The ample living space on the ground floor contains cooking area, dining area seating up to 10, double sofa bed. The bathroom is also on the ground floor. The upstairs bedroom has air-conditioning and a view over the hilltop town of Montefollonico. The living area opens onto the patio with pergola which overlooks the garden area, ancient oak tree and surrounding vineyards.
NB: this apartment is separated from the studio flat by a sound-proof communicating door which can be unlocked in the case of both apartments being rented together.
Agriturismo Il Salarco
This beautifully renovated farm annexe is opposite the owner's family home and surrounded by hills and vineyards. Enjoy being immersed in the Tuscan countryside while only a five minutes' drive from the hilltop town of Montepulciano and the village of Montefollonico. You can relax in the garden, discover the specialities of the region, visit local wineries where tastings are possible, and absorb ancient culture. There are several thermal resorts with hot springs and lovely Lake Trasimeno is a 30 minute drive away. When it is not so hot you can enjoy the marvellous countryside on foot or by bicycle. You can experience everything the area offers - from local markets to artistic treasures, prehistoric sites and last but not least the best places to sample typical local cooking, with the wonderful wines which make this region famous.
the property and what is offered: The apartments have been beautifully restored while retaining original Tuscan features, with care taken over detail. They have been furnished with the maximum attention to comfort and each has its own independent entrance. The two-room apartment has a private garden area with a pergola and the studio flat a small patio. Thermal insulation is so efficient that you will find heating/air-conditioning costs very reasonable.
There is an above ground swimming pool, 5.5 metres diameter and about 1 meter deep,suitable for children but adults can enjoy it as well! NB: the pool is in use from June 15 - September 15 weather permitting.
Otherwise there are several outdoor pools in the vicinity, from 10 to 25 minutes' drive away. Transport: A car is advisable especially with children but it is possible to do without, and car hire by the day is available locally. Train travel is cheap and easy from Rome and Pisa international airports and lifts to and from the train station, as well as into town, can be arranged.
Apart from the artistic and historical treasures to be discovered, there are local festivities and events in every little town. To mention just a few, the donkey race in Torrita di Siena is accompanied by processions in medieval dress and an impressive flag waving performance, and the yearly barrel pushing contest up the streets of Montepulciano in August is immensely popular. At the internationally acclaimed Teatro Povero di Monticchiello where residents take part in an open-air theatre in the summer , local cooking can be sampled in the evenings in the crypt of the church. Last but not least the wonderful countryside and picturesque streets of the little towns make this a walker's paradise.
The English-born owner has lived in the area for 26 years and in Italy for most of her life and will help you with anything you need to make your stay enjoyable and memorable. Free babysitting is offered (within reason and subject to personal commitments).
There are also cooking schools in the area, please contact the owner to book lessons in advance.
Top Traveller Review
Most Romantic Cottage!
About the Owner
Changeover day is Saturday but midweek bookings are possible subject to availability. Central heating and air conditioning are charged extra according to use, hot water, electricity, linen and towels are included in the rent. For a stay of less than 5 nights there is a cleaning charge of 40 euros.
Please note that check-in is from 16.00 to 19.00 pm and check-out by 10.00 am.
(5 traveller reviews)
Most Romantic Cottage!
Laura and her cottage are AMAZING! She is unbelievably kind, helpful, and made our stay very special. My wife and I stayed here for a few days on our honeymoon, and Laura's cottage is by far one of our favorite spots. Montepulciano is just a short drive away and getting to Cortona (per Laura's recommendation) isn't far either. The area surrounding the cottage is beautiful. We enjoyed sitting on the patio, drinking wine, making coffee + breakfast in the full kitchen, and waking up to the surrounding vineyards. Amazing value for the cost and absolutely worth the experience in every way.
Review of Holiday Stay
We were 4 adults and found that the accommodation was very comfortable and spacious. The rooms were large and airy and kept in immaculate condition throughout our stay. We enjoyed being able to barbeque outside in the garden. Although slightly off the beaten track, it was not far to travel to various towns in the region and one could travel to Florence and Pisa within a few hours. Laura, the hostess, was incredibly helpful with advice and assistance in sorting out problems with our Europcar hire. We would have been lost without her help as, although she is English, she speaks Italian fluently. All in all we would recommend this accommodation for a peaceful relaxed stay in Italy.
