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La Chiara

Chianciano Terme, Siena


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Location On the hills of the Val d'Orcia, midway between Florence and Rome, 70 km south-east of Siena.
Special Features

Six charming apartments in a beautiful farm building. 

Prices € 760 - 2590 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking
Facilities
  • Chef
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Tennis
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Airport distance:
    Florence 150 km
    Rome 200 km
    Pisa 215 km

Overview

In a former medieval fortress

This impressive 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.

La Chiara was once a medieval fortress and has been 'de-gentrified' over the centuries, becoming one of the main farm buildings on the extensive 900 hectares property. The 6 apartments for rent are still named after the peasant families who last lived here. The square building surrounds a large, shady courtyard planted with climbing roses, lavender and a deliciously scented lime tree. The arched entrance admits a cool breeze and leads out into the wide landscaped garden with a pool and a tennis court. The view from the garden is spectacular and surveys the entire valley, but your eye will finally settle on the dominating Monte Amiata, Tuscany's highest mountain. The lower parts of the valley consist of wheatfields and olive groves, woodland covering the upper reaches. Many walks have been signposted over the last years by the local trekking association.

Great care has been taken to turn the different apartments into welcoming and attractive places. The walls have been washed in a light terracotta, the furniture is mainly antique. During the summer months you will be able to have your meals outside. The garden is furnished with tables and chairs for all apartments, each far enough from the other to guarantee each party sufficient privacy. Children are welcome to La Chiara, in fact at the far end of the garden there is a playground with swing, see-saw and slide. 

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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 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!

Villa Details

BERSAGLIERE 2

  • 90 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Chef
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • TV
  • Tennis

Second floor:
1 living room with fireplace
1 kitchen with dining table
1 large double bedroom with en suite bathroom (tub and shower)

Garden:
The garden is furnished with tables and chairs for all apartments, each far enough from the other to guarantee each party sufficient privacy. The pool is shared with the other guests of La Chiara.

A flight of stairs lead to the entrance. Bersagliere is a sunny and comfortable apartment. Hand-made terracotta floorings, the warm yellow of the walls, friendly colourings and comfortable furniture and above all, lots of space, make this apartment exceptional. Both the living room and the very spacious bedroom have windows looking out on both sides onto the courtyard and the garden, across the valley to the old bandit’s castle called Radicofani. The kitchen has an antique dining table and an old cooking stove as well as modern appliances. The bathroom is set in fragrant cypress wood, and has both a shower and a bathtub.

Bersagliere can be used in conjunction with Vespa, while retaining the option of being self-contained. In this case the small kitchen in Bersagliere can be used as a breakfast room, while the larger kitchen in Vespa can be used for other meals.

FONTANA 2

  • 70 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Chef
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Tennis

First floor:
1 living room with fireplace
1 kitchen with dining table
1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower) and 1 extra WC

Garden:
The garden is furnished with tables and chairs for all apartments, each far enough from the other to guarantee each party sufficient privacy. The pool is shared with the other guests of La Chiara.

Fontana, the last apartment to be restored by the owner of La Chiara, is comparable in charm and size to Bersagliere. It is located on the first floor and is reached from the courtyard by an exterior staircase (10 steps). The rooms look out onto the garden, the hills and the woods on one side and the Val d'Orcia and the Monte Amiata on the other. The owner’s aim has as ever been to create a warm and welcoming interior, which affords all the comfort we are accustomed to today. The rooms with beamed ceilings and terracotta flooring are well sized and open onto the most exciting views of the valley, looking out over the garden and the Val d’Orcia on one side and the Mount Amiata on the other. The walls have been washed in a light terracotta glaze, creating a light and friendly atmosphere. The decoration of Fonte is an eclectical mixture of family antiques, furniture made by the local carpenter and modern paintings inspired by the nature surrounding the estate.

VESPA 4

  • 115 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Chef
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Tennis

First floor:
1 living room
1 large living kitchen
1 twin bedroom
1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower)
1 bathroom with shower

Garden:
The garden is furnished with tables and chairs for all apartments, each far enough from the other to guarantee each party sufficient privacy. The pool is shared with the other guests of La Chiara.

Vespa and Bersagliere are either one or two apartments. A flight of stairs leads up to the common entrance. A small hallway separates the two. Vespa has a large and welcoming kitchen. The window looks out onto the garden and the valley. A few steps lead up to the living room, the bedrooms and the bathrooms. The light and friendly rooms create an appealing atmosphere. The apartment has been decorated with interesting antiques.

TIGLIO 4

  • 98 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Chef
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • TV
  • Tennis

First floor:
1 living room with fireplace
1 kitchen
1 double bedroom
1 twin bedroom
1 bathroom (tub)

Garden:
The garden is furnished with tables and chairs for all apartments, each far enough from the other to guarantee each party sufficient privacy. The pool is shared with the other guests of La Chiara.

