1 double bedroom, 2 shower rooms, 1 of which ensuite and 1 double sofa bed
Location: Arezzo and Cortona
This property rents from Saturday to Saturday
Arcata is a ground floor apartment in a large farmhouse that now offers a couple or small family a great place to holiday in Tuscany, but in earlier centuries was quite likely home to those who fed the clerics of the mighty St. Mary's Abbey in nearby Badia Agnano. In spaces that once would have housed the farmstead's livestock and supplies, the current owners, in a 10-year restoration project, remained faithful to original layouts and created a generous apartment that now allow guests to stretch limbs and step away from the stresses of modern life.
This apartment, like the other two on the estate, has an individual outdoor eating area and easy access to the spacious pool area whose sun loungers, umbrellas, tables and night lighting make it a popular spot day and night. The surrounding hectares, once cultivated in grain, are now planted with olive and walnut trees, some strung with hammocks to make the most of a shaded afternoon snooze. The owner, who lives with her family on the top floor of the farmhouse, is an excellent resource. And at this property there are many 'extra' possibilities - horse stables you can walk to, cooking lessons and meals done by a lovely Italian, tours and transport to corners you've yet to discover, outlet shopping, and bike rentals for those who would tour Tuscany in a slower lane.
Entrance to this apartment is through the arched entryway directly into a generous sitting room with sofa, armchairs, a wood stove and an extra double sofa bed. Up a couple of steps to the right is a double bedroom with wrought iron bedstead, desk, wardrobe and ensuite shower room and an independent access to the side garden down a short jasmine-covered staircase. Also off the sitting room is access to a 2nd shower room and a large eat-in kitchen with view to the pool.
Once the territory of powerful feudal lords, the fertile valley of the Ambra River lies central to the Florence, Siena and Arezzo triangle; not surprisingly, throughout the Middle Ages it was land to be fought over and frequently traded hands - until the formidable Medici family did away with its influence and relegated it to the role of Florentine breadbasket. For this the modern tourist can be thankful; the protected land and buildings seen today are not that removed from the Tuscan countryside seen in ancient frescos. There are many good restaurants and lively festivals in the charming towns and villages nearby, and with the famous tips of the triangle - Siena, Arezzo, Florence - all within easy driving distance, Arcata is easily one of the most comfortable and well placed holiday spots you could find.
Stayed at Stalla and Arcata together with another family and our children. The estate is beautiful, comfortable with high standard and very nice interior. Great pool and possibilities for relaxation or do sports if you prefer that. Cooked our food but also went to nearby villages to visit trattorias, restaurants and Osterias. The owner is an energetic wonderful lady always ready to help out to make the stay as pleasant as possible. Really recommend this location and especially if you go with friends or family but there is enough space even if there are other families around. Great location to visit Siena, Montepulciano, Arezzo, Florence etc. Just perfect vacation!!
We thoroughly enjoyed a 2 week stay in this beautifully restored farmhouse. The house was tastefully and carefully refurbished; a nice combination of antique and modern. We enjoyed relaxing by the large swimming pool; from our location we started out on various bike tours and sightseeing tours by car. Our friendly host was very helpful by giving us directions, tips and restaurant recommendations. We hope to return for another stay; we definitely recommend this property to anyone seeking a quiet, comfortable and luxurious accommodation in the midst of the beautiful Tuscan countryside.