La Tocella, Tuscany, Italy

LisaGrainger. Daily Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/familyholidays/12114587/Europes-10-best-rural-villas-for-2016.html

 

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For many, the definition of the ideal villa holiday is a rural retreat – a break from the rat race – and perhaps a place where you can turn off smartphones (the Wi-Fi’s slow, anyway). With only the sounds of birds, or the occasional splashing in the pool in the background, you can breathe the fresh air, snooze in the shade, and re-engage with the people you love.

2. La Tocella, Tuscany, Italy

A warm, rustic family farmhouse furnished with a mix of utilitarian pieces that encourage guests to relax, La Tocella sits within 62 acres of private forested estate, just 10 minutes’ drive from Cortona, with its weekly food market. As well as a big rectangular pool at the end of the lawn, there’s a pizza oven (which the friendly housekeeper will fire up) and an adjoining cottage (for teens to hang out in). The property can sleep up to nine guests. Technophiles will appreciate the satellite television, Wi-Fi, and iPod docking station; there’s also air-conditioning in summer and heating in winter. The agent, Tuscany Now & More, has a good online guide to the area, and can arrange bespoke excursions.

Villa from £2,037 a week in low season rising to £2,392 in high, plus £30 for towels and sheets (tuscanynowandmore.com).

Lisa Grainger

 

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A warm, rustic family farmhouse furnished with a mix of utilitarian pieces that encourage guests to relax, La Tocella sits within 62 acres of private forested estate, just 10 minutes’ drive from Cortona, with its weekly food market. As well as a big rectangular pool at the end of the lawn, there’s a pizza oven (which the friendly housekeeper will fire up) and an acljoining cottage (for teens to hang out in). The property can sleep up to nine guests.Technophiles will appreciate U1e satellite television, Wi-Fi, and iPod docking station; there’s also air-conditioning in summer and heating in winter. The agent.Tuscany Now & More, has a good online guide to the area, and can arrange bespoke excursions.

• Villa from £2,037 a week in low season rising to £2,392 in high,plus £30 for towels and sheets
View La Tocella.