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Character town house at the heart of cultural historic Cortona

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning

Overview

About the property

2 Luxury double bedrooms, 2 ensuite bathrooms, cloakroom, sleeps 2 couples

An excellent setting for the perfect cultural holiday for one or two couples, or your ideal wedding/honeymoon location, our medieval 3-storey home lies at the historic centre of walled Cortona, with its arts and craft shops and gourmet restaurants. Note: the house is on three levels, with two ample stairways, but is thus not suitable for wheelchairs or handicapped persons.

Approach the solid wooden door up a cobbled alleyway, 30 metres from Cortona's only flat street, the historic Ruga Piana (Via Nazionale), and enter the gracious sitting room with comfortable seating, pellet stove, and cloakroom off. This room, being naturally dark, in the Tuscan way, benefits from the abundant lamps and wall lights that we have installed.

A vaulted stairway (with sturdy handrails) leads up one flight to the dining room, a bright, graciously furnished living space, cleverly combining cooking and eating, thanks to an elegant built in kitchen equipped with modern appliances.

Step out from this floor into the small shady garden - a good spot to read with your morning coffee.

Continue upstairs to the two generous double bedrooms with their luxury en suite bathrooms. Each bedroom has a distinct, individual character, the front bedroom being larger and grander (therefore the probable choice for one couple alone) while the back bedroom is perhaps more romantic. Both enjoy soft lighting, drapes and carpets, along with comfortable armchairs.

Ceilings throughout the house are beamed in characterful Tuscan manner. The floors are quality 'cotto' (cooked tiles) with many tasteful rugs. The house is furnished to the highest standard with family antiques and pictures of the ancestors: a real 'home from home'.

2 minutes' stroll away lie Cortona's pavement cafes and excellent restaurants - not to mention its museums, art galleries, medieval churches and newly landscaped outdoor swimming pool (open June-end August). Don't be surprised to see citizens in medieval costume, participating in the City's folkloric events, and - particularly in summer - beautiful brides coming down the Comune steps. Apart from the attraction of the Etruscan Museum and Art Gallery, Cortona hosts many festivals, to which visitors are most welcome.

More Details

Owner
Kate Underwood
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2018

About Kate Underwood

We're English, so language is no problem! After working for 5 years in Naples, we found Cortona the perfect place to settle. The Cortonese are so welcoming and friendly, not only is it a wonderful location for sightseeing, but over the years we've got involved in local life, participating in pageants, choirs and orchestra.

Kate Underwood purchased this house in 2006

Why Kate Underwood chose Cortona

We bought a house in the hills outside Cortona first - and this is where we mostly live. We were so happy in the Cortona area, we decided to bring the family antiques out to enhance this second beautiful property which we found at the heart of Cortona. So though the house (dating from the early 1400s) is new to us, the family furniture (unashamedly English) has been passed down through the generations, and is mostly Georgian.

What makes this house unique

We love being so close to Cortona's bustling street cafes and nightly 'passeggiata' - yet the house itself is so quiet, its thick medieval walls keeping us cool in summer, and retaining heat in winter. We find the house a real haven to come back to. Chiefly we love its atmosphere, and authentic architectural features, and real sense of history

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dick and Deborah from Simsbury CT, and Rosemary and John from Edinburgh, Scotland write:

What a wonderful week in Cortona - a most desirable destination with its own treasures and delicacies just outside your front door. Always returning to your beautiful and most comfortably appointed house was a constant pleasure. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and love of the region with us, in addition to your lovely home. We return home with new appreciation for Tuscany and warm feelings for the kind, gentle people who live here. Thank you for all your help 'above and beyond'. We look forward to many return visits!
Nov 2007
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Cortona in Province of Arezzo

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • mountain
  • town
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 ensuite - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bedroom 1 ensuite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Downstairs a cloakroom with loo and basin affords space for hanging coats, and houses a top of the range front loading washier/drier. The ensuite bathroom to the Liberty Bedroom has a curved glass enclosure shower and elegant bronze effect fittings, along with quality sanitary ware (toilet, basin and bidet). The ensuite bathroom to the Four Poster Bedroom has a small bathtub with glass shower enclosure,with curtain, elegant chrome fittings, and quality sanitary ware (toilet, basin and bidet). Top quality bathsheets, handtowels and bathmats are provided weekly.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Liberty Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Space for a cot or a put-you-up bed available on request
    Four Poster Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Space for a travel cot - provided on request
  • Please note, the house may be rented by 1 or 2 couples, with price variants. Both bedrooms enjoy top of the range Daiken air conditioning (which doubles as heating, to supplement the main gas central heating). When rented by one couple, we offer the slightly larger, Liberty Bedroom, so-called because of its original Liberty bedstead, with mother of pearl inlaid/painted decoration, luxury mattress topper, spectacular beamed ceiling and views across the medieval rooftops to the Sienese hills. This bedroom also houses the WiFi where guests may connect their smart devices to our broadband. A folding single bed(for child) is available in this room at no extra charge. The second bedroom is more intimate, but tastefully arranged with its original English Colonial four poster bed (c.1910) and romantic drapes. Both bedrooms have generous hanging spaces (hangers provided), chests of drawers, arm chairs and bedside rugs. Subtle designer lighting includes individually switched bedside lights.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Reviews

