Villa Rosa - Heaven in Tuscany
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Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
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Villa Rosa is a private home nestled in the hillside of the historic and vibrant hill top town of Cortona in beautiful Tuscany. With a few minutes drive or a leisurely stroll into the City of Cortona and coupled with expansive views over the valley to the distance shores of Lake Trasimeno, Villa Rosa is a tranquil haven that instils a very special calm when you arrive to start your fabulous Tuscan experience.
The house is a superb combination of the old and the new. A 400 year old cottage with a 21st century renovation that has created a comfortable, two level, two double bedroom, two bathroom home with an easy indoor/outdoor living area and stunning pool area and lawn. Furnished with all the home comforts that make you melt into your surroundings and never want to leave.
Villa Rosa is suitable for all types of holiday makers. It is cosy enough for a couple who want a romantic break and roomy enough for couples or friends who wish to explore their Tuscan adventure together. The house is also suitable for the family - mum, dad and two children with fold out beds (2) that you could use for another two children if needed. Baby is not forgotten with a porta-cot, high chair and pushchair.
We have internet/Wi-Fi, stereos and books, plenty of garden to play in, a pool to relax and snooze by and a vista to die for.
The location is perfect - close enough to walk into Cortona for entertainment, eating & drinking, markets, shops and nightlife but just far away from this hustle and bustle to cosset yourselves in its private and secluded garden and pool for pure relaxation.
If your arriving by car then it is an easy drive to the front door - No steep, single lane, hairpin turns or gravel roads to navigate. Bliss.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lake Trasimeno 10 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rome, Pisa, Perguia, Bologna or Florence, Nearest railway: Camucia-Cortona (7 minutes) or Torontola-Cortona|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Tuscany region
Tuscany is about living the dream - the hot summer days, the vineyards, the cycle lanes across the valley that follow the canals to Arezzo, the cooking schools, the horse treks, the local markets, the historic monuments and remnants of past civilisations to explore. For those who love nature and walking there are a number of marked walks in the hills and around the wider area of Cortona.
An ideal holiday location for friends, families and the experienced travellers
You can spend your day by the pool soaking up the suns energy and recharging your batteries or you can explore the historic hill top City of Cortona with its Etruscan, Roman and Middle-Age architecture, Etruscan Tombs, Museums, Medici Fort, Cathedral and Churches. Not to mention the great bars and cafes that you can visit and sit at the outside tables to watch the world go by.
Cortona also hosts a large number of artist galleries, antique shops and festivals.
- The art galleries are full of treasures from sculpture, jewellery, oil paintings, water colours and Marquetry. Antique shops provide wonderful cool places to explore these treasures.
- The festivals are varied - from the snail festival, the mushroom festival to the pageantry of the Il Palio in Sienna and Cortona's own medieval celebration complete with crossbow competitions.
- You can go further afield to wander the vineyards in the valley or follow the trail that outlines the area that Hannibal fought his famous battle with Flaminius on the shores of nearby Lake Trasimeno.
Other hill top towns beckon with Montepulicano (approx. 30min) and Montelcino (approx. 40min) with its famous Brunello wines. Sienna (approx. 40min) is close enough to go and enjoy lunch in the Piazza and stroll the streets in the late afternoon. Assisi (approx. 45min) is also nearby for those who wish to explore the wonderful Giotto murals in the church of St Francis of Assisi.
Florence is an easy one hour away by train or car to see its famous resident- Davide - at the Galleria dell'Accademia and of course the myriad of art in the Uffizi is not to be missed. Rome is also easily reached though we do suggest catching the train ( 2 hours) as driving in this city is rather a challenge.
Food and wine are at the heart of Tuscany and you are treated to a sumptuous array markets, local stores, restaurants and bars in Cortona and in the villages that surround this beautiful world. The food is fresh and tasty, the wines delectable. From the corner bar, the causal and comforting Enoteca, to the more formal and luxurious restaurants - Tuscany has everything. You just need to choose.
Cortona is well serviced to make any holiday easy and enjoyable.
