Villa | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 14
This spacious, stylishly furnished villa is set in extensive grounds, which offer a choice of venues for outdoor relaxation and dining. It is tucked away in a very secluded spot, amid gently rolling wooded hills. From its privileged hillside vantage point, it looks out across a valley covered in Brunello wine-producing vineyards. All bedrooms provide an ensuite bathroom and, in addition to the outdoor pool, a two-hole golf-range and a 'Fitness Suite' await those wishing to stay in shape during their holidays!
The villa's lower grass pool-terrace, together with its two outdoor patios, allow you to make the most of the quiet seclusion and beauty of its idyllic countryside surroundings. One patio is located between the two wings of the house, so lends itself well to al fresco dining; while the other, securely railed-in, is set apart across the lawns and overlooks the valley below. Both are equipped with garden furniture and large canopy-sunshades.
During restoration work, great care was taken to conserve the villa's original Tuscan architectural features, including the terracotta-tiled floors; terracotta-tiled/beamed ceilings; white-washed or exposed stonework walls; internal brick archways; and large, wood-burning fireplaces.
The additional materials used are of traditional style and high quality, such as travertine marble, wrought-iron and darkwood. Particularly attractive examples can be seen in the open-plan design and elegant decor of the comfortable dining-room and double living-room areas downstairs. Despite this authentic rustic atmosphere, all modern comforts are, of course, guaranteed!
Accommodation: At ground-floor level, you access the downstairs hallway from a side-entrance, near which is located an outdoor, heated jacuzzi pool, set in a tiled surround.
Leading off the hall is the self-contained 'Fitness Suite', comprising exercise-bike; sauna; shower; and toilet. Golf clubs are also available for use. Opposite this is the large, fully equipped, professional kitchen, housed under a pitched roof and with access to the outside dining-terrace. At the far end, there is a small service bedroom and bathroom, as well as a utility room, with washing machine and tumble-drier.
From the hallway you then enter the spacious dining-room, with its ceiling-fan and lovely old, darkwood furniture, including a long table and tall dresser, displaying an extensive selection of locally produced wines. A rounded archway takes you open-plan into the first comfortable lounge, with bookcases, ceiling-fan and Sat.TV. Another brick arch opens into the second comfortable, spacious living-room, where a large fireplace is set under a colonnaded chimney and French doors invite you out into the garden.
From here, a corridor leads round to a downstairs double bedroom, with air-conditioning; Sat.TV; and an additional entrance from outside, but involving no steps. The ensuite bathroom, with shower and hairdrier, is fitted for use by the disabled. Proceeding down a few steps, you come to a big office/study, with fax and Wi-Fi Internet connection, where two large sets of wooden doors access the grounds. Here the traditional ceiling has been brightly painted in multi-colours by a contemporary artist based in Cortona.
A graceful wooden staircase with wrought-iron banister connects the dining-room to the top floor, where a collection of modern art is displayed in the upper hallway. On the left, the landing leads to the following rooms, all with Sat.TV Sky channels and ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi-bathtub: Double bedroom, with air-conditioning; traditional, floral-style soft furnishings, under a pitched roof. Large double bedroom.
Double bedroom, with ceiling-fan. Large twin bedroom (the beds can be put together) under a sloping ceiling. Leading off to the right of the upstairs hallway are two more bedrooms, as follows, both with ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi-bathtub.
Double bedroom under a sloping ceiling; bookshelves. Double bedroom, with traditional, floral-style soft furnishings. From the top-floor hallway, an external flight of stone stairs can also take you back down to garden level.
On request, cookery courses can be held at the villa or dinners can be prepared by a chef and assistant-chef. Apart from its excellent, world-renowned wine production, the region is famous for its 'Cinta Senese' pork sausage, made from this rare breed of pig!
Garden & Swimming Pool: From the main country road, a rough gravel track winds its way among vineyards, olive groves, Cypress trees and broom up to the property's automatic entrance gates. The gravel drive leads to an informal parking area behind the house, where a large, mature olive tree, surrounded by roses, decorates a central flowerbed. Covered parking spaces are accessed down a little track to one side.
Further down, in a suntrap location on the lowest grass terrace, well out-of-sight of the house, lies the pool (6x12 meters and depth 1.40 meter), with its open-air shower alongside. The lawns all around are dotted with shady olive trees and encircled by beautiful vineyards. As the villa is perched on a hillside, it commands uninterrupted panoramic views from its lawns and two patios at the rear, where utmost privacy and tranquillity can be savoured.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 7 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Castiglione della Pescaia 90 km|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence - Amerigo Vespucci 135 km, Nearest railway: Buonconvento 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms of which 7 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (6), Cots (1), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Tuscany region
With the convenient location of the villa, it is easy to reach the Abbey of Sant'Antimo and the historical centre of Montalcino while remaining immersed in the magnificent landscape and in absolute retreat from everyday life. The nearest airport is Florence airport, under two hours. Pisa and Rome airports are equidistant, about 3 hours away.
Central Florence is a little more than 100 km and Rome less than 200. It is close to many very important sites of art, history andarchaeology. Siena, Pienza, San Gimignano, Volterra, Cortona, Arezzo, Perugia, Orvieto, Viterbo and a myriad of other fascinating sites and places are all with in easy reach for half day or day trips.
OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE NEAR BY: Both Rome and Florence can be reached in about 90 minutes by car or by train in one hour from Chiusi where there is free safe street parking.
The countryside between Sarteano and Radicofani is dotted with monasteries and castles, and the Val d'Orcia itself is a spectacular natural and cultural attraction, made famous by Iris Origo's book, "War in Val d'Orcia. A diary." (Cape, 1947 and reprinted many times since).
Nearest town: Castelnuovo Abate km 4
Restaurants: Castelnuovo Abate km 4
Supermarket: Montalcino km 13
Grocery: Montalcino km 13
Shops: Montalcino km 13
Outlets: Foiano della Chiana km 50
Bank: Montalcino km 13
Post office: Montalcino km 13
Chemistry: Montalcino km 13
Tennis court: Montalcino km 13
Golf: Bettolle km 55
Horse riding: Castiglione d'Orcia km 10
SPA: Bagno Vignoni km 15
Train station: Buonconvento km 25
It was made famous by Brunello, one of the world's best red wines. But Montalcino is also a magnificent city of art which, from its hill, dominates the 3000 hectares of vineyards (1500 for Brunello) that have given it fame and wealth.
Straddled between the basins of the Ombrone and the Orcia, the centre is overlooked by the Fortress built in 1361 to consolidate the fact that Montalcino had become a possession of Siena. A second symbol of Montalcino is the slim tower of the Town Hallbuilt between the 13th and 14th centuries. At the foot of the tower Piazza del Popolo and the Gothic Loggia.
In the historic centre the churches of Sant'Agostino and Sant'Egidio (14th century) are worth a visit, as is the Civic and Diocese Museum which houses Della Robbia terracotta works and paintings and sculptures from the 14th to the 20th century.
Roads winding among vineyards lead to Torrenieri , Sant'Angelo in Colle e Poggio alle Mura. From Castelnuovo dell'Abate you reach the abbey of Sant'Antimo, one of Italy's Romanesque masterpieces.
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24 Apr 2013
"A diamond in the rough. Photos don't do it justice. It is a beautiful place!"
Traveled with 14 people to this villa. We did day trips to all the great cities surrounding the area. A perfect central location. Set overlooking acres of grapes and a rustic, yet incredibly classy… More
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