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Idyllic Tuscan house in heart of ancient Cortona

Dining and reclining on first floor
15 reviews
Dining and reclining on first floor
Enter our late medieval home under carved stone (Latin reads restructured 1608)
Comfortable leather chairs and sofa in the gracious sitting room with cosy stove
Vaulted stairways to first floor and second floors
Mirror Images!
Craftsman built kitchen conveniently close to dining area
Romantic Drapes in rear Bedroom
Rear Bedroom ensuite with small bath/shower, bidet etc.
The large, bright Liberty Bedroom with its super-king bed
Liberty bedroom ensuite with walk-in shower, bidet etc.
Rare Tuscan double-beamed ceiling
Rooftop view of Val di Chiana from the front bedroom window
Small shady garden - unusual at the heart of town
Palazzo Comunale: A wonderful 13th Century wedding venue or for sitting out with a Campari-soda!
Crossbow contest: the winning Quintiere (can you spot us?)
Kate and Andrew participate in a medieval procession through the Piazza
Street music - in Ruga Piana (Flat wrinkle) at the bottom of our alleyway
One of Cortona's many weddings, bride and groom coming down the Comune steps
At the top of the Comune steps: what a backdrop the piazza makes for a wedding!
The Enoteca where local wine experts serve, and undertake shipping orders
Paths crossing! (This encounter 100 metres from our house)
The stage in Teatro Signorelli, which hosts festivals, plays, concerts, live screenings .....
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2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Cortona, Province of Arezzo, Tuscany
An perfect setting for a sight seeing holiday, with all home comforts , our medieval 3-storey home lies at the historic heart of walled Cortona, with its gourmet restaurants and pavement cafes. An Etruscan hill town, profiled against rolling oak and olive clad hills, and where Frances Mayes wrote 'Under the Tuscan Sun', Cortona is chosen by countless couples as their perfect wedding venue. Approach our distinctive green wooden door that faces you at the top of a cobbled alleyway, 30 metres from Cortona's only flat street, and enter the gracious sitting room with comfortable leather seating, pellet stove, and cloakroom off. A vaulted stairway (with handrails) leads up to the dining room, a bright, graciously furnished living space, cleverly combining all you need for cooking and eating, thanks to an elegant handmade kitchen equ... Read more
About the Owner, Kate U
Languages spoken: English, Italian
Response Rate: 100 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: 79 days ago
Listed since : Jun 2011
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 26 reviews and 2 properties
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Listing #HL319188
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Dale P
Westminster, Maryland
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6 reviews
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Reviewed November 5, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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What an ideal holiday home! The townhouse is clean, comfortable and fully equipped. It is located in the heart of Cortona, convenient to everything. Kate and Andrew are great hosts, providing exceptional detailed information on the home as well as information on what to do and see, both in Cortona and the surrounding area. They even stocked the kitchen for...

Bainbridge Island, Washington
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed October 21, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
people found this review helpful

My husband and I, along with my sister and her husband spent a week in this home in early October. The house is quite lovely and it is right in the center of Cortona so close to everything. We loved that we could walk for an early morning coffee and pastry, shopping and many excellent restaurants. Cortona is such a...

Brentwood, California
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed October 21, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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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 in the hills of the most beautiful country in the world, this is it! While...

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Central Heating
  • Dining Seats (7)
  • Dishwasher
  • Double Beds:(2)
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • En Suite Rooms (2)
  • Freezer
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (6)
  • Microwave
  • Private Yard
  • Refrigerator
  • Stereo System
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Not kid-friendly
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
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Dates Min stay Per night Per week
Default 4 nights
Jun 17, 2017 -
Sep 1, 2017
High Season
5 nights
Sep 2, 2017 -
Oct 27, 2017
Mid Season
4 nights
Oct 28, 2017 -
Feb 28, 2018
Low Season
3 nights
Please note: rates may have been converted from the original local currency to U.S. Dollars and are approximate rates that may change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Please contact the manager to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.
Additional Rate and Availability Information
1. A deposit of 25% is required at time of booking with the balance due 2 months before arrival. 2. Cortona imposes a Visitors Tax of €1.50 per person per night for the first four nights, to be paid through the owner on guests' arrival. 3. Four people (2 couples) would normally occupy the 2 double bedrooms, contact us before booking to ensure the accommodation meets your needs.
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About the neighborhood
Many come to Cortona to get married, thanks to its uniquely photogenic setting and romantic atmosphere; others come for its medieval churches and alleyways; all enjoy its gastronomy, along with its wide range of festivals and pageants. Being so central, yet secluded, our house is the perfect base and refuge for honeymooners, festival goers and sightseers alike.<BR><BR>Within the walls, festivals start at Easter, a very colourful affair. The Copper Festival, and the Festa of Santa Margarita follow 22 May, with the Medieval Week 1-9 June (including the Giostro dell'Archidado or Crossbow Contest, on 9 June). In June Cortona also hosts the Poetry and Coffee Festival. July as a whole is the 'archaeological month' with many free activities and guided access to normally re... more
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