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Limoneto

Near Siena


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Location

14 km west of Siena.

Special Features

A former lemon house transformed into a villa in a fairytale setting next to a castle.

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Facilities
  • Air con
  • Chef
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Tennis
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Airport distance:
    Florence 75 km
    Pisa 170 km
    Bologna 170 km
    Rome 270 km

Overview

The true understated elegance of Tuscany

This exclusive castle, owned by one of the oldest families of Italy, lies fourteen kilometres west of Siena. It is within easy reach of such cultural gems as Florence, San Gimignano, Volterra and the Chianti area. Lucca, Pisa and Arezzo are about one and a half hours by car and Perugia, Orvieto and Assisi are equally easy day trips.

The estate has the quality that dreams are made of. A castle with turrets surrounded by a formal garden, a Renaissance chapel and a beautifully converted conservatory - the Limoneto - look accross the valley towards the skyline of Siena, surrounded by 250 hectares of private land.

This Castello is one of Italy's best kept secrets as it is not open to the public, but those fortunate enough to go there are invariably awed by the sheer elegance of its interiors and the mystique that surrounds the place which has not surprisingly been featured in a number of books and publications on the beauties of Tuscany.

The true beauty of the estate lies in its silence and the spectacular view over the surrounding countryside, at a stone's throw from the magical city of Siena, a landscape that has not changed for centuries ...

The former Limoneto, so called because it was a conservatory where lemon trees in terracotta vases were kept in winter, has recently been restored and furnished with an exquisite sense of harmony, space and comfort. The Limoneto house can be seen on the aerial photo/see photo gallery: building with pool in front of the house. The pool is for the exclusive use of guests. There is also a tennis court on the premises.

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Activities and places of interest

The sleepy hill-top village of Sovicille is just a ten minute drive from the house. At the centre of the charming main square is a fountain and there are just three tables in front of the bar which doubles as the village food store, a perfect spot for the morning cappuccino before you venture out on sightseeing tours or more serious shopping at the weekly markets in the neighboring villages. Siena can be reached in 20 minutes, Montalcino in 30 minutes, Arezzo and Pienza in 45 minutes, Florence in 1 hour, Lucca and Porto Ercole in 1.5 hours and Pisa in 2 hours.

Siena: The Sienese have no doubt, their town is the most beautiful in all of Tuscany, if not all of Italy. Siena has remained a Gothic city. Renaissance, one of the major influences in Florence, hardly affected the urban development of Siena. The city unfolds around the main shell-shaped square called "Il Campo." Twice a year the famous horse race known as the "Palio" takes place here. The narrow streets are lined with old shops and small cafes, while churches and museums are real treasures of the fourteenth century.

Florence: The city lies on the Arno River and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance; in fact, it has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. It was long under the de facto rule of the Medici family. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. The historic centre of Florence continues to attract millions of tourists each year and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.

The abbey and the monastery of San Galgano are at a 30 minute drive from the house. This highly romantic location, the abbey has no roof and grass instead of a floor, is used for concerts in summer.

Guided tour of Siena: We are paticularly happy to be able to suggest an excellent guide Mrs. Vittoria who is also a friend of the owner of Limoneto. She will take you on a tour of Siena covering the most famous locations, ending up at the Duomo. The tour will take a max. of 3 hours, special interests can be discussed at the beginning. A light lunch in Vittorias beautiful home before the tour is an extra option which ads a further personal touch to the experience.

In house massage: Mrs. Gigliola, who has worked at the famous spa Spadeus in Tuscany, will come to the Limoneto upon request on Monday and/or Fridays mornings. Her specialities are Ayurvedic massage with essential oils, Cranio sacral therapy and Reflexology.

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Staff, service and other pleasant surprises

ARRIVAL
You will be welcomed by the housekeeper who has lived on the estate for years and who knows everything about taking care of guests. She will show you around the house and garden and answer any questions.
The house is equipped with underfloor heating which is included in the rent. In colder seasons the house will be comfortably heated for your arrival.
The housekeeper will have prepared typically Tuscan refreshments for you on arrival: fresh bread, local salami and tomatoes fresh from the vegetable garden on the estate as well as a bottle of the famous Brolio wine and mineral water.
The house provides a directory of local services as well as suggestions for eating out, shopping, sight-seeing etc.

