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
Number of guests: max. 12
Architecture: Old & new
Design: Stephan Bleecks and concept 41, Belgium
Published: stijlvol wonen (Belgium and NL), elpais.com