La Canonica di Cortine Cottages

Tuscany, Italy

  • Five unique two-bedroom cottages
  • Part of a beautifully restored historic hamlet
  • Informal and friendly
  • Delightful views of Chianti countryside
  • Restaurant 5-minute drive

Each of the five attractive cottages on La Canonica di Cortine Estate has a unique and charming appeal. Whether you chose jasmine clad Alba Cottage or the one-time chapel to Cortine’s own historic castle, Vespro Cottage, you can be sure of a restful stay in an authentically Tuscan atmosphere. All the cottages have two-bedrooms, spacious living areas, well-equipped kitchens and their own patio, terrace or garden. As a guest at Canonica di Cortine, you'll have access to the shared swimming pool and room to relax in a small olive grove where canopies are strung between the trees to provide shade in the heat of the day. The estate’s idyllic grounds reflect Italian living at its finest; follow the lavender and rosemary-lined walkways and you’ll find a number of outdoor seating areas, decorated with large terracotta pots overflowing with flowers.

In and Around the Estate

Breakfast is available at the B&B and light lunches are available on request (paid for locally) but, this being Chianti, there’s no shortage of excellent food and wine nearby. You can also book a cookery lesson at La Canonica di Cortine (for a minimum of two people) or visit one of the areas many boutique wineries to try a Chianti Classico or taste the local olive oil. Add a few beauty treatments (available on request and payable locally) or a long country walk around the Badia a Passignano and you have the makings of pure escapism. The nearest restaurant, recently visited by George and Amal Clooney, is a 20-minute walk away; the village of San Donato in Poggio, just a five-minute drive. And being an eight-minute drive to the main road between Florence and Siena, a visit to one or both of these iconic cities should definitely be on your agenda: two points of the Golden Triangle that also includes San Gimignano, all accessible in under an hour. On the third weekend in September, medieval Panzano, a 20-minute drive away, hosts the annual Vino al Vino Wine Festival, a chance to sample the local tipples with a soundtrack of live music in the afternoon. This historic town is also home to Dario Cecchini’s famous restaurants and his butcher’s shop, which has as much personality as the celebrity butcher himself.


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Accommodation

Layout

  • 5 two-bedroom cottages

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioning
  • Laundry service available on request (payable locally)
  • Shared swimming pool
  • Cooking classes available on request payable locally (minimum 2 people € 120 per person)
  • Dinner available on request and payable locally (minimum 6 people)
  • Welcome packs are not supplied
  • A daily tourist tax applies for the first week of your stay only, which means that an average of €1 per person (14+ years) may be charged. This should be paid in cash during your stay.

WiFi

  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

Access times

  • Check in time – 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Check out time – 10:00am

 


Location

  • San Donato in Poggio (restaurants/bars) 5min drive
  • Castellina in Chianti 15min drive
  • Panzano in Chianti 20min drive
  • Greve in Chianti 30min drive
  • San Gimignano 30min drive
  • Siena 50min drive
  • Florence 45min drive
  • Florence airport 45min drive
  • Pisa airport 1hr 25min drive

Flights

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in Italy to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Pisa

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday All season
Luton Airport easyJet Saturday All season
Manchester Jet2 Saturday All season
Manchester easyJet Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday All season
Birmingham Jet2 Saturday All season
East Midlands Jet2 Saturday June - September
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday All season

Florence

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick Vueling Saturday All season
London City British Airways Saturday All season
London Stansted British Airways Saturday All season
Luton Airport Vueling Saturday All season
Manchester British Airways Saturday June - September
Edinburgh British Airways Saturday June - October

Car hire

Car options

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange car hire for you.

Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are available:

  • 2 guests – 1 group B, Fiat 500 or similar*
  • 3 guests – 1 group C, VW Polo or similar*
  • 4 guests – 1 group D, Peugeot 308 or similar*

* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage is not included in the cover.

Car specifications

Group B – 1.2 litre engine, 2 medium suitcases*

Group C – 1.6 litre engine, 2 medium and 1 large suitcases*

Group D – 1.6 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*

The following cars are available as alternatives on request. Please call our travel specialists for details.