SERVICES
The housekeeper will come in on Monday to Saturday for five hours a day. She will clean and tidy the house and if necessary she can also shop and prepare a meal.
The gardener will come early in the morning to water the plants and do any necessary upkeep in the garden. He will also clean the pool and tidy any outdoor areas and garden furniture.
The house is fully equipped with a TV, CD-stereo, telephone and fax. There is a selection of CDs and DVDs in the house. Your computer can be connected to the telephone socket for use of Internet.
The private swimming pool is seven by fourteen metres large. It lies in a terraced area with a magnificent view, surrounded by irrigated lawns. It is open from May 15th until September 30th.
There is a tennis court on the premises to which guests of Limoneto have free access.
Car park for two or three cars with automatic illumination.

SERVICE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
The larder can be stocked with the basics upon arrival.
After a long trip, guests might welcome a typically Tuscan meal on arrival with an antipasto according to the season, a freshly made pasta dish, salad, cheese and a dessert, with of course red wine and mineral water. The table will be laid under the pergola or in the dining room.
We will suggest a choice of restaurants in the immediate vicinity. However, the housekeeper is an excellent cook and is only too willing to prepare meals. For special occasions, a chef can come to the house and prepare the menu of your choice.
We can arrange for a chauffeur-driven car to collect you at the airport and reaccompany you upon departure as well as a rented car to await you at Limoneto.

Villa Details

Limoneto 10

Ground floor:
1 entrance hall
1 sitting room
1 dining room
1 kitchen with breakfast table
1 single bedroom with bathroom
1 guest WC
1 laundry

First floor:
2 master bedrooms each with adjoining dressing room and en suite bathroom
2 twin-bedded rooms each with its own bathroom
1 single bedroom with private WC and wash basin

 

The ground floor consists of a spacious sitting room with French windows, a dining room that sits twelve, a comfortable country kitchen flooded with sunshine where guests like to have breakfast, and a single bedroom with bathroom (with shower). Glass doors lead from the living room and the kitchen onto a charming terraced garden with a pergola for outdoor meals, a large pool and spectacular views towards the skyline of Siena. Old fashioned Musk roses, rosemary bushes, cyandrus, yellow broom and blue tinged sage fill the air with their fragrances on the Limoneto's landscaped grounds.

The first floor has two double bedrooms with adjoining dressing rooms and en suite bathrooms (with bathtub), two twin-bedded rooms, a single bedroom, two complete bathrooms (one whith bathtub, the other with shower) and an extra WC.

Antique furniture, the muted colored walls, the comfortable furniture, all blend harmoniously with the well-proportioned architectural features of the house. The house has first class equipment, up market cutlery, crockery and glassware, embroidered bath towels and luxurious bed linens.

The pool is for the exclusive use of guests. There is also a tennis court on the premises.

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Reservations from Saturday to Saturday only.
For this property the check-in is possible between 4.30 and 7 pm.
Pool size: 14 x 7 m / opening dates: mid of May - end of September.
1 baby bed and 1 children's bed with linen as well as 1 high chair available on request: free of charge.
Pets not allowed.

Extra services available only onrequest (domestic help, Tuscan meal on your first evening, cook for lunch and dinner during the week, first shopping), to be specified when booking and to be paid in cash in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:

