Villa Cuiano six holidays flat close to Cortona
|Per week||€490 - €810|
The house lies amid extensive gardens, and has a large, well-kept swimming pool. Furnished with tables and chairs, and equipped with a barbecue and oven, the garden is perfect for al fresco meals during the long summer months.
Walkers and nature lovers can take advantage of the many tracks and paths that wind through the surrounding countryside -- even strolling down to the Castello di Pierle, owned by the same family as the Villa -- and one of Tuscany's most striking castles.
If the tranquility and beauty of the surrounding area isn't enough, Villa Cuiano is a perfect base camp from which to explore Tuscany and Umbria. Lake Trasimeno, Italy's fourth largest, is only 20 minutes away. It offers excellent swimming and water sports. The railway station is also 20 minutes away; once on a train, you can be in Florence in one hour, or in Rome in two hours.
The nearest village is Mercatale di Cortona, with its shops, bars, medical facilities, a restaurant, and bank. Cortona is 20 minutes away; while in less than one hour you can be in Siena, Montepulciano, Orvieto, or Perugia.
The farmhouse has been divided into five apartments and a detached stone house -- each decorated in traditional Tuscan style. Stone fireplaces, cotta floors, and dark chestnut-beamed ceilings lend an authentic, welcoming air to the accommodation. These are comfortable flats, with good lighting and simple, classic furnishings.
Apt #1. La Loggia -- Sleeps six. An external staircase leads up from a pergola with views over the Castello. There is a spacious living room with the original fireplace, two double bedrooms -- one with an en-suite bathroom, one single bedroom, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a second bathroom.
Apt #2. La Stalletta -- Sleeps four. This apartment is entered through a small stone-paved square, shaded during the day -- and sunny in the evening. This square is perfect for outdoor dining. The kitchen is fully equipped. There are two bedrooms -- one with a double bed, and the other with two single beds. There is also a shower, bathroom, and a terrace with excellent views.
La Loggia and La Stalletta are adjacent, and can be linked to make a single apartment.
Apt #3. La Stalla -- Sleeps four. On the ground floor, this apartment has such a large living-room and kitchen that it is normally used as the main living and dining area by groups renting the entire villa. The bedrooms (one with a double bed and the other with two singles) are spacious and airy. The bathroom is large, and like the others in the villa, is easily accessible by a wheelchair.
Apt #4. La Loggetta -- Sleeps two to three. This small apartment is ideal as a honeymoon suite, or for a couple with a young child. Access is by an external staircase leading to a small terrace. There is a large living room with a stone fireplace, a well-equipped kitchen, and a spacious double bedroom with a bathroom.
Apt #5. La Cantina -- Sleeps two. Entered through a side garden, this small apartment is ideal for a couple. In addition to the living room and kitchen, there is a large, roomy bedroom which is perfectly cool and comfortable -- even during the hottest months of summer. There is also a bathroom with a tub.
Casa Luca -- Sleeps six. This detached house is 20 meters from Villa Cuiano. It has two bedrooms (with double beds) on the first floor and another bedroom (with a double bed) in the mansard. On the first floor you'll find the living/dining room with sofa, armchairs and a beautiful fireplace. Attached to the this area is a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom. Casa Luca has a large balcony with a fantastic view -- perfect for al fresco dining. There is also a beautiful patio on the ground level - ideal for a pleasant moment reading a book or sunbathing.
|Oct 06 2014||May 10 2015||-||-||€490||-||1 week|
|May 13 2015||Jun 23 2015||-||-||€630||-||1 week|
|Jun 23 2015||Sep 01 2015||-||-||€810||-||1 week|
|Sep 01 2015||Oct 06 2015||-||-||€630||-||1 week|
|Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.|
|Deposits: A deposit of 20% of the full amount is payable to confirm the booking. Balance is due 6 weeks before the first day of your holiday. Security deposit (Euro 200) is due at the moment of your arrival and it is returned the day of departure.|
|Payment Options: Visa, Money Order, Mastercard, Cashier's Check, American Express, Personal Check, PayPal,|
|Other Fees: Euro 12 per days per apartments for the central heating in winter period.|
April 24, 2006
Our family has been here twice before, in 2002 and 2004, and we plan to book again soon. Everything you read about this villa, the area, and Franco is all true. We have had children with us both times, and never felt that they couldn't run around and have fun (so long as they are "pool safe"; there is no fence, etc. around the pool--I haven't seen any fenced pools in Italy at all in private villas.) This is a great place to use as a base for day trips to Tuscany and Umbria, and then let the kids run around a bit and swim at the end of the day. You can cook on your own, arrange for a great meal to be cooked at the villa (ask Franco) or go to one of several restaurants and a pizza place less than 5 minutes away (but you need to drive down the hill--not really walkable unless you are into heavy fitness hiking or marathon hill training.)The village Mercatale is friendly, but your kids (and you) will really feel you are in Italy...in the stores, little English is spoken, but it isn't a problem at all--gestures work well, and any attempt at Italian is very welcome and appreciated, even if you mangle the language and the lines are straight from a tour book! Though this is a great family place, couples would feel fine, too--there is a surprising amount of privacy in the units, given that they are all part of the one big villa, save for the house. Nothing better than picking up some bread, cheese, fruit and chocolate, and grabbing that bottle of wine you bought at the wine store in whatever local village you visited that day, and heading out to the pool area to sit (in shade or sun) and watch your kids play while the sun goes down on the beautiful, green (and remarkably undeveloped in this area) countryside. I can't say enough about this place. Thanks, Franco--(and sorry it has taken so long to review this spot!)
