Villa Il Gufo
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What Oliver loves…
- The villa is surrounded by beautiful private parkland with a huge variety of flowers, yet is within walking distance of the medieval town of Anghiari, famous around the world for its art and culture
- A full service can be offered by the dedicated owner Laura who can organise everything you need and help you to unlock the many joys the local area has to offer
- All the bedrooms are en-suite so there is no fighting over the best rooms
- Enjoy the enormous fireplace each evening as nights are mild in Tuscany
Nestled within the small medieval village of Anghiari, Villa il Gufo is comprised of several Tuscan farmhouses, restored with love and passion to create a magical estate of distinctive earthy colour tones and subtle aromas of Jasmine and Primrose.
The property consists of three units dating back to 1600, that include a monastery that housed Camaldolesi monks for over a thousand years, a main house spread over three stories with private terracotta terraces, and a charming stone cottage about 30m away from the main building. All of these fascinating buildings have long and varied histories, and have been restored with respect to their heritage, keeping many of the original features such as the floor tiles, stone steps and thick wooden trusses.
Surrounding the buildings are carefully maintained landscaped gardens boasting a wide array of colourful blossoms, and a further five acres of woodland home to one of the oldest cypresses in the valley and many resident squirrels, hares, deer, pheasants, and owls. This strong connection to nature is one of the standout attractions of the property, where guests can relax in the sun by the large outdoor swimming pool, hide away in a small wooden snug secluded among the olive trees, enjoy the children’s playground with hammocks and games, or dine al-fresco on a veranda surrounded by roses.
The family behind the renovation of this wonderful property is extremely passionate about the experience that each guest enjoys and encourage you to specify any needs you may have before you arrive in order for them to ensure they can provide you with the perfect tailor-made service.To ensure that the culinary heritage is fully appreciated, the owners can organise meals, wine and oil tastings in many oil mills and wineries in the area. They can even organise all this within the estate so you never have to leave the comfort of Villa il Gufo!
What you should know…
- An exceptionally friendly villa owner Laura lives in the cottage directly opposite and is always at hand, both for carrying out usual property maintenance tasks as well as for providing optional catering and range of local services
- The pool is not heated, so on an odd cold day, it would make it just a lovely spot to enjoy your evening drinks
- During winter the old buildings can get a little chilly, so make sure you request the heating be turned on
- When minimum occupancy is booked, certain rooms may not be accessible (subject to owner's discretion) - best to enquire with us beforehand
Villa In Gufo consists of three units dating back to 1600, that include a monastery, a main house spread over three floors and a charming stone cottage about 30m away from the main building. Can accommodate up to 20 people with 7 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
Access to the main house is from two sides: the kitchen and the living room. The living room side is the heart of the house where you will also find a small office with plenty of info on the local area.
The large living room with comes with huge fireplace, Steinway piano, sofas, tables and chairs. Because of its size it can be used for various purposes, reading, listening to music, watching a film and dining. There are 3 large sofas and 5 square tables that can comfortably accommodate large groups all eating together. Large exposed beams, stone niches, handmade terracotta tiles, wrought iron, Persian rugs, fine furniture and antique fabrics are part of the furniture of every room and give it its authentic charm.
The living room leads through to a small sitting area with armchairs, that then leads through to the kitchen and its rear dining terrace.
The kitchen is a full professional kitchen and extremely well-equipped with everything you need both for cooking and for your mise en place. This includes 6 burners, a large oven, two large refrigerators, tables for food preparation, two sinks and the real gem is the dishwasher that completes a full load in just 60 seconds (no exaggeration!). In addition there is a kitchen table available for breakfast next to a working fireplace.
A terracotta staircase takes you up to the first floor where there are three bedroom suites. This floor is connected to the garden via an external staircase which gives you direct access to the rooms without going through the living areas.
The floor consists of 3 bedroom suites, 1 living room with original working fireplace, and a large terrace with stunning viesw, where guests can relax for breakfast or a drink at sunset.
The first suite offers one double bedroom with en suite bathroom and a bathtub in the corner with stunning views across the valley.
The second suite is another double bedroom with en-suite shower room with access to the terrace.
The third suite is a very large room with direct access to the terrace through French windows. Tgere is also a sitting area separated by a curtain with a double sofa bed that can sleep two, and a bathroom en-suite.
