After a week in Rome we travelled to Cortona for a friends wedding and had decided that we would try a self-catering Villa so we could cook up some of the local produce. Villa Valenza offers B&B rooms or a Self Catering option and so we paid extra for the self catering 'apartment'.
The room was very clean and air-conditioned but we found it old fashioned in terms of decor and furnishing. The kitchen lacked some of the basic facilities we'd expected - the small kitchen area had just a fridge, microwave and a small hot-plate, no oven or kettle and only a few plates and utensils. For this reason we ended up eating out for the 4 nights we stayed, and just used the kitchen to make our breakfast and some sandwiches. The Bathroom area was adequate but again we felt it needed modernisation. We felt, for what we had paid the accommodation provided was very over-priced.
The location of Villa Valenza was good for us, about a 15-20min walk into the centre of Cortona town with some breathtaking scenery along the way. Residents also benefit from free wi-fi and have free use of the Swimming Pool at the adjacent sports centre which made for a very nice relaxing day of sunbathing and swimming.
In Summary, I would recommend going for the B&B option if you decide to stay at Villa Valenza as the B&B rooms seemed nicer; however, with an update of the self-catering rooms in terms of decor and facilities this could be turned into a really lovely place to stay.
I also have to say that the host looked after us very well and despite the language barrier he was extremely helpful and friendly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in charming green surroundings only a stone’s throw from the centre of Cortona Villa Valenza offers bed & breakfast service and tourist apartments with swimming-pool and restaurant. The villa is located in a quieter and less known part of Cortona, the "Parterre," a promenade leading from the historical centre to the hilltop, the fortress of Girifalco and the sanctuary of Santa Margherita. From the historical centre you will be able to get to Villa Valenza with a five minute stroll down the promenade of Parterre (closed off to traffic). The villa can also be reached by car driving to the top of the hill and taking a turn down to the sporting facilities in Torreone. You will get to the villa after driving down a winding cypress-lined road going around the western side of the hill. The villa was originally built in the mid 1900s and was recently converted to house a bed & breakfast (rooms with private bathroom) as well as holiday apartments for 2 to 4 guests. The building is spread over two floors and has private parking. The swimming-pool located next-door is open to the general public from May through to September and is part of a large sporting complex including also tennis courts (open both in the summer and in the winter) and a five-a-side court. ... more less