CHARACTER TOWN HOUSE AT THE HEART OF CULTURAL HISTORIC CORTONA

Kate Underwood

Speaks italian, english
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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CHARACTER TOWN HOUSE AT THE HEART OF CULTURAL HISTORIC CORTONA

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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.

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Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
Kate Underwood (Owner)
Advertiser since 2006
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Speaks italian, english

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.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
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Character town house at the heart of cultural historic Cortona
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Dick and Deborah from Simsbury CT, and Rosemary and John from Edinburgh, Scotland write:
What a wonderful week in Cortona - a most desirable destination with its own treasures and delicacies just outside your front door. Always returning to your beautiful and most comfortably appointed house was a constant pleasure. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and love of the region with us, in addition to your lovely home. We return home with new appreciation for Tuscany and warm feelings for the kind, gentle people who live here. Thank you for all your help 'above and beyond'. We look forward to many return visits!
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2007
  • Stayed: Dec 2007
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Perfect location in Cortona

  • 5 of 5
We couldn't have been more pleased with our accommodations in Cortona and our wonderful British hosts, Andrew and Kate. Picturesque Cortona has so much to offer and is the perfect home base for day visits to Florence, other hill towns in Tuscany, and Umbria. The apartment location is ideal, just off the main thoroughfare, and close to restaurants, stores, and points of interest. Even so, it was amazingly quiet. We loved having everything at our fingertips. Our hosts even introduced us to several of the shopkeepers. The apartment has the charm of an ancient building with all of the modern amenities.

The weather was unusually cool for late May, so we didn't use the air-conditioning, but we did need the heat for a couple of days, and it worked just fine. If it had been warmer, we would have enjoyed spending time in the lovely, shady, private courtyard. The updated kitchen is fully equipped with dishes, appliances, and cooking equipment, and there's even a dishwasher. We didn't do any extensive meal preparation, but the coffeepot and microwave were convenient at breakfast time. We could just walk down the alley in the morning, pick up fruit at the produce shop, pastries at the bakery, a USA Today at the newsstand, and be back in ten minutes! The washing machine did an effective job, and an elaborate drying rack is available.

The rooms were spacious and spotless, and the furnishings were lovely and comfortable. All of the linens were of the highest quality. Our hosts were kind enough to meet us at Piazza Garibaldi and assist in getting our luggage to the apartment. They were always prompt and thorough in replying to our emails both before and during our stay. They made reservations for us for dinner that first night and for a local symphony concert and provided directions to the train station in Camucia, which, perplexingly, was not marked in any way. In addition, they helped in locating a physician when we had a minor medical issue. At the middle of our ten-day stay, they came by to change the sheets and clean.

We give this property the highest recommendation and would definitely choose it again if we ever returned to the area.
  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, we are fortunate indeed to have this lovely house at the heart of Cortona, with all that this remarkable hill town offers, and it gives us great pleasure to share it with such appreciative guests. Thank you, Kate and Andrew
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At home in Cortona

  • 5 of 5
Cortona is lovely, and Kate and Andrew's 13th century home just off the main shopping avenue in the historic center of town is magnificent, beautifully furnished with exquisite antiques but with every modern convenience. Better yet, Kate and Andrew are wonderful, caring hosts, who took the trouble to meet us personally to show us where to park and help with our bags. After taking us on a tour of their home they took us on a tour of the neighborhood and introduced us to friends and merchants and pointed out their favorite restaurants. They also provided a thick guest book with detailed suggestions on places to visit in the surrounding area and explanations on options for getting there. They could not have been more friendly and helpful, and our stay in their home felt warm and intimate, yet exotic. Just what you want in a home away from home.
Jacquie and Mike Powers, Dotty and Lee Hanson
  • Submitted: May 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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THE PERFECT PLACE IN CORTONA

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at this lovely townhouse in Cortona for three weeks. The location is absolutely perfect -- right off the main (and only level) street in the city -- convenient to all restaurants and shops. The owners, Andrew and Kate, met us on arrival, helped with our luggage, took us for a short tour of the town, made restaurant reservations for us and promised to check on us periodically, which they did. They were helpful and gracious hosts and genuinely nice people. The house was immaculate, well-appointed with lovely English antiques and the attention to detail was superior. Our family has rented vacation homes for many years in Italy, Australia, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica and the United States and this one ranks among the best. I highly recommend this property.
  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
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Perfect Stay!

  • 5 of 5
Dear Kate and Andrew

Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and allowing us to stay in your charming townhouse in Cortona. It had all the amenities we could have hoped for and more, and the terrace garden was perfect for coffee or a glass of wine. The location is just perfect. Easy walking to all cafes, restaurants, bars and shops yet tucked away from the hustle/bustle. We made many new friends (including Massimo and Sebastian) as a result of your personal introductions. We hope to return to Cortona one day and our first call will be to you both. Thanks so much for helping to make our holiday so enjoyable and memorable.

Warmest regards,

Graeme and Dee, Atlanta GA, USA
  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
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Great Vacation Wonderful Hosts

  • 5 of 5
Kate and Andrew were the perfect hosts. They helped us in our planning, met us in Cortona upon arrival, joined us for lunch and showed us around town. The house was perfect, two bedrooms were extremely comfortable, the kitchen was well appointed to meet our needs, and the location couldn't have been better. We were right in the middle of town close to shops, restaurants, and everything one would need.

We would highly recommend this house, and Kate and Andrew made us feel like this wasn't a typical house rental buit our home for a week.

We look forward to returning at some point, as Cortona is beautiful and near the best of Tuscany.

