Villa in Mercatale di Cortona, Tuscany/Umbria Border - 30 mins to Lake Trasimeno
- english, italian
What makes this Villa unique
Able to accomodate several generations - some families enjoy the ability for the older members to use the cottage and separate terrace for some quiet times. There are lovely views from the terraces and pool.
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Clean and comfortable house, fantastic pool.
Lovely house with all mod cons in a great location with super views from the pool. Although a little distance from the house, the pool is in the best possible location with shade/ sun available all day and is a good size. Marianne was on hand to assist with a couple of things and gave us plenty of good ideas for visits etc.
Excellent location, great holiday
We stayed here for 2 weeks with my in laws. What was great about it was that we was able to have a seperate place to enjoy some of own time in the very good cottage at the end of the garden. My advice is take this even if there is only a small party. The house is excellent, beautifully decorated with everything you need, the views are unbelievable and the pool area is fantastic. This is a real rural Italian hideaway, the people in the local town don't speak much English and you are experiencing authentic Italy. We got excellent advice of restaurants and places to go from marrianne, some of the restaurants are unbelievable. We enjoyed relaxed days by the pool and barbecues in the evening watching the stars. Me and my wife used the place as a hub for part of the second week, taking a train to Rome for 2 nights then veninice for one which was easy with the transport system in likely, we managed to do a day trip to Florence without hassle. If you are considering somewhere in Umbria/ Tuscany this is the place, you ll get a great location, peaceful surroundings, great food, excellent local villages, breathtaking scenery, great landlords and excellent links to the big cities. The pictures don't do it justice
I had the most amazing holiday. The villa had beautiful views for miles. It is the perfect place to take the family as it has everything you need all there ready for you. It is very peaceful yet only a 10 miniute drive to the small local village where we sat and had a few drinks. It is also little shop. I would definitely recommend this villa and can't wait to go again. I haven't been somewhere and felt so relaxed and at home.
Ideal Villa For Central Italy Vacation
A very good property right along the Tuscan/Umbrian border, in which we had a wonderful time. There is a lot of space, which was needed as I, my wife, our two children, and my mother-in-law were together -- there is a separate smaller house neatly made up which was perfect for her. The pool is very roomy, and the area around the pool is comfortable, too, dotted with well-set areas for al fresco dining (the kitchen makes preparation easy, as do local shops). It's an absolutely perfect area for artistic adventures as well, as Sansepulcro is only 45 minutes, and with Orvieto only about an hour and a half drive (the Cathedral is remarkable). The driving is along some curvy roads, but I must admit, I felt that was part of the fun. The owners of this villa are very accommodating, and pointed us towards a local winery, Donini, where we discovered some very reasonable and high-quality local wines to have while we stayed. Overall, I hope we can return again.
It was the perfect set-up for our 3 generation family holiday. Parents and children (ranging in age from 1 - 4) were in the main house while grandparents had a peaceful haven in the cottage! Lovely salt water pool - so much nicer than chlorine - and we swam most days. A swim before breakfast is the best start to any day! Fabulous countryside and plenty of interesting places to visit, food markets, restaurants, and wineries. Thank you for making us so welcome and comfortable - a wonderful holiday and memories to cherish - not least the fireflies dancing each night!
Lovely Spot In North Umbria
This villa was perfect for our family vacation in Italy! It has a big comfortable main house with 3 bedrooms, and then a snazzy side cottage about 50 yards away -- so great for us as we had 8 people (three couples and two kids). The bigger house had a nice kitchen we used all the time (there's a great little grocery store in nearby Mercatale I suggest visiting) to make meals, and when it was nice outside there are great spots for eating under the sun -- the grounds are also lovely! It was just warming up enough for us to use the pool, which is big enough we could all enjoy at once when we wanted. And it's salt water instead of chlorine as another review pointed out, which we liked better. We had swell daytrips as well (don't think we just sat and ate and swam!), to the amazing, can't miss, Assisi (about an hour away, and overflowing with art treasures), and to closer Citta di Castello (which has a great "retro flea market" on the third Sunday I think it is), as well as smaller local towns. Oh, one last thing, when you stay here (and you should, because it's lovely and affordable), try the restaurant close-ish called Calagrana. The owners of this villa -- who are super duper friendly and helpful if you need it -- pointed it out to us, and it's delicious. Overall, this villa was everything we could have wanted. A wonderful spot. We'll be back!
There is a man-made beach at Lake Trasimeno - about 25 mins drive from the house,with sun-beds for hire, and ferries to the islands on the lake, one of which is a nature reserve.The restaurant Ciao Ciao is on the beach where guests can have a glass of Prosecco whilst waiting for the ferry.
The ferry takes you to the one of the islands famous for lace-making and fishing. There are at least 2 good restaurants and a beautiful small church.
Perugia Airport (new to Ryanair ) 45 mins
Florence: 2 hours.
Rome and Pisa: 3 hours.
Forli(Bologna) and Ancona 2 hours
Car hire can be booked to collect at the airport - essential for a holiday at Cielo Chiaro.
The village of Lisciano Niccone is a 5 min. drive and has a small supermarket, two bars and two restaurants.
The small town of Mercatale has shops, banks restaurants and the best baker for miles!
Assissi, Siena, Orvieto, Montepulciano and many other famous cities are an easy drive from the house and we suggest travelling by train to Florence, Rome and Perugia - fun and cheap!
The house is an excellent base for exploring such jewels as Florence, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Gubbio, but there are many other lesser-known towns within easy reach for you to discover. A spectacular 20 minute drive over the hills offers you Lake Trasimeno, Italy's 4th largest lake. Subtly beautiful in itself with miles of placid water and 2 islands to visit by ferry, there is an opportunity for water sports here. Throughout the area during the season there is a wide variety of entertainment including music festivals antique fairs, and village 'festas' which the locals use as an excuse for a celebration!
There are many good restaurants but a short drive from the house with specialities such as homemade pasta with truffles and wild boar. One restaurant has a Sunday "brunch" - a set buffet style meal much appreciated by previous guests - another is in a wonderful position with a brilliant chef - just 10 mins away from Cielo Chiaro.
We always visit guests soon after their arrival to answer any queries and to give local advice on what to see and where to eat.
There is a shoe warehouse near Anghiari (about 30 mins drive) which caters for all tastes, and they have recently added clothes and luggage, handbags etc. A good day out would be to buy shoes, lunch at Castello di Sorci - a set price 6 course meal, and visit the museum with the Pregnant Madonna fresco in nearby Monterchi. Many guests have enjoyed our suggestion!
There are many supermarkets within easy reach, some with fresh fish counters, and the weekly markets offer the opportunity to join the locals in buying fresh fruit and vegetables, chat with friends over a coffee or glass of wine, and enjoy a porchetta roll (the famous whole roast pig stuffed with fennel and garlic) - a speciality of this area, not to be missed !