Continuing up a wooden staircase you reach the top floor where there is a lovely mezzanine library: this is the oldest part of the house, said to be an old watchtower. It now offers the ultimate suite, sleeping up to 4 people. The room consists of a master bedroom with a double bed and a living room with fireplace and double sofa bed. The two rooms are separated by a door but share the same bathroom en-suite.
About 30m from the main house. Wooden beams, columns and tiles are all exposed. The floor is partly wood and part constructed from the ancient terracotta that was found in the chapel next door.
The entrance through a French door leads directly from the ground floor into the master bedroom which is equipped with two bathrooms, one a disabled toilet and the second a bathroom with hydro-massage shower.
The room has a small kitchen, and its own tiny garden with table and chairs, suitable for 2 or 3 people.
This was once a small church transformed over the years into a space where tobacco was dried. After a long and arduous restoration, it has now become two delightful suites; called Pieve and Fonte.
The ground floor suite is a double bedroom with en-suite shower room that can accommodate 2 or 3 people.
From this floor, terracotta stairs lead to the second suite, a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower. The room also benefits from a kitchenette with refrigerator.
The two rooms are completely separate despite being one above the other.
At about 50 metres from the house, in the sunniest part of the garden you will find the 12x6x1.5m swimming pool. It is illuminated inside and out for the evening.
There is also a large outdoor shower solarium area furnished with beds, tables, chairs and umbrellas. The pool is accessed via a staircase with wooden steps made from railway sleepers.
Secluded among the olive trees there is also a small wooden house furnished with rugs and pillows for guests to enjoy a moment in privacy and intimacy.
- Water (drinking in all the rooms and in the kitchen)
- Welcome basket with jam, butter, biscuits, cookies, pastries, juices, tea, sugar, salt, pepper, cleaning products
- Welcome drinks with fresh fruit
- Hairdryers, toiletries in each bathroom (body lotion, shampoo, and bubble bath)
- Pool and garden maintenance
- Weekly cleaning (only rooms and bathrooms)
- Use of guides and information on the area
Just 500m from the property, in the village of Tavernelle di Anghiari, you will find the basic necessities and a couple of restaurants.
Anghiari (5 mins drive away) is a small gem known throughout the world for its art and culture, antique shops, local crafts, excellent restaurants and its medieval history. Built around the flow of the Arno and Tiber rivers it is dotted with churches, medieval houses, monasteries and archaeological sites. From the top you can see the entire valley - a truly magnificent view. Its narrow streets and squares are home to masterpieces of painting and sculpture that in recent years have received recognition from the Italian touring cub who declared it one of the most beautiful villages of Italy.
Over the year various famous artists have lived here including Michelangelo Buonarroti, Piero della Francesca, Luca Pacioli and Leonardo da Vinci who painted here at the famous Battle of Anghiari.
The food, the art, the history, the culture can all be felt everywhere, from the farmer's market on Wednesday to the Tuesday and Saturday markets in Sansepolcro, during the many festivals held throughout the year, and especially in the summer music festivals.
The house’s location is an ideal base from which to visit the most popular places in Tuscany such as Florence, Siena, Assisi, Perugia, which are all less than 100 miles from the house, or in two hours you can reach Lucca and Pisa.
A 15 minute drive takes you to the lesser known but charming villages of Sansepolcro, Cortona (famous for the book and film "Under the Tuscan Sun" by Frances Mayes), Citerna and Monterchi. Also nearby is the beautiful hermitage of La Verna where Francis of Assisi received the stigmata and Arezzo, famous for the film "Life is Beautiful" where every first weekend of the month one of the most famous antiques fairs in Italy is held here.
Being on the border with Umbria, it is well worth a walk in Città di Castello, Gubbio and Lake Trasimeno up to Spello, or visit Deruta which is known worldwide for its famous handmade pottery.
If your passion is fishing there are many lakes where you will find trout and chub, and you can also fish at the dam of Montedoglio, that is full of pike and carp.
If shopping is your thing then there are many outlets (the mall, Prada, Valdichiana outlet, Befane) that can be reached in less than an hour's drive.
