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Charming cottage near Cortona, garden, olive grove, A/C, WiFi - LA COLONICA

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Details
Property
villa
People
4
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
7 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday villa in Cortona - LA COLONICA

2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, Sleeps 4/5. Views over olive grove.

La Colonica is a completely private house in the large grounds of an old and very beautiful ex-farmhouse in the Cortona area. It is the perfect base to visit Florence, Siena, Chianti, and the hill and wine towns of Tuscany and nearby Umbria like Assisi and Perugia; itineraries provided. A/C in all rooms. It is comfortable and welcoming. Ideal for up to 4 adults or a family of 5. Lovely Garden setting in really beautiful gardens. 2 large very comfortable bedrooms with en-suite private marble bathrooms and A/C. One bedroom is a double with four-poster bed. The other bedroom can either be a double or a twin. Large living room; open wood-burning fireplace. Dining room; Kitchen. Panoramic dining patio. The house is totally self-contained and private; not overlooked. Beamed ceilings and terracotta floors. Very well furnished and fully equipped. Dishwasher and washer. Wi-Fi; SAT TV; DVD; CD. Parking in grounds. Swimming pools and thermal spas nearby. Maid service possible. Excellent good value local restaurants. Short walk to nearby pretty village. • FREE GPS, laptop, and Italian cellphone. • Welcome amenities on arrival include our own organic olive oil, fruit and flowers from the property and local wine. • Rental rates are all-inclusive: utilities, A/C, Wi-Fi, linen, baby crib/cot, final cleaning, taxes. A CAR IS ESSENTIAL!

The house is located in a pretty village in the heart of the Val di Chiana countryside. The house is surrounded by large (2.5 acres) gardens and olive grove with views of the surrounding hills. Because of its strategic location, it is the perfect base to explore Southern Tuscany and Umbria or for a relaxing holiday in comfortable and elegant surroundings. See Cortona, Florence, Siena, Perugia, Assisi, the Chianti region and Rome. Explore the unique towns of Pienza and San Gimignano, or Lake Trasimeno. Visit Montepulciano, Montalcino (Brunello wine) and the Chianti region and enjoy their famous wines. Visit the monasteries of Monte Oliveto Maggiore and Sant'Antimo (where the English Patient was filmed). Or simply relax and enjoy your private garden!

There is a friendly and well-behaved dog on the property (see the reviews!).

Discounts for stays of 2 weeks or more or for occupancy by 2 persons depending on the season.

• FREE baby crib/cot, child bed and high chair: no charge. Experienced baby-sitter available.

• Swimming Pools - Thermal Spas: There are numerous very nice reasonably priced swimming pools in the area, all within a short drive. All towns have one. The nicest are Camucia (near Cortona), Trequanda (magnificent setting), and Castiglion Fiorentino. Foiano is rarely crowded. Badicorte is very popular with children as it has numerous slides etc. Three famous thermal spas are nearby: Rapolano Terme has two spas, and there is a wonderful outdoor thermal pool with stunning view at Bagno Vignoni (40 minutes drive through some of the most beautiful countryside in Tuscany).

• Local events and open-air markets: Local Open-Air Markets (mornings): Monday: Foiano; Tuesday: Sinalunga; Wednesday: Monte San Savino, Castiglione del Lago; Thursday: Camucia, near Cortona (the largest and the best!), Lucignano; Friday: Castiglion Fiorentino; Saturday: Cortona, Arezzo.

• The famous horse-race in Siena, the Palio, is held on 2 July and 16 August. Each village and town has local feasts: please ask us for details. The biggest are in Cortona end July/early August. Lucignano has a May festival in the last two weeks of May. Each town/village often has open-air concerts and other musical events. Cortona has open-air operas and concerts, and there is a music festival in Monte San Savino. Cortona has several historic processions. Jousting competitions on horseback in Arezzo, Castiglion Fiorentino and Montalcino!

• The huge open-air antiques fair in Arezzo takes place on the first Sunday of the month. Cortona, Arezzo and Monte San Savino have numerous antique shops.

Places to see: All are within one hour's drive. We can provide detailed itineraries and advice where to eat etc.

• FLORENCE. Leave your car at the small local train station and take the train to Florence, leaving and returning every hour; 1 hour’s journey. Avoid the traffic problems in Florence!

