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Pool opens completely to Outdoors in Summer; Closed in Winter!

Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Swimming Pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car advised

The original stone Farmhouse, built in the 18th century, has been finely restored using top quality local craftsmanship, blending exquisite Italian interior design with a generous use of classic antique furniture from the owner's family. Beautiful windows frame astonishing views of Vall'Orcia and of the Natural Reservation of Monte Rufeno, which begins right at the border of the 14 Hectares (35 acres) of the property.

The original part of the house is on two floors and covers about 440 square meters (4400 feet). The first floor, offers a large fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms with a total of 5 beds, and three bathrooms. The ground floor has two additional large bedrooms, each with private bathroom, plus a small service room with one bed, and a laundry/bathroom. The ground floor also has a smaller kitchen, perfect in summer for easy access to the outside dining area under the front porch.

The "younger" part of the house, added 70 years ago, offers a double height ceiling, over an enormous living room/dining room on two levels.

In addition, an annex,10 meters from the main building and 75 sq meters large, offers a covered, heated pool that can be fully opened in the summer. The pool, fed with deep underground thermal water can be heated up to 35 C ( 95 F). Considering that San Casciano is almost 600 m altitude and swimming outside is a pleasure only for a couple of months, this is a great year around luxury, and most unusual. During the cooler months of the year a warm hydro massage is a delightful and sensual option. In the annex there is also an emergency bedroom with double bed and a bathroom.

Location

The Podere Costeralle is located in southern Tuscany, close to both Umbria and Lazio and less then two hours drive from both Florence and Rome. It is a perfect location to explore many of the famed and most charming medieval towns and villages of central Italy, such as Montepulciano, Perugia, Gubbio, Orvieto, Siena, Montacino, etc.

Spending a week here is to be surrounded by the unspoiled beauty of the rural Tuscan landscape while partaking of some of the best food and wine of the world. Podere Costarelle is located only 4 kilometers south of the splendid and luxurious, Spa Fonteverde which is fed by the largest volume of thermal water of any spa in Italy, and has been enjoyed and acclaimed since ancient Roman times. In fact, their original baths are still visible. The nearby small town of San Casciano dei Bagni is the closest Municipality to Podere Costarelle. Visit the small, but charming City Hall Palace, the Carabinieri Station (which guarantees very good security in the area) and a small theater which hosts a local Academy. In the old part of town there are narrow medieval streets to explore along with shops for all you may need; There you will find a wonderful butcher, Annibale, who offers to carnivores the best possible Florentine Steaks, and Elena Levi an art instructor, who owns a delightful antique furniture shop. Her husband, Roberto, is a retired movie producer. Two good restaurants make dining out a real pleasure: La Fontanella in the newest part of the village and Daniela, one of the best known restaurants in the area and a stop for celebrities that own houses nearby.

On the southern side moving from Tuscany into Lazio (the region of Rome), there is the charming village of Trevinano on the top of an impressive tufo rock , and which can be seen from the Farmhouse. The village is dominated by the Castle of the Prince Buoncompagni Ludovisi, of a Roman noble family, who once owned the whole area, including Podere Costarelle. Trevinano has only 160 inhabitants but offers two very nice restaurants; one Gianfranco (strictly local food and very simple service) in the small square in front of the Castle and the just outside the village, La Parolina, with very sophisticated cooking, and a great choice of wines.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Fiumincino 180 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Private indoor pool, Log fire
Pool Private indoor pool
General Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Dining seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private indoor pool, Private garden
Access Parking
Further details indoors

This stylish restoration, offers all comforts. The double ceiling Living Room surrounded by a balustrade is stunning. The pool is heated by a thermal spring, the same one as at the famed nearby spa of "La fonte Verde", where we can offer you special rates. A charming young woman is available for extra service or to prepare meals. This is a lovely spot.

Further details outdoors

The garden has dining tables and chairs, and a second kitchen to make summer dining an easy pleasure. The indoor/outdoor pool is a rare feature. Great for off season.

The Tuscany region

The Casale dei Noci is located in southern Tuscany, close to both Umbria and Lazio and less then two hours drive from both Florence and Rome. It is a perfect location to explore many of the famed and most charming medieval towns and villages of central Italy, such as Montepulciano, Perugia, Gubbio, Orvieto, Siena, Montalcino, etc.

