Breathtaking views of the vast countryside
La Capannina is a delightful 2 story house right inside the little hilltown of San Giovanni d'Asso, not far from Siena. Situated near a medieval castle, this villa was originally a stables built in the 16th century. It has been carefully renovated and is now a comfortable accommodation for 5 people.
Entering the house from the terrace (100 m2) you'll find yourself in an open space room sectioned by tall stone arches into several areas: a sitting room area with a XVI th century fireplace, a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen area.
An iron and travertine stair leads to the first floor where you'll find three air-conditioned bedrooms including one king, one twin, and one single bedroom. Two full bathrooms with shower complete this floor. The open beams, staircase and stone arches make it very charming and classic.
The house opens onto a courtyard which includes a oval pool offering breathtaking panoramic views over the Val d'Orcia, one of the most beautiful landscapes of Tuscany. The courtyard is furnished with a table, six chairs and a large umbrella. Four steps down there are three sunbeds and two deckchairs, and at the end of the outdoor area is a bathroom with shower/changing room, which serves the swimming pool.
La Capannina is an ideal choice for those who wish to be close to shopping, restaurants and cafes, yet be in a private home. San Giovanni d'Asso has approximately 300 inhabitants. La Capannina is situated in the upper part of the village - the "Borghetto", near the ancient castle, which is now the seat of the municipal authorities and which hosts the famous White Truffle Market in the month of November. The white truffle is prized and famous throughout Italy, as well are the other agricultural products of the area: excellent wines, oil, savoury cheeses and honey. In this upper part of the village there is a fine restaurant just a short walk from the the house. The lower part of San Giovanni d'Asso has an 'osteria' (simple restaurant), a baker and butcher, a pharmacy, a post office, a supermarket and cafe/bar. There is no public transport in San Giovanni, therefore it is essential to have a car.
La Capannina borders on the garden of Villa San Giovanni (also featured in our portfolio) and although they each rent separately, if you have a large party of up to 21 people they make an ideal combination. A parking is approx. 100 m from the house, but you can reach the square near the house with your car to load and unload your suitcases and shopping bags.
Our Guests Reviews
We loved La Capannina and will reflect our great experience on those review pages.
We will be in touch again! Thank you so much for everything. We tried to leave the property clean and hope your cleaning team didn`t find too much work.
We traveled to Tuscany in late June / early July for a one week stay with our three daughters, ages 22, 17 and 15. La Capannina was a big hit fo all of us . It sits high up on the hill in a very old and very charming locatio. It is immaculately kept and very comfortable. Everything you need is provided in the villa, and there is a little grocery store, butcher and pharmacy nearby (short walk). It really was perfect for a family of 5. The owner of the property is a wonderful woman who lives in nearby Sienna, and she is a very responsive and cares very much about the quality of your stay. the caretaker of the property lives next door if you need help with anything, and getting to know him a little made the stay even more memorable. the villa overlooks a spectacular view of the valley in a postcard Tuscan setting, with a nice pool on the terrace (which we used A LOT!).
San Giovanni d`Asso is quiet and a wonderful place to come back to after a long and tiring day exploring Tuscany. It is close to most everything in Tuscany. We fully intend to return and stay here again. I don`t write "perfect" reviews as a habit, and we can be pretty fussy about accommodations. I honestly do not have a single negative thing to say about Capannina.
Jose Quintana, July 2014
We have had a wonderful holiday at LA CAPANNINA, thank you!
The house is beautiful and we have spent many hours gazing at the view over the valley from the pool. Our favourite visits were Pienza, Siena, Montalcino and Monte Oliveto - all within easy reach and very beautiful. But we`re also enjoyed wandering around San Giovanni and practising our terrible Italian. Please would you pass our special thanks to Giuliano and Daniele for taking care of us and to Grazia for our yummy first night dinner.
We hope to return here one day - we love it!
Best wishes and a big THANK YOU!
Karen, Linton, Jasmine + Raphael Chiswick, July 2014
What a beautiful charming house you have; we especially enjoyed the view from the pool - unparalleled beauty! San Giovanni is a wonderful little town - we loved our breakfasts at the bar (which has wonderful gelato!) and had two delicious dinners at the Osteria. Although we enjoyed all of our day excursion to Montalcino, Montepulciano etc. we found San Giovanni and our beautiful vacation home the perfect place to return to.
Mille Grazie !
Barbara, Marvin, Andrea and Odra, June 2014
Thank you for the use of your beautiful home. We had a wonderful holiday. What a wonderful country to spend our 50th wedding anniversary. Our favorite city was Montepulciano but still so much more to enjoy.