• SIENA is about 40 minutes away by car, driving through magical country side. Easy parking. Siena has the famous horse-race, Il Palio, and is perfectly preserved. From Siena visit SAN GIMIGNANO and the CHIANTI region.

• CORTONA AND LAKE TRASIMENO. Cortona is a jewel!

• LUCIGNANO: Best kept secret in Tuscany! Spectacular medieval village.

• MONTE SAN SAVINO: small market town with Loggiato in the main street and marvellous garden and amphitheatre. Nearby is the Castle of Gargonza.

• MONTEPULCIANO AND PIENZA. ABBEY OF MONTE OLIVETO. MONTALCINO: home of Brunello wine. AREZZO, PERUGIA, ASSISI. And much much more!

• Wonderful walks (we provide maps etc).

• If you are tired of sight-seeing, or simply want to relax ... your garden awaits!

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
6 December, 2016
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About Owner

I decided to restructure this small villa and the beautiful old farmhouse which shares the grounds. The whole enterprise was a major restructuring job. In addition, fields had to be converted into gardens so so we now have 2-3 acres of olive grove and gardens. I enjoy meeting my guests from all over the world and making sure that they are well-looked after. I am very lucky in having good helpers, particularly the housekeepers and the gardener. Each year I plan a new project for the garden. Of these, the nicest so far are a secret garden, a formal Italian garden and a rose garden. The most recent project is a surprise xeric garden (local low-maintenance plants ideal for this climate) in the olive grove, and is centered on a sculpture I designed which was executed by a local craftsman. Just that small project took 9 months! I love to get guests' suggestions for new projects.

Owner purchased this villa in 2005

Why Owner chose Cortona area

This area, the Val di Chiana is strategically located to see some of the finest parts of Tuscany. There are stunningly beautiful towns like nearby Cortona, and the wine-producing hill-towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino. The countryside is magnificent in every season. Florence is only 1 hour away, Siena 45 minutes, and Rome a little more than 2 hours. This area is still unspoilt. There are excellent reasonably priced local restaurants and lots to do. We provide details and touring itineraries.

What makes this villa unique

Most guests say that the gardens and olive grove are the best features of La Colonica. Others like the dining patio and its views. All like the comfort of the house which is air-conditioned and cool in summer and cozy with an open wood fire in winter. There is much to see and do in the area: we provide itineraries. Or else, just stay at home, enjoy the sun, explore the property and its various gardens. Eat out on the patio, using our home-grown organic olive oil. Have a barbecue! Enjoy the local food and wine: buy home-made fresh pasta, or try out the wonderful local pastry-shop. Discover your favorite gelato (ice-cream). Visit the designer discount outlet malls nearby. Go to one of the many local festivals and meet the local people!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our first visit to Tuscany. Beautiful location. Your suggestions of side trips were wonderful. We enjoyed many of the local wines and the olive oil from your property was enjoyable. We were referred to come here by relatives and will continue this tradition of telling other Canadians about this little place of beauty.

Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada.
Apr 2010
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Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(98 traveller reviews)

Charming cottage near Cortona, garden, olive grove, A/C, WiFi - LA COLONICA
average rating of 5.0 based on 99 reviews
5

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION!

  • 5 of 5

This is a truly wonderful place to stay but its biggest selling point is its location. We went to Florence by train in one hour, and to Siena, Assisi, Perugia, and every single wine-producing hilltown you can think of by car - all less than one hour away.

The cottage is brilliantly decorated, really spacious and has proper air-conditioning in every room. Two really good sized bedrooms and immaculately clean bathrooms. Beautiful living areas (really well-designed and decorated) but we more or less lived on the patio from breakfast on. Everything is well-cared for and you can see it. There is huge attention to detail. Very nice unobtrusive owners and staff including the cleaner who is a darling. We wanted self-catering but we ended up eating out a lot and found some great ristoranti - the owners provide a guide and do the bookings if you want. Best thing of all - once you get inside the gates of the property, its like you're in another world. We have been to Italy seven times now and this is definitely our favorite. Last but not least - the cost is very reasonable as everything is included. We are going back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2007
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Charming house with beautiful setting!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I are finishing up our 2 week stay at La Colonica and could not be more pleased! You can walk into the small village of Marciana Della Chiana to eat, but the setting behind a gate feels as if it is in the middle of the country. There are many places to sit and relax outside and it is beautiful with the olive grove and hills in the distance. The house is well furnished, clean and comfortable; we had another couple stay with us and you each have your own bedroom and bath. When we arrived there were fresh cut flowers and a bottle of red wine and one of white wine left for us. David acquainted us with the house and gave us notes for many different trips, walks and restaurants in the area. The location was great to visit Tuscany and Umbria. All in all, this has been a wonderful vacation and we will hope to return to La Colonica!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent property in fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

