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Lovely, Private, Independent Cottage With Beautiful Views Of The Hills

Overview

Property

Updated: 28-Nov-2016
Cottage in Celle Sul Rigo, San Casciano dei Bagni, Siena, Tuscany and Florence, Italy - It Sits On An Acre And A Half Of Olive And Fruit Trees And Produces Its Own Olive Oil

In an undiscovered part of Tuscany, untrammeled and off the beaten path, yet close to Tuscany’s hot spots, La Ginestra is nestled halfway between Florence (1¾ hours) and Rome (2 hours), and is a little over an hour’s drive from Siena. La Ginestra is an easy drive away from some of Italy’s most revered sights, mostly through breathtaking countryside. It overlooks distant and fascinating hill towns, the occasional vineyard, pasturing sheep, orchards and rolling hills. The house offers privacy without isolation. The closest village, a five-minute walk, is the charming medieval hill town Celle Sul Rigo, pop. 400. It has been singled out for its wine, olive oil and beauty. Celle offers dining options that range from simple trattorias to full scale fine dining. The village also provides a bakery, butcher shop, pharmacy, grocery stores and a post office. There is also a Emergency Response facility with ambulance and first responder service a few blocks away. San Casciano dei Bagni, a five-minute drive, is one of the area’s most beautiful hill towns. It is an elegant village that is a mecca for artists and writers who flock to its quiet environs. It has been acclaimed as one of the 'Borghi più belli d'Italia', one of the loveliest villages in Italy. Nearby flow some 40 thermal springs fueled by Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano and southern Tuscany’s highest mountain. The area is famous for its lovely therapeutic spas and the villages built around them. San Casciano dei Bagni’s Fonte Verde is rated one of the top spas in Europe. The entire area is a treasure trove of hill towns, art, and history. Wine and food range from the simple to the sublime. Walking trails abound. The region is dotted with Etruscan sites for history buffs. There are excellent roads for biking and trails for horseback riding. There is a wonderful public swimming pool in Sarteano, 20 minutes away. Year round, the nearby villages hold festivals that include music, food, and medieval pageantry. Celle sul Rigo holds an annual Sagra dei Pici, celebrating the local hand made pasta. La Ginestra’s elevation (530 meters or 1740 feet) keeps temperatures cooler in the summer than the towns found in the valleys below. The changing seasons all offer their own magic. Train service is at Chiusi, 25 minutes away, a hub that connects to all parts of Italy. Car rental agencies are within one block of the station. Chiusi is in close proximity to the A1 autostrada to Rome, Florence, and Milan.

We produce our own olive oil that the 155 olive trees on the property present us with. The Leccino and Frantoio varietal olives, from which this fine Tuscan oil is made, are harvested from trees on our property located in the southern portion of Siena Province, on the outskirts of the tiny medieval village of Celle Sul Rigo, an hour's drive south of Siena. La Ginestra's 155 olive trees are located on a ridge between the Val D'Orcia and the Val di Chiana, two of Tuscany's most classically characteristic and beautiful areas. It lies twelve miles from the slopes of Monte Amiata, the extinct volcano that is the highest mountain in southern Tuscany, and which still fuels local thermal springs. The elevation at La Ginestra is 1740 feet, optimum altitude for the production of Siena Province's best, low acidity oils. Our 45+ year old trees have produced oil that is fruity with a peppery finish.

Our latest November harvest was transported to the local "frantoio", which produced our extra virgin, cold pressed and unfiltered oil. Early harvests such as this one enhance the quality of the oil, where a smaller yield is the result, and where quantity is sacrificed for quality.

La Ginestra, (named for the wonderfully fragrant yellow flowered plant that perfumes the Tuscan air all summer long), is also the home of Richard and Kelly Keir. It is situated near the thermal waters and baths of San Casciano dei Bagni. We fell in love with Italy in 2001 and began our search for a "heaven on earth." This quiet and undiscovered corner of Tuscany affords all we were looking for: wonderful local food and wine, unparalleled views of surrounding medieval hill towns, art and history galore and best of all, the opportunity to produce our own olive oil.

