Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
If your looking for an ideal vacation spot to relax and enjoy the magnificently unspoilt Tuscan countryside in the Orcia valley while relaxing with a good book by the pool, or if your prefer making cultural excursions to any of the numerous surrounding hilltowns, the borgo of castelrotto at Castelnuovo Tancredi is the place for families with children, or even groups of friends who want to get away from it all! A spacious and comfortable farmhouse for 4 to 8 persons.
The nearest town, Buonconvento, is one of the 200 historical hamlets throughout Italy that are part of the Club of the Borghi Più Belli d'Italia or "Italy's Most Beautiful Hamlets".
This very spacious and comfortable, as well as tastefully decorated apartment will make you fall in love with the rolling hills of Tuscany and the medieval hilltop towns, festivals and cultural highlights that this marvellous region has to offer. The Orcia Valley is still quite undiscovered, and for this reason it is the ultimate spot to stay in Tuscany . The hamlet of Castelrotto, or broken castle, is composed of 3 separate and independent accommodations, all with their own private gardens and intimate outdoor eating areas, although they share a pool. Care and attention were of the priority when this property was renovated to maintain the special feel and atmosphere of Tuscany. Family antiques and original tuscan furnishings are what make these accommodations very special.
Cooking classes and wine tasting are available for you too.
The Casanova and the Fagianaia apartments are both on the second floor of their respective stone farmhouse. This is typical of the country homes of this area where the animals and stalls were located on the ground level and the families lived upstairs. These spacious and well decorated accommodations each have 4 large double bedrooms with two baths, one of which has a shower only.The large living room with the sit-in fireplace divides the apartment of Casanova into two separate wings, leaving 2 bedrooms on each side, allowing privacy to its guests. This floorplan makes this accommodation suitable for 2 families with children who are vacationing together. The Fagianaia apartment also has the possibility of a 5th bedroom with single beds that is perfect for small children. This apartment has 8 single beds and 1 double bed, and 2 bathrooms, one with bath/shower and the other en suite for 2 bedrooms, with a shower. You will be pleasantly surprised by the spacious bedrooms and living areas that these houses offer.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Marina di Grosseto or any Maremma beach 100 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence 98 km, Nearest railway: Buonconvento 4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Castelrotto is the name of the Hamlet, or Borgo, and is made up of 2 separate and independent farmhouses each with its own unique privacy of a garden and outdooor eating area. Casanova is a very comfortable, cosy and well decorated four bedroom apartment on the second story of its own farmhouse. This apartment/farmhouse ,called Casanova ,or new house, has 2 bedrooms with twin beds and 2 bedrooms with a queen size bed. There are 2 bathrooms, one of which is shared and en suite for 2 of the bedrooms.a shower and no bathtub. The other bathroom is large,with bathtub and shower, and is accessible from the hall for other 2 bedrooms.This apartment is divided into 2 wings off the main living area, leaving 2 bedrooms on each side, which allows privacy for its guests. There is a very large eat-in country style kitchen with an antiuqe mahogany table, and a spacious sitting room with a gigantic fireplace. Casanova can accommodate up to 8 people very comfortably. Great for friends, or even 2 families with children.
The other apartment, which we call the Fagianaia, or Pheasant house, has 4/5 double bedrooms of which 2 of these have pullout sofabeds. There are 2 bathrooms to be shared , one with bath and shower, while the other one has only a shower. The immense fireplace which dominates the living room next by to the large eat in country style kitchen with a friar's table complete the comfort and the uniqueness of this apartment/farmhouse. The Fagianaia is perfect for 8/9 people. Please contact us and we will send more pictures and the respective floorplans or visit our website.
|Further details outdoors|
The Hamlet of Castelrotto is comprised of 3 separate and independent accommodations , all with a private garden and outdoor covered eating areas. There is a lovely in-ground swimming pool that is shared by all the visitors which is on the slope facing the valley of the Ombrone river, and surrounded by olive trees. There is an outdoor shower and loungers and recliners. When you're sitting around the pool side you'll have the impression of being suspended in time amongst the rolling hills that are not populated by houses like in other areas of Tuscany. Here at Castelrotto you will get hooked on this absolutely breathtaking region and will yearn to come back again and again! Guaranteed! Horseback riding, tennis, cross country bicycling and golf are just some of the ways to pass your days here in the most beautiful area of Tuscany.
