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Character Town House at the Heart of Cultural Historic Cortona

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Last updated: 10/30/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Cortona house description

An excellent setting for the perfect cultural holiday for one or two couples, or your ideal wedding location and start to your honeymoon, our medieval 3-storey home lies at the historic centre of walled Cortona, with its art and craft shops and gourmet restaurants.

Approach the solid wooden door up a cobbled alleyway, 30 metres from Cortona's only flat street, and enter the gracious sitting room with comfortable seating, pellet stove, and cloakroom off. A vaulted stairway (with handrails) leads up one flight to the dining room, a bright, graciously furnished living space, cleverly combining cooking and eating, thanks to an elegant built in kitchen equipped with modern appliances. Step out from this floor into the small shady garden - a good spot to read with your morning coffee; or continue upstairs to the two generous double bedrooms with luxury en suite bathrooms. Ceilings throughout the house are beamed in characterful Tuscan manner; the floors are quality 'cotto' (cooked tile). The house is furnished to the highest standard with family antiques, a real 'home from home'.

2 minutes' stroll away lie Cortona's pavement cafes and excellent restaurants - not to mention its museums, art galleries, medieval churches and newly landscaped outdoor swimming pool (open June-end August). Don't be surprised to see citizens in medieval costume, and - particularly in summer - beautiful brides coming down the Comune steps.

Property Type

  • 3 story
  • House
  • 120 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only:

            No smoking ever in the house. Those who must may smoke in the garden (with the door shut!)...moreless

          • Not Suitable For Children:

            A teenaged girl however would enjoy the draped back bedroom, and we can offer a spare single bed....moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

            Alas, our two flights of stairs render this property unsuitable ...moreless

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          • Liberty Bedroom: 1 king, 1 child bed

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          • Four Poster Bedroom: 1 queen

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          • Please note, the house may be rented by one or two couples, with price variants, see notes on Availability. Both bedrooms enjoy top of the range Daiken air conditioning for use in summer months. When rented by one couple, we offer the slightly larger, Liberty Bedroom, so-called because of its original Liberty bedstead, with mother of pearl inlaid/painted decoration, spectacular beamed ceiling and its views across the medieval rooftops to the Sienese hills. This bedroom houses the computer work station where guests may connect their smart devices to our broadband. A child's bed is available in this room, at no extra charge. We call the other bedroom the Four Poster room because guests sleep in an original English Colonial four poster bed (c.1910) with diaphanous drapes for that romantic touch. Both bedrooms have generous hanging spaces and chests of drawers. Subtle designer lighting includes individually switched bedside lamps and other quality lights....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, bidet

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          • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet

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          • Downstairs a cloakroom with loo and basin affords space for hanging coats, and houses a top of the range front loading washier/drier. The ensuite bathroom to the Liberty Bedroom has a curved glass enclosure shower and elegant bronze effect fittings, along with quality sanitary ware (toilet, basin and bidet). The ensuite bathroom to the Four Poster Bedroom has a small bathtub with glass shower enclosure,with curtain, elegant chrome fittings, and quality sanitary ware (toilet, basin and bidet). Top quality bathsheets, handtowels and bathmats are provided weekly. ...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Our historic house is restored to the highest standard. The property houses our family antiques which you are welcome to enjoy (and treat with respect, please!). All kitchen fittings and appliances are new. E-mail us for our website with further details/photos. Parking outside the city wall is close by an escalator which brings you up to a piazza 100 metres from our house. Cortona has small shops, and a little Spar Store, more than adequate for daily needs. For serious groceries we suggest one of the two supermarkets 3 km down the hill in modern Camucia. Market day in Cortona is Saturday, Thursday in Camucia. Many arty shops and coffee bars close from 1-4, staying open till late into the evening. Cortona has a beautifully landscaped, open air pool, on a south facing hilltop behind the town, reasonably priced for a day or half day visit, no more than 10 minutes walk from our house. Above all the restaurants are plentiful and good: you could choose a different one each night!...moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books:

                Several bookcases filled with our family books, which you may read - but please do not remove!...moreless

              • Books For Adults
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player:

                Selection of DVDs provided...moreless

              Theme

              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Churches
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Water Parks
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Horseback Riding
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking

              Location Type

              • Downtown
              • Mountain

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Swimming
              • Tennis

              Dining

              • Dining:

                Elegant dining for 6 around grand rosewood dining table, 6 antique chairs with padded seats...moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 6 people

              General

              • Air Conditioning:

                Top of the range Daiken aircon in both bedrooms, set for your comfort in the summer months....moreless

              • Clothes Dryer:

                Dryer incorporated in washing machine + airing frame. Steam iron and ironing board provided...moreless

              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating:

                Gas central heating, set to a programme for your comfort...moreless

              • Internet
              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided:

                All to highest standard, including top quality cotton sheets and kitchen linen - all changed weekly. ...moreless