23-Jun-2016

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BBNo Rating

Celle Sul Rigo, Siena, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (8165155)

Date of Stay

16 June 2016

BBUSA said... Nov 10, 2013 - Great place to be Inlove 1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117) Date of Stay September 19, 2013 Helpful votes:0/0 Warm welcome by excellent property Manager, fabulously outfitted home away from home with excellent terrace. Great place for romantic get away with great location for exploring. Recommended for: Sightseeing, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway

23-Jun-2016

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anonNo Rating

Celle Sul Rigo, Siena, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (8165155)

Date of Stay

23 June 2016

Anonymous said... Aug 11, 2014 - Honeymoon Escape 1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117) Date of Stay July 21, 2014 Helpful votes:0/0 My husband and I just took our honeymoon in the wonderful country of Italy. La Ginestra was our first week's location. This little home was the perfect escape from our daily touring around Tuscany. The owners worked hard to provide all of the necessary items as well as a book of ideas for places to visit. The view from the bedroom window was gorgeous! The house is located just outside the small village of Celle Sul Rigo - and you really feel like this little town is "off the beaten path"! It was one of the few places on our trip that wasn't over run with tourists. The nearby town of San Casciano was also a lovely spot for eating out. We would highly recommend this beautiful home for any couple looking to get away from it all and enjoy the beautiful tuscan countryside. Recommended for: Romantic Getaway

23-Jun-2016

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LHNo Rating

Celle Sul Rigo, Siena, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (8165155)

Date of Stay

14 June 2016

LH said... Apr 27, 2014 - Wonderful, comfortable Tuscan cottage with spectacular views 1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117) Date of Stay April 19, 2014 Helpful votes:0/0 We've just returned from a week at La Ginestra and can't possibly say enough nice things about it. The house is well situated, around halfway between Rome and Florence, and just a short drive from the train station at Chuisi. Nearest towns are Celle Sul Rigo and San Casciano dai Bagni, both wonderful small towns with local restaurants, butchers, etc - those looking for an authentic Italian experience don't need to look any further than this! The house itself is set just outside the town of Celle Sul Rigo, so walking distance from restaurants and shops. It is very well situated, on a plot filled with olive trees and overlooking a valley with views we admired for hours (and days) on end. To be able to sit outside at sunset, as the valley gradually turns purple and blue in the fading light, with a glass of wine in hand is an experience we won't soon forget. The house itself is very well equipped and perfect for two. You can tell it has been set up as a home rather than as a holiday rental. It had everything we needed, from proper wine glasses, a range of pots and pans, to a fan for the summer heat. The bathroom was also well equipped, with good water pressure and plenty of hot water in the shower. There was even a washer and separate dryer, perfect for a week long stay. The fireplace was lovely at night, making it a treat to come inside at dark and sit beside the fire. From La Ginestra, day trips to Montepulciano and the Val d'Orcia were only a short drive, and very achievable. We would not hesitate to recommend La Ginestra to anyone, and hope to return ourselves very soon. Recommended for: Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

Sep 24, 2016 - A little slice of heaven 1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117) Date of Stay September 14, 2013 Helpful votes:0/0 My boyfriend and I stayed at La Ginestra for a week in September. The house is lovely and modern with a great outdoor terrace that has panoramic views over the Tuscan countryside. It was well located for exploring the area by car. The property manager, Maurizio, showed us great hospitality and the owners were very helpful and friendly and gave us a lot of information about the area, restaurants etc. Will be back! Recommended for: Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

Rachel said...

23-Jun-2016

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RachelNo Rating

Celle Sul Rigo, Siena, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (8165155)

Date of Stay

08 June 2016

Rachel D. said... Sep 17, 2013 - Beautiful cottage and view 1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117) Date of Stay September 5, 2013 Helpful votes:0/0 What stands out the most is how incredibly helpful the owner and caretaker are, you can tell they care about the experience you have in their home and in the area surrounding. We took several of the recommendations for restaurants and our favorite meal of our entire Italy experience was at the Castle. Everything was very clean, comfortable and well kept and the view is spectacular! We went to the area for the thermal springs as well as the traditional Toscana wine and olives and were pleasantly surprised how close it is to so many amazing experiences. It is a sleepy town and heed the advise given about open and closed times...we got into the rhythm of the countryside and spent the mid-day at hot springs before going out again in the evening. I could see myself living in this home and hope to go back again.

