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Tuscan Mountain Cottage

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Looking down onto the village from the National Park
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Overview
1 bedroom
1 bathroom
4 guests
3 nights minimum
Cottage
The house is part of a historic built farmhouse, set on a mountainside (840m) in an area full of natural parks, forest and walking trails ('sentieri'). Although it is in a wonderfully quiet position, the house is in fact only 5 minutes' drive from the E45 motorway, 500 yds from a weekend Pizzeria, 4km from a shop and 10 minutes from a town with all facilities. The house is at the top of a short mountain road and consists of: sala/lounge with log burner and stove, double door and window onto views, large kitchen/dining room with small wood burner stove/oven and separate gas cooker, bathroom with shower (from hot water tank), wooden stairs to the upper floors. There is one large double bedroom, with access through an upstairs sitting room which has a sofa bed. With the peace and quiet at...The house is part of a historic built farmhouse, set on a mountainside (840m) in an area full of natural parks, forest and walking trails ('sentieri'). Although it is in a wonderfully quiet position, the house is in fact only 5 minutes' drive from the E45 motorway, 500 yds from a weekend Pizzeria, 4km from a shop and 10 minutes from a town with all facilities. The house is at the top of a short mountain road and consists of: sala/lounge with log burner and stove, double door and window onto views, large kitchen/dining room with small wood burner stove/oven and separate gas cooker, bathroom with shower (from hot water tank), wooden stairs to the upper floors. There is one large double bedroom, with access through an upstairs sitting room which has a sofa bed. With the peace and quiet at night, the mountain air, and the bedroom shutters closed it's impossible not to sleep very well indeed! New for 2015: new additional attic room with Velux and sofabed. We list the house as one bedroom but there are also two separate rooms with sofa beds which we use for our children. Whenever we go we tend to mix travelling around the local area and tourist trails with walking and mountain biking. We have two Cannondale mountain bikes available for hire (£30/week each) if you would like to use them.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
The house has an open, rustic staircase so we do not recommend for small children (although we have stayed with our own boys when they were little, but we were very careful with them).
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
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Meet the host
David W
Hosting since September 2006
Languages spoken: English, Italian
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsGuests have the house to themselves. The village has about a dozen houses, of which most are inherited Italian holiday homes. The village is an extremely friendly community and you will get used to greeting Bruno as he passes by in his tractor. We have a keysafe at the house and a friend (Rossana) who lives in the village helps look after the house for us when we are not there.
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Reviews (6)
Martin S
Martin S
Sandwich, United Kingdom2 contributions
We stayed in this lovely property from July 28th to August 11th and had a very pleasant time. Right on the edge of a national park and a good base from where to explore Tuscany, northern Umbria and elsewhere. The location might be a bit far out for some but we thoroughly enjoyed alternating between days visiting towns, villages and the usual tourist destinations and days walking in the forest. Lots of wildlife right outside the house - fox, badger, roe deer, wild boar and others. Would like to come again in spring. Very scenic and reasonably quiet, the owners were very helpful, everything we needed was in the house and shopping not too far away.
Visited August 2018
Written September 27, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jonathan M
Jonathan M
1 contribution
Just as described - an idyllic, no frills, back-to-basics, charming, rural mountain cottage. With all the basic comforts needed to compliment a beautiful landscape. The owners should be thanked for sharing the property and allowing people to experience this region, and for providing a wealth of local information and recommendations.
Visited October 2014
Written October 13, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Fmcm
Fmcm
Cork, Ireland6 contributions
Very much enjoyed this cottage up in the mountains. Great for walking. The cottage itself is lovely and very comfortable. It's basic but complete. It ticked all the boxes for us.
Visited August 2013 Traveled as a couple
Written August 30, 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

260Wendy
260Wendy
London, United Kingdom4 contributions
This place is quite unique. Imagine the smallest cutest most rustic cottage high up in the mountains with fabulous walks and views all around and this is it. We wanted something away from it all, and we got it. It's important to know that you may need to know about chopping up logs for this place as you need logs for the water heater, kitchen range and log burning stove. There are alternatives but we didn't really bother with them, much better to get into the mood and start chopping wood!! We had a cow and his owner looking in the kitchen window the first morning, and had a fabulous pizzeria experience in the local pizzeria. It's a small place and tall people have to bend down to get into rooms/up stairs - But lovely atmosphere, well equipped kitchen and very good instructions from the owners.
Visited September 2012 Traveled as a couple
Written November 1, 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
David W
David W
Thank you for the lovely review, you've captured exactly what we love about the house. We have invested in a wood store and our friend on the mountain, Bruno, fills it regularly with wood that's cut to the right size. So you shouldn't now need to chop wood (unless you want to, of course!) The Pizzeria is a wonderful part of the experience. It is staffed by the friendly locals and does great Pizzas and our favourite Calzone anywhere!
Written November 3, 2013. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JdPStokie
JdPStokie
London, United Kingdom29 contributions
only accessible, by car this cottage is as described, rustic, and is perfect for a getting away from it all break. The setting is beautiful and serene, the only sound is the echoes of cuckoos across the valley. Perfect. We really will go back before we're too old to get up those stairs. The wood burner stove provided a warm end to any chilly evenings, the bed was comfortable and clean as a whistle. If you don't mind doing without 5* luxury but are content with comfortable and clean, and want to explore the real Italian mountains, this is for you.
