|Location||On the hills of the Val d'Orcia, midway between Florence and Rome, 70 km south-east of Siena.|
Former stables converted into a comfortable 3 bedroom family house.
|Prices||€ 2150 - 3150 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking|
This house belongs to a a large property which extends over the hills overlooking the Val d'Orcia, an enchanting and miraculously unspoilt valley in southern Tuscany, listed as UNESCO world heritage in 2004. Midway between Florence and Rome, the estate is also within easy reach of Siena, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi and Orvieto. Renaissance and medieval gems such as Pienza, Montepulciano, Monticchiello and Montalcino and the Abbey of Sant'Antimo are only a few miles away from the houses you can rent at the property.
The countryside around the estate abounds in lovely walks in the woods and the typical "crete senesi" (clay hills) of the region. The food is considered the best in Tuscany and famous wines such as the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino can be sampled in the local cellars.
Casale belongs to the son of one of the owners. He has transformed the former stables of his house into a comfortable house with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. He is a painter and the house has an artistic touch to it which makes it different from the other houses on the estate. The vicinity between the yellow house belonging to the owner and the former stables does not preclude the privacy of both houses. A difference in level of the ground separates both buildings effectively.
Casale has been completely refurbished in 2010 and has become a perfect retreat for family holidays; heaven for children, with a playground area with sand in the garden and a pool shared with the owners 3 children. Here you will find space, lightness and essential furnishing, an assemblage put together by the owner and his wife over the last years. At the centre of the house are the kitchen and the large living room, both overlooking the Orcia Valley - a view which will never stop giving you strong impressions. In the garden there’s a table for meals outside. Paths leading from the house invite you to wonderful walks through the property and beyond. The guests can also use the tennis court of the main farmhouse which is reached in 3 minutes by car. Casale is reached over a dust road (1 km) and lies about 300 m south of a small family restaurant, where the guests can have dinner three times a week.
Places of interest
The property's location makes excursions to Siena, Assisi, Orvieto, Perugia, Arezzo and Florence an easy day trip. But the area below Siena, stretching from the monastery of Monte Oliveto to Montalcino and Montepulciano offers some rewarding sites that are well worth a visit.
In San Quirico d'Orcia make sure you see the Horti Leonini, an early Renaissance garden, as well as the western door in the city wall and the Collegiata (main church).
Montalcino is beautifully situated on a hill inhabited since Etruscan times, swathed in vineyards and olive groves. It is a quiet, affluent, attractive town with pretty buildings and flower-filled squares, and many shops selling the Brunello di Montalcino.
Montepulcino is a graceful Tuscan hill town, best known for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which was being praised by connoisseurs over 200 years ago and can certainly contend with Italy's best today.
Pienza, the unfinished 'utopian' city, was commissioned by Pope Pius II in 1459.
Chiusi is one of our favourites because of its unpretentious liveliness. Compared to Montepulciano it is uncontaminated by tourism. Chiusi has a railway station - from here it is a quick ride to the city center of Rome.
Monticchiello is a pleasant walled village, whose crooked watch-tower is visible from afar. Next to the church is a small shop which sells local linens (towels, bedspreads) and materials in pure linen. They use traditional methods and patterns and the results are extremely attractive.
Visit the abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore and the semi-derelict monastery of Sant'Anna in Camprena - a very romantic setting which served as location for the film The English Patient.
Sant'Antimo is surely one of the loveliest Romanesque buildings in all of Italy. It is hard to imagine a more sympathetic combination of architectural grace and natural setting.
Sarteano fits our picture of an unspoilt Italian village. The main square has a nice bar where you can sit outside. On the square below, in the afternoon a different bar serves excellent take away pizza.
And last but not least the landscape in this region of Tuscany is spectacular: The Crete Senesi are the eroded clay hills in the Orcia valley. These strange, pale, barren looking slopes, with their bare cliffs, broken gullies and white Jurassic limestone, look altogehter more lunar than terrestial.
