About this listing
Be a traveler, not a tourist. This is my home, a special place with a lot of character & charm in central Italy offering genuine Italian country living in a quiet rural setting: simple, comfortable, authentic, including VERY special kitty company.
Try living in Italy like we do; this is my home, a special place for special people.This is a very unique place to stay. Tuscan/Umbrian country living, the old way; quiet surroundings, rolling hills, country walks, old stone houses, villages, good trattorias.. My place is in an authentic old stone colonica structure, which was originally a grainery. Plain old fashioned healthy living the way it was, with the company of Missy, my full time resident kitty who will be very good company and is very loving.
What this is not: Please do not expect the fairytale painted in Under the Tuscan Sun. This is not a place for picky people, who do not love the country style of living, fear insects or a bit of dust, these walls are 2000 years old! It is also important that you love cats. This is most likely not for people on their first trip to Italy. You need to be self reliant, although I do have someone to call on if you need help, but they are not "paid house managers". I am away during the time that my home is available to rent.
WHAT THIS IS: A very original very homey, unique place for the right kind of people who are open minded original thinkers, love nature and are not afraid of nature. Welcome to REAL country living in Italy, where I have been for many many years, resident in Italy for over 35. (Always in the country).
My place reflects my artistic nature, love of beauty and nature, and my travels to different places. My life experience includes very varied careers and living in 4 countries. If you want a very original experience for your stay in Italy, please come and enjoy my unique environment. If you are still "with"me, read on.....
FOR LONGER RENTAL PERIODS -SPECIAL RATES NEGOTIABLE
In the beautiful countryside on the Tuscan-Umbrian border near the towns of Mercatale di Cortona and Umbertide, my home is very welcoming and includes the company of one very special kitty named Missy. Anyone who wants to come and stay here must be an animal enthusiast and must contact me first to be sure that we are clear on living here with Missy. This is a wonderful retreat for artists, writers, nature loving people and people who love to take country walks or mountain biking - right from your front door. It is a place for...different people.
My home is available while I am abroad working. Months available this year: May,June,July, August,September,sometimes October.
Internet IS available using a WIFI key-dongle and prepaid card. The cost is 20 EUR/MONTH
WINTERTIME: Very special low rent from mid December to Mid February. (for the right kind of cat loving people, not much more than covering my costs)
HEATING COST IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RATES BETWEEN DECEMBER AND MAY. Arrangements must be agreed upon before you book; I heat with both wood and gas, you must know how to use a wood burning stove, or be prepared to pay for the gas heating which is higher in cost. Average, 7 euro/day.The gas is metered, wood consumption will be calculated upon your departure.
DAMAGE/HEATING DEPOSIT REQUIRED
Please contact me to discuss all the possibilities.
Do you have questions? Please contact me!
A great way of living! My home has one bedroom, kitchen and living room, a Missy's company, bath with 3/4 tub, washing machine, outdoor drying. I have one locked room where I keep all my STUFF! The immediate area in front of the house is my garden; I have an old stone wall enclosed patio with table. On the other side of the house is another apartment -rarely in use, more than likely you will be here on your own.
Interaction with Guests
I am not present during your stay. A good friend is available for assistance and emergencies. You must be travelers who are self reliant and not fussy! Missy is here to keep you company, and will give you all you can handle if you want!
pure nature, rural life, relaxation, solitude, walks in the woods or fields, foraging; wild flowers. Real life, chill. Style, history, class and cozy.
We are not in a well served area for public transportation. Town is about 9k, a 1.3 hour's walk. A bicycle is available. (or possibly 2). The first part of the road is a bit rough and a bit of a climb coming back. Car recommended.
Other Things to Note
The woods and fields are full of life, chirping frogs and singing birds, the abundance of nature is all around you. I live as much outside as inside, if not more...all year long! I will occasionally accept a rental for a long weekend, write and ask.
Guests MUST love cats. People always fall in love with my very special kitty companion. I have great respect for Missy, she is very independent, but also incredibly loving.
Missy is the real owner of this home, she has the run of the house, she is a gentle sweet soul and will enhance your visit to Italy, she is great company. She speaks Italian, English and Greek.
Rules? Enjoy. Respect my home, have fun, if there is by chance someone in residence in the other apartment, just don't go around to that side of the house, rarely is anyone else anywhere near by.