Cortona House Rental Photos and Description
2 Luxury double bedrooms, 2 ensuite bathrooms, cloakroom, sleeps 2 couples
An excellent setting for the perfect cultural holiday for one or two couples, or your ideal wedding location and start to your honeymoon, our medieval 3-storey home lies at the historic centre of walled Cortona, with its art and craft shops and gourmet restaurants.
Approach the solid wooden door up a cobbled alleyway, 30 metres from Cortona's only flat street, and enter the gracious sitting room with comfortable seating, pellet stove, and cloakroom off. A vaulted stairway (with handrails) leads up one flight to the dining room, a bright, graciously furnished living space, cleverly combining cooking and eating, thanks to an elegant built in kitchen equipped with modern appliances. Step out from this floor into the small shady garden - a good spot to read with your morning coffee; or continue upstairs to the two generous double bedrooms with luxury en suite bathrooms. Ceilings throughout the house are beamed in characterful Tuscan manner; the floors are quality 'cotto' (cooked tile). The house is furnished to the highest standard with family antiques, a real 'home from home'.
2 minutes' stroll away lie Cortona's pavement cafes and excellent restaurants - not to mention its museums, art galleries, medieval churches and newly landscaped outdoor swimming pool (open June-end August). Don't be surprised to see citizens in medieval costume, and - particularly in summer - beautiful brides coming down the Comune steps.
- not suitable for children
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- pets not allowed
About Kate Underwood
We're English, so language is no problem! After working for 5 years in Naples, we found Cortona the perfect place to settle. The Cortonese are so welcoming and friendly. Not only is it a wonderful location for sightseeing, but over the years we've got involved in local life, participating in pageants, choirs and orchestra.
Kate Underwood purchased this house in 2006
Why Kate Underwood chose Cortona
We bought the house in the hills first - where we mostly live. We were so happy in the Cortona area, we decided to bring the family antiques out to enhance this second beautiful property which we found at the heart of Cortona. So though the house (dating from the 1400s) is new to us, the family furniture has been passed down through the generations.
What makes this house unique
We love being so close to Cortona's bustling street cafes and nightly 'passeggiata' - while the house itself is so quiet, its thick medieval walls keeping us cool in summer, and retaining the heat in winter. We find the house a real haven to come back to. Chiefly we love its atmosphere, and authentic architectural features, and real sense of history.