Visited May 2010 Traveled as a couple
Written June 18, 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Grangelina
Grangelina
St. Albans, United Kingdom25 contributions
We stayed here at the end of August and had a wonderful time.Its tucked away up in the mountains at the 'end of the road' .The weather was fantastic and there is no light pollution here so every night the sky was full of crystal clear stars across 180*. Being high up in the hills you'll need a car of course but its no big deal to get to Florence, Rimini, Arrezo and Perugia, Assisi on day trips.There are so many beautiful villages to see it's impossible to recommend any..just look at the guide books and plunge in!..that's half the fun.Everyone was friendly and the supermarkets nearby are well stocked and plenty of markets to mooch around.I cant remember the names of all the smaller nearby villages but there is plenty of information at the cottage and do your research before you go.And take a good map for exploring off the main roads. I say this kindly:The cottage is traditional and rustic so don't expect a funky completely modernised swish pad up in the mountains...But that's the beauty of this cottage...its full of character and everything you need is here...all you want is hot water,somewhere comfortable to sleep and to sit outside every evening under the stars with good food after a hard days rambling around stunning villages.If you want five star hotel accommodation go to Rome and pay for it.We would take this place every time instead... and will go back!!!
Visited September 2011 Traveled with friends
Written October 10, 2011. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Mountain Views
  • Parking
  • Stereo System
  • Stove
  • Towels Provided
  • Fishing Nearby
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • Cycling Trips
  • Hiking Trips
  • Rural/Countryside Retreats
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About the neighborhood
Highlights for us include Sansepolcro and its buildings, churches and Piero della Francesca paintings, Monterchi (a wonderful hilltop Tuscan town with the Madonna del Parto on display), La Verna and its monastery, stunning Anghiari, Arezzo and its antiques market (and scenes from Life is Beautiful), and the fantastic fruit and vegetables at the local market in Pieve Santo Stefano (and the fresh pasta shop there too!). We send a guide to local markets and restaurants to guests. The quality of the food in the valtiberina area is tremendous and, even better, the prices are low as the area is not as 'touristy' as the rest of Tuscany. There are a number of great restaurants within an easy drive of the cottage. At weekends, there is also a local, rural pizzeria run by a local family which does fantastic pizzas (we recommend the calzone in particular) at great prices - 2 calzoni, bruschette, wine & water for €14!. We have a pile of maps and guides to the area available for use at the house and would definitely recommend the Sansepolcro tourist office if you need more information. One of our favourite books has a number of waymarked walking and mountain biking trails (including to La Verna) which start or can be joined from the house and wind their way through the forest trails, plains and natural parks. www.valtibike.com is also useful for these. If you are a keen cyclist you will particularly love the area, whether it is for mountain biking or road. As with many places in Italy, you'll see lots of club cyclists out on the weekends taking advantage of the good weather, clean mountain air and quiet, stunning roads. We're keen to develop the house for cycle holidays as it's a passion of ours. The house is also a real haven for walkers and lovers of wildlife. The area is criss-crossed by many way-marked trails, often passing through the local forest and into the Casentino national park which borders the village. At Gualanciole (slightly further up the valley) a new visitor centre is being built which will focus on Tuscan flora and fauna. Gualanciole is also an important junction for many of the way-marked trails e.g. the St Francis trail and the route to nearby La Verna.
Access
Car required
How to get there
We tend to fly Ryanair to Bologna Forli, Perugia, Pisa, Florence, Bologna, Rome Ciampino, Rimini or Ancona. Any budget airline to those airports, Florence, Perugia or Rimini would be ideal. You do need a car to get to the house, and to see some of the best sites in the area. For car hire we have found Hertz (if accessed via Ryanair) cheapest, or holidayautos. You can either pick the car up from the airport, or get the train to Arezzo or Florence and collect a car there. Being so close to nature at the cottage makes us very aware of the impact our travelling has. We’re hoping in the long term to make the cottage much more environmentally friendly, we’re already trying to re-use, and recycle as much as we can and think about the things we buy like cleaning products and light-bulbs. The wood we use to heat the house comes from local sources and the forestry is managed responsibly. In the longer term we’d really love to start using the summer sun and the winter winds to produce the energy that we use. We've also been looking at carbon offsetting and in particular the idea of tree planting. Carbon offsetting is a relatively new, and controversial, area. It’s widely acknowledged that there’s no substitute for just not producing the emissions but we’d like to do what we can. From the information we could find it seems there is controversy over whether tree planting works. We therefore looked at something a bit broader, and which also had the appeal of a community/aid element too. Flying is the way that most of us get around Europe and it not only tends to produce high emissions but it also produces them high up in the atmosphere which causes more damage. For each person who books with us and gets to Italy by air we will contribute to the International Communities Portfolio from the Carbon Neutral Company. We thought this was a good way to make a positive difference to communities around the world. We’ll send you an email with the details (we thought the posting of a certificate might undo a little of the good work!) If you’re travelling by car or train then we’ll give you a £5 discount from your bill unless you’d like us to contribute to the fund for you. You don't have to fly to get to the house. We have made a couple of trips by car from the UK which were fantastic (even, or especially, in an 17 year old Panda!). There are some great routes you can take, some avoiding most of the tolls too. Let us know if you'd like details. We have also travelled by train from London to Florence and then hired a car locally. The train ride is fantastic! Again, let us know and we can give you details.
Activities nearby
Fishing NearbyHorse Riding Nearby
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