This place is very, very nice - the right facilities in the right location. The house itself is furnished simply and comfortably in the Tuscan style and has everything you need. It has a great bedroom, all you need including space in its the sitting/kitchen area and a lovely outside bit with terrace and lawn; inside and outside living. The welcome and information is discreetly provided: visitors can be entirely independent or seek the advice [willingly provided] by the owner. It is located in the southern Tuscan hills, with the terrace looking out over vineyards then up towards the hilltop town of Montepulciano. It is close to the important and best places on the Tuscany map including Montepulciano, Assisi and the towns and villages arond Siena. For the more energetic there are fabulous walks and cycling on the door step. We are going back and would recommend this property to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday in Tuscany.
Empfehlenswert und liebevoll ausgestattet
Wir haben eine wunderschöne Woche in dem liebevoll ausgestatteten Apartement verbracht. Bei der Ausstattung wurde viel Wert aufs Detail gelegt, so findet man z.B. in der Küche alles was man braucht und sollte man etwas vermissen (was bei uns nicht der Fall war) kann man ohne Bedenken die Vermieterin, Laura, darum bitten. Das Anwesen ist groß, sehr gepflegt und von Weinfeldern umgeben. Man kann Ruhe finden und Entspannung auf der schönen Terrasse genießen, Montepulciano und andere phantastische Orte sind nur einen Katzensprung entfernt. Laura hilft gern bei Fragen zur Umgebung und gibt Tipps und Anregungen, wenn man dies möchte. Wir haben unsere Zeit dort sehr genossen und empfehlen es gern weiter!
My fiance and I stayed in this lovely little place less than 10 minutes outside of Montepulciano just a few weeks ago in January. It was utterly charming, no less for its facilities and beautiful surroundings than for the welcoming and warmth of the family who own and let it, and have done some fabulous work restoring it. Laura, the owner, was brilliant, very accommodating, answered loads of questions we had and made us feel very at home. The flat we stayed in was part of a lovely old stone barn or stable, with french doors that opened up on a garden with a view of vineyards and hills-- a bit too cold to mess about with in January, but must be absolutely beautiful thrown open on a summer evening-- and we really liked the layout of the rooms-- plenty of space, living-room/kitchen (nicely kitted out, spotless and new) and bathroom (power shower!!! just what you want after a long trudge through the snowy hills) and then a pretty bedroom in a loft setting, a little like a gallery. A big plus for us given the season was that the heating worked so well: we have shivered in a number of lovely-but-oh-so-cold Tuscan stone houses, so it was really nice to stay warm and toasty for once while it snowed outside.
We've also in the past tended to stay in places that were farther out from town than here, and while we've enjoyed the isolation, there is a lot to be said for being within a healthy walking distance of Montepulciano one way and the hills and trees and vineyards the other way, just there. We're coming back when the weather heats up!
Activity and Interests
Montepulciano, a beautiful renaissance hilltop town of Etruscan origins in the heart of Tuscany and home to a famous wine, is circa 100 kms south of Florence and 150 kms north of Rome. It is within easy reach of the A1 Milan-Rome motorway and within a couple of hours' drive from the international airports of Rome, Pisa, Florence and Perugia. Easily visitable are the cities of Perugia, Siena, Arezzo, Orvieto and Florence (to name the best-known), as well as smaller places of historic and artistic interest such as Pienza, Cortona and Montalcino. Of local interest are the thermal resorts of San Casciano Bagni and Rapolano Terme, famous for their waters since Roman times, and the hot springs of Bagno Vignoni with its ancient Roman bath. This area is the home of the ancient Etruscans, with Italy's most famous Etruscan museum in the nearby little town of Chiusi, half an hour's drive away.
- Away From It All
- Air Conditioning
- Basic Soaps
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Local Maps
- Parking Off Street
- Sofa Bed
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Wireless Internet
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- children welcome
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- autumn foliage
- laundrette - not serviced
- live theatre
- winery tours
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- outlet shopping
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
- 55 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom includes WC, washbasin, bidet and shower stall. Hairdryer provided on request
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
- Bedroom 1 is upstairs and has air-conditioning. The large double bed can be converted into twin beds when required. A child's cot or extra single folding bed can be provided. Downstairs in the living area there is a comfortable divan seating 3 which converts easily into a double bed
- Deck Chairs
- 6 garden chairs
- Child's highchair provided on request. The cooking area is well-equipped and includes a table-top oven suitable for grilling and small meals. The owner's clothes washing-machine and/or ironing board may be used on request. Outside there is a barbecue and garden furniture consisting of 6 chairs and a table. NB: Both Apartments can rented as 1 single unit to accommodate bigger parties!!! Please ask for further details.