This was our first experience of Italian Agriturismo and it’s one I recommend to any large group. Our group of 16 adults and 7 children, ages 10-18, holidays together every year. Villa Cungi, the 18th ‘big group holiday’ for some of us, gave us one of our best experiences. The villa is in a beautiful place, perched on the side of a hill looking towards the medieval town of Anghiari. You will not get tired of this view, even though you see it as you swim in the pool, eat dinner on the terrace, open your bedroom shutters in the morning, this expansive view of Italian countryside still catches you unawares. The villa is in immaculate condition with good bathrooms and a kitchen that is not huge but is well-equipped to cook for 25 people: it has lots of large pans, serving dishes, plates, cups, glasses, cutlery etc plus a fast commercial dishwasher, everything except that most un-Italian of items, a kettle. The villa is very clean and items are obviously replaced regularly – nothing is worn or tatty. Everything works as it should and if it doesn’t the pool guy, who comes at 8am every day, will fix it. The family who own the estate are great hosts: you’ll get a warm welcome in excellent English and all the help you need, but if you don’t call them, they will leave you be. They are a few minutes drive further up the hill where they have a small farm shop. A bakers van will visit every morning selling delicious bread and pastries and there are good large supermarkets (Pam, Co-op) in the town of Sansepolcro a few minutes drive away. The kids had a great time in the pool, the teens and workaholics were happy with free wifi in the dining room (the signal cannot penetrate the thick 15th century walls and free internet access is limited to that one large room) and the older kids enjoyed having a large bed room for 5 of them to colonise. The only thing missing is comfortable seating inside for a large group: when it is too chilly to sit on the terrace (after 10pm in late August) there are only two sofas inside, but this is a minor niggle. Some of the bedrooms are small apartments with mini kitchens and living areas, so if you are holidaying with a group but value your privacy, that too is possible. For cultural days out Arezzo, Perugia and Florence are within striking distance. Sansepolcro is in Tuscany but close to the border with Umbria and the low price of the villa, compared to others in Tuscany, reflects this. Our only note of caution is to remind you that this is a farm and while you’ll be delighted to see deer on the estate and bats swooping over the pool at night, you will need supplies of insect repellent.
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