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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Cortona, Province of Arezzo, Tuscany

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iluvburri...
Encinitas, California
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Exceeded expectations”
Reviewed 18 April 2017 for a stay in April 2017

We wanted to stay in the Cortona area to visit our daughter who is studying for the semester through the UGA Art Program. It was difficult to decide where to stay- in Cortona or in the nearby area? The owner responded to my questions about how long it was to the school, which was really only about 5 minutes. We were very happy to have decided on the house. We brought our 3 daughters and gramma for the trip so everyone had their own space. We enjoyed our days in Cortona and our afternoons at the house. While we didn't anticipate using the pool, we truly loved having it. What a special view the house has! You can enjoy that view from the pool, the outdoor tables, and from every room in the house! The kitchen was well stocked and comfortable. We were happy to cook a few meals there. There are a couple nice markets on the road near the house. The only problem was the skinny drive up the to the house, which we would have encountered any place we stayed. Avoid having a big van in Cortona!

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Management Response
1 May 2017
Hi Holianne, thank you for your beautifull review it was great to have your stay and your family. If your daughter will need any help she can call me. Hope that we'll meet again in the future, it's a lovely stayng with you and family.
Thank you very much.
Giovan battista and family
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mjbass201...
Gulf Breeze, Florida
2 reviews
“Fantastic place for a Tuscan holiday!”
Reviewed 13 November 2016 for a stay in November 2016

We just returned from a week-long stay at Villa Ai Cedri. It was all we hoped it would be -- the perfect setting for a Tuscan holiday. Located in the beautiful countryside just outside of Cortona, Villa Ai Cedri provided a comfortable and lovely base for our group of 7. We enjoyed fascinating tours of Cortona and the Montepulciano region with Debora, and divine meals at the Villa prepared by her husband, Chef Ryan, who the Villa owners set us up with. Taxis were readily available to take us into Cortona and even to Florence for a day. The highlight of the trip, however, was just being at the Villa enjoying the ambience, the food, the wine, the cozy fireplace, and the good company. The Villa is well maintained and the owners are most hospitable. We would definitely recommend it to others and hope to return ourselves someday.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
14 Nov 2016
Many thanks for your beautiful review it'was a big pleasure have you as guests in my house, I hope to see you again. Thank you!
Chiara and Giovan Battista
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Kellyfc1
Leesburg, Virginia
2 reviews
“Bigger and better than depicted in the listing.”
Reviewed 14 October 2016 for a stay in October 2016

Our family - four adult siblings with three significant others - stayed at Villa ai Cedri for the week. From early in the booking throughout our stay, the communications from the owners were fantastic. They were kind, responsive, and helpful. We were welcomed with wine and lovely local treats as well as fresh flowers. They were around if we needed them but not obtrusive.

The house is bigger than it looks. We all had room to spread out. The kitchen, porch, bocci court, pool, ping pong area, and two living areas made it easy for us to stay occupied and we never felt crowded. We could comfortably be in one area together or spread out. The bed linens, pillows, kitchen supplies, etc. were high quality. The house is beautifully constructed. Wifi and excellent TV options (including in English) were available.

The garden was abundant with ripe vegetables and herbs and we were encouraged to help ourselves. We could walk to a market, a cafe, and a couple of pizza places. The views were spectacular.

Because of the stone walls on the way up to the villa, driving with our big Mercedes over-sized van was challenging. We recommend small cars, even if it means you need two. We decided not to try the drive at night which led to our having lunches out and dinners in.

Very easy drive to Cortona and we had a lovely wine tour.

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Liked best: The house was beautiful, tastefully decorated, and well stocked.
Liked least: The drive up the hill.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
17 Oct 2016
Many thanks for your beautiful review it'was a big pleasure have you as guests in my house, i hope to see you again.
Chiara and Giovan Battista
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Mark S
Boulder, Colorado
2 reviews
“Villa ai Cedri, A beautiful retreat!”
Reviewed 21 September 2016 for a stay in September 2016

A homemade blueberry tart, beautiful floral arrangements and fresh veggies from their garden, and Giovan, our host, all greeted us on the first day. The home was clean and the beds comfortable. The kitchen was fully equipped with all the utensils, pots and pans etc. Giovan was as accommodating as could be although there was really nothing we had to ask for. It was a treat to sit at the covered outdoor dining table and have coffee/tea over breakfast and watch the panoramic views as the sun rose over the valley. Dinner with a glass of local wine at sunset was memorable as well. On the hot days the pool was a treat (morning dips were great too). There is a local market/butcher 5 minutes away with anything you might want and friendly staff. Giovan has a wine cellar in the home with reasonably priced options (as well as some of his his home made olive oil). The home is situated above on a south facing valley with an exceptional panorama. Our first morning, as the sun rose from behind the house, the first light illuminated the hilltop town of Montepulciano in the distance (about an hours drive)...stunning! Because of it's central location we were able to do day trips easily to Montepulciano, Montelcino and Chianti regions for wine tours and tastings. I could not think of a better setting than the Villa ai Cedri as a launching point for our tour of this area of Tuscany...a truly 5 star Villa. The grounds were impeccably manicured by the host family; beautiful flowers, flowering trees, olive orchard, shade trees and even a nice garden to harvest some tasty treats for dinner. We visited some friends who had a villa on the other side of Cortona that was more expensive, by a lot, and I would not have traded them Villas.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
22 Sep 2016
Many thanks for the beautiful review,i apprecciated very much your understanding of our commitment to make yours holidays more confortable and plesant as possible, we try to always give the feeling of being in a place family where you can feel right like at home and without any difficult,, and this is our goal that we would like to always achieve. Thank you very much, sincerly Chiara and Giovan Battista and family.
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igeert
Schilde, Belgium
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A piece of Tuscan Paradise”
Reviewed 31 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

