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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:
August 18, 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 Valdera e Colline Pisane

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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Orciatico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • 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.


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Casa Colomba. Unique . Fantastic views . New Swimming Pool
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Wonderful stay in wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Wolfgang . I am so glad you had a wonderful holiday and loved Casa Colomba as much as we do .
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Superb property with exceptional views!

  • 5 of 5

We (2 adults & 2 kids; 4 & 7) stayed at this property during May half-term and weren't disappointed at all. The house is perfectly positioned; an hour or so drive from Pisa through Tuscan hills and gorgeous towns & villages and sits high up on a hill with some of the best views I've ever seen. On a clear day and with the help of some binoculars you can even make out the leaning tower of Pisa.

The house has a lovely rustic feel and is a good size with plenty of room downstairs with 3 good sized bedrooms upstairs plus, 2 bathrooms. It slept 4 easily and would have no problem getting another 2 in. Likewise there is ample space outside with a gorgeous pool area and a built in BBQ. If you're looking for plenty of glass, marble and mirrors then this house isn't for you but then probably neither is Tuscany.

Whilst this house is open to rent it's obvious the owners put their love in to it. The garden is well maintained with lots of lovely flowers, the pool area is immaculate and the house has everything you need with lots of the 'basics' in the kitchen making it far more homely and straightforward when it comes to shopping.

The closest town - Lajatico - is where Andrea Bocelli is from and you can feel his influence locally and further afield. There are several other picturesque towns all within an hours drive and the beach is reachable too (also an hour or so) if you get bored of the pool.

All in all, for us, this was a great spot for a lovely week away during half-term. The kids loved the pool, the food and wine is great without paying tourist prices and there was lots of places to go.

Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning location and amazing views Highly recomen

  • 5 of 5

What can I say about this beautiful house and location. From the moment you arrive the view blows your mind. It's breath taking being able too see so far and wide such stunning views of Tuscany. Especially from

The swimming pool

The welcome from Filipo is also brilliant and nothing is to much trouble. The information about places to visit is fab and we went to a lot of the places mentioned in the booklet. Favourite was Lucca by far perfect day biking around the city wall

We will all be back my children have stopped talking about the amaiZng time they had

Thank you so much

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely pool and stunning views

  • 5 of 5

Great location with stunning views, especially appreciated from the pool area. The new pool is a great addition to the property and is a good size, with sunbeds and umbrellas and kept spotless by the very friendly gentleman who lives next door.

The house was well equipped and very clean, with plenty of bedding and towels and excellent kitchen facilities. The only issue we had was with the spiral staircase, as one of our party is frightened of open stairs. However, this was easily overcome as there is access to the upper floor via an external staircase.

We had enjoyable visits to Pisa, Sienna and Florence, amongst others. Filippo, the property manager, was particularly helpful in providing parking information for the latter. He also provided a taxi service for two of our party to the airport.

We would recommend the village restaurant, which is an easy downhill walk from the property; a little more challenging on the return! Also, there is an excellent restaurant, 'La Dea Partenope', at Cascina - not far from Pisa airport.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Judy, Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are so glad the swimming pool is a success . We are looking forward to going and using it in September . Ss glad you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes Piers and Janis
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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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $193.08

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.