Luxury villa dating from the XVI century recently restored with swimming pool
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We are a young and dynamic English-speaking team, versed in every nook and cranny of our region, in each hill and each valley. Our knowledgeable experts will help you select the perfect location and villa for your Tuscan experience, and make all the necessary arrangements to satisfy your specific needs and requirements. Not only do we list a broad selection of villas and farmhouses situated in some of the most beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, many of which we manage on an exclusive basis, but we also offer personal guidance in your choice of complementary activities that will maximise and enhance your Tuscan adventure in a unique and memorable way. Our mission is to transform that simple vacation into a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget.
Why Andrea chose Cortona
Ambiente adatto al relax e immerso nel verde!
What makes this Villa unique
Villa Ruffignano is a large, luxury property dating back to the 16th century which has been recently renovated, combining traditional characteristics with the necessities of modern living. The villa boasts breathtaking views over the Cortonesian Mountains and valley, and is situated in an oasis of 100 hectares of natural beauty. Its rural location is ideal for relaxing and leaving behind the daily routine, or guests can explore the property either on foot or horseback. Guests are treated to traditional, tasty meals using fresh local produce, all personally prepared by the owners in a family-friendly atmosphere. Other info The ground floor of this 3 storey villa consists of a wine cellar, a large living-room with fireplace, large dining-area, a large, professional kitchen and a bathroom. The first floor comprises 4 bedrooms (2 double and 2 double/twin) and three bathrooms. The second floor has a further three bedrooms with three bathrooms and a living-dining-area with kitchen. The private below-ground pool is situated in the beautifully manicured gardens, with stunning views over the valley. There is an out-door dining area suitable for al fresco dining. The owners are happy to assist their guests with organised tours in Tuscany of any kind: wine tours, cooking classes, painting and/or drawing, to ensure their stay is a memorable one. The villa is rented exclusively as a whole unit, ensuring the utmost privacy for their guests. Amenities Heating, Swimming Pool, TV SAT, Telephone, Internet, Washing Machine, Dish Washer, Iron, Ironboard, Wood Oven, Barbeque, Electric Oven, Microwave, Ping Pong, Wineyard, Vegetable Garden
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Wanna get away? This is the place to relax and enjoy time with your guests.
My wife and I were joined by 4 other couples for a week in the mountains. This was a charity auction item so we were uncertain what exactly to expect. Turning down the long gravel and "interesting" drive did not immediately instill confidence this was to be a great place, but it was. The villa is old, but beautifully restored inside, and the hosts Marchella and Valentina wonderful. Our stay included breakfast and dinner, each was a culinary masterpiece. If you are dieting, stay away. The location is very remote, great if you like the peace and quiet, we used it as a base of operation for day trips around Tuscany and it was perfect. Take in all the sights during the day, escape to your villa in the evening for great food, wine and relaxation. Our nights were spent around the fireplace (it cools off at night in May) drinking wine and sharing stories of our day trips. I would highly recommend Villa Ruffignano to groups of good friends looking to escape the daily grind and reconnect without all the interference of busy destinations.
Great Vacation and Excellent Stay
We had a group of five couples and one single to stay at the villa in September of 2011. This was the most enjoyable and amazing stay in Tuscany we ever had. The group was part of our cooking club and was interested in the Tuscan cousin and ingredients. The owners and their parents were the most gracious and helpful people we met. Marcella cooked for us several meals and people are still talking about it. Recently we discussed the next trip and many from our group talking again coming to Ruffignano, even though there are many other options. It speaks very well for the house, ambiance, relaxation and food arrangements that we had. We are definitely will be coming back. Thank you for your great hospitality!
PS: Had to put September 2012 even though it was 2011.
We keep coming back, 4 years in a row
This is the 4th year we have rented this villa since 2007 and most recently in September 2010. It has taken me this long to write a review because I have been hesitant to let the world in on a perfect gem. It is time to finally express how much we enjoy this lovely home, the warm hospitable owners, and perfect Tuscan charm of the area. I will do my best to describe and share our feelings about it.
The home is large and extremely comfortable. 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. Each room has a comfortable queen size bed, 4 of the rooms also have an additional single bed in them. Each year we bring groups between 9 and 12 people. Every person gets their own room and bathroom, which is very important to us. Bathrooms are very large, modern and spotless. Year after year the beds and linens are always pristine and comfortable. There are two small kitchens and one very large kitchen in the home. The large pool refreshing and inviting. The villa is exactly 20 minutes into the mountains from Cortona, the perfect tuscan hilltop town. Restaurants, cafes, markets, and shops are fantastic here without being too touristy. The villa is very remote and sits on several hundred acres of hillside, forests, and old farmland. If peace, quiet, and a beautiful setting are what you are looking for, it is the perfect home. We find Ruffignano refreshing in its solitude away from the heavy tourist area.
The owner Andrea and his wife Kirsten are the perfect hosts. They are not bothersome or overly doting, yet have provided our groups with excellent tour arrangements, tastings, and dinners. Each year we arrange for his mother to cook us dinner at least one evening during the week. Her meals are simply amazing. We have also stayed at their apartments in downtown Cortona. They are a comfortable and fantastic alternative to hotels.
From the villa, day trips to Sienna, Florence, Montepulciano, and Chianti are very easy. The town of Cumucia has a large grocery store to stock up on supplies and items not available at markets. The cortona market on Saturday mornings are our favorite to get fresh ingredients, produce and cheeses. There is an amazing fresh pasta shop in Cortona and of course you must get your wines from Marco at Anoteca Molesini. He is incredibly personable and as knowledgeable about local wines as he is charming.
In all, Villa Ruffignano has truly become a second home in Tuscany. Andrea and his entire family have become just that to us...family.
The villa was spectacular...
The villa was spectacular and it was so clean. The pool was immaculate. The view was breathtaking. Andrea was very helpful and informative about Cortona and the region. The winery tour he organized for our group of 14 was amazing. Marcella's cooking was mouth watering. We loved Villa Ruffignano and hope to return soon for another fabulous vacation. We enjoyed every minute of our stay.
A hidden oasis
Villa Ruffignano was terrific. The pool was the best feature, especially during hot summer days. Andrea is an extraordinary host and tour organizer. The location is private and away from the bustle of any town or city. Yes, it is a drive into the country, but that is a bonus. It is a true oasis to relax and re-charge. Can't wait to return.
excellent villa. we thoro...
excellent villa. we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. the
villa is a little out of the way, but we would not have
wanted to stay anywhere else. cortona is a great city!
andrea was accomodating/helpful/great!
Cortona is the main cultural and artistic center of the Val di Chiana.