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Home-from-home comfort in the Tuscan hills

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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
5 guests
3 nights minimum
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Get above and beyond it all in our hillside retreat. Here we offer Spring and Autumn self catering holidays, with a focus on hill walking and relaxing in spacious, well presented accommodation that spans the lower two levels of our secluded farm cottage, located in tranquill hills 12 km (plus 2 km white road) above historic Cortona in S.E. Tuscany (car needed.) Inside guests can relax in the comfortable lounge, cook (self catering) and dine in comfort, thanks to our well equipped kitchen/diner with adjacent dining room. Choose between two characterful double bedrooms (one up an open staircase on the Studio mezzanine (extra single bed at ground level available on request), There are two bathrooms each with walk in shower, and two patios with tables/chairs/sunshades, plus 3 acres of open...Get above and beyond it all in our hillside retreat. Here we offer Spring and Autumn self catering holidays, with a focus on hill walking and relaxing in spacious, well presented accommodation that spans the lower two levels of our secluded farm cottage, located in tranquill hills 12 km (plus 2 km white road) above historic Cortona in S.E. Tuscany (car needed.) Inside guests can relax in the comfortable lounge, cook (self catering) and dine in comfort, thanks to our well equipped kitchen/diner with adjacent dining room. Choose between two characterful double bedrooms (one up an open staircase on the Studio mezzanine (extra single bed at ground level available on request), There are two bathrooms each with walk in shower, and two patios with tables/chairs/sunshades, plus 3 acres of open meadows for strolling, with stunning vistas. The gravel track approaching the house is not level, but hire cars pass fine, as long as they are not too sporty or low slung. On arrival, guests enjoy dedicated private parking, Apart from walking or hiking in the extensive wooded hills that surround us,.we're also excellently placed for cycling on the mountain roads or logging tracks (marked walking trails) with panoramic views across to the Apennines. A visit to this part of Tuscany isn't complete without exploring nearby Etruscan Cortona with its museums and 48 good restaurants. Assisi, Siena, Perugia and Montepulciano are each one hour away. Lake Trasimene is 40 minutes away, with ferry rides to the charming islands. Rome and Florence make easy day trips by train from Camucia. Whilst we're on hand to give advice, we aim never to intrude, since we appreciate people need space to 'chill' - for which our tranquil location is ideal. Past guests have particularly appreciated our pre-holiday service of information about the area, including detailed road directions from the airport, and help in setting up visits, vineyard tours, bike hire, restaurant bookings, concert tickets etc. Whatever you decide to do, once you get here it's your home from home!More
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About the Owner
Kate U
Languages spoken:English, Italian
Response Rate:80%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:June 2011
Interaction with guests
We aim to help in the way that's most appropriate to you - as much or as little as you wish! Once you've booked the holiday, we're happy to advise on airports and flights, and things to do in the area. We send detailed, personalised travel directions, bringing you in past a local supermarket to pick up grocery supplies. On arrival, we like to meet and escort guests down the hill to the house, where we give you your keys, and orientate you within the flat. If tired by the long flight, we frequently wait till the following morning to show you round outside. We remain available throughout your stay to help - but will give you plenty of space, and never intrude unless you seek our help.
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Reviewed October 6, 2017

What wasn’t to like? In need of break far from the madding crowd, we couldn’t have found a more perfect spot. Tucked away amidst the magnificent scenery of Tuscany - a perfect base for nature lovers, for walking or just chilling with a good book....More

Date of stay: September 2017
Thank cmpond
Management response:Responded October 8, 2017

Thank you for your appreciation of our house and the hills around. You too were the perfect guests, we look forward very much to welcoming you back!

Reviewed September 19, 2016

My husband and I stayed in this lovey flat in the Tuscan hills outside of Cortona for 5 nights with another couple in late August/early September 2016. Kate and Andrew were very accommodating hosts and not intrusive in the least. The grounds are lovingly tended...More

Date of stay: August 2016
Thank Patricia B
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Reviewed October 25, 2015

Breathtaking views, authentic Tuscan villa that dreams are made of. Kate and Andrew are the most gracious of hosts, hands on when needed and always happy to help out. I feel like we've made friends for life! If you are looking for a villa high...More

Date of stay: September 2015
Thank LoriDLo
Reviewed July 13, 2015

Stayed for a week in mid-June, and had a wonderful time. Cottage is as described (probably nicer inside than the photos imply) with all amenities you need (wifi a bit slow and no live TV, but plenty of DVDs on offer) and two lovely porch...More

Date of stay: June 2015
Thank philscott100
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Scottsdale, Arizona
Reviewed November 20, 2014

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Date of stay: May 2014
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Safe
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Paper Towels Provided
Private Yard
Cycling Trips
Books
Hairdryer
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Playground
Secure Parking
Internet Access
Toaster
Swingset
Stove
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Blender
Freezer
Iron
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Mountain Views
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Terrace
Patio
Fireplace
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About the neighborhood
When not walking in the hills, there are numerous places to visit, the nearest of which is the Etruscan hill town of Cortona (12 km) where festivals start at Easter, a colourful affair. From this moment on the pavements cafes hum with life. Village festivals within a 25 km radius of our house celebrate local products - wine, oil, cheese, beefsteak - even frogs and snails, all welcome!Cortona houses many masterpieces. Visit the art gallery with works by Fra Angelico, who lived here as a Dominican monk; and by Luca Signorelli. Piero Della Francesca was born in nearby San Sepolchro: his frescoes can be seen in Arezzo and Monterchi. Much of Perugino;s work can be viewed in Perugia or at his birthplace, Città della Pieve. Assisi is a must for the 13th Century decoration of its Basilica by Gio...
Getting around
To get the most benefit from the area, you will need some form of transport, either car, motor bike or or mountain pedal bike. (Although the hill climbs suit road bikes, 2 km of white gravel track brings you to our house.) Trains only get you as near as Camucia /14 km) and buses are linked to school runs, so not conveniently timed!
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