Villa Sartino

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Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 6


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Set in the Tuscan hills between Cortona and Mercatale, the exquisite Villa Sartino is the ideal retreat for those wishing to enjoy idyllic and peaceful surroundings in extreme comfort.

Designed and renovated by a renowned UK interior designer, Villa Sartino exudes sophistication and tranquillity. The villa enjoys lots of space both internally and externally. Large showers, wood beams, oak ceilings and stone doorways all assist in combining to create a unique, luxurious getaway.

The spacious kitchen/dining room, provides the latest equipment in elegant surroundings. Through two ancient Roman capitols you leave the kitchen and enter the large hall and from there, the double doors open onto an exquisite arched loggia. The huge table of reclaimed oak is a wonderful place to enjoy lunch and look down on the olive groves and the infinity pool below.

Each bedroom and bathroom is dedicated to comfort without losing any of the integral charm of this beautiful house. The bathrooms are characterized by the magnificent free standing baths, large walk-in showers, antique marble baths and the bedrooms by the four poster beds and antique furniture. The drawing room, a large and extremely spacious room, is furnished with a graceful and understated style. The sofas are deep and comfortable and the supremely beautiful artifacts and paintings only add to the atmosphere. The study is charming and more intimate, and the upstairs galleried sitting room with sofas is another beautiful space to retreat from the world. From two of the first floor terraces you can see castles on the distant hilltops, and it is the ideal place to sip a bellini and drink in the atmosphere.

The pool is set amongst the olive trees, sculpted into the grounds, with an infinity edge that disappears into the spectacular backdrop. Surrounded by over 70 acres of its own land, all fenced to maintain the safety of the natural environment and the protection of the animals that live within the woods, it provides the perfect backdrop for the truly idyllic holiday.

Good news! For a little extra, this property can be booked as a Vill'otel

Yey! Wait… what is that?
It’s the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel. 

What can be arranged?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the 'Extras' tab for all the details.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • Flexible arrival and departure days outside the peak season may be considered. Please enquire.
  • Secluded location, not suited to guests in search of thriving night life
  • The approach to the villa is a long and windy drive up the hillside, but affords fantastic scenery with stunning views when you arrive
  • The villa, with it's extensive grounds, is perfect for intimate gatherings and weddings up to 25 guests,  but is not available to host large events

Property Features

Private Pool Heated Pool Internet Air-Con BBQ Tennis Court Ground Floor Bed & Bath Cable TV

Villa Interior
- Seven bedrooms

- Room 1; 2 Double beds that can be formed in to a Superking if requested in advance
- Room 2; Four post King Size Bed
- Room 3; Four post King Size Bed
- Room 4; 2 Double Beds
- Room 5; Superking Bed
- Room 6; King Size Bed
- Room 7; Super King Bed

- Six Bathrooms
- Large 60ft drawing room
- Sitting room/ study
- Kitchen with dining table and chairs
- Hall
- Upstairs galleried  hall/sitting room
- Master Bedroom
- Arched Loggia with dining table to seat 14 and additional sofas.

Exterior Grounds
- Heated infinity pool with pergola and seating area
- Ground floor terrace
- Two first floor terraces
- Formal garden at front of property
- 70 acres of fenced grounds, including meadows, woodland walk and lake.


About the surrounding area of Villa Sartino
Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Fishing
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Set in the Tuscan hills between Cortona and Mercatale, the exquisite Villa Sartino is the ideal retreat for those wishing to enjoy idyllic and peaceful surroundings in extreme comfort. Set within its own meadows and olive groves, a private lake and numerous woodland walks, it is still within easy reach of many of the major Tuscan and Umbrian towns.

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. 

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Perugia

(21-25 km)

Nearest Village Mercatale

(5 km )

Nearest Town/City Umbertide and Cortona

(15 km)

Nearest Restaurant Calagrana

(3 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub At bottom of drive

(1 km)

Nearest Beach Lake Trasimeno

(16-20 km )

Nearest Golf Antognella

(16-20 km )


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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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Fishing

Onsite Facilities

  • Heated Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Breakfast Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Breakfast Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge
Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay at the extra cost of €3750:

- Daily continental self-service breakfast (cooked eggs, bacon and sausages also provided)
- Daily maid service for 5 hours
- Linen change on Wednesdays and Saturdays
- Bath and pool towels change on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
- Deluxe welcome hamper which includes fresh bread, butter, biscuits, milk, tea, coffee, orange juice, salted biscuits, honey, marmalade, the house olive oil, balsamic vinegar, water, bottle wine, olives, nuts, soft drinks as well as some toiletries
- Pre-stocking of basic supplies for cupboard and fridge
- Shopping service
- Free deliveries for cases of wine ordered through our recommended wine merchants
- Private chef dinner or lunch service
- Concierge service for arranging outings, wine tours, tennis and yoga lessons, cookery classes, pizza demonstration, horse riding, sailing

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking. Excluded from the price: cost of provisions, food and wine.

