Tales from Tuscany
We pull into a pine-shaded car park. This is a seriously stylish place to stay, its ethos is all about comfort, indulgence and easy informality. You can book either as a holiday villa (it sleeps 18) or by room (it also operates as a hotel).
This beautiful resting place is the result of the escape fantasy of Philip Robinson (a production designer for movies such as Howard's End
and Four Weddings and a Funeral
). Philip knew just how much groups of friends
like mine would appreciate everything the villa had to offer - the right level of thoughtful care with all the freedom of a traditional villa holiday. It was up to Paolo Kastelec to run the place, cook fabulous meals and create the chilled, contented atmosphere that the villa imparts.
Breakfast and lunch are served as a buffet or out on the terrace. Coffee, tea and cold drinks are available throughout the day.
The villa had a stunning view across the lush flat plain of the Chiana valley to Cortona, nestling in the folds of the hills on the other side. The terrace at sunset was going to be as romantic and breathtaking as anyone could desire. And during our stay, we certainly made the most of it.