Gilly said...

23-Jun-2016

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GillyNo Rating

Celle Sul Rigo, Siena, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (8165155)

Date of Stay

07 June 2016

Gillyhed said... Apr 27, 2014 - Tuscany at it's best 1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117) Date of Stay April 10, 2014 Helpful votes:0/0 We had an amazing week. We were wowed by the views from the house and the beautiful setting was made

More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are a newly retired American couple from Carmel, CA.

We've been coming to Italy since 2001, when we first fell in love with it. We enjoy the history, culture, architecture, food and wine and above all, the warmth and generosity of the Tuscan people.

We bought La Ginestra after a long search for a cottage in the country. We finally found this independent house with beautiful, panoramic views. Its 155 olive trees, many fruit trees and acreage were just what we were looking for. It provides privacy with village amenities a five-minute walk away. Also the fireplace, landscaping and its 2 patios add charm. La Ginestra's proximity to Rome, Florence and Siena was of great importance in our decision to purchase it.

We are willing to provide you with travel advice and suggestions.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Linda said...

Sep 13, 2013

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Casa la Ginestra Is a Real Gem!

1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117)

Date of Stay

May 4, 2013

Helpful votes:0/0

Casa la Ginestra is a real gem! This is by far the most comfortable vacation rental I have had the pleasure of staying at. The location is ideal; close to many charming villages but remote enough to offer peace and privacy. The house its self is superbly remodeled, offering simple yet elegant furnishings, a gorgeous and functional kitchen, and all the modern amenities that a discerning traveler could ask for. It's obvious that Casa la Ginestra's owner takes pride in this home, its location, and the warm and welcoming local populace. If you're looking for a home to rent in the Tuscany region then look no further. You won't be disappointed by Casa la Ginestra!

Recommended for: Sightseeing, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway
Jun 2016
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Home away from Home, or better....

  • 5 of 5

When traveling we generally do our best to "live like a local"... We try to get way from touristy places and attractions. Italy is one of the most visited countries on the planet, so if you want your space, you have to work for it (a little). We planed our trip to Italy around spending some time away from the crowds and boy is the southern part of Tuscany the answer!! But that doesn't mean you have to rough it, That's where La Ginestra comes in: An amazing little oasis located in the middle of one of the most spectacular places on earth.

The house itself is a typical country cottage you would expect to find on a hillside, but it has been recently and thoroughly renovated. Fantastic fit and finish in every detail. And full amenities; this is a house you can LIVE IN. Stainless steal kitchen, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fireplace..... The furnishings were ample and comfortable. Everything was clean and fresh.

The location is another great plus (for us anyway) Tucked away in a tiny Tuscan hill town, once we arrived at the house I understood why Richard insisted on meeting us in the next town over. Even with GPS you would be unlikely to find it yourself... It was wonderful just to be there, but also to explore the Marama by car.... within an hour there are hill towns, hot springs, Etruscan ruins and great hiking trails etc...

And let me tell you about your hosts; Richard and Kelly. They clearly love this house and stay there when not graciously hosting us.... Their love is evident in the personal touches around that house, the furniture they've collected, etc. (but not so personal as to be uncomfortable). We were fortunate enough to be met by Richard himself, who provided a very thorough explanation of the house and its features and procedures. Kelly's contribution (again VERY thorough) was a binder of information for your visit. I think you could stay for a year and not exhaust the suggested places to visit and to eat....

If you have gotten so far as to be looking at vacation rentals in Tuscany, then we know you too want to get away from the tourist bustle. We highly recommend Richard and Kelly's wonderful cottage. It is perfect for a couple and very romantic....

