Villa Montanare

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5


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Set high in woodland hills above historical Cortona, this restored farmhouse provides a magnificent location for those who wish to enjoy peaceful, unspoilt, yet boundlessly interesting surroundings in great comfort.

As one drives down to the property you can’t help feeling a sense of anticipation: turning into a gloriously open space surrounded by trees, it's difficult not to be overwhelmed by the stunning views to the distant mountains. Surrounded by 62 hectares of its own land, where you can enjoy glorious walks through the woods to one of the most spectacular views in Tuscany overlooking Lake Trasimeno.

The swimming pool is heated by solar panels (reaching temperatures of approx. 24°C-25°C) and sculpted organically into the side of the hill so the edge simply "disappears" (similar to an infinity pool!) into a spectacular panorama. Villa Montanare's owner is an interior designer, so you can be sure that both inside and alfresco living spaces have been exquisitely and sensitively restored.

Whilst remaining sympathetic to its natural environment, this is a house imbued with a sophisticated yet comfortable ambiance, furnished throughout with beautiful, inviting sofas, armchairs and antiques. The living room is smart and spacious, the study intimate and cosy and all the bedrooms are so luxurious you can't help but feel a little spoiled!

The bathrooms are characterised by their magnificent, free standing old-fashioned bathtubs as well as two large walk-in showers and spectacular tuscan stone sinks. The spacious kitchen/dining room acts as the social hub of the house; a well equipped and attractive living space which leads onto a covered terrace with a dining table set in a position to enjoy long, lazy evenings whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the hills (and maybe a bittle or two of wine!)

With two independent cottages only metres from the main house, Villa Montanare represents the pinnacle of accommodation for family gatherings or an adult group who appreciate the opportunity for their own space.

Oliver Approved

What Oliver loves…

  • Glorious location that takes full advantage of 200 acres of private and exclusive parklands
  • The exquisitely decorated farmhouse is close to a hilltop town of Cortona, a standard-issue piece of Tuscan charm
  • Serene setting 'away from it all' offers wonderful views from a wonderfully private villa

What you should know…

  • Stock up on groceries on each trip, as nearest shop is approximately 15 minutes drive away
  • Winding drive to property may seem long, but it gives you ample time to enjoy the landscape!
  • The swimming pool is heated by solar panels, reaching temperatures of approx. 24°C-25°C
  • Two ground-floor bedrooms are in individual little cottages close to house, most suitable for use in July & August

Property Features

Private Pool Heated Pool Internet Ground Floor Bed & Bath Cable TV Games Room Indoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating

Main Villa

Ground Floor:
- Kitchen/dining room
- Sitting room
- Study/dressing room
- Double bedroom
- Shower room

First Floor:
- Sitting room
- 2 x Twin bedroom
- Bathroom
- Master double bedroom with bathroom ensuite.

Separate Annexe:
- Twin bedroom with shower room en suite.

Separate Annexe:
- Double bedroom with shower room en suite.

Villa Facilities
- Washing Machine, Dishwasher, Microwave, Basic Italian Sky Satellite TV, DVD, Stereo/CD Player, Telephone, Heating (payable locally), Barbecue, Pizza Oven ana a ping pong table.
Private Infinity Pool:
- Heated swimming pool measures 12m x 6m, 1.2m - 2.2m deep with built-in steps. The pool is open from 14 May until 16 September 2011. Outside these dates, the pool can be opened on request for an extra charge.
- Cook Service is available.
- Linen and Towels : Provided once per week on Saturday. Extra changes are available on request for an additional charge.


About the surrounding area of Villa Montanare
Walking/Hiking Paths Rural Location Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Niccone Valley

The picturesque Niccone Valley is the perfect, central point from which to explore the hill towns of both Umbria and Tuscany. Located roughly midway between Rome and Florence, just north of Lake Trasimeno, it’s an easy drive to the historic cities of Cortona, Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi, Deruta, Montefalco, Spoleto, Spello, Todi, Montepulciano, Pienza, Siena, Umbertide, Città di Castello, Sansepolcro and others.

The Niccone Valley is named for the stream that flows through it, spilling into the Tiber River at its eastern terminus near Umbertide. Part of the valley is in Umbria and part is in Tuscany; at either end are the Umbrian towns of Lisciano Niccone and plain Niccone, and a small section from Mercatale to La Mita is in Tuscany. A country road, route 416, runs through the valley, roughly parallel to the stream.

The valley was a much travelled route throughout Italy’s history, and evidence of its strategic position can be seen in the castles that dot the hilltops, facing off from both sides across the border. Today the fertile plain is devoted to crops—winter wheat, sunflowers, maize, tobacco, alfalfa and vegetables. There are vineyards and silvery olive trees on the slopes and myriad shades of green in the surrounding forested hills. Farmers still raise animals and maintain kitchen gardens for their own needs, and the towns along the road supply what must be bought. 

