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Villa Fontelunga
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   via Cunicchio 5, 52045 Foiano Della Chiana, Italy   |  
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Myself & my husband have just returned from Villa Fontelunga after the most amazing 5 days. The best way to describe the villa & entire experience is to say "it's like staying with friends!". Paolo, Philip & Rob are fantastic hosts & throughout our stay could not have been more helpful. There is so much to do within a short drive and they will make fantastic recommendations and will even have directions left out for you after your delicious breakfast.

The dinner party on the night we arrived was such a great way to start the break & we got to know all of the other guests and their restaurant reccomendations - La Lodola, il Goccino (best lamb cutlets I've ever eaten) & in Cortona Osteria Del Teatro (saffron & porcini risotto - delicious!).

We will most definitely be returning to Villa Fontelunga as soon as possible & can not recommend it enough.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

I think the reviews on here say it all really. Philip and Paolo with their two gorgeous dogs, Lucy and Charlie, have created a wonderful environment that's both stylish yet incredibly homely and inviting at the same time. Nothing disappointed. Everything exceeded our expectations. We left feeling totally relaxed, knowing we'd got the most out of Tuscany thanks to their incredible knowledge of the area. It's beautiful, brilliantly located, fun, friendly and in our opinion good value for money. We can't wait to return!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Our stay at Villa Fontelunga exceeded all our expectations. Not only was it the wonderful location and high quality accommodation that we had expected but the atmosphere and ambiance created by Phillip, Paolo and Rob made the whole experience unique and unforgettable.

We enjoyed the leisurely breakfasts and the dinner party was a fantastic way to enjoy some wonderful Tuscan cooking and get to know other guests from all corners of the globe. If you really want to get out and about the villa is in a perfect location for exploring the beautiful medieval towns and Paolo, Phillip and Rob were always on hand to offer suggestions and book restaurants for dinner.
We loved it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

We LOVED our stay at Villa Fontelunga! Charming, Tuscan retreat away from the hustle and bustle of all the Tuscan villages. This is more of an experience...than just a hotel stay. The owners, Paolo and Philip, make Villa Fontelunga the marvelous respite that it is. As Paolo told me, "Sightseeing can be exhausting!" And the Villa is a haven from all that you think you must see - I agree with other reviewers that you settle in after a day or two and get into "Fontelunga pace" and realize you'd rather be resting at the Villa than bustling about to all the villages.

When I read the reviews of Villa Fontelunga I had high expectations...and to say it surpassed them is an understatement. A very social villa, be prepared to make friends with the other guests.

Unpretentious in its design, the Villa is beautiful, pristine, clean, cozy and a perfect place to slow down after a few days in Rome or Florence. In fact, this was our favorite part of our trip. We stayed in the Oro room and had a lovely view of the olive groves, pool area, and the garden. But you really can't go wrong at Villa Fontelunga - all of the rooms looked lovely. I'm grateful that we learned to take a break from the chaos of sightseeing and stayed for hours just plopped in the living room at the Villa, sipping wine, enjoying good conversation with guests from all over the world. Be sure you toss your well-planned itineraries - after the 1st day I realized I was going to get so much more out of our stay if we went with the flow.

You MUST eat at La Lodola - just a few kilometers from the Villa. Paolo and Philip love this restaurant and send all their guests there. We went back a 2nd time - the best food we had in Italy and the most charming little family kitchen.

I also must give props to Rob - he has been working at the Villa and welcomed us, gave us a fabulous personal tour upon our arrival and we found him to be a great addition to the Villa team.

A few other favorites while staying at Villa Fontelunga:
*Have lunch at Pane e Vino in Cortona
*Sip Cappucino at Caffe Poliziano in Montepuliciano
*Take a drive towards Siena and enjoy a wine tour/lunch at the Castello di Brolio in Gaiole-in-Chianti
*Skip the Prada outlets - not much to see (at least on our visit)
*Enjoy gelato in Cortona at Gelato Ti Amo - delish!
*Try to see some of the even smaller towns closer to the Villa (Luciagno, Marciana, etc)

I've been gushing non-stop since we returned to Texas about Villa Fontelunga. It felt classic. Italian. Restful. Stylish. A true Tuscany treasure you won't want to miss.

Room Tip: The Oro room was fabulous! Great view of the garden, olive groves, on the top floor as well.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

The trouble with Fontelunga is that it makes you question whether you should be scurrying like rabbits around Cortona, Montepulciano, Arezzo.... (you get the picture?) rather than enjoy the easy but delicate charms of Phillip's (Paola was away) brilliant Palazzo. It's everything (and more) reviewed by others: totally loved coming back after a brilliant day, choreographed by Phillip (& the super raconteur Rob) to see lit candles at each table overlooking the valley, a sensible blanket on each chair, the fully stocked bar w/ ice bucket, and them foraging around to find someone to get mildly pissed with. Thanks Phillip--we'll be back....

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

We spent the most wonderful 3 days at Villa Fontelunga with our friends and family (and held our wedding reception there on day 2). From the moment we arrived (and on all previous visits leading up to the wedding weekend) we were made to feel extremely welcome and at home by Paolo, Philip and the staff at Fontelunga. Every bedroom is beautifully decorated and the views from the rooms overlooking the hills are magnificent. I couldn't fault anything about our stay, and Paolo and Philip know exactly what you want more or less before you've even had a chance to ask for it! The villa is well located for visiting local hill-top towns. Cortona particularly is absolutely beautiful and has many lovely restaurants. We will most certainly be coming back! Thank you for making our wedding weekend so wonderful!

Room Tip: Amethysta has the best views
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

The hotel provided a very relaxing environment and the location was excellent for access to all the hill towns. We'd have happily relaxed by the pool for the entire visit but a few cloudy and cool days sent us out on the tourist trail to the hill towns, which we are very glad we didn't miss.

We had a room at the back of the hotel, so didn't have the great views, but it was probably quieter than the front. We didn't join a dinner party since there were so many other restaurants to try - all good recommendations from the hotel. The breakfast was good, including freshly boiled eggs, remember to ask for the cheese and ham if you want it - and the apple cake was delicious. There was an honesty bar, but they wouldn't let us use their coffee maker - probably just as well.

Definitely take insect repellent though, the gardens have their down side.

Our evening meals were in; Cortona - Osteria Del Teatro (very good especially the ricotta in courgette flower starter- but the most expensive one); Lucignano- Il Goccino, had a lovely set menu (free prosecco and amuse bouche too) and two local ones; Osteria della Lodola (good set menu but had a bit of a hobson's choice since one was tripe and I wasn't up for that). The last restaurant I think was called la Vecchia Rota, by which time we had eaten so much on the holiday I struggled to finish the large stew.

Two lunch restaurants were Osteria Acquacheta in Montepulciano (my favourite, try sharing a huge t-bone steak between two, both food and wine is very reasonable) and Antica Osteria L'Agania in Arezzo (very good too).

Food to try in the area which you don't get a lot of at home: wild boar, rabbit, piglet and the Steak Florentine from the Chianina cows. Wine was all good, at excellent prices.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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VillaFontelunga, Owner at Villa Fontelunga, responded to this review, September 21, 2012
Dear Guest, thank you for your lovely review! Yes one of the things I love about living in my part of Tuscany is the variety of hill top towns and historic sites to visit all within easy access. After growing up in London it makes the quiet winter months here in Tuscany all the more pleasurable to discover new places, restaurants and country drives. With Rome only 1.45 away and Florence 1 hour (well the way I drive!) I can always have my city injection! And the great thing is I still feel like I am on holiday when I go there! Thank you again and come back and visit soon. Philip
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Address: via Cunicchio 5, 52045 Foiano Della Chiana, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Foiano Della Chiana
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Foiano Della Chiana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Fontelunga 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our holiday villas, owned and run by English and Italian friends, provide a stylish and relaxing retreat in Italy. Our Guests are warmly welcomed at their holiday accommodation and invited to treat their Villa as their "home from home" in an atmosphere of informal luxury. The elegant Villa Fontelunga is set above the Val di Chiana enjoying panoramic views across the countryside of Tuscany towards the hilltop town of Cortona, whilst the Villas are nestled close by in the historic Scannagallo valley. Crafted from traditional materials, the holiday villas are now a marriage of traditional Tuscan style and contemporary design. "Until now it has been difficult to find more than 'rustic charm' when it comes to villa rental in Tuscany; with our unique "Fontelunga" concierge service and luxurious contemporary styling, at last there is something more for the discerning traveller, your tailor made, perfect home away from home." Our holiday villas portfolio in Tuscany includes: Villa Fontelunga sleeping 16 to 18 (also run as a luxury "B and B") and within 10 minutes walk at Fattoria di Scannagallo in the Scannagallo valley, two new villas; Gallo sleeping 4 and Galletto sleeping 2. ... more   less 
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