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Casa Colomba. Unique . Fantastic views . New Swimming Pool

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Orciatico, Nr. Volterra, Pisa Province, Tuscany and Florence, Italy - Peaceful Location On The Woodland Fringes Of Orciatico

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 is being installed for 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.

Janis Cauthery
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2017

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. For 2017 there will be a swimming pool.

Janis Cauthery purchased this house in 2014

Why Janis Cauthery chose Pisa

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 .Peaceful yet a short walk to the village .Wonderful woodland walks that go on for miles.The Astronomical Observatory is just up the hill see their website .

Guestbook comments from the owner

A guest wrote in June 2014

We had a fantastic time. Thank you so much. We loved the house and it was really lovely to have the books and music to enjoy too. The family who owned the local restaurant were so good to us. The weather was very hot and we did visit the beach as a break from touring the beautiful towns. We managed to use the pool in Agriturismo Signorini which is on the road out of Orciatico towards Volterra about 3 or 4 km from the house. They charged us 5 euros per person and have a lovely pool and loungers. They said that they would welcome other visitors to the house. there are details in the house. We had a lovely lunch there but you need to telephone in advance and tell them if you would like to eat there.

April 2014 guest wrote

The weather was blissful. Views from the house are stunning a panorama across a deep green valley dotted with hints of small villages in the distance. The house is at the top of Orciatico and as such feels both cut off whilst having access to the local village amenities. Walks up the hill take you to the forest littered with wonderful scenery : a few fascinating windmills, a fascinating abandoned house and a chorus of frogs at the top. Each morning we awoke to birdsong and a view from our balcony of the mist breaking and separating across the valley and the hills . The house is beautiful and has a lovely feel . We are looking forward to returning.

March 2014

We enjoyed a relaxing stay in this comfortable home.The central heating system works well. Italy enthrals as ever our last day in the peaceful sun here on the balcony was a real treat .

Ann who stayed in 2013 wrote .

Thank you for a wonderful stay . The house was lovely , the views in particular were stunning. It was a perfect location for visiting the main cities. I would certainly recommend Casa Colomba to family and friends

Guests in 2014 from England and Australia .

Having sent a week here we are very reluctant to be going home.Every day starts with spectacular views and weather permitting ends with wonderful sunsets.The walk up the hill is well worth it.

Audrey and family June 2014

One week is not enough in this idyllic setting.The village restaurant is fantastic 20 euros for 4 courses. House is well furnished. Our way home from the village was lit up by fire flies.
Jan 2014
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Lajatico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hip bath
  • Upstairs Bathroom with small bath and shower WC Downstairs Shower room with WC and bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1- 1 King size bed Bedroom 2- 1 King size bed Bedroom 3- 2 single beds Additional double sofa bed in upstairs sitting room There is also a sofa in Bedroom 1 that makes in two single beds
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Casa Colomba is a spacious house comfortably furnished and has full central heating . The kitchen is well equipped . Outside: Very private and quite. Fully enclosed garden with Olive trees.Balcony and terrace seating . Wonderful views . We also own the field next to the house .There are wonderful walks in the woods.The centre of the village is a five minute stroll away . Utility Room: Large Utility room with washing machine,additional fridge,microwave, ironing board, additional outside chairs, high chair travel cot and pushchair. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels and final clean included. We have a local agent who looks after the property for us . He speaks very good english . Other: All three bedrooms are comfortably furnished.Bedroom two has its own balcony with table and chairs. Upstairs there is an additional sitting room/landing which opens out onto the balcony with seating area.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Casa Colomba. Unique . Fantastic views . New Swimming Pool
average rating of 4.769231 based on 14 reviews

Gorgeous house with a stunning view

  • 5 of 5

This really was a brilliant place to stay. The house was spacious with all the amenities you could hope for: the bedrooms were very comfortable and the sitting room excellently appointed (and the shower had excellent water pressure, which is important to me!).

