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My wife and I stayed here as part of a touring holiday through France and Italy and this was by far and away the best accommodation we experienced. It is situated in a rural setting and is very spacious both inside and out. The apartments are newly fitted out to a very high standard, with a kitchen to die for - full sized fridge/freezer and a full sized oven. We preferred to eat in most of the time but there is a restaurant a few hundred yards away. By car you can find shops and restaurants 10 or 15 minutes away. Foiano is the nearest town, a small pleasant unspoilt Italian hill town, not heaving with tourists. There are small local shops, supermarkets, cafes and a garage. By contrast 15 minutes away is Cortona, a bustling medieval hill town, popular with tourists and a must see for a day.
Villa Nobile is well positioned for visits to the best known historic towns of Siena, Assissi, Perugia and Florence. There is an excellent train service to Florence and we found this the best way, as recommended by the proprietor of Villa Nobile - Raffaele - who was always most helpful.
Villa Nobile has just been converted to several spacious apartments suitable for couples, families or groups but a car is essential. The gardens are extensive but not mature and we are very much looking forward to seeing how things have developed when we return in May 2010.
We travelled to Villa Nobile from Pisa and as we drove down the long country lane we were stunned by the beauty of the house and its setting among the extensive fields of sunflowers, outlined by the many trees of cypress and oak. The accomodation for us was in 2 apartments to accomodate the six of us, we have four older children 10 - 17 and they were delighted to be a little removed from Mum and Dad. The apartments were extremely tastefully furnished with the touch of the artist which is obvious in everything that Raffaele has done as he has developed this charming old building. We immediately were made welcome and throughout our stay he proved to be a wealth of information, helping us to build our daily itinery. We had been in Tuscany the previous year and had visited both Florence and Siena so although very close we had decided to use this as a base to explore into Umbria mainly. Cities such as Arezzo, Perugia and Assisi are all within a short drive and are not to be missed. We were particularly drawn to Castiglione del Lago and enjoyed the old walled citadel and the many shops and restaurants within. One particularly memorable day was spent on a day trip to Rome that although we had a car we decided to make use of the train service. The journey takes about 2 1/2 hrs.
Raffaele was kind enough to invite us to a family barbecue which we thoroughly enjoyed and epitomised his hospitality. Lena ensured the apartments were in immaculate condition- many thanks also for enduring our Italian!
A truly enjoyable holiday -we hope to return in the near future.
The time we spent at Villa Nobile was the best we have ever had!!!
The house is absolutely magnificent, perfectly restored to the minutest detail a traditional Tuscan villa should have. It is true that the pictures do not do the justice. You can choose here from a selection of a few beautiful apartments. Each of them preserves its Tuscan style, yet is different from the remaining ones. The owner, who is an artist himself, took great effort to carefully design, furnish and equip the rooms to satisfy the needs of even the most demanding guests. The accommodation is brand new and the kitchenettes are very well-equipped. The whole villa is impecably clean and well-maintained. So is the pool, which was the best play area for our children. We particularly enjoyed the time spent at our apartment patio chatting with the host or other people from his family.
Villa Nobile is located in the heart of the oldest Italian and Tuscan area of the town of Cortona. Cortana is only a short distance away from the house and is definitely a must-see for all history and architecture lovers. This Etruscan settlement is full of narrow winding streets with dozens of old churches and secret gardens hidden in between the city houses and walls.
It takes little time to get to Arezzo, Siena, Padova, Perugia, Florence or Assisi from Villa Nobile. The surrounding area of the house is full of little historic wonders which are equally worth seeing, like a 13th c. old local church, little old towns or vinaries.
The review would not be complete without a few words about our host who is the most wonderful and friendly person. It was his incredible personality that made us feel at home there. We could always count on him and was always there for us or our children ready to share his time with us. He was not only our party companion but also an art critic and trip advisor. He remained most helpful throughout our whole stay.
We would definitely recommend this place to everyone wishing to spend some romantic moments among Tuscan sunflower fields and cypress hills.
We would definitely love to come back to Raffaele next year!
We had a fabulous holiday at this beautiful villa, as a large family group of 5 to 74 years old. The quality was better than expected, the accommodation was very comfortable and immaculate with top quality furnishings and everything we could possibly need. A big thanks to Lena, as it was spotlessly clean on arrival and again when it was cleaned mid holiday. The lay out of the accommodation allowed us as a large group to be together if we chose, but as it can be rented as separate accommodation, we all still had our own space. We spent many evenings enjoying our evening meal outdoors with a glass of wine and many days by the fabulous pool. The large pool suited everyone and on the very hot days was more than welcome to cool off. The pergola allowed us to have lunch by the pool and was an alternative venue for our evening meals. Raffaelle and his son Gennaro were really friendly and helpful, keeping us updated on any local activities that we might be interested in. One evening our teenage boys went along to watch a local football tournament, where you could mingle with the local community and enjoy some pasta and pizza! A car is needed to get shop, but it is only a 5 minute journey to Foiano, which has a variety of shops, as well as a gelateria and take out pizzeria. There is a lovely restaurant at the end of the drive and the Hotel Farneta is highly recommended by us, offering reasonably priced, but high quality and authentic Tuscan cuisine, this is an absolute must visit. Cortona is close by 20 minutes by car and is also a must visit, as is Montepulciano. Train station at Camucia only 15/20 minutes away, enabled us to visit Rome/Florence and Pisa, all worth a visit, trains are reliable and easy to access. The A1 autostrada is close by, so made the villa easy to find and allowed us to access the neighbouring villages and towns.We will definately be back and would thoroughly recommend this property and area to anyone, in fact we are already planning our return trip, still so much to see and the comfort, facilities and central location of Villa Nobile is perfect. Many thanks from Helen, Gerry and family
We have just spent a fantastic holiday at Villa Nobile. From the time we arrived driving down the cypress lined driveway we just could not believe how gorgeous the propery was. (the photos do not do it justice). Having visited Tuscany many times before we have to say the villa is restored to the highest standard of anywhere we have stayed in the past. It was large enough for each part of our family group to have their own space if needed to relax & chill out both inside and out, this for us was a real plus.
We spent many days relaxing around the pool & soaking up the sun as well as enjoying walking in the surrounding countryside.
We loved the nearby hill towns of Cortona & Montepulciano, Lake Trasimeno is a must to visit too as well as Siena & Florence. Raffaele was the perfect host with his son Gennaro they gave us lots of advice on where to go & tips on places to eat nothing was too much trouble!.
A couple of times we walked down the lane to eat at the local restaurant & enjoyed many a great meal there washed down with some superb local wines. We are planning our return visit to Villa Nobile already & will definatley be recommending you to others. Thanks for everything Raff. The Carson family.