Tennis courts and bowling can be found in Anghiari and Sansepolcro, where there are also gyms and fitness centres. Meanwhile there is a stunning 9-hole golf course in Perugia.
|Nearest Ferry port||
|Nearest Train Station||
Tavernelle di Anghiari
(Under 1 km)
Citta di Castello
With its rolling fields, historical heritage and a cuisine that’s a delight for all the senses, it’s no wonder Tuscany is one of the most popular regions in Italy for holidaymakers. Yet even with its popularity, you can still kick back in one of our luxury villas in Tuscany and feel peace, tranquillity and the joy of seclusion.
This is one destination that really does have a little bit of everything for everyone, whether you’re travelling with family, friends or are just looking for a romantic getaway with that special someone.
*** Cot (excludes cot linen) and high chair available free of charge
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- Booster seat
- Bath toys
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Walk to Village
- <1hr to Airport
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Historical Sites
- Children's videos/DVDs
- Children's books
- Table Tennis
- Fenced Grounds
- On-Site Concierge
- Property host
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help.We can help you arrange any of the following:
- Shopping service
- Cooking demonstration and classes
- Transfer to and from airport
- Car and minibus hire
- Mountain bike rental
- Local guide
- Horse riding
- Italian classes
- Wine tasting
- Foraging: mushroom, olive, strawberry, blackberry amongst others (according to the season)
- You can enjoy delicious breakfasts, snacks, lunches and gourmet dinners lovingly prepared by the owner Laura and her team, or even picnics in the woods (always fondly remembered by previous guests).
- Meal prices vary depending on the season and ingredients required, but usually range from €15-25 (cooked breakfast), €20-30 (2-course lunch) or €40-50 (gourmet 4-course dinner)
Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.
Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested in advance and that due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. Prices are on request. We will always do our best to fulfil your requests!
Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs
This gorgeous secluded estate nestles in the Tuscan hills near Anghiari, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Italy. It’s such a romantic venue for a wedding and can accommodate a lengthy guest list in its beautiful landscaped gardens filled with colourful, fragrant blooms. There are olive trees, acres of woodland, a large swimming pool and a rose covered veranda for your guests to enjoy during their stay here. The owners, who have a reputation for superb Tuscan cooking, can cater for smaller groups inside the villa and with so many wineries in the area you will be spoilt for choice.
Up to 200 guests can be hosted for a reception in the villa gardens. Alternatively, there are many other areas throughout the grounds for varying group sizes. By the pool, up to 30 people could be seated or an unlimited number could have a standing buffet.
Up to 36 could be seated inside the villa, 28 under the outdoor wood-covered pergola or up to 20 seated on the terrace.
Dancing could continue in any of the same locations with music outside until 11:30pm and inside until 1:30am. Events should finish by midnight, but an extension can be permitted on request, for an additional fee.
A symbolic ceremony is possible in any of the reception locations listed above.
A civil ceremony could take place at one of the local town halls between 1 and 10km from the site.
There is a chapel for up to 60 people 600m from the villa which could be used or there are larger churches 2km from the villa.
The owners can provide details of an English-speaking celebrant.
Where to Stay
Up to 20 people can sleep at the property.
All remaining guests would be able to find accommodation 500m to 1km away from the villa.
The owners are able to supply details of local transport firms and, at extra cost, could provide help with booking additional guest accommodation.
The venue can do all the planning in-house or can put the client in touch with a wedding planner.
The venue can supply lists of recommended suppliers for all aspects of the day. The clients can either organize the event themselves or the venue can help out for an extra fee.
External suppliers can be used on request.
Venue provides all event catering – groups of up to 30 people are catered for in-house. Larger groups will be provided with external caterers.
There is an extra fee for external caterers using the villa’s kitchen.
Venue’s usual event timings are:
Dinner 6.30pm – 11.30pm.
Event to finish by midnight (extra hours available on request/for a fee). Outdoor events run from May until mid-September.
Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.
