On first arriving at Il Giardino and stepping out of the car, all I could think of was “Wow, what a view!” The entire time that we stayed at the villa, I was constantly going to a window to look out over the countryside. The view is just as spectacular at night with the lights shining from nearby towns like Montepulciano, Castiglione del Lago and Cortona on the other side of the lake. The house itself has all of the amenities we wanted for our holiday. We especially enjoyed the modern kitchen, which was unexpected in such an old house. The house has clearly been renovated at a high level and blends the old traditional architecture with contemporary furnishings.
It was a pleasure to work with the owner, Jennifer, who was happy to answer all of our questions and provide information about things to do in the area. The small library of guidebooks and phrase books at the house were very helpful as was the house book that Jennifer created that provides information not just about the house but about when shops are open, when and where local markets are held, and other useful advice. We also enjoyed several of the nearby restaurants serving typical local dishes that she recommended.
In all, the house is in a great location to just relax or to visit the many nearby sights. We wished we had more time to spend in the area and to enjoy the excellent food (particularly the wild boar at Ristorante Il Casale just down the road). We will definitely return and recommend the house to all.