San Casciano dei Bagni

Spending a week here is to be surrounded by the unspoiled beauty of the rural Tuscan landscape while partaking of some of the best food and wine of the world. Villa dei Noci is located only 4 kilometers south of the splendid and luxurious, Spa Fonteverde which is fed by the largest volume of thermal water of any spa in Italy, and has been enjoyed and acclaimed since ancient Roman times. In fact, their original baths are still visible. The nearby small town of San Casciano dei Bagni is the closest Municipality to the Villa. Visit the small, but charming City Hall Palace, the Carabinieri Station (which guarantees very good security in the area) and a small theater which hosts a local Academy. In the old part of town there are narrow medieval streets to explore along with shops for all you may need; There you will find a wonderful butcher, Annibale, who offers to carnivores the best possible Florentine Steaks, and Elena Levi an art instructor, who owns a delightful antique furniture shop. Her husband, Roberto, is a retired movie producer. Two good restaurants make dining out a real pleasure: La Fontanella in the newest part of the village and Daniela, one of the best known restaurants in the area and a stop for celebrities that own houses nearby.

On the southern side moving from Tuscany into Lazio (the region of Rome), there is the charming village of Trevinano on the top of an impressive tufo rock , and which can be seen from the Farmhouse. The village is dominated by the Castle of the Prince Buoncompagni Ludovisi, of a Roman noble family, who once owned the whole area, including Podere Costarelle. Trevinano has only 160 inhabitants but offers two very nice restaurants; one Gianfranco (strictly local food and very simple service) in the small square in front of the Castle and the just outside the village, La Parolina, with very sophisticated cooking, and a great choice of wines.

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Review 1-1 of 1

4 Nov 2013

3/5

"Quality Didn't Match Cost"

1) We've rented many houses/condos around the world with nary a problem.2) We were OK with the crickets, mega-wasps and scorpions in the house... after all, there were no screens on the windows.3… More

Thank you for writing and bringing these items to our attention. We will certainly discuss them with the owner. While some of the comments might be appropriate, I feel it necessary to respond to those that I feel are not appropriate or , in some cases, even accurate, and which seem to reflect a desire to exploit the platform more than to be constructive.
1 and 2: Window screens, for instance, are a particularly North American thing; they are relatively rare in Europe, and you will not find them in most country houses, particularly ones where life is (delightfully) led outdoors most of the time anyway. Italy, and this house, are lucky enough to offer this delightful advantage, and open doors and windows aim to merge the indoors and outdoors. This house is advertised as a country property with wonderful outdoor living and dining. The country is shared with the native inhabitants, who include animals, birds, and insects.
3: The house is advertised as a country house, and as a private residence. We will take your point and improve the Guest Note. However, as there is a maid who comes daily to clean and do the laundry, you actually had someone who would do the laundry for you (as you were told in the Guest Note) and who would also have been happy to show you how it worked, and explain any picture buttons to you. Even without being an English speaker she would have been delighted and capable of showing how to work the TV remote, etc.
4: The owners had not been in the house prior to your arrival. It had been fully prepared to make you feel welcome. Yes, the wine and fresh produce was complimentary. Did you really imagine that the wine on the table was anything other than a welcome gift ? Commendable Rentals always has wine and often fruit, bread, and first breakfast left as a welcome for the guests. Of course you were to use the fresh fruit, the local olive oil, and all the things that were part of your welcome! Personal bathroom toiletries should not be left by the owner, and I will find out why they were, but we do leave a nice supply of soap, shampoo, etc.
5: Pamela, the person who greeted you and who came daily, is a lovely, and rather shy person. In Italy, few country people speak English, but many of our guests from around the world find it part of the charm to communicate about simple things and are proud of doing quite well. Many guests that come speak languages other than English, and you could not expect Pamela to speak all of them. If you could not resolve an issue with the local person, you were invited to contact Commendable Rentals so that we could help. You did this and were helped on several occasions. We supplied both US and Italian numbers for your convenience.
6: This is a country road; you should go slowly; it is not a ravine, and your comments are an exaggeration.
7: Commendable Rentals is ALWAYS available to answer your calls, as we did. You could use either US or Italian numbers and get an English speaking person. Often the US number gets forwarded to Italy, so you may well have been speaking to someone in Italy when you called (but as the problem was solved on the spot, the comment