All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||€1800 paid prior to or on arrival|
|Arrival time||4.00 pm - 7.00 pm|
|Departure time||9.300 am|
|Energy costs included?||€300 per week, not included in the rental price|
|Linen & towels included?||Linen, bath and pool towels included in the rental price|
|Pets welcome?||Pets not allowed|
|End of stay cleaning included?||€300 per stay, not included in the rental price (kitchen extra cleaning during the week from €150)|
|Smoking Allowed?||No smoking inside the villa|
|Insurance||It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property|
|Changeover day||Saturday on high season|
|Heating costs included?||€580 per week, not included in the rental price|
|Internet access?||Wi-Fi connection included|
|Other Ts and Cs||Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.|
Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:
|Jun 24th 2019 - Sep 7th 2019||£8,026|
|Sep 7th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019||£6,420|
|Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||£3,879|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020||£7,062|
|Jan 4th 2020 - Apr 18th 2020||£4,267|
|Apr 18th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020||£7,062|
|Apr 25th 2020 - May 23rd 2020||£5,297|
|May 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020||£5,618|
|Jun 20th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||£8,828|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020||£7,062|
|Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||£4,267|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Dec 25th 2020||£1,712|
Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:
|Jun 24th 2019 - Sep 7th 2019||£8,561|
|Sep 7th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019||£6,955|
|Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||£4,414|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020||£7,651|
|Jan 4th 2020 - Apr 18th 2020||£4,989|
|Apr 18th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020||£7,651|
|Apr 25th 2020 - May 23rd 2020||£5,885|
|May 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020||£6,153|
|Jun 20th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||£9,417|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020||£7,651|
|Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||£4,989|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Dec 25th 2020||£7,651|
Prices based on an occupancy of 20 people:
|Jun 24th 2019 - Sep 7th 2019||£9,095|
|Sep 7th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019||£7,490|
|Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||£4,949|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020||£8,239|
|Jan 4th 2020 - Apr 18th 2020||£5,444|
|Apr 18th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020||£8,239|
|Apr 25th 2020 - May 23rd 2020||£6,474|
|May 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020||£7,651|
|Jun 20th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||£10,005|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020||£8,239|
|Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||£5,444|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Dec 25th 2020||£8,239|
Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:
|Jun 24th 2019 - Sep 7th 2019||€8,600|
|Sep 7th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019||€6,880|
|Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||€4,157|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020||€7,568|
|Jan 4th 2020 - Apr 18th 2020||€4,573|
|Apr 18th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020||€7,568|
|Apr 25th 2020 - May 23rd 2020||€5,676|
|May 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020||€6,020|
|Jun 20th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||€9,460|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020||€7,568|
|Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||€4,573|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Dec 25th 2020||€1,835|
Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:
|Jun 24th 2019 - Sep 7th 2019||€9,174|
|Sep 7th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019||€7,454|
|Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||€4,730|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020||€8,199|
|Jan 4th 2020 - Apr 18th 2020||€5,347|
|Apr 18th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020||€8,199|
|Apr 25th 2020 - May 23rd 2020||€6,307|
|May 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020||€6,594|
|Jun 20th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||€10,091|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020||€8,199|
|Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||€5,347|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Dec 25th 2020||€8,199|
Prices based on an occupancy of 20 people:
|Jun 24th 2019 - Sep 7th 2019||€9,747|
|Sep 7th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019||€8,027|
|Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||€5,304|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020||€8,830|
|Jan 4th 2020 - Apr 18th 2020||€5,834|
|Apr 18th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020||€8,830|
|Apr 25th 2020 - May 23rd 2020||€6,938|
|May 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020||€8,199|
|Jun 20th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||€10,722|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020||€8,830|
|Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||€5,834|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Dec 25th 2020||€8,830|
Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:
|Jun 24th 2019 - Sep 7th 2019||$9,789|
|Sep 7th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019||$7,831|
|Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||$4,732|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020||$8,614|
|Jan 4th 2020 - Apr 18th 2020||$5,205|
|Apr 18th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020||$8,614|
|Apr 25th 2020 - May 23rd 2020||$6,461|
|May 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020||$6,852|
|Jun 20th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||$10,768|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020||$8,614|
|Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||$5,205|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Dec 25th 2020||$2,089|
Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:
|Jun 24th 2019 - Sep 7th 2019||$10,442|
|Sep 7th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019||$8,484|
|Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||$5,384|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020||$9,332|
|Jan 4th 2020 - Apr 18th 2020||$6,086|
|Apr 18th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020||$9,332|
|Apr 25th 2020 - May 23rd 2020||$7,179|
|May 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020||$7,505|
|Jun 20th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||$11,486|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020||$9,332|
|Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||$6,086|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Dec 25th 2020||$9,332|
Prices based on an occupancy of 20 people:
|Jun 24th 2019 - Sep 7th 2019||$11,094|
|Sep 7th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019||$9,136|
|Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||$6,037|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020||$10,050|
|Jan 4th 2020 - Apr 18th 2020||$6,640|
|Apr 18th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020||$10,050|
|Apr 25th 2020 - May 23rd 2020||$7,897|
|May 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020||$9,332|
|Jun 20th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||$12,204|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020||$10,050|
|Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||$6,640|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Dec 25th 2020||$10,050|
Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.
