La Giocosa

Tuscany, Siena, Montalcino

    • Sleeps 8 Guests
    • Bedrooms 4 Bedrooms
    • Bathrooms 4 Bathrooms
    • Floor area sq m 250 m2
    • Pool
    • WiFi
    • Air con
    • Cook
    • Terrace
    • Airport distance:
      Florence 130 km
      Pisa 220 km
      Rome 220 km

    € 6700 per week

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    Overview

    A cheerful house

    La Giocosa is located in the most desirable region south of Siena, in the Val d'Orcia, an enchanting and miraculously unspoilt valley in southern Tuscany, listed as UNESCO world heritage in 2004. The house is just 10 km from the historic center of Montalcino.

    Set on a 15 hectare (38 acre) wine estate, the house is surrounded by olives groves and vineyards and offers a peaceful setting. It has been completely restored and is comfortably furnished.

    The living rooms are located on the ground floor. The large, open living room with wide arches, massive wooden beamed ceiling and terracotta floors is the centre of the house. The bright kitchen is decorated in a traditional style.

    On the first floor are the four bedrooms. All rooms have beautiful views. On the first floor there is also a single bedoom at extra charge. It must be requested when booking, but the number of people may not exceed 8 people.

    On the panoramic side of the house, overlooking the garden, is a terrace with a long table for outdoor dining. The garden has lovely landscape views of the valley, a beautiful pool just 50 meters from the house and a bocce court.

    An unpaved private road (about 800 m) leads from the main road to the house; this driveway is not suitable for low slung cars. A wine cellar is located 500 meters from the house and features one of the best systems for the biodynamic production of Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino.

     

    Montalcino is a classic Tuscan hill town, topped by a medieval fortress, and can be reached in 15 minutes by car. It offers a good selection shops and restaurants, and is famous for its Brunello wine (as well as the less pricey Rosso di Montalcino). There is an enoteca in the fortress where you can sample wines and other local delicacies.

    The famous Sant' Antimo Abbey, one of the finest Romanesque churches in Tuscany, is located just outside of town (2.5 km). Facilities for horseback riding (20 km), tennis (12 km) and golf (60 km) are available nearby. The sandy beaches of the Maremma are 60 kilometers away. The nearest restaurant is in Castelnuovo dell'Abate, just 2 km from the house.

    Guests Reviews

    Our Guests Reviews

    06-08-2016: Perfect!
    In few words:
    - perfect
    - unbelievable house, wonderful!
    - well equipped villa
    - Michela is a charming person, really helpful (booking, wine explanation + taste, etc...)
    We really enjoy our stay. 

    Superb location, beautiful property, quiet and serene
    Left on Aug 1, 2012 for a stay in Jul 2012
    We were two families and rented this house for one week. The house is beautiful, decorated with taste and well maintained. The floors are stone-paved, the kitchen is made in antique style, the bedrooms are spacious and welcoming. The kitchen is fully equipped, the only thing missing is a microwave oven. It has plenty of dishes / cutlery / pans / pots... The outside view is superb - it was one of the reasons we chose the house for and it was more than we expected. Relaxing in chaise-longues you can see the entire valley, up to the distant hills, the vineyards, a little river down below, Castelnuovo dell'abate on one side. The pool is two dozens of steps away and is small. Don't expect to do any serious swimming, just some splashing around. The nearest town is Castelnuovo dell'abate which is very small. Montalcino is 10 km away. There you can find plenty of places to eat, a well-stocked supermarket (Coop, open 9.00-13.00 and 16.00-20.00 daily except Sunday), and you can visit the old fortress and stroll through the town. We had a nice lady who worked for the owner of the house receive us, give us a tour, answer any questions we had, and offered us a bottle of wine and one of olive oil from their personal production. The boys also had a tour of the winery one day. There are plenty of places to visit in the area. Most of them are 1-2 hrs away by car (you do need a car): Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, the seaside. If you don't feel like visiting you can just relax but I think it will get boring after a while. The only problem we had were the mosquitoes. They are everywhere, even during the day time. The house is not air-conditioned - there are some ventilators but even so at night it gets a bit stuffy. This is the place to go for a relaxing, quiet holiday, in which you want to feel and see what Tuscany is like in slow-motion. We enjoyed it immensely and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

