La Pietra

Sleeps up to 13, or can be rented for fewer, beautiful house, great for cooking classes and more.
La Pietra can be rented in three different size and price configurations.

  • In High Season, the house is rented as a either a 5 or 6 bedroom house, and priced accordingly.
  • In Low Season, guests can rent a single floor of the House.
  • Two floors, 6 double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 11-13 people in High Season.
  • Upper floor, 1 king, 1 double, 2 singles, plus one double fold-out couch
  • Lower floor, 1 king, I queen, 3 singles, plus one double fold-out couch.

This is one of my favourite restored farmhouses in Tuscany - in fact it was this one that inspired me to start this business many years ago.. a true "Under the Tuscan Sun" experience. A little removed from the rush of reality, on the Tuscany/Umbria allows for a dream vacation in Italy.

This classically restored stone farmhouse is situated on a high hillside with panoramic views of Umbria and eastern Tuscany, including the tiny hill town of Preggio, and the ruins of the Pierle castle in a landscape dotted with small farms and ancient olive groves.

Vacation Property Details

To provide guests with maximum flexibility in their accommodations, the house has been divided into two independent floors, each with country kitchen opening on to terraces for lounging and outdoor dining.

On the upper floor, the house has three double bedrooms and two baths. It includes a cook’s delight country kitchen with long oak dining table, fashioned from the antique beams of the original house.
The dramatic, high ceilinged living room has a raised hearth open fireplace, suitable for philosophical gazing and culinary pleasures.

The upstairs living room leads out to a covered loggia, with some of the best views in central Italy—a place to read, to eat, to sip wine, and to watch the weather and light change throughout the day.

The ground floor consists of a second country kitchen (ideal for summer cooking), a combination living room/master bedroom suite with open fireplace, two additional double bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Outdoor terraces on three sides expand the living space of the house, providing different vantage points from which to enjoy the view.
Vegetable and herb gardens close to the house are an added country luxury.

The house is centrally located for easy exploration of the region.

  • Spacious, fully equipped kitchen with modern appliances and dishwasher.
  • American style showers, European-length bathtubs, bidets, pedestal sinks.
  • Washer and Dryer on each floor.
  • Two raised hearth, stone fireplaces.
  • Central heating, washer/dryer on each floor.
  • Furnished with antiques and pieces built by local craftsmen using old designs.
  • Attractive linens and towels.
  • Terraces and gardens, suitable for outdoor eating in the warmer months.
  • Personalized Italian cooking lessons and/or serving at home, available upon request.
  • 7 meter by 18 meter pool.

The kitchens in the houses are set up for serious cooking, attracting gourmet cooks and gourmet eaters from all over.

One of the best ways to experience the local cuisine is to have Melchiorre, a cook with a wonderful sense of humour, come to the house to prepare a custom meal, including such dishes as suckling pig roasted slowly in the old outdoor brick oven, grilled lamb spitted over the large open fireplaces, or handmade pastas, bread and fresh ricotta made from the milk of his family's sheep. He brings brings the textures, flavors and colors of central Italy to the kitchen of your vacation home. (either catered or to run a cooking class for you)

La Pietra can be rented separately or in conjunction with CASA CARINA, CASA LA PIETRA and CASA CIELO

The positioning of La Pietra and its front door and its terraces allows almost total privacy, though the driveway and entrance into the garden is shared between these two properties. Some fifteen metres to the side of La Pietra lies Casa Carina ( see listing) a delightful small romantic hideaway which sleeps two people that can be rented independently or together with La Pietra.
Please note re Driveway: Please note also that the approach to La Pietra is by way of an unpaved driveway, approx. 2 km, it is steep in parts but does not present a problem if driven slowly; It is regularly maintained and can take passenger vehicles of all sizes; Once you have done it a few times you may wonder why you gave it a 2nd thought.

Lovely views of the surrounding countryside.

"And while we were using our rental home as a base for travels within the region, we also took the opportunity to go nowhere and do nothing. La Pietra lent itself perfectly to such nonpursuits."

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Included/Excluded in Price

Prices start at €4000 per week in mid season, depending on occupancy. Rates vary by season and number of people staying. Please inquire for rates.

All linens, towels and utilities, are included in the price. We provide a full house cleaning and linen change every 6 or 7 days. Tenants have free access to all linen and towel closets, washing machines and dryers, and are responsible for changing their own towels.
All other utilities free of charge summer and winter, including central heating and wood for fireplaces
On request: Price List for Additional Services

  • Broadband internet service - flat fee for telephone and broadband internet service - unlimited use for a week at €30 per floor; €45 for 2 weeks; €55 for 3 weeks, plus €5 per week thereafter
  • Additional cleaning requested by the client is charged at a rate of €12 per hour per cleaning person
  • Laundry is charged at the rate of €15 per load, if tenants wish for our cleaning people to do their laundry and towels
  • Shopping for arrival supply of groceries - €30 plus the cost of the groceries
  • welcome dinner price dependent on what you order
  • cooking classes in home;
  • private food based tours of this interesting area - truffles, chocolates, and more

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Approx. Location:
The villa is located in the countryside near this little village of Preggio.

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This is one of my favourite restored farmhouses in Tuscany - in fact it was this one that inspired me to start this business many years ago.. a true "Under the Tuscan Sun" experience. A little removed from the rush of reality, on the Tuscany/Umbria allows for a dream vacation in Italy.

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  • Sleeps up to 13 6 double bedrooms
  • 4 baths or sleeps 11 5 double bedrooms & 4 baths OR sleeps 8 4 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms OR sleeps 6 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms
  • Spacious fully equipped country kitchens
  • modern appliances, including dishwasher, on both floors
  • great for in home cooking classes
  • Broadband internet access
  • computer is provided on the upper floor for guest use (small fee unltd use)
  • Guests can also connect to the internet via their own laptop
  • Central heating
  • washer and dryer on each floor
  • Double-glazed windows, screens
  • Two raised-hearth stone fireplaces

    Low price is for 3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms config. High for full house.
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    €4000 - €5700

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