Holiday in Cortona
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Brigitte WYCKHUYSE
and
Luc VAN CAUTER
60-62 Quercia verde,
52 044 -  Cortona (AR)
+39 338 88 32 363
querciaverde@hotmail.com

 

Last revision :
12/06/10

 

The Watchtower  

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As befits its original function as a watchtower, the house stands on the side of a hill, at an altitude of around 550m, with stunning panoramic views over the Val di Chiana.  It is surrounded by peaceful olive groves while above stretch the wooded Tuscan hills. 

On the hill opposite stands the ancient city of Cortona, which is a scenic 10 minutes drive away by car or 45 minutes on foot. 

       
       

The house is just 3.5kms off the main Arezzo-Perugia (SS71) road:  the final 1.5km climb up to the house through the olive groves can be a little bumpy as the road, an ancient muletrack, is unsurfaced. 

All around the house are formal and informal terraces (covered and open) and gardens offering countless places in which to laze or to eat, in sun or shade.  The kitchen garden is full of seasonal vegetables (organic – like the rest of the produce from the estate) and the many fruit trees offer a selection of delicious fruit. 

A small, free-standing swimming pool (5m x 3.5m) is available close to the house, with a larger one (7.5m x 4m,) about 300 metres away down the hill.  The river below the house (about 10 minutes’ walk) offers a series of pools in which to splash and paddle. 

Ground floor

  • reception room with wood-burning stove (internal staircase leading off)
  • fully-equipped kitchen/dining room (large electric oven, 5-ring gas hob, microwave, fridge,freezer)
  • the kitchen and reception room lead onto a covered south-facing terrace with chairs, tables and a wood-burning bread oven
  • small bedroom (small double bed)
  • corridor/cloakroom space, leading onto the west-facing terraces
  • bathroom (washbasin, WC, shower)

First floor

  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove, television, video and CD player, access to west-facing terraces
  • double bedroom with washbasin
  • family-sized bathroom (WC, 2 washbasins, bidet, bath, hand shower)

 Second floor

    • large double bedroom (single beds) with washbasin (possibility of adding 3rd bed).

All household linen (sheets, towels, tea towels, etc.) is provided.
The house can be centrally-heated at all seasons.
Books (in French, English, Italian and Dutch), CDs and videos are available throughout the house.   

Food and other supplies can easily be obtained from either Cortona or Camucia (supermarkets, butchers, bakers, greengrocers). 
The Cortona supermarket and greengrocer will deliver.