My husband and I and our two teenage daughters enjoyed a week long stay at L'Ippocastano. We stayed in the two bedroom "Girasole" (Sunflower), a rustic-styled apartment and we felt like we had a delightful taste of Tuscany. We loved...
...the clean and spacious rooms -- each room having comfortable beds and a window with a wonderful view of Cortona and beautifully decorated with sunflower art. We found that air conditioning was never needed because the thick stone walls and Massimo's recommended use of shutters in the Tuscan-style building.
...the kitchen - equipped with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, and plenty of pots and utensils - made it easy to make meals.
...the quiet...I loved hearing the birds chirping and the doves cooing.
...the POOL!! Our two teenage daughters especially loved the pool and met several other children of families staying at L'Ippocastano with whom they enjoyed playing! My husband and I also enjoyed being able to use the pool in the morning or evening to have a refreshing swim. We enjoyed meeting other families as well. :-)
...the safety of the gated property so my husband and I even felt comfortable taking a short excursion up to Cortona for a couple of hours while our teenage daughters stayed at the property.
...the location...the train station and bus stop was a very short walk away so we could easily take a shuttle bus up to Cortona (such a delightful town). Maria helped us rent a car and we took day trips to Siena, Montalcino and Montepulciano (as recommended to visit by Massimo). There was also a Co-op (a large supermarket) and a delicious gelato place within a short walk. As a fan of sunflowers, I also appreciated the fields of sunflowers within walking distance as well. There were many friendly Italians in Camucia who greeted us with a smile on our walks.
...the OWNERS... Massimo and Maria were so friendly, and so helpful and made our stay in L'Ippocastano so memorable and our favorite of our holiday in Italy and France. We so appreciate their warmth and kindness!! Thank you so much!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- L'ippocastano, your holidays Under the Tuscan Sun "Ippocastano" is an restored villa located in a convenient area within Camucia, near Cortona. Cortona is famous for the film "Under the Tuscan Sun" and "Ippocastano" was the temporary home to several of the film's staff. At "Ippocastano", you will have access to all that Italy has to offer including beautiful vistas, beautiful flower gardens, olive groves, boutiques, restaurants, grocery stores, and easy assess to the train station (line Rome - Milan). "Ippocastano" (meaning Lucy in ancient Etruscan), is also located on the famous wine and gastronomic route "Vino Terre di Arezzo". The apartments have a large swimming pool; lounge area, a hot tub, a picnic table and covered area, and a playground with swing set for the children. There is also a washing machine to be used for individual consumption at the apartment complex. The city of Cortona is located within the Valdichiana, which is famous for its fabulous views of the Italian countryside. "Ippocastano" was recently restored to provide you with "all the comforts of home". We have comfortable beds, modern kitchens equipped with eating areas and all of the cooking utensils you will need. In addition, we have television sets with Satellite TV, a washing machine, and an iron and ironing board. Our beautiful gardens overlook the swimming pool where you can bask in the "Tuscan Sun", smell the fragrant flowers, and drink some wine or simply relax with our comfortable lawn furniture. Ippocastano has a large swimming pool that is open from May to September. Things to do: There are many things to do in the local area. There is cycling, tennis, golf, horse riding, country walks, shopping, wine and olive oil tasting, and many fine restaurants for dining indoors or outdoors. In the summer, there are many festivals and gastronomic events. ... more less
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