Situated in the valley below the town of Cortona proudly perched on the hillside just 1 km away, Villa Selene was originally the country residence of a local noble family. Now fully restored, the elegant villa and cottages retain many of the original characteristics. In the grounds of the estate is a lovely swimming pool (9m x 4m) enjoying a pretty view of the countryside and surrounded by lawns and mature gardens with majestic cypress trees, colourful plants and secluded spots for relaxing and enjoying the peace and tranquillity.
The main villa is situated on two floors and has been elegantly furnished in traditional style with many carefully collected turn of the century antique pieces. On the ground floor of the villa is a beautiful living room which boasts an inviting sitting area complete with original fireplace and comfortable sofas. Archways lead to the dining area and a fully equipped kitchen, and there is a handy washroom with w.c.
A staircase leads from the living room to the first floor, where there are three pretty bedrooms and two bathrooms, one with a bath and one with a shower. The bedrooms open onto a terrace which is furnished with table and chairs and enjoys lovely views over the Chiana valley and Lake Trasimeno can be seen on a clear day in the distance. The terrace is furnished with table and chairs and is the ideal place for dining al fresco whilst admiring the panorama.
In the grounds close to the main villa are two separate cottages. The Winery cottage originally housed the family’s precious wine stores and has now been carefully restored and furnished in the same traditional style of the main villa. The unusual elongated living room has a kitchen area, a dining area with table and chairs, a comfortable sitting area with double sofa bed and has a light and airy atmosphere thanks to the patio doors which open directly onto the terrace at the front of the cottage. There is a spacious bedroom also opening onto the front terrace and a shower room.
The second cottage, which originally housed the villas delicately scented lemon trees for storage in the winter, has also been recently renovated and still retains many original characteristics such as the beamed ceilings and cotto floors. Its’ living room has a sitting area with settee and armchair, dining table and chairs, kitchen area and there is a double bedroom and shower room. Both the living room and bedroom have lovely arched glass patio doors opening directly onto the terrace at the front of the cottage.
The villa and cottages are immersed in lovely mature grounds with many secluded spots relaxing in the garden or by the private pool (9m x 4m), set in a charming position below and with lovely views of the valley and medieval Cortona on the hillside.
Cortona, just 1 km away and accessible on foot is a charming town. Rich in history, it is a real joy to explore and has a variety of shops, and excellent restaurants. Within easy driving distance are many of the finest places of interest of Tuscany, including Siena, Montepulciano, and Pienza. Lake Trasimeno and the Umbrian towns of Perugia and Assisi can also be easily reached.
Villa Selene is a perfect choice for a group of friends or relatives travelling together as in total accommodates up to ten persons (plus two extra persons on request), yet the individual accommodation and secluded gardens at the same time offer discreet privacy to guests.
Main Villa (250sqm)
Ground Floor: Large living room with dining area with table and chairs, sitting area with settee armchairs, fireplace, Hi Fi and satellite television > Kitchen with cooker (4 gas rings and electric oven), fridge/freezer and dishwasher > Washroom with w.c and basin.
First Floor: 3 double bedrooms (one with fireplace) > Shower room with shower cubicle, basin, bidet and w.c > Bathroom with bath, basin, bidet and w.c > Terrace.
The Winery cottage (60 sqm) Ground Floor: Living room settee, double sofa bed, armchairs and satellite television, dining table and chairs and kitchen area with cooker (4 gas rings, electric oven) and fridge > Double bedroom > Shower/w.c.
Lemon tree cottage (47 sqm)
Living room with sitting area with settee, armchairs and satellite television, dining area with table and chairs, kitchen area with cooker (4 gas rings and electric oven) and fridge > Double bedroom > Shower room with shower cubicle, basin, bidet and w.c.
Central heating* > Air conditioning* > Large garden > Barbecue > Swimming pool > Terraces > Use of washing machine > Wi Fi internet connection > Parking > Cook and maid service available on request* > Walking distance of 1km to Cortona with its shops and restaurants.
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