Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 463: Caspin Journeys, Il Molino di Bordone
apartments on an estate near Cortona, Tuscany South
August, 2001, Week
Caroline and Pino Nobile run a successful business leading hiking tours in England and Italy and now live in a restored stone mill house about 4-5 miles to the east of Cortona. The house was restored in the late 90s and the accommodations include three apartments, the largest of which has three bedrooms, a spacious kitchen, a couple of bathrooms, laundry facilities, and a nice paved patio area just outside.
My wife and I and another couple rented the largest apartment for a week in August of 2001 and found it a great place to use as a base for visits to Cortona, Deruta, Siena, Montapulciano, and more during our week in the area. The house is on a dirt side road just off the main road leading east from Cortona. It also has a nice outdoor swimming pool (not heated) which is very refreshing on hot summer days.
Cortona and nearby Camuccia are the two largest towns in the area, but there is a small cluster of shops, including a small grocery store about a mile or so from the house on the way back towards Cortona. There is a good weekly village market in Camuccia which offers a wide variety of fresh produce, meats, cheeses and other goodies to choose from.
The building was lovingly restored. Pino had pictures of the work and told us of some of the things they "discovered" as they dug down to restore foundations -- discoveries which in some cases led to some expensive building challenges, but the completed job provides a great place for a couple or a group of two or three couples to stay and to use as a base for exploration of the area.
There is a nice patio area just outside and we used it one day for a memorable meal assembled from produce bought at local markets ... a real "slow meal" to be savored and remembered.
Plenty of room in the large apartment including sofas and chairs, a very functional kitchen, a large dining area table.
Bedrooms were good sized and comfortable. Two bathrooms for the three Bedrooms ... more than suitable.
Fully adequate for cooking full meals. Basically equipped but quite functional.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Caroline and Pino were on the scene during our stay and very helpful with suggestions on things to see and do in the area, although with their own hiking business, which takes them to quite a few places in both Italy and England during the Spring-Fall period, they are not always around and you may find yourself dealing with an area housekeeper whose English fluency may be limited. The reality did match the published information ... no surprises. The Nobiles were on the spot when we had trouble trying to decipher the mysteries of the instructions for the washer and dryer.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would recommend it to others with no qualifications.
Things to do in this area
As noted ... the market at Camuccia. Montepulciano, Deruta (for Italian pottery in vast abundance), Siena, and other towns and villages in the area easy to reach by car ... Florence a bit over an hour away to the north.
Favorite restaurant during our visit ... Trattoria Toscana in Cortona ... ate there three different nights during our one week stay. Prices were very affordable and the menu and the preparation were both superb. Highly recommended.
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