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Character town house at the heart of cultural historic Cortona
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
Westminster, Maryland, USA
5

Wonderful Townhouse; Delightful Hosts

  • 5 of 5

What an ideal holiday home! The townhouse is clean, comfortable and fully equipped. It is located in the heart of Cortona, convenient to everything. Kate and Andrew are great hosts, providing exceptional detailed information on the home as well as information on what to do and see, both in Cortona and the surrounding area. They even stocked the kitchen for us! We stayed with another couple who made the booking and would whole heartedly recommend this property to others.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paradise Valley, AZ
5

Charming home in fantastic location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with my sister and her husband spent a week in this home in early October. The house is quite lovely and it is right in the center of Cortona so close to everything. We loved that we could walk for an early morning coffee and pastry, shopping and many excellent restaurants. Cortona is such a beautiful, friendly town and staying in the center made us feel part of the action. The home itself is extremely well stocked and maintained. There is a nice patio outside of the dining area where you can sit and relax and a very well equipped kitchen. The home is perfect for two couples as there are two large bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bath. Again, the linens and decorating were top rate.

The owners, Andrew and Kate, go out of their way to be helpful. I have rented villas in many towns in Italy and elsewhere and the level of support we were offered was second to none. We received detailed directions, ideas for shopping and things to do and were even given a personal tour of Cortona followed by a welcome drink. Andrew and Kate clearly enjoy helping people get the most out of their Cortona experience and their support was invaluable. I highly recommend this beautiful Cortona home.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for a week in mid-June, and had a wonderful time. Cottage is as described (probably nicer inside than the photos imply) with all amenities you need (wifi a bit slow and no live TV, but plenty of DVDs on offer) and two lovely porch areas to enjoy the sound of silence.

Pool is just spectacular - just a short walk from the cottage - and completely private with stunning views across the valley.

The price you pay for the remoteness/tranquility is it's a bit of a drive from civilisation - approx 25-30mins into Cortona (which is beautiful), with a couple of closer local trattorias in the hills. Andrew and Kate were kind enough to drive us into town on a couple of evenings so we could enjoy the vino without worrying about negotiating the windy mountain roads on the way back!

All in all, thoroughly recommended as a retreat from the modern world and Andrew and Kate couldn't have been more helpful before and during our stay while still granting us plenty of privacy throughout.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our pleasure! Thanks for appreciative review. The weather's even better now, do come back sometime - we give "Returners" a complimentary bottle of bubbly!
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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
5

Location, Location, Location

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful 3-story flat with terrace on the southside of the hill in Cortona within the old City Walls. The house itself was built in the 1600s, though parts of it are much older than that. Kate and Andrew have probably spent a fortune updating it. It is spotless and furnished wonderfully. The bedrooms have air conditioning for those especially hot nights. And there's a pellet stove downstairs when it's cold (we went in January once, and it was lovely). The beds and linens are wonderful, and the bathrooms just fine with many new fixtures.

Eating out every meal can be pricey, so we loved the fact that kitchen is stocked with everything you could possibly need to prepare a chef's meal.

The flat's location is convenient in more ways than one. It is actually a block off of Nazionale, the National Road coming into the town at the Piazza Garibaldi (which is only about 125 meters away -- you can catch a bus there every hour that will take you down into Camucia for the train or grocery shopping as the Coop there tends to be cheaper than Molesini's). Another short walk the opposite direction brings you right into the heart of Cortona, the Piazza Repubblica and Signorelli behind that. There's a side alley just up from the front door that climbs up a set of steps and puts you on the Via Maffei which then leads to the Santa Margherita church and the Fortezza at the top of the city. So, everything in Cortona is truly just a short walk away. And, just as the flat is convenient to all places in Cortona, Cortona itself is in a great location to use as your Tuscan or Umbrian base for day trips. While some are good at a different hotel everynight, my hunch is that would be more expensive than just staying in Cortona for the week and taking trips from there. You can catch trains to the south (Orvieto, Lake Trasimeno, Perugia) and to the north (Arezzo and Florence and Bologna). Luca at the Sixt car rental office in Camucia can get you a car for the day, and many of the popular wine stops and old walled towns are within a 2 hours drive (Siena, San Gimignano, San Galgano, Montepulciano, Montalcino and the entire Val di Chiana and Chianti regions).

We really enjoyed our stay and will likely come here to stay again. We especially enjoyed the restaurants La Bucaccia and the Ristorante Ambrosia. There are two nearby wineries worth a visit for the scenery and wonderful wines: Avignonesi and La Braccesca. Have fun!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfection!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I rented this beautiful and charming three-level townhouse for the month of October, 2014. Any testimonial that we could offer would be filled with similar superlatives to all that already populate this thread.

