La Chiara

Tuscany, Siena, Chianciano Terme

    • Sleeps 2/4/6 Guests
    • Bedrooms 1/2/3 Bedrooms
    • Bathrooms 1/1/2 Bathrooms
    • Floor area sq m 70-145 m2
    • Pool
    • WiFi
    • Cook
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • Dog welcome
    • Tennis
    • Airport distance:
      Florence 150 km
      Rome 200 km
      Pisa 215 km

    € 900 - 2700 per week

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    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!

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    Amenities

    HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
    • Pool: 7 x 15m / shared pool
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • Satellite TV 
    • CD-stereo
    • Fridge with freezer
    • Stove with oven
    • Dishwasher
    • Electric kettle
    • Coffee maker
    • Toaster 
    • Mobile fans for the bedrooms
    • Hair dryer
    • Outdoor area for each unit
    • Fireplace in several apartments

     

    For communal use:

    • Garden
    • Parking
    • Tennis (hard court)
    • Play ground for children
    • Laundry room (with washing machine and dryer along with iron and ironing board)

     

    There is also a restaurant: 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.

     

    Breakfast can be provided if the guests rent the whole La Chiara property (6 apartments). Available at extra charge, to be requested upon booking, to be paid directly on the premises.

     

    In case the entire estate is rented by a large group the above mentioned restaurant with an attached professional kitchen (used by the chef of the estate) may be available for exclusive use for family celebrations, group activities or courses.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    One additional double bedroom (named PAGLIA) with ensuite bathroom suitable for disabled people is available upon request when booking.

    Touring ideas

    Bar 5 km
    Next grocery shop 5 km
    Chianciano 5 km
    Montepulciano 7 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

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  • Activities

    SPORTS

    Swimming
    Hiking
    Tennis court
    Thermal spa Chianciano 10 km
    Hot springs 25 km

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    Choose your holiday home

    BERSAGLIERE

    • Sleeps 2 Guests
    • Floor area sq m 90 m2 m2
    • WiFi
    • Cook
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • 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.

    Request BookingBERSAGLIERE
    16 Mar 2019 - 20 Apr 2019
    05 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
    900 EUR
    04 May 2019 - 15 Jun 2019
    07 Sep 2019 - 30 Oct 2019
    1080 EUR
    20 Apr 2019 - 04 May 2019
    30 Oct 2019 - 05 Nov 2019
    1100 EUR
    15 Jun 2019 - 07 Sep 2019
    1220 EUR

    FONTANA

    • Sleeps 2 Guests
    • Floor area sq m 70 m2 m2
    • WiFi
    • Cook
    • Terrace
    • 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.

    Request BookingFONTANA
    16 Mar 2019 - 20 Apr 2019
    05 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
    900 EUR
    04 May 2019 - 15 Jun 2019
    07 Sep 2019 - 30 Oct 2019
    1080 EUR
    20 Apr 2019 - 04 May 2019
    30 Oct 2019 - 05 Nov 2019
    1100 EUR
    15 Jun 2019 - 07 Sep 2019
    1220 EUR

    VESPA

    • Sleeps 4 Guests
    • Floor area sq m 115 m2 m2
    • WiFi
    • Cook
    • Terrace
    • 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.

    Request BookingVESPA
    16 Mar 2019 - 20 Apr 2019
    05 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
    1360 EUR
    04 May 2019 - 15 Jun 2019
    07 Sep 2019 - 30 Oct 2019
    1680 EUR
    20 Apr 2019 - 04 May 2019
    30 Oct 2019 - 05 Nov 2019
    1750 EUR
    15 Jun 2019 - 07 Sep 2019
    1820 EUR

    TIGLIO

    • Sleeps 4 Guests
    • Floor area sq m 98 m2 m2
    • WiFi
    • Cook
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • 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. 

    Request BookingTIGLIO
    16 Mar 2019 - 20 Apr 2019
    05 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
    1360 EUR
    04 May 2019 - 15 Jun 2019
    07 Sep 2019 - 30 Oct 2019
    1680 EUR
    20 Apr 2019 - 04 May 2019
    30 Oct 2019 - 05 Nov 2019
    1750 EUR
    15 Jun 2019 - 07 Sep 2019
    1820 EUR

    BECO

    • Sleeps 4 Guests
    • Floor area sq m 130 m2 m2
    • WiFi
    • Cook
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • 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.

    Request BookingBECO
    16 Mar 2019 - 20 Apr 2019
    05 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
    1500 EUR
    04 May 2019 - 15 Jun 2019
    07 Sep 2019 - 30 Oct 2019
    1850 EUR
    20 Apr 2019 - 04 May 2019
    30 Oct 2019 - 05 Nov 2019
    1900 EUR
    15 Jun 2019 - 07 Sep 2019
    2000 EUR

    RONDA

    • Sleeps 6 Guests
    • Floor area sq m 145 m2 m2
    • WiFi
    • Cook
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • 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.

    Request BookingRONDA
    16 Mar 2019 - 20 Apr 2019
    05 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
    1900 EUR
    04 May 2019 - 15 Jun 2019
    07 Sep 2019 - 30 Oct 2019
    2350 EUR
    20 Apr 2019 - 04 May 2019
    30 Oct 2019 - 05 Nov 2019
    2410 EUR
    15 Jun 2019 - 07 Sep 2019
    2700 EUR

    Weekly rates in

    Location Our evaluation Interior
    La Chiara 16 Mar 2019 - 20 Apr 2019
    05 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
    04 May 2019 - 15 Jun 2019
    07 Sep 2019 - 30 Oct 2019
    20 Apr 2019 - 04 May 2019
    30 Oct 2019 - 05 Nov 2019
    15 Jun 2019 - 07 Sep 2019
    Availability
    BERSAGLIERE
    2 PAX 2
    900 EUR 1080 EUR 1100 EUR 1220 EUR N/A Request BookingBERSAGLIERE
    FONTANA
    2 PAX 2
    900 EUR 1080 EUR 1100 EUR 1220 EUR N/A Request BookingFONTANA
    VESPA
    4 PAX 4
    1360 EUR 1680 EUR 1750 EUR 1820 EUR N/A Request BookingVESPA
    TIGLIO
    4 PAX 4
    1360 EUR 1680 EUR 1750 EUR 1820 EUR N/A Request BookingTIGLIO
    BECO
    4 PAX 4
    1500 EUR 1850 EUR 1900 EUR 2000 EUR N/A Request BookingBECO
    RONDA
    6 PAX 6
    1900 EUR 2350 EUR 2410 EUR 2700 EUR N/A Request BookingRONDA

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    RENT INCLUDES

    • Bed, bath and kitchen linens
    • Mid-week change of towels
    • Internet WIFI connection in each apartment
    • Electricity
    • Mid-week cleaning
    • Baby bed with linen and high chair
    • Final cleaning
    • Pool cleaning service
    • 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.

    EXTRAS

    • 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

    SECURITY DEPOSIT

    Security deposit is due via credit card on the premises.

    SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)

    • 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, 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 on Saturday, Monday and Friday night: EUR 35 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 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). Special menus for children are available, as well a baby sitter. On Monday evenings there will be an oil-tasting dinner.
    • Breakfast: EUR 15 per person per day. Breakfast is provided only if the guests rent the whole La Chiara property (6 apartments). 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. 
    • 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.
    • Additional double bedroom (named PAGLIA) with en suite bathroom (suitable for disabled people): price on request.
    • Babysitter: price on request.
    • Cooking courses: price on request.
    • Extra set of towels available during the week: price on request.
    • Pool towels: price on request.

    NOTES

    • Reservations during high season are preferred from Saturday to Saturday.
    • During other season flexible travel dates are welcome; rates for shorter stays on request (3 nights minimum).
    • 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, manners and presence of other dogs

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