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Tuscan Vacation Rental With Pool
What a terrific find! Cottage Cortona is a beautifully renovated, ground level home offering extraordinary value, location, comfort and a warm welcoming experience along with a host of services. Just 15 minutes west of Cortona on very easily drivable roads, Cottage Cortona is perfectly positioned for day trips throughout Tuscany and Umbria. Each morning, the sun rises over the magical, ancient hill town of Cortona, and it glitters at night along with another nearby Tuscan jewel called Castiglion Fiorentino.
Guests of Cottage Cortona have private use of the swimming pool and the level lawn area. Alongside an unused barn is a vine-covered, pergola shading the main outdoor dining patio with a wood burning barbecue and a professional pizza oven. The friendly owners live next door and tend to their organic vegetable garden and a cornucopia of ducks, rabbits, chickens, a rooster, a cat and a gorgeous golden retriever. Michele, Carla and their son, Federico welcome guests with a complimentary, home cooked three course meal on arrival day. The meal incorporates their fresh produce and delicious olive oil that may be purchased separately. Their welcome also includes a basket of seasonal, just picked vegetables or fruit from their small orchard.
Michele is a fabulous cook. With translation assistance from Federico, dad's services may be reserved to conduct a Tuscan cooking class or a pizza making night. Michele can also set up a visit to a local winery or a stop at a friend's terracotta workshop. Carla, the master of the manse, takes immense pride in overseeing the maintenance of the cottage. In her own words: "Every guest coming to Cottage Cortona should feel as though no other person has ever occupied the home".
At the heart of Cottage Cortona is the main dining room with a waist-high fireplace for indoor grilling, a small espresso machine and a living room. Each corner of the cottage is a bedroom suite with an independent entrance. Each suite enjoys its own individually controlled air conditioning system, a full kitchen and a bathroom. Two of the suites have two bedrooms. This floor plan is ideal for enjoying each other's company while dining and relaxing in the living room yet offers private sleeping quarters. Togetherness when you want it, and separation when you desire it.
Air conditioning is throughout the cottage, and the bedroom windows are screened. While all the bedroom suite kitchens are fully equipped, Suite 1 serves as the main kitchen with cookware to make meals for 12 guests. The main dining room is furnished with service ware for the entire group. The inviting Tuscan décor is tasteful, quite comfortable and blessedly uncluttered.
The train with service from Rome to Florence passes within a third of a mile of the poolside. While the train is seen and heard from the grounds and to a lesser extent from the rooms facing this direction, both the ambiance and the surroundings negate its passing.
Within half a mile is a biking and walking path bordering canals along the Val di Chiana valley and passing by old bridges and the Lakes of Chiusi and Montepulciano. This route allows for safe biking with no car traffic, and several towns near the path offer bike rental. A more intense hiking trail leads from Cortona to the le Celle hermitage where St. Francis slept 800 years ago. For more earthly needs, supermarkets, pizzerie and designer outlets are in Foiano della Chiana, a 10 minute drive away.
Cortona, a 15 minute drive away, offers a host of dining, shopping and cultural activities. This fascinating city, inhabited since prehistoric times continues to captivate visitors with its wealth of art, architecture and enviable lifestyle. The outdoor market comes to town on Saturday and visiting the Etruscan Museum and tombs are a must. Visitors in May find the city brimming with music and festivals celebrating the rites of Spring. Camucia which lies at the feet of Cortona offers trains to Florence within 90 minutes.
Cottage Cortona is an eight minute drive from the Siena to Perugia highway making a wide selection of day trips within easy reach - Castiglion Fiorentino: 20 minutes; Lake Trasimeno (Hannibal vs the Roman legions): 25; Arezzo (the best antiques in Italy): 35; Montepulciano (the wines) or Pienza (the cheese): 40; Perugia (the chocolate): 45; Siena (the famous Palio) or Assisi (the Basilica): 60; Florence (the art): 70; the Chianti region (wine, wine & more wine): 75; San Gimignano (the medieval towers): 90 and Rome, The Eternal City is within a two hour drive.
A tourist tax collected by the town is paid separately on the first four nights. Children under age 12 are exempt.
Suite 1: This kitchen is equipped as the main kitchen with a fireplace. One bedroom with a queen size bed. One bedroom with two single, joinable beds. Suite 2: Kitchen with fireplace. One bedroom with a queen size bed. Suite 3: Kitchen. One bedroom with a queen size bed. One bedroom with two single, joinable beds. Suite 4: Kitchen with wood burning stove. One bedroom with a queen size bed. When renting for up to 8 guests, two bedrooms are closed.