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Relais Il Falconiere

Listed under Luxury Hotels in Arezzo, Italy.

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Tip-top country residence with fine cuisine, swimming pools and elegant gardens basking under the Tuscan sun Remember that dreamy land of sun-dappled verandas, flower-scented gardens and antique-furnished bedrooms which Frances Mayes described in Under the Tuscan Sun? Well, I’ve found it. And, do you know, it’s exactly where she said it was: just outside Cortona, in southeast Tuscany. The only differences are that it’s about a mile north of the house she described (her own), and that, unlike her house guests, you have to pay (but not that much, all things considered). For Il Falconiere is one of those magical country hotels that oozes Tuscan style. Originally an olive, wine and fruit-producing estate, its 300-year-old buildings and gardens have been restored to accommodate 19 elegant bedrooms, several drawing rooms, a private chapel, 2 swimming pools, and a vaulted restaurant in the old limonaia. There are glorious views over the Val di Chiana, and an atmosphere of total serenity. Don’t be put off by the prefix: although it is a member of the Relais & Chateaux group, it feels determinedly family-run, friendly and Italian.

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