Villa Fontelunga, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy
Photography by David Edwards

Villa Fontelunga
Arezzo, Italy

Totally in tune with its location, Villa Fontelunga is a gorgeous collection of nine double bedrooms, with separate one-bedroom and two-bedroom villas, making it perfect for friends looking to holiday together or a romantic one-on-one getaway. 

The exquisite rooms are individually styled, with en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning. The two small villas have their own private gardens and terraces.

Owners Philip and Paolo place a particular focus on making the land a part of the experience. The villa’s farm produces food for the table, while its market garden and shop are a hub for the local community, with one guy making organic pasta and another bringing his own honey. Plus, there’s a local wine producer.

The facilities on offer are impressive. For the energetic, there’s a large swimming pool, tennis court and fleet of mountain bikes for exploring the local area. Guests looking to chill can head for the tranquil landscaped gardens, Jacuzzi or outside gazebo with fireplace. 

‘Informal luxury’ is at the heart of the service at Fontelunga and, whether it’s organising a cookery class, spa visit, truffle hunt or private chef, Philip and Paolo bend over backwards to make sure they get their pre-arrival planning right.

The surrounding area is spellbinding and packed with treasures. The local towns, where amazing artists carry on the great traditions of the Renaissance, made us feel as if we’d stumbled on to the film set of
Call Me by Your Name. 

Plans are in hand, we hear, to triple the occupancy of the villa by building ownable residences, together with a standalone bar and restaurant. But, as the collection grows, the ethos of homely, hands-on hospitality, seasonal food and sustainability synonymous with this part of Italy will stay the same. On that Paolo and Philip are firm. Hear, hear. Why change a winning formula.

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While you’re Out There
Try and coincide your arrival with one of the dinner parties that the owners Philip and Paolo host twice a week for their friends and guests. It’ll give you an opportunity to meet fellow travellers, but also some interesting locals and expats that will give you a flavour for the area.

www.fontelunga.com

Photography by David Edwards and courtesy of Villa Fontelunga