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700 years ago, San Silvestro was a little church – now it’s a charming self catering villa in Tuscany, and excellent value too!
Cortona is one of Tuscany’s most sought-after locations. Famously featured in the popular movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" this cosmopolitan little town boasts a generous handful of excellent eateries and some very stylish shops line the atmospheric, medieval streets within the ancient city walls. The wide views across the valley towards Lake Trasimeno are fabulous. And nestling below the ancient town, just 2 miles away, is historic San Silvestro.
With a view of nearby Cortona, San Silvestro was originally a country church in the 1300s and a fresco of the saint is still there by the front door. Later it became a farmer s cottage and for the last twenty years, this atmospheric house has been one of Summer s Leases and Friends of Tuscany's rental favourites.
It’s a simple country house that can’t fail to win your heart. It is private and entirely peaceful. The warmly welcoming owners live in their fine self catering villa about 50 yards away. Carla speaks reasonable English and her husband, the endlessly kind and considerate Paolo, will make himself understood no matter the gaps in your Italian or his English! They’ll happily offer local advice whenever needed, but they’ll never get in your way. Paolo is well connected locally: if you’d be interested, he can arrange some rather special discounts on stylish Italian children’s clothes, upmarket cashmere or traditional pottery - just say the word and he’ll ensure you get the opportunity to pick up some real Italian bargains!
For shopping you have the village of Camucia, just a mile away, with a couple of supermarkets, banks, several bars and eateries, and some interesting shops to explore - and the cantina sells local wines at ridiculously cheap prices! Pick up a pizza from the excellent take-away and head back home to watch the sun go down over Cortona. Shopping at Cortona is a more sophisticated experience but of course it s more touristy. However you can buy some gorgeous clothes there and the local pottery is highly temptatious, while the famous Etruscan museum gives an interesting glimpse of life over 2,000 years ago. So you have two interesting and very different local towns to choose from, and both within a 10 minute drive of San Silvestro!
This is a two story house. On the lower floor is the sitting room, with its two comfy couches, which leads to the dining room - a riot of retro fifties furniture! The kitchen has been completely refitted and includes a dishwasher. There's also a small bathroom with shower on this floor.
Upstairs are the bedrooms: a large double with superb country furniture, a bedroom with two singles that s also large and a tiny but perfectly functional single. The bathroom on this floor has a bath tub.Upper floor:
- 1 double bedroom,
- 1 bedroom with single beds,
- 1 small single bedroom,
- bathroom with shower
- sitting room with working fireplace,
- dining room,
- kitchen with dishwasher,
- bathroom with shower
Broadband (wireless), washing machine, pool towels, barbecue, table football.
The swimming pool is situated about 50 metres from the house. Very occasionally the owner may also use the pool. The house is therefore priced as a house with a shared pool, which in reality offers great extra value for a house in this famous area.
This is a delightful country home for those in search of Tuscany at its most authentic. The great fig tree and the huge bay tree near the kitchen door have already shaded many a satisfied visitor. Live the genuine “simple life” at San Silvestro - a holiday experience to treasure!
The owners offer their own cold pressed olive oil for sale.