Villa ai Cedri gave us a true taste of Tuscany. The views are spectacular - just like the movies !
The house, garden and pool area are beautifully decorated and well maintained, it makes it all feel like a real home away from home.
The kitchen is the best equiped we have ever had, add to that the outdoor BBQ & pizza oven and you are in for a treat. Making home made pizza's, including your own dough and baking it in the pizza oven, is a guaranteed family moment to never forget !
Villa ai Cedri is ideally located, close th lovely town of Cortona (10') and also maximum 1 hours drive from the other cities to visit: Pienza, Sienne, Montalcino, Motepulciano and Firenze. But it will mean you need a car. Having a hillside location provides for the tranquility and views but you will need the car to get around.
Giovan and family are really warm hosts that live nearby if you need them but you have all the privacy you would want. Giovan even treated us to some howe grown vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce and Tuscan herbs) and some eggs.
The house has some hidden treasures such as the wine cellar where you can taste some of the delicious local wines and the white 'Villa ai Cedri' definitely makes for a perfect aperitif wine.
One minor point for improvement is the internet connection. It is dependend on the satellite connection and that is sometimes unpredictable. On the upside, you have full high speed wifi coverage in house and around the house, all the way to the pool area (your teens will appreciate that for sure !)
We would definitely come again and enjoy the hospitality and lovely home.

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Liked best: The house, garden and pool area are beautifully decorated and well maintained, it makes it all feel like a real home away from home.
Liked least: Internet connectivity
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
1 Aug 2016
Thank you very much for your positive review, we appreciate a lot!
Best wishes from our family, expecially to your son for his new adventure!
Chiara and Giovan Battista
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alexander...
Darlington, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“An idyll; a dream come true; the most glorious place to stay.”
Reviewed 11 July 2016 for a stay in June 2016

We returned from 2 weeks at Villa Ai Cedri just two days ago. It is the most wonderful place you could imagine staying. Whilst the website photographs make it look stunning, this is a place where reality is even better. We felt like we were staying in an exclusive retreat. The house was clean, comfortable, well-appointed and spacious. The gardens are exquisitely beautiful with an amazing array of delights - the pool was the cleanest and best we have ever enjoyed (maintained diligently and discreetly by Giovan and his family every day very early in the morning) - deep and immaculate. The kitchen garden from which we could gather whatever we fancied to eat; the herb garden; the different areas to sit and gaze across the valley at the sunsets; the wonderful outside kitchen with pizza oven and open wood fired grill; the boule pitch; the wine cellar with a great selection of local wines and olive oil pressed from the garden's own olive trees. Absolutely wonderful.
We loved the slightly 'hidden away' nature of the narrow track up from the valley road - but it's still only a ten minute walk downhill (fifteen minutes back up again!) to the well stocked local supermarket with a good little deli section, bread, cheeses and meats.
The location was excellent for access to Cortona, Montepulciano, Castigliona del Lago, Arezzo and Siena which we visited with their delights and had wonderful lunches.
We had a very special holiday at Villa Ai Cedri and it will be particularly strongly associated n our minds with our three year old daughter gaining real confidence in swimming with great glee - whole lengths (with armbands) - and learning to write.
We would visit again at the drop of a hat.

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Liked best: The extensive beautiful grounds with all their amenities
Liked least: Slightly slow WiFi (satellite)
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
12 Jul 2016
Many thanks for your stayng ,wonderful review we appreciate very much.
See you again
Best wishes
Giovan Battista & Chiara
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Teresa H
Laguna Niguel, California
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Villa Ai Cedri in the heart of Tuscany”
Reviewed 17 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

This was my Birthday trip with a total of four sisters. When we arrived at the villa...we had the most amazing fruit tart, meat, cheese, bread, wine and fresh cut gorgeous flowers awaiting us on the table. The owner Giovan met us and showed us around the charming country villa and the grounds...which was beautifully kept. The owners take great pride in making your stay memorable. On two different evenings...the owners prepared fabulous meals and served us. It was a real treat and very much appreciated. I personally loved everything about this villa...lovely, clean, stunning views and so comfortable. The property is so beautiful with a porch with breathtaking views and stunning sunsets. There are many places to sit and relax all over the property to soak up the incredible view. It had an outdoor kitchen with pizza oven and beautiful pool!!!! My sisters and I would go back in a heartbeat and stay at this Villa!!!! We were so sad to say goodbye! Thank you, Chiara and Giovan Batista (Teresa, Kathy, Laura and Mary) CIAO Until we meet again!!!!

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Liked best: The Owners, Villa and Location in the heart of Toscana/Tuscany
Liked least: Small shower in downstairs bath...not that big of a deal though.
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
19 Oct 2015
Thank you for your great review! It was a pleasure for us and we hope to see you soon again at our villa.
Chiara and giovan Battista
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