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Idyllic Tuscan villa with annexes, outdoor pool an

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3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
6 guests
7 nights minimum
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Villa Le Contesse sleeps 6+2 people in three bedrooms with three bathrooms and another four people in two annexes (Serenella & Limonaia), each with it's own living room, kitchenette bathroom and bedroom. It nestles in the immediate out skirts of Cortona, one of the many fabulous villas and stately mansions built in this prosperous part of Tuscany in the preceding centuries. Protected from above by Etruscan walls, Villa Le Contesse, with its 250 square meters of living space, looks down upon the Ghibelline battlements of the tall tower of the princely renaissance estate of Palazzone and then out over the immense Val Di Chiana. The feeling of the villa can be summed up by the plaque that lies at the foot of the well in the entrance courtyard. It says 'Salve' which in Italian means a friend...Villa Le Contesse sleeps 6+2 people in three bedrooms with three bathrooms and another four people in two annexes (Serenella & Limonaia), each with it's own living room, kitchenette bathroom and bedroom. It nestles in the immediate out skirts of Cortona, one of the many fabulous villas and stately mansions built in this prosperous part of Tuscany in the preceding centuries. Protected from above by Etruscan walls, Villa Le Contesse, with its 250 square meters of living space, looks down upon the Ghibelline battlements of the tall tower of the princely renaissance estate of Palazzone and then out over the immense Val Di Chiana. The feeling of the villa can be summed up by the plaque that lies at the foot of the well in the entrance courtyard. It says 'Salve' which in Italian means a friendly but polite hello. Accommodation: the main villa is approached by a long gravel drive lined with mature Laurel hedges. It has rows of French windows with long dark green shutters that open to the garden at all sides. Carved Pietra Serena surrounds the doors and windows and the plastered face of the villa is set with 10 grinning gargoyles that benignly observe the surrounding garden. Inside the villa one encounters the staircase to the upper floors and to either side the various sitting rooms and dining room that all open on to the garden via the French doors and are open plan one to the other. All the down stairs rooms have beautiful chestnut beams in the ceilings. The small sitting room has a huge fireplace and several armchairs with tables that would be perfect for playing cards or taking tea. The other has more comfortable sofas, a glass coffee table, a Persian carpet and the television. It is also graced with a recently hand painted Fresco. It leads directly through to the dining room, which in turn leads to the kitchen. From the kitchen one does a U turn through the maid's room (no longer in use) to a bathroom with gold plated taps and very impressive burgundy tiles. Every bathroom in the house has been designed with a luxurious feel. The kitchen makes extensive use of marble and has a dishwasher, electric oven, full size fridge/freezer and a toaster. The coffee is made Italian style in a stovetop mocha. There is a breakfast table. Upstairs the floors are wooden parquet. There are more French windows that open directly on to the back garden taking advantage of the steep incline. The stair case divides mid way, to the right one finds a double bedroom with large bathroom with shower. To the left are two double bedrooms sharing a bathroom with a bath. One of these bedrooms has a large walk in changing room/wardrobe and a small fireplace. All the rooms are decorated in a rustic but elegant style in harmony with the age of the villa and it's location, there are many antique pieces through out. The Annexes: Are each set into the hill facing the sunset view and have their own private out door eating area.They each have one bedroom and bathroom and a combined kitchen /living area with French doors to a terrace. They are furnished in traditional rustic style with some antique pieces and share the grounds, pool and laundry with Villa Le Contesse. Garden and Swimming pool: the grounds are extensive, comprising 2 hectares of mature and well-tended garden and parkland with small fountains, niches with classical statuary and overlooks hidden in unexpected places. The moss-covered walls are sprawled with creeping vines and ivy and terracotta urns on pedestals overflow with brightly coloured geraniums. Steeply terraced, there are shady lichen covered staircases giving way to olive groves and vineyards. The pool (9.5 x 4.5, depth 1.30 meters) has been constructed down the hill on it's own terrace so that people playing noisy games will not disturb those taking a siesta in the villa or in either of it's annexes. It is approached by a graceful sweep of wide but shallow steps and has the same fantastic views as the rest of the property. Attached to the end of the main villa but accessed from the garden is a laundry with washing machine and ironing facilities.More
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About the Manager
Croci Manola (Property Manager InTuscany)
Languages spoken:German, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:March 2013
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Reviewed 3 July 2018

The villa surpassed our expectations. it is set in its own secluded and extensive gardens and we were hardly aware of our neighbours in the annex. The views especially from the bedrooms are uninterrupted and panoramic. We walked into Cortona a couple of times -...More

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank Nicholas G
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Our stay at this house was dreamy. It is beautifully decorated and the views are astounding. The house was very clean when we arrived and has everything you need. The staff at the reception was extremely accommodating and I really have no complaints. It is...More

Date of stay: June 2017
Thank eleanorvoorhees
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Reviewed 6 October 2014

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Date of stay: September 2014
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Apex, North Carolina, United States
Reviewed 8 August 2013

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Date of stay: July 2013
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
TV
Parking
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Fishing Nearby
Central Heating
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Balcony
Wi-Fi
Shared Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Terrace
Fireplace
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Does this holiday rental have a dining room?YesNoUnsure
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About the neighbourhood
Nearby facilities: Nearest town: Cortona km 0,8 Restaurants: Cortona km 0,8 Supermarket: Camucia km 3 Grocery: Cortona km 0,8 Shops: Cortona km 0,8 Outlets: Valdichiana Outlet Village km 20 Bank: Cortona km 0,8 Post office: Cortona km 0,8 Chemistry: Cortona km 0,8 Tennis court: Cortona km 0,7 Golf: Golf Club Valdichiana km 20 Horse riding: San Pietro a Cegliolo km 3 SPA: Camucia km 3 Train station: Camucia km 4
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SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES FOR THIS PROPERTY: Tuscany Holiday Packages With this property we can provide our tailor made packages which include tours, transfers, cooking classes, wine tasting and much more. Everything that Tuscany has to offer can be enjoyed to the utmost relaxation without the stresses of organizing daytrips and driving. Contact us and choose your package. Palio di Siena tickets While staying at this property we would like you to consider the possibility to attend the famous Palio di Siena, a world wide renowned event. The Palio takes place twice a year on July 2nd and on August 16. You can contact us to reserve your tickets.
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