La Valle

Tuscany, Siena, Chianciano Terme

    • Sleeps 10 Guests
    • Bedrooms 5 Bedrooms
    • Bathrooms 4 Bathrooms
    • Floor area sq m 300 m2
    • Pool
    • WiFi
    • Daily maid
    • Cook
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • Dog welcome
    • Tennis
    • Airport distance:
      Florence 150 km
      Rome 200 km
      Pisa 215 km

    € 4850 - 5500 per week

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    Surrounded by wheat and sunflowers

    This 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 Valle lies in the middle of open farmland, surrounded by fields of wheat and sunflowers on one side and a small wood and the strange shapes of the distinctive clay hillocks and scrub which characterize the local landscape on the other. A winding gravel road (1 km) lined with oak trees running along a little stream anticipates the peaceful bucolic spirit that pervades the house. La Valle is is a large sunny house built in the local stone, overgrown with rambling roses, honeysuckle and ivy, and surrounded by a garden where Mediterranean aromatic plants such as rosemary, sage, lavender and thyme flourish. The pool is set against a backdrop of the typical Siena clay hillocks; wild rose and broom bushes growing in the garden blend into the surrounding countryside. On one side of the house lies the pool house, which also contains a garden kitchen for outdoor meals. A pergola covered in vines and wisteria provides shade over a large table.

    The closest village is Contignano which lies at the other side of the Orcia river at a distance of 4 km from the house. Here you will find an alimentary food shop, a bar, a butcher and a fruit and vegetable shop. For a larger choice of shops or a supermarket Chianciano Terme is at a distance of 10 km.

    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.

    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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    • Pool: 5 x 10m
    • Pool area is gated
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • Satellite TV
    • CD-stereo
    • Fireplace
    • Fridge with freezer
    • Stove with oven
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Electric kettle
    • Coffee maker
    • Toaster
    • Mobile fans for the bedrooms
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Hair dryer
    • Washing machine
    • Alarm system
    • Table tennis
    • Pergola
    • Fully equipped summer kitchen near the pergola
    • Garden
    • Private drive with gate to property
    • Parking
    • Shared tennis court (7 km)


    There is a small family restaurant 7 km from the house: 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.


    One twin bedroom downstairs has a bathroom suitable for a disabled person.

    Touring ideas

    Contignano (bar, grocery shop) 4 km
    La Chiara Restaurant 7 km
    Chianciano Terme 10 km
    Montepulciano 10 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


  • Floor Plan
  • Activities


    Tennis court 7 km
    Thermal spa Chianciano 10 km
    Hot springs 25 km


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    La Valle

    Ground floor:
    1 large summer room (70 m2)
    1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower, suitable for disabled people)
    First floor:
    1 large central living room with fireplace
    1 dining kitchen with fireplace
    2 double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms (shower)
    1 double bedroom
    1 twin bedroom
    1 bathroom (bathtub)

    Pool house with summer kitchen
    Spacious pergola for al fresco meals
    Changing room witrh WC and shower
    Pool 6 x 12 m
    Covered parking space


    The main living quarters are on the first floor, which is reached by an external staircase leading into a large living room with an open fireplace. The walls have been lime-washed in a sunny light shade. The adjacent kitchen has a typically Tuscan kitchen range and hood, with a fireplace at the same level to make cooking over the fire easier. The walls have been painted a stunning blue lime wash, in the characteristic style of old kitchens in peasant farms, as blue was supposed to keep the flies away in the summer. The cow-shed on the ground floor has been converted into a large summer room which looks out onto the garden. A double room with two original antique beds and its en suite bathroom are also on the ground floor.

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    04 May 2019 - 15 Jun 2019
    07 Sep 2019 - 30 Oct 2019
    4850 EUR
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    30 Oct 2019 - 09 Nov 2019
    5150 EUR
    15 Jun 2019 - 07 Sep 2019
    5500 EUR

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    • Bed, bath and kitchen linens
    • Mid-week change of towels
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • Electricity
    • Maid service (2 hours house cleaning per day 5 days per week)
    • Baby bed with linen and high chair 
    • Final cleaning
    • Pool cleaning 
    • 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.


    • 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 300 - 600 per week for several hours heating a day.
    • Wood for fireplace: EUR 15 per basket


    Security deposit is due via credit card on the premises.


    • Extra 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. (The meal includes a starter, a pasta-dish, salad and pecorino cheese, fruit or fruit salad with ricarelli -local almond biscuits- to finish, plus bread and 1 bottle of white or red wine for up to four adults).
    • Private cook for dinners during your stay: EUR 15 per hour (for shopping time and cooking) plus the expenses, available from Monday to Saturday. Advanced booking is required.
    • First shopping: EUR 100 (expenses for a few basics and shopping time included). The shopping list includes: bread, butter, jam, eggs, 2 litres milk, 1 packet Earl Grey tea, 1 packet, coffee, natural yoghurt, orange juice, 2 kg fruits of the season, 2 kg pasta (noodles), 2 jars tomato sauce, 1 large piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and tomatoes, extra vergin olive oil, 4 litres mineral water, 3 bottles of beer, dishwasher detergent.
    • Babysitter: price on request
    • Cooking courses: price on request
    • Extra set of towels: price on request
    • Pool towels: price on request


    Reservations from Saturday to Saturday
    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 and manners

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