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La Veduta, (which means a Beautiful View in Italian) is the larger cottage - it has a huge, private sunbathing terrace, complete with sun loungers and wonderful panoramic views to the valley below and up to 'our' mountain, Monte Lignano above. Its private garden has numerous planters which overflow with colour from the Spring through to the Autumn. It is complemented with a large dining table and benches where you can dine by latern-light under the Tuscan sky.

Originally a carriage house, La Veduta has been transformed into a wonderfully comfortable holiday home, with central heating, that offers the very best that modern facilities can provide together with the epitome of Tuscan tradition - chestnut beams and terracotta floors throughout and an open fireplace in the very spacious sitting room. The sitting room contains not only a sofa and comfy chairs, a library with up to the minute reading, a CD stereo system, but an antique billiard table.

The spacious, romantic double bedroom with its shuttered windows is furnished with locally sourced furniture - a hand-crafted wrought-iron bed and other typical Tuscan furniture. The bathroom, still with chestnut beams and a terracotta ceiling has however the very latest in Italian bathroom fittings, including an extra large shower area. La Veduta also has its own laundry facilities - a fully automatic washing machine, drying rack, ironing board and iron.

Should you decide to eat 'at home' the recently-fitted kitchen has all the pans and tools you could possibly need to create your own Italian Feast. (We can direct you to the very best sources for fresh pasta, porcini, truffles, cheeses, fruits, wines and bread, etc.) The kitchen has a full 4-burner hob, full size oven, dishwasher, fan, toaster, storage and a large fridge/freezer. It even has a cool-bag (with ice packs) for picnics by the pool or further a field.

A complimentary welcome pack will ease you into a stress-free start to your holiday and many little extras ~ a hair dryer, sewing kit, CD's, library, games box, maps, guidebooks and local walking maps are provided to ensure it continues. There is also a comprehensive House Book, packed with information on all that this part of Tuscany has to offer you.

The two acre mature garden with ancient olives, fruit trees, oaks and conifers is completely at your disposal, wander around and you will find your 'special' view. Numerous benches and loungers are dotted around the grounds - nowhere is 'out of bounds'.

The pool, shared only with La Torre's other guests, nestles in the olive grove at the lower end of the garden. It has the most fabulous, panoramic views to Arezzo and the Pratomagno mountains beyond. It has been sympathetically constructed with a natural Sienese stone surround and the walls were made using stone excavated from the garden. There are sunbathing areas at each end of the pool ~ so you will never feel crowded.

Truffle Hunting Trips and Wine Tours around our local vineyard can be arranged. La Torre Extra Virgin Olive Oil is also available for sale.

Arezzo with its countless shops, restaurants, banks etc. is only 10 mins away but even nearer is Bagnoro, where you will find a fantastically well-stocked village shop/bar that is open every day ~ even Sunday!

Vaz (Vasco da Gama to give him his full name) will probably come up to La Veduta, to check you are OK but we're only around if you need us.