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Amazing views and lots of peace!

Entire home/apt

7 guests

2 bedrooms

6 beds
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Il Poggio is an old farmhouse high on the hills overlooking the green Niccone Valley and the Castle of Pierle. Basic but very comfortable, it provides a unique hideaway among birds, cicadas and crickets, with easy access to local shops and beautiful cities like Cortona, Perugia, Montepulciano and Siena.

The space

The house is in a panoramic and isolated location among hills covered in oak and chestnut trees, and features great views of the unspoiled Niccone Valley.
The top floor has two large bedrooms and a living room with a double sofa-bed, a small kitchen, a bathroom and a toilet.
The main entrance is on the ground floor, under a lovely pergola where you can have a meal while enjoying the views. The rest of the ground floor (still to be renovated) consists of two former stables and a small tower that was used for drying tobacco leaves. There is about one acre of land around the house, which we left a bit 'wild'... ! You can occasionally spot deer, fox and wild boar in the surroundings, and sometimes you will be given a wake up call by wood peckers!

Guest access

The kitchen is fully equipped, and there is a washing machine in the large stable downstairs. We do not have a swimming pool, but we love taking open air showers using the garden water hose!
As the place is made for resting and relaxing, we decided not to have a TV or broadband internet, but for those who cannot resist a 3G key can be bought near Cortona.

Interaction with guests

Our lovely neighbors live in the nearest house about 500m down the hill. They will be handing you the keys and be available during your stay for any emergency. We will check in regularly by phone or email to make sure everything is ok!

The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 6
Room type: Entire home/apt

Free parking on premises

Extra people $12 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $92
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House Rules
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)


3 nights minimum stay

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Lauren User Profile
October 2014
Absolutely amazing place. Pretty remote, but exactly what we needed. The views were amazing, and the house was just the right amount of space for us. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an escape in the country, and isn't afraid of driving up long dirt roads.

Lisa User Profile
May 2014
This is a lovely, quiet hideaway in a beautiful part of Tuscany/Umbria, the perfect secluded spot for relaxing and a good base for exploring both regions. There are numerous fantastic hiking routes right outside the house up and down the hillsides. We had no trouble accessing the site (the drive up is a bit rough - exciting! - on gravel roads but our rental car handled without problems), and Paolo's neighbors gave us the keys and were quick to respond when we had a couple of challenges (the hot water heater wasn't switched on initially - quickly addressed). We mostly went out and explored a town and it's surrounding regions (montepulciano, Olvieta, etc) during the day and cooked at night at the house, as restaurants would be a bit too far of a drive. In all, it was our favorite spot we stayed in italy! Peaceful, beautiful, well-equipped - a lovely hideaway!

Karl User Profile
September 2017
Up, almost at the end of a winding road, and looking upon a valley you will find Il Poggio, the house of Paolo. The house is simple and rustic, though equipped with the things one needs for a comfortable stay. We found it very clean at our arrival. The house is at the border of Tuscany and Umbria and we made many day trips: to Montepulciano 1 hour 15', Siena 1,5 hours, Gubbio 1,5 hours, Perugia 50 minutes etc. When not visiting places, we enjoyed just sitting outside and observing the wild life, wild boars and porcupines payed some visits to our delight. This is a place for those who enjoy a bit of wilderness, freedom and a bit of isolation (although the next village is 10 minutes away). We enjoyed our 11-day stay at the Poggio. A very special mention and thanks go to Dana and Claudio, the neighbours down the road and caretakers; they went out of their way to make our stay memorable. Their generosity allowing us access to their fig tree and their sympathy won't be forgotten. Thank you. Paolo was always reachable and answered any of our questions very fast.

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August 2017
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Mathias User Profile
September 2016
Paolo's Il Poggio is an island of tranquil just on the border of Tuscany and Umbria. The location and the view down into the valley and towards Mercatale. We had the greatest time relaxing in and around the house. The facilities include everything that we could've asked for, and we cooked many great meals for dinner. There are four fig trees outside of the house which were bearing very tasty fruit during our stay. We did indeed get regular visits from wild boars which were enjoying the fruit falling off the trees. It's pretty amazing to feel right in the middle of nowhere and getting these regular visits from wild animals living in the area. Note that the wild boar won't come up to the house if you're sitting out in front, they'll rather run away if they hear noise. A few tips: * The closest place for a swim is south of Tuoro at Lake Trasimeno, about a 30 minute drive from the house * Make sure to visit Montepulciano and enjoy the old city center as well as some wine from the region (make sure to get some Vino Nobile di Montepulciano * If want to spend a day by the sea, you can drive out to Fano, where you'll be able to have a swim in the Adriatic Sea with wonderfully clear and warm water * Siena is worth a visit, most definitely! * Eat fresh figs if you can, they're super tasty * Porchetta is made fresh every Thursday at the local butcher, make sure to be there between 17:00 and 17:30 which is when it's usually served. It'll all be gone quickly, so be there on time! * Try the frozen tiramisu from the local bakery, it's amazing and tasty!

Ingrid User Profile
August 2016
Perfect information about the house and the surrounding. Great help from the neightbours. Very clean house!

Jennifer User Profile
September 2015
The house was incredibly peaceful and quiet - we loved our stay.

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