The location is perfect for day trips throughout Tuscany and Umbria and David is very helpful in providing details including restaurants. From the fresh cut flowers upon arrival to the olive oil produced on the property every thing is done right. Many Americans find Italian bathrooms lacking; not at this property. We have stayed many places in Italy over the years and this was one of the most enjoyable. Even Rocco, the dog, was a delight. I have recommended La Colonica to family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beat All Expectations

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is lovely and very comfortable with two large bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. It has a beautiful front and backyard. It even has a washing machine. The kitchen was well stocked with utensils, dishes and glasses. My favorite room was the dining room that looks out over the backyard.

The owner was extremely helpful in suggesting restaurants and making reservations for us since no one spoke Italian. The recommendations were fantastic; great food, excellent wine at a very reasonable price, and interesting villages. He also recommended several cooking schools and the one we chose was fantastic. We recommend this, giving it a 10 out of 10!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tucson, AZ
5

An extraordinary property if you are looking for an authentic, comfortable Tuscan experience

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at La Colonica. The peaceful setting is beautiful, with comfortable outdoor seating overlooking olive trees and manicured yard. The cottage is incredibly well-equipped and tastefully decorated. Excellent recommendations for restaurants, tours, and things to do were provided by Cesare and staff. This is a perfect home-base for Tuscan day trips. We would definitely stay here on our next trip. It has our highest recommendation.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA 02072
5

Friends Under the Tuscan Sun

  • 5 of 5

4 of us came from the US and for 3 of us it was our 2nd time. Cesare, David and Anna were the best hosts you could ask for. The cottage was clean and very well maintained. Everything you could possibly want was supplied for you. They helped us with our selection of things to do and made suggestions when asked for places to eat , shop and visit. The setting is beautiful quiet and peaceful. When you stay there don't forget to buy some of their Olive Oil to take home. The Best.

We would definitely return again and have recommended La Colonica to many friends and aquantinces

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Castiglion Fiorentino Camucia-Cortona
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
A1
Car: necessary

La Colonica is located in a pretty village in the heart of the Val di Chiana countryside near Cortona. The house is surrounded by large (2.5 acres) gardens and olive grove with views of the surrounding hills. Short walk to the center of the nearby medieval village. Excellent local, reasonably priced restaurants. Because of its strategic location, it is the perfect base to explore Southern Tuscany and Umbria and for a relaxing holiday in comfortable and welcoming surroundings. Ideal location to visit Cortona (made famous by the film and book Under the Tuscan Sun), Siena (26 miles), Florence (50 miles), Perugia (40 miles), Assisi (50 miles) and Arezzo (12 miles). Rome (112 miles) is reachable by car or train. Nearby are the medieval hill towns of Southern Tuscany and Umbria, including Montepulciano, Montalcino, and the beautiful countryside of the Val d’Orcia. Lake Trasimeno and the monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore are nearby. Discover the beautiful Chianti wine region and the towered city of San Gimignano. Tour a winery in an ancient castle or monastery, or take an Italian cooking class in Cortona.

Florence: about 1 hour by train.

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Cortona, Cortona area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
MID-YEAR 2016
5 Nov 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£592
for 7 nights
£592
 
 
HOLIDAYS 2016-7
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£676
for 7 nights
£676
 
 
MID-YEAR 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 3 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£592
for 7 nights
£592
 
 
SPRING 2017
4 Mar 2017 - 5 May 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£634
for 7 nights
£634
 
 
HIGH SEASON 2017
24 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£676
for 7 nights
£676
 
 
PEAK SEASON 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£761
for 7 nights
£761
 
 
HIGH SEASON 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£676
for 7 nights
£676
 
 
WINE AND OLIVE TIME 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 10 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£634
for 7 nights
£634
 
 
MID-YEAR 2017
11 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£592
for 7 nights
£592
 
 
HOLIDAYS 2017-8
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£676
for 7 nights
£676
 
 
MID-YEAR 2018
6 Jan 2018 - 2 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
£592
for 7 nights
£592
 
