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“lovely setting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Stoppiacce and Il Castagno

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San Pietro a Dame, 52044 Cortona, Italy   |  
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Ranked #62 of 76 Specialty Lodging in Cortona
perth, australia
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“lovely setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2006

We stayed for a week early September, in Il Castagno, the small barn. It was picture perfect, with vines overhead on our own patio, a fig tree which we were encouraged to pick, and the most beautiful views from every window.
I find it unbelievable that other reviewers said the Campbells were unhelpful, they were so helpful to us, had gotten us an excellent welcome food package, picked their own grapes for us, and gave us so much information on the area.
The pool was very well kept, but our favourite thing was Carina the beautiful red setter who kept us company for much of our week.
The only negative was the lack of air conditioning, during a very hot week which made sleeping difficult, but we knew this was the case before we came. A small point.
When we return to Tuscany this will be somewhere we will stay again.

  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Leicester, England
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2006

We have just returned from a weeks stay at Stoppiace and absolutely loved it! Being on honeymoon we were looking for somewhere rural and unspoilt to unwind from planning a wedding. We found Colin and Scarlett extremely helpful and very friendly. The location is fairly remote, but if this is what you want then it couldn't be more perfect. We are planning to return as soon as possible and can't recommend this place highly enough.

  • Liked — The beautiful setting
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Allow Scarlett to cook for you!
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Hartford, Connecticut
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20 hotel reviews
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2006

We knew that Stoppiacce was rural. We read the words on their website. It was exactly what we were looking for. This tastefully decorated bed and breakfast was to be our home for a week and it is indeed quite supeb. Quiet and beautifully set amongst fragrant gardens atop a wonderful hillside. Scarlett served fresh figs for breakfast every day - along with home made bread. They are pleased to have you stay there but do not interfere with your comings and goings. When asked, Colin is anxious to share road maps and tour books. We marveled at stories of their restoration of the site. We found this place to be far enough from the hustle and bustle of Cortona but close enough to the towns in Tuscany where we'd spend our days touring. When we go back to Tuscany, we'll stay there once again. If you need traffic, noise and activity, this is not the place. However, it you are the type to enjoy elegant living amongst antique furnishings and paintings on a quiet Tuscan hillside, this is the place for you. It is wonderful.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2004


Unfortunately, we cannot recommend Stoppiace. We almost stayed with them in May 2004.

Colin and Scarlett Campbell are poor representatives of the innkeeping field. They seem to have little understanding of what their guests need or want.

The Campbells promote Stoppiace as being just outside of Cortona in a beautiful setting. While beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, this setting is far from ‘scenic’ in comparison to the extraordinary beauty of the nearby environs. In fact, the Stoppiace location was extremely difficult to find, in a very remote and obscure location at least 45 minutes outside of Cortona.

When we explained the difficulties that we had in finding Stoppiace the Campbells returned bewildered expressions. The Campbells showed no empathy, and did nothing to make us feel like welcomed guests. We looked at the accommodations, and saw that the dark, uninviting room was very overpriced in comparison to other local B&Bs.

We were the only guests there. It was about 6:00 pm and we were famished. They did not offer snacks or beverages. We seemed to be interrupting their activities. We asked about finding a place to eat for dinner. Again, we received bewildered expressions. Colin said that the “nearby” restaurant was not open. He suggested that we go back down the mountain 45 minutes to Cortona or 30 minutes down the other side of the mountain into Umbria. They did not offer to call to make reservations for us, or to find out if a restaurant was open. They did not seem to know enough about the area to help us find dinner.

Twilight was now becoming nightfall. We chose Umbria. After 30 minutes of winding mountain roads and one-lane dirt roads, we looked for the three restaurants they mentioned. Two were closed, and the last we could not find. It was now getting dark, and we decided to call the Campbells and tell that that we were dissatisfied with our experience with them. To find dinner, we would have to travel further away to a larger town. We told them we would try to find accommodations wherever we found dinner. Fortunately, we had left our bags in the car, instead of unpacking. Subsequently, the Campbells refused to refund our deposit.

The Campbells are a British ex-pat couple who appear to have entered the B&B “business” looking at their guests as a way of offsetting the cost of moving to Italy. We spent only about 30 minutes with the Campbells, but it was more than long enough. We caution all readers to stay clear of Stoppiace.

Lovers of Tuscany
Seattle, WA

  • Stayed May 2004
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2004

In 1999 on our first trip to Cortona, we decided to rely totally on Karen Brown's B&B Guide. We were travelling with friends at the beginning of July. This was not our first trip to Italy, but we were looking for a different kind of experience in the Hill Towns...well, we got it! First of all we thought we were going to Cortona...this place is at least 45 min. form the town, hard to find and very islolated. The innkeepers were fine to us, but we felt obligated to have dinner with them, because I think that is how they make their real money. It was the most expensive meal we ate in Italy!
If you are looking to sit by a pool and look at the beautiful valley and slow down, this is the place for you......but you are islolated. We also stayed in the barn, no AC at the time, very hot and a small bath, But here's the good news....I heard a Nightengale sing one morning...what a trill that was indeed.

  • Stayed July 1999
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2004

Our stay at Stoppiacce was the only low point on an otherwise wonderful Italian vacation. Every other b&b we visited was exceptional--the Italians all were helpful and went out of their way to help us enjoy ourselves. Not so at Stoppiacce.

We stayed in the "Il Castagno" which was billed as a cozy retreat for two. It is an old chestnut barn which has been "renovated" into guest quarters. In fact, it was so tiny you could barely turn around in it, full of insects and perhaps other things (vermin?). The decor and furnishings left a lot to be desired.

We also were disappointed with the location (the guide book which recommended Stoppiacce said it was in Cortona, which is not really accurate). Stoppiacce is several miles outside of Cortona, down a long, curvy road, which made driving back to the inn after dinner (and a glass of wine) rather unnerving--not how you want to spend your relaxing Italian vacation. Our solution one night was to eat at the inn--the owners offer a dinner at the inn with them for an additional fee. We regretted doing this--the cost was much higher than any of our other meals out in Italy and while the meal was ok, it was certainly not worth the cost. Moreover, the hosts were less than gracious. They invited some friends of theirs over for dinner at the same time. The four of them essentially ignored us, which we wouldn't have minded so much if they had not made us feel as if we were uninvited guests at their dinner party, getting in their way of having a good time!

Also, we were rebuffed several times when we asked for assistance from the owners. They simply did not make us feel welcome or act like caring innkeepers at all. We got the feeling that the owners (expat Brits living in Italy) were just doing the innkeeping thing to make some money so they could live in Italy, not because it is their passion to run an inn, or to help people enjoy Italy.

Overall, there are so many wonderful places to stay in Italy--this is not one of them.

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Address: San Pietro a Dame, 52044 Cortona, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
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Ranked #62 of 76 Specialty Lodging in Cortona
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Number of rooms: 4

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