How long have you owned the property?
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
In the perfect property with history and an unique place for the park
Are there any interesting stories in its history?
It was a monastery of Camaldolesi monks. This property has 1000 years old.
Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
yes many, artist, musical artist, politic, actors...We made a movie inside
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do? vist Anghiari and all Tuscany We are in the middle, visit all our open market, walking in the nature, sleep without rumors
Really eat? Our tuscan specialities pasta, fiorentina meet...
Really see? Museum, La Verna Monastery, all te small country nearby
Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Came and see...Lissen the sound of the nature and you will find the perfect armony. this is my Pearl I would like you see and discover how you will have fun
We have just come back from a 3 generation stay, and all of us rated this villa very highly. It is situated in a beautiful part of Tuscany, and Alghieri itself is stunning. Easy access to other towns made it perfect for trips, and the wonderful swimming pool got top marks for those just wanting to "chill". The villa had everything we needed, and we liked the several seating and dining areas available. The owner was charming and very helpful. She wants everyone who stays there to have a memorable stay. Although she lives on site, she was unobtrusive, and we never felt she was keeping an eye on us! Her advice and help were invaluable, especially when we lost power for a short time one night during a thunderstorm! We can certainly recommend this villa and hope to return some day
Cannot recommend this stunning property and its helpful owner enough!
We had the absolute pleasure of getting married at this stunning town of Anghiari. We hired the whole Villa Il Gufo for a week for a family holiday & wedding and had a wonderful time. We live overseas and the planning of the wedding was made so much easier by (owner) Laura - she made fantastic recommendations for everything right down to a wedding vehicle and there was nothing to worry about at all. The best part of the whole event was our wedding dinner when she had what felt like her whole family come and cater for us, they must have been in the kitchen for 12 hours at least! We had such a wonderful relaxing time here. The villa was as described, beautifully clean and the attention to detail with furniture is exceptional.
Nestling in the Tuscan hills, 5 minutes drive out of Anghiari, this villa was an ideal place for a family celebration. The villa is extensive and has a large pool set away from the property making it great for the boisterous children. There are no immediate neighbours so there is no need to worry about disturbing the neighbours.
On arrival the owner showed me round so I could decide where all the family would stay. After a long journey I was not prepared for the long list of does and don'ts I had from the owner. A large wipe board in the kitchen reinforced the regime, not very client friendly! Apart from this the owner was very helpful and made me a lovely cake for my birthday.
I do feel the end of clean cost and energy cost should be included in the villa rental. I knew there would be a final clean cost but although I was told the energy cost was fixed I wasn't aware that it was another 300 euros. A higher initial fee would be better than lots of add ons. We didn't use the coffee maker as each pod would be 1euro. Clients could end up with a large final bill if not careful.
All in all we had a wonderful time, Anghiari is a little gem and there are some fantastic places to eat nearby.
Charming villa, amazing food & incredible host
"After Venice, it was on to Tuscany. we stayed for a week at the beautiful Villa il Gufo in Arezzo near the medieval village of Anghiari. It was a beautiful villa made all the more special by Laura Barboni, the wonderful owner. Laura was an incredible host and an awesome cook! She made us the most incredible tagliatelle with wild mushrooms she picked herself! If you are looking to go to Tuscany, I highly recommend Villa il Gufo"
Villa Il Gufo was wonderful
The ground and buildings are absolutely beautiful. Apparently Villa Il Gufo over its long history went from a Monastery to a Tobacco farm and is now a Villa. We went in early July and the country side was warm/hot during the day and cool at night. Which enabled us to use the pool often during the day. The pool was a good size. And then at night it was cool enough not to use the air conditioning although it does have air conditioning if needed. The cool breeze came over the mountain and came right through the house making for great sleeping conditions. Having one building with one bedroom and then another building with two bedrooms with the remaining bedrooms in the main house worked out perfectly for our group. Laura (the owner) was there when needed to make sure everything was taken care of. We had four dinners and three breakfasts prepared by Laura and the Villa staff and all were wonderful. The last night being especially wonderful with the home made ravioli followed by a grilled strip steak.