Extra services (for a self-cathered option)

- Buffet breakfast including eggs, fresh fruit, cheeses, sliced ham or other meats, fresh bread, marmalade, jams, honey, cereal, biscuits, yogurt and butter can be served inside or outside for an additional cost of €55 per day plus the cost of food. Served breakfast:€90 per day
- A chef can be pre-booked for €250 per dinner, €200 per lunch plus the cost of the food
- 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
- Advance shopping service: €55 plus cost of the food
- Wine delivery (on request )
- Babysitting service from €15 to €20
- Tennis lessons: €60 per hour
- Concierge service at an extra charge, arranging wine tours, horse riding, yoga lessons, hairdressing, sailing lessons.
- Additional maid service: €15 per hour
- Taxi service

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.

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

Terms & Conditions

There is also a pool cover which helps to maintain the temperature which can get to 27/28 degrees in the high summer. The temperature of the pool is governed by
whether the guests use the pool cover.  We recommend this to be done every evening to minimise  temperature loss and avoid evaporation (the pool refills with
cold water so can take time to heat up).

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £3000 payable by credit card pre-authorization required prior to arrival
Arrival time 4 pm
Departure time 10 am
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Linen & towels included in the rental price
Pets welcome? Pets not allowed
End of stay cleaning included? Included in the rental price
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
Heating costs included? Central heating during low season is charged at £575 per week
Internet access? Wi-Fi connection included
Other Ts and Cs Basket of logs included in the welcome pack
Pool heating charge? Included in the rental price
Other 2 Pool is open from 19th May to 15th September (possibility to keep it open for the final two weeks of September with no extra charge). Out of season opening may incur an extra charge
Changeover day Flexible in low season. Saturday in high season (other days may be possible on request only - please enquire).
Minimum stay 7 nights.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 15th 2019 - Mar 1st 2020 £14,545
Mar 1st 2020 - May 16th 2020 £13,406
May 16th 2020 - May 30th 2020 £13,406
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 £14,545
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £15,335
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 12th 2020 £14,545
Sep 12th 2020 - Sep 19th 2020 £13,406
Sep 19th 2020 - Feb 28th 2021 £14,545
Feb 28th 2021 - Apr 17th 2021 £13,406

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 15th 2019 - Mar 1st 2020 €15,913
Mar 1st 2020 - May 16th 2020 €14,667
May 16th 2020 - May 30th 2020 €14,667
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 €15,913
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €16,778
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 12th 2020 €15,913
Sep 12th 2020 - Sep 19th 2020 €14,667
Sep 19th 2020 - Feb 28th 2021 €15,913
Feb 28th 2021 - Apr 17th 2021 €14,667

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 15th 2019 - Mar 1st 2020 $17,544
Mar 1st 2020 - May 16th 2020 $16,171
May 16th 2020 - May 30th 2020 $16,171
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 $17,544
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $18,498
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 12th 2020 $17,544
Sep 12th 2020 - Sep 19th 2020 $16,171
Sep 19th 2020 - Feb 28th 2021 $17,544
Feb 28th 2021 - Apr 17th 2021 $16,171

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?

Ten years

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?

The exquisite manor house, set within its own olive groves, meadows and woods. The views of gentle rolling pastures, castles and distant hilltop villages.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?

In the second world war, the partisans were hiding in the hills around the house. At the Castle of Sorbello belonging to the ancient Ranieri di Sorbello family, our nearest neighbours, escaping prisoners were hiding in the tower, while German Officers lived in the requisitioned castle below. Hanibal defeated the Romans at nearby Lago Trasimeno.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?

Constantly but I can’t divulge their names.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...

Really do?
Go to Cortona for a romantic drink while watching the sun go down.

Really eat?
Home-made pasta filled with tartufi, cooked by our superb chef, while you sample  oil from our olive groves, with a glass of fine wine from the local vineyards.

Really see?
One of the many outstanding hilltop towns filled with treasures. Wherever you drive, you are confronted with beautiful places to go.
The hills of Tuscany as you sit by infinity pool, Aperol spritz in hand followed by a game of tennis overlooking the Castle of Sorbello.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?

A walk up to the lake, perhaps a picnic, then further on, along a secret path to the upper meadow. While you sit at the top of yet another ancient olive grove, you can marvel at the stunning hilltop villages and ancient castles spread like a tapestry before you.

And a lesser known fact from Oliver...

The owner is an International Interior Designer and author. Her latest book ‘An Italian Affair,’ published by Orion, is set in Italy the 1940s and uses the house and backdrop as the setting. It comes out in March 2019.



  • A memorable holiday!

    Posted by Tony J on 12/06/2018

    I am writing to say how much we enjoyed our stay at the villa, which is spectacular. We had the most wonderful time. I also wanted to thank you for all your help in making the arrangements and to confirm what I am sure you already know which is that the on site team are really fantastic.

    Matteo was always there for anything we needed. Nothing was ever too much trouble. Manuela worked tirelessly to keep the villa spotless, which with 7 messy guests is no mean feat. Rosario’s cooking was truly amazing and such a nice man as well. Finally, the pizza day was a highlight not least because the man running it was so charming.

    All in all, a very memorable holiday.

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