Country living in the rolling Sienese hills
Olivella is a large country house located in the peaceful and beautiful countryside of the Val d'Orcia, within walking distance of the small hill village of San Giovanni d'Asso (1 km).
The large stone house has the advantage has the advantage of being composed of two independent houses, each with a private entrance. The houses can be easily connected via two internal doors, one on the ground floor and the other on the upper floor, but by closing the doors, the houses are completely separated. Therefore, this is the perfect place for two families traveling together.
House A is suitable for 4 persons, House B for 6 persons. You can choose to rent the entire house for 10 people or only house B. If renting only house B, the smaller house is closed (not rented to other guests to guarantee the privacy of the guests).
Each house has its own kitchen and living space, so you can easily divide your your group. You can be together again just as quickly when opening the connecting doors. Both dining rooms offer ample wooden tables, each for 10 people.
Olivella is located in a 1500 square meter garden. On the panoramic side there is a meadow with olive trees, pomegranate trees and some flowering shrubs leading to a beautiful pool. The view of the lovely, senese hilly landscape is wonderful. On the rear side of the house, a small sitting area by an old fountain invites you to linger.
Opposite the pool is a pool house with loggia to enjoy al fresco meals. A long table with two benches can accommodate 12 people. Here you can watch the children playing in the pool while you are relaxing with a glass of wine. In the pool house there is a small bathroom with shower. A small room (about 10 square meters) with kitchenette (2 hotplates, fridge and sink) is a convenient facility for light summer meals near the pool.
Olivella is an ideal choice for those who wish to be close to shopping, restaurants and cafes, yet be in a private home. The small village with approximately 300 inhabitans is just a 5-minute walk away. San Giovanni d`Asso has a simple restaurant, an 'osteria', a baker and butcher, a pharmacy, a post office, a supermarket and a Cappuccino bar.
In the upper part of the old town there is a very good restaurant. The village hosts the famous White Truffle Market in the month of November. The white truffle is prized and famous throughout Italy, as well are the other agricultural products of the area: excellent wines, oil, savoury cheeses and honey. There is no public transport in San Giovanni, therefore it is essential to have a car.
Our Guests Reviews
Beautiful villa in a picturesque setting
Left on Sep 5, 2017 for a stay in Aug 2017
Lovely, spacious villa, nice pool with a shady pool house, fantastic views, private but a few minutes walk from the beautiful Tuscan hill town of San Giovanni d'Asso.
Thank you for giving us departure information. We are so sorry we will not be able to say goodbye in person but want you to know that our two weeks at OLIVELLA with our children and grandchildren was the most special time we have ever had. You, Daniela and Guiliano treated us a special guests. Paolo and Lorenzo were wonderful and entertained the children as much as the adults. Please tell Grazia we are so sorry, our Italian is so broken that we could not properly thank her for two amazing meals. She made two different tiramisu so the children would not have expresso - what a thoughful and appreciated gesture! We will sing the praises of Tribbio to our freinds and fully expect some will decide to visit you too. We will also be sure to report our joy with you and OLIVELLA to Suzanne. Until the next time, which we hope will be soon!
Janet and Tom Michaud, August 2014
Today is our last day at OLIVELLA. We have enjoyed it so much. The people in the little town are so nice. Though it´s starting to get hot, the evenings are still great, especially spending them in the pool.
We will miss Olivella so much but I now, we will come back, hopefully with more friends so we can share all the wonderful momories with them all ever again.
Thank you Federica and Daniela for such a wonderful place to visit. This place is so beautiful and your hospitality is great.
Ciao for now!
Liz, John and Walter Tindall, July 2014
Words can´t discribe the beauty! We had a wonderful time exploring all the towns and cities! Thank you for sharing your home with us! We will have many memories that will last a life time!
Dave, Cindy, Jacob + Elizabeth, June 2014
We loved the relaxtion and comfort of OLIVELLA after touring Rome, Florence and Venice! Although a bit to chilly for much swimming, we loved reading by the pool. At the crackling fire we had wonderful talks and the hospitalbe comfort of this place was more than we had hoped for!
Were off to Amalfi...
Ciao - The Paynes, June 2014
Thank you for sharing your villa with our family. We loved the villa and the help from Grazia and Daniele. The children specially loved the swimming pool, and we all enjoyed our days exploring the countryside. We dream of turning some day.
The Sacchy family, June 2014
For our three week stay, OLIVELLA was the perfect spot, either for lazing about or for leading out to so many nearby wonderful tours and attractions. We take day trips to Cortona and the Chianti country, where we had excellent lunch. Also the wine tasting tour was gorgeous.
Thanks so much to Federica and Andrea who made us feel so welcome here. We hope to return sometime in the future to repeat this wonderful experience.
Bill Maylord, May 2014
Excellent peaceful and beatifully looked after
Left on Jul 30, 2011 for a stay in Jul 2011
No negatives at all - house and grounds were lovely and nothing was missing. Locations was beautiful, though very much in the countryside.
A wonderful house in a beautiful area; very calm and relaxing.
Left on Aug 9, 2010 for a stay in Jul 2010
Federica, the owner of Olivella, is a very nice and friendly person. The house is beautiful and they take care for the pool as much as possible. The right place to relax and to enjoy this part of tuscanny. Giovanni d`Asso is very small, only few shops and only one good restaurant. We alwalys had to drive for al least 30 min to reach something. We only would recommend to enlarge the numbers of plates, cups, glasses and kitchenstuff. And the beds could be a little more comfortable.