              • Living Room:

                Most graciously furnished and commodious, with family antiques and pictures...moreless

              • Local Activities Guide
              • Local Maps
              • Parking:

                Central Cortona is pedestrianised. Nearby off-street parking is accessed down a double escalator, or in metered spaces (free overnight)....moreless

              • Telephone
              • Tiled Stove
              • Toilet Paper
              • Towels Provided:

                Top quality bathsheet and handtowel per guest per week plus kitchen towel....moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                Installed this winter for your comfort: latest technology (condensing) washer dryer....moreless

              • Wireless Internet
              • Wood Stove:

                Palazzetti wood pellet stove for additiional heating and cosy atmosphere in sitting room...moreless

              Kitchen

              • Coffee Maker:

                American-style electic coffee percolator, and Italian stove top expresso maker...moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Good quality pans, including 3 tier steamer, wok, pasta pot etc...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                8 piece service (white porcelain) plus full range of glassware etc...moreless

              • Dishwasher:

                Slimline dishwasher...moreless

              • Freezer:

                Ready for your use, also containing wine cooler...moreless

              • Kitchen:

                Superbly equipped with all modern conveniences within craftsman-built cherry wood cabinets, with granite work surface....moreless

              • Microwave
              • Oven:

                Fan oven...moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                All the equipment you could hope for in your own kitchen!...moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                Spacious and roomy, conveniently at eye level. NB alarm sounds if door is left open...moreless

              • Stove:

                Modern 5 ring gas hob, with extractor fan over...moreless

              • Toaster

              Outside

              • Bicycles:

                Commercial rental available locally. It's a very popular area with cyclists...moreless

              • Golf:

                Available locally, soon!...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Unusual in the heart of this medieval town, a small partially shaded walled garden, nicely positioned for drinking your morning coffee, quiet reading etc....moreless

              • Patio

              Pool / Spa

                  • Communal Pool:

                    Open air pool, 10 minutes level stroll from the house. Open in school summer holidays. Rates per day or half day....moreless

                  Property Descriptor

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Low Season
                      Nov 1 - Apr 3, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      €230
                      €1,550
                      Mid Season
                      Apr 4 - Jun 12, 2015
                      4 night min stay
                      €270
                      €1,850
                      High Season
                      Jun 13 - Sep 4, 2015
                      5 night min stay
                      €325
                      €2,250
                      Mid Season
                      Sep 5 - Oct 30, 2015
                      4 night min stay
                      €270
                      €1,850
                      Low Season
                      Oct 31 - Dec 19, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      €230
                      €1,550

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • No additional mandatory fees
                      • Taxes Not included
                      • Stay Tax *

                      * This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.

                      Notes:

                      Prices quoted are for 2 couples, using 2 bedrooms. Prices for 1 couple, using 1 bedroom are: Low Season €1,230 Mid Season €1,470 High Season €1,700. Please enquire for nightly rates and minimum stays.

                      Deposit of 25% on booking, to be paid by bank transfer in euros.

                      Balance due 2 months before holiday start date, to be paid by bank transfer in euros.

                      City Tax: €1.50 x person x 1st 4 nights of stay, payable in cash on arrival


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                      Last updated: 10/30/2014
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                      Location

                      70 Kilometres
                      Nearest Airport
                      Perugia (RyanAir)
                      100 Metres
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Tuscher's
                      120 Kilometres
                      Nearest Ferry
                      Livorno
                      15 Kilometres
                      Nearest Golf
                      4 Kilometres
                      Nearest Train
                      Cortona/Camucia
                      22 Kilometres
                      Nearest Motorway
                      A1 (Autostrada del Sole) Bettole/Sinalunga
                      150 Metres
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      La Loggiata
                      15 Kilometres
                      Nearest Beach
                      Lago Trasemeno

                      Car: Recommended

                      Historic Cortona towers over the Val di Chiana with fast road and rail links to Rome and Florence. Enclosed by mighty walls, this Medici stronghold with its maze of alleyways, is packed with medieval churches, palaces and piazzas - pageants and festivals! This year's Medieval Week and Crossbow Festival is 1-9 June and the Cortona Mix Festival - great entertainment, with participation - 27 July- 4 August, for which our house is perfectly situated!

                      Cortona's Archaeological Museum is justifiably world famous for it enlightened layout and Etruscan tomb goods. The Art Gallery houses works by Fra Angelico and Luca Signorelli. Cultural centres within an hour's travel include Siena, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi and Lake Trasimene, rich in work by Giotto, Duccio, Piero della Francesca and Perugino.

                      Cortona now produces its own wine, Cortona DOC, along with the DOCG vineyards of Montepulciano and Montalcino. Good tours and wine tasting lunches, at the nearby Avignonesi vineyard for example, can be pre-booked online.

                      Olive groves surround you - with new season extra virgin oil available for purchase (or shipping) while you feast on Chianino beefsteak and porcini mushrooms in Cortona's many fine, atmospheric and friendly family-run restaurants.

