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Casa al Borgo

Near Albinia, Grosseto


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Location

On top of a hill in the Maremma, 14 km from the seaside, 20 km from Orbetello.

Special Features

A friendly apartment with terrace within a hamlet.

Prices € 950 - 1250 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking
Facilities
  • Chef
  • Dog welcome
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Airport distance:
    Rome 120 km

Overview

Where time stands still ...

From the distance this estate might look like a castle, but as you reach the top of the hill and drive through the gate the feeling is more that of an informal hamlet. Centre of the hamlet is a charming building dating from the 18th century, with a fountain gurgling in the front courtyard (Castello Maremma / also featured in our portfolio). The simpler buildings to the right house two families working on the estate as well as the stables, the granary, the watchtower and this is where the here offered Casa al Borgo is located. 

In Casa al Borgo once lived a workmen of the castle. True its origins, the style of Casa al Borgo is simple, comfortable and informal. Through the entrance and a hall on the ground floor a staircase leads up to the spacious, sunny living room on the first floor. The centre of the house is the large adjoining kitchen with dining table in front of the  fireplace, it opens up onto a small terrace which gives you enough space to have your meals outside. From here you enjoy the view of the old stone houses and the ancient watchtower of the hamlet. A few steps away, across the courtyard, the pool is located in a charming part of the garden (approx. 60 m from the house). The pool is shared with the guests of Casa delle Guardie (also featured in our portfolio).

Down the hill 1 km from the house you will find a bar for your daily Cappuccino, a small supermarket, a bank and post office. The nearest beach is at 14 km. The nearby seaside has made this property attractive during the summer months (from May to October). In late autumn and winter this house becomes a wonderful place for combining cultural experiences with Tuscan country life. The vicinity of the sea softens the climate. In the immediate vicinity there are a couple of excellent restaurants specialized in local country fare. You can visit the wine estate of the owner, the region is beautiful for bicling and hiking, a tennis court is approx. 3 km distant. Daytrips to Capalbio, Tarquinia, Saturnia spas, WWF National Maremma park, islands of Giglio, Giannutri and Monte Argentario are possible from here.

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About the estate and the Maremma area

A lesser known and therefore all the more captivating part of Tuscany, the Maremma extends along the southern Tuscan coast. As it moves away from the sea, the land slowly rises, shaping hills covered in olive groves, fields and woods. This hamlet stands on the edge of the plain, on top of the first small hill, only 14 km from the sea. It is the centre of a large private property which consists mainly of woodland and Mediterranean 'macchia'. 

Since several hundred years the estate belongs to the same family. The estate was originally 8000 hectares, reduced to 3000 by state expropriation. Over 95% remains woodland, and of the remaining 150, just 18 hectares of the finest land has been transformed into vineyards by the owner, since 1995. In 1759 the owner brought agriculture to the previously malaria infested swamp that was the Maremma. Today it is the new frontier for Tuscan agriculture. Here the owner continues to forge new ground and is at the forefront of those bringing new wine making techniques to the region.

The Maremma is the last stretch of unspoiled coastline in Italy. The hills of the Monti dell’ Uccellina form the core of the Parco Naturale della Maremma, an incredibly beautiful nature reserve with a breathtaking landscape of cliffs, forested hills, coastal marshes and beaches, a haven for deer, boar, wild horses and the ghostly Maremma cattle. Visit Scansano, Grosseto, Castiglione and the trendy harbor of Puntala. Birdwatchers will not want to miss the lagoons at Argentario, Orbetello, and Burano, stopovers for migrating waterfowl. Think of the Maremma for nature, bird-watching, views, hilltop villages, and wines.

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Geographical location: the hamlet lies close to the village of Albinia and the town of Orbetello, at the beginning of the peninsula of Argentario. The closest larger city is Grosseto.

Distances: Siena is a 1 hour's drive from the estate, Rome, Florence and Pisa are 2 hours. Viterbo, former papal residence is at less than an hour's drive, and Tarquinia and Tuscania are reached in one hour.

Closest shopping: in Albinia at 10 km away you will find an excellent supermarket and many specialized shops. Near the house, just at the bottom of the hill at less than 1 km, there is an alimentari (small grocery shop), bar, bank and post office.

The beach and the sea: a beach of fine sand, the Gianella beach, stretches along the coast. The water is clean and ususally warm enough to swim in from Mid-May to October. The sea is generally not rough. The shallow sandy beach is suitable for small children. Giannella beach is a free public beach with many bathing establishments, bars, restaurants. It is ideal for families with small children. Car parking is possible all along the coast. During July and August Gianella is more busy, but newer crowded. You can hire a boat to visit the hidden creeks of the islands Giglio and Giannutri. 

