About the property
- Apartment592 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
The estate spreads over twenty hectares and grows corn and sunflowers as well as producing olive oil and local wine. In the heart of the estate is the owners farmhouse and an adjacent farm building which has been lovingly restored into four pretty ground floor apartments, furnished in country style and retaining beamed ceilings and terracotta floors so typical of Tuscany. Focolare consists of a living room with fully equipped kitchen area, dining table and chairs, fireplace with wood burning stove and settee (which converts to a double bed on request to accommodate an extra person), a pretty double bedroom and a shower room. Whilst having a homely atmosphere with many personal touches the apartment has been fitted with modern comforts including dishwasher, satellite television and air conditioning (payable locally). It opens directly onto a garden terrace furnished with table, chairs and barbecue, for dining al fresco whilst enjoying the pretty view of the pool and surrounding countryside. The swimming pool (12m x 5m), situated in the well kept grounds, is surrounded by lawns and equipped with plenty of sun loungers creating the ideal spot for relaxing whilst soaking up the atmosphere. Also on the estate is a communal lounge/dining room with huge characteristic fireplace, where the friendly owners are happy to let you taste their wine and local produce also available for purchase. There is a washing machine for guests use, and parking is in the grounds. Focolare is the perfect base from which to explore the area. Beautiful Cortona with its interesting Etruscan origins is only 8km away, whilst the towns of Montepulciano, renowned for its excellent wine, and Pienza, for its pecorino cheese are both close by. In addition, Arezzo, infamous for its Piero della Francesca frescoes, and Siena with its shell shaped Piazza del Campo are both less than an hours' drive. Lake Trasimeno just 20 km away has beaches, sailing facilities, and ferry services to its islands, and the main motorway (8km) and nearby rail links make Rome and Florence easily accessible. DETAILS Living room with kitchen area with cooker (4 gas rings, electric oven), fridge/freezer, dishwasher, dining table and chairs, fireplace with wood burning stove, settee (which can converts to a double bed on request to accommodate an extra person), and satellite television > Double bedroom > Shower room with shower cubicle, basin, bidet and w.c. Air conditioning* (payable locally) > Central heating* > Internet WiFi > Garden terrace > Swimming pool > Barbecue > Communal washing machine > Parking > Communal lounge > Local produce available > 1.5 km to the village of Creti > 2km to grocers shop > 5km to supermarket > 8km to the town of Cortona > 30km Arezzo > 45km to Siena. (Facilities marked * are payable locally)
- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 20, 2018
Pool / Spa
Extremely beautiful the most relaxing atmosphere
We enjoyed a delightful time at Pratovalle. As you predicted, the place was extremely beautiful, with the most relaxing atmosphere imaginable (we even quickly grew to love the trains passing up or down the hill not far away!). Michele was the perfect host, nothing being too much trouble, and as he has virtually no English, my limited Italian was regularly called into use! His wife, Carla, invited us to a meal, with the other guests staying there, on the Wednesday evening, and we had a delightful time. Needless to say, we are very grateful to 'La bella Toscana', for finding us somewhere so special once more.
We have not started any serious holiday planning for next year - apart from a visit to Scotland in March. But we are virtually certain to want to visit Italy again during 2016. As you know, we normally choose a few properties from the lists on your website, in either Tuscany or Umbria, and ask for your comments and recommendations. But we wonder if we might approach things slightly differently next time, by asking you to send us a list of those properties (for either two or three people) which you consider to be the very best you have, whether in Tuscany and Umbria, or elsewhere in Italy. Price would not necessarily be a problem, within reason.
There is no hurry for this, of course. But we always love to have an Italian horizon in mind, as we face the rigours of winter in the U K! With our thanks again, and very best wishes.
Additional information about rental rates
Accommodation tax indicated is per day per person.
Damage deposit: EUR150.00