Podere 500

In a picturesque location between green meadows and sunflower fields, amidst the rolling Tuscan hills near the town of Cortona, Italy, you will find Podere 500, a holiday home that was once a traditional farmhouse. Behind its weathered stone walls, a surprisingly modern holiday home with spacious rooms and a bright and airy ambience awaits you.

Podere 500’s Belgian owners restored the property over nearly five years. Its spacious rooms with high vaulted and wood-beam ceilings, and its round arches and terracotta floors, have been supplemented with modern elements. A concrete staircase with no balustrade, seating areas on concrete benches, wall panels separating the bathrooms, as well as the modern kitchen unit lend this old building a contemporary flair. What’s more, its minimalist interior design that effortlessly balances a cool and homely aesthetic allows the panoramic views of the hills and the city of Cortona to take centre-stage.

Various terraces surround the house and there is also an outdoor lounge corner and barbecue area. You will always find an ideal spot, no matter what time of day—in the sun or in the shade, whichever you choose. At the centre of the 5000 square metre garden there is also a heated swimming pool which you can enjoy until November.


What to do

Exploring the towns and attractions of the area: the house is located in southern Tuscany near Montepulciano, Arezzo, Siena and Florence, as well as nearby Umbria with Lake Trasimeno, Perugia and Assisi. Sports: 2 golf courses nearby, tennis, mountain biking. Wine tasting, music festivals (jazz and classical music). There are excellent restaurants and shops nearby. 

Why we like this house

A great house for a vacationing with a big family or with groups of friends, since there are rooms for both social get-togethers and private retreats. The house is situated in a quiet valley but is close to many cultural sites, which makes it the perfect starting point from which to explore the area.

This house is great for

Holidays with family and friends. Mid-season this house can also be rented for smaller groups.


Details of the property

Region/Town: IT – Italy, Tuscany, Cortona

Name: Podere 500

Scenery: Amidst meadows and fields, with a great view of Cortona

Accommodation: House

Number of guests: max. 12

Architecture: Old & new

Completed: 2016

Design: Stephan Bleecks and concept 41, Belgium

Published: stijlvol wonen (Belgium and NL), elpais.com


9 Comments

Dr. Karola Aulinger said:

Das Haus ist ein Paradies. Wir waren Ende Juli in der Woche mit der größten Hitze dort, aber dank der perfekten Klimatisierung fühlten wir uns zu jeder Tages-und Nachtzeit wohl. Das riesige Grundstück inmitten von Feldern, ruhig und trotzdem nicht zu weit abgelegen, der perfekt gepflegte Garten mit zahlreichen Sitz- und Liegegelegenheiten, der herrliche Pool…. ein Traum! Das großzügige, geschmackvoll gestaltete Haus mit so viel Platz, dass man sich nicht beengt und trotzdem nicht verloren fühlt, die üppig ausgestattete Küche, wunderbar. Wir (Familie aus sechs Erwachsenen im Alter von 62 bis 28) haben uns rundum wohl gefühlt und der Abschied fiel uns schwer. Wir danken Annelies, Stephan und Luigi für die aufmerksame und liebevolle Betreuung.

Michael said:

Ich habe lange überlegt einen Kommentar zu schreiben… aber zu denken, dass dieser Ort ein unentdeckter Geheimtipp bleiben kann wäre absurd (und unfair gegenüber Annelies&Stephan)
Dieses Haus, diese Umgebung und diese Betreuung haben uns den idealen drei Generationen Urlaub beschert. Das Gebäude und sein umgebender Garten bieten beides: Nähe wenn man sie will und Intimität und Distanz, wenn man sie braucht. Der zentrale Ort, die Begegnungs- und Kommunikationsstelle ist natürlich die Küche, die in ihrer grosszügigen Dimension auch anspruchsvolle Köche zufriedenstellt (wie in jeder Ferienwohnung immer die eigenen, scharfen Kochmesser mitbringen…)
Alle Räume haben ihren eigenen Charakter und man geniesst sehr, dass jedes seinen eigenen Sanitärbereich hat.
Den Pool haben die Jüngsten in den ersten Tagen nur in Ausnahmefällen verlassen. In seiner Dimension und Sauberkeit (Danke Luigi!) ist er vor allem für Kinder perfekt geeignet.
Wer in dieser Gegend bucht, tut das natürlich auch wegen der reichhaltigen Angebote, die nur die Toskana so bereit hält. Leider haben wir das diesmal noch nicht so ausführlich genutzt und müssen deshalb unbedingt wieder kommen.

