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Stunning 15th Century Stone Cottage With Pool And Tennis Court

Overview

Property

Updated: 24-Oct-2016
Cottage in Sogna, Nr. Siena / Arezzo / Florence, Tuscany

Magnificent 15th Century stone cottage with pool and tennis court to rent in the heart of Tuscany. Sogna Piccola is our lovely two bedroom stone built cottage high up in the Tuscan hills. It is ideal for a couple or three adults looking for an oasis of peace and tranquility with the additional benefit of being less than an hour's drive from all the main cultural centres of Tuscany. The house, which was originally built in the 15th century is beautifully furnished and decorated with an emphasis on comfort and luxury. Our home has been authentically restored to reveal its original chestnut beams, terra-cotta tile ceilings and floors, large open stone fireplace, pietra serena stone kitchen worktops, and luminous calce plaster wall finishes. Some of the furnishings are antique which are juxtaposed with a collection of contemporary European works of art.

Entirely private, the 11th century medieval hamlet of Sogna consists of 12 unique homes with a swimming pool and tennis court. Perched high atop a hillside, surrounded by terraces with over 700 olive trees, numerous fruit trees and ancient woodlands, sits this stunning medieval borgo. The village itself is beautifully restored maintaining all of its original features, with a church and bell tower, a village green, the remains of the original fortressed walls and cobbled lanes that lead through the village between the stone houses. With panoramic views of the Valdambra, Sogna offers our guests the chance to relax, sunbathe, swim in the oasis shaped pool, play a game of tennis, eat al fresco under the vine covered pergola, breakfast under the fig trees or do nothing at all! In season, figs, apricots, plums and grapes grow throughout the borgo and there are few pleasures greater than eating a freshly picked, sun warmed fruit with your morning coffee.

If you can tear yourself away from the beauty of our medieval borgo, Sogna makes a perfect base for exploring Tuscany. It is just a 30 minute drive to the centres of Siena and Arezzo and an hours drive to Florence. The classic Tuscan hill towns of Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, are all within a short drive and Chianti's famous villages of Castellina, Greve, Gaiole, Radda are just on our doorstep. Closer to home, you can take a leisurely stroll to Rapale, the next village in the chain of hilltop borgos or discover the beauty of the Valdarno and particularly the Valdambra where the magical medieval towns of Badia a Ruoti, Cennia, Ambra and Bucine, cling to their hilltop perches evoking a sense of timelessness.

When you tire of the natural and historic beauty of Tuscany and find yourself in need of a little "retail therapy"; a quick 25 minute drive will take you to the anonymous grey warehouse called Space, which is the outlet store for Prada, Jill Sander, Mui Mui, and Helmut Lang. A further 15 minute drive brings you to "The Mall", a huge complex of outlet shops where you can find labels such as Alexander McQueen, Agnona, AJ Armani, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Emanuel Ungaro, Ermenegildo Zenga, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hogan, I Pinco Pallino, La Perla, Loro Piana, Marni, Pucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, Stella McCartney, Tod’s, Valentino, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves St. Laurent. There is also a Miss Sixty and Diesel outlet at The Mall as well as a stylish café that serves salads, sandwiches and fantastic coffee. Down the road from The Mall you will find the Fendi, Celine, Loewe and the Dolce and Gabbanna outlet shops.

More Details
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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Guestbook comments from the owner

'This is our greatest holiday ever! And your Sogna Piccola home is the icing on the cake! We absolutely love it here – only drawback is that we only have a week here! Truly a beautiful area – gorgeous countryside. We’ll be telling everyone we know about our great time here & your fabulous & unique home.' H&G 'Your home and Sogna looked excellent in the pictures but it was even better when we arrived! What a fantastic setting for our honeymoon! We have enjoyed relaxing at the pool as well as lovely meals, made with local produce, every night under the fig trees – washed down with plenty of Chianti!! Now you can’t ask for anything more romantic! 'M&N 'To arrive after dark, into this elevated haven of peace has been the highlight of our special 4 week holiday We woke up, gazed at the extraordinary sunrise over the valley mists and realised that our first visit to Italy would NOT be our last. A delightfully cosy cottage with all the necessary creature comforts and real CHARACTER.' B&R
Oct 2005
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews

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Lovely Holiday in rural Tuscany

  • 4 of 5

We a lovely and relaxing week in this lovely cottage in Sogna. It was the perfect size property for a couple, nice and clean charmingly decorated and with everything that you need.

We enjoyed days by the lovely pool, sunsets in the Olive grove, lunches in the pergola, dinners in the very cute little surrounding villages (the owners had given us loads of great recommendations of places to eat and visit) and day trips to Siena and around the Chianti district, there is plenty of places to see and things to do and beautiful wines to try.

I would definitely recommend this place for a quiet retreat. And the owner and caretaker were both very helpful with everything.

