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Our extended family stayed here for two weeks at the beginning of June and had the most wonderful holiday. The house is a actually a converted old mill surrounded by beautiful gardens, olive groves and a good sized swimming pool (this was immaculately clean and is exclusively for use by guests). The owner, Louise, lives on site and is also a tour guide and so a font of all knowledge on the region as well as being extremely welcoming and helpful.
While being in a quieter area of Tuscany, on the border with Umbria, all the major sites are reachable by car and there is also a nearby railway station with regular trains to Florence. Having said that the real appeal of this area for us was the fact that it was much quieter than the better known areas of Tuscany with many beautiful and less touristy ancient towns a short drive away. The nearest town is Cortona, within walking distance or a 10 minute drive and probably one of the oldest towns in Italy, with walls over 2000 years old, set on the hillside with fantastic views overlooking the plains towards Umbria. There are also some great walks to be had in the hills behind the property and above Cortona, Louise provided us with some very helpful walking maps, and when we were there the hillsides were covered in a wealth of beautiful flowers, visited by swarms of amazing butterflies. The local hills rise to over 1000m but most of the height can be gained by road, so walking is not too strenuous.
Despite being away from it all it was only a 10 minute walk to the local village with a bar, pizzerias and the local shop that had all the food you could want, including freshly baked bread everyday and a wonderful selection of local cheeses and cured meats – not forgetting the freshly baked cantuccini, delicious! Oh and if you come back from the pizzeria in the dark your route is illuminated by hundreds of flashing fireflies – magical!
Overall this was one of the best holidays we’ve had, we probably barely scratched the surface of what there is to do in the area in the 2 weeks we were there but it was also great to just chill out in the garden and by the pool, eating out just about every meal on the table outside our front door. Perfect!
Property beautifully renovated with a simple restrained elegance so aesthetically superb. Functionally good too. Works well. Loved the separate annexe with monkish bare beauty and the outdoor eating area and poolside. A niggle: Would like more mugs as only 9 for a property that sleeps 11 and so no slack for dishwasher and only tiny cups for expresso and no tea cups. Do think that we should have been warned about steep drive as not really suitable for bicycles and small cars. We were lucky to have been allocated a jeep at rental.
Situation magnificent in every way. You could go nowhere and still enjoy beauty all day. but Cortona a perfect town and Pergo delightful. And cities further afield easily reachable.
Night jars at night and the purring of the turtle dove during the day plus plenty of Jays and green woodpeckers, Fireflies at night entranced us all as they rose from the gorge next the fence. We wanted simplicity and we could have it but if one wanted to entertain royally one could. Plenty of warnings about cost of electricity but still shocked at 166 euros surcharge when we only used washing machine twice and dishwasher once daily and no pool heating. 3 families so can't police all electric light consumption. Lots of useful information and an immediate response from Antonella for any problem.
Would love to go again