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La Cantina will forever be remembered. Aside from being beautifully positioned for multiple Tuscan and Umbrian day trips, this is an exciting destination for the wine lovers in your group. Welcome to a world of exquisite San Giovese and Syrah wines where dapples of plump grapes hang low enough to almost dip into the pool, and olive trees come close enough to shade them.
An extensive and thoughtful renovation incorporated quality materials and high end furnishings to create a sophisticated country home. Perfect for entertaining, gourmet cooking and dining, La Cantina is ideal for those seeking an easy country setting with all the grace and style of a comfortable hotel.
As the name implies, La Cantina is at the very heart of a private boutique winery that is only open to Parker guests. Beneath the home sits the estate’s wine barrel aging cellars accessed from a separate outside entrance. Need one bottle or a few? Look no further than your own stocked wine pantry and pay only for what you consume. Extra virgin olive oil made on location is also available for purchase. Meet the vintners, arrange a private wine tasting and revel in each cycle of this ancient rite of cultivation. Fear not, no one will ever ask you to pick, stomp or store grapes as you richly relax by the pool. Just enjoy the show!
This perfectly balanced, non-smoking home features air conditioning, window screens, a PC with satellite internet and English language movie channels amidst vaulted ceilings, wide brick archways and terracotta floors. Winter guests renting from October through April have use of a fireplace in the living room that remains closed with a capped chimney for the remaining months. A few feet away, is a restored cottage for two that is combined with the main house to comfortably accommodate all nine guests.
Just as nicely furnished outside, guests may dine overlooking splendid views, lounge by the pool or grill up a storm. When booked in advance, the friendly owner of La Cantina will open her wood-fired brick oven and organize a fun-filled night of pizza making. Four bicycles are provided for guests’ enjoyment. Meals, an arrival antipasti buffet, a pizza night, a cooking class and cleaning service may be arranged when booking.
Day trips from La Cantina are a breeze. The local access road borders the property and leads to the Etruscan hill town of Cortona within an easy and scenic 20 minute drive. Once there, all manner of shops and restaurants are bound to tempt you along with the Saturday morning outdoor market. During the entire month of May, Cortona celebrates its ancient heritage with festivals and song culminating in a medieval crossbow competition on the last Sunday.
The Valdichiana Golf Club, with a restaurant, is fifteen minutes away. The greens fee for this 9-hole course is complimentary for all La Cantina guests. The owner arranges tee times for guests and this may be done upon arrival. Golf carts and clubs can be rented on location.
The entrance to the A1 highway is within a 10 minute drive. For the shoppers, a 15 minute drive leads to the designer outlets in nearby Valdichiana. The wine capital of Montepulciano lies 25 minutes away as do the sandy shores of Lake Trasimeno. Arezzo with a lively historic district and a prestigious antiques fair held on the first Sunday of each month is within 40 minutes as is medieval Pienza; Perugia: 45; Siena or Assisi: 60; Florence: 75; Rome: two hours.
First floor: Three bedrooms each with a queen size bed and minifridge; one with en suite bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and shower. One small bedroom with two single joinable beds. Two bathrooms each with shower. All the rooms are air conditioned.
Cottage for 2: In addition to the above, an air conditioned cottage is opened. Up 9 steps into an eat-in kitchen with stove top, toaster oven, fridge, dishwasher and fireplace. Sitting area. One bedroom with a queen size bed. One bathroom with Jacuzzi shower. All bathrooms have a portable hairdryer.