Cortona, although one of the loveliest and most celebrated of hill towns in Tuscany, is not for the faint-of-heart when it comes to at least a bit of physical exertion. It is a hill town in the literal sense of the word, and, indeed, this house, perfectly located in the center of everything, is ascended to via an uphill climb of a narrow little “street” of some 50 meters length. Admittedly, we, in our mid-seventies, and in reasonably good shape, huffed and puffed a bit, but handled it all with no major difficulty.

The house is beautifully furnished with treasured antiques and contains every modern convenience, including wi-fi. The washer/dryer combination makes packing for a visit here very simple….we packed as we would for a one-week visit anywhere. Pricing was entirely fair in consideration of all that is included in a very high quality home.

The owners of the house, a couple of retired Brits (Kate and Andrew), reside themselves just outside of town, in the hills, and are totally charming. They are great resources on Tuscany, on insiders’ info on all matters relating to exploration of the area, and wish for nothing more than a great experience for their guests. They make every conceivable effort to achieve that goal, and, in this endeavor, they succeed in every way! They genuinely want their guests to have a five-star experience, and that is why every review reflects that very outcome.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Dec-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A hidden treasure in Cortona !

  • 5 of 5

Amorino is a beautifully restored three - storey house tucked away in a quiet street of ancient buildings just off Cortona's main shopping street. It is close to shops, cafes restaurants and the town's historic sights. The house is furnished with many interesting antiques and family photos and equipped with everything you could possibly require during your stay. The little side garden is the perfect place for a coffee or pre-dinner drinks.

Kate and Andrew are terrific hosts who could not be more helpful and who provide a wealth of information about the town and it's surroundings. We enjoyed a wonderful week there working our way through as many of Cortona's 37 restaurants as we could ! We also enjoyed the beautiful churches, walking the ancient walls and visiting nearby places of interest. I would recommend it as the perfect location in Cortona and Kate and Andrew meet you, show you the town and ensure you have an enjoyable time.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Perugia (RyanAir)
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
BarTuscher
Nearest Ferry
135 Kilometres
Livorno: for Spain, Sardinia, Corsica etc
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Coming soon designed by Gary Player
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Camucia-Cortona
Nearest Motorway
22 Kilometres
A1 (Autostrada del Sole) Bettole/Sinalunga
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
La Loggiata
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Lago Trasimeno
Car: recommended

Historic Cortona towers over the Val di Chiana with fast road and rail links to Rome and Florence. Enclosed by mighty walls, this Medici stronghold with its maze of alleyways, is packed with medieval churches, palaces and piazzas - pageants and festivals! In May Cortona celebrates the festival of Santa Margherita, along with the Presentation of symbolic candles by the 5 Quintieri, or parish zones. The Medieval Week and Crossbow Festival are in June, and the Cortona Mix Festival - great entertainment, with participation - late July/early August, for which our house is perfectly situated!

Cortona's Archaeological Museum is justifiably world famous for it enlightened layout and Etruscan tomb goods. The Art Gallery houses works by Fra Angelico and Luca Signorelli. Cultural centres within an hour's travel include Siena, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi and Lake Trasimene, rich in work by Giotto, Duccio, Piero della Francesca and Perugino.

Cortona now produces its own wine, Cortona DOC, along with the DOCG vineyards of Montepulciano and Montalcino. Good tours and wine tasting lunches, at the nearby Avignonesi vineyard for example, can be pre-booked online.

Olive groves surround you - with new season extra virgin oil available for purchase (or shipping) while you feast on Chianino beefsteak and porcini mushrooms in Cortona's many (37!) fine, atmospheric and friendly family-run restaurants.

Cortona itself, along with its surrounding villages, hosts festivals to celebrate the many speciality products of this fertile region - all welcome.

With this abundant good food, some exercise is called for! From our front door, you can explore hilly Cortona, walking up to the Medici Fortress, past Francis Mayes' house towards Torreone, or follow in the footsteps of St Francis, towards our lively local Franciscan monastery, Le Celle, circa.1200.

Other activities include bike hire (round Lake Trasimene or into the hills); swimming, in a nicely landscaped town pool (open July/August); Italian cooking or language classes. In season there are many good concerts and shows to attend in the Neo Classical Teatro Signorelli.

We are very happy help you set things up in advance, to maximise your enjoyment of your holiday - for example, helping you book a table for dinner your first night, and/or helping you book a good English speaking guide, wine tasting lunches and tours, bike hire, museum visits etc. Or, on arrival, you can just make like an Italian and 'go with the flow'!

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Cortona, Arezzo Area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring 2018
15 Apr 2018 - 26 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
£770
for 4 nights
From
£192
£1,312
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer 2018
27 May 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
£1,072
for 5 nights
From
£214
£1,487
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £31 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn 2018
9 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
£770
for 4 nights
From
£192
£1,312
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2018
28 Oct 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£499
for 3 nights
From
£166
£1,137
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£805
for 4 nights
From
£201
£1,312
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £1.31 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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