Sightseeing in the vicinity: the breathtaking towns of Pitigliano, Sovana and Sorano, the papal city Viterbo, the village of Manciano and the medieval hilltop village Capalbio, just to name a few. Not far are the hot springs at Saturnia, with the famous sulphorous waters and the elegant SPA with its beauty treatments.

Nature: in the National Park 'Uccellina' marked footpaths will lead you through incredibly beautiful pine woods to hidden creeks, past romantic ruins of fortified watch-towers and the abbey of San Rabano, built by monks who arrived from Rhodes in the 10th century.

The Etruscans: a trip through what was known as Etruria is one of the most interesting archaeological excursions in Italy. Tarquinia and Tuscania, only 25 km away from the estate, boast worldwide famous archeological excavations which should not be missed.

The Argentario: a peninsula just south of the estate, famous for the mediterranean 'macchia' and the jet-set holiday resorts Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole.

Horseback riding: a tradition in Maremma. At a 20 minute drive there is a riding stable with horses of Maremman breed.

Golf: there are two golf courses in the area. At a 20 minute drive the Golf Club Maremmello has 9 holes, Par 70. The famous Punta Ala Golf course is at an hour's drive away and has 18 holes, Par 72.

Wine and food: fresh vegetables, tender salads, ripe tomatoes, wild boar and game, Pecorino - the local sheep cheese and of course the excellent red wine Morellino di Scansano which is gaining considerable attention from experts. We have written out a list of restaurants we can recommend in the immediate neighbourhood which you will find in the house.

Villa Details

Casa al Borgo 6

First floor:
1 living room
1 large kitchen and dining room with fireplace
1 double bedroom
2 twin bedrooms (beds cannot be joined)
2 bathrooms (one with bathtub, the other with shower)
Terrace with table and chairs for outdoor meals

Garden:
Pool (9 x 4 x 1.50 m) approx. 60 m from the house, shared with Casa delle Guardie

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Casa al Borgo 01 Mar 2017 - 17 Jun 2017
16 Sep 2017 - 01 Nov 2017
17 Jun 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
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Reservations from Saturday to Saturday only.
The day of your departure we would kindly ask you to leave the house by 9 am.
Availability only during the above mentioned dates.
Pool size: 9 x 4 m (prefabricated partially built-in) / opening dates: beginning of June - end of September.
Baby bed with linen and high chair available. Baby bed can be booked for children up to their 4th birthday. 

Extra services available only on request (domestic help, arrival dinner, cook), to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:

  • Domestic help (house cleaning, washing and ironing): EUR 15 per hour / minimum 2 hours.
  • Arrival dinner: The estate can book a table in the nearby local restaurant (2 km). The restaurant offers sandwiches and excellent local meat served in burgers or traditional cut. Homemade fries, grilled vegetables, homemade ice cream. Simple but excellent and friendly stuff! Menus as from EUR 10 (Homemade Hamburger with French fries and ice cream). Veggie burgers for vegetarians. Please book in time (when receiving the travel documents) prior to arrival!
  • Cook for dinner during the week (Monday to Friday): A cook will prepare dinners for you. You can book a simple and traditional dinner prepared by a lady working on the estate. The costs or are EUR 15 Euro per hour (shopping time, preparation, cleaning kitchen), plus the groceries. The menu can be discussed upon arrival. Please note that, for larger groups two cooks are necessary for the preparation of meals. Please book prior to your arrival. The menu can be discussed upon arrival. 

Security deposit, heating, wood for fireplace, baby bed, final cleaning to be paid in euros on the premises.

  • Security deposit: EUR 200.
  • 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 35 per day for several hours heating a day.
  • Wood for fireplace: EUR 20 per basket.
  • Set of beach towels: EUR 4 per towel per week.
  • Baby bed: EUR 15 per week.
  • High chair: EUR 10 per week.
  • Final cleaning: EUR 100.
  • Pet allowed only on request when booking: There is an extra charge from EUR 50 to 100 per week depending on the size and dog fur.

Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, gas, Internet WIFI connection all included in the price. Should you have rented the accommodation for more than 1 week, the house will be cleaned on Saturdays and the linen will be changed.

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Guests Reviews

Our Guests Reviews

Sehr geehrte Frau Brauer,
wir melden uns nach einem sehr schönen Urlaub in der Toskana zurück. Mit der Wohnung und dem Strandservice (Florida Beach) waren wir sehr zufrieden.
K. Mueller, August 2009