Set in the typical Tuscan countryside, where nature, art and history blend harmoniously, just 4 km from the wonderful little medieval town of Cortona, is Torre degli Elci. The name originates from the old 13th century watchtower which was converted into a monastery and then, at the beginning of the 19th century, into a charming country residence consisting of a main building and 2 annexes. The interior, renovated while maintaining intact its authenticity without neglecting functionality, was made cosy with rustic furniture and various modern accessories such as the air-conditioned bedrooms and kitchen on the ground floor and wi-fi connection. The windows of each room face out onto the well-tended garden, a natural terrace covered by large areas of green lawn dotted with imposing holm oaks (elci in Italian, hence the name of the property), olive trees and cypresses, and completed by an outdoor dining area and a beautiful, panoramic swimming pool. The view stretches from the Val di Chiana to the peaks of Monte Amiata and Monte Cetona, a unique landscape made up of green hills, cultivated fields and little old borghi including that of nearby Cortona. Torre degli Elci, located in Tuscany and just a few kilometres from Umbria, is the ideal place where you can totally relax despite being close to towns of historical, cultural and gastronomic importance such as Siena, Arezzo and Perugia, to the picturesque borghi of Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano and Castiglione del Lago and to relaxing spa resorts. Shops and services for basic needs, open also on Sunday morning, are located in Tavarnelle and Cortona, just 5 minutes away by car.
Your Emma Villas Customer service is LUCIA GALLINELLA and you can reach her for any emergencies, or further information you may required during your stay. All useful telephone numbers will be sent together with your booking documents.
The property consists of the main house and two annexes.
HOUSE: It has three floors plus an attic. From the main entrance, located on the ground floor, you go into a spacious entrance hall which leads to two large double bedrooms, both with en-suite bathroom with shower and direct outside access. From the entrance hall a stone staircase connects the three floors. The first floor consists of a hallway with reading area that opens, on one side, to a double bedroom with adjoining bathroom with shower and, on the other, to the living room with large stone fireplace and dining area as well as a modern fully-equipped kitchen (on this side of the floor is an external staircase that leads down to a paved part of the garden where Annex 1 is located, equipped with a further kitchen). The second floor consists of a panoramic reading room and a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower. Inside this room, a steep wooden staircase leads up to the highest part of the tower (with sloping roof, ideal for two children) composed of two joinable beds and an en-suite bathroom with shower.
ANNEX 1: Located a few metres from the main house, it consists of a characteristic air-conditioned and fully-equipped kitchen with a large table with benches and chairs; a cool portico with lounge area, wood oven and guest bathroom complete this area. Just outside the annex is an outdoor dining area.
ANNEX 2: Also located a few metres from the main house, on the opposite side, it is composed of a large double bedroom with divisible bed and en-suite bathroom with shower. An external door opens into a small laundry room.
A remote-controlled iron entrance gate leads into the one-hectare enclosed park that surrounds the house. The ample parking area has two covered spaces and is located a short distance from the house, reached via a convenient paved ramp. The garden extends over several levels with relaxing expanses of flat green lawn, shaded by impressive elms and dotted with cypresses and olive trees. Between the house and the annex with the second kitchen and portico is a romantic, stone-paved courtyard with table and chairs. A few steps away is a wooden gazebo used as a paved dining area with table, benches, built-in barbecue and wood oven. The house faces the wonderful swimming pool with a large sunbathing area, bordered by bushes and cypresses. The lawn also continues to the side where a play area for children has been set up with swing, ping pong table and volleyball net.
The private pool, lying in the centre of a large lawn in a panoramic position about 50 m from the house and reached across the gently sloping lawn, is equipped with external and internal lights. Rectangular with a white stone border, it measures 10 x 5 m with a constant depth of 1,45 m. Lined in sand-coloured PVC, it has chlorine purification and a metal ladder for access to the water. The surrounding sunbathing area is provided with sunbeds, deckchairs, a wooden gazebo, umbrellas and a cold-water shower. A large children's play area has been set up just a few steps away. The pool is open from the last Saturday of April until the first Saturday of October.
Property Accessibility: Not suitable for disabled people
Fenced-in property: Yes