Group H – Alfa Romeo Giulietta AUT or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*

Group G – BMW Gran Tourer Station Wagon or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 3 large and 2 small suitcases*

* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

Customer feedback

I just felt very confident booking our holiday to Tuscany with Simpson Travel. Trusted them completely and felt if something was to go wrong they would be there for us.
Mrs. L Dickson – July 2019

Tuscan Wandering was a new Simpson adventure for us. A wonderful experience in lovely hotels (La Locanda del Loggiato and La Canonica di Cortine). Helpful hosts to guide us through stunning countryside and hilltop villages. Superb organisation; we did not want to come home.
Chris & Anne Woodhead – September 2018

We had a very relaxing week at Canonica di Cortine. The accommodation was comfortable and well equipped and the setting beautiful. We made good use of the lovely swimming pool and the table tennis. Stefano was very helpful in recommending places to eat and even arranged a visit to the Chianti Space Observatory, which we highly recommend. Thank you for a wonderful stay.
Tara B – Alba – August 2018

 

We book with Simpson Travel as we know what we will get – out of the ordinary in every way, great locations, fabulous hosts and kindred spirits. Both our selected properties in Tuscany, La Madonnina and La Canonica di Cortine, had so much to recommend them whilst being totally different – a great combination.
Martin Sims – Solatio – August 2018

Our choice of Italian properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.

To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

Grading Help

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  • 4/5

    Very good

  • 3/5

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  • Location

    4.5/5

    Position, view, serenity, privacy

  • Comfort

    4.5/5

    Space, style, overall furnishings

  • Facilities*

    4.5/5

    Property enhancements

  • Amenities*

    4.5/5

    Proximity to beaches, restaurants and shops

* For further clarification on Facilities and Amenities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

From the moment you arrive in Tuscany, you are invited to share in its grand passions and indulgent pleasures – world-famous wine, mouth-watering food and epic histories. Each of Tuscany’s ten provinces has its own unique personality, but wherever you stay, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a verdant patchwork of olive groves, cypress trees and vineyards. From the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, to the narrow streets of hilltop San Gimignano, Tuscany makes for a stunning escape. 

To complete the picture, explore our collection of handpicked villas, boutique Simpson Hotels and charming apartments or discover our Tuscan Wandering programme to truly immerse yourself in the local culture.


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Full details

Festooned with fragrant white jasmine, Alba cottage is one of the prettiest properties on the charming Canonica di Cortine estate. Inside, you’ll find an attractive mix of old and new, with character antiques sourced from Stefano’s furniture restoration business, and a well-equipped modern kitchen, complete with the classic Italian stove-top Moka coffee pot for those who like a full-strength caffeine shot in the mornings. There are plenty of ways to spend your days here; whether you’ve come for a rest or you’re keen to explore, the lure of nearby San Gimignano, Florence and Siena is hard to resist. There’s no need to get into the car if you don’t want to however, with a sparkling free-form swimming pool in the estate grounds and an appealing local restaurant a 20-minute walk away.

Layout

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living/dining room
  • Separate kitchen opens to private outdoor patio
  • Kitchen includes: gas hob, electric oven , fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine

First floor

  • Double bedroom
  • Twin bedroom
  • Shower room

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Satellite TV
  • Air conditioning in bedrooms only
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Shared swimming pool Shared swimming pool 13m x 9m (depth 1.20 m – 2.50m)
  • In Italy, a daily tourist tax applies for the first week of your stay only, which means that an average of € 1.50 per person (12 + years) may be charged. This should be paid cash to your villa or hotel owner during your stay
  • Due to cooler temperatures, the swimming pool may be closed at the end of September until the end of the season

Wifi

  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.


Full details

Meriggio is a comfortable, two-bedroom cottage, decked out in cheery floral prints with cool tiled floors for hot summer days. All the estate guests are welcome to use the immaculate figure-of-eight swimming pool and formal gardens, and those staying at Meriggio have the extra benefit of a secluded private garden and dining area where you can enjoy a glass or two of top quality local wine as you plan out your days. It’s tempting to stay local, with a restaurant within walking distance and the captivating medieval town of Barberino Val d’Elsa just a ten-minute drive away, but for art-lovers, gourmets, historians and shoppers, Florence, Siena and San Gimignano are also irresistibly close.

