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Last updated: 19 January, 2023
Expert travel writer: Nicky Swallow

This lovely red-brick villa has been carefully restored by the English owners, and is run with an informal house-party atmosphere; it feels a bit like staying at the country pad of stylish friends who can advise about how to get the best from the area.

There are lovely gardens with a pool and tennis court, and far-reaching views over the Val di Chiana. The chef can whip you up something light for lunch; he owners join guests twice a week at a long table for a three-course dinner; it’s all very convivial.

It suits those looking for a sociable stay, with a chance to get an authentic insight into contemporary Tuscan life.

Surrounding area

It’s only a 10-15 minute’ drive from the A1 Florence-Rome autostrada, but Fontelunga is a thoroughly peaceful spot; traffic is likely to be dominated by tractors and old Fiat Pandas. Views are of olive trees and open agricultural land dotted with weathered old farm houses and villas and criss-crossed with narrow country lanes. It lies in the wide valley of the Chiana river, with hills to either side. The historic town of Cortona is a 20-minute drive and Arezzo is 40 minutes.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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