5 double bedrooms, 1 with an extra single, another with double sofa bed, 1 twin bedroom, 3 twin/double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (3 ensuite), 4 shower rooms (3 ensuite)
Location: Arezzo and Cortona
This property rents from Saturday to Saturday
This large stone house, carefully restored and furnished with exceptional taste and sensitivity to the comforts of modern travellers, began its life as a place of refuge. For once again, coming full circle to its late 12th century convent origins, there is an air of protected peace and gentle retreat about this ancient residence. Set in a wildlife reserve in the hills overlooking the Arno valley, L'Eremo is positioned to enjoy long vistas to rising horizons and close-up glimpses of the shy animals that are part of the Tuscan tapestry. Yet it is the house itself that will be savoured by its guests, and it is to it and to them that the owners have dedicated their efforts.
In a lengthy labour of love, the owners laid gentle hands on the original structure and layout, the result of which has preserved spacious rooms and features not often found in a Tuscan home. One is seen as soon as you enter the arched door on the eastern facade, for no sooner are you in the house than you can see out of it - into the lovely inner courtyard at the heart of the house. In the living area another delight - a central stone pillar supporting four wide arches under which comfortable sofas and chairs afford the perfect place to recount the day's discoveries. And so it goes throughout the house, everywhere there is something to appreciate. The kitchen areas would please any chef, both the spacious two-stationed professional kitchen as well as the handy kitchen next to the dining room, for they are nicely furnished to give the sense of home, yet equipped with everything necessary to cook for a crowd, including a high-speed dishwasher and a pasta boiler. Off the main kitchen is another living area perfect for younger guests, for with toys, TV and video equipment, a table for eight, an open fireplace and access to a furnished terrace outdoors, it can entertain for many hours running. Beyond the dining room, which seats 16 comfortably, is the only ground floor bedroom, with ensuite shower room and a door to a small, furnished terrace. The last room on this floor is the studio, a restful place to read, play the electronic keyboard, write an overdue postcard or simply marvel at the treasure in the floor, the remnants of a foundation wall that stood 1,000 years ago - a humbling memento.
On the upper floor there are two additional living areas and seven charming bedrooms, each distinctive in look, but all beautiful places in which to wake up. In all the bedroom suites in this large house, in addition to the beamed ceilings and terracotta flooring, there is a lovely mix of well-selected country antiques, lovely fabrics and the whimsy of ceramics. Most bedrooms have ensuite bath or shower rooms, though two share a nearby bathroom and one has a lovely shower room just across the large Hall containing a beautiful pietra serena fireplace. One final suite remains; accessed off the wide enclosed loggia, it includes a sitting room with sofa bed, a shower room and a lovely bedroom under the eaves.
Despite the great comfort of the interiors, guests will probably want to head out into the six landscaped acres that surround the property - perhaps to gather around the pizza oven on a night someone comes to reveal a pizzaiolo's secrets, or else under the vine-covered pergola that will seat the whole group for al fresco dining. Across the wide lawn is a large swimming pool connected to a children's wading pool by a cascading waterfall, and a shaded furnished pergola and a poolhouse with shower room, changing room, and refrigerator to save the trek back to the house. Add the fact that a charming Caretaker stands ready to help you realize all the excursions and in-house activities you may wish to build into your Tuscan holiday, and L'Eremo is just about perfect. Whether for large family reunions, festive events or a business retreat, this house can accommodate it all. The fact that its location makes it a great base for exploring local hills on horseback or reaching medieval city festivals and antique markets in less than half an hour can only make it better.
Thank you for making our stay so special. It was perfect for our large family, the staff were very kind and helpful. The pool was an excellent way to spend long, hot days during our stay. We also appreciate all the support leading up to our arrival. The property is very special and we will always have great memories from our stay.
We had a fabulous time at your beautiful villa. It is a perfect venue for a group gathering. The staff and the lovely chefs were so wonderful and accommodating. Many thanks for a wonderful vacation!
Villa Eremo and all its charms have been the perfect spot for our family group of 14 to be together to help celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Over the past four weeks, this formed our base for exploring Tuscany & over to Venice, on to Cinque Terre, down to the Amalfi Coast, Rome and even a day of boating on Lake Trasimeno. Everyone felt very special in our beautiful bedrooms decorated so beautifully with lovely linens and draperies. Our evenings playing card games, reading, sharing stories and laughter in the roomy family room & of course the pool. A special shout out & mille grazie to the staff who could not do enough for us. The chef’s special torta della Nonna — twice! during our stay made everything even more wonderful. Arrivederci & grazie
Dear Arthur, Martha, Henry & Teddy — Eremo was the perfect spot to gather together our large family. The setting from the villa to the pool to the beautiful scenery was fantastic. The pool was a favorite gathering spot in the afternoons and we enjoyed several relaxing evenings dining on the chef’s wonderful meals. Thank you for creating such a wonderful villa to visit.
A wonderful week with family – such a beautiful villa. Lovely fragrances, excellent dinners with Roberto. Rosetta & Simone – such wonderful people and so pleasant and helpful. Rosetta made our stay a great pleasure. Also a great thunderstorm over the valley – quite a spectacular light and sound show. Pool lovely – a respite from the heat. This is our second stay – enjoyed it so much.