The Tuscany/Umbria borders are often missed in the rush for Chianti central, a great pity as the views are magnificent, the hills beautifully wooded and verdant, and there are many small villages with imposing castles. Discerning visitors to this area love to explore the hidden histories, the summer festivals, enjoy the markets and relax into the slow and utterly endearing pace of local life.
Typical of the area, this beautifully restored 19th century farmhouse with its cheery facade is ideally situated for total privacy in a country location yet a short distance from the small village of Mercatale di Cortona. Built in 1888 and newly renovated Casa Fornace is a delightful building with a long vine covered terrace; perfect for enjoying far reaching views down the valley.
This house has been renovated with an outdoor lifestyle in mind with its large stone table perfect for 'al fresco' dining, the many sun umbrellas and shady garden areas are ideal for getting away from the house. Dine in comfort surrounded by the large garden with mature scented shrubs, brightly coloured oleanders, scented roses and lemon trees. Admire the splendid views towards the Umbrian hills, the peace and total tranquillity. Summer guests are invited to pick their own ‘truly organic’ vegetables from the rich vegetable garden laid out by the caretakers.
There is plenty to keep one busy too, if that is what one seeks, with many pretty towns and villages nearby and the watersports of lake Trasimeno only a short drive away.
Local distances: The village of Mercatale 1.5 km (walking distance if you are fit as the return trip is uphill and steep) provides excellent facilities; several supermarkets, post office, bakery, florist, trattoria, pizzeria and two bars. Citta di Castello 38 km, Tuoro sul Trasimeno 13 km, Umbertide 23 km, Arezzo 46 km, Cortona 20 km, Camucia 19 km, Siena 87 km, Anghiari 58 km, Monterchi 49 km. New golf course opening in March 2008 - only 30 minutes away.
Recommended airports: Bologna 237 km, Pisa 240 km, Florence 148 km, Forli 150 km (Ryanair call this Bologna), Ancona 149 km, Perugia 56 km (Ryanair), Rome Fiumicino 250 km.
5 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms
Living room with large fireplace, dining room, fully equipped kitchen, 1 king sized double bedroom with en suite shower/wc.
4 king sized double bedrooms (1 with en suite shower/wc), bathroom/wc.
Dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, satellite TV, DVD player and telephone.
PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL:
Unheated 6 x 12 m pool with diving board, set away from the house to ensure peace and quiet and is serviced regularly. The poolside terrace is equipped with refrigerator for cool drinks by the pool. Open mid May to end September weather permitting.
Maid service weekly (more days on request), a gardener and pool service are included in the price.
There is a guest 'cottage' (sleeping 4) adjacent to the pool that can be rented in addition to the main house for larger parties.
It should be noted for those with young children that there is a small pond (fenced in) located close to the house.
The winding steep approach road (uncommonly) is fully surfaced with tarmac.
There is a tennis court located behind the trattoria "Mimi" in Mercatale which can be hired on an hourly basis.