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Casoro

Chiusi, Val d´Orcia, Siena


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Location 10 km north of Chiusi.
Special Features

A charming country house with beautiful views.

Prices € 2050 - 4490 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking
Facilities
  • Chef
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Airport distance:
    Perugia 80 km
    Florence 120 km
    Rome 170 km
    Pisa 210 km

Overview

A charming country house between Tuscany and Umbria

Casoro has a lovely pastoral setting. The property is located between two lakes: Lago di Chiusi, which is visible from the property, and the larger Lago Trasimeno, which is only a short distance away. Chiusi, Sarteano and Chianciano are visible from the garden area, as well as Monte Amiata and Monte Cetona, two of the highest peaks in Tuscany. The country lane that passes by Casoro is lightly trafficked and it offers quick access to the two small villages Vaiano and Gioiella, both 2 minutes away from Casoro, each one with stores for basic shopping. The town of Chiusi with supermarkets, shops, restaurants and train station is only 5 miles away. Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, Cortona, Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi, Lake Trasimeno and Todi are within an easy distance. But we also highly recommend a visit to the small medieval “borghi” in the area, full of hidden treasures such as Chiusi, Paciano, Castiglione del Lago, Città della Pieve. Rome and Florence are 2 hours by car and 1 hour by train. 

The estate was originally a unique building lived by the peasants` families, then it was divided into two independent sections belonging now to two different owners. The here offered Casoro house has its private garden and its own pool. It is seperated by a an iron fence with winding jasmine hedges from the other house. A stone paved patio flank the entrance door and has been furnished for al fresco meals. Beyond is the garden with the pool set amongst herbs bushes and olive trees, with lovely views of the surrounding countryside.

The house has been fully restored in 2011. The interiour is an atmospheric ambience designed with loving care for details. The layout and the decoration were a project of the property owner Benedetta. She invested a lot of time and love in choosing the right marble, tiles and light fixtures for the kitchen and the bathrooms, and in finding the right material for the sofas and armchairs as well as having a few choice pieces of antique family furniture restored. The ground floor of Casoro measures 170 square metres and can comfortably sleep 6 people on the ground floor. The upper floor measures 120 square metres and sleeps 4 more guests. 

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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.

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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 22 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!

Villa Details

If rented for 6 people 6

Ground floor:
1 living room with fireplace
1 kitchen/dining room with fireplace
2 double bedrooms
1 twin bedroom
3 bathrooms (two with shower, one with bathtub)
1 laundry room

 

GROUND FLOOR: This spacious apartment has a very large living/dining room. Three couches are in front of a lovely travertine fireplace, which is the central focus of the living room area. One part of the room serves as the dining area, with an elegant table that accommodates up to ten people. The large eat-in kitchen, has a cozy area with a table seating six people that can also serve as a working area for the cooks. Wood beams contribute to giving the kitchen a rustic feel. The kitchen is well equipped with a fireplace with modern appliances and pizza oven. Adjacent to the kitchen is a utility room, which has a tall refrigerator/freezer, washing machine and a sink. The three bedrooms all face the garden and the extensive agricultural fields beyond. The master bedroom has a king-size bed and is en suite to a bathroom with a large Jacuzzi tub with a hand shower. The middle twin bedroom in the row has two four-poster beds made of wrought iron. This bedroom is en suite to a bathroom with a shower with wrought iron accessories. The third bedroom has a king-size bed; the adjacent bathroom with a shower is in the hall.

If rented for 10 people 10

If rented for 10 people the upper floor will be opened additionally. It can be accessed by outdoor steps (not connected to the rest of the house by inner doors). It can be rented only in addition to the ground floor.

Ground floor (as above):
1 living room with fireplace
1 kitchen/dining room with fireplace
2 double bedrooms
1 twin bedroom
3 bathrooms (two with shower, one with bathtub)
1 laundry room

Upper floor:
1 living room with kitchen and dining area
1 double bedroom
1 twin bedroom
2 bathrooms (with shower)

 

UPPER FLOOR: Upon entering the top floor apartment from the exterior staircase you will be immediately taken by the large, beautifully decorated living /dining room, with three windows looking out over the rolling hills and the lake. An eco-fireplace will warm up your colder days and you will be surrounded by the nuances of purple, grey and white used both in the walls' painting and in the furniture. The bedrooms are spacious, full of light and very cozy; they look out over the garden with the pool and the countryside. The double bedroom is furnished with antique pieces of furniture dating the 18th century, while the twin bedroom has a more Provencal style and a prominence of white all around. It opens onto a terrace where you can enjoy reading and resting with the nice afternoon breeze. Both the bathrooms have walk-in showers and large windows with a view.

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Casoro 01 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
07 Apr 2018 - 12 May 2018
08 Sep 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
31 Mar 2018 - 07 Apr 2018
12 May 2018 - 08 Sep 2018
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If rented for 6 people
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2050 EUR 2550 EUR N/A Request BookingIf rented for 6 people
If rented for 10 people
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3990 EUR 4490 EUR N/A Request BookingIf rented for 10 people

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Reservations from Saturday to Saturday.
Pool size: 12 x 5 m / opening dates: May 12th - September 8th.
Baby bed with linen and high chair available: free of charge.
Pets not allowed.

Extra services available only on request (domestic help, cook, first shopping, Internet), to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:

  • Extra domestic help (house cleaning, washing and ironing): EUR 10 per hour.
  • Cook for dinners during your stay: EUR 15 per hour (for shopping time and cooking) plus the expenses. Dinners are offered from Monday to Friday.
  • First shopping: EUR 100 (expenses for a few basics and shopping time included). The shopping list includes: bread, butter, 2 jars home-made jam, 10 eggs, 2 litres milk, 1 packet Earl Grey Tea, 2 packets coffee, natural yoghurt, orange juice, corn flakes, 2 kg fruit of the season, 1 kg pasta (noodles), 2 jars tomato sauce, 1 piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, 6 litres mineral water, 3 bottles of beer.
  • Internet key for a WIFI connection: please check price on the premises.

Security deposit, heating, wood for fireplace to be paid in euros on the premises:

  • Security deposit: EUR 400 if rented by 6 people / EUR 800 if rented by 10 people.
  • Heating (if required): metered. Please be aware that central heating is very expensive in Italy. The average cost for one week goes from EUR 200 to EUR 400, according to the outdoor temperature and the amount of time the heating is turned on.
  • Wood for fireplace: EUR 20 per basket.
  • 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 bathroom towels, 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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