Our recent stay at "The Nest" (Il Nido) was more than we expected in every way. Location was perfect, quality of the house/grounds was perfect, friendliness of the owners was perfect. The owners' attention to detail was evident from the moment we met them. Tucked on a hillside overlooking a Tuscan valley, we felt that our privacy was honored in every way. The owners would quietly groom the grounds, tending to the many rose bushes & olive trees early each morning. One morning they even came with a delicious home-made apple cake, a speciality of the house, along with a bottle of champagne. Upon our arrival they had a hospitality basket of wines & olive oil, set on the table. Both bedrooms & bathrooms were of impeccable quality. The city of Cortona was very accessible, as were other cities in the area (Arezzo, Montepulciano, Prego, & Lake Trasimeno). We look forward to a return visit. Recommendation: Tour guide-Giovani (Rick Steves), Chef Ryan for an authentic Italian meal @ Il Nido.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Nido degli Ulivi is a typical Tuscan farmhouse set in one of the Val di Chiana's most beautiful landscapes. You will spend your holiday in a small farmhouse, far from the noise of nearby villages, in total privacy surrounded by the quiet of a 10-acre olive grove only a few minutes from the small and very beautiful Etruscan town of Cortona. With its outstanding views, the Nido degli Ulivi is a typical tastefully furnished Tuscan home, overlooking the entire valley all the way to Lake Trasimeno and with views of Cortona. The beautifully furnished house, equipped with every comfort, is the result of careful restoration undertaken personally by the owners with love for tradition and respect for the landscape. The Nido degli Ulivi has a large living room with a kitchen and a frescoed fireplace, two bedrooms, one double and one with two beds, and two bathrooms. There is also satellite TV, central heating, air conditioning and a washing machine. The property is fenced in and has a beautiful swimming pool in the lower part of the garden. It is an area filled with flowers, plants and stone walls, a setting that enhancing the terrace overlooking the Tuscan countryside. ... more less