Casa Colomba is a restored property set on the woodland fringes of Orciatico, an ancient hilltop village 400 meters above sea level. The setting is so peaceful.A brand new swimming pool was installed in 2017.There are stunning views over the Tuscan hills towards Pisa, Florence and Volterra. On a good day you can even see the Leaning Tower .Comfortably furnished, the house has many artistic and original features. It has two balconies and terraced seating areas and a fully enclosed garden with patio, lawn and olive trees.Through out the day you can follow the sun all the way around the cottage.There are breathtaking views from all three bedrooms.The field adjoining the property belongs to Casa Colomba .The cottage is spacious ,comfortable and well equipped. There are a large selection of books,DVD's and games.A complimentary welcome pack will be there for you on your arrival.The charming small town of Lajatico is just ten minutes away and it is where Andrea Bocelli holds his concert every year at the Teatro del Silenzio .
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Cottage in Orciatico, Nr. Volterra, Pisa Province, Tuscany and Florence, Italy - Peaceful Location On The Woodland Fringes Of Orciatico
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About Janis Cauthery
Piers and Janis live in Wilmcote a village near Stratford Upon Avon, in the UK. They purchased the property in January 2014. They fell in love with Tuscany on a visit in 2013 and decided to search for a property where they could spend time with their family and friends. They were lucky to find Casa Colomba . It is in the delightful hilltop village of Orciatico, which is peaceful and unspoilt . It is great for walking and bird watching and is well located for touring around Tuscany.Ideal base to stay for the concert of Andrea Bocelli at The Teatro el Silenzio. The concert can be seen from the house. Since purchasing the property , they have installed a complete new damp course, fitted fly screens and decorated inside and out. We have had a new driveway built so access and parking is easier. There is now space for 3 car. In 2017 a swimming pool has been built with wonderful views.
Janis Cauthery purchased this House in 2014
Why Janis Cauthery chose Lajatico
We love Tuscany. The lifestyle, the food, the landscape and the wonderful places to visit . The location is so peaceful with the most spectacular views.There are so many places to explore and the location is ideally suited for peace and quiet with easy access to the more traditional tourist towns and cities. There are also some lovely little medieval towns within a short drive . There are wonderful walks through the woods directly from the cottage gates.
What makes this House unique
The location is unique .Swimming pool with wonderful views .So peaceful yet a short walk to the village and the bar. Wonderful woodland walks that go on for miles.The Astronomical Observatory is just up the hill see their website . http://www.astronomicalcentre.org/
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Wonderful stay in wonderful location
Our family had a great holiday in Casa Colomba.
The location is perfect (with 3 bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen) and has a great view. The new private pool is cleaned every day.
Thank you Janis, for these relaxing weeks in your house in Tuscany!
Wolfgang & Family
Thank you Wolfgang . I am so glad you had a wonderful holiday and loved Casa Colomba as much as we do .
Beautiful Retreat in Rural Tuscany
Lovely house, welcoming. Clean and spacious. Views from every room, even the bathroom upstairs. All facilities available at the house to make it a home from home experience. The views as soon as you arrive will leave you breathless. Ever changing throughout the day, but no less amazing. Pool cleaned every morning and plenty of room for relaxing around the pool area, or any of the three patio areas. Ideal location for visiting many of the towns and villages nearby, but also fabulous if you just want to relax and re-charge. Local bar/café down the hillside into the village, run by the community, restaurant and small shop. The walk back up to the house needs a little more effort, but well worth it when you arrive. Filippo was on hand if you needed any advise or help throughout the holiday. He even came to see us on our last day to see how the holiday went and what to do on our departure. Visited (a few times), San Gimignano, Volterra and some of the local villages around Orciatico. Thank you to Janis and Piers for allowing us to stay in their home in this beautiful home in Tuscany. Denise, Alan, Andrea and Brian
Thank you for your lovely review . We are so glad you enjoyed your holiday and enjoyed the house and the area as much as we do
A Special Place in Tuscany
What a special place… one to remember.
We spent a week in this Tuscan Villa in late September, the weather was lovely and we even managed a dip in the pool even at this time of year.
Firstly the view, you just have to see it to really feel it, its breath taking – you are just high enough to see miles and miles of Tuscany countryside. The house patio and pool and perfectly situated to take in the view while you are having a swim or having some breakfast outside.
The house is well equipped, we had our baby and three year with us and my parents. There was lots of space for us all to share. The beds are comfy and it’s so quiet at night (when our little ones were asleep) it’s so peaceful. The bathroom has a shower with an amazing with a tiny bath (which we loved – with me and the two little ones in). The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need.