Eileen and Ron
  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Perugia (RyanAir)
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Cortona/Camucia
Nearest Motorway
22 Kilometres
A1 (Autostrada del Sole) Bettole/Sinalunga
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Lago Trasemeno
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Tuscher's
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
La Loggiata
Car: recommended

Historic Cortona towers over the Val di Chiana with fast road and rail links to Rome and Florence. Enclosed by mighty walls, this Medici stronghold with its maze of alleyways, is packed with medieval churches, palaces and piazzas - pageants and festivals! This year's Medieval Week and Crossbow Festival is 1-9 June and the Cortona Mix Festival - great entertainment, with participation - 27 July- 4 August, for which our house is perfectly situated!

Cortona's Archaeological Museum is justifiably world famous for it enlightened layout and Etruscan tomb goods. The Art Gallery houses works by Fra Angelico and Luca Signorelli. Cultural centres within an hour's travel include Siena, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi and Lake Trasimene, rich in work by Giotto, Duccio, Piero della Francesca and Perugino.

Cortona now produces its own wine, Cortona DOC, along with the DOCG vineyards of Montepulciano and Montalcino. Good tours and wine tasting lunches, at the nearby Avignonesi vineyard for example, can be pre-booked online.

Olive groves surround you - with new season extra virgin oil available for purchase (or shipping) while you feast on Chianino beefsteak and porcini mushrooms in Cortona's many fine, atmospheric and friendly family-run restaurants.

Cortona itself, along with its surrounding villages, hosts festivals to celebrate the many speciality products of this fertile region - all welcome.

With this abundant good food, some exercise is called for! From our front door, you can explore hilly Cortona, walking up to the Medici Fortress, past Francis Mayes' house towards Torreone, or follow in the footsteps of St Francis, towards our lively local Franciscan monastery, Le Celle, circa.1200.

Other activities include bike hire (round Lake Trasimene or into the hills); swimming, in a nicely landscaped pool; Italian cooking or language classes. In season there are many good concerts and shows to attend in the Neo Classical Teatro Signorelli.

We are very happy help you set things up in advance, to maximise your enjoyment of your holiday - for example, helping you book a table for dinner your first night, and pre-booking a good English speaking guide, wine tasting lunches and tours, bike hire, museum visits etc. Or, on arrival, you can just make like an Italian and 'go with the flow'!

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Availability & Rates

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Cortona House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Mid Season
Sep 6 2014 - Oct 31 2014
4 night minimum stay
€270
€1,850
 
 
Low Season
Nov 1 2014 - Apr 3 2015
3 night minimum stay
€230
€1,550
 
 
Mid Season
Apr 4 2015 - Jun 12 2015
4 night minimum stay
€270
€1,850
 
 
High Season
Jun 13 2015 - Sep 4 2015
5 night minimum stay
€325
€2,250
 
 
Mid Season
Sep 5 2015 - Oct 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
€270
€1,850
 
 
Low Season
Oct 31 2015 - Dec 19 2015
3 night minimum stay
€230
€1,550
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax €1.5 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.
Notes Prices quoted are for 2 couples, using 2 bedrooms. Prices for 1 couple, using 1 bedroom are: Low Season €1,230 Mid Season €1,470 High Season €1,700. Please enquire for nightly rates and minimum stays.
Deposit of 25% on booking, to be paid by bank transfer in euros.
Balance due 2 months before holiday start date, to be paid by bank transfer in euros.
City Tax: €1.50 x person x 1st 4 nights of stay, payable in cash on arrival
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Amenities

Amenities

Cortona House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain
Theme:
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Romantic
  • Historic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Telephone
  • Internet
  • Tiled Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • Downstairs a cloakroom with loo and basin affords space for hanging coats, and houses a top of the range front loading washier/drier. The ensuite bathroom to the Liberty Bedroom has a curved glass enclosure shower and elegant bronze effect fittings, along with quality sanitary ware (toilet, basin and bidet). The ensuite bathroom to the Four Poster Bedroom has a small bathtub with glass shower enclosure,with curtain, elegant chrome fittings, and quality sanitary ware (toilet, basin and bidet). Top quality bathsheets, handtowels and bathmats are provided weekly.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Liberty Bedroom - 1 king , 1 child bed
    Four Poster Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Please note, the house may be rented by one or two couples, with price variants, see notes on Availability. Both bedrooms enjoy top of the range Daiken air conditioning for use in summer months. When rented by one couple, we offer the slightly larger, Liberty Bedroom, so-called because of its original Liberty bedstead, with mother of pearl inlaid/painted decoration, spectacular beamed ceiling and its views across the medieval rooftops to the Sienese hills. This bedroom houses the computer work station where guests may connect their smart devices to our broadband. A child's bed is available in this room, at no extra charge. We call the other bedroom the Four Poster room because guests sleep in an original English Colonial four poster bed (c.1910) with diaphanous drapes for that romantic touch. Both bedrooms have generous hanging spaces and chests of drawers. Subtle designer lighting includes individually switched bedside lamps and other quality lights.
Entertainment:
  • Stereo ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Books ...
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Books for Adults
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • live theater
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Our historic house is restored to the highest standard. The property houses our family antiques which you are welcome to enjoy (and treat with respect, please!). All kitchen fittings and appliances are new. E-mail us for our website with further details/photos. Parking outside the city wall is close by an escalator which brings you up to a piazza 100 metres from our house. Cortona has small shops, and a little Spar Store, more than adequate for daily needs. For serious groceries we suggest one of the two supermarkets 3 km down the hill in modern Camucia. Market day in Cortona is Saturday, Thursday in Camucia. Many arty shops and coffee bars close from 1-4, staying open till late into the evening. Cortona has a beautifully landscaped, open air pool, on a south facing hilltop behind the town, reasonably priced for a day or half day visit, no more than 10 minutes walk from our house. Above all the restaurants are plentiful and good: you could choose a different one each night!
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