swimmers, equipped with solar shower and safety fenced for piece of mind. Safety gates and fences throughout the property to make toddler surveillance that much easier. Baby beds, baby baths, high chairs, potties, toys, baby monitors and pool equipment freely available. A perfect location for families with children of all ages and couples, both young and young at heart who want to experience Tuscany in a friendly easy-going family environment.


Owner
Margaret
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, italian
Calendar last updated:
September 10, 2017

About Margaret

About us: Margaret is a trained junior primary school teacher and has lived in Italy for the last 20 years and moved to Cortona with her husband Maurizio and two boys, Thomas 14 and Elliott 12 nine years ago. When not playing mum, she is busy in the greenhouse or creating beautiful photographs. Maurizio, Italian born and bred divides his time between Tuscany and Milan where he is a successful advertising photographer and film director. Thomas is 14 years old and passionate about fast cars. He goes to the school in Australia.His little brother Elliott who is 12 years old loves computer programming and mine craft! We are all completely bilingual in Italian and English.

Margaret purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Margaret chose Cortona area

Welcome to our home. Having become tired of the city and smog filled air of Milan we began searching for a better way of life for our children and ourselves 9 years ago. We stumbled on this property and instantly fell in love with it! The property probably dates back to the 1100s with the newest part being built in the early 1800s. The house would originally have been built by the farm workers who were under the power of the land owner who lived next door (evident by the tower on our neighbours house). We have been told that our home housed 30 people in the early 1920s as well as a barn under the house for the animals. The land was let completely go after the second world war when many farms in Italy were abandoned for the lure of easy work in the cities.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Our little farm offers a respite from the bustling Tuscan towns that surround us. The benefits of being at 650m above sea level means that the nights are always cool, no matter how hot the days are. Our 24/7 presence means that we are always on hand for advice about what to see and where to go and "how to say in Italian" as well as for any questions or problems that you may have.

Available Rentals

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Notes

Choosing to pay via bank transfer will eliminate the compulsory "service fee" charged to guests
Changeover Day: Changeover is generally Saturday or Sunday during the high summer season.
We open to midweek bookings outside of July/August .
Check in after 14.30 and checkout no later that 10.30.


Amenities

Cortona Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 2 full size bunk beds sleeping 4
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • The master bedroom comes equipped with a romantic closed fireplace, perfect for mid season evenings.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Our apartments have been specifically restored with children in mind. There are safety gates at the top of all stair areas and fenced railings throughout the property. There is a communal washing machine, swings, a trampoline and sand pit area. Outside: The beautiful swimming pool measures 5 by 10m and has a sloped floor that is 140cm at it's deepest. It is fully fenced and has a safety gate and solar shower. The communal BBQ area is equipped with a traditional wood pit as well as a gas BBQ and large table and seating area. The sand pit and swing are always a favourite with the little ones.

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
5

Un très bel endroi/ a very nice place

  • 5 of 5

2 très bonnes semaines en famille pour se reposer et connaître la région,

La piscine, les jeux, les animaux de la ferme, il y a toujours une activité pour les enfants.

Margaret et Mauricio sont des hôtes très accueillants et disponibles

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect Family Holiday.

  • 5 of 5

This place is an absolute joy. From beginning to end, we loved it.

The property in the Tuscan hills is utterly charming, spacious & fully equipped.

We felt welcome immediately and Margaret was most helpful, especially with her handy tractor to help with the luggage!

The views are spectacular and really don't encourage you to leave the property. If you do decide to explore, Margaret is a wonderful source of information & advice.

There is a pool, trampoline, badminton set and a BBQ over looking the hills.

We would gladly go back here in a heartbeat and are kind of wishing we'd never left.

Thank you Margaret, you have created a wonderful home from home which we loved being a small part of for a short time.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing holiday in Tuscany.

  • 5 of 5

We could not have dreamed of a better place to relax with our kids than here. Margaret and her family were excellent hosts - always available to answer questions and help, but very respectful of guests' privacy. Her whole family was pleasant and a joy to be around. Great place for kids - plenty of space to run around and fun things to do outside. We'll be back when we can!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect Tuscan Escape

  • 5 of 5

A special holiday experience at this wonderful place. Our hosts Margaret, Maurizio and family couldn't have done more to ensure we were perfectly looked after, nothing was too much trouble. Our two super-active boys (1 & 3 yrs) adored the pool (safely fenced!), chickens, trampoline, tree house, swings, tractor, badminton, veggie patch, BBQ... the list goes on. The story of the property's restoration is inspiring and the location is fantastic for a balance of Tuscan adventure (not least in nearby Cortona) and well needed country air. Sunset with a local glass or 3, and fireflies was a great end to the day! Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paradise

  • 5 of 5

A 750-year old beautifully appointed Tuscan villa about 15 minutes east of the town of Cortona – with charming hosts Margaret and Maurizio who ensure you feel like a part of their family. Magnificent views of the Tuscan hills, absolute peace and quiet – does it get any better?

Into the Cortona square to meet some locals and observe the passeggiata with our hosts. Cooking wood fired pizzas together, talking Brexit, EU and politics. This is why we came to Tuscany.

We used the villa as a base to visit towns like Spello, Gubbio, Bagni San Filippo and many other places in between. There are a few small restaurants that are a short driving distance, great for dinner or a beer overlooking the spectacular valley. We self-catered for breakfast in the well-appointed kitchen, with supermarkets available in Camucia, just down the hill from Cortona. The Camucia market is also very well stocked with all kinds of local fresh produce.

Having no TV meant that we could all do lots of reading, but fast WiFi is available for your use.

I cannot recommend this rental highly enough. Thanks Margaret and Maurizo for all your guidance and advice.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Tuscan Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Such a great stay in Tuscany, beautiful settlement, very nice and helpful hosts Margaret and Maurizio. We stayed there for a week with our friends from Spain. Quercia apt.was just perfect for our two families,the property was clean and well maintained. We would recommend this place to anyone!

Masha and Ivan Stojanovic

Belgrade, Serbia

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Perugia
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Portole
Nearest Train
13 Kilometres
Camucia
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Portole
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

The closest beach is at Grosetto and takes a good two hours of driving.

Travel:

A rental car is essential in this area of Tuscany as public transport is scant. Perugia 60km. Firence 130km. Roma Fiumicino 250km.

From Cortona: Keeping the ancient walls of Cortona on your right head on towards Citta di Castello. At Portole, keep to the right and continue for another 3.5km. At the number 15 blue and white road sign turn immediately right onto a white gravel track. Continue down the track until you come upon small brown barn in a field. You have arrived!

Further Details:

Not suitable for wheelchair access.

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