                      Cortona itself, along with its surrounding villages, hosts festivals to celebrate the many speciality products of this fertile region - all welcome.

                      With this abundant good food, some exercise is called for! From our front door, you can explore hilly Cortona, walking up to the Medici Fortress, past Francis Mayes' house towards Torreone, or follow in the footsteps of St Francis, towards our lively local Franciscan monastery, Le Celle, circa.1200.

                      Other activities include bike hire (round Lake Trasimene or into the hills); swimming, in a nicely landscaped pool; Italian cooking or language classes. In season there are many good concerts and shows to attend in the Neo Classical Teatro Signorelli.

                      We are very happy help you set things up in advance, to maximise your enjoyment of your holiday - for example, helping you book a table for dinner your first night, and pre-booking a good English speaking guide, wine tasting lunches and tours, bike hire, museum visits etc. Or, on arrival, you can just make like an Italian and 'go with the flow'!

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2006

                      About the owner: We're English, so language is no problem! After working for 5 years in Naples, we found Cortona the perfect place to settle. The Cortonese are so welcoming and friendly. Not only is it a wonderful location for sightseeing, but over the years we've got involved in local life, participating in pageants, choirs and orchestra.

                      Why the Owner Chose Cortona:
                      We bought the house in the hills first - where we mostly live. We were so happy in the Cortona area, we decided to bring the family antiques out to enhance this second beautiful property which we found at the heart of Cortona. So though the house (dating from the 1400s) is new to us, the family furniture has been passed down through the generations.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      We love being so close to Cortona's bustling street cafes and nightly 'passeggiata' - while the house itself is so quiet, its thick medieval walls keeping us cool in summer, and retaining the heat in winter. We find the house a real haven to come back to. Chiefly we love its atmosphere, and authentic architectural features, and real sense of history.


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                      Speaks: english, italian

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                      Photos

                      • Gracious living with family antiques

                        Gracious living with family antiques

                      • Enter our late medieval home under carved stone (Latin reads 'restructured 1608)

                        Enter our late medieval home under carved stone (Latin reads 'restructured 1608)

                      • Sittingroom looking towards cloakroom/utility area

                        Sittingroom looking towards cloakroom/utility area

                      • Air Conditioned Master Bedroom

                        Air Conditioned Master Bedroom

                      • Ensuite Bathroom to Master Bedroom

                        Ensuite Bathroom to Master Bedroom

                      • Romantic drapes in second bedroom

                        Romantic drapes in second bedroom

                      • Mirror Images!

                        Mirror Images!

                      • The Comune (Town Hall) dating from 1200

                        The Comune (Town Hall) dating from 1200

                      • Crossbow contest: the winning Quintiere (can you spot us?)

                        Crossbow contest: the winning Quintiere (can you spot us?)

                      • Preparing the Piazza for Christmas

                        Preparing the Piazza for Christmas

                      • The Enoteca where local wine experts serve, and undertake shipping orders

                        The Enoteca where local wine experts serve, and undertake shipping orders

                      • At the top of the Comune steps, what a backdrop the piazza makes for a wedding!

                        At the top of the Comune steps, what a backdrop the piazza makes for a wedding!

                      • Very central location - but so quiet!

                        Very central location - but so quiet!

                      • Comfortable sitting room

                        Comfortable sitting room

                      • Craftsman built kitchen conveniently placed in dining area

                        Craftsman built kitchen conveniently placed in dining area

                      • Superking Liberty bed in Master Bedroom

                        Superking Liberty bed in Master Bedroom

                      • Rooftop view of Val di Chiana from the Master bedroom window

                        Rooftop view of Val di Chiana from the Master bedroom window

                      • Curious Tuscan double-beamed ceiling

                        Curious Tuscan double-beamed ceiling

                      • Small shady garden - unusual at the heart of town

                        Small shady garden - unusual at the heart of town

                      • Kate and Andrew participate in a medieval procession through the Piazza

                        Kate and Andrew participate in a medieval procession through the Piazza

                      • Street music - in Ruga Piana ('Flat wrinkle') at the bottom of our alleyway

                        Street music - in Ruga Piana ('Flat wrinkle') at the bottom of our alleyway

                      • Via Janelli - the oldest street in town

                        Via Janelli - the oldest street in town

                      • One of Cortona's many weddings, bride and groom coming down the Comune steps

                        One of Cortona's many weddings, bride and groom coming down the Comune steps

                      • The stage in Teatro Signorelli, which hosts festivals, plays, concerts

                        The stage in Teatro Signorelli, which hosts festivals, plays, concerts

                      €230 - €325 per night (EUR)
                      12

                      2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 4

                      View calendar: Updated 10/30/14
                      Minimum stay: 3-5 nights
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                      Speaks: english, italian
                      • Calendar last updated: 10/30/2014
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