52044 Cortona (Arezzo)
0039 0575 61 60 88
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All our reviews are taken from our renting-page: home-away
We had a fabulous time in our 3 weeks at Casale Palazzo. We were travelling through Italy with a 4 year old, 2 year old and 6 month old and had arranged for two separate groups of friends to come and visit us while we were there. At the most we had two other adults with a 12 year old, 10 year old and an 8 year old. The first thing to say is that the house has an incredible view…mountains, greenery, and barely another house in sight. The house is a beautiful old villa that has been lovingly restored over decades by the owners, John and Sabine, who are on hand to offer advice on things to do, and- in our case- kindly had our children get involved in helping with planting the veggie garden and tractor rides!! The house is fully equipped with everything we could think of (and easily sleeps two families with lots of space), and the grounds are fantastic- a lovely big sun terrace, an expansive front garden, an area with hammocks, a huge grassy paddock (once a menagerie) now equipped with a volleyball/football/badminton net, a lovely pool with plenty of sun loungers…and views that are extraordinary in every light. The house is 10 km up a mountain road, but the drive is easy, and the location well worth it. It is close to Cortona, a beautiful walled town (setting for Under Tuscan Sun film), and trips to Montepulciano, Sienna, Florence, Rome, the hot pools at Rappolano Terme, and lots of other places are all within distance…and if we could handle it with three small children in the car, it should be fine for you!! It is a true destination property. We were very sad to leave!
I have just had a great stay at Palazzo Casale near Cortona and I only have good things to say. The house is light, spacious, peaceful, tastefully furnished in a comfortable rustic style and has everything you need for a relaxing stay...terraces, garden, pool, walks, magical views, fully equipped facilities in the house and enough room for up to 10 to twelve people comfortably. The house is well-maintained and clean but as the owners live on site in a separate apartment, it has the feel of a home...past photos of the house, well-thumbed books......
The house is about 15 minutes from Cortona by car but there is a great pizza restaurant on the way. There are many walks nearby and the house is well situated for both a lazy quiet stay but near enough to Cortona to go for dinner, shopping, spend a morning etc
If you are lucky enough to coincide with the owners they can be as discreet or as helpful as you need them to be......The house is organised in such a way that if they are there sometimes it is only obvious because you can see their car! They are a great source of information, kind and approachable!
Spring is a great time to stay as weather is beautiful and good enough to eat outside sometimes, the trees are starting to blossom and there are fewer people around....Magical hearing the cuckoos in the morning.....
The house also has great Internet in case you have to keep in touch with work as I did.....
To sum up, I would have absolutely no doubts recommending this house for a family stay or for a large group of friends....at any time of the year.