"If Italy is the body of art and culture in the world, Tuscany is the heart and Cortona is its soul..."Cortona, just 10 minutes away, is a small medieval 'hill town' above the Valdichiana in eastern Tuscany. It offers the best of traditional Tuscan lifestyle in a rural country setting and the conveniences of a small city.This classic Etruscan hill town lies between Lago Trasimeno and the Appenine mountains. It is rich in archaeological wonders from the Etruscan, Medieval, Roman and Renaissance eras. During the summer, Cortona hosts numerous activities including festivals, art exhibitions, antique markets, and a number of gastronomic fairs.The surrounding countryside offers stunning views, many walking trails, hundreds of miles of country roads for bicycling or car touring and swimming at Lago Trasimeno.
Vacation Rental Property
The Il Rifugio property is comprised of a seventeenth century stone farmhouse and 56 acres of private land. The house is situated on the edge of a centuries old olive grove located above the villa
ge of Montanare in the community of Cortona. Cortona is a hilltop Etruscan town with a rich history that is nearly 3000 years old. Some historians think that Cortona may be one of Europe's first organized cities. Cortona is just 10 minutes away by car. The master bedroom has a fixed double bed with a private dressing room and a large in suite bathroom with a tub and separate shower. The other bedroom with a fixed double bed has an in suite bathroom with a shower. The other two bedrooms have two single beds that can be configured as double beds if necessary and share a bathroom with an in tub shower. The kitchen is large with a separate pantry and a fireplace ideal for grilling meats and vegetables. There are two sitting rooms, upper and lower, with a fireplace in the upper sitting room. There is a formal dining room that seats 12 and the living room has a large fireplace. In addition to the three upstairs bathrooms there is a small down stares bathroom.
Sleeps & # of Bedrooms
The house at Il Rifugio has a total of 11 rooms and 4-1/2 bathrooms. There are 5 bedrooms, a kitchen with separate walk-in pantry, two sitting rooms, a formal dining room, living room and 3 fireplaces. It will comfortably sleep 10/12 people. Ten in the five bedrooms, 2 in day beds; one in the living room where the large fireplace is and one in the lower sitting room.
Swimming pool, Satellite TV, 3 Fireplaces; one with a Wood-Burning stove, Firewood, Telephone, Cell phone, CD Player, DVD Player, Board games, Fully equipped kitchen, Dishwasher, Microwave oven, Toaster oven, American coffee machine, Hair dryers in each bathroom, Refrigerator, Cooking utensils, Linens provided, Laundry room with Washer, Dryer and deep sink, Covered Parking, Outdoor Pizza Oven, Pergola and plenty of lawn furniture on a stone terrace, Wines will be available onsite at cost, No Smoking or pets please.
Utilities are included in the rental price except for telephone charges, which will be deducted from the security deposit at the end of the stay. Of course the house is completely cleaned with fresh towels, soap, bed linens and basic supplies. Additional maid service during the week can be arranged at a minimal cost. Additional services, such as private tours, dinners, wine or olive oil tasting, etc., can be pre arranged at the time of booking.
Policies & Restrictions
Please, no smoking inside the house. Camping on the grounds of the property is prohibited. For the safety of the animal and guests, domestic animals must not be brought to the property.
Rates & Availability
From the first Saturday in April through the first Saturday in May $5,500.
From the second Saturday in May through the second Saturday in October Swimming pool open) $6,000.
From the third Saturday in October through the last Saturday in Dcember $5,500.
There is also a $300 refundable security deposit.
Il Rifugio is the perfect location for a large or extended family vacation, small group special interest workshop, retreat, or simply a romantic getaway. The property offers the ultimate in privacy and is rented complete to individual parties. There are no apartments or nearby neighbors.