Flooded with light
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.
Il Sasso sits in an opening and is surrounded by a wooded grove surrounded by old oak trees which blend sun and shade on the lawn in front of it. Beyond are open fields and views across the valley to the Radicofani fortress on the far-away blue hills. The house can be reached on a 2 km private gravel road. The garden, shaded by old oak trees, has been designed to blend in naturally with the surroundings. Climbing roses, hydrangea petiolaris, lavender, cystus, rosemary and honeysuckle mix well with the old oak and fruit trees. Meals can be taken under a pergola covered by wisteria, roses and grapevines. A 10 by 5 meter pool is tucked away at the far end of the garden.
The closest village is Contignano which lies on the other side of the Orcia river at a distance of 7 km from the house. Here you will find an alimentari (basic food shop), abar, a butcher, and a fruit and vegetable shop. For a larger choice of shops or a supermarket Chianciano Terme is at a distance of 10 km. The next restaurant where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner is 6 km from the house.
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!
Our Guests Reviews
An Unbelievable Week
Left on Jun 8, 2010 for a stay in Jun 2007
Our week at Il Sasso was something we will always remember. From the spacious and beautiful villa to the property and service, we could not have asked for anything better. We only wish we could have stayed longer.
HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
- Pool: 5 x 10m
- Pool area is gated
- Internet WIFI connection
- Satellite TV
- Fridge with freezer
- Stove with oven
- Electric kettle
- Coffe maker
- Mobile fans for the bedrooms
- Iron and ironing board
- Hair dryer
- Washing machine
- Shared tennis court (6 km)
There is also a family owned restaurant 4 km from the house: The La Chiara restaurant provides healthy gourmet dinners with home-made pasta, seasonal ingredients from the vegetable garden, the countryside and woods, as well as fruit from the trees in the garden. These dinners will be served on Saturday, Monday and Friday night in the shade of the linden tree in the courtyard, or in the large dining room with a fireplace during the colder months on guests' request (the day before). On Monday evenings there will be an oil-tasting dinner.
One double bedroom downstairs has a bathroom suitable for a disabled person.
La Chiara Restaurant 4 km
Contignano (bar, grocery shop) 7 km
Chianciano Terme 10 km
Montepulciano 10 km
Monticchiello 10 km
Pienza 20 km
Chiusi 20 km
San Quirico d`Orcia 27 km
Montalcino 38 km
Arezzo 50 km
Orvieto 50 km
Perugia 60 km
Siena 70 km
Viterbo 70 km
Assisi 80 km
Florence 130 km
Rome 170 km
Tennis court 6 km
Thermal spa Chianciano 10 km
Hot springs 25 km
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
Choose your holiday home
1 large summer room with fireplace (70 m2)
1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower, suitable for disabled people)
1 storage room
1 large central living room with fireplace
1 dining kitchen with fireplace
2 double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms (showers)
2 twin bedrooms
1 bathroom (bathtub)
Dependance (78 m2):
1 living room with fireplace and open plan kitchen
1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower)
1 twin bedroom with small en suite bathroom
Spacious pergola for al fresco meals
Pool 5 x 10 m
Covered parking space
On the ground floor what used to be the cows’ barn has been converted into a large summer room leading out to the garden. Seven windows flood the room with light, the mangers have been turned into benches with cushions. An open fireplace, comfortable sofas and armchairs make this room pleasantly informal and comfortable. A double room with an en suite bathroom opens out onto the garden and has been adapted for wheel chair use. A spiral Renaissance-style travertine staircase leads to the upper floor. Here a stunning central living room with windows looking out on both sides, a fireplace and a large African hardwood dining table communicates with a large Tuscan kitchen with an old beam and local travertine hood running along one wall. A waist-high fireplace is a local feature which makes it easy to cook over the fire. The kitchen walls have been painted a stunning blue lime wash in the characteristic style of the old kitchens in peasant farms, as blue was supposed to keep the flies away in the summer. As you will see from the plan of the house two bedrooms have en suite bathrooms while the other two share a bathroom. A small house, which used to be the pig pen, hen house and ox barn, is now a charming and cosy loft with old tie beams and a large fireplace, has two further bedrooms.
07 Sep 2019 - 30 Oct 2019
5950 EUR €
30 Oct 2019 - 09 Nov 2019
6350 EUR €
6750 EUR €
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- Bed, bath and kitchen linens
- Mid-week change of towels
- Internet WIFI connection
- Baby bed with linen and high chair
- Maid service (2 hours house cleaning per day 5 days per week)
- Final cleaning
- Pool cleaning
- Garden maintenance
- Should you rent the accommodation for more than 1 week, the house will be cleaned on Saturdays and the linen will be changed.
- 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.
- Wood for fireplace: EUR 15 per basket
Security deposit is due via credit card on the premises.
SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)
- Extra domestic help (house cleaning, washing and ironing): EUR 10 per hour
- Typical Tuscan meal on your first evening, after a long trip: EUR 35 per person. (The meal includes a starter, a pasta-dish, salad and pecorino cheese, fruit or fruit salad with ricarelli -local almond biscuits- to finish, plus bread and 1 bottle of white or red wine for up to four adults).
- Private cook for dinners during your stay: EUR 15 per hour (for shopping time and cooking) plus the expenses, available from Monday to Saturday. Advanced booking is required.
- 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.
- Babysitter: price on request
- Cooking courses: price on request
- Extra set of towels: price on request
- Pool towels: price on request
- Reservations from Saturday to Saturday
- PLEASE NOTE: For this property the check-in is possible between 3 and 6 pm.
- Pool opening dates: mid of May - end of September, depending on weather conditions
- Pets: only upon special request and subject to size and manners
Spacious 16th-century villa in a village - Class listed/landmarked building
- Sleeps 16 Guests
- Bedrooms 8 Bedrooms
- Bathrooms 7 Bathrooms
- Floor area sq m 500 m2 m2
Beautiful farmhouse in walking distance to a village
- Sleeps 14 Guests
- Bedrooms 7 Bedrooms
- Bathrooms 7+1 WC Bathrooms
- Floor area sq m 350 m2 m2