|Location||25 km north east of Siena.|
A stylish farmhouse plus cottage.
|Prices||€ 4300 - 6600 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking|
Valle Ambra is set in the beautiful hills of Tuscany, between Siena (25 km) and Arezzo (35 km). From here, one can travel north to Florence (55 km) or Chianti, or explore the unique landscape of the Crete Senesi south of Siena. Destinations like Pienza, Montalcino, and Montepulciano are within easy daytrip distance. The closest village is Ambra, just 7 km away, with shops, post office, pharmacy, restaurants and Cappucino bars. Facilities for horseback riding, polo, beautiful thermal spas and wine tasting are available nearby. Fashion addicts can splurge out at the famous The Mall outlet in Leccio (35 km) for excellent shopping (Gucci, Armani, Pucci, La Perla, Ferragamo, Valentino and many others).
An unpaved road (800 m) leads from the main road to this large estate, surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, and woodlands. The farmhouse has been renovated to offer traditional Tuscan style with modern conveniences. Valle Ambra consists of a main house for six people plus a cottage for two people. It has a well-kept, fenced garden of flowering plants and olive trees, and lovely outdoor areas to relax or dine al fresco. The large patio has a pizza oven and BBQ. A few steps lead to the large swimming pool equipped with lounge chairs, cushions and a comfortable futon in the shade. Just next to the pool area there is the sauna with an extra bathroom with shower.
The owner lives in another villa on the estate, but it is 1.5 kilometers from the house and cottage, so guests have complete privacy with the security of knowing someone is nearby if needed.
Places of interest
The property's location makes excursions to Siena, 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 centre 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 pleasing 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 altogether more lunar than terrestrial.
Valle Ambra 8
2 living rooms, 1 kitchen, 1 kitchenette, 1 dining room, 4 bedrooms each with en suite bathroom (bed size 1.60 x 1.90 m), 1 guest toilet, 1 sauna room with extra bathroom:
The main house measures 200 square metres and is built on two levels.
The ground floor consists of a spacious living room with fireplace and satellite TV. Each room on this floor has direct access to the garden. The dining room has a long wooden table in front of a large window with beautiful views onto the garden. Next to the dining room there is a fully equipped kitchen with fireplace (refridgerator, freezer, microwave, toaster, oven, 5-ring gas hob, double sink, American coffee machine, Lavazza Espresso machine, dishwasher and washing machine). On this floor there is also a guest toilet.
First floor (13 steps):
On this floor there are 3 air-conditioned double bedrooms (one bedroom can be divided into two twins on request), each with en suite bathroom (one with tub and handheld shower, one with shower, one with tub and separate shower).
Next to the main house there is a cottage measuring 180 square metres. The bright and spacious living room with fireplace has large windows, comfortable furniture (TV, CD-stereo) and a kitchen corner (refrigerator and an electric range). There is one double bedroom with a large en suite pink marble bathroom with shower. In the cottage only the bedroom is air-conditioned.
Furnished terrace with BBQ for al fresco dining
Pool 5 x 16 m outfitted with garden furniture
Sauna with bathroom
Weekly rates in €
|Valle Ambra||01 Apr 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 02 Dec 2017
|15 Apr 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
|24 Jun 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
8 PAX 8
|4300 EUR €||5530 EUR €||6600 EUR €||Calendar||Request BookingValle Ambra|
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Reservations from Saturday to Saturday during high season; shorter stays possible in low season (see below*).
Availability only during the above mentioned dates.
Pool size: 5 x 16 m / opening dates: May 13th - September 30th. Pool towels are provided.
For bookings with more than 3 children please inquire.
Baby bed available.
Pets not allowed.
Extra services available only on request, to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:
- Cook service for dinners during your stay.
- Wine tasting.
Security deposit, utility deposit, heating, wood for fireplace to be paid in euros on the premises:
- Security deposit: EUR 1000.