Steven&Lorna B. (Scotland)
" This is our second visit to Cuiano- this time with our two children aged 3 and 2 . As before the house is beautiful and very clean. The approach road to Cuiano with the castle at the bottom is magnificent and a real treat to see every day in different weather conditions. As before Franco has been extremely kind and helpful in making our visit as happy as possible."
Z.S. (CA USA)
"Villa Cuiano is a very special place - it brought a family and all its generation together again, making us realise the importance of such reunions."
Tom & Josh
"This is such a lovely place and I enjoyed swimming in the pool and going for walks up in the hills. My bedroom was lovely and spacious and I slept very well, thank you"
"I had fun with Franco in the morning. I like the pool. I like the castle. I made friends with Franco, I like Dolly ,Dotty, Ringo and Jerry, rabbits and chickens."
Ian&Jane Channel Island (UK)
"And when the children are happy you can be sure that mum and dad are too. This is a blissful location - ideal for a mix of adventure and rest. Thank you Franco.fantastic!"
Stepan K. (Finland)
"Being the first guests from Finland we can only agree with the other guests- wonderful! Thanks a lot to Franco for his kindness and help. The internet is a wonderful way to meet people."
" Eight of us came from Somerset (England) to paint with our friend Peter Bartlett, an artist who lives here and organises painting and art history holiday. .we painted around Cuiano and saw the restored Piero della Francesca frescos in Arezzo..Enjoyed the trek to Monte Ginezzo, stupendous views. Dotty is a good guide! .Cuiano is a magical place."
Mike W. (Winnipeg Canada)
" Mercatale was lovely. Great meal at Mimmi's, watched soccer in Bar Centrale (fantastic Cappuccino)..."
Stephen R. (UK)
" what a place to have a marriage feast, it was all and more than I could have dreamed of."
Tarina F. (Sydney Australia)
"A special thank you to Franco - a man dedicated to ensuring his guests have nothing but an enjoyable time."
Rushika Fernandopulle Washington, DC
"Along with another family, we spent a glorious week at Cuiano in September. The property itself is beautiful and very well maintained, and the pictures on the website do little justice to the spectacular views and sense of peace and quiet. It is simple, without TV or telephone, but a great place to escape for a time. It is an excellent location from which to explore the area, both by car and by train, and there are plenty of interesting things to do and see. The hosts could not be better as well. They are incredibly helpful but non-obtrusive. One night, for instance, during a thunderstorm, Franco came driving up from town simply to check we were alright. If you go, don't miss a trip to Cortona, and make sure both to have a meal cooked for you at Cuiano, as well as eating at Mimmi's in Mercatale. We had two toddlers with us, and they had a great time as well."
Fran e Lou, R., CA
" Dear Franco:
We are back home in California and missing Italy already! We think of you, your hard-wroking Zio Trento and Dottie and Dolly, the beautiful setting of from Cuiano and wish we were there. We loved sitting up on the deck in the afternoons and listening to the cuckoos in the forest. We had never heard them before.
La Loggetta was large and clean and comfortable. It takes a little while to get used to Italian appliances, but we did finally get acquainted with the stove and washing machine.
One of your former guests had mentioned the "very steep hill" up to Cuiano -- even so, we weren't exactly prepared for the one-track gravel road (with switchbacks) that leads up the hill from Mercatale. We had a stick shift, so the drive was a little more difficult for us. However, when our nephew arrived with his automatic transmission, the ride was much smoother. We also learned that one-track gravel roads are not a bit uncommon in Italy and Italians with their zest for adventuresome driving actually enjoy them!
Cuiano is a wonderful base for sightseeing in Tuscany and we spent most of our three weeks there searching out and exploring hill towns that we hadn't seen before and some that we had visited in the past. We had never traveled in Italy in the Spring before so the landscape looked entirely different to us. Our favorite small hill town was Cortona. We went their often and the drive through the countryside, with the fields and rock walls filled with wild red poppies, was spectacular. The views from Cuiano are breathtaking -- you can see for miles in all directions and it is so quiet and peaceful.
When your guests arrive, it would be good if they understood that "renting" an apartment at Cuiano is not like renting a hotel room. We were naive in our thinking, and expected that personal items like bar soap, Kleenex, and toilet paper would be automatically furnished. There was a "starter" roll of toilet paper and a small bar of soap in the apartment so a quick trip to the Marguerita Market was necessary. The manager of this small market (on the road from Tuoro just as you enter Mercatale) is very friendly and helpful. We also loved the bakery (opposite the church, just as you leave Mercatale driving toward Cuiano) -- great pastries, croissants and breads!
We hope to come to Italy again soon..... Molto affetto "