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The Garden of Eden : Essicatoio Cottage – upper – sleeps 2

Luxury suite on 1st floor of mediaeval tower

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

Property Description

Essicatoio Cottage/upper/optional aircon…

… on the upper floor of a 2 storey detached cottage. 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. 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. Beautiful private garden.


The Garden Of Eden is in Toppo di Morra, 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.

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.


Set in a 230 hectare, organic farm, The Garden of Eden is a heavenly place. Bicycles are available, free of charge. Or, you can wander on foot to your hearts content, along a sign posted lane, all round the private estate.

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 suite (2 bedrooms/sleeps 4). Below the Quercia suite is the Cerro-Castagna Suite (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 of 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.

Here, everything is pure and sustainable…, water, fish pond, crops, wine and olive oil. However, to live here, you would not suspect that it is any different from any other luxury accommodation, except that the air you breathe, the fruit and veg you pick from the organic land, the fish you catch, the wine you drink and the olive oil you drizzle over your organic salads, is all free of pollutants.

The only extra payment would be for the “house” wine and olive oil, of which there is a fine selection. The rest is there for the taking….


Should you wish to take continental breakfast in the “ristoro” : bread, cornetti, biscotti, caffè, milk, thè, orange juice, jam, honey, yogurt, Nutella + traditional cake, then, this is 10 euros/per person extra. ORDER AT TIME OF BOOKING.


A welcome lunch is included in the rate, which consists of all our home grown products : salami, ham, sausages, bruschetta with extra virgin oil, pecorino and honey + wine.


A bank transfer of 25% of the total value of the reservation is required to secure a booking. Or, you can book securely online using your credit card.

If you want additional cleaning or change of linen (more than once a week), there is an extra “maid service” charge.

At the reception, where our products are displayed, you will find information re the locality and about things to see and do in the area.

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


heating/air conditioning, 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 !


Breakfast/optional : 10 € per head, a 50% discount is applied to children under 8 years (ORDER AT TIME OF BOOKING).

Cradle/cot: 40 € per week (ORDER AT TIME OF BOOKING).

Cleaning and change of bed linen and towels MORE THAN ONCE A WEEK, by arrangement on your arrival.



Please note that these offers are not cumulative with any other sale, discount and/or promotion rate.

Early booking –

3 months before your scheduled date of arrival 8% discount.

2 months before your scheduled date of arrival 5% discount.

3 week booking: you get 10% discount off the price list.


Check in between 15.00 – 20.00 hrs. If you are going to be late or to arrive after 20.00, please inform us in advance.

Your estimated arrival time must be communicated to us 48 hours prior to your arrival date. Check-in after 20.00 will be charged at 15,00 € per hour of delay, the rate we have to pay for special arrangements to meet you.

Check out by 10.00 am.

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


Accomodation and features

Bedrooms: 1 King sized double bed

Bathrooms: 1 bathroom with hydro-massage tub

Living Room Facilities: sofa - seats 2

Dining Facilities: dining - seats 4

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

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, garden chairs, sun loungers, extensive grounds, parkland

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

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


October, November, January, February, March  400 euros
April, May, June, September  500 euros
July, August  600 euros


Book 3 months in advance for an 8% discount.

Book 2 months in advance for an 5% discount.

3 week booking for 10% discount of total to pay.



Contact Owner

  • Norma Rosemary Gray
  • Norma Rosemary