La Canonica di Cortine Estate

Tuscany, Italy

  • Part of a beautifully restored historic hamlet
  • Informal and friendly
  • Cottages and B&Bs available
  • Delightful views of Chianti countryside
  • Restaurant 5-minute drive
Book this beautifully authentic bed and breakfast as part of our Tuscan Wandering Programme and we’ll include a complimentary wine tour and tasting at the boutique winery of Fattoria Le Fonti nearby. Find out more about Tuscan Wandering.

 

This charming private estate sits in a privileged hillside position in the heart of Tuscany’s famous winelands. Surrounded by Chianti’s signature vineyards, olive groves and woodland, it was once part of an ancient hamlet, transformed in a three-year restoration project from crumbling ruins into characterful, comfortable holiday cottages and an elegant small B&B. 

The B&B is brimful of history, yet perfectly in tune with the needs of today's discerning traveller, housed in a building the colour of ripe cornfields. At a time in regional tourism when whitewashing the walls was pretty much the full extent of interior design, owners Lucia and Stefano took the bold step of calling in an expert to style each wooden-beamed room individually. The result is authentic yet original, combining furniture from Stefano’s antique restoration business with English floral fabrics and a few family heirlooms for a pleasingly personal touch. The B&B rooms are an ideal base either for a week’s stay, or as part of a Tuscan Wandering holiday.

Lucia and Stefano’s tasteful influence can also be seen in the estate cottages; the original stone buildings have lost none of their historic character but have simply been ‘repurposed’ for the needs of 21st century visitors, each with its own outdoor dining space and some with a small garden for extra privacy. From a former hayloft to a converted chapel, the cottages are faithful guardians of the estate’s 1000-year history and the layout varies considerably in each, but all are both comfortable and practical for either couple or smaller family; for full details, please refer to the cottages 'tab'. If you’re looking for a larger self-catering option on the estate, we are also delighted to feature the elegant Villa Castrum.

As a guest at Canonica di Cortine, you have access to a large 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. Follow the lavender and rosemary-lined walkways and you’ll also find a number of outdoor seating areas, decorated with large terracotta pots overflowing with flowers. 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. Light lunches are available on request and 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. The nearest restaurant, recently visited by George Clooney and Amal, is a 20-minute walk away; the nearest village of San Donato 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, which is just over half an hour away.

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.


Accommodation

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 – 4-8pm
  • Check out time – 10am

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 Gatwick British Airways 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

Florence

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City British Airways Saturday All season


Rome

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Saturday All season
London Heathrow Alitalia Saturday All season
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Gatwick Vueling Saturday All season
Manchester Jet2 Saturday All season
Birmingham Monarch Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday All season

Car hire

Car options

Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday:

  • 2 guests – 1 group B, Fiat Panda or similar*
  • 3 guests – 1 group C, Lancia Ypsilon or similar*
  • 4 guests – 1 group D, Volkswagen Golf or similar*
  • 5 guests – 1 group F, Volkswagen Golf AUT 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 small suitcases*

Group C – 1.2 litre engine, 2 medium suitcases*

Group D – 1.6 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*

Group F – 1.6 litre engine, 3 large 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.

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

Property Grading Key:

  • 5/5

    Excellent

  • 4/5

    Very good

  • 3/5

    Good

Close
  • 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 beach, restaurant 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.

Tuscany gives you permission to indulge in life’s simple pleasures – world-famous wine, indulgent food and hours consumed by 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.

Read more on our Tuscany region page



Classic double B&B

  • 2
  • 1
  • 1
  • Queen or twin beds
  • Private marble bathroom with shower
  • Garden views
  • Daily breakfast included

Full details

The classic doubles feature either a queen size bed or two singles, a private bathroom with shower, plus air conditioning and heating. Furnished with local antiques, these rooms also have pretty views over the inner gardens. 

Classic double

  • 1 bedroom
  • View of garden
  • Cot available on request

Deluxe double B&B

  • 2
  • 1
  • 1
  • Queen size bed
  • Private bathroom with bath or shower
  • Garden view
  • Daily breakfast included

Full details

The deluxe double rooms are decorated in Italian country style, with antique furnishings lending a dash of elegance. The rooms are large enough to accommodate a cot or an extra bed for a child on request, and enjoy attractive views over the inner gardens.

Deluxe double

  • 1 bedroom 
  • View of the inner garden
  • Extra single bed and cot available on request

Alba Cottage

  • 4
  • 2
  • 1
  • Two-bedroom cottage
  • Delightful communal grounds
  • Large shared swimming pool
  • Florence, Siena and San Gimignano 50 minutes

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.


Meriggio Cottage

  • 4
  • 2
  • 1
  • Two-bedroom apartment
  • Private garden and dining area
  • Large shared swimming pool
  • Florence, Siena and San Gimignano 50 minutes

Full details

Meriggio is a comfortable, two-bedroom apartment, 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.


Solatio Cottage

  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • Two bedroom detached cottage
  • Small patio
  • Large shared swimming pool
  • Florence, Siena and San Gimignano 50 minute

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 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.


Tramonto Cottage

  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • Spacious two-bedroom apartment
  • Shaded dining terrace
  • Large shared swimming pool
  • Florence, Siena and San Gimignano 50 minutes

Full details

Tramonto is a large apartment 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.


Vespro Cottage

  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • Two bedroom detached cottage
  • Private garden
  • Large shared swimming pool
  • Florence, Siena and San Gimignano 50 minutes

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

    • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room
    • Twin bedroom

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.


Family room B&B

  • 5
  • 2
  • 1
  • Two bedrooms, two bathrooms
  • Spacious accommodation
  • Split level layout
  • Daily breakfast included

Full details

The well-proportioned family rooms are laid out over two floors, with an en suite double on the first floor and a twin with private bathroom on the level above, accessed via a staircase from the double. Antiques add a refined yet local flavour. For a larger family, an extra bed or cot is available by arrangement for an additional charge.

Family room

  • Sleeps 2-5
  • Ground floor double bedroom with en-suite shower room
  • First floor twin bedroom with en-suite shower room
  • Extra single bed and cot available on request

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