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    Il Falconiere, Cortona Review

    Località San Martino 370, 52044 Cortona, Italy
    Il Falconiere Review
    4 Star Rating
    Tags: Cortona, Italy, Traditional reviewsThe Bill: £160 per night

    Il Falconiere is part of the Relais and Chateaux group of hotels, and is located in the heart of picturesque Tuscany. Converted from a 17th century villa, the hotel oozes country charm.

    On the afternoon we arrived, it almost seemed asleep, but we were greeted upon our entrance by a very wide awake and charming receptionist, who was most anxious to make us feel completely at home.

    “Italian country house style and exceptional cuisine”

    We were shown to our suite, which was on the upper floor, and had a lovely beamed ceiling, elegant white drapes and a pastel bedspread on the large and comfortable bed. Lovely old Persian rugs glowed on a terracotta tiled floor.

    The separate living room was a delightful place to sit and sip the last glass of wine of the night.Furniture is antique, in keeping with the building, and our bathroom whilst offering masses of hot water and huge white towels, featured a charming period bath.

    Just twenty two rooms are spread through the villa itself, the spa building, an old cottage or attached to the villa’s chapel, so there is a feeling of spaciousness, very much like staying in a private home.

    The view over the surrounding countryside was enticing, so we immediately decided to explore the grounds. There are two pools is surrounded by gardens, and loungers beckoned, but, we decided instead on a walk. The surrounding countryside is very lovely, and maps are available so you can find some of the prettiest spots and best views.

    During our stay we wanted to go horse riding, and my request for a gentle horse with at least two wooden legs was granted! Seriously, the horses were very well mannered, and we enjoyed a long trek with a midday picnic, mostly at ambling speed, but with the occasional slow canter.

    Il Falconiere has a superb restaurant, and we enjoyed every single meal without guilt, as our days were filled with walking, swimming and sight seeing. This is an exceptional hotel for those who are looking for a very quiet country style break, with every comfort at hand, and a feeling of being a very special guest.

    Photos courtesy of Il Falconiere
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