About this listing
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 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!
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 house is a 10-15 minute drive from the nearest town (Mercatale di Cortona), where you will find banks, supermarkets, a great bakery and butcher, bars, etc.
There is a small market on Wednesday morning, great for vegetables and cheese. The butcher makes 'porchetta' (traditional pork roast) every Thursday, but you have to get there early to get some... it's delicious!
Many of Tuscany's favourite destinations are within easy reach by car:
Cortona - 30 minutes
Lake Trasimeno - 20 minutes
Perugia - 45 minutes
Montepulciano - 40 minutes
Siena - 1 hour
Montalcino - 1 hour
Assisi - 1 hour and 15 minutes
Gubbio - 1 hour
There are lots of nice walks and MTB trails in the area.
During the summer, look out for village fairs, where you can taste local specialties and enjoy some open-air dancing, and for the the many arts and music festivals happening all over the region.
Given its location, you will need a car to enjoy Il Poggio.