 
SPRING 2018
3 Mar 2018 - 4 May 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£634
for 7 nights
£634
 
 
HIGH SEASON 2018
5 May 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£718
for 7 nights
£718
 
 
PEAK SEASON 2018
7 Jul 2018 - 17 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£761
for 7 nights
£761
 
 
HIGH SEASON 2O18
18 Aug 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£718
for 7 nights
£718
 
 
WINE AND OLIVE TIME 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 9 Nov 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£634
for 7 nights
£634
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £3 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£718
for 7 nights
£718
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £3 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Rates include: utilities, central heating or A/C (normal consumption), logs for open fireplace, A/C, Wi-Fi Internet, linen, Baby Crib, Child bed, High Chair.
Final cleaning: included in rental price,

DISCOUNTS: DISCOUNTS FOR OCCUPANCY BY 2 PERSONS OR FOR OCCUPANCY FOR 2 WEEKS OR MORE DEPENDING ON THE SEASON. PLEASE CONTACT US TO GET A PRICE QUOTE BEFORE BOOKING.

Free Communications package: GPS, Italian cellphone, laptop.

Housekeeping: Our wonderful and totally trustworthy housekeeper can clean the house, wash and iron. It can be weekly, daily or as required. Please ask us for cost.

Experienced babysitter: costs extra.

Central heating and A/C included up to normal consumption for any given period (we will let you know when you make your inquiry); any excess charged at cost.

• Stay in Florence: Combine a stay in Tuscany with a stay in one of our beautiful apartments in the historic centre of Florence: Property 156288 on Homeaway or 156288ha on VRBO (sleeps 2/4) OR our 2-bedroom, 3 bathroom apartment with stunning views of all of Florence: Property 343064 on Homeaway or 343064ha on VRBO. The perfect Italian vacation!

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Cortona in Arezzo Area

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Printer
  • Safe
  • Scanner
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Fax
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , En-suite bathroom for Bedroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , En suite bathroom for Bedroom 2
    Half Bathroom - Toilet , Handbasin and toilet - off living room
  • Marble bathrooms. Spacious and well equipped. Hairdryer, robes and slippers in each bathroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Four poster Double bed: 65 inches/165 cm wide
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 1 Large Double (69 inches/175 cm) or 2 Twin Beds
    Sofa Bed in Living Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Sofa bed in living room
    Baby Crib - 1 Cot , Baby Crib/Cot
    Child bed - 1 Child Bed , please ask us for details of size etc
  • Bedrooms 1 and 2 are spacious and bright. They are exactly the same size. Both have large en suite bathrooms (shower/WC etc). Bedroom 1 has a four-poster double-bed (65 in/165 cm - midway between US King and Queen size) and stunning hill views. Bedroom 2 can either be a large double bed (69 in/175 cm - nearly US King size) or a twin (two single beds); it has lovely garden views. New Orthopaedic mattresses. Both bedrooms are completely private, very quiet and not overlooked. Terracotta floors, beamed ceilings, marble bathrooms. Very well-furnished: large wardrobe, dresser, 2 bedside tables and lamps; central light; chairs. Outside shutters and mosquito screens on all windows. Double sofa bed in living room is large and easy to use. Baby Crib/cot available. The sleeping arrangements are perfect for a group of 4 or a family of up to 5 (plus baby in crib/cot). Both bedrooms are air-conditioned (like the rest of the house).
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
• Recently refurbished. Mint condition. Really well-furnished. Fully equipped including 2 full dinner services, glasses, tablecloths, cutlery, bedlinen, towels, clothes-line, washing-machine, ironing board and iron etc. Extra charge for maid service (optional: daily or as required: cleaning, washing, ironing) and for baby-sitter. Large really beautiful gardens and olive grove. Private Herb garden. • Air-conditioned throughout. • Wi-Fi Broadband Internet connection. • FREE COMMUNICATIONS PACKAGE: GPS, Italian cell phone, laptop computer, unlimited Wi-Fi internet: totally free of charge. • FREE baby crib/cot and high chair • Fax/safe in farmhouse; phone through switchboard. • Bed-linen changed weekly; towels changed every 3 days. • 2 TVs: in living room and in Bedroom 1. • Staff on premises. • Two very well-behaved friendly dogs on the property (see the reviews!). • SWIMMING POOLS (5 mins) - THERMAL SPAS nearby

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