CHARMING COTTAGE NEAR CORTONA, GARDEN, OLIVE GROVE, A/C, WI-FI - LA COLONICA

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
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Minimum Stay 7 nights

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CHARMING COTTAGE NEAR CORTONA, GARDEN, OLIVE GROVE, A/C, WI-FI - LA COLONICA

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2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, Sleeps 4. 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 groups of up to 4 adults or a family of 5. Lovely Garden setting in really beautiful gardens. 2 large very comfortable bedrooms (one with four-poster bed). One bedroom is a double. The other bedroom can either be a double or a twin. Both bedrooms have en-suite private bathrooms. 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, terracotta floors, and marble bathrooms. Very well furnished; fully equipped. 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. • Rental rates are all-inclusive: all utilities, A/C, Wi-Fi, linen, baby crib/cot, final cleaning, taxes. NO hidden charges.

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!

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
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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I decided to restructure this cottage 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 1999

This area, the Val di Chiana is strategically located to see some of the finest parts of Tuscany. There are stunningly beautiful towns like Cortona, and the wine-producing hill-towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino. The countryside is magnificent in every season. Florence is only 1 hour away, 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.

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 local pastry-shops. 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!

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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5
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Charming cottage near Cortona, garden, olive grove, A/C, Wi-Fi - La Colonica
average rating of 5.0 based on 69 reviews
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Charming cottage near Cortona, garden, olive grove, A/C, Wi-Fi - La Colonica
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Cortona Cortona area
Denver
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!
  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2007
  • Stayed: Sep 2007
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Charming cottage near Cortona, garden, olive grove, A/C, Wi-Fi - La Colonica
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Cortona Cortona area
South Carolina
5

ABSOLUTELY LOVELY!

  • 5 of 5
This cottage is everything it is represented to be and more. It truly exceeded our expectations. This is the perfect location for exploring the beautiful hilltop Tuscan towns. We also took a side trip to Assisi which I highly recommend. We toured the lovely Avignonesi Winery and had lunch there which is another recommendation. David and Cesare were very attentive and helpful without being intrusive. The cottage provided a wonderful place for downtime after a day of exploring and sightseeing and a beautiful private patio with a spectacular view for leisurely breakfasts and coffee. We could not have been more pleased.
  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Charming cottage near Cortona, garden, olive grove, A/C, Wi-Fi - La Colonica
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5

FANTASTIC

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at David and Cesare's home in April. It was a lovely experience from the moment we arrived. We were met by our hosts and shown to our cottage overlooking an olive grove with beautiful garden areas all over the property. It was like stepping into a Fairy Tale. The cottage was great, warm, welcoming, and nicely decorated. They even brought us wood for our fireplace every day! David was most helpful in arranging day trips for us - they had a list of 14 day trips to choose from, and also offered suggestions for restaurants & directions. It was wonderful that David speaks English and was able to answer all of our many questions. They lent us a cell phone so we were able to communicate while on the road. Tuscany is a beautiful area. We absolutely loved everything in Tuscany, especially our charming cottage, and we will definitely return. Next time we are skipping Rome and spending a couple of weeks at La Colonica.
  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Charming cottage near Cortona, garden, olive grove, A/C, Wi-Fi - La Colonica
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+39 3348568892
Cortona Cortona area
salt lake city
5

AMAZING TIMES

  • 5 of 5
We had an unforgettable time at La Colonica in late March-early April.  The
villa is perfect and ideal for 2 couples.  The property is beautiful and
well kept.  Cesare’s  hospitality was warm and genuinely welcoming.  Anna the housekeeper had
the villa beautifully clean and was always there to help with a smile.  We
switched off totally, relaxed, did some sight-seeing, had some great meals
and chilled out with DVDs and wine we picked up on our tours.  We enjoyed
the beautiful garden.  We only  stayed a week which was too short.  The
comments in the guestbook  in the villa from previous guests were amazing,
more personal and even better than the reviews on this site.  It is easy to
see why the villa is nearly always reserved but luckily there was a vacant
week and a warm welcome for us.  An idyllic place to get to know the real
Tuscany.  Try it – you won’t be disappointed.  But leave room for us please!!
  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Charming cottage near Cortona, garden, olive grove, A/C, Wi-Fi - La Colonica
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Cortona Cortona area
Palm Coast, Florida, USA
5

EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS!

  • 5 of 5
Four of us spent a week at La Colonica in this spring as part of our girlfriends' trip to Italy. It was outstanding!! David and Cesare had us acquainted with the area in no time for day trips and great restaurants. The cottage is modern and has all the comforts you could possibly want. It is so peaceful with beautiful grounds and wildlife. Truly a wonderful experience! If you get the chance, GO!!
  • Submitted: May 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
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Charming cottage near Cortona, garden, olive grove, A/C, Wi-Fi - La Colonica
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LUXURIOUS, RELAXING COTTAGE.

  • 5 of 5
La Colonica is a wonderful, Tuscan house, set in a beautiful olive grove. We spent every evening on the little terrace, enjoying meals cooked in the well equipped kitchen, or from one of the two barbecues.
The house is spacious, has every gadget and convenience you could hope for, and somehow manages to be both relaxing and luxurious.
A walk around the olive grove is guaranteed to help you unwind and appreciate this beautiful landscape.
The house made a great base for visiting not only nearby Cortona, but other towns recommended by Cesare and David. They are perfect hosts, and were enormously helpful both before and during our stay.
And I can heartily recommend the olive oil they produce!
  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I am delighted that you and your party enjoyed your stay at La Colonica. It was a pleasure having you to stay and I hope you will return one day. We have just finished the new olive harvest - the olive oil is wonderful! Thank you - grazie.
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Map

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.

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Availability & Rates

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Cortona Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Mid-Year 2014
Nov 22 2014 - Dec 19 2014
7 night minimum stay
€700
 
 
Holidays
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
€825
 
 
Mid-Year 2015
Jan 3 2015 - Mar 6 2015
7 night minimum stay
€700
 
 
Spring 2015
Mar 7 2015 - May 1 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€750
 
 
High Season 2015
May 2 2015 - Jul 3 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€850
 
 
Peak Season 2015
Jul 4 2015 - Aug 21 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€900
 
 
High Season 2015
Aug 22 2015 - Oct 2 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€850
 
 
Wine and Olives 2015
Oct 3 2015 - Nov 20 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€750
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes All-inclusive rates: utilities, central heating, A/C, Wi-Fi Internet, linen, logs for open fireplace, final cleaning, Baby Crib, Child bed, High Chair.

FREE COMMUNICATIONS PACKAGE: GPS, Italian cellphone, laptop.

DISCOUNTS for occupancy by 2 persons or for 2 weeks or more depending on the season.

Maid service or experienced babysitter: extra.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Cortona Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Iron & Board
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Backpack
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Safe
  • Washing Machine
  • Sofa Bed
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , En-suite bathroom for Bedroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , 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 king , Four poster Double bed: 65 inches/165 cm wide
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 Large Double (69 inches/175 cm) or 2 Twin Beds
    Sofa Bed in Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa bed in living room
    Baby Crib - 1 baby crib , 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:
  • Video Library ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • DVD Player
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
Outside:
  • Patio
  • Yard
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Small Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain climbing
  • hiking
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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