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Fontelunga Hotel & Villas – Tuscany, Italy
Located close to Cortona, the famed setting for the film “Under the Tuscan Sun”, the lovely Fontelunga Hotel & Villas – Tuscany, Italy offers a contemporary and informal luxury style and breathtaking views over Val di Chiana and the Tuscan countryside, and it’s just perfect for a stylish relaxing retreat.
Offering just the right mix of contemporary design touches within a traditional context, the villa feels perfectly set within its surrounding landscape, with its traditional façade integrating with the grounds and adjacent pool.
Inside, modern pieces designed by one of the hotel’s owners and architects, as well as furniture from Philippe Starck and Arne Jacobsen, blend well with original mouldings and large windows framing the valley views.
The best way to define Fontelunga is “Home away from home”: with no formal hotel rules, there is a relaxed and classy atmosphere.
You can expect the warmest welcome and personalised service from owners Paolo and Philip together with their team.
They will be able to give you the best suggestions about nearby restaurants and activities.
Dogs are welcome at Fontelunga (they will find four small and nice buddies) and there’s also a nanny service available.
Crafted from a traditional Villa Padronale, Villa Fontelunga houses nine bedrooms, several common areas, a tennis court and a swimming pool.
The self catering private villas, named Villa Gallo and Villa Galletto, are nestled close by in the historic Scannagallo Valley.
They are sold on a weekly basis (from Saturday to Saturday) with daily service from the hotel.
You’ll find Molton Brown amenities, fresh flowers, pastel colours palette and custom details to make special every single corner of your suite.
The restaurant is only for hotel guests and every Tuesdays and Fridays a dinner party with the owners is organised.
Breakfast is a feast with homemade pastries and cakes (Paolo will bake every morning), fresh local and seasonal fruit, and cooked breakfast all included.
Casual dinners (the chef asks in the morning whether you will join in the evening) highlight local and seasonal ingredients as well as regional dishes like pasta with truffles and torta salata (a type of Tuscan quiche), and light lunches include caprese salads with tomatoes from the hotel’s garden, and prosciutto with figs or melon.
Tuscany is well known for its wine tastings, and Fontelunga offers easy access to some of the area’s finest wineries.
There is a tennis court surrounded by olive trees, a lovely swimming pool, a heated Jacuzzi overlooking the olive grove and a new yoga and Pilates gazebo in the “Secret Garden”.
More activities like hot air ballooning and horseback riding can be easily arranged.
Cortona, Arezzo (one of Tuscany’s best-kept secrets), Siena, and Montepulciano are all easy day trips from the hotel.
Florence, Siena, Orvieto and Assisi are all within one hour drive of the hotel.
End your day with a glass of wine in the outdoor gazebo – with comfortable seats and a fireplace.
Fontelunga’s Founders, Philip Robinson and Paolo Kastelec, all long life partners for the last 28 years, have been business partners for the last 18 years.
Their complementary skills and experience have come together and grown over the years to cover all aspects of the successful business they have created together.
Philip James Robinson studied interior design at Kingston University in the UK and worked in the film industry as a production designer on major films such as “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Howards End” and may UK television series like “The vicar of Dibley “ and “ Mr Bean ).
He is responsible for all aspects of the design and creative side of the business as well as bringing the vision to life by overseeing all facets of the development projects. His talent lies in managing the delicate balance of designing beautiful spaces which can be created economically and practically.
Paolo Kastelec met Philip at a mutual friend house in London when he moved from his home in Rome, Italy to study and work as a reinsurance broker in the City of London. It was Paolo whose local knowledge of Italy and Tuscany sparked the idea of owning a property in the area and his natural flair and ability to make people feel at home, is why so many guests return to stay with them. He is responsible for the marketing and day to day management of the operations.
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