Within close distance of the centre of Cortona, Villa Valerie is a wonderful 500 year old Tuscan farmhouse, perched on a hill overlooking the Pergo valley, and rolling Tuscan hills with magnicent views. It has a unique charm and a dreamlike atmosphere that embraces its guests. It was always our dream to own a house in Tuscany and after looking for 2 years we finally found a home that has everything we could have wished for. The house for us is a great escape of peace and tranquility from our busy lives in London. We have lovingly restored the house over the last 5 years and have it finished to the high standard that we would expect for our home. We spent many weekends scouring the antique markets in Arrezo and Cortona to furnish the house and have used all local specialists for the furniture, from Busatti to Lorenzini. The main house has 3 bedrooms all finished to the highest standards , each with their own bathroom and each overlooking the green valley below. In the main bedroom there is the original stone sink which is a lovely feature. The pretty guest cottage has its own bedroom, bathroom and kitchen and is a great place for the kids to stay, near to the main house. We have a beautiful private swimming pool and spacious sun deck large enough for 8 people to relax.T The house has telephone, internet, wireless, computer with printer, Sky TV, Dishwasher, Freezer, Washing Machine, Tumble dryer, Cappucinno machine, bread maker, indoor and outdoor dinning tables and everything expected of a luxury villa. The house is surrounded by 150 olive trees which give us our own Olive Oil production every Autumn, as well as Cherry trees and Apricot trees. If you time your stay for Autumn you may be able to pick the ripe fresh Figs from the 4 trees around the house ! The grounds have been greatly restored and landscaped and we have loved watching the house evolve back into the beautiful farmhouse it once was. We feel like we are in another world when we are here. Private and hidden and yet close enough to go into Cortona, to sample the local restaurants, which all have great food, friendly atmosphere and are excellent value for money. Florence is an hour away by car or train, Sienna 40 minutes away and you can take the train to Rome for a fun day out in the capital and still return in time for dinner in Cortona. We have spent many happy weeks here with our family and friends, we are very proud of what we have achieved at Villa Valerie here and we hope you will enjoy living the dream too.
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- Calendar last updated:
- 29 Nov 2018
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Lovely villa inside but overly 'rustic' outside space, and at the end of a very long, rough track.
Much of this place was good, inside the house is comfortable with good beds, good quality linens and well set up bathrooms. Place was cleaned at the end of the first week which was nice and linens changed. The kitchen is a good size but poorly equipped - no knives that actually cut, only half a food processor and few/no baking dishes e.g. for lasagne (it IS Italy!). The outside dining space and table is not as shown in the photos - the table is smaller, the chairs do not have cushions and the dining area paving is extremely rough so making sitting unsteady. The barbecue grill does not fit so barbecuing takes a long time. Pool area is fine although there are only 6 loungers there for a house for 8 adults - we had asked prior to the stay for enough parasols there, arrived to find only two and had to chase the management company who supplied two more a few days later. No house or area specific information in the house so had to work out how to use things and where things were - some general printed information from Terretusche, the management company and a quick bit of instruction on arrival but some more specific information on bakery, shops, restaurants, how to use the pizza oven, where various external lighting is etc would be useful - and reasonably expected. The house is about 2km at the end of a very rough track, feels very isolated - which means it is nice and quiet but was a bit of a shock on arrival and you have to learn the route - and hope you don't meet another vehicle! Insects - ants, mosquitos and scorpions are a bit of a presence and a nuisance, garden is sprinkled frequently - starting at 1.30am, which also leads to a lot of standing water areas which add to the insect presence - we liked the little wild boar which broke through the electric fence a few times! No air conditioning in the main house but fans had been provided as requested. Would we stay there again - no, too rural (although of course this may be the appeal for some, but it's a trek to get onto the main road) and the outside areas and kitchen really need attention and to be smartened up more to come up to the 'luxury' standard for the money.
Final Cleaning: €120 Heating: according to consumption Damage deposit: €500