Overlooking the spectacular Tuscan countryside
Villa San Giovanni is a splendid home inside the charming Tuscan hilltown of San Giovanni d'Asso. Located near a medieval castle, the villa was built in the 16th century. The property has been carefully renovated, and with eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms there's plenty of room for up to 16 guests. The beauty and old world charm of the original structure of the villa with its exposed beam ceilings and granite and tile floors is a gorgeous backdrop for the comfortable and authentic Tuscan furnishings.
The extensive property is u-shaped with a beautiful courtyard in the centre: Villa San Giovanni is the building with lots of windows, which extends along the length of the garden; the two side buildings are uninhabited (a church to the left/a lemon greenhouse and a former laundry house to the right). The courtyard offers a splendid private pool and breathtaking views of the vast rolling countryside. Flower beds, shrubs, lemon trees in vases and palm trees decorate the formally designed, upper part of the garden; the lower part comprises the lawn with the pool located on a large sun terrace. The garden overlooks the spectacular landscape of the Crete Senesi and faces towards south-east.
The small La Capannina house (also featured in our portfolio) borders on the garden of Villa San Giovanni and although they each rent separately, if you have a large party of up to 21 people they make an ideal combination.
About the village and the region
Villa San Giovanni is an ideal choice for those for those who wish to be close to shopping, restaurants and cafes, yet be in a private home. San Giovanni d'Asso has approximately 300 inhabitants. The villa is situated in the upper part of the village - the "Borghetto", near the ancient castle, which is now the seat of the municipal authorities and which 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. In this upper part of the village there is a fine restaurant just a short walk from the the house. The lower part of San Giovanni d'Asso has an 'osteria' (simple restaurant), a baker and butcher, a pharmacy, a post office, a supermarket and cafe/bar. There is no public transport in San Giovanni, therefore it is essential to have a car.
San Giovanni d'Asso is located in the Val d'Orcia, an enchanting and miraculously unspoilt valley in southern Tuscany, listed as UNESCO world heritage in 2004. Siena, Pienza, Cortona, Arezzo, Orvieto, San Gimignano, Volterra, Perugia, Viterbo and a wealth of sites and attractions are within easy reach. Montalcino, the classic Tuscan hill town topped by a fortress and famous for its Brunello wine (as well as the less pricey Rosso di Montalcino) is nearby. The famous Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore is only 7 km away, and also the Sant' Antimo Abbey, one of the finest Romanesque churches in Tuscany, is within easy daytrip distance.
Places of interest
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.
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. Have yourself thoroughly pampered!
In the nearby Rapolano Terme there are two wonderful thermal spas - particulary beautiful are the San Giovanni Terme. Just relax here!
Our Guests Reviews
Left on Aug 21, 2016 for a stay in Jul 2016
We visited with three adult children, their spouses and seven grandchildren. I cannot imagine a more perfect setting. Big bedrooms, plenty of bathrooms, beautiful outdoor spaces, a large pool, in a town with an excellent restaurant (willing to serve dishes to go) with butcher, grocery store and in the middle of Tuscany. Oh, and there is maid service on weekdays. But to show I can be critical, it needs a new barbecue grill.
This place is wonderful! Whe views, gardens and villa has so much charm and really made our stay unforgettable. Was so much fun to be able to stay ther with our friends. We will have fantastic memories for a long time.
Chris, November 2014
The wine snobs had an amazing Tuscan vacation! Your villa is beautiful so much charm + character. We enjoyed the patio and gardens. The stairs inside and out helped with all the eatting an wine drinking we did! We will always remember the laughs and memories we had here!
Therese + Bo Speer, October 2014
What a lovely house among the rolling Tuscsan hills! I enjoyed staying here with friends and family and getting to know the Tuscsan people. Thank you for using your home. I will always remember the peacefull afternoons relaxing on the terrace. My thanks to Marella + Guiliano as well. The garden is beautiful!
All the best,
Bridget Shalla, October 2014
What a great place for a family holiday! The 18 members of the Edwards`family would like to say a collective thank you for allowing us to enjoy the pleasure of living in such a beautiful house for a short while.
Thank you for your hospitality. Not forgetting the contributions of Mirella and Guiliano.
