Halfway between Arezzo and Siena, 3 km from Lucignano.
A small stylish farmhouse plus cottage.
|Prices||€ 2060 - 2900 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking|
Small villas (this one sleeps 4 to 6 guests) with private pools are a rarity. La Romantica is perfectly located, has great charm, and a lovely pool. This charming old farm building has been restored with a great sense of easy living. The owner, an Italian who has lived in Brasil and works with India, has had a light hand in mixing and matching furniture, textiles and objects from 3 continents.
Two large spaces occupy the ground floor. The kitchen runs along the entire width of the house, has windows or doors on 3 sides and organises itself around a large typically Tuscan farm table. The antique tiles behind the sink were discovered at the Arezzo flea market, the lamps above the table were brought back from India. French windows open onto the garden. The living room has a large fire place, French windows, white sofas and chairs and a colourful Indian dhurrie. The style is simple and comfortable, just as we like it. The upper floor is reached over the outdoor stairs which lead into a sunny upstairs living room and two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. The view from the bedrooms is lovely: rolling hills and the charming town of Lucignano on the horizon.
The annex, about 20 metres from the main building, houses another double bedroom with bathroom and private terrace. the material used here was made to order in India, to the design of the owner. At the back of the annex you will find a large laundry.
The pool lies on a lower level of the garden down a gentle slope. The grey stone and dark turquoise colour of the water give this pool a very stylish look. There is a shower next to the pool.
La Romantica can be rented with 2 or 3 bedrooms. If you rent the house with 2 bedrooms, the annex will be closed (and not rented to anyone else).
The small and charming estate La Romantica lies halfway between Arezzo and Siena, close to the hilltop village of Lucignano, known for its streets built in circles around the main church. Lucignano lies 3 km (1,8 miles) from the house. Most of Tuscany's major sight-seeing spots can be reached in approx. 1 hour's drive. Think Florence and Siena, but also Arezzo, Pienza, Montalcino, and Montepulciano. And should this not be enough, cross the border to Umbria and discover Perugia, Città di Castello, Orvieto and Assisi, all in about 1 hour by car.
Places of interest
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.
Just 20 km from the property you will find the thermal spa San Giovanni in Rapolano Terme with a modern thermal centre. Those wanting to combine holidays with a wellness break can enjoy fango baths, cosmetic and therapeutic treatments, massages. Have yourself thoroughly pampered! Just relax here!
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.
La Romantica 6
Upstairs living room
Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (tub)
Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower)
Double bedroom with sitting room and en suite bathroom (tub)
Pergola planted with vine for outdoor meals
Pool 14 x 4.5 m (46 x 15 ft)
Outdoor shower by the pool
Weekly rates in €
|La Romantica||01 Jan 2017 - 08 Apr 2017
04 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
|08 Apr 2017 - 06 May 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 04 Nov 2017
|06 May 2017 - 01 Jul 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
|01 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
6 PAX 6
|2060 EUR €||2220 EUR €||2700 EUR €||2900 EUR €||Calendar||Request BookingLa Romantica|
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Special price for groups up to 4 people:
EUR 1770 low season
EUR 1950 1st mid season
EUR 2400 2nd mid season
EUR 2800 high season
If rented for this reduced price the Dependance will not be available.
Reservations from Saturday to Saturday only.
Pool size: 14 x 4.5 m / opening dates: mid of May - end of September.
Baby beds with linen and high chair available: free of charge. Baby beds can be booked for children up to their 4th birthday.
Extra services available only on request (extra domestic help, Tuscan meal on your first evening, dinner during the week, first shopping), to be specified when booking and to be paid in cash in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:
- Extra domestic help (house cleaning): EUR 10 per hour.
- Tuscan meal on your first evening on Saturday, after a long trip: EUR 20 per person. The dinner consists of an antipasto, a pasta dish, salad and pecorino cheese, fruit and local biscuits to finish, plus bread and 1 bottle of for every for 4 persons wine and water.
- Dinner during the week: EUR 25 per person (wine not included). A dinner prepared the housekeeper: antipasto, first course (for ex. a pasta dish), second course (meat with vegetables and salad), dessert (fruit and cakes). Dinners should be booked 1 day in advance. The cook will also lay the table on the terrace or in the dining room.
- First shopping: EUR 110 (expenses for a few basics and shopping time included). The shopping list includes: bread, butter, jam, eggs, 2 litres of milk, 1 packet Earl Grey tea, 1 packet coffee, natural yoghurts, 2 bottles of orange juice, 2 kg fruits of the season, 2 kg pasta (noodles), 2 jars tomato sauce, 1 piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and tomatoes, extra vergin olive oil, 4 litres mineral water, 3 bottles of beer, dishwasher detergent.
Security deposit, heating to be paid in euros on the premises:
- Security deposit: EUR 250.
Heating (if required): metered.
Please be aware that central heating is very expensive in Italy. The average cost per day varies from EUR 50 - EUR 100 according to the outdoor temperature and the amount of time the heating is turned on.
- Extra set of towels: please check price on the premises.
- Pets only on special request upon booking: EUR 40 domestic pet supplement per week.
Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, gas, wood for fireplace, Internet WIFI connection, maid service (2 hours house cleaning on Tuesday and Thursday), final cleaning, garden maintenance all included in the price. Should you have rented your house for more than 1 week, the house will be cleaned on Saturdays and the linen will be changed.
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