Just a few steps lead from the courtyard into the light and friendly living room. The windows of both bedrooms look out over the entire valley. The kitchen was rebuilt in spring 2003. Warm colourings, terracotta floor tiles and open fireplaces are part of the Tuscan lifestyle. 

BECO 4

  • 130 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Chef
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • TV
  • Tennis

First floor:
1 large living and dining room with fireplace
1 large kitchen with fireplace
1 twin bedroom
1 double bedroom
1 bathroom with large shower
1 WC with wash-basin

Garden:
The garden is furnished with tables and chairs for all apartments, each far enough from the other to guarantee each party sufficient privacy. The pool is shared with the other guests of La Chiara.

This apartment is an unusual place. Upon entering the house from the courtyard you will be stunned by the large and beautifully decorated living room, which has 3 windows looking out over the valley. The sofa and armchairs are grouped around a grand fireplace, whereas the antique dining table stands at the other end of the main room. A lovely old refectory table serves as a sideboard. Large modern paintings by the son of the owner complete the eclectic decor. The kitchen has a traditional look, but the technical equipment is up to most modern standards.

RONDA 6

  • 145 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Chef
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • TV
  • Tennis

First floor:
1 living room with fireplace
1 kitchen with dining table
2 double bedrooms
1 twin bedroom
2 bathrooms (one with shower, one with tub)
2 walk-in cupboards

Garden:
The garden is furnished with tables and chairs for all apartments, each far enough from the other to guarantee each party sufficient privacy. The pool is shared with the other guests of La Chiara.

This apartment is ideal for a family or group of friends. The windows of the living room look out over an extensive paddock and the Amiata Mountain in the background. In spring 2003 the kitchen was tastefully renewed and given marble table tops and light terracotta walls. In the garden, a table with chairs invites for all fresco meals.

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Location Our evaluation Interior
La Chiara 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
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BERSAGLIERE
2 PAX 2
760 EUR 1000 EUR 1090 EUR N/A Request BookingBERSAGLIERE
FONTANA
2 PAX 2
760 EUR 1000 EUR 1090 EUR N/A Request BookingFONTANA
VESPA
4 PAX 4
1090 EUR 1590 EUR 1690 EUR N/A Request BookingVESPA
TIGLIO
4 PAX 4
1090 EUR 1590 EUR 1690 EUR N/A Request BookingTIGLIO
BECO
4 PAX 4
1190 EUR 1790 EUR 1890 EUR N/A Request BookingBECO
RONDA
6 PAX 6
1530 EUR 2290 EUR 2590 EUR N/A Request BookingRONDA

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Reservations during high season from Saturday to Saturday only.
Pool size: 15 x 10 m (oval) / opening dates: May 13th - October 14th.
Baby bed with linen and high chair available: free of charge.
Pets not allowed.

Extra services available only on request (domestic help, Tuscan meal on your first evening, dinners during your stay, breakfast, half-board, 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: EUR 30 per person, EUR 15 for children under 12 years. A buffet dinner serving Tuscan gourmet food will be served from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on the evening of your arrival in the La Chiara restaurant for your convenience. 
  • Dinners during your stay from Monday to Friday (closed on Sunday nights): EUR 30 per person per day, EUR 15 for children under 12 per day. 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 will be served in the evenings from Monday to Friday 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). Special menus for children are available, as well a baby sitters and/or baby-phones. On Thursday evenings there will be an oil-tasting dinner.
  • Breakfast: EUR 10 per person per day. The breakfast provides fresh, wholesome fare. In the La Chiara restaurant you will be served a selection of breads and jams, and yoghurt (all home-made), eggs from the chickens of the estate, Tuscan prosciutto (ham) and pecorino, fresh orange juice, coffee, milk and different kinds of tea.
  • Half-board (breakfast and dinner): EUR 35 per person per day, EUR 20 for children under 12 per day.
  • First shopping: EUR 75 (expenses for a few basics and shopping time included). The shopping list includes: bread, butter, jam, eggs, 1 litre milk, 1 packet Earl Grey tea, 1 packet coffee, natural yoghurt, orange juice, 1 kg fruit of the season, 1 kg pasta (noodles), 1 jar tomato sauce, 1 piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and tomatoes, extra vergin olive oil, 2 litres mineral water, 2 bottles of beer, dishwasher detergent.

Security deposit, heating, wood for fireplace, additional double bedroom with ensuite bathroom, telephone in Beco to be paid in euros on the premises:

  • Security deposit: EUR 300 per apartment.
  • 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 100 - 300 per week for several hours heating a day.
  • Wood for fireplace in Bersagliere, Tiglio, Ronda and Beco: EUR 15 per basket.
  • Additional double bedroom (named PAGLIA) with en suite bathroom (suitable for disabled people): EUR 85 per day.
  • Telephone in Beco: according to use.
  • 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 in a specifically designed room in the office (reception) of the La Chiara estate, water, electricity, gas, mid week cleaning, 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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