Tuscany, near Siena

    • Sleeps 10 Guests
    • Bedrooms 6 Bedrooms
    • Bathrooms 5+2 WC Bathrooms
    • Floor area sq m 300 m2
    • Pool
    • WiFi
    • Air con
    • Daily maid
    • Cook
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • Tennis
    • Airport distance:
      Florence 75 km
      Pisa 170 km
      Bologna 170 km
      Rome 270 km

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    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 been restored and furnished with an exquisite sense of harmony, space and comfort.

    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.

    Comfortable 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 and the tennis court are for the exclusive use of guests. The pool lies in a terraced area with a magnificent view, surrounded by irrigated lawns. 

    The Limoneto house is the building behind the pool (see photo gallery, house outlined in red). When Limoneto is rented, the owners of Castle will not be in residence, which means that you will have sole use of the magnificent grounds.

    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!!!

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


    • Pool: 7 x 14m 
    • Pool is fenced
    • Air conditioning in all bedrooms
    • Under floor heating
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • Ipod dock station
    • Telephone
    • CD-stereo
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD player (European DVD collection)
    • Dishwasher 
    • Large fridge and large freezer 
    • Espresso machine
    • Microwave oven
    • Hot water boiler
    • Toaster
    • Blender
    • Mixer
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Washing machine
    • Two hair dryers
    • Safe in two bedrooms
    • Landscaped garden
    • Pergola for al fresco dining
    • Access to the tennis court of the premises
    • Parking for two or three cars with automatic illumination
    • Staff included: a caretaker couple lives in a separate apartment on the estate.
    Touring ideas

    Sovicille 7 km
    Siena 17 km
    Monteriggioni 18 km
    San Gimignano 30 km
    Castellina in Chianti 30 km
    Buonconvento 35 km
    Rapolano Terme Hot spas 37 km
    Volterra 47 km
    Montalcino 50 km
    Pienza 63 km
    Florence 65 km
    Arezzo 80 km
    Grosseto (coast) 80 km
    Pisa 120 km
    Porto Ercole 125 km
    Lucca 140 km
    Rome 250 km


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  • Activities

    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.


    Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.

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    Ground floor:

    • 1 entrance hall
    • 1 large living room with French windows
    • 1 dining room
    • 1 kitchen with breakfast tables
    • Bedroom 5: single bedroom with bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC
    • 1 guest WC
    • 1 laundry

    First floor:

    • Master 1: double bedroom with en suite dressing and bathroom with tub, washbasin and WC
    • Master 2: double bedroom with en suite dressing and bathroom with tub, washbasin and WC
    • Bedroom 3: twin bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC (beds can be arranged as double)
    • Bedroom 4: twin bedroom with dressing room and bathroom across the corridor with tub, washbasin and WC
    • 1 study or guest bedroom with washbasin and WC

    The grounds:

    • The 250 hectare estate has uninterrupted views across a valley towards the skyline of Siena.
    • The pool and the tennis court are for the exclusive use of guests.
    • The property is made up of:
      • The Limoneto house with private pool
      • The castle - owners are not around when the Limoneto is let
      • A round Renaissance chapel
      • A little further afar, a barn that can hold events or weddings (no events are held when the Limoneto is occupied)
      • A remarkable Italian garden and the surrounding park
    Request BookingLimoneto
    01 Jan 2020 - 02 May 2020
    10 Oct 2020 - 31 Dec 2020
    8760 EUR
    02 May 2020 - 06 Jun 2020
    05 Sep 2020 - 10 Oct 2020
    10960 EUR
    06 Jun 2020 - 05 Sep 2020
    12860 EUR

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    Limoneto 01 Jan 2020 - 02 May 2020
    10 Oct 2020 - 31 Dec 2020
    02 May 2020 - 06 Jun 2020
    05 Sep 2020 - 10 Oct 2020
    06 Jun 2020 - 05 Sep 2020
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    • Bed, bath and kitchen linens
    • Pool towels
    • Courtesy set in each bathroom
    • Electricity
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • Air conditioning in all bedrooms
    • Under floor heating
    • 1 baby bed and 1 children's bed with linen as well as 1 high chair available free of charge
    • In the premises there is a private tennis court, and you have are access to the park and garden.
    • A caretaker couple lives in a separate apartment on the estate.
    • Every day (except Sunday) the maid comes in from 9am to 1pm, prepares breakfast, then does the rooms and bathrooms.
    • Breakfast service from Monday to Saturday (groceries not included)
    • Final cleaning
    • Pool cleaning 
    • Garden maintenance


    Telephone: metered


    EUR 1000 cash deposit are due on arrival.

    SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)

    • Extra domestic help (house cleaning, washing and ironing): EUR 15 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 40 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.
    • Simple meals: The lady in charge of the house is also a good cook. She can come to the house to prepare simple home cooking meals on two or three days per week upon request. The cost is EUR 15 per hour for preparation, EUR 25 for shopping services, plus the costs of the ingredients. (to be paid cash). These extra services should be discussed with the staff at least two days ahead.
    • Chef cook: please enquire.
    • First shopping: EUR 45, plus the cost of the ingredients
    • Shopping service: EUR 25, plus the cost of the ingredients
    • Cooking classes available on request, to be specified when booking: Learning to recognize and prepare typical dishes is one of the most pleasant ways of learning about and understanding more deeply the culture and the essence of a place. We can organize, with the help of a renowned chef, cooking courses to suit everyone, from beginners to experts. 


    • In house massages
    • Tennis coach
    • Swimming lessons and personal trainer
    • Horse riding in a nearby riding school 
    • Golf and SPA in the nearby Bagnaia Resort (30 minutes drive)
    • Bicycle rental
    • Wine tasting in the nearby Chianti region
    • You will find in the house a list of restaurants nearby.
    • The staff all speak English.
    • Chauffeur driven car to collect you at the airport and reaccompany you upon departures, as well as a rented car to await you at Limoneto.
    • Guided tours of the Italian garden. The guide will take you through woods of the Rocco, allowing you to discover contemporary works of art that are hidden along the paths; through the English wood, which is located at the back of the castle and to the Italian Garden; among the scented lemons that decorate the garden during the summer months and the formal flower beds.
    • Guided tour of Siena and surroundings available on request: We are particularly happy to be able to suggest very good guides.
    • We can also help organize weddings or other receptions. The sixteenth century Chapel, work of renowned Architect Baldassarre Peruzzi is the perfect location to celebrate your wedding. For those who prefer a more natural setting you can have your wedding ceremony on the lawn in front of the Chapel. The ceremony can be followed by a reception in the garden in front of the Chapel, the courtyard of the Castle or in the Barn that can hold up to 180 guests.


    • During high season minimum stay one week
    • During mid and low season minimum stay 5 nights
    • PLEASE NOTE: For this property the check-in is possible between 4.30 and 7pm.
    • Pool opening dates: mid of May - end of September

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