Ps. Close by is also an AMAZING Prada outlet that is well worth budgeting in for ;)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peace and Tranquility in rural Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Sogna is well away from the madding crowds and just what we wanted for a quiet relaxing wind down. Much of the time we spent by ourselves alongside the lovely pool but in the evenings we found some great restaurants within a ten/fifteen minute drive The cottage is a perfect blend of traditional rustic but with enough modern conveniences to make it comfortable. Just the place to watch those Italian movies we never seem to have time for back home!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Marion and Garvis, Thank you for your kind words regarding Sogna Piccola and I am thrilled to learn that you had a wonderful restful holiday and anniversary celebration at the cottage. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon! All the best Minda
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Location

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Travel:

There are direct flights to Florence from most major European cities, Vueling airlines fly from London Gatwick to Florence; the house itself is just under an hour from Florence airport. Many low cost airlines fly into Pisa airport which is a two hour drive from Sogna. Alternatively, you can also fly into Rome which is a little over a two and a half hours drive to Sogna. There is no public transportation available in Sogna therefore car hire is essential.

Distances:

The closest village is Ambra (7 to 10min drive), where you will find a bank with cash machine, two cafes, an excellent restaurant, fruit shop, butcher, grocery store and a cinema. There is a small supermarket in Bucine (10 to 12 minutes drive), also in Bucine are a couple of banks and many small specialist shops and even a main line railway station. Further a field is Monte San Savino (20 to 25 minutes drive) which is a beautiful medieval town with a good sized supermarket.

Further Details:

If you can tear yourself away from the beauty of our medieval borgo, Sogna makes a perfect base for exploring Tuscany. It is just a 30 minute drive to the centres of Siena and Arezzo and an hours drive to Florence. The classic Tuscan hill towns of Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, are all within a short drive and Chianti's famous villages of Castellina, Greve, Gaiole, Radda are just on our doorstep. Closer to home, you can take a leisurely stroll to Rapale, the next village in the chain of hilltop borgos or discover the beauty of the Valdarno and particularly the Valdambra where the magical medieval towns of Badia a Ruoti, Cennia, Ambra and Bucine, cling to their hilltop perches evoking a sense of timelessness.

When you tire of the natural and historic beauty of Tuscany and find yourself in need of a little "retail therapy"; a quick 25 minute drive will take you to the anonymous grey warehouse called Space, which is the outlet store for Prada, Jill Sander, Mui Mui, and Helmut Lang. A further 15 minute drive brings you to "The Mall", a huge complex of outlet shops where you can find labels such as Alexander McQueen, Agnona, AJ Armani, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Emanuel Ungaro, Ermenegildo Zenga, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hogan, I Pinco Pallino, La Perla, Loro Piana, Marni, Pucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, Stella McCartney, Tod’s, Valentino, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves St. Laurent. There is also a Miss Sixty and Diesel outlet at The Mall as well as a stylish café that serves salads, sandwiches and fantastic coffee. Down the road from The Mall you will find the Fendi, Celine, Loewe and the Dolce and Gabbanna outlet shops.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

A security deposit of £250 must be included with your final payment; it will be shown as a separate item on the invoice.

Changeover Day:
Rental periods run from Saturday 3pm to Saturday 10am.

Notes on prices:
Rental Period - Minimum seven days, beginning and ending on a Saturday

To reserve Sogna Piccola you would need to send us a 25% deposit of the total rent due, with the balance payable at least six weeks before your stay. Our cancellation policy is simple; if we can find another renter for your dates we will return any money sent to us (minus bank charges).

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Facilities

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Romantic

General

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool

Suitability

  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 88 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom with shower, toilet, bidet, large sink and mirror with light. Luxurious 400 thread count Egyptian cotton bed linen and Busatti waffle weave towels provided.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with handmade wrought iron four poster bed (queen size), hand painted wardrobe, bedside tables, tizio lights, writing desk and a chair. Bedroom Two includes a Hypnos single bed, hand painted wardrobe, chair, bedside table and tizio light.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Veranda
  • Tennis

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: All windows have insect screens, double glazed windows throughout, gas fired central heating, unlimited firewood available. The house is for a maximum of 3 adults. Children, pets and smoking are not allowed in the house. Sogna Piccola is not suitable for children - too many nice things for them to break and too many opportunities for them to plunge to their death. Outside: Entirely private, the 11th century medieval hamlet of Sogna consists of 12 unique homes with a swimming pool and tennis court. Perched high atop a hillside, surrounded by terraces with over 700 olive trees, numerous fruit trees and ancient woodlands, sits this stunning medieval borgo. The village itself is beautifully restored maintaining all of its original features, with a church and bell tower, a village green, the remains of the original fortressed walls and cobbled lanes that lead through the village between the stone houses. With panoramic views of the Valdambra, Sogna offers our guests the chance to relax, sunbathe, swim in the oasis shaped pool, play a game of tennis, eat al fresco under the vine covered pergola, breakfast under the fig trees or do nothing at all! In season, figs, apricots, plums and grapes grow throughout the borgo and there are few pleasures greater than eating a freshly picked, sun warmed fruit with your morning coffee. Utility Room: Separate laundry room with coin operated washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Absolutely everything is included; utilities, bed linen, towels, heating and firewood, after stay clean and weekly cleaning for all stays over one week. Other: Dining area including antique dining table and four upholstered dining chairs.

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