About the home
"Vivo d'Orcia is not a place, it is a way of life..." The Castle of Vivo d'Orcia lies in the widespread Orcia valley in southern Tuscany, 2 hours from Florence, 1 hour from Siena, close to such cultural jewels as Pienza, Montalcino and Montepulciano, to name but a few.
The hamlet lies at an altitude of 900 m above sea level. The particular combination of altitude and Mediterranean climate creates an unusual wealth of flora and fauna. The estate with the impressive castle and the romanic chapel reaches back to the 11th century.
Count Cervini and his wife spend most of the summer months in residence as attentive and interesting hosts. Incidentally, their castle was featured in the January 2005 issue of The World of Interiors.
Standing on its own on the edge of the hamlet Casa dell’Ambasciatore is a charming farmhouse, surrounded by a terrace in front and a garden on the back side. Wide stretching views onto open fields and the Monte Amiata in the background.
The entrance over the terrace with pergola and dining table leads straight into the large living room with a large fireplace and open plan kitchen. The room is generously furnished with two large sofas and a dining table. French windows lead onto the terrace to one side and into the garden to the other side of the room.
A few steps lead down to the two bedrooms and bathrooms. These rooms can be turned into doubles or twins. Both bedrooms have French windows into the garden. The pool of the estate is 3 minutes on foot from the house.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Castiglione della Pescaia, 70km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 1km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Pool:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden, Private garden|
Further details indoors:
Bedlinen, a set of 3 towels per person, pool towels, kitchen towels included in the rent.
Soap bar in every bathroom.
In the houses you will find salt, pepper, sugar, oil and vinegar.
The house is equipped with a whirlpool in one of the bathrooms.
Arrival dinner, 1st shopping, dinner during the week, wood for fire place, extra house hold help ( please contact us for prices ).
Baby kit EUR 25,00 per week.
We can provide you with with super-clean, safe, comfortable equipment during your stay. Our equipment is meticulously maintained and spotless:
• Baby bed, linen provided
• High chair
• Changing mat
• Baby bath
• Microwave to sterilise the bottle and warm the milk
• Dinner set for children
Baby beds can be booked for children up to their 2nd birthday.
WiFi internet access next to the office on the small square of the Vivo d’Orcia hamlet. For this purpose a sitting area has been created outside the office. There is no internet access in the houses.
Further details outdoors:
The pool is open from beginning of June until the end of September. The pool is fenced for the safety of small children. Pool towels are included in the rent.
Welcome pack provided on arrival :1 bottle of wine, 1 bottle of mineral water, fresh fruit.
A downpayment is due at booking amounting to 50% of the total rent. Payment can be done via bank transfer or per VISA/MASTERCARD credit card. The balance of the rent is due 6 weeks (45 days) prior to your arrival.
A security deposit amounting to EUR 250,00 is due upon arrival. Cash or Euro Traveller's Cheques are accepted.
Pets are allowed. EUR 30 per week/pet.
The Tuscany / Siena Province region
The Val d'Orcia is natural setting of extraordinary beauty. It has become known all over the world as the classic Tuscan landscape. Dotted with cypress trees and the dramatic slopes of the volcanic mountains Amiata and Radicofani, the natural park of the Orcia Valley is one of Tuscany’s best-preserved natural wonders just added in the UNESCO's WORLD HERITAGE LIST and is universally recognized as one of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth.
It has become known all over the world as the classic Tuscan landscape. Important films like the Oscar winners The English Patient, La Vita è Bella and Gladiator were shot here, as well as Romeo and Juliet directed by Franco Zeffirelli, and most recently Under the Tuscan Sun, cementing the Val d’Orcia’s beauty in cinematic history.
The Montalcino / Val d'Orcia area
The variety of the Val D’Orcia makes it an ideal stomping ground for a Tuscan holiday.
Visiting cultural jewels such as :
- Abbadia San Salvatore a charming village with a medieval centre and a romanic church
- Sant’Anna in Camprena half derelict monastery on the road between Pienza and San Quirico d’Orcia. A very romantic setting which served as location for the film „The English Patient“. In the refectory there is a fresco by the renaissance painter Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, otherwise known as Il Sodoma.
- Sant’Antimo is an abbey lying all by itself in a valley, completely built in a light beige coloured travertine stone.
- San Quirico d’Orcia make you see the Horti Leonini, an early example of early Renaissance gardens.
And of course the hilltop towns of Montalcini, Montepulciano, Pienza, Montichiello, Chiusi.....
- Bagno Vignoni- A must because of the antique pool on the main square (which may not be used anymore, alas). If you want to take a swim in the hot springs, go to the bath Hotel Posta.
- The hot springs of Saturnia, most spectacular .
- The garden of Daniel Spoerri the famous artist has a garden very close to Vivo , with sculptures by himself,
Tuscan wines and food are among the best in Italy. The area has many appealing restaurants and wineries of which you will find a list in the house.
How to get there
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Casa del'Ambasciatore lies in southern Tuscany, 1 hour from Siena.
Fly to Rome, 2 hours drive by car.
Florence, 2 hours drive by car.
Car hire available at the airport or in Chiusi, 40 minutes drive by car. Contact us for instructions on how to get to the property.
Activities near Montalcino
Tennis in town
Rural / countryside retreats
|Rental prices originally quoted in: Euros €||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
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|Mid season 1||29 Sep 12||3 Nov 12||€ 1225||-||-||1 Week|
|Low season||3 Nov 12||1 Jan 13||€ 1000||-||-||1 Week|
|Low season||1 Jan 13||23 Mar 13||€ 1000||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid season||23 Mar 13||18 May 13||€ 1225||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid season 2||18 May 13||29 Jun 13||€ 1440||-||-||1 Week|
|High season||29 Jun 13||31 Aug 13||€ 1665||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid season 2||31 Aug 13||28 Sep 13||€ 1440||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid season||28 Sep 13||2 Nov 13||€ 1225||-||-||1 Week|
|Low season||2 Nov 13||1 Jan 14||€ 1000||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
The prices given are in EUR and the rental price is weekly and include electricity, water and final cleaning.
Deposit: Upon arrival guests are asked to make a security deposit of EUR 250,00 (cash or Traveller’s checks). At the end of the stay the deposit will be returned, unless it has to be used partly or fully for any damage.
Gas : Each house has one gas meter for the consumption of hot water and heating. Gas is included up to 3 units per week (should be more than enough for just hot water), the excess charged at 4 Euro per unit.
Central heating ( calculated according to use)
Should you have rented your accommodation for more than 1 week, the house will be cleaned on Saturdays and the linen will be changed.
Pets are allowed upon request. EUR 30 per week/pet.Enquire now
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