  • Extra domestic help (house cleaning, washing and ironing)*: EUR 14 per hour.
    * This extra services should be discussed with the staff at least one day ahead.
  • Typical Tuscan meal on your first evening, after a long trip: EUR 35 per person. The first dinner consists of an antipasto, a pasta dish, salad and pecorino cheese or raw ham (both made in the area), fruit pie and fresh fruit of the season to finish. Also included is bread, 2 bottles of mineral water and one bottle of red or white wine for up to 4 adults.
  • Lunch or dinner during the week*: the lady in charge of the house is also a good cook. She can come to the house to preapare dinner upon request. The cost is EUR 14 per hour plus the shopping.
    * This extra services should be discussed with the staff at least one day ahead.
  • First shopping: EUR 160 (expenses for a few basics and shopping time included). The following items are included: 2 kg bread, 500 gr. butter, 2 jars of jam, 1 pot of honey, 12eggs, cheese, 2 litres of milk, 1 packet Earl Grey tea, 1 packet coffee, instant coffee, 750 gr. natural yoghurt, 3 bottles of orange juice, 3 kg fruits of the season, 1,5 kg pasta (noodles), 2 jars tomato sauce, 1 large piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and 1 kg tomatoes, onions, garlic, 1 bottle extra virgin olive oil, 6 bottles mineral water, 4 bottles of beer, 4 bottles of red wine. dishwasher detergent.
  • Shopping service*: No extra charge will be made if the shopping is requested during the hours of household help included in the rent. Outside those hours an extra EUR 20 will be charged for this service.
    * This extra services should be discussed with the staff at least one day ahead.

Cooking classes available on request, to be specified when booking (we will provide you the contact details of the cook after booking) and to be paid in cash in euros on the premises at the end of each working day.

In house massage available on request, to be specified when booking (we will provide you the contact details of the masseuse after booking) and to be paid in cash in euros on the premises at the end of each working day.

Guided tour of Siena available on request, to be specified when booking (we will provide you the contact details of the guide after booking) and to be paid in cash in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:

  • We are paticularly happy to be able to suggest an excellent guide, who is also a friend of the owner of Limoneto. She will take you on a tour of Siena covering the most famous locations, ending up at the Duomo. The tour will take a max. of 3 hours, special interests can be discussed at the beginning. A light lunch in her beautiful home before the tour or a tea thereafter is an extra option which ads a further personal touch to the experience.
  • Tours can be done from Monday to Friday, and should be booked 1 month ahead. Short term bookings might also be possible, it is always worthwhile to ask. The cost for tours and lunch is on request.

Other extra services available on request:
1.- Tennis coach
2.- Swimming lessons and personal trainer
3.- Guided tours in the area
4.- Bicycle rental
5.- Wine tasting in the nearby Chianti region
6.- In the premises there is a private tennis court, and you have are access to the park and garden.
7.- At no more than 30 minutes drive you have a good SPA and a lovely golf course (La Bagnaia).
8.- You will find in the house a list of restaurants nearby.
9.- The staff all speak English.
10.- We can also help organize weddings and receptions for up to 150 people, in the renovated granary next door to the Limoneto.
11.- In the kitchen you will find a microwave, a hot water boiler a toaster, blender, mixer.
12.- IPod docker
13.- Lunch can be taken outside near the swimming pool, under the pergola, the table sits 10 people. You have 2 big large sunshades for the swimming pool, 4 sunbeds (wood) with cushions and 4 extra folding beds.
14.- Outside the drawing room is a wicher sofa with table and 4 chairs.
15.- Outside the kitchen you have four comfortable chairs.
16.- At the tennis court there are two benches and a large sunshade.

Security deposit, telephone to be paid in euros on the premises:

  • Security deposit: EUR 1000.
  • Telephone: metered.

Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, gas, Internet WIFI connection, air conditioning, heating, maid service (5 hours house cleaning per day, 6 times per week from Monday to Saturday), final cleaning, pool cleaning service all included in the price.

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Guests Reviews

Our Guests Reviews

Dear Bettina,

Just a word to say how much we enjoyed Limoneto this past week. It is a beautiful villa with all the necessary extras. Our housekeeper Elvira was exceptional in cooking and cleaning and just being so helpful and sweet. If only she could speak english!!!

Thanks, 
L. Osman, October 2007

Dear Bettina,
There is realy very dificult to find the real words to describe the wonderful time we enjoy in Limoneto. Beautyful house, every ting was wright. Furniture, pictures, books, etc. It was the very wright place for our vacation. Thank you very much for this unforgatable stay at the house. The property keepers where very nice and polite, wanderfull people. We like to make a special mention of Señora Elvira. Her attention, cooking, cleaning was outstanding. Her desire to help and please all the family and the children was remarkable, please tell her our gratitude. Every body in our family fall in love with the house, the region, in brief,
Thank you so much.
Best regard.
B. Alvarez, Mexico, July 2007