At Villa Rosa we provide a welcome pack with ideas of things to do and there is also an information centre in the heart of Cortona that will help pack your holiday with activities from cooking classes to wine tasting to golf courses. English is widely spoken as Cortona has been aligned with The University of Georgia (USA) for summer school for over 30 years which has bought many English speakers to the town. Cortona is also the mecca for all those who love Frances Mayes and her 'Under the Tuscan Sun' book and film. The locals are welcoming and generous in their hospitality.
There are 5 supermarkets within a 10 minute drive, over 30 excellent restaurants in the City of Cortona which are well frequented by both visitor and locals. The shopping is vast - there are 3 excellent outlet villages within an hour's drive. The Arrezzo Antique market held over the weekend of the first Sunday of the month (except August) is the largest outdoor antique market in Europe. Hand-painted pottery from Deruta is about 40 minutes by car.
There are several beaches on Lake Trasimeno about 20 minutes away and there are ferries going out to the islands in the lake. Sailing is also available on the lake.
For those you you who need exercise, there are marked trials for walks in the hills surrounding Villa Rosa and there are also two public tennis courts at the end to the road. A stroll into the City of Cortona is also to be claimed as exercise!
There are also two golf courses nearby that are well equipped and you can hire golf clubs.
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3 Apr 2013
"A slice of heaven"
This is the most relaxing place I have ever been. I could look out at the view for days. Cortona is a wonderful town with some lovely eateries and cafes to watch the world go by. Make sure to take a stroll along the passegiata of an evening. Just perfect.
21 Mar 2013
"Gorgeous villa in a beautiful location"
The villa is immaculately presented and benefits from fantastic views and extensive grounds. It was March when I was here so it was a little on the colder side, so although couldn't use the pool (which looked lovely), did benefit from the central heating and the lovely open fires. The walk into the village is also very pleasant, would thoroughly recommend a visit here.
19 Mar 2013
"This is what an Italian holiday should be like!!"
My husband and I stayed in Villa Rosa with our 10 month old daughter.
It was truly the most wonderful holiday we have had. Relaxing by the pool most days and wandering into town if needed.
Cortona is a magical town, and close enough to other historical cities. If you wish to take in the likes of Siena,Perugia or Florence you can easily do this as a day trip.
A must for all, that wish to live the 'under the Tuscon sun' dream!!!!
18 Mar 2013
We loved our stay at Villa Rosa. After travelling for several weeks around France and Italy, staying at Villa Rosa in Cortona felt like heaven.
The views from the villa are breathtakingly beautiful. So elevated, we felt like eagles perched above the beautiful Tuscan countryside. The house is gorgeous and very well appointed. Two large bedrooms, a designer kitchen and living spaces, and great indoor/ outdoor flow to both the north and south patios and terraced lawns.
The swimming pool is divine! (especially in 35 degrees summer heat!). Very deep and cool, it looks over the valley and offers beautiful views for miles.
The villa is close to town and there are so many lovely walks and sights in this beautiful part of Italy.
We will be back!
17 Mar 2013
Had a one week stay at Villa Rosa and fell in love with the house, the gardens and Cortona. This really is a peice of Italian paradise - the house is beautifully appointed...spacious, modern but still a taste of Italian living. IT was the best 7 days :0)
15 Mar 2013
"Living the Dolce Vida"
Perfect Getaway, all you need if you want to self-cater and experience true Tuscan village life. You can walk into the village for a coffee in the morning and a pre-dinner drink at night or get up early and drive to Sienna, Florence or other easily accessible Tuscan villages. There is so much to see here if you want to really explore Tuscany. The restaurants in Cortona itself are fabulous and varied and you are spoiled for choice with the selection of very fresh provisions in the village's various food shops. There is also a fair every Saturday morning, which is a must see. The life and the people within a small Tuscan hilltown is an experience in itself. We usually fly first class – so we are fussy with our accommodation. Villa Rosa is clean, well equipped, has a fabulous view, provides peace and privacy, good linens, excellent kitchen facilities, outdoor el fresco eating areas, outdoor furniture etc. We will be back
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