|Location||In the Val d`Orcia, midway between Florence and Rome, 70 km south-east of Siena.|
Farmhouse in the middle of open farmland.
|Prices||€ 3750 - 5290 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking|
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!
La Valle 10
1 large summer room (70 m2)
1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower, suitable for disabled people)
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.
Weekly rates in €
|La Valle||01 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
07 Apr 2018 - 19 May 2018
13 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
|31 Mar 2018 - 07 Apr 2018
19 May 2018 - 16 Jun 2018
01 Sep 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
|16 Jun 2018 - 01 Sep 2018
10 PAX 10
|3750 EUR €||4590 EUR €||5290 EUR €||N/A||Request BookingLa Valle|
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Reservations during high season from Saturday to Saturday.
Pool size: 10 x 5 m / opening dates: mid of May - end of September, depending on weather conditions.
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, cook, first shopping) to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:
- Extra 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.
(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).
- Cook for dinners during your stay: EUR 10 per hour (for shopping time and cooking) plus the expenses. Dinners are offered from Monday to Friday.
- 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.
Security deposit, heating, wood for fireplace, telephone to be paid in euros on the premises:
- Security deposit: EUR 600.
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.
- Telephone: 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, water, electricity, gas, maid service (2 hours house cleaning per day 5 days per week), 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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