Layout

Ground floor

  • Open-plan kitchen/dining room opens to outdoor patio
  • Kitchen includes: gas hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Separate sitting room
  • Laundry room

First floor

  • Double bedroom
  • Twin bedroom
  • Shower room

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Satellite TV
  • Air conditioning bedrooms only
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Shared swimming pool 13m x 9m (depth 1.20 m – 2.50m)
  • In Italy, a daily tourist tax applies for the first week of your stay only, which means that an average of € 1.50 per person (12 + years) may be charged. This should be paid cash to your villa or hotel owner during your stay
  • Due to cooler temperatures, the swimming pool may be closed at the end of September until the end of the season

Wifi

  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.


Full details

Solatio is a large, detached cottage, which originally served as a hay-barn for Cortine’s own castle. The barn was carefully adapted into a two-storey villa, with two en suite bedrooms and a pretty living-dining area, complete with terracotta barrel vaulted ceilings, comfortable sofas and even an open fireplace for early or late season stays. The name ‘Solatio’ translates roughly from Italian as ‘the colour of sunshine’ and there’s ample opportunity to enjoy the golden rays either on the villa’s own little patio or by the large free-form pool which is available for all Canonica di Cortine guests to use.

Layout

Ground floor

  • Open-plan kitchen/dining room opens to outdoor patio
  • Kitchen includes: gas hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Sitting room with decorative fire place
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room

First floor

  • Double bedroom (open doorway) with en-suite shower room

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Satellite TV
  • Air conditioning throughout
  • The property layout is not suitable for children under the age of 8
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Shared swimming pool 13m x 9m (depth 1.20 m – 2.50m)
  • In Italy, a daily tourist tax applies for the first week of your stay only, which means that an average of € 1.50 per person (12 + years) may be charged. This should be paid cash to your villa or hotel owner during your stay
  • Due to cooler temperatures, the swimming pool may be closed at the end of September until the end of the season

Wifi

  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.


Full details

Tramonto is a large cottage laid out over two floors, and well equipped either for a family or perhaps two couples. With a living room, separate dining room, shaded terrace and a fully equipped kitchen, there’s ample space to try your hand at recreating some local dishes, and if you’re keen to learn more, hosts Lucia and Stefano can organize cooking classes, wine tastings and other local excursions on request. The grounds and free-form swimming pool make delightful spaces to relax and recharge with a book or perhaps a drawing pad, and should you be in need of a little inspiration, Florence, Siena and San Gimignano are less than an hour away by car.

Layout

Ground floor

  • Open-plan kitchen/dining room opens to outdoor patio
  • Kitchen includes: gas hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Separate sitting room
  • Shower room
  • Laundry room

First floor

  • Double bedroom
  • Twin bedroom
  • Shower room

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Satellite TV
  • Air conditioning bedrooms only
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Shared swimming pool 13m x 9m (depth 1.20 m – 2.50m)
  • In Italy, a daily tourist tax applies for the first week of your stay only, which means that an average of € 1.50 per person (12 + years) may be charged. This should be paid cash to your villa or hotel owner during your stay
  • Due to cooler temperatures, the swimming pool may be closed at the end of September until the end of the season

Wifi

  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.


Full details

Two-bedroomed Vespro was originally a chapel, and even today remains a tranquil spot to be at one with your thoughts thanks to its lush private garden and secluded patio. The interiors are cosy and inviting, with wooden floors and terracotta tones creating a sense of warmth whatever the season. Most of the time you’ll want to be out in the sunshine however, either lounging by the large free-form pool or wandering the lavender-lined walkways that dissect the estate grounds. Walk a little further (20 minutes) and you’ll end up at the nearest restaurant, rumoured to have been visited by a certain Mr and Mrs Clooney in recent years.

Layout

Ground floor

  • Open-plan kitchen/dining room opens to outdoor patio
  • Kitchen includes: gas hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Sitting room with decorative fire place
  • Shower room

First floor

    • Twin bedroom (open doorway), leading to the double bedroom
    • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room

General

    • Complimentary WiFi
    • Satellite TV
    • Air conditioning throughout
    • The property layout is not suitable for children under the age of 8
    • Outdoor dining area
    • Shared swimming pool 13m x 9m (depth 1.20 m – 2.50m)
    • In Italy, a daily tourist tax applies for the first week of your stay only, which means that an average of € 1.50 per person (12 + years) may be charged. This should be paid cash to your villa or hotel owner during your stay
    • Due to cooler temperatures, the swimming pool may be closed at the end of September until the end of the season

Wifi

  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.


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