The house a lovely feel and is a great base to explore Tuscany.
We will be back x
A Tuscan Delight - central, accessible
Did you say “ORCIATICO“? Shhhh. “Orciatico". That's better. Don't tell the world. You won't find it in many guide books.The perfect place to go out from in the morning and come back to in the evening. So why am I telling you? It's what you do when you are in love. And everyone can't come here.
Janis and Piers have thought of everything you might need to make your stay a success – and then some more - even walking poles and binoculars. So let me tell about our time in Orciatico in September : It’s early morning; I am the only one up …
Listen. What do you hear? Nothing. That's it. Silence. Beautiful silence. Broken only by the occasional burr of a farmer’s saw or the distant dog who barks at 4pm each day. Usually one bark starts another across the valley, but in the hot Tuscan sun, they can't be bothered.
Go into the garden below the yellow stone walls of the old house and pick a fig, olive or pomegranate or even the largest conker you ever had. Admire the yellow autumn crocuses under the olive trees.
Listen to the birds. Hear the wind in the trees. Look for the red squirrel with the bushiest tail. Spot a fox or porcupine – yes! - at the roadside as you return from a restaurant in the evening.
Walk up the road into the forest and see the wild flowers – orchids, purple colchicum and yellow crocuses. Visit the ancient windmill ruins or the astronomical observatory. Follow the winding path back through the woods.
If the day is hot, cool off in the blue pool - as one of our party did one morning. He didn't intend to and had all his clothes on at the time. He survived; a pity about his iPhone.
Wander down to the village bar. Watch the ladies playing ‘Briscola’ with 40 strange and familiar cards. Buy a litre of local Chianti for 4E. Listen to the crickets as dusk falls. See the lights of the distant villages and even perhaps Pisa in the distance. Wonder at the billions of stars appearing in the evening sky. Re-introduce yourself to the Milky Way and show your children that it is not a chocolate bar.
Get up early and sit on the balcony as the leaves rustle in the breeze and the morning sun rises over the Mediterranean poplars in the east. Watch the changing patterns as the mist lifts from the patchwork quilt of fields in the valley below. See a plume of smoke rising lazily from a wood fire. It can't be bothered to go all the way up. Reaches 100 ft and then heads off towards Pisa.
This is Italy, Tuscany, Orciatico, Casa Columba. We loved it: So will you.
Lovely spot and comfortable house!
A super place with stunning views across the countryside. Delightful pool and several places to sit at different parts of the day to find shade!
A beautiful piece of Tuscany
Excellent family holiday villa. Very well equipped and maintained. The local agent (Filippo) and neighbour Gian Carlo are always on hand to help and super friendly. Unrivalled views and central enough to visit all the beautiful cities such Pisa, Siena, Volterra, Florence and Lucca. Highly recommended.
Special interest holidays: We are able to provide Art course with an Artist who has a degree in History of Art from Cambridge University . Our local agent arranges bespoke tours and would be more than happy to organise one for you if you so wish. He is Italian but speaks very good english. Coast/Beach: The nearest beach is a Cecina, 45 minute drive. This has an excellent beaches, and a fantastic waterpark . There are excellent outdoor swimming pools at nearby Chianni and Peccioli. Travel: Pisa airport is 45 minutes. A car is essential. Distances: 25 minute drive to Volterra and San Gimignano. 1 and a half hour drive to Florence and Siena Further Details: Orciatico has a very friendly bar, where you can pick up all the local gossip. You can also buy a bottle of local wine for 5 Euros and collect a refill for 2euros. It has a general store , delicatessen and a very good restaurant which opens in high season.There are several good restaurants near by . In nearby Lajatico there is a bank, post office and a weekly market on a Wednesday .There are four restaurants in and around Lajatico. Lajatico is the home town of Andre Bocelli where he has a concert for one night every year in the Teatro del Silenzio . This can be seen from Casa Colomba .La Rosa about twenty minutes away has more shops
Booking Notes: On booking a deposit of 20% final payment is due 8 weeks before departure. Bookings can be done on line or via post We only take booking from Saturday to saturday but may be able to do alternative days in low season Changeover Day: Arrival after 15.00 hours and departure by 10.00 . Changeover day is usually Saturday but there can be some flexibility in low season Notes on prices: Prices shown are for the property per week in UK pounds. Short breaks and midweek bookings may be accepted in low and medium seasons. Discount for long lets- please contact for details. Costs are inclusive of linen, cleaning , gas and electricity.