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“Villa Charm among the Beautiful Tuscan Farms” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Fontelunga
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   via Cunicchio 5, 52045 Foiano Della Chiana, Italy   |  
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Hinsdale, Illinois
1 review
“Villa Charm among the Beautiful Tuscan Farms”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

The views, hospitality and experience at Villa Fontelunga was the highlight of our accomodation experiences during our 2 1/2 week trip through Italy. We were there with 2 other friends for 5 nights. Every day was like looking at a Tuscan-landscaped postcard from our bedroom window and when we went downstairs for breakfast, we were met with fun conversation, delicious food and helpful advice on what to see and do in the area. It's an area that you will need a car to get around and optimally, a navigation system as it is in the countryside. I would highly recommend making Villa Fontelunga a stop in your itinerary! I'm very confident that it will be one of your highlights too!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

The Highlight of our holiday! We booked in at the recommendation of friends who stayed here last year. The moment we arrived, Rob gave us a warm welcome and after a refreshing drink he showed us around the villa and grounds. Just so Beautiful. The Villa is in a gorgeous setting, on a hill, has a 200 year old olive grove in front of it, pebbled patio, shutters on the windows, beautifully decorated throughout with bedrooms named after jewel colours - that live up to their names, fabulous modern marble bathrooms, .......and so on! Within half an hour of sitting on the patio, drink in hand, stress rapidly dissipaiting, and drinking in the view (think olive groves, pencil pines, rolling hills) I knew that we had to double up on our time at Villa Fontalunga. Thankfully the request was granted! We spent 4 fabulous days at Fontelunga. Had lots of advice from Rob, Paolo and Philip as to places to visit, and where to eat, and typed notes were handed out on how to get there. Once a restaurant was decided upon, Rob kindly made bookings for us. We were even offered advise as to where to stay for our onward journey to Rome. The Villa was a fabulous base from which we did little sorties out into the surrounding countryside and to the medieval towns. Late afternoon it was great to return to the villa, freshen up, and have a predinner drink on the patio whilst watching the sun go down, and the lights start to twinkle on the hill town of Cortona in the distance. Fellow guests would appear and it was interesting to chat and swop notes on our days adventures and catch up with Rob, Paolo and Philip. Then off to one of the nearby restaurants (La Lodola was our favourite) for a superb meal, and then back to the villa to find a fire had been lit in the loggia, candlelight glowed on the tables and Diana Krall played gently in the background. Such attention to detail! Thank you Philip, Paolo, Rob and your fabulous team (not forgetting Charlie and Lucy). You are fabulous hosts and have set a new benchmark in hospitality. My Tuscan dream holiday was made into a reality, friendships have been made, and we have such amazing memories for our 30th wedding anniversary. Regrets.....we have all said far too much and now will never get another booking in! Quick, pass their phone number!

  • Stayed October 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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Singapore, Singapore
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

My wife and i stayed there for 4 nights for our honeymoon. We loved it tremendously! We can attest to all the glowing testimonies said on this site, and for fear of sounding like a broken record like all the other reviews we would just like to highlight an additional point.

The hospitality was simply amazing. The feeling you get when you enter is as though you stepped into a beautiful tuscan home, and Paolo, Rob and Philip were wonderful hosts. Philip even brought us to the antique fair at Arezzo and we have an excellent time! They even helped us with a sticky situation with our car shortly after we arrived which we are eternally grateful for! Lucy and Charlie were also great for fellow dog lovers like us.

We would love to return in future!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Brooklyn, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

One of the best stops in our two week trip through Italy! My wife and I took a two week mad-dash around Italy for our 5th anniversary. We covered many locations and stayed at so many places (I’ll be reviewing most of them) I wanted to start with this review because Villa Fontelunga was easily one of, if not the best, points of our trip for so many reasons. From the moment we arrived, Paolo handed us a glass of prosecco and asked us what we wanted to do, and how he could make sure we had a fun and relaxing stay. And that is exactly what we had at this picturesque, warm, and inviting spot. Can’t wait to go back. I would recommend this to all my friends.

Let me be clear about one thing: The oasis (and that is the best word for it) that Paolo and Philip have created at this Tuscan Villa is not going to be for everyone. And THAT is what makes it great. The grounds are lovely, the rooms are exquisitely decorated, clean and large. The staff is made up of just about the friendliest people I’ve met in a long time. What makes this location different is that friendliness, that openness, that sense of community. If you are looking for a Villa were you will not only get to know the owners, but also the other guests and have fun doing so—this is the spot for you.