Please bring a photocopy of all of your guests documents with you in order to simplify the registration process with the local authorites. We ask for a 30% deposit to secure your booking which can be paid by a bank transfer, and the remaining amount of your rental to be paid in full one month prior to your arrival. There is a final cleaning charge of 75 euros per house for rentals under 2 weeks.
The Tuscany region
Presently known as an important agricultural centre on the gentler side of the Sienese Clay Hills. Buonconvento already flourished in ancient times thanks to its particular geographical situation; at the confluence of the Arbia and Ombrone rivers on one hand, and along the route of the all-important mediaeval Via Francigena on the other.
Here are a few suggestions for things to do while you stay in the area:
-Horse riding and trekking in this unspoilt countryside
-Hot air ballooning
-Numerous bike paths with designated itineraries such as the now well known "Eroica", which also organizes every year in October, an itinerary along the paths with old fashion and vintage bicycles
For those who seek tranquility and pure relaxation during their stay in Tuscany, and are inspired by the spirituality that this environment transmits, then we suggest the following:
-Hot-spring resorts in Val D'Orcia (Bagno Vignone)
-Trekking on the antique Francigena way
-Visit the beautiful town of Pienza and take a trip to the magic atmosphere of Italian Renaissance
-Excursions to Montalcino, Tuscany
-Golf club (Borgo La Bagnaia is the nearest one)
Amongst the numerous sights worth seeing are an uncommon number of fine Liberty-style noble farm-houses. that are scattered amongst the hilltops and valleys all around the area. There are many "castles" as well that one encounters enroute while driving around the countryside, such as the fortress of Bibbiano Guiglieschi, over a thousand years old, the Tower of Bibbiano and the great architectural complex of Castelnuovo Tancredi.
Nearby towns within a 15 minute drive: Montalcino, San Quirico d' Orcia, Vescovado di Murlo, Murlo
Distances Siena 28 Km or 30 minutes by car
Florence 95 Km or 1 and 1/2 hours by car
Pisa 140 Km or almost 2 hours by car
The main tourist attractions apart from the typical gastronomic delights such as the marvelous redwines Doc Orcia that are produced in this area and can compare to the best Rossi (red wines) from the neighboring town of Montalcino, or the white truffles from the Sienese Clay Hills is, however, the important Sacred Art Museum, which houses works from the local churches: amongst these are paintings by Sano di Pietro and Matteo di Giovanni, as well as interesting wooden and marble sculptures.
After Siena town, the most famous places in the area are:
San Gimignano, famous for its towers
Monteriggioni, the walled town, pretty but very small.
Colle val d' Elsa, is a big town divided into 3 different levels, colle bassa, alta and castle
Castellina in Chianti, the heart of Chianti where the chianti wine is made
Radda in Chianti, for me the prettiest town of the Chianti area
Murlo,a very interesting etruscan museum at Vescovado di Murlo
Asciano, the area nearby and the near Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore
Pienza, the perfect town in every way!
Montalcino, the town of the famous wine with many great restaurants
San Quirico d' Orcia ,the door over the Val d' Orcia
Bagno Vignoni for its antique thermal baths
Montepulciano , beautiful rinascimental town
Radicofani at the foot of the Monte Amiata
Rocca d' Orcia with the imposing tower
Chiusi , quite impressive is the Duomo and the Etruscan remains
Abbey of San Galgano is definitely worth the visit!!
Abbey of Sant' Antimo is another must!
Twice a year on July 2 and Aug. 16 the famous Palio of Siena takes place and is definitely one of the most popular of italian traditional festivities.
There is a large supermarket in Buonconvento (just 3 km. away ) where you will find everything. In the same town, there is a butcher, a tabacchi shop, numerous little bars and restaurants, 2 different banks, and gastronomically oriented shops. There is a farmer's market every Saturday as well.