Gorgacce Rentals, About Us


Hello, I’m Martin Daykin – I am the owner of this family business, Gorgacce Rentals. In 1986 my parents-in-law, David and Dilys Cordingley, bought a villa on the Tuscany Umbria border, Casa Gorgacce. After taking early retirement they put a swimming pool in and started to advertise the villa for holidays.

Subsequently, their Italian neighbours asked them to find guests for their properties. Gorgacce Rentals grew from this and now has a superb selection of large and small rental villas and holiday apartments on the border of Tuscany and Umbria, we still specialise in villa lettings in this stunning area of central Italy.

In 1998 I bought a ruined farmhouse called Ca’ di Bracco, located in the beautiful Niccone Valley right on the Tuscany Umbria border. We moved there in 1999 and spent a year converting Ca’ di Bracco into a five bedroom, four bathroom holiday villa and put in a pool to make it suitable for lettings. We have recently sold up and moved to the UK from where I continue to run the business.

For several years I organised walking holidays on the Tuscany Umbria border, I trained as a sommelier and ran popular tours at the local vineyard. As well as renting my own villa I helped to run Gorgacce Rentals and also resolved issues for guests. I speak good Italian, reasonable German and basic French, despite being UK based I can usually get problems sorted out quickly.

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The Niccone Valley

In 2004, Casa Gorgacce, was sold to friends and Dilys and David bought another villa, Casa del Lupo, just over the border in Umbria (both have now been sold). Most of our rental villas are in the beautiful Niccone Valley that straddles the Tuscany Umbria border.

The Niccone Valley is dotted with the ancient castles of Reschio, Sorbello, Lisciano Niccone, Pierle and Migianella. The Niccone Valley and the Tuscany Umbria border is a fantastic place to holiday in a self catering villa.

What to See

The area is in beautiful countryside, dotted with farmhouses, larger palazzi and classic hill top towns.  Staying in the Niccone Valley, you are near to the major artistic centres of central Italy.

Cortona, an unspoilt medieval hill town with its origins in Etruscan history is close by as is Perugia, Umbria’s beautiful capital city. The Tuscan towns of Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Cortona, Montepulciano are easily reached, as are the Umbrian towns of Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Spoleto, Todi and Orvieto.

You can also visit the towns of the Upper Tiber Valley (Sansepolcro, Anghiari, Città di Castello, Montone and Umbertide). Nearby Lake Trasimeno offers beaches, sailing, boat trips and restaurants. When you stay in a rental villa on the Tuscan Umbrian border, even Rome can be visited by train.

Ca di Bracco, Holiday Villa In Umbria. Located Right On The Tuscany Umbria border, Ca di Bracco Has a stunning location in the Niccone Valley, Italy.
Ca di Bracco Swimming Pool has a stunning location in the Niccone Valley, Tuscany Umbria border, Italy.
Ca di Bracco Pool With Views Of Niccone Valley. Ca di Bracco is a 5 bedroom holiday villa in the Niccone Valley right on the Tuscany Umbria border, Italy.