- Perugia 60 km
- Florence 110km
- Pisa 190km
- Rome 210km

- Nearest shops in Montenare are only 3km away
- Larger supermarket at Camucia 10km
- Riding and watersports at Lake Trasimeno 30km
- Tennis club Cortona 15km

- Mercatale 8km

Places of interest:
- Cortona 15km
- Perugia 60km
- Orvieto 120km
- Assisi 80km

Mainline Station:
- Camucia 10km

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Perugia

(51-60 km )

Nearest Village Pergo di Cortona

(3 km)

Nearest Town/City Cortona

(15 km)

Nearest Restaurant Cortona

(15 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Montanare

(3 km)

Nearest Beach Lake Trasimeno

(26-30 km )

Nearest Golf Antognolla

(26-30 km )


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Cot(s) High Chair(s) Fenced Grounds


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
  • Butler Available

Included in rental price:
-   House manager
-   Maid service for 4 hours daily 6 days a week
-   Complementary welcome hamper including fresh bread, butter, biscuits, milk, tea, coffee, orange juice, salted biscuits, honey, marmalade, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, water, soft drinks and some toiletries

-   Buffet breakfast including eggs, fresh fruit, cheeses, sliced ham or other meats, fresh bread, marmalade, other jams, honey, cereal, biscuits, yogurt and butter can be served inside or outside for an additional cost of €45 per day plus the cost of food
-   Cook service - €25 per hour for chef and €15 per hour for serving and clearing up
-   A chef can be booked for special occasions/dinner – price upon request but usually €100 per person for 5 courses
-   Traditional cookery lessons can be arranged at the villa and also at Enoteca Properzio, Spella, a family run small restaurant/store which also offers wine tasting - €105 per person at the property and €150 including wine tasting. 
-   Pizza demonstration - €25 per hour plus cost of the food  
-   Advance shopping service - €50 plus cost of the food
-   Wine delivery – available upon request
-   Central heating during low season is charged at £550 per week

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a professional chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of? From peeling the spuds to helping with the service, our chefs will ensure you have the most relaxing – and definitely the most delicious – holiday you can dream of.

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit

Terms & Conditions



Security deposit £1700 Credit card authorisation is required prior to arrival and refunded in full subject to a damage inspection on departure
Arrival time 4.00 pm
Departure time 10.00 am
Energy costs included? Yes. Central heating at additional cost.
Heating costs included? No, £350 per week per week as an extra
End of stay cleaning included? Yes
Linen & towels included? Yes
Pets welcome? No
Smoking Allowed? Outside
Other Ts and Cs Respect for the property and contents
Changeover day Saturday

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
May 26th 2018 - June 2nd 2018 - - £6,390.00
June 2nd 2018 - June 30th 2018 - - £7,322.00
June 30th 2018 - September 1st 2018 - - £7,988.00
September 1st 2018 - September 15th 2018 - - £7,322.00
September 15th 2018 - March 3rd 2019 - - £6,390.00
March 3rd 2019 - June 1st 2019 - - £6,390.00
June 1st 2019 - June 29th 2019 - - £7,322.00
June 29th 2019 - August 31st 2019 - - £7,988.00
August 31st 2019 - September 14th 2019 - - £7,322.00
September 14th 2019 - November 27th 2019 - - £6,390.00

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
May 26th 2018 - June 2nd 2018 - - €6,981.00
June 2nd 2018 - June 30th 2018 - - €7,999.00
June 30th 2018 - September 1st 2018 - - €8,726.00
September 1st 2018 - September 15th 2018 - - €7,999.00
September 15th 2018 - March 3rd 2019 - - €6,981.00
March 3rd 2019 - June 1st 2019 - - €6,981.00
June 1st 2019 - June 29th 2019 - - €7,999.00
June 29th 2019 - August 31st 2019 - - €8,726.00
August 31st 2019 - September 14th 2019 - - €7,999.00
September 14th 2019 - November 27th 2019 - - €6,981.00

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
May 26th 2018 - June 2nd 2018 - - $8,137.00
June 2nd 2018 - June 30th 2018 - - $9,324.00
June 30th 2018 - September 1st 2018 - - $10,172.00
September 1st 2018 - September 15th 2018 - - $9,324.00
September 15th 2018 - March 3rd 2019 - - $8,137.00
March 3rd 2019 - June 1st 2019 - - $8,137.00
June 1st 2019 - June 29th 2019 - - $9,324.00
June 29th 2019 - August 31st 2019 - - $10,172.00
August 31st 2019 - September 14th 2019 - - $9,324.00
September 14th 2019 - November 27th 2019 - - $8,137.00


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.

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  • An enchanting stay

    Created on 09/05/2017

    The farmhouse, pool area and gardens were enchanting and suited us perfectly in every way, and it was beautifully set up in terms of relaxation and lifestyle. The kitchen and BBQ were very conducive to self-catering, and the local shopkeepers, both in the little supermarket in Pergo and the butcher and bakery in Mercatale were so friendly. Local restaurants were nice, and they even had a 'senza glutine' one called La Tufa in Ossaia, to cater for one of our group!

  • One of the nicest weeks of our lives!

    Created on 05/08/2016

    This was planned as a special celebration for our 40th wedding anniversary and we couldn't have chosen a better spot. The whole thing was delightful, effortless and extremely conducive to the best and happiest of family occasions. We all agreed it was one of the nicest weeks of our lives!

  • A magical & exquisite stay

    Created on 22/07/2016

    The most enchanting house with breathtaking views, nestling in the middle of completely unspoilt and gorgeous countryside. The only sounds are breeze, bullfrogs and bells from a nearby village. The loggia, pool and gardens and walks through many acres make for the perfect hide away. The interiors are stylish with clever use of local antiquities, artefacts and furnishings. It is a rare treat to stay in such an exquisite private house.

  • Thank you for the most fantastic week!

    Created on 20/05/2016

    We have just returned from the most fantastic week at Villa Montanare... I just wanted to thank you personally it was one of the best weeks we have ever had.

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