Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
"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 Marcello Cervini and his wife Amarilli spend most of the summer months in residence as attentive and interesting hosts. Incidentally, their castle was featured in the jan. 2005 issue of THE WORLD OF INTERIORS.
Il Gallinaio, the former chicken coop of the castle, has been converted into a charming cottage for 2. The small house stands a little apart from the castle, surrounded by fir and chestnut trees. The cottage has been restored by Lucilla Tognozzi, a niece of Count Marcello Cervini. She has succeeded in creating a very happy and comfortable space.
The alcoves in the wall one will see are a reminder of the original use of the building. Hens once used to hatch their eggs here ! The views are of the garden filled with flowers, the orchard, the medieval hamlet and the Monte Amiata.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Castiglione della Pescaia 70 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence 140 km, Nearest railway: Chiusi 39 km|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, CD player, Telephone|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
Small fire place in the living room.
Household help, 1st shopping, arrival dinner, dinner during the week, wood for fire place. ( Please contact us for prices ).
The house is not adapted to children.
|Further details outdoors|
Garden: terrace in front of the house with table and chairs looking out onto an orchard and the romantic chapel of the hamlet.
Help with your luggage upon arrival and departure, please advise upon booking.
Public pool: Castel del Piano, 20 minutes from Vivo.
Hot water spas: Bagno Vignoni and Bagno San Filippo 15 minutes from Vivo
Welcome pack provided on arrival :1 bottle of wine, 1 bottle of mineral water, fresh fruit.
The Tuscany 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 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.