Left on Jun 17, 2010 for a stay in Jul 2008
Two grandparent and two young families - 5 children under 7. Quite a long drive from Pisa airport and arriving late found difficulties with road sining. Olivella villas tiny notice. Accommodation was perfect for two families because no matter how well you get on, it was lovely to have your own space. We all mucked in together anyway! Down side was lack of fans for air conditioning as bedrooms were small and very hot for children especially. Very clean and pool area very well maintained but they were very reluctant to give us lilos for the chairs which was very annoying as they were necessary and most uncomfortable without. Even though we arrived later than expected due to road signing the pre arranged supper was most disappointing and very expensive. A great pity as we really looked forward to having most of the catering done for us. In the event we did not use this service again. Despite the drive, it was a perfect and very peaceful location and we all said it was the best holiday ever. And with the above provisos, I would recommend it to anyone.
We have already used your properties in the past (La Corte and Olivella) and have been more than satisfied. This year our planning is late as usual ! Do you have any properties available for the last 2 weeks of August; south of Sienna, West of Lucca, south of Florence ... . 8 Pax + pool ... no sharing with anyone ... . Superior standard as usual. Thanks for your reply.
E. & C. Chammas, June 2008
My family and I have just returned from a 2 week stay at one of your properties - Olivella. We had a wonderful time! Best regards,
F. Baker, April 2008
HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
- Pool: 5 x 12m
- Pool area is gated
- Air conditioning and fans in all bedrooms
- Internet WIFI connection
- 2 fireplaces
- 2 satellite TVs
- 1 CD-stereo
- 1 DVD player
- 2 dishwashers
- 2 washing machines
- 2 fridges with freezer
- 2 kitchen stoves
- 1 small oven (in the smaller house)
- 1 regular fan assisted oven (in the larger house)
- 2 electric kettles
- 2 toasters
- 2 coffee makers
- Hair dryer in each bathroom
- 1 iron and 2 ironing boards
- Barbecue grill
- Parking for 6 cars (2 under a roof in a barn)
- Private entrance gate
Restaurant, bar, grocery shop 1 km
San Quirico d'Orcia 14 km
Monticchiello 15 km
Montalcino 17 km
Buonconvento 18 km (railway station)
Rapolano Terme 20 km
Bagno Vignoni 20 km
Pienza 20 km
Montepulciano 24 km
Bagno San Filippo 30 km
Chianciano 30 km
Chiusi 35 km
Siena 40 km
Cortona 50 km
Arezzo 60 km
Orvieto 75 km
San Gimignano 90 km
Perugia 90 km
Volterra 90 km
Assisi 100 km
Viterbo 105 km
Florence 125 km
Saturnia 130 km
Pisa 190 km
Rome 250 km
San Giovanni d'Asso 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!
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
Choose your holiday home
HOUSE A (120 sqm) for 4 people:
- 1 living area with two French doors, fireplace, kitchenette under an arch, dining area and exit to a small terrace looking onto a well
- 1 small terrace with panoramic view
- 1 double bedroom (red coloured walls)
- 1 twin bedroom (blue coloured walls, beds can be pushed together)
- 2 bathrooms (shower)
HOUSE B (200 sqm) for 6 people:
- 1 large living room with sofa, two arches lead to the dining/kitchen area
- 1 guest toilet
- 1 large living room with fireplace, ceiling fan and two sofas seating two people each
- 2 double bedrooms with ceiling fans and en suite bathroom each (shower)
- 1 twin bedroom (beds can be pushed together) with ceiling fan
- 1 bathroom (shower)
- Pool with sun beds
- Small pool house with mini summer kitchen
- Loggia for outdoor meals
14 Oct 2023 - 31 Oct 2023
3890 EUR €
23 Sep 2023 - 14 Oct 2023
5190 EUR €
02 Sep 2023 - 23 Sep 2023
5750 EUR €
6190 EUR €
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Special price for groups up to 6 people in low season eventually considered. If rented for the reduced price only HOUSE B will be open (House A will be closed): price on request.
- Bed, bath and kitchen linens
- Pool towels
- Internet WIFI connection
- Wood for fireplace
- Baby beds and high chairs for 2 infants
- Final cleaning
- Pool cleaning
- Garden maintenance
- Electricity and air conditioning: metered
- Heating (if required): metered
- Pets perhaps allowed (small breeds only) on special request when booking: EUR 100 domestic pet supplement
If rented the entire house EUR 450 cash deposit are due on arrival; EUR 300 for just House B.
SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)
- Maid service (house cleaning): EUR 12 per hour
- Cook for dinners during your stay: Dinners during the week are prepared for a minimum of 8 people. They must be ordered when booking, please ask us for the document 'Typical dinner menu' when booking.
- First shopping: EUR 100
- Wine - truffle - oil tasting: please check prices upon booking.
- Guided tours in searching of truffles: please check prices upon booking.
- Balloning, biking, horse riding: please request these activities upon booking.
- Painting lessons (oil and watercolor): please check prices upon booking.
- Reservations from Saturday to Saturday preferrred
- Availability only during the above mentioned dates
- Pool opening dates: beginning May - end of September, depending on weather conditions
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