ALISEO (100 square meters) on ground floor.
A stone house with living room/dining room with fireplace, kitchen area, a master bedroom with bathroom with shower, a bedroom with two single beds with bathroom with shower and outside there is a private panoramic terrace. Sleeps four
The Aliseo cottage used to be a place used to refresh horses serving as means of transport for people and products. Grandparents say that during the holydays such as the Carnival of Foiano della Chiana which took place in February, as it does today, whole families used to go from the countryside to the village on carts drawn by horses. Guests may still see within the estate one of the carts used to this end.
Overall Property Description:
Villa “Rosa dei Venti" is located in Cortona, where wine and olive-growing can be traced back to Etruscan ages. The farm's most ancient building is the Villa which may accommodate about 20 people. This building goes back to the 18th century, period in which it belonged to an ancient noble family from Cortona.
Cortona's counts used the Villa as a summer residence whereas the surrounding farm could supply them with wheat, oil and wine for the whole year.
As we know, in ancient times all noble families' properties were inherited by male offspring, whereas daughters could only get married or enter a convent.
Cortona's seigneurs decided that all their estates in the Cortona countryside were to be divided among their three daughters, whereas the palaces in Cortona, Siena and Florence were to be given to their sons.
Later on, in the early 1900's, the whole estate was bought by the Micheli family, and more in particular by great-grandfather Angiolo and great-grandmother Felice who gave birth to four sons in ten years time. That gave them some relief, since their sons could help them manage the whole estate.
In the course of time the whole estate was perfectly looked after so as is today by great-grandchildren Barbara and Stefano.
The “Rosa dei Venti" estate spreads over 25 hectares in the municipal district of Cortona. Its lands enjoys a favourable location, are well exposed to the sunlight and are suitable for the cultivation of olive trees, grapevines, wheat, sunflowers and melons. Two farmhouses are located within the estate: Villa “Rosa dei venti" and the “Vecchia Fattoria". Villa “Rosa dei Venti" is steeped in nature and beautifully sired; the swimming pool is located westwards where in the hot summer nights it is possible to enjoy a wonderful sunset. The Villa consists of three apartments called Maestrale (northwesterly wind), Scirocco (southeasterly wind) and Grecale (northeasterly wind). Libeccio (southwesterly wind) and Aliseo ( wind blowing from a subtropical anticyclone toward the Equatorial regions) are two separate cottages located in the park surrounding the Villa.
The “Vecchia Fattoria" is located on the top of one of the three hills forming the hamlet of Creti, where some members of the Micheli Family still live. Here you may find farm tools and a small chicken, rabbit and goose farm. The “Vecchia Fattoria" is surrounded by a vineyard (1 hectare) which may yield enough wine to satisfy both the Micheli family's and the estate guests' needs. Olive trees stand in the background both in the park of Villa Rosa dei Venti and in the Vecchia Fattoria and their oil and wine production can satisfy both the Micheli family's and the estate guests' needs.
The Villa is surrounded by a typical rural environment full of landscape expression. The cottage from the 18th century which has been recently restored on the basis of the original architectural features. All around the Villa there lies a large garden full of cypresses, olive trees and other typical trees of our land.
Three lovely apartments and two cottages were created within the Villa Rosa dei Venti all of them are comfortably furnished and suitable for all kinds of customers.
On the ground floor of the main house guests will find the “Reception". This was originally a spinning mill, where the young women of the farming families wove hemp and linen. Towels and bedclothes were woven with hemp, whereas table clothes, towels “for special occasions" and bales for flour were woven with linen. Both the posts of the fireplace and the wood leaning on them are original. Moreover, a wonderful arch paved with bricks dividing the spinning mill into two parts, the one where the loom was located and the other one where the young women embroidered bedclothes, table linen and towels, was brought to light.
At guests' disposal:
A large common dining room with kitchen and fireplace available on request and to pay extra on the spot.
Cooking class available on request to pay on the spot.
Baby bed available free of charge
Wi-Fi internet connection available euro 5/week
Foiano della Chiana at 5 km with all kind of shops. Cortona at 10 km, Montepulicano at 24.
Camucia at 9 km with train station, bus stop at 2 km.