Casa Gorgacce, Mercatale di Cortona, Arezzo Province, Tuscany and Florence, Italy - Close To Delightful Villages
Martin and Emma Daykin
- english, german, italian
About Martin and Emma Daykin
I am Emma Cordingley, the booking agent for Casa Gorgacce. I have lived in the area since 1999 and with my husband, Martin, run a small rentals agency that was started by my parents in the 80s. I am originally from the UK where I was a high school teacher. I have 2 teenage daughters. I like walking, gardening, cooking, films and reading. I love everything Italian. Martin has run wine tastings locally for the past 10 years or more, in January 2016 he qualified as an Italian sommelier. he has also written a book of local walks and leads walks in the countryside and some of the local towns. The owners of Casa Gorgacce are family friends of mine from Teddington, Greater London. They and their children and grandchildren are regular visitors. Casa Gorgacce used to be owned by my parents and I lived at the house permanently between April 1999 and June 2000.
Why Martin and Emma Daykin chose Cortona
As booking agents who live nearby we want all our guests to enjoy their stay at Casa Gorgacce. You can book knowing that we are on hand to deal with problems that may arise during your stay, we are always available by phone, text, WhatsApp and by email.
What makes this Villa unique
We invite all our guests to a wine tasting evening at the local vineyard. This is a regular event run by by husband Martin Daykin who passed his Italian Sommeliers Association exams in January 2016.
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Peace, quiet and relaxing
Lovely house close to Mercatale village which we enjoyed doing our shopping at. The house-keeper made us a great vegetarian lasagne for our arrival, it was so good we ordered another one. Also some great places to eat nearby.
I'm really pleased you enjoyed Pasquina's lasagne, I will pass it on to her. Thanks for taking the time to review.
Relaxing holiday location
Our family of 5 had a very enjoyable holiday at Casa Gorgacce. We frequently come to the Niccone Valley but it was our first stay here. It was great to be close to Mercatale for shopping and eating out, we really enjoyed our village visits. The house is very easy to live in and very comfortable. The loggia is a fantastic place to sit any time of day - or all day! Great views.
Thank you for your review, we are glad that as regular visitors to the Niccone Valley you enjoyed your stay at Casa Gorgacce.
Casa incrível. A casa é linda, tipicamente toscana
Casa incrível. A casa é linda, tipicamente toscana, paisagem fantástica, limpeza e arrumação em ordem quando chegamos, decoração agradável e jardim belíssimo. Usamos a lavanderia sem problemas, máquina em funcionamento mas não tem secadora. Como estivemos sob sol intenso todos os dias, tudo certo para a secagem. De lá pudemos conhecer uma dezena de cidades maravilhosas e em Camucia (Cortona) existem diversos mercados para abastecer a casa (atenção: fecham às 20 horas e depois disso você não encontra absolutamente nada para comprar, nem delicatessen ou qualquer comércio; cuidado, portanto, por quem é acostumado com grandes cidades). A experiência foi um sonho.
Charming and comfortable
We couldn't have been happier with our stay at Casa Gorgacce. It is a very comfortable house and ideal for two couples. Beautifully clean and tidy and well-equipped. We rented bikes in nearby Lisciano Niccone and it was no problem to cycle into the village in the morning for coffees and shopping. The bikes enabled us to explore the lovely countryside, brimming with flowers close up. The pool warmed up while we were there and it is lovely relaxing spot. Most enjoyable was having a drink on the loggia in the evening, or breakfast in the morning, enjoying the views.
thank you for taking the time to write a review of Casa Gorgacce, we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that the pool warmed up for you.
Good for a family holiday
We stayed here for a family Easter holiday in April 2017. We found the house clean and well-presented and as advertised. The kitchen was well-equipped and the whole house has a charming cottagey feel. We knew it was too early for the pool to be open so didn't get to experience that - we will have to come back. We were lucky with the weather however, it was very warm and we did use the sun-loungers. We visited many of the local towns, Casa Gorgacce is well located for that. All in all a very good holiday and a house that I am happy to recommend for families and for one or two couples.
Great location for a family holiday
Our family of 5 (3 kids between 4 and 9) had a wonderful, relaxing holiday at Casa Gorgacce and heartily recommend it for families, friends and couples. The house is comfortable, clean and has all one needs. The wifi worked well throughout our stay. It is very easy distance to Mercatale village which we enjoyed visiting everyday for shopping, coffees and ice cream. We ate twice at Mercatale's Trattoria Mimmi which is very good value and very tasty.
The local village has a range of shops, 2 small supermarkets, an excellent bakery, butchers shops and 2 pharmacies. There are at least 2 ATMs and 5 cafes between them and 2 trattorias. There are many other good restaurants within 15 minutes drive. The town of Umbertide which is a 20 minute drive has a colorful weekly market and larger supermarkets. Cortona and other local towns also have weekly markets.
Casa Gorgacce is a great place from which to explore southern and eastern Tuscany and all of Umbria. Lake Trasimeno (the 4th largest in Italy) is a short drive and there are several pleasant lakeside towns, the nearest Tuoro has a beach with children's play equipment including trampolines. The ferries from here to other towns on the lake and to one of the 3 islands. Pedaloes, sun-loungers and beach umbrellas can be hired.