Were a family of four. It was our first stay in Tuscany and we absolutely loved Cortona which is a short drive from this villa. Michele the owner was such a superb host and the place so good for the price (you definitely need a car) we immediately rebooked a two week stay for July 15 and paid our deposit.
Michele visited every other morning very early to maintain the pool without disturbing us. We'd wake up and go outside to find gifts of wine pastries flowers and additional tourist guides to consider. I think he gave us about 4 bottles before we left! We loved the villa as it had the mid section as kitchen/lounge with a double bedroom and bathroom off one end and a twin room with ensuite the other for the kids. No bath though just 2 showers.
The pool was great with several sun loungers and 3 or 4 parasols. There was a shaded outside eating area and also a sitting area with garden furniture and parasol.
Kitchen equipment was pretty good but we didn't cook much - it's Italy right? Good food good prices .
Cortona isn't too big but very clean and quaint. You are about 45-60 minutes from Siena and Perugia and 2.5 hours from Rome. Florence is 1.5 but Michele recommended taking the train from nearby Camucia which wasn't expensive.
Lake Bolsena is close too.
Michele seemed to have thought of everything. The utility room on the back was great and he had loads of inflatables for the pool. He had all the cleaning aids and materials for the dishwasher, washing liquid, soaps, shower gels and shampoos, lovely dressing gowns and slipperettes.
The villa was pretty private and gated. Next door was a paddock where one neighbour kept some horses. There was another neighbour a short way down the road but they keep to themselves. In fairness the horse guy could be a bit of a nuisance sometimes - he'd be in and out of his paddock each day and pottering around often starting up one mechanized tool or another but Michele has enclosed the garden with a green cloth for privacy and if you just accept it's local life going on it's just fine. Garden views weren't too bad either.
So in summary we loved Cortona itself and felt this was such great value we had to come back.
Il villino di Cortona, is a very nice place with a lot of comforts, such as bicycles, outdoors toys for kids and swimming pool...the only thing you have to take care of, is relaxing :-)
The house and the garden are beautiful and very typical according to the original Tuscany style! Besides, Michele which is the owner of the place, is a very kind and discrete person, which is top quality for landlords that host guests for a limited period of time!
We will surely come back to il villino di Cortona for the years to come!
A lovely house, clean and well organised. In a great location for visits to many of the historic towns and cities of the region. Road access good. Michele the owner could not do enough to help. The restaurant La Diligence is 4 minutes away, and does great food at good prices. Would recommend without hesitation for a quiet and restful time in Tuscany.
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We have just returned from a fabulous two weeks at this lovely house. The bedrooms and bathrooms are great and the sitting room, (whilst a very small seating area which could be too small if you had bad weather) is adequate. It is just as you see in the pictures. Unlike other villas we have stayed in you are provided with robes, slippers, toiletries, washing up liquid, dish washer tablets, toilet rolls. It is like staying in a hotel! Michele, the owner, could not have been more attentive, you could ask him anything and every so often we would go outside to a gift of wine and leaflets on the local area. He cleaned the pool most mornings and mid holiday they did a full clean and bedding change. The location is perfect to visit lots of gorgeous places, Siena, Montepulciano, Castiglione del Largo and Cortona which is the nearest town really is lovely. The co-op is only 5-10 mins away for food shopping. The station is 5 minutes away which we used for a lovely stress free trip to Florence. Our 8yr old twins absolutely loved the pool and Michele kept it perfect. It is a bit salty and is not heated but in our second week when the temperature was in the 30's we didn't need it heating! We cannot recommend this house enough and we are already looking at dates when we can go back. Just perfect!!!
This was our second visit to the villa, and we have already booked for 2014 (never before have we visited the same place twice, so you can only imagine how much we love it to return 3 times!).
It's charming, well equipped (Michele -thank you for adding the lovely glassware this year - perfect for the lovely local wines!), it has the spec of a hotel with slippers, robes, toiletries provided - so you can just get on with enjoying the holiday and not worry if you forgot to pack a razor or toothbrush!.
It's an easy drive to Arezzo, Siena, even Rome is only 2 hours away! and locally Cortona has become our favourite place in Italy.
I highly recommend if you're looking for a get away for it all holiday!