This wonderful inn is a bit out of the way but not difficult to get to and within striking distance of many other Tuscan destinations if you have a car. Mr. Wimpole, the owner, is Australian, his wife Italian, and their daughter also works there. He was available throughout our visit for conversation or help, as the occasion demanded.
We took our own luggage up in the small elevator to our suite, actually two separate rooms connected by a small hallway, with a third door to the main hall. The rooms were large, though with small windows owing to the age of the renovated historical building. The owner explained that it was illegal to add windows, although he had put skylights in the roof to bring in more light, and was hoping that it wouldn't be noticed by the authorities. The ceiling was open to the timber beams, and the floor was terra cotta tiles. The room had a television which we never turned on.
Free WiFi is available in the lobby area. Breakfast was included in our rate of $266 per room per night, and was served on the terrace. The view was beautiful and the food was fresh, although we were harrassed by the occasional wasp.
The renovations included the addition of a pool, a welcome respite after a day in the August heat, and a lifesaver for families with children.
The water is well water, and tasted fresh and clean. However, one evening at bedtime I turned on the faucet to get only spurts of air. I put some clothes back on and strolled to the front desk to find Mr. Wimpole relaxing, and mentioned the water. "It happens sometimes." The water was back on by the time I reached the room.
The Villa has a full-time chef, Gabriela, who prepares dinner several nights a week if you reserve by early the same morning. We had two dinners there, which were both marvelous and among the best food we had during our entire trip. The dinner was a fixed menu for 35 euros per person, but they charged us much less for our children (10 and 13) and fixed them a special dinner of spaghetti with tomato sauce. In true Italian fashion the receipes were not overly complex but made with care and high-quality ingredients. Dishes included tagliatelli with red peppers au gratin, and a delightful take on tiramisu which used limoncello instead of coffee.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A historical manor house offering old wold charm and modern world comforts including: a fine restaurant, bar, pool, gift shop, private parking, beautiful gardens, great walking and biking trails and a cooking school with its own monastic vegetable garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Di Piazzano Hotel Cortona