The Villa was wonderful but I also have to mention the area around the Villa as well. The town of Anghiari is a 5 minutes drive away. We had made a wrong turn trying to find the Villa and came down a road right next to Anghiari and everyone in both vans jaws dropped. It is something to see sitting on top of a hill with its 50 foot walls protecting the city. There is an elevator at the bottom of the wall that takes you up to the sightseeing terrace at the top of the wall which looks out over the valley. There is parking at the bottom of the wall which made for easy access. Walking the street of Anghiari was something out of a dream.
Other places we visited from the Villa were La Verna (40 minutes) which is where Saint Francis of Assisi experienced the stigmata. It is an amazing Monastery at the top of Mount Penna. The views and grounds are something to behold. We also had lunch and tasted local olive oil. We travelled to Arezzo (30 minutes) for the antique festival. Arezzo is where the movie Life is Beautiful was filmed so you can image the beauty there. We traveled to Montalcino for wine tasting which was a little further away (1 1/2 hours) but we were set on Brunello wine. Montepulciano with its wonderful wine which we did not visit is about one hour away. Laura the Villa owner had a list of twenty other places to visit which were local (under an hour) that we did not get a chance to visit.
My Family and I will always remember the great time we had at Villa Il Gufo. It was our first taste of Italy and it surely will not be our last.
Our Recent Stay at Villa il Gufo
My family and I recently returned from a week’s stay at Villa il Gufo. We traveled from the US on 20 June, arriving in Venice. Following 3 days in Venice, we rented cars and drove to Villa il Gufo for the next part of our adventure. We stayed at the Villa from Saturday 24 June until Saturday 1 July. There were 10 total in our group which consisted of my family of 4, my brother’s family of 4, my father and my sister-in law’s father. We were very excited about our stay at the Villa in Tuscany, however, we couldn't fully imagine how amazing it would be yet, as we had only seen pictures on the website.
I am writing to express our sincere delight with Villa il Gufo. We had a spectacular stay and we thought Laura, the owner, was the most wonderful hostess. When we arrived, we were stunned by the beauty of the gardens and grounds, the landscape, and the Villa and 2 country cottages that we would be staying in during our vacation. It was so beautiful with the flowers and the Tuscan hills in the background. We were extremely happy that this was where we booked our stay!
The rooms were clean, the décor in each room was beautifully designed and the antiques around the Villa made us feel as though we stepped back in time. The pool area was pristine and we truly enjoyed the peaceful and relaxing afternoons spent laying around and swimming in the pool. The kids especially enjoyed the water and running up and down the hills of the property to explore. It was magical.
In addition, we thoroughly enjoyed the delicious breakfast buffets prepared by Laura for 4 days of our stay. Not only was the food delicious but the presentation each morning was lovely. Laura puts her “special touch” to everything she does and it is obvious that she truly enjoys her work. We had the pleasure of experiencing 1 dinner on the final evening of our stay at the Villa. Once again, it was beautifully presented and we were treated like VIP guests. The display of homemade food was incredible and each course was 5 stars! Laura is a magnificent chef.
Finally, we would HIGHLY recommend Villa il Gufo to our family, friends and in reviews on Trip Advisor and other sites. We were extremely pleased with our stay at Villa il Gufo and the exceptional service at this gorgeous Villa. We hope to return again for a reunion in the near future.
The ultimate Tuscan experience
We had a wonderful stay with friends at Villa Il Gufo recently. Laura really looked after us, checking that we had everything week needed and she prepared us the most fabulous Italian breakfasts and dinners, going too extreme lengths to provide us with the best local produce she could find. Villa Il Gufo is in a beautiful area of Tuscany, and we very much enjoyed exploring the local town Anghiari and taking a day-trip to Sienna. We would love to go back.