- Utility deposit (unused portion of the utility deposit will be refunded in cash on departure): EUR 250 per week for heating.
- Heating (if required): metered.
- Wood for fireplace: please check price on the premises.
- Baby bed if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded: EUR 100 per week.
- Upon request and approval of the owner a late arrival is possible between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm at an extra fee: EUR 50.
Included in the price are a standard first dinner & a basic grocery shopping:
- Standard dinner on your first evening, after a long trip: It consists in a dinner that the guests will find ready in the kitchen with the instructions for heating. The menu can fit vegetarian guests too. No changes are possible for the first dinner. Basically it consists in a pasta al forno, a vegetable tarte, salad and fruit. Bread, water and wine are included.
- Basic grocery shoppin: It is a basic shopping for the first breakfast and not a grocery stocking. The quantity of the items will be adjusted by the staff according to the number of guests. The following items are included: milk, coffee, tea, bread, biscuits, sugar, salt, water, fruit, eggs, oil, butter, jam, orange juice, cereals.
Continental breakfast from Monday to Sunday (Thursday excluded), bed, bath and kitchen linens changed on Saturday, bath towels changed on Wednesday and Saturday, water, electricity, gas, air conditioning in the bedrooms, Internet WIFI connection, maid service (3 hours house cleaning each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday), final cleaning, pool cleaning service, garden maintenance all included in the price.
* Short stays promotion:
25% discount on the weekly price for 4-day rental periods
15% discount on the weekly price for 5-day rental periods
Valid for the periods from September 16th to November 18th and from March 25th to May 27th. Easter Week excluded. The discount can only be applied on bookings with arrival and departure date between 2 Saturdays.
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
Our Guests Reviews
Perfect Villa in Ambra!
Left on Nov 6, 2012 for a stay in Sep 2012
This villa in ambra was really fantastic from just about every perspective. Went with 2 other couples. This villa is very nicely appointed - 4 bedrooms - one of which is in a separate little house which made for nice privacy. All of the bathrooms had showers - which is a huge plus. The pool was perfect as was the sauna - even in September - we used both the pool and sauna every day. The location is ambra is very very good. It is an easy drive to Siena. Our day trips included Greve, Pienza, Siena, Monepulciano, Montalcino and two of the couple even went to Cinqueterra for the day as well as San G for another day. Ambra itself is a small little town - no big grocery stores but there's a nice little market in ambra for basic groceries. Some highlights that are must-do's (we've been to Italy 3 times in the past six years, are active travelers and are fairly well-traveled. Love great food, great restaurants and great wine. 1. Go to the Greve market on Saturday morning - it's a must do - get all your veggies, cheeses, meats and some vino there. Great tablecloths. Beautiful antinori vineyard in a town called Badia di Pasignano. Best restaurant near Greve is Lamole di Lamole. Go there for lunch - spectacular! 2. Go to Montalcino - home of the brunello wines. Beautiful. Went to Poggio antico vineyard - great place with great Brunello. 3. Go to Pienza on Sunday - home of pecorino cheese. Lots of cheese shops - one place has porchetta - try it - it's killer. Buy pecorino for munching. 4. Go to Siena - might be worth a two-hour tour. Restaurants in the main square are not good, too touristy. Back streets are way better. Great leather, etc. 5. Go to Montepulciano - old hill town. Definitely go to the Redi winery just off the main square. home of vino nobile de Montepulciano. one of my personal favs. fantastic copper artisan - forgot his name - very cool shop. 6. Go to Cortona. Ambra location was great - no regrets - would go back!
Valle Ambra more than met our expectations.
Left on Jun 8, 2010 for a stay in Jun 2008
A gorgeously furnished home hidden away in the Tuscan countryside. It was clean, comfortable and provided all the amenities we needed. The house and guesthouse comfortably accommodated our four couples. The only drawback was having to provide a rather large amount cash upon arrival for the balance of what we owed. It would have been much easier to have paid Hidden Italy in advance and have them send it to the owners.