September 2010
Doorways Villa Vacations

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Rent Villa Laura of “Under the Tuscan Sun”

Kit Burns


Four years ago, I received a call from a favorite customer to say she had been offered a villa that was for sale near Cortona. She wondered if I might take a look at it on my next trip to Italy. I was just leaving for Tuscany, so I was able to visit almost immediately...and there the adventure began.

As I made my way through the brambles to the ancient, crumbling villa, I felt like I was stepping into a fairytale. The villa lay in ruins, but it was easy to see its marvelous potential. The location was fantastic, close enough to Cortona to be able to hike up into that beautiful hill town. And, perhaps best of all, this was the very villa that had been used in the filming of "Under the Tuscan Sun." I called my client from Italy and advised her to come right over and buy it — and she did!

For the past four years, the family that owns Cline Cellars Winery in Sonoma, California, has been lovingly and painstakingly renovating the villa and its accompanying farmhouse. Whenever I have been passing through the area, I've stopped by to take photos and see how the work was progressing. Finally, in June, the renovation was finished, and the family went to Italy to spend the summer. I visited them in late June to see the final results, and walked around the property with the owners, stars in all of our eyes.

Villa Laura is still a fairytale, and now you can join the adventure. Villa Laura is now available to rent through Doorways.

Watch the slide show to see Villa Laura start to finish.


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