The Farmhouse

The farmhouse Il Gelso is located at the foot of the charming hilltown of Cortona, immersed in the rural and monumental history of the ancient Etruscan town.

 Evidence of the century-old Cortonese civilization may be found just a few yards away from the farmhouse where the archaeological park run by the ACCADENIA ETRUSCA and subject of several studies is located.

 The farmhouse was skilfully and accurately renovated by the current owners in compliance with the most conservative and refined standards of the rural Cortonese and Tuscan traditions so as to allow guests to appreciate the skills and the spirit of survival of our ancestors that although in the absence of today’s technologies still managed to combine wits and natural resources to build extremely comfortable dwellings.

The surroundings of the farmhouse are characterised by wheat and sunflower crops criss-crossed by old country tracks where you will be able to take nice walks or cycle with our complimentary bikes. Il Gelso is a quadrangular brick and stone house with interiors featuring exposed wooden beam ceilings

 The farmhouse dates back to the 16th century and was subject to several additions and renovations over the centuries; the land surrounding the farmhouse was cultivated in the past centuries to provide produce to support the families living in the latter on a “a livello “ contract (an old farming contract now fallen out of use) and to pay tithes to church or civil authorities owning the property. 

The farmhouse is spread over two floors and consists of: the ground floor houses the reception office and two apartments whilst the first floor accommodates further three apartments, a large reading room with an old open fireplace and some comfortable sofas. Adjacent to the house an annex today used as a shared kitchen and the sun-bathed swimming pool surrounded by century-old trees. 

The farmhouse is divided into five fully furnished apartments equipped as necessary for your stay; linens are included in our prices. 

Each apartment is fully independent and equipped with water, power, gas and independent heating. Shared facilities include laundry room and barbecue. All apartments are complete with fully equipped kitchenette with fridge and TV. Each guests will find on arrival fresh linens as well as welcome snacks and drinks

 Our garden is equipped with chairs, tables, deckchairs and parasols that will help you relax in the green surroundings of our farm after a day spent visiting charming towns and hamlets. The farm is conveniently and quietly located in spectacular surroundings and will allow you to easily reach, thanks to its strategic location, all major artistic and cultural destinations in the area such as Arezzo, Florence, Siena, Perugia, Cortona, Castiglion Fiorentino, Sansepolcro, Montalcxino, Pienza, Castiglion del Lago, Gubbio, Assisi and many more.

 Our garden features several different tree species such as walnut tree, horse chestnut tree, willow tree, plane tree and the ever-present mulberry tree (Gelso, in Italian); a tree widely found all over our territory up to few decades ago for several different purposes such as the marking of boundaries between cultivated fields and the production of leaves used to feed silk-worms (silk-worm farms were widely distributed in our territory until the end of the 19th century.

 The blue of the swimming pool (5 x 12 metres) perfectly blends with the brilliant green of the lawn, the red of stork’s bills, the pink of roses and the purple of violets.