Villa | 10 bedrooms | sleeps 20
The large 800 sqm villa is an ancient historical residence. Villa Siena, an 18th century villa, rises within a secluded parkland in the hills of Tuscany. The theme of the outdoors continues in the elegant drawing room, formerly a ballroom, whose vaulted ceiling and walls are covered with trompe loeuil paintings of exotic birds, flowers, and plants.
The furniture ranges from antique (18th century) to contemporary, and the wood-panelled walls add to the ambience of sitting in a botanical garden. Two large French doors open into the parkland, an open space to sit and relax under the Tuscan sun.
Accommodation: The villa is set on three floors. Apart from the drawing room, the ground floor also comprises a junior suite for two people with large windows overlooking the park and a terracotta arch housing a library. Nearby is a bathroom with hand-made tiles from Amalfi. On this same level is a majestic dining hall, boasting what is said to be the largest sit-in fireplace in Tuscany. The dining tables seat up to 20 people, and the impression is one of dining in a large medieval banqueting hall. Other special features of this dining hall are a 16th century Siennese marble sink, original antique tiled floors and antique furniture. Beyond the dining hall is a kitchen with modern equipment and professional cooking facilities, sufficient for 20 people or more. A beautiful internal courtyard is accessed from outside the dining hall. This courtyard has its own well and a covered area or loggia, and can be used for outdoor dining in fine weather.
A gallery of paintings leads to an old stairway going up to the first floor. There are five bedrooms located on this floor, all characterized by tall windows, high ceilings and plenty of light. With views of Siena in the distance, and their antique furniture, all the bedrooms have unique features. The first one is famous for its frescoes representing the Cantico delle Creature di San Francesco, painted by Dario Neri. This double bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with shower. Further along the gallery, the master bedroom boasts a magnificent Murano glass chandelier, frescoes of angels on the ceiling and a magnificent 17th century Siennese painting. Its en-suite bathroom has a bathtub. A third bedroom, called Cor-sanum, has three single four-poster beds, and an en-suite bathroom with shower . The fourth bedroom has two single beds and an open free-standing antique bathtub and sink inside the room. The final bedroom on this floor has a double bed, with a television and a small kitchenette. A bathroom with shower is shared between these last two rooms.
On the second floor are a further four bedrooms, set in a more rustic ambience than the floor below. A double bedroom with its terra cotta floors and wooden beamed ceilings has spectacular views of distant Siena. Its bathroom with shower is on the other side of the corridor. The next bedroom has a queen-sized bed, and a new en-suite bathroom with shower. A third bedroom has two twin beds and an en-suite bathroom with shower. A fully-equipped and colourful kitchen with washing machine separates the third and fourth bedrooms. This fourth bedroom has a charming low-beamed ceiling, two twin beds, television and en-suite bathroom with shower and tub, featuring painted trompe loeuil tiles.
Garden & swimming pool: The gardens are extensive and well kept, furnished for any open air activity and you can enjoy staying outside because they're equipped with tables and chairs.
The swimming pool (14m x 7m with changing room and shower room), settled in a picturesque olive groves and gardens within the park, offers some spectacular views of the medieval town of Siena and its landscape.
BBQ and al fresco dining available.
|Size||Sleeps up to 20, 10 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Castiglione della Pescaia 85 km|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence - Amerigo Vespucci 95 km, Nearest railway: Siena 15 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
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||10 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms of which 9 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (8), Double beds (6), Cots (1), Dining seats for 20, Lounge seats for 20|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Trampoline|
The Tuscany region
Villa Siena is near to Siena (within a 15 minute drive) as well as with easy reach of most important Tuscan places of interest. The nearest airport is Florence (one hour and 10 mins) and Pisa (under two hours) Rome (3 hours and 15 minutes by car).
The villa is located in the little hamlet of Ville di Corsano, whose Romanic Church known as 'La Pieve' dates back to 11th Century and is world known as an extraordinary example of that period (percorso Giubileo). The village offers one restaurants, a grocery and a post office.
Other local attractions include the town of Monteroni D'Arbia (9 km) with several bars and restaurants, a large supermarket, banks and a post office.
The nearby town of Murlo is also well worth a visit for its Etruscan ruins and small museum. Murlo itself affords breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside especially at sunset.
A spectacular drive through Asciano, will lead you into the heart of the lunar landscape best known as the clay hills or 'crete senesi' and on to the famous Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, founded in 1313 by three prestigious noble families of Siena: the Piccolomini, Tolomei and the Patrizi. It is now home of Benedictine Monks. who observe a rigorous vow of silence, inviting those who visit to pray and reflect.
Siena is a synonym for 'high quality lifestyles'. It was the first Municipality in Europe to close its center to traffic in 1966. Siena is a place of international culture. Its university is 750 years old and it hosts several noteworthy institutions such as the Chigiana Musical Academy, the University for Foreigners, the Accademia dei Fisiocritici and the Accademia degli Intronati. In this city, everything has remained unchanged for centuries. There, one breathes an 'atmosphere' that cannot be found elsewhere, because its people truly maintain the traditions of their ancestors. The tradition of the Palio, for example, is celebrated and renewed each year with the same renowned power and enthusiasm.
Siena has Etruscan origins; it was a Roman colony whose name was 'Sena Julia'. Its importance grew considerably in the Middle Ages, first with Lombards and later, under Carolingian leadership. After a long period of Episcopal dominion (from the 9th to the 11th century), the city reached the peak of power and became a municipality in 1147. During this period, Siena adopted expansionistic policies towards bordering territories. Confrontation with Florence was inevitable and due to various vicissitudes, their struggle lasted until 1555. In that year, after a long siege, Siena was conquered by the Florentines. Thus, the city lost its autonomy and became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, sharing the Duchy's destiny until the Unification of Italy in 1861.
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