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing!! The most perfect location

  • 5 of 5

La Ginestra was beautiful - the pictures really don't do it justice - tucked away on the most amazing hillside over looking a gorgeous valley with beautiful sunsets, sunrises and clear star filled nights.

The cottage was perfect with everything a couple could need, small but perfectly formed. Richard provided lots of great advice and tips for our stay and his property manager Maurizio was beyond helpful giving us a tour of the village and local areas on our first night even though we were hours later than expected due to Rome traffic.

The area of Tuscany is beautiful and there are lots of great day trips from the area and San Casciano Dei bagni is the perfect neighbour town for a lovely meal and the chance to enjoy local Tuscan life and you can even bathe in the hot springs for free! There is so much to see and do far to much to mention - every neighbouring town seemed to be a perfect medievil hill town (Montapulcino, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, Sovana etc..) lots of fantastic archaeological sites if you like those - I would recomend the via Cave at Pitigliano even if you dont like history these spooky roads are carved out of the rock and make beautiful walking trails. You can reach further afield - Siena was easy by train. The coast is two hours away but Bolsena is much closer and is a lovely lake side town with markets and a gorgeous old town plus you can swim there! So much to do we didn't have time to squeeze everything in although a day relaxing in the property was just magic in itself!

I would definately recomend this property (though I'd rather no one knew about it so we could go there always!!) perfect for a couple it was a little slice of heaven. We'll definately be back....

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the awesome review! You really summed up what La Ginestra is all about! Totally relaxing yet very close to all of the "hot Spots" and exciting things to do in our area. I'm very happy you enjoyed your stay and also happy that you might return some day! I'm constantly making improvements inside and outside of LG...gardening...art on our walls...outdoor patio improvements...etc. Once again..I thank you for your kind words and based on this review..you really got around!! My wife and I love Pitigliano, Sovana and Sorano and the Via Cave hikes. We're avid walkers and we constantly discover new walking trails. Italy really marks and maintains the thousands of "sentieri"..(walking trails). Ciao for now...hope to communicate with you again the next time you visit La Ginestra! Richard
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Location

From the Owner

The house offers privacy without isolation. The closest village, a five-minute walk, is the charming medieval hill town Celle Sul Rigo, pop. 400. It has been singled out for its wine, olive oil and beauty. Celle offers dining options that range from simple trattorias to full scale fine dining. The village also provides a bakery, butcher shop, pharmacy, grocery stores and a post office. There is also a Emergency Response facility with ambulance and first responder service a few blocks away. San Casciano dei Bagni, a five-minute drive, is one of the area’s most beautiful hill towns. It is an elegant village that is a mecca for artists and writers who flock to its quiet environs. It has been acclaimed as one of the 'Borghi più belli d'Italia', one of the loveliest villages in Italy.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Florence and Rome at 160 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Celle at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Piombino at 200 Kilometres Nearest Train : Chiusi at 20 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A1 at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Chiaro di Luna at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Tuscan coast at 200 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Year round, the nearby villages hold festivals that include music, food, and medieval pageantry. Celle sul Rigo holds an annual Sagra dei Pici, celebrating the local hand made pasta.

Coast/Beach:

In 2 hours you can reach the Tuscan Coast where beaches are available as well as ferry service to Elba, Sardegna and other small islands.

Travel:

Train service is at Chiusi, 25 minutes away, a hub that connects to all parts of Italy. Car rental agencies are within one block of the station. Chiusi is in close proximity to the A1 autostrada to Rome, Florence, and Milan.

Rome Fiumicino airport is 2 hours away as are Florence and Pisa airports.

Piombino, Orbetello and Livorno are Tuscan ports that provide ferry service to Elba, Sardegna, Corsica and other small Islands.

Distances:

The closest village, a five-minute walk, is the charming medieval hill town Celle Sul Rigo, pop. 400. It has been singled out for its wine, olive oil and beauty. Celle offers dining options that range from simple trattorias to full scale fine dining. The village also provides a bakery, butcher shop, pharmacy, grocery stores and a post office. There is also a Emergency Response facility with ambulance and first responder service a few blocks away.

