Master double bedroom with four poster bed and en suite bathroom with shower and free-standing tub
Double bedroom with four poster bed and en suite shower room
Bedroom with small double bed for 1 adult or 2 children, en suite shower room
Double bedroom with en suite shower room
Beautiful handmade kitchen with range-style cooker
Open plan sitting and dining room
Swimming pool (16m x 6m – saltwater)
Large gardens with spacious lawns
Covered outside dining area
Air Con in bedrooms – (Included during high season bookings. Payable extra at other times)
Cot – Payable extra
Mid week clean- more cleaning available on advance request – payable locally
Cook can be arranged – payable locally
The local village of Pergo has a small supermarket and good bar
La Dogana only 4 minutes by car has a mini market, pizza restaurant and hairdresser
Cortona is only 10 minutes by car
Lake Trasimeno is 20 minutes by car for the nearest swimming, boats and water sport activities – Castiglione del Lago is a charming town with plenty of restaurants and bars, some on the waterfront
Montepulciano is 40 minutes by car
Arezzo is 45 minutes by car
Perugia is 1 hour by car
Florence (1hr 40 mins drive to the house) from most international airports
Perugia (1 hour) limited connections
Rome (2hrs 40 mins drive to the house) from most international airports
Timings are approximate, use as a guide only.
A hire car is essential at this house
Set within the estate of one of Tuscany’s most historic families, the surroundings of The Manor House are picture perfect.
The Etruscan town of Cortona (featured in the film ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’) is only 10 minutes by car. Explore here the ancient medieval streets and soak up the warmth of the sunshine and Italian hospitality. The streets are simply lined with treasures; traditional osterias, gelaterias, bars, shops with locally made goods, art museums and historic churches. Stop off in one the piazzas and join the beautiful locals for an aperitif before supper. Don’t leave home without picking up a piece of traditional hand-painted pottery.
Lake Trasimeno, where Umbria spills over into Tuscany is Italy’s fourth largest lake and a prime spot if you want to tiptoe off the well trodden trail and slip into the slow rhythm of lake life. Around this 128 sq km lake, olive groves, vines, woods of oak and cypress and sunflower fields frame castle topped medieval towns, such as Castiglione del Lago and Passignano. You can swim from the lakeside beach at Castiglione del Lago and beach and water sports are available there.
For those keen on wine, the Cortona wine trail winds it’s way through historic vineyards, some dating back to the 3rd century BC and now the area has earned it’s own D.O.C Cortona. Try the Tuscan desert wine ‘Vin Santo’, along with other specialities of the area – beef, pecorino cheese and cured meats.
Approaching from a narrow and windy lane (you may even find yourself holding your breath for the first time!) then rounding the bend to see this glorious house emerge from the landscape is very impressive. The building is steeped in history, the central house and tower were built in the 14thC as external defences for the city. The beautiful old stonework is full of character and inside, the rooms have kept the authenticity of the building. What used to be the old stable is now the sitting room, some of the bathrooms have traditional marble sinks and clay and marble tiles carpet the ground floor.
The bathrooms are of a very high standard and well-appointed. The bedrooms are large and bright, with high quality bed linens and antique furniture, each window framing a snapshot of the Tuscan countryside.
For those who like to explore put of season, the large fireplace in the sitting room is wonderful for cosying up with a good book.
Outside the house a large covered pergola with comfortable seating is wonderful for dining ‘al fresco’. Lemon and olive trees in the garden paired with magnificent views across the Val di Chiana, for those who simply love Italy, you really can’t get more ‘dolce vita’ than this.