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Our house is called Podere Vigna or the Vineyard Farm. We bought it in 1998 and have been restoring it ever since. It is on the National Heritage list of protected buildings and restoring it has been costly and time consuming as a result. It is listed in the Vatican inventory of 1601 so we know that a portion of it is at least that old. Stones from dismantled Etruscan tombs were mortared into the masonry walls when the house was either rebuilt or enlarged in the early 1800s. The third part of the house was added on in the thirties.
We restored the house using traditional materials and methods and also by properly insulating all external walls, roof, and floors. The result is a pleasant looking typical medium sized farmhouse with all of the modern conveniences of today’s society. We have heating, a/c, high speed Internet, and satellite television, which are all available to our guests free of charge. We also have solar panels, a double combustion highly efficient/low carbon output wood burning stove and a magnificent sit-in fireplace. We live on the ground floor and we have a 1200sq.ft apartment on the upper floor for our guests. We also have two annex buildings which will soon become additional lodging space for our guests.
The apartment has three bedrooms, two bathrooms (one with a shower and one with a tub), an eat-in kitchen, and a living room. Two of the rooms have queen size beds and the third bedroom has a double bed and a loft space that can also fit a double bed. We can add a crib or twin size bed to either of the queen rooms upon request. The roof is exposed brick and truss. The floor is traditional brick and the bathroom and kitchen tiles are hand painted.
Most of the furniture is late 1800 typical country style although the sofas and beds are new. The windows have mosquito screens and interior wooden blinds which effectively turn day into night. There is a nice porch and a couple of patios.
There are shady areas around the house to relax under and plenty of lounge chairs and hammocks to stretch out in. Meals can be taken either outside or inside. The house is situated on the crest of a rolling hill. It is almost always breezy and the views are fantastic.
The towns of Cortona, Castiglione del Lago, Chianciano, Montepulciano, Paciano, Panicale, and Trasimeno Lake can all be seen from the property.
Please contact me if you would like information on additional or alternative lodging arrangements.