Further Details:

San Casciano dei Bagni, a five-minute drive, is one of the area’s most beautiful hill towns. It is an elegant village that is a mecca for artists and writers who flock to its quiet environs. It has been acclaimed as one of the 'Borghi più belli d'Italia', one of the loveliest villages in Italy.

Nearby flow some 40 thermal springs fueled by Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano and southern Tuscany’s highest mountain. The area is famous for its lovely therapeutic spas and the villages built around them. San Casciano dei Bagni’s Fonte Verde is rated one of the top spas in Europe.

The entire area is a treasure trove of hill towns, art, and history. Wine and food range from the simple to the sublime. Walking trails abound. The region is dotted with Etruscan sites for history buffs. There are excellent roads for biking and trails for horseback riding. There is a wonderful public swimming pool in Sarteano, 20 minutes away.

There is also an equestrian center a five minute walk from La Ginestra.

Availability

Rental rates

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LOW SEASON
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
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HIGH SEASON
1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
£290
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£795
 

Additional pricing information

cleaning after 7 days £36

Booking Notes:
Contact owner. 40% deposit, signed contract to guarantee booking and balance in cash upon arrival.
Reservation cancellation via e-mail 15 days before your arrival will guarantee reimbursement of the deposit minus an administration fee of 15 Euro.

• From 14 to 8 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of deposit.
• From 7 days or less before arrival, forfeit 100% of booking value.
• For early departure after check-in, the full payment of all previously confirmed nights would be required.


Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible as are arrival and departure times.

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Facilities

From the Owner

Nearby flow some 40 thermal springs fueled by Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano and southern Tuscany’s highest mountain. The area is famous for its lovely therapeutic spas and the villages built around them. San Casciano dei Bagni’s Fonte Verde is rated one of the top spas in Europe. The entire area is a treasure trove of hill towns, art, and history. Wine and food range from the simple to the sublime. Walking trails abound. The region is dotted with Etruscan sites for history buffs. There are excellent roads for biking and trails for horseback riding. There is a wonderful public swimming pool in Sarteano, 20 minutes away. Year round, the nearby villages hold festivals that include music, food, and medieval pageantry. Celle sul Rigo holds an annual Sagra dei Pici, celebrating local p

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Romantic

General

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

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...

Suitability

  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Floor Area

  • 63 m²

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom has sink, WC and the 90cm shower features locally quarried travertine.

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: One bedroom with a four poster matrimonial bed that sleeps 2. There are terracotta floors throughout, and French doors in both the living room & bedroom that open to the outside.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The house itself is very well equipped and perfect for two. You can tell it has been set up as a home rather than as a holiday rental. It had everything we needed, from proper wine glasses, a range of pots and pans, to a fan for the summer heat. The bathroom was also well equipped, with good water pressure and plenty of hot water in the shower. There was even a washer and separate dryer, perfect for a week long stay. The fireplace was lovely at night, making it a treat to come inside at dark and sit beside the fire. From La Ginestra, day trips to Montepulciano and the Val d'Orcia were only a short drive, and very achievable. We would not hesitate to recommend La Ginestra to anyone, and hope to return ourselves very soon. My boyfriend and I stayed at La Ginestra for a week in September. The house is lovely and modern with a great outdoor terrace that has panoramic views over the Tuscan countryside. It was well located for exploring the area by car. Outside: There are 2 vine covered patios, one with grapes, the other with wisteria. Two tables, one seats 4, the other 2. There are 2 chaise lounges with cushions and a market umbrella. A barbecue with utensils is provided. Outdoor bathtub. Utility Room: In the utility closet you will find a washer and dryer, vacuum cleaner, broom, dust pan, mop, laundry detergent, step ladder, clothes hamper and dusters. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned before and after departure. All towels, hand towels, bath mats and linen are provided. The washer and dryer is available for laundering said items. Other: Hallway has hooks for coats and 2 umbrellas are provided there

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