Tuscany -Villa Under The Sun
House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lago 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 (10 minutes). Taxis service both train stations.|
|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 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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2 Sep 2014
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 by a good support team. The facilities are all you could need for a stay and the views and local wildlife are amazing. There is a relaxing, tranquil and welcoming atmosphere in the house itself and the entire area, which forms part of a conservation area on the opposite side of the hill to Cortona.
It is easy to reach Cortona itself (5mins drive, 15mins brisk walk) if you are looking for bars, restaurants or nightlife. Arezzo, Florence, Siena, Assisi and Perugia are all easily driveable and there is a good train service south towards Rome or north towards Florence - the station is also only 15 mins drive away. Other hilltop towns including Montepulciano and Montalcino are around 30mins away in the heart of the Tuscan wine region. Food and wine, as you would expect, are excellent in this area and numerous local eateries provide a prime opportunity to explore the local cuisine. The area is also a goldmine of art, architecture and both Etruscan and Roman sites including the site of the Battle of Trasimeno. Cortona itself was home to Pietro da Cortona and Luca Signorelli and has excellent Renaissance architecture.
I would recommend Villa Rosa to anyone as an ideal base to explore southern Tuscany, or simply as somewhere to relax.
19 May 2014
"Villa Rosa is a magical super Tuscan experience."
A holiday Villa that has to go on the repeat list. Private pool, tranquil setting yet an easy walk to vibrant Cortona. The best of both worlds. Bliss.
The garden is well laid out with lawn to relax on, the pool is deep and cooling and the privacy is appreciated. The views across the valley to the lake are ever changing and just magical to watch. Lavender and Rosemary are profuse and offer the wildlife a wonderful nectar filled offering and enchant the watcher. The house is well appointed with all the mod-cons and I loved the contemporary design of the interior - clean lines and cool tiles.
There is much to do in this part of Tuscany and the local vineyards - are well worth a visit. Lago Trasimeno is bustling with people and it is only a €2.50 ferry ride to explore the islands - no bookings necessary - taking the stress out of planning.
I went for rest and relaxation and was rewarded with this in spades. Loved it. Will be back.
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