We booked all three of the villas that make up Villa Ugo at the recommendation of a friend who had previously stayed to house friends and family for a wedding in Cortona.
We weren't quite sure what to expect as we had noticed that there were a few mediocre reviews on Tripadvisor and it was hard to tell exactly from the website.
However, I can unequivocally say it was Villa Ugo and the owners who made the wedding and the holiday both for us (the wedding couple) and the 26 other people who stayed in the three villas.
Just by way of background I should mention that we booked 4 or 5 other villas off different companies in the same region so we have a good overview of the equivalent accommodation. Villa Ugo was not only the best located but also the best fit out with high quality decoration and glasswear etc. but also - unlike several of the others - it is done with a sense of style.
Back to the villas themselves. There are three arranged in a line with Villa Ugo at the center. You can rent them on there own or altogether. Each of them has views over the valley and a pool. Each is decorated beautifully and spacious. And surrounding them is the picture perfect landscape that Tuscany is so famous for.
I have noticed that a previous review commented on the wireless and that was a concern to us. Wireless is available; you just have to accept that it is only at certain places at each of the villas due to the fact that the walls are nearly a metre thick and Italy does not have the best IT infrastructure. We had no problems and many people worked throughout the week (their loss).
Finally the hosts, I cannot thank them enough. They are now and will permanently be on our Christmas card list and the first thank you letter we write to people for the wedding presents will be to them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Near the center of the aptly-named Golden Valley of the Chiana River (the Valdichiana), some 400 meters above sea level but just a few kilometers from the town Cortona, Villa Ugo encompasses every quality of Tuscan charm, simplicity and rural beauty. Since 1890, my family, the Sabatini’s have lived in the 16th century Villa Ugo, surrounded by over 11 hectares of olive groves and vineyards. The groves were once divided into three fields, where secondary houses were inhabited by tenant farmers. These three Villas also date, in part, to the 16th century, and I have carefully and beautifully restored them while maintaining the style, history and culture of the area and mindfully adding all the modern amenities and comforts. During your visit, you'll enjoy almost intoxicating peace, glorious vistas, and direct contact with nature in these three independent villas, Casa Liliana, Casa di Nello and Casa di OrlandoMy family provides a personal welcome to you, and discreetly ensures that you will be well looked-after during your stay, catering to your needs, and assisting with most any requirement to guarantee your visit is a memorable one.Come join us here at Villa Ugo, with all of Eastern Tuscany, western Umbria and central Italy nearby to welcome your relaxation and exploration!Ugo Sabatini ... more less