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The Garden of Eden : Essicatoio Cottage – upper and lower – sleeps 4/5

On ground floor of tower, luxury 1 bedroom suite

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 2
  • Property type: Apartment, Condo, Cottage, Country house, Hotel, House, Luxury, Suite, Villa

Property Description

Essicatoio Cottage/upper and lower/optional aircon…

Essicatoio Cottage/upper floor.

Only ever rented out simultaneously with Essic/lower with outstanding views across dales, valleys, olive groves and vineyards, pastures and valleys unfolding with every blink.

Beautiful private garden.

Essicatoio Cottage/lower with dishwasher + optional aircon is the ground floor of a 2 storey cottage.

However, we rent out this detached cottage with 2 bedrooms + 2 bathrooms ONLY as a whole.

So, there are 2 self-contained apartments in this detached cottage : Essic/lower and Essic/upper.

Excellent value for 2 couples or a couple with teenage children, who wish to experience life on a luxury, organic farm, where you can fish, cycle and pick fruit and veg in the allotments to your heart’s content ! If the party consists of a couple with teenage children, then, the children can sleep independently of each other in their own rooms.


The Garden Of Eden is in Toppo di Morro, a tiny 17C borgo, in the Perugia area, converted into 6 holiday cottages, 4 of which are detached and standing in their own grounds, 2 of which are at different levels from each other in the same building.

Toppo di Morro is in Cortona, which is in the province of Arezzo, straddled betwixt Tuscany and Umbria, just 6.48 kms to Cortona central, slightly further to Lago Trasimeno or Perugia central and 1 hour from Spoleto, the jewel in the crown of Umbria. This really is a divine position.

Along a windy country road, snaking higher and higher, the world tumbling below you in a whorl of pastures, valleys, sunflower fields, poppies, hill top mediaeval towns and villages, sweeping towards Cortona, you arrive at Toppo di Morro, or, as I prefer to call it, The Garden Of Eden.

450/500 mts above sea level and below the snow line.


The Garden Of Eden is a beautiful hill top village transformed into 6 luxury eco-cottages, each with its own garden, terrace and/or balcony,  draped in a beautiful confusion of olive groves, vineyards, chestnut trees and tangled woodlands, overlooking a south facing valley, whose green planes and undulating hills fade into a heavenly infinity.

Ahead is a tree-lined country lane that leads into the heart of the village and the large pool beyond.  You pass the Fienile Cottage (large 1.5 bedroom/sleeps 3) first, then, the Stalla Cottage (1 bedroom/sleeps 2). Curving round a grove of chestnut trees, you come upon the Mulino Cottage (2.5 bedrooms/sleeps 5). Across a courtyard, is the Quercia Cottage (2 bedrooms/sleeps 4). Below the Quercia Cottage is the Cerro + Castagna (2 bedrooms/sleeps 4).

In the middle of the village is the laundry room with washing machines and ironing facilities.

A little further through the village, passing what used to be the Prince’s house, the grand house of the village, as yet, unrestored, you arrive at the path down to the large pool, with wide paved areas, easily enough space for each guest to have lots of privacy.

Beyond the pool, are the huge, organic vegetable gardens and orchards, where you can go each day and pick your own fresh fruit and vegetables. In this area is also the fish pond, which is always full of fish and never artificially stocked ! Fishing rods are provided, should you wish to while away an afternoon in this heavenly place, breathing in the pure air in this deliriously beautiful environment.


The entire village has been reconstructed using ONLY sustainable ecological methods and is dependent totally on recyclability and solar energy. Nonetheless, having spared no expense, the whole system works in a away that you would not suspect its 100% ecological worthiness. Furthermore, in keeping with its ecological pedigree, it produces its own eco wines and olive oil. Both these plants are within the village and anyone can go and see how they function, to produce some of the finest wines and olive oil, exported all over the world.

First, see particular photos of the Essicatoio Cottage – lower. Then, scroll further to see general photos of its surroundings.


Accomodation and features

Bedrooms: Each apt has a large King double bed - beautiful views

Bathrooms: Each apt has 1 bathroom, one with a Jacuzzi and hand held shower, the other a shower room.

Living Room Facilities: Both apts have a living/dining room - seats 8 on ground floor/seats 4 on upper floor/with separate kitchens

Dining Facilities: seats 8 on ground floor/4 on upper floor

Kitchen Facilities: freezer, fridge, grill, hob, iron+board, microwave, oven, washing machine, coffee maker, cooking utensils, toaster, 4 ring stove, dish washer

Entertainment Facilities: TV, DVD player

Internet Access: internet access, wireless broadband

Swimming pool: outdoor pool, private pool on site

Outside:garden, BBQ, parking off street, patio, garden chairs, beach chairs, sun loungers, extensive grounds, parkland

General Property Facilities: activities guide, air-conditioning, central heating, daily maid service on request, events allowed, hair dryer, jacuzzi inside, linens provided, local maps, local restaurant guide, welcome paper towels, welcome shampoo, welcome soap, welcome toilet paper, towels, beach towels

Suitability of the Property: children welcome, suitable for elderly or infirm, long term rentals available, non smoking only


Both apartments have a fully fitted kitchen + a sofabed.






Price includes: heating, utilities, household linen and towels, weekly change of linen, welcome eco-friendly bathroom toiletries and welcome washing-up liquid + kitchen towel, laundry room and laundry soaps, pick-your-own seasonal vegetables and fruits from the garden, access to the lakes, fishing rods, fish you catch, mountain bicycles, final cleaning, use of the "ristoro" to entertain your friends AND.... a welcome buffet lunch reception with a local product tasting !

Bakery, grocery, supermarket, chemistry, newspaper agent and any other store are only a few minutes drive. Reception opening times are 9.00 - 17.00.

Also, we have an agreement with the nearby restaurant L'Archibugio in Lugnano, where our guests receive a 15% discount on lunch and / or dinner !!! restaurant-pizzeria /

Contact Owner

  • Norma Rosemary Gray
  • Norma Rosemary