Villa Grazie - Gelsi, Cortona, Toscana - Tuscany
- Propery Type:
- Air Con
- Swimming Pool
- Wecome basket
Villa Grazia is a traditional 17th-century Tuscan stone farmhouse villa, with beautiful grounds and extensive gardens, as well as a large swimming pool (open 9am-8pm) and a fish pond. A private chapel is sheltered in a small wood on the estate, and another stretch of land is cultivated with grape vines and olive trees. Buildings once used for olive oil production have been exquisitely converted into a residence, with two large apartments and a charming cottage. Although there is a train station nearby in Terontola, guests staying at Villa Grazia will need to rent a car.
Minutes from the Umbrian border, Cortona is the setting of "Under the Tuscan Sun." Filled with the spirit of its Etruscan heritage, its winding streets are lined with lovely shops and restaurants. Cortona, as a cittá d'arte ("city of art"), hosts a variety of cultural events and festivals through the year, including the Tuscan Sun Festival. Nearby are many attractions, including Montepulciano, Montalcino, Cetona, Arezzo, and Chiusi. Access to Florence and Siena to the north, as well as Rome to the south, is easy by rail or by the A1 highway.
One of the great things about Villa Grazia is that is works for groups of all sizes. The main farmhouse can be rented as a whole (to sleep 12) or seamlessly divided into two private apartments, Gelsi and Ginestre, each sleeping six. Girasoli, a separate cottage, sleeps 2+2. Each accommodation has a separate entrance, private patio for dining al fresco, and separate access to the pool.
The charming owners live in a separate villa on the estate. They enjoy welcoming guests to their property and can help organize trips or museum visits as well as make restaurant reservations. If you are lucky, you may be invited to visit their private garden.
When you arrive at Villa Grazia, you will find a Welcome Basket, with everything you need for breakfast the following morning. The large supermarket in neighboring Camuccia is open on Sunday mornings, so there is no need to rush out for groceries when you arrive.
GELSI (sleeps 6, 1600 sq. ft.; lower level)
• Lovely living room
• Large eat-in kitchen with dishwasher
• 2 queen bedrooms
• 1 twin bedroom
• 3 bathrooms (2 with Jacuzzi tubs and 1 with Jacuzzi shower)
|Dates||Guests||Price per week|
|High||June 30 - September 1||6||€2,600.00|
|Mid||7 14 April (Easter Holidays)
April 28 June 30
September 1 - October 6
December 22 January 5 2013 (Christmas Holidays)
|Low||Rest of year||6||€2,200.00|
* Prices are quoted in Euros and calculated according to the CBA selling rate. Prices are subject to change in AUD due to currency flucuations. (Currency converter)
Saturday (other arrangements on request, but no Sunday afternoon arrivals)
One week, except in off season, when 3-day rentals are accepted
Includes Linens (including pool towels), utilities (except heat and a/c), final cleaning, welcome basket with everything you will need for breakfast (so you don't have to go to the market until the following morning).
Extras Heat and telephone/fax are metered. Air-conditioning is €120/wk each for Gelsi and Ginestre; €60/wk for Girasoli; €300 for entire property; charges for air-conditioning are to be paid in cash in Italy. Additional cleaning, cooking, babysitting and grocery shopping services can be arranged at extra cost.
Security Deposit $500 per apartment, payable by check to IVV and returned a month after your stay less any damage or unpaid fees.
Pool (14 x 7 meters) is open May 15 - Sep 30 and is equipped with a diving board. Discounts are available for renting multiple accommodations on the estate. Please inquire.