The Edwards, August 2014
The villa is absolutely beautiful and we enjoyed all the rooms, patios and the pool. Mariella and Guiliano were so helpful and delightful. We appreciated all the offerings of the village as well. Everything was beautiful and most intersting!
Elaine, July 2014
sorry this message is so late but I am down in Puglia.
I wanted, on behalf of all my family, to thank you for allowing us to spend 10 days in your wonderful house and to say how much I particularly appreciated all the help an tips etc. you gave me.
As I said to you, we have stayed at many villas as a big family but we all agreed that these 10 days were possibly the best!
We will not forget the evenings when Grazia looked after us for sure but in many ways it was all the little things, like the first shop, Mirella coming each day, new towels and not pressurising us out the door on our last day that made us feel so welcome and so well looked after.
Hopefully you found everything was fine in the house. I was not aware of any breakages other than my father noticed that one of the tea pots was creacked but we weren`t sure if it had always been that way or if we had damaged it. If it was us, then I will obviously transfer a sum to replace it if appropriate.
I also hope we did not disturb our neighbours too much. I know the children were a little over excited on the first morning and last evening. If anyone complained then I apologise.
So thank you again and we all hope we will be back soon.
Neil, June 2014
Left on Jul 8, 2013 for a stay in Apr 2013
Old charming villa with great flavor of centuries passed.
We had a group of 10 and were all very impressed with the facilities at the villa. The bed rooms and baths were well appointed and very clean. Had a maid come each week day. We had wi-fi. The kitchen facilities were a little tight given the size of the rest of the building. Had wonderful views from the veranda. The location was very good. Easy access to Lucca in the west to Assisi in the east to Firenze in the north to Sant'Antimo in the south. The only draw back was the walk up the from the parking area but with all the food, we needed the exercise! There is a hotel and restaurant right across the street if you don't want to cook. The food at the restaurant was good. The service was OK but not great. Seems like it's an Italian thing to serve everything as ordered. So if you order an appetizer and a secundi and someone else ordered a appetizer, a primi and a secundi, you'd get the appetizer, primi and secundi served at the same time! But that is the restaurant! The Villa was GREAT and we all would recommend it.
D. Colosimo, October 2012
Hello. My friend Wittpenn rented your villa last summer with friends and highly recommended it to us. It looks like a fantastic place for family vacation.
Can you please tell me which weeks are free next July and August (or which are not free if easier) for the Villa San Giovanni? My wife and I are interested in renting it with a few friends but need to know what are options so we can coordinate with others on a week that works for all.
M. Dingle, November 2006
Nous avons passe´ une semaine inoubliable! Votre maison est tres belle et tres accueillante, nous revenons, c'est sur! Bravo, Bravo, Bravo ... A bientot
V. Breo, August 2006
What a beautiful place for a family reunion and to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary. After a day of exploring a beautiful countryside it was so delightful to take a dip in the pool - so refreshing! What a memorable time for all. Thank you for sharing your home.
The Wittpens clan, August 2006
The views are breathtaking and every single hill-top village is just wonderful. Pienza is a jewel! So many beautiful places to visit and so little time to see them all. Two weeks is insufficient, we shall fast have to come back! Thank you Federica for providing this charming base for us to discover this wonderul region. We shall return in the not so distant future. P.S. The nearest big Coop supermarket is at San Quirico.
E. Chammas, August 2005
Thank you for such a lovely villa and such incredible views every day. Our children used the pool to cool off in, in the morning and after short trips to a new adventure every afternoon. It was wonderful to sit here in the evening for dinner under a full moon. Everyone in the village has been very kind and food at local restaurant exellent. The delicious Pizza on our last day and all the wonderful cheeses& so much good wine. A family experience we will always remember!