Wonderful week for 4 families in Tuscany
We went as a group of 8 adults (+ 2 nannies) and 7 kids under 3 and had a wonderful week. The set up of the rooms was ideal with most bedrooms having 2nd bedrooms just off them to accommodate the youngsters.
The pool is huge and the best spot to while away the hours during the day. The setting of the house is extremely beautiful and peaceful with wonderful views from the top of the garden (just above the pool).
Anghiari (just about walkable but better by car (5 mins)) is a delight and a real boon to the holiday. A stunning medieval town with numerous excellent restaurants and incredible views (google them!).
I'd highly recommend the outdoor hot springs about 40 minutes from the house - worth the drive.
Laura, the owner, lives in a separate house within the grounds and makes herself available only to help the group with any catering/cleaning/day trips and then you don't see her for the rest of the day! She is absolutely lovely and we were so glad to be able to pick her brain on the best things to do locally but also to enjoy her fantastic catering service (usually 5+ courses!). We opted for breakfast each morning, dinner every other evening and a daily clean which made the holiday so much more relaxing and enjoyable.
Overall, a great week - which both adults and kids absolutely loved.
Thank you for a lovely stay at Il Gufo
We had a marvelous holiday at Villa Il Gufo. The villa is beautiful and perfect for large groups. The owner lives there and was very helpful. The grounds are spacious and peaceful - it is a magical setting.
Delightful stay, delightful location, delightful hostess as well
Just out of Anghiari, Villa Il Gugo surprised us as we arrived because of the peaceful yet unique atmosphere: an ancient mansion just off the road, cozy and really well-groomed. Our room, in the main building, was charming and comfortable, somehow as out of a fairy tale, with a view on the valley below and a way to the flower-decked terrace. We asked to take a look at some other rooms: every one was unique and specially furnished!
We must admit that our stay has been so pleasant also because of Laura, a particularly attentive and kind hostess; she did her best to make us have a delightful time at the villa and in the surrounding countryside. Laura gave us also one of the fondest memories of this place: a superb dinner with typical Tuscan food, in the main hall aside the fireplace.
BTW: Although it was in late September, the weather was mild enough to enjoy some relax by the swimming pool, a few steps up the hill.
Amazing Family Vacaction
The Villa is an amazing villa in a breathtaking setting. My family and I (ten people total- including two children) stayed at the Villa last June (2014). It was the trip of a life time. The house(s) are amazing. The Villa is a gorgeous monastery that has been completely restored with every modern convenience. All the rooms have comfortable beds, AC, TVs, etc. The pool is beautiful, clean, and the pool furniture is clean and modern.
The grounds around The Villa are clean and well maintained. The houses look over Tuscan hills and sunflower fields. There are tables, chairs, and hammocks for outdoor meals and relaxing
Anghiari is typical/beautiful medieval Tuscan hilltop town. It has a town square, church, castle, shops, art galleries, and restaurants. We were the only tourists in the town and we could walk to town from the villa (around 2 km). I am not sure why more people don't go there. It is just as beautiful as Montepulciano and Cortona but without the tourists and crowds. A more authentic experience.
Laura is the owner of the villa. She is an amazing woman. She lives on the grounds, but gives you complete privacy. She will cook amazing Tuscan gourmet meals with fresh ingredients from her garden (not just pasta- that's what I expected). She accommodated my vegetarian wife and mother and also my two young nephews. We had Laura prepare fantastic breakfasts for us every morning. Laura made sure every detail of our stay was perfect. She helped arrange tours and gave the car rental company an earful for being late. She was very sweet and protective of us. She treated us like family.
I love the villa and Anghiari and can't wait to go back. It's perfect for a large family or a group of friends. We had ten people with room to spare. We are already trying to plan a trip with our couple friends.
It was amazing. Beautiful house, Laura was very kind and discreet. I enjoyed my stay there with my friends. I'm pretty sure everybody would love it and there is nothing much to say otherwise that you, the one who read my comment, should immediately book this amazing and romantic house !
Lovely site with attentive service
Lovely property restored and developed with great care and taste, boasting a convenient situation for the lovely typical Tuscan hill city of Anghiari, lovely views and pleasant garden, pool and shaded areas.
Breakfasts are generous and delicious plentiful lunches can be provided by cordon bleu Laura, who makes the most of fresh produces available in the region.
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