The location perfect. Perched at the top of a forested hill overlooking gorgeous scenery, it was a short walk to a national observatory. We had dinner in Nello's in Lajatico on our second night and can't recommend it enough. The house is ideally situated for exploring Siena, Pisa and Florence - can't wait to stay longer next time!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful holiday in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Casa Colomba was perfect for a writing holiday. The surrounding areas, the hilltop village of Orciatico and the astronomical centre made for lovely walks. Perfect views and within driving distance of Siena and Florence for day trips. The house itself was comfortable and well stocked with books and DVDs and a lovely kitchen. There is also a terrace looking over the hill; excellent for eating, writing and conversations.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastically located, peaceful house in the hills

  • 5 of 5

Such a wonderful house in an amazing location. Up in the hills with great views across the surrounding area. We had a great meal in a local town which was crazy cheap, unpretentious and delicious. Good place to stay to travel to Sienna, Voltaire and Florence. Very quiet with lovely walks in the surrounding forest and up to the Astrological viewpoint.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay . Next year we are installing a swimming pool which we are very excited about .
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Wonderful art filled stay in Tuscan hills

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful house at the top of a quintessential Italian village, with spectacular views of the Tuscan hills. Wonderful walks from the house through the woods, up into the hills and to the local observatory.

We spent a few very happy days in the house, including road trips to nearby towns and cities. Volterra, Pisa, San Giamanno and Sienna are all near enough for day trips, meaning a rich history of art and architecture, specifically a wide array of Renaissance masterpieces, are on your door step. A broad range of restaurants to suit the tastes of any foody. Looking forward to returning for more adventures.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Idyllic hill top location with stunning views

  • 4 of 5

Clean and well equipped property (with everything that you could possibly need, from beach bags to sun parasols) located on the edge of a pretty village. The real star is the magnificent views, that are simply breath taking. The property is a good base for larger trips to Pisa, for example, although we preferred visiting other local hill top towns such as Volterra and Lari.

The property easily sleeps 6 people, but could sleep 8. There were two bathrooms, one with a shower and the other with a (very small!) bath. There were plenty of bedding and towels, including beach towels.

Phillipo, who met us with the keys on arrival, was very friendly and seemed helpful should we have needed anything. However, everything was great, so we just saw him at the end of the two weeks to hand the keys back!

Janis, the owner, indicated that they intend to add a pool next year. This will be a great addition to the property.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful week at Casa Colomba

  • 5 of 5

Casa Colomba is a beautiful house in an amazing location. The house has been renovated to an excellent standard and is packed with character and charm. The view from the house is just breath taking, absolutely gorgeous.

Orciatico is just what we imagined a small Italian village to be. Again packed with character.

My wife and I along with our two teenage daughters had a holiday we will remember for ever. Tuscany is a lovely part of the world and we visited some beautiful places, Florence, the tower of Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano and Volterra.

Our only comments would be, unless you are better at navigating than us, try and make sure that you travel from the airport to the house in the day light. We found navigating the hill side roads a little challenging after a long days travel. Also, as the village is quite remote, touring Tuscany takes a little longer than we expected. However, with a little patience, getting around is fine

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

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.


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.


Pisa airport is 45 minutes. A car is essential.


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


Rates & Availability

Lajatico House Rental Rates

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Jun 3 2017 - Jul 21 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 22 2017 - Sep 8 2017
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Sep 9 2017 - Oct 6 2017
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7 night minimum stay
Oct 7 2017 - Dec 15 2017
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7 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 5 2018
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Jan 6 2018 - Feb 16 2018
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Feb 17 2018 - Feb 23 2018
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Feb 24 2018 - Mar 30 2018
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Mar 31 2018 - Apr 13 2018
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Apr 14 2018 - May 25 2018
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May 26 2018 - Jun 1 2018
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Jun 2 2018 - Jul 20 2018
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Jul 21 2018 - Sep 7 2018
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Sep 8 2018 - Oct 5 2018
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Oct 6 2018 - Dec 14 2018
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Dec 15 2018 - Jan 4 2019
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $194.04

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

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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