Our favorite local restaurant is La Locanda Del Castello. Lunch is great and dinners are spectacular. Your neighbours are delightful as are their dogs. Barry had a great time talking to the dogs!! Still much more to do before leaving and I`m sure it will all be great. Only problem is driving on your narrow, winding roads. very stressful!
Thank you very much,
Joan & Barry Mosbach, January 2014
PS. The winery Abbadia Ardenga is by far the nicest and friendly winery we had been to.
Warm and very welcoming
Left on Aug 5, 2010 for a stay in Jul 2010
We couldn't have been happier with La Capannina. The villa for us were perfect:great view, lots of room, nice showers, dipping pool to get out of the hot tuscan sun...]perfect. You might consider upgrading and adding 2 more sun deck lounges. They were rather cheap and uncomfortable and there weren't enough for all of us to lie in the sun on the days we relaxed. For some reason during the last 2 days the air conditioner kept turning off no matter what we did. This happened in both bedrooms... couldn't figure it out so we had 2 nights that were warmer than we would have liked. The other great thing about this villa is the town and the restaurant in the hotel run by Massimo. He became a good friend. We ate at his restaurant often, had morning coffee there and my adult kids stayed up late several nights with him and his friends. It really gave our young adults a chance to get away from us and have some nighttime activity. The access to the hotel's internet was also extremely important... unfortunately we are all now tied together, not only at a professional level but at a personal level, on the internet. Even for the simple task of making reservations at the Uffizi or scheduling a tour at a vineyard it is vital. Thnk you for recommending this villa. I have already shared your info with friends who are going to Italy and trust our recommendation. When we travel to Italy again we will only use Hidden Italy.
Malcolm and Elaine Spaull
I want to go back as soon as possible!!
Left on Jun 8, 2010 for a stay in Jul 2009
Our stay in La Capannina was breathtaking. I think about it everyday. We will go back again and stay there as soon as possible! We were treated like royalty! We look foreward to going back.
Kelley and Gary Chambers
HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
- Poo: 6 x 3m
- Pool area is fenced
- Air conditioning in the bedrooms
- Internet WIFI connection
- Ceiling fans
- Satellite TV
- Washing machine
- Fridge with freezer
- Cooker, small oven
- Electric kettle
- Coffee maker
- Hair dryer in each bathroom
- Iron and ironing board
- Barbecue grill
- Parking approx. 100 m from the house
Restaurant 100 m
Bar, grocery shop 1 km
San Quirico d'Orcia 14 km
Monticchiello 15 km
Montalcino 17 km
Buonconvento 18 km (railway station)
Rapolano Terme 20 km
Bagno Vignoni 20 km
Pienza 20 km
Montepulciano 24 km
Bagno San Filippo 30 km
Chianciano 30 km
Chiusi 35 km
Siena 40 km
Cortona 50 km
Arezzo 60 km
Orvieto 75 km
San Gimignano 90 km
Perugia 90 km
Volterra 90 km
Assisi 100 km
Viterbo 105 km
Florence 125 km
Saturnia 130 km
Pisa 190 km
Rome 250 km
San Giovanni d'Asso is located in the Val d'Orcia, a beautiful valley in the south of Tuscany, listed since 2004 in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The geographical location of the property allows day trips in all directions. Siena, Pienza, Cortona, Arezzo, Assisi, Orvieto, San Gimignano, Volterra, Perugia, Viterbo, Florence and a wealth of other rewarding sites and attractions are within easy reach.
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.
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.
Hot spas in Tuscany:
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.
In Rapolano Terme you will find two baths: A Turkish steam bath is available in the Querciolaia thermal baths; the panorama in the newer San Giovanni Terme is just wonderful!
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
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- 1 large living/dining room with kitchen area
- 1 bedroom with king-size bed
- 1 twin bedroom (beds can be pushed together on request)
- 1 single bedroom
- 2 bathrooms
- Panoramic pool
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2050 EUR €
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2390 EUR €
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- Bed, bath and kitchen linens
- Pool towels
- Internet WIFI connection
- Wood for fireplace
- Baby bed and high chair
- Final cleaning
- Pool cleaning
- Electricity and air conditioning: metered
- Heating (if required): metered
- Pet perhaps allowed on special request when booking: EUR 100 domestic pet supplement
EUR 250 cash deposit are due on arrival.
SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)
- Maid service (house cleaning): EUR 12 per hour
- It is possible to make a reservation in the nearby restaurant (walking distance): please order in advance.
- Wine, truffel and olive oil tastings in the private wine cellar: please check prices upon booking.
- Reservations from Saturday to Saturday preferred
- Availability only during the above mentioned dates
- Pool opening dates: beginning May - end of September, depending on weather conditions
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