Anne said:

We had a great time in that really beautiful house.
There was enough space for all of us (6 adults and two children), the kitchen is perfectly equipped and there are more than enough towels.
Although we had really bad luck with the weather, the heated pool was usable and the house was big enough to spend a day inside. The owners were always helpful, and the housekeeper came by when anything was needed.
The countryside as well as the house itself are really beautiful and breathtaking.
We hope to come back again with a lot of sunshine.

Birgit said:

We stayed at Podere in April with our three kids. The house is a great discovery: traditional style farm house on the outside and inside very spacious with lots of places to retire to and relax. The interior design is a perfect balance of form, function, old & new , cool & cozy. Very inspiring! The kitchen is well equipped. Even if you are an ambitious cook, you won‘t miss anything. We had friends visiting us for a few days, which made the huge house even more a home.
The big garden allows all sorts of sporty activities for kids and adults and the heated pool is a great joy. The caretaker is extremely helpful (eg searching for lost luggage at italian airports).
Tuscan tourist sights are within easy reach even by train. But the area around Podere is still very authentic and not a tourist hotspot.
The owners are very adament to make your stay a special one. If needed they will give you instant help by WhatsApp or phonecall no matter what your worries might be.
Many thanks Annelies and Stephan – we will definitely come back!

Karolina & Tobias said:

Podere 500 is an extraordinary, beautiful house that offers a perfect combination of traditional tuscan style and modern comfort. Annelies & Stephan are wonderful hosts. You see in every detail that they put their heart in it. We stayed there in April with our 3 sons (7, 6 and 2 years old) and my parents in law. What we really liked about the house:
– the landscape around the house and the view
– great garden with fire place
– large table inside and outside
– warm heated pool, so swimming was also possible on colder days
– very friendly caretaker, who regularly came cleaning the pool
– floor heating, it was always warm in the house
– fly screens everywhere
– beautiful bathtub and baths and bath fittings
– enough towels and bathrobes
– bed linen and a wonderful selection of pillows in different strength
– washing machine and dishwasher
– fridge with large freezer
– everything was very clean

We cooked a lot in this wonderful kitchen and visited Pisa, Arezzo (best lasagne i ever eat was in restaurant Logge Vasari) and very good for shopping, Cortona (to reccomend: bakery La Fonte), Rom & Sienna.

It was a great holiday that will always be remembered in our hearts. Many thanks to Annelies and Stephan for this beautiful time in your house.

Danielle Lambrechts said:

Fabulous place to stay with family or friends.
Very central to visit Tuskany or Umbrië. Lovely home to relax and enjoy life in Italy!

Susan said:

My husband and I stayed at Podere 500 for a week in October 2018, and we had a wonderful stay. The house is well equipped and comfortable. The location is beautiful and ideal for exploring nearby Tuscan treasures. And so peaceful! The owners were so helpful both during the booking process and during our stay. Can’t wait to come back.

Judith said:

We, a family of five persons, spend our autumn holidays in Podere 500 and had a really good time. This place is perfect for relaxing and getting some rest. Very lovely decorated rooms, high standard of equipment and a great kitchen. Everything you need is there. The garden is very big and the heated pool is ideal for kids. We definitely will come back!

Eric & Francine DUA-Heirbaut said:

Podere500 is a great place to stay. Fantastic views from almost every corner of the podere.
Very successful fusion between the antique borgo/podere and modern interior design. Well equipped kitchen for ‘master chefs’ ???? if one decides to cook local delicacies. There is even a possibility to book a local chef to cook in the premises and/or to order first quality food to be delivered in the Podere.
Modulable for both large and small groups with all the comfort one needs.
The Podere is close to Cortona, Arezzo and Lago di Trasimeno, etc….
It is an idyllic place to unwind/relax….

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