Pool in winter?
Tuscany is famous for its Hot springs, belonging to a geothermical system that more or less encircles Monte Amiata, the most spectacular being Saturnia in the south west of the region. Steaming water collects in a number of white limestone basins - a rare natural spectacle and great fun to bathe in! Swimming possible both in the natural basins and in smart thermal baths. Saturnia offers a wide range of comforts and even a sauna.
Close to the property is Bagno Vignoni which has been popular since Etruscan times. St. Catherine of Siena is said to have appreciated its thearpeutic qualities, as is Lorenzo the Magnificent, whose family built the splendid arcaded pool - a kind of flooded, bubbling piazza, famously used by Tarkowsky for some of the more surreal passages of his film Nolstalgia. Not far from this antique piazza there is a hotel with a lovely open air swimming pool, fed from hot springs. This is also available to external guests.
Bagni San Filippo may go into the books as the world?s smallest thermal spa - a telephone booth, a few old houses, outdoor spring in the middle of the woods with glistening limestone formations and one small hotel with a public pool.
The Montepulciano thermal springs can also be enjoyed in an indoor thermal swimming pool.
Just 10 km from the property you will find the thermal spa Terme di Chianciano with a highly modern health and thermal centre. Those wanting to combine holidays with a wellness break can enjoy fango baths, cosmetic and therapeutic treatments, solarium, massages and hydromassages. Have yourself thoroughly pampered! Just relax here!
1 large living room with open kitchen and dining table
2 double bedrooms with en suite bath each
1 twin bedroom with en suite bath
Garden with terrace
Use of the pool (12 x 6 m)
Use of the children playground
A charming mix of laid-back comfort and Tuscan furniture gives the house a warm and friendly atmosphere. The open kitchen’s living area leads directly onto the garden terrace through French doors. An outdoors and an indoors dining table make for pleasant family dinners and cooking events. A wood burning oven can be used for pizza meals or baking your own bread. Two bathrooms have a shower, one bathroom has a tub.
Weekly rates in €
|Casale||01 Jan 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
22 Apr 2017 - 13 May 2017
14 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
|15 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
13 May 2017 - 17 Jun 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
|17 Jun 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
6 PAX 6
|2150 EUR €||2650 EUR €||3150 EUR €||N/A||Request BookingCasale|
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Reservations from Saturday to Saturday only.
Pool size: 12 x 6 m / opening dates: May 13th - October 14th.
Baby bed, high chair, walking pen available: free of charge.
Pets not allowed.
Extra services available only on request (domestic help, Tuscan meal on your first evening, first shopping), to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:
- Domestic help (house cleaning, washing and ironing): EUR 10 per hour.
- Typical Tuscan meal on your first evening, after a long trip, in a small family restaurant approx. 300 m from the house: EUR 30 per person.
- First shopping: EUR 100 (expenses for a few basics and shopping time included). The shopping list includes: bread, butter, jam, eggs, 2 litres milk, 1 packet Earl Grey tea, 1 packet, coffee, natural yoghurt, orange juice, 2 kg fruits of the season, 2 kg pasta (noodles), 2 jars tomato sauce, 1 large piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and tomatoes, extra vergin olive oil, 4 litres mineral water, 3 bottles of beer, dishwasher detergent.
Security deposit, heating to be paid in euros on the premises:
- Security deposit: EUR 600.
Heating (if required): metered.
Please be aware that central heating is very expensive in Italy. The average cost in winter varies according to the outdoor temperature and the amount of time the heating is turned on. Figure approx. EUR 300 - 600 per week for several hours heating a day.
- Extra set of towels available during the week: EUR 3.
- Pool towels: EUR 3 per week.
Bed, bath and kitchen linens, mid week change of towels, Internet WIFI connection, water, electricity, gas, final cleaning, pool cleaning service, garden maintenance all included in the price. Should you rent the accommodation for more than 1 week, the house will be cleaned on Saturdays and the linen will be changed.
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