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Villa Fontelunga is a contemporary boutique property in Tuscany with just 9 rooms – a peaceful hideaway that's ideal for those seeking R & R. Modern design blends beautifully with traditional Italian decor, and with no formal hotel "rules", there's a relaxed atmosphere to the place. Expect friendly and highly personalised service from owners Paolo and Philip and their team – they'll go out of their way to ensure you have a good stay and have some wonderful recommendations for restaurants and places to visit in the area. The estate is also home to two additional villas that are available to book as self-catering units for week stays.
Standing majestically on the edge of the Val di Chiana, the garden of Italy, Fontelunga has expansive views towards the city of Cortona and its mountains beyond. Surrounded by olive groves, as well as local sunflower, wheat and fruit farms, it's impossible not to fall in love with the place.
Children receive a warm welcome at Fontelunga, and there's a nanny service available. Dogs are allowed too.
I think the good thing was that neither of us came from a background of hotelier, so what we did was something just totally different. We never thought of it as a standard hotel but developed it more like a home - informal luxury is a big part of our ethos. There’s a sense that formality goes with luxury but that's just not true and we’ve never agreed with that - whenever we travel we like to go to nice places and we like to feel relaxed. One of the things that has become a feature of staying here – is our dinner parties. We host a dinner party two times a week on a Tuesday and a Friday. We used to seat all our guests separately but they would always come together and in the end we just thought "sod it!" – let’s just do a bloody dinner party, we’ll serve everyone together. They’re generally fun!
- Paolo Kastelec & Philip Robinson, Owners
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Twice a week guests are invited to an informal dinner party hosted by owner Philip and Paolo, where wine and home-made dishes are served in abundance – usually alfresco, but sometimes indoors. Continental breakfasts are served daily, there's an honesty bar, and private chefs are available on request. Whether you fancy a private party, picnic, or even a cocktail evening, the staff are more than happy to help organise events, and can also recommend their favourite restaurants nearby.
Don't just take our word for it - read blogger Emma Hoareau's review here >
The 9 air-conditioned bedrooms at Villa Fontelunga are individually styled with an eclectic mix of modern and antique furnishings. Each room offers double aspect views over the surrounding gardens and countryside, with the French doors in the Junior Suite opening out a private terrace. The space can also be hired for exclusive use, sleeping 16-18 people.
Two additional villas are housed on-site – 2-bed Gallo and 1-bed Galletto – and available to rent. These combine traditional Tuscan style with contemporary design, and come with full access to the Fontelunga concierge service.
Fontelunga offers easy access to some of the area's finest wineries; Paolo and Philip to book you onto tour (or several) during your stay. For a relaxing day at the hotel, take a stroll through the surrounding olive groves, take a dip in the pool, or have a soak in the Jacuzzi. Massages can be arranged on request too. There's a tennis court if you fancy a knock about, and mountain bikes are available should you wish to head out on two wheels.
End your day with a glass of wine in the outdoor gazebo – with comfortable seats and a fireplace, it's a lovely spot to unwind as you gaze up at the stars.
With Florence, Siena, Orvieto and Assisi all within an hour or so drive of the hotel, there's plenty of culture at your fingertips. And for those in need of retail therapy, the city of Arezzo is an affluent, hidden Tuscan gem with plenty to offer. The factory outlets for Prada, Dolce & Gabanna, Gucci, Fendi, Armani and Sergio Rossi are also close by.
How to get there
With its remote location you'll be best hiring a car. The nearest mainline train station is in Arezzo, a 35-minute drive from the hotel (25 kilometres)
By car from Rome: follow the signs to the Autostrada A1 towards Firenze (about 180 kilometres from the tollbooth and around 2 hours), and take the Val di Chiana exit. Turn right after the toll gate signposted to Foiano and continue along that road around Foiano (do not enter Foiano), following the signs to Arezzo – about 8 kilometres. Look out for a small blue sign for a left-hand turning towards Pozzo – take that turning. At the hill ahead of you, you should be able to see the villa (red with blue shutters). Continue along the road past a small yellow church on the left at the foot of the hill; go up the hill, and at the top turn left up a gravelled road signposted Via Cunicchio to Villa Fontelunga. The villa is 100 metres on the left-hand side. Park under the pine trees.
From Milan: follow the signs for Autostrada A1 towards Bologna-Firenze. After Firenze, continute along the A1 towards Roma, and take the Val di Chiana exit – about 1 hour from Firenze. After leaving the Autostrada follow the directions as above
From Florence: initially follow directions for Prato, and after approximately 3 minutes you'll see signs for the Autostrada A1. Join the Autostrada in the direction of Roma, and take the Val di Chiana exit about 1 hour from Firenze. After leaving the Autostrada, follow the directions as above (Rome).
From Pisa: leave the airport from the exit adjacent to the car rental parking depot and turn right in the direction signposted Firenze. Follow this road (a dual carriageway) all the way to Firenze. Eventually, just outside Firenze, you'll come to a signpost for the Autostrada A1 and Roma – take that turning. Follow the exit off the road and round a bend to the right, and you'll come to a junction with a tollbooth for the Autostrada ahead of you. Go onto the Autostrada in the direction of Roma, turning off at the Val di Chiana exit and then follow the directions as above for Rome.
Perugia (small airport called Sant'Egidio): 1-hour drive from the hotel, with connections to and from London and Milano Malpensa.
Free parking is available.