Charming Villa Farmhouse Private Pool Idyllic Setting
Peaceful Location, Unique Landscape, Village 1km
Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms)
The house is set in the famous Crete Senesi, perhaps the most spectacular example of the essence of Tuscany. On 2 floors, built of warm Sienese stone and brick, encircled by wide terracotta terraces, ancient mulberry trees and huge old cypresses, olive groves, lawns and gardens of aromatic shrubs and fragrant herbs, the cook's delight. Furnished with antique country furniture, books, art and textiles, Turkish rugs, comfortable sofas, good quality bedding, efficient plumbing and lighting, and is generally light, airy and stylish. All rooms with beautiful view. Persian blinds, mosquito screens, ceiling fans in the bedrooms. Shady entrance loggia, pergola covered by jasmine and roses for eating out at a travertine marble table, with barbecue. Plentiful garden furniture and hammocks are provided. A path through the gardens brings you to the swimming pool (ozone treated, virtually chemical free), surrounded by terracotta sun terraces, immersed in decorative shrubs, roses and lavender.
Bedroom 1 with double bed.
Bedroom 2 with double or twin beds.
Bedroom 3 with double or twin beds.
Bedroom 4 with double or twin beds plus bunk beds.
En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1, with bath/shower, wc, bidet.
Bathroom with shower, wc, bidet.
Bathroom with shower, wc, bidet.
Bedroom 2 with wash basin room.
Large open plan kitchen with dining for 10, sofa area with TV, video, DVD. 5-ring cooker, large oven, dishwasher, food mixers, Bosch refrigerator, open fireplace.
Washing machine, iron, ironing board.
Spacious upstairs living room with open fireplace, extra large sofa and armchairs, room for extra bunk beds.
Stereo. Study with fax, answering machine, Internet access ADSL.
Across the courtyard there is the refurbished old barn, consisting in a large double bedroom with double bed sofa and kitchen area, a bathroom with shower and its own private terrace to 1 side. This is always rented as part of the entire property.
Barbecue, Private Pool.
Dishwasher, Fridge/Freezer, Hob/Stove, Iron, Oven, Washing Machine.
Central Heating, Cot, High Chair, Internet Access, Room Fans, Satellite, Telephone, TV.
Delightful harmonious mature landscaped gardens, with lawn, decorative shrubs, herbs and fruit trees. Extensive olive groves. Ample parking areas. Plentiful garden furniture and hammocks are provided. 3 furnished eating areas including pergola, bread oven, barbecue. Various sun terraces. Private pool, ozone treated 12m x 4,5m deep end 2, 20, shallow 1, 20. with sun terrace surround. Open from end of May through September. Private peaceful setting with beautiful views over the valleys and of the castle.
Important notes on accommodation
Central heating, suitable for children, smokers allowed.
2 friendly cats live outside, owners provide food.
|Rental Period||Per Night||Per Week||Per Month||Min. Stay (Nights)|
|11 January 2014 - 29 March 2014||£ 1500.00||14|
|30 March 2014 - 31 May 2014||£ 2159.00||7|
|19 April 2014 - 26 April 2014||£ 2350.00||-|
|1 June 2014 - 28 June 2014||£ 2350.00||7|
|29 June 2014 - 30 August 2014||£ 2850.00||7|
|31 August 2014 - 27 September 2014||£ 2350.00||7|
|28 September 2014 - 1 November 2014||£ 2150.00||7|
|2 November 2014 - 20 December 2014||£ 1500.00||14|
|21 December 2014 - 3 January 2015||£ 2350.00||7|
Changeover day: Saturday, arrival times from 4 to 7 pm.
About the area
Grosseto, Maremma Coast 80km.
Special Interest Holidays
Horse riding, ballooning, tennis court nearby.
Painting and cooking classes , Italian lessons.
Yoga, shiat-su and ayurvedic massage.
How to get there
Florence and Perugia: 1 hour 30 mins,
Pisa: 2 hours 30 mins
Rome: 3 hours
Railway: Buonconvento: 15km
Ferry: Livorno: 160km.
Local village 1km.
Florence 1 hour 30 mins, Siena 40 mins, Pienza, Montepulciano and Montalcino 20-30 mins.
Excellent shops, supermarkets, weekly markets, restaurants, speciality wine bars are all nearby in this beautiful area, full of many historic sites and towns to visit, summer festivals, pageants, concerts, art exhibitions, museums. Many artisan products, ceramics, linen, leather goods, etc are on sale in local boutiques. It is the perfect place for walking and mountain biking. Balloon trips with champagne breakfasts can be booked. Thermal baths, horse riding, tennis courts at short distance. The village has a bank, supermarket, general store, bakery, bar with newsagent and tobacconist, post office, doctor surgery and chemist, butcher, wine tasting and local delicacies shops. Specialities are the local White Truffles, Pecorino sheep cheeses and Orcia Wine.The Festival of the White Truffle is held in November. The Castle is an imposing medieval structure beautifully restored, on its square an inviting "hotel de charme" with an excellent restaurant offers tasteful and refined dinners.Another interesting local feature is the ‘Bosco della Ragnaia’: a wood landscaped by a local American artist. Montisi is another integral small medieval settlement, with its own festival in august, La Giostra di Simone, with a jousting on horseback and pageantry in period costume. In June and July it hosts its own Art Festival, Montisi Art. Montalcino and its superb wines and imposing Fortress hosts a jazz festival in July. Siena:the real centre of Siena is the renowned Piazza del Campo, which hosts its famous Palio in July and August, where the competing Contrade,17 in number, run a fiercely challenged horse race round the perimeter of this extraordinary shell shaped Square, which is overlooked by the height of the Torre del Mangia. This and the Duomo of Siena, both with their magnificent museums, form the heart of the unique complex of architecture and artistic heritage belonging to this enchanting city.
About the Owner
Hardress is an anglo-irish painter who first came to Tuscany 45 years ago from London, and travelled in the whole of Italy studying art history. Since then he has lived in Spain and Uk,returning to Italy first of all near Lucca for 12 years, then moving south of Siena, where he now lives with Anna Maria.
Anna Maria is from an old florentine family who grew up in Milan and moved to to the Siena area 18 years ago. She is specialised in linguistics and philology and for several years has been working as a property and restoration consultant for people looking for houses south of Siena.
Between us we have 5 children and 5 grandchildren, 3 cats and 150 olive trees, which of course produce the best olive oil in Italy!
We love music, literature,cinema, art, our friends, life, food, wine,Ita
Year property purchased:
Why this location?
I didn't really buy this as a vacation rental house,but lived in it for a period as my own home before beginning to rent it out. I think this is why guests coming to the house, many of whom return year by year, find a hospitable atmosphere and feel at home. I always had very old friends living near here, and used to enjoy visiting because of the pleasant company and interesting community of people, considering it almost the most beautiful part of Tuscany.
What are the unique benefits of the property?
Our home is in a unique unspoilt natural setting, but close to the village and all amenities, as well as the delights which this special part of Tuscany offers,not far away from Montalcino, Pienza, San Quirico d'Orcia, Siena and Florence. There are also many local attractions, village medieval festivals,cultural events, beautiful local museums and notable culinary specialties, above all the white truffle, pecorino sheep cheese and famous wines. We have personal contacts with excellent restaurants and wineries where with pleasure we can introduce our guests.
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Property Ref IT2230
(ITALY) +39 3892790502
Languages spoken: English, French, Italian.
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