|Location||7 km from Montepulciano.|
A comfortable farmhouse in walking distance to a village.
|Prices||€ 2950 - 4850 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking|
Comfortable country house in the lush Chiana valley
The Tenuta Senese estate lies in the lush and ample Chiana valley which runs south of Florence from Arezzo to Orvieto. The valley is above all renowned for its wine, the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and the succulent T-bone steaks from the wide-horned white Chianina cattle.
This area between Montepulciano and Cortona was described by Frances Mayes in her bestseller "Under the Tuscan Sun". Her beautifully written memoir about taking chances, living in Italy, loving a house, and, always, the pleasures of food encaptures the delights of a Tuscan holiday. Mayes often portrays life in Cortona as timeless, and this sense of serendipity is only one of the reasons to come to this region.
Tenuta Senese belonged to a family from Montepulciano since the beginning of the 1800`s. From this family of historic wine makers from Montepulciano the property passed down some 40 years ago to the present owners, a family from Florence.
The estate extends over 100 hectares of which 20 are planted with vines. The vineyards are spread over the hills at 300 meters above sea level, one of the best wine-growing areas of Montepulciano. Fields and woodland form a picturesque patchwork over the rest of the estate surrounding the farmhouse which can be rented by the week.
Tenuta Senese, now a charming country house, used to be a small farm with 3 separate buildings. A Tuscan farmer´s family lived there until the early ´70s. The ground floor of the main house was used for storage while cattle were tethered in the vaulted room. The family would live on the second floor and the central room with the big chimneypiece used to be the kitchen. The other tall building - we call it the dependance - was used for drying tobacco, a major crop in the region (a typical Italian cigar is called "toscano"), and the small elongated building behind, now the pool house, used to be a pigsty.
The ground floor is light and spacious with many doors opening onto the garden. A remarkable massive stone table under a pergola of vine is the perfect spot for al fresco dinings. The house was given a special flair by mixing and matching traditional rustic furniture from Brasil, Mexico and India. The house comfortably sleeps 9 plus a further person on the sofabed in the dépendance. The house can be rented without the dépendance at a reduced rate for a maximum of 7 guests.
The favorable microclimate, the exposure of the vineyards, and the clay and limestone soil combine to produce a full-bodied yet supple and elegant wine. The careful management of the estate has improved the quality year by year, through a drastic reduction of the yields (now only 35-40 hl/ha), and the purchase of new French oak casks for the ageing of the wine. The cellars can be visited by guests of Tenuta Senese by appointment and different vintages of Vino Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano can be purchased here. The familiy´s own olive oil, produced in small quantities for family and friends, is also for sale.
Distances from the house
Montepulciano 7 km, Pienza, the utopian Renaissance town 14 km, Cortona 18 km, Chiusi - a charming Tuscan hilltop town 20 km, Cetona - a beautiful medieval town 30 km, San Casciano dei Bagni with its luxurious spa in a Medici villa 35 km, Città della Pieve - one of Umbria´s jewels 35 km, Arezzo with its famous cycle of frescoes by Piero della Francesca 50 km (45 min), Siena 60 km (1.15 hours drive), Orvieto 70 km (1 hour), Florence 110 km (1 h 30 min). The Orcia Valley, an enchanting and miraculously unspoilt valley in southern Tuscany, listed as UNESCO world heritage in 2004, is nearby and has treasures such as Monticchiello, Montalcino, Sant'Anna in Camprena (which served as location for the film The English Patient) and Bagno Vigoni with its luxurious spa. Fashion addicts can splurge out at the famous Prada factory outlet, which lies on to road to Florence.
The near surroundings
The house is surrounded by 3 villages at a distance of 1 to 3 km. Here you will find shops, cafés, newsstands, banks and simple restaurants. The hospital of Montepulciano is 5 km away. All you can see from the property are fields, olive groves and vineyards. Not a house in sight. In the house you will find a detailed list of restaurants we recommend in the surroundings.
There are tennis courts in the next village at 1 km, while bikes can be hired in the same village. Guides are available to take you round the area. Hiking is wonderful here, especially in the nearby Orcia Valley.
Airports and transports
Siena 60 km - small airport for private planes
Florence 1.5 hours drive - international airport
Pisa 2.5 hours - international airport
Rome 2.5 hours - international and intercontinental airport
The closest train station is Chiusi, on the main line from Florence to Rome. We can arrange for a chauffeur driven car to pick you up at the airport and leave you off again on departure, as well as arranging for a rented car to await you at the house (please request those services when booking).
Tenuta Senese 9+1
1 hall with fireplace and comfortable armchairs
1 large living room with French windows on 2 sides
1 dining room/kitchen with French window onto terrace
1 living room with open fireplace and TV
2 double bedrooms with en suite bathroom
1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom
1 single with bathroom
1 living room with sofa bed
1 breakfast kitchen
1 double bed on mezzanine
Garden, about 2 acres melting into the surrounding fields:
Terrace behind the house with pergola for dining outdoors
Swimming pool 11 x 5 m with artificial waves at the deep end
Pool house with changing room
Loggia with easy chairs (always a cool breeze)
Covered well-lit parking area
Weekly rates in €
|Tenuta Senese||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
9+1 PAX 10
|2950 EUR €||3700 EUR €||4090 EUR €||4850 EUR €||Calendar||Request BookingTenuta Senese|
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Special price for groups up to 7 people:
EUR 2500 low season
EUR 2700 1st mid season
EUR 3500 2nd mid season
EUR 3850 high season
If rented for this reduced price the Dependance will be closed.
Reservations from Saturday to Saturday only.
For this property the check-in is possible only between 5 and 7 pm. Arrivals outside the above time-frame have to be discussed with Hidden Italy upon booking.
Pool size: 11 x 5 m / pool depth: min. 1 m, max. 1,50 m / opening dates: mid of May - end of September.
2 baby beds with linen and 2 high chairs available: free of charge. Baby beds can be booked for children up to their 4th birthday.
Pets not allowed.
Extra services available only on request (domestic help, dinners, 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, washing and ironing): EUR 10 per hour.
- A dinner prepared by Anna, the housekeeper. Beverages are not included. Anna will also lay the table on the terrace or in the dining room and clean the kitchen. Please choose one menu you wish to have served to the entire group: per person between EUR 15 and EUR 30, depending on the menu/menu on request.
- First shopping: EUR 150 (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, wood for fireplace, telephone to be paid in euros on the premises:
- Security deposit: EUR 400.
- Wood for fireplace: please check price on the premises.
- Telephone: metered.
- Extra set of towels: please check price on the premises.
- Heating (if required): set price. Please check price upon booking; to be paid upon booking.
Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, gas, Internet WIFI connection, additional bed, maid service (2 hours house cleaning per day, 5 times per week from Monday to Friday), final cleaning all included in the price.
Garden and pool maintenance: The gardener Francesco comes to tend the garden and the pool once a week. Security: The housekeeper´s son lives in a house at the end of the property (the house far behind the pool); he is a professional security guard and keeps an eye on the house at night.
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
Our Guests Reviews
Left on Aug 6, 2013 for a stay in Jul 2013
We rented the villa with some friends. Everything was perfectly organized - communication upfront, the welcome on site as well as the daily maintenance. The house is cozy, kitchen well equipped, the premises in great shape. Lots of space to chill. Anna, the housekeeper cooked for us one night - which was great! What could be better: Wifi coverage throughout the house/garden (thick walls are a problem), comfort of the beds (too hard for our taste). Check Out time 10am is a bit challenging ;-)