|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Not even a stone's throw from the pool - the pool is right outside your door with its views across to the towers and domes of the Cortona skyline! A large, studio with exclusive, modern Italian furnishing; King-size bed, easy chairs, sofa, cupboards, side tables, CD player. The kitchen/dining area (seats four) has a four-burner hob, fan, fridge, toaster, sink, large storage area and workspace. The bathroom with a separate dressing-room with wardrobes is the latest in Italian design - full-size shower area, washbasin, toilet and bidet. Laundry facilities are available in a separate laundry building - on the other side of the garden. There is also a large brick-built barbeque/outside dining area for guests' use - there is no extra charge for the wood/barbeque coal. Secure, shady parking behind automatic gates.
Independence and tranquility are yours with a choice of two exquisite, lovingly restored, independent holiday homes (each sleeping two) in the grounds of Casa Valentina, an historic, hillside farmhouse. There is a large, secure garden with olive groves, and 12 x 6 m swimming pool + hydromassage (open mid-May to mid-Sept). There is a spacious sun bathing deck so you will never feel crowded. It has a natural stone surround and wonderful panoramic views to Etruscan Cortona and to the Val di Chiana with Monte Amiata in the distance. If you can tear yourself away from the beauty and calm of Casa Valentina, then Cortona, the setting for Frances Mayes book 'Under the Tuscan Sun' is just 5 mins away. It has a cosmopolitan yet historic atmosphere; cafes - to watch the world go by, antique shops to browse in, wonderful restaurants - you will be spoilt for choice! Cortona is extremely well placed - The main autostrade (A1) just 20 mins. away and Florence, Siena, Arezzo and Perugia all in an hour.
Thank you for all your hospitality, we’ve loved our stay, just to relax and chill! Thanks for the recommendations they were great. This has been such a wonderful introduction to the delights of Tuscany, I’m sure we will return." Ireland, Frank & Mary. May 2013.
"1 week was too short to see everything, we could have stayed for longer! Day trips to Siena, Florence, Arezzo were exciting but the best bit-returning 'home' to the tranquillity of Casa Valentina." Anna and Tom, UK July 2013.
"Thank you for sharing your lovely Cortona oasis with us. You have been perfect hosts unobtrusive but if we needed any advice then the advice you gave was first rate.
Joe and Sandra, USA June 2013.
We have enjoyed the most special vacation, a beautiful apartment in a stunning, perfect for our honeymoon. Thank you for making our trip to Tuscany so perfect. David & Mai, UK June 2013.
Our 3rd visit, this time in Autumn and it was as just as wonderful as before. Mike & Sadie, UK September 2013
To confirm your booking we require a 25% deposit. The balance is advised a month before arrival. Our price includes everything except heating in the cooler months and pool towels in the Summer. A security deposit is a required, to cover any damage, any heating costs and extra cleaning costs because the property was not left reasonably clean and tidy on departure. Arrivals are generally between 5 and 9pm. If your week is booked please look at IT12482, that offers child free tranquility for twos.
In line with other rentals our changeover day is Saturday (This makes a two-centre holiday possible). However, in the low season we can be more flexible so please ask.
Arrival time is after 5pm on Saturday and Departure 10am on the following Saturday.
Wonderful, peaceful yet convenient location for Cortona area.
The studio is tastefully furnished with bright, modern furniture & equipment, all very tastefully thought out.
A lovely friendly and warm Italian welcome awaited us and all,help & assistance provided to us throughout our stay.
Could not have asked for any thing more & will return again soon as this is probably the best we have had in over 17 years of visiting the area, especially in accommodation for 2 with a pool
Special interest holidays:
We offer Tuscan cooking courses just for two at one of our other properties please just contact me for more details.
Nearest beach - Southern Tuscany, Grosseto in 1 hour 30mins. However, there are 'beach resorts' on nearby Lake Trasimeno, Italy's fourth largest lake - just 20 minutes away.
Nearest airport - Florence 1.15hr. Rome 2.00hr. Perugia 1.00 hr. Pisa 1.45hr. Bologna (Forli) 2.00hr.
To get the best of all that Tuscany has to offer a car is recommended. Nearest motorway/autostrada exit - Val di Chiana - 20 minutes.
Camucia/Cortona 5-10 mins - with countless shops, banks, bars, restaurants, markets, train station, internet cafes, taxis and buses. Lake Trasimeno with boat trips to beautiful islands - 20 mins. Arezzo - 35 mins. Siena - 45 mins. Perugia - 45 mins. Florence - 1 hour, Montalcino - 1 hour, Montepulciano - 30 mins. Rome - 2 hours, Chianti - 1 hour.
Casa Valentina is next to a State archaeological park where numerous Etruscan and Roman antiquities have been found and are still being found. Roman remains have even been found in garden! From here there are also many wonderful walks (some easy and some more demanding) in the woods, along country lanes and even up to Cortona, via the beaten track, where you can see for around 50 miles - south to Lake Trasimeno to Monte Amiata beyond.
Cortona - the beautiful setting for 'Under the Tuscan Sun' (the book and the film) is under 10 minutes away - it hasn't been spoilt and it has everything you could need cafes, banks, restaurants, history, museums, shops etc...
The Internationally renown Music Festival every August and the exclusive antiques fair held every September.
Siena and Florence - each with a proud and different history are only an hour or so from Casa Valentina.
The Chianti Classico wine area and the timeless Tuscan hill towns of Montalcino, Montepulciano, Poppi, Anghiari and San Gimignano are all easy drives for the perfect Tuscan day - touring and tasting! You will not be disappointed!!
The St. Francis of Assisi trail - (Assisi itself is also easily reached from here in about an hour), Etruscan historical sites, the birthplaces and locations of many recorded scenes of Michelangelo, Piero della Francesca and Leonardo da Vinci.
The fantastic Arezzo antiques fair held on the first Sunday of every month and the Saturday before. The Arezzo Giostra del Saracino, a medieval re-enactment, with hundreds of costumed participants, held in June and September - similar to the Siena Palio but with Jousting not horse racing. The Siena palio held every July and August. Numerous International Music Festivals. Wine Tours. Truffle Hunting. Photographic Fair held twice a year in Arezzo.
Finally the fashion designer outlets of Prada, Gucci, D & G,
Ferragamo and Valentino and numerous others are all under an hour away by car. We'll give you the directions.