Villa Laura Cortona Tuscany

Villa Arrighi consists of a watchtower with an adjoining fortified farmhouse and has a commanding view towards Tuscany and all along the Niccone Valley. It was meticulously restored in 2004 and now consists of three buildings: the main house, guest cottage and bread oven. The imposing L-shaped main house consisting of the former fortified farmhouse and watchtower, is approached through the entrance gates, past the guest cottage, up a short drive lined with holm oaks and the mature garden planted with ancient olive trees and Mediterranean plants.

Villa Laura and its accompanying farmhouse have recently undergone a four-year restoration. The villa attracted fame when it featured as Villa Bramasole in the 2003 film ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ based on Frances Mayes’ 1996 memoir of the same name.

Originally built in the early 16th century, the property comprises two buildings; the main yellow villa with green shutters and the adjacent farmhouse. Both have been restored to the highest standards, all the while respecting Tuscan traditions and using the expertise of local artisans.

The kitchens and bathrooms are custom-built by local craftsmen using marble and original stone where possible. All of the original terracotta floors have been lifted, cleaned, and re-laid. Traditional Tuscan Busatti fabrics can be seen throughout, alongside hand painted Capo di Monte antique wall lights and Baccarat crystal chandeliers. Beds are largely wrought-iron four-posters made by a blacksmith in nearby Spello. All bedding is top of the line linen.

The landscaping at Villa Laura has been thoughtfully done, including an extensive rose garden surrounding the travertine stone swimming pool, Jacuzzi (the house is, after all, owned by the Jacuzzi family), and garden fountain.

The villa and farmhouse sleep up to 20 guests (ten couples). Air-conditioning, under floor heating and Wi-Fi throughout. The Villa (6000 ft 2 on 3 floors, sleeps 10)

Ground floor — lower entrance: Sitting room; opens to the limonaia courtyard Vaulted TV room with plasma screen, DVD & Sky; opens onto the limonaia courtyard

Billiard & music room with plasma screen & large open fire

Guest WC Staff laundry room Private chapel

Main floor — upper entrance (up 5 steps, sleeps 2)

Entrance hall Living room

Dining room with balcony, open fire and large dining table

State-of-the-art kitchen with marble countertop island, gas stove, microwave and DeLonghi espresso machine

Bedroom with en-suite bathroom in travertine (double sink & shower over tub) WC Entrance to the private balcony overlooking the family chapel

 Top floor (sleeps 8):

Double bedroom with view over countryside; en suite bathroom (double sink & shower)

2 double bedrooms with views over garden to farmhouse; en suite bathroom (double sink and shower over tub) Master bedroom with sitting area, views to castle and countryside; en suite bathroom (shower over tub)

The Farmhouse (4000 ft2 on 2 floors, sleeps 8)

Ground floor: Study with desk and fax machine

Living /sitting room with wood burner and library

Dining room

Kitchen Wood-burning pizza oven (forno al legno) Wine cellar

 Second floor (sleeps 8) 1 double bedrooms; en suite bathroom (shower-room)

2 double bedrooms; en suite bathroom (shower over bathtub)

1 twin bedroom; en suite bathroom (shower-room)

The Garden Swimming pool (16 x 32 ft) with diving board Jacuzzi (seating for 8)

Original 17th century cistern surrounded by columns and flowers Medici wild garden – woods with winding pathways, ancient stone bench and pond

Parking lot Rose garden with fountain Olive grove

Limonaia courtyard with seating under a vine-clad iron pergola

Outdoor ping-pong table Boules (bocce) court Hammock Security gates

The limonaia Suite Independent Suite with private terrace with lake-view. No air conditioning


Welcome hamper 3- hour daily cleaning Weekly linen, towel and bathrobe changing) Electricity & heating

SERVICES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST Professional chef to prepare breakfast, lunch, apéritivo or dinner Grocery shopping Restaurant reservations Extra cleaning and linen changes Excursions – wine tasting, horse riding, cooking lessons, local history and art tours, Pilates, Yoga or Tai Chi in the grounds Babysitting · Massages and spa treatments (there is a spa hotel opposite Villa Laura)


Cortona Lake Trasimeno Perugia Assisi Siena Florence

2km (4 mins drive / 15 minute walk) 12km (20 mins) 45 km (45mins) 70 km (1hr)

75 km (1hr 10mins) 120km (1hr 20mins)


Save The Date! Punta Sayulita Surf Classic

Located 28 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, the laid back Sayulita village plays host to the fourth annual Punta Sayulita Longboard & SUP Surf Classic March 8- 10, 2013.

Men’s Fitness magazine named Sayulita as one of the world’s best locations for Standup Paddle-boarding. Professional and amateur surfers from around the world join in the weekend long event. Award Dinner Fiesta, live music- the village rocks all weekend! The benefit contest donates funds to Reef Check Foundation.

Punta Sayulita developer Kevin Roberts is the organizer and notes the event is growing each year and attracts world-class athletes. Kevin and his partners at Contact Development are in the midst of developing the superb Punta Sayulita residential club community ( I visited in September; it looks to be a successful venture in this charming sleepy village, a relaxed and so far slightly undiscovered slice of heaven on the Riviera Nayarit!

Stunning villas and five star luxury hotels nearby – you have time to improve your skills, but do call for reservations, as it will certainly be another extremely popular event organized by the Punta Sayulita team!