K. Meyer, June 2005
HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
- Pool: 6 x 12m
- Pool area is gated
- Air conditioning in 5 double bedrooms
- Ceiling fans or standing fans in the other bedrooms
- Internet WIFI connection
- 2 fireplaces
- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- Washing machine
- Fridge with freezer
- Stove with oven
- Electric kettle
- Coffee maker
- Hair dryer in each bathroom
- Iron and ironing board
- Formal garden with lawn
- Sunny terrace
- Barbecue grill
- Parking approx. 150 m from the house, but you can reach the square in front of the house with your car to load and unload your suitcases and shopping bags
Restaurant in San Giovanni d'Asso 100 m
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
Tennis court 8 km
Thermal spas Rapolano 20 km
Thermal spas Bagno Vignoni 20 km
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
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Villa San Giovanni
1 entrance hall, 2 sitting rooms, 2 dining rooms, 1 fully equipped kitchen, 4 double bedrooms, 4 twin bedrooms, 5 spacious bathrooms plus 2 en suite bathrooms (six with shower, one with small tub):
- The ground floor comprises a large cobblestones entrance hall, from which you enter into the beautiful, formally designed, XIXth century courtyard and into the living quarters:
- 2 sitting rooms
- 2 dining rooms (one dining room seats comfortably 12, the other 8 people), one of which leads out onto a large, sunny terrace, equipped with 3 dining tables, 16 chairs and parasols (several smaller tables are arranged in the garden below)
- 1 fully equipped kitchen with all domestic appliances and cooking accessories (fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, gas hob and fan assisted electric oven)
- 3 bedrooms with ceiling fans (1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 twin bedroom which can be arranged as double)
- 4 bathrooms (the bathroom of the double bedroom and the twin bedroom are en suite)
- 1 air-conditioned twin bedroom (or double on request)
- 4 air-conditioned bedrooms (3 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom)
- 3 bathrooms
Garden (1500 m2):
Private swimming pool (12 x 6 m), pergola next to the pool provides shade, and an outside shower additional coolness. Next to the pool is a large changing room, which was the original laundry room to the villa, and which contains a toilet and large fridge freezer suitable for poolside drinks and snacks.
A parking is approx. 150 m from the house, but you can reach the square in front of the house with your car to load and unload your suitcases and shopping bags.
28 Sep 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
5490 EUR €
31 Aug 2019 - 28 Sep 2019
21 Dec 2019 - 04 Jan 2020
6190 EUR €
6990 EUR €
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Special price for groups up to 8 people. If rented for this reduced price only 4 bedrooms will be open and the maid service will be only 2 hours per day:
EUR 4190 low season
EUR 4590 mid season
EUR 5190 high season
- Bed, bath and kitchen linens
- Internet WIFI connection
- Wood for fireplace
- Maid service (3 hours house cleaning per day 5 days per week)
- Baby bed and high chair
- Final cleaning
- Pool cleaning
- Garden maintenance
- Electricity and air conditioning: metered
- Heating (if required): metered
- Pet allowed on special request when booking: EUR 100 domestic pet supplement
If rented the entire villa EUR 600 cash deposit are due on arrival; EUR 400 if rented for up to 8 people.
SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)
- Extra maid service (house cleaning): EUR 12 per hour.
- Typical Tuscan dinner on your first evening, after a long trip: EUR 25 per adult, EUR 12,50 per child between 6 and 10 years, children under 6 years free of charge. The first dinner is prepared for a minimum of 8 adults. It must be ordered when booking, please ask us for the document 'First dinner' when booking.
- Cook for dinners during your stay: EUR 25 - 37 per person depending on the menu. The fee is not inclusive of wine and water. Dinners during the week are prepared for a minimum of 8 people. They must be ordered when booking, please ask us for the document 'Dinner during the week' when booking.
- First shopping: EUR 90 (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 yoghurt, orange juice, 2 kg fruits of the season, 2 kg pasta (noodles), 2 jars tomato sauce, 1 piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and tomatoes, ognions, garlic, extra vergin olive oil, 6 litres mineral water, 4 bottles of beer, 2 bottles of red wine, dishwasher detergent.
- It is possible to make a reservation in the nearby restaurant (walking distance): please order in advance.
- Wine - truffle - olive oil tastings in the private wine cellar: please check prices upon booking.
- Guided tours in searching of truffles: please check prices upon booking.
- Painting lessons (oil and watercolor): please check prices upon booking.
- Reservations from Saturday to Saturday
- Pool opening dates: beginning May - end of September, depending on weather conditions
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