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My wife and I recently returned from a ten day stay in Cortona - all of them spent in this charming little stone cottage surrounded by olive groves half way up the hill to the town.
The cottage itself could best be described as 'rustic' so if you're looking for a high spec finish and all mod cons this might not be the place for you. We actually loved it and, apart from a few little things, wouldn't do anything to spoil its charm.
The plates and glasses could do with replacing as they've obviously seen better days but that's a small thing and could be done for not much money.
The location was ideal as we used it as a base to take day trips around the hilltop towns of Tuscany and Umbria. The lovely little pool was a godsend as the weather was scorching for the first five days or so.
Douglas Parish, the owner, is a charming and helpful host being available when you want him and invisible when you don't. Any issues we had were dealt with promptly and efficiently. We'll be back.
The plus points here are the views and the comfortable accommodation the little hamlet offers. There are three cottages ours the medium sized with two good bedrooms and a large sitting room. The kitchen and )inside) dining areas good. Outside the large pool was never crowded and we had a few days all to ourselves when the other guests went off sight-seeing (as did we on a few days to Cortona, Pienza and Assisi).
The downside is the long road to the cottage. We did get used to it but it should be noted for guests who are looking for a walk to the shops (a car is needed for groceries and for restaurants).
In terms of value, the cottages are good value and the flexibility offered for arrival and leaving help as the airfares are less and it gave us more to enjoy.