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We had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay at the house. It is beautifully located on top of the hill and had everything we needed to relax. The bathroom and kitchen are modern and well equipped. The pool and cabana were perfect for enjoying the views and weather. The property is well located to visit the sites of Umbria - we also drive to Florence one day which was under 2 hours, so can trace resound central Italy easily.
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!