Villa Rosa - Tuscan Dream Home
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Villa Rosa is a private home nestled in the hillside of the historic and vibrant hill top town of Cortona in beautiful Tuscany.
Within 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, Florence, Bologna or Perguia, Nearest railway: Camucia-Cortona (7min drive) and Terontola-Cortona (10 min drive) - both serviced by taxis.|
|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|
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 of you who need exercise and love walking, there are marked trials for walks in the hills surrounding Villa Rosa. Two public tennis courts are located at the end of the road and of course 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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19 May 2014
I cannot say enough good things about this wonderful Tuscan Dream Villa. The owner Christine was on another continent went out of her way to make us feel at home and cater to our every need through email exchanges and her wonderful house keeper.
The house was everything we could have possibly wanted and so much more.
The villa was roomy and very tastefully decorated with quality fixtures and fittings. The kitchen was well equipped with basic cooking requirements. The bedrooms were tastefully decorated with quality bedding. The atmosphere of the house and surrounds was very conducive to rest and relaxation. The township of Cortona was a delight and handy to the house.
The owner was very accommodating and readily available if neeed.
A car is recommended if you are staying in this accommodation although we got by without one, thanks to the owner and some helpful suggestions.
22 Aug 2013
I have stayed at Villa Rosa on many occasions at different times of the year and have enjoyed it each time. The house is immaculately presented and in wonderful gardens with both kept in top condition… More
6 Aug 2013
"Living a dream"
We stayed at Villa Rosa in June 2013 and loved it so much we didn't want to leave! The Villa has everything you could possibly need for a relaxing holiday to experience the Tuscan lifestyle. The … More
18 May 2013
"Fabulous place - didn't want to leave"
Beautiful house with fabulous views. Very peaceful and a great place to just unwind and soak up the atmosphere. It is a good base for day trips to Florence and Assisi and of course for just spending the day wandering the old town of Cortona and the surrounding area.
2 Apr 2013
"A little bit of paradise"
A beautiful house in a wonderful location! This is our 5th visit to Villa Rosa and we certainly aim to keep returning! Everything about the property is superb - the lavender in the gardens, the inviting crystal clear swimming pool, meals al freso, the well stocked bookcases and the trips to Lucca's bar on the corner for a nightcap!
17 Mar 2013
"Just the most beautiful location and Villa"
We stayed for a week in this wonderful Villa. The Villa was very clean and had spectacular views across the valley. The pool was ideal and we lazed around it for a few days.
Cortona was very close by and we had a few days walking around the city and taking in the views and the experiencing the food, the wine and the local culture.
We also took the train to Florence and it was a very easy trip.
17 Mar 2013
"Little spot of Italian Heaven"
My favorite time of day at Villa Rosa is early morning when the sun burns away the mist in the valley, and all you can hear are birds, thousands and thousands of birds! There are even a few cuckoo birds which actually DO sound exactly like the clocks, and the hummingbirds are so exciting EVERY time you see them (yeah, I'm a bird nut).
Even though you're a 15 minute leisurely walk from the most excellent village, Cortona, Villa Rosa seems to be in the middle of nowhere, far indeed from the madding crowd. You could hear a pin drop at night, all the better to hunt fireflies...
Italy gets pretty hot in the summer, especially the afternoon, so when it's siesta time I recommend closing all of the villa's shutters nice and tight, which creates a wonderful cocoon of dark coolness... perfect for sleep after eating lunch outside at the huge table (if you're smart much of your time in Italy will be spent eating).
I've been here twice already, and it is a place that manages to suck out ALL of your real-life stresses with its Italian panache, in a way that makes you wonder why you were so stressed in the first place.
Do yourself a favour, and wallow in the loveliness that is Villa Rosa in the perfect little pocket of civilization called Cortona.
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