This is not to say that the attention is invasive. Not at all. Everyone who stays at Fontelunga can conceivably spend time keeping to themselves. But that, I fear, would cause you to miss the whole magic of the place. Pour yourself a drink (from the 24 hour honor bar in the open kitchen) pull up a chair and chat with Paolo, Philip or Rob or the other guests. Eventually you forget you are at a hotel. You feel like you are over a friend’s house (a friend’s STUNNING house) and a part of one of the best dinner parties you’ve ever been invited to. The night we stayed to have a big dinner at Fontelunga was a highlight of our trip. Not only was the food great, but we got to chat with folks from Chicago, New York, Australia, Germany, the UK. All of us sharing stories and laughs and wine in this wonderful setting.

Point of note: We did NOT rent a car. Which, especially in Tuscany, I was concerned would limit or mobility. Not the case at all. Paolo arranged for us to be picked up from the Arezzo train station (about ½ hour away) and worked with us to plan fun day trips to Cortona and various wineries, etc. He called us a terrific driver, Guido, who took us everywhere we wanted to go (and showed us a bunch of sights we didn’t know we were looking for). Things could not have worked out better.

In the interest of being well-rounded in the review, I’ll point out the two things that I thought could be improved. We had such a great time at the big “family” dinner that I would have loved for it to have been offered every night of our stay. That might be nearly impossible, but the food options within walking distance are scarce and whereas the restaurants in Cortona are good, nothing could compare to that home cooking. Not sure how this could be pulled off but we had such a great time and meal that night we’d loved to have done it again. And a little point—it gets a bit Mosquito friendly from the hours of 4 -7, so I’d recommend grabbing some bug spray for your stay.

Again, we cannot wait to go back. If nothing else I have to spend more time with Lucy Lui (one of two charming dogs!)

  • Stayed October 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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Deerfield, Illinois
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

I feel very repetative of all the other reviews but I need to add on. My husband and I, along with two friends, spent five wonderful nights at Villa Fontelunga. Paolo, Philip and Rob (along with Lucy and Charlie) made our visit comfortable, relaxing and very special. They were very helpful on providing directions, suggestions, excellent dinner recommendations including reservations and a homey respite after a long day of site seeing.
One night, after long day and no energy to make it to a restaurant, they added on to their own take-out order and set us up with a comfortable dinner in the dining room. It was exactly what we all needed plus it was delicious! It was another one of those kind touches that they all do to make your stay with them extraordinary.
It was a wonderful experience!

Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

My husband and I stayed in Villa Galletto (last wk in Sept) which is one of 2 villa's owned by Villa Fontelunga which are located a short drive away from the main villa.. It was our first trip to Tuscany and most certainly not our last! On arrival at Fontelunga we were greeted by Philip and the beautiful dogs Charlie and Lucy, Philip was quick to get us a glass of wine and we chilled out on the seats outside the villa enjoying the spectacular views. The villa Galletto is absolutely stunning our own little house although it felt like you were still in a hotel as the villa was cleaned daily and on our arrival a complimentary hamper was awaiting us even with the olive oil from Fontelungas olive trees. Philip had kindly invited us to the house for drinks in the evenings and we happily accepted his offer. We were greeted by Paulo and Rob (the other owners of the Villa) and we relaxed outside and watched the sun set. All the guests then go mull around and enjoy some drinks outside in a really relaxed and happy atmosphere. The best thing about Villa Fontelunga is the folders that they provide! Honestly leave your guide books at home because this folder is AMAZING! It has exact directions to any of the villages/towns in the area, where to eat and shop it was our bible and came everywhere with us the whole week we were there, and the restaurant recommendations never failed us they were brilliant. I cannot stress how fantastic Villa Fontelunga and its owners are, its such a relaxed and chilled out place to be and a must for anyone heading to the area. Thank you Philip, Paulo and Rob for an amazing stay.

  • 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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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Additional Information about Villa Fontelunga

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*
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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Also Known As:
Villa Fontelunga Hotel Foiano Della Chiana
Fontelunga Hotel Foiano Della Chiana
Villa Fontelunga Italy/Foiano Della Chiana, Tuscany

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