    Amenities

    HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
    • Pool: 4 x 15m
    • Infinity pool 
    • Air conditioning in all bedrooms
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • Satellite TV
    • Iphone-IPad dock station in the living room
    • CD-stereo
    • Stove with oven 
    • Fridge with freezeer
    • Dishwasher
    • Washing machine
    • Italian and American coffee maker
    • Toaster
    • Mixer
    • Juice maker
    • Screens on the bedroom windows
    • Garden
    • Patio with parasol
    • Gazebo by the pool
    • Barbecue grill
    • Bocce court
    • Parking
    Touring ideas
    Castelnuovo dell'Abate 2 km
    Abbazia di S. Antimo 2.5 km
    Montalcino 10 km
    San Quirico d'Orcia 23 km
    Pienza 32 km
    Montepulciano 46 km
    Siena 57 km
    Sandy beaches Maremma 60 km
    Cortona 95 km
    Castiglione della Pescaia (coast) 95 km
    Monte Argentario (coast) 95 km
    Perugia 112 km
    Florence 130 km

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    Activities

    The house 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!

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    La Giocosa

    Ground floor:

    • Entrance hall
    • Large open-plan living room with original Tuscan terracotta tiled floors, oak beams, ceramic stove, splendid views; an arch leads to a second living area
    • Dining area with a table for 10
    • Fully equipped kitchen
    • The laundry room with washing machine
    • Study room with Internet access, satellite TV, stereo 
    • 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower

    First floor:

    • 1 double bedroom, en suite bathroom with tub and shower
    • 1 double bedroom, en suite bathroom with shower
    • 1 double bedroom with fireplace and access to the garden through external staircase
    • 1 bathroom with tub

    All the rooms have beautiful views. On the first floor there is also a single bedroom. It must be requested upon booking, however the maximum capacity of 8 people cannot be ecxeeded. 

    Outdoors:

    • Furnished gazebo with BBQ for al fresco dining
    • Pool with garden furniture, a gazebo and a second BBQ
    • Garden with olive trees
    • Bocce court 
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    RENT INCLUDES

    • Bed, bath and kitchen linens changed on Saturday
    • Bath towels changed on Wednesday and Saturday
    • Pool towels
    • Electricity
    • Air conditioning
    • Heating
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • Maid service (3 hours house cleaning on Wednesday and for rentals longer than one week on Saturday)
    • Basic grocery shopping for the first breakfast
    • Final cleaning
    • Pool cleaning 
    • Special experience: Visit to the winery and wine tasting

    EXTRAS

    • Wood for ceramic stove in the living room: please check price on the premises.
    • Baby bed if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded: EUR 100 per week

    SECURITY DEPOSIT

    EUR 1000 cash deposit are due on arrival.

    SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)

    • Advanced grocery shopping
    • Cook service for dinners during your stay
    • Cooking lessons
    • Wine tasting
    • Extra cleaning package on request: 2.5 hours per day from Monday to Friday (Wednesday already included) EUR 350 per week.

    NOTES

    • Reservations from Saturday to Saturday
    • Pool opening dates: May 2nd - September 26th
    • For more than 3 children, please enquire.
    • Upon request and approval of the owner a late arrival is possible between 7 and 9pm for an extra fee of EUR 50.
    • Save 4%: Book now our special not refundable rate and save 4% on the listed price. If customer pays the full amount upon reservation, he immediately benefits of a 4% discount. In case of cancellation, the entire amount paid will not be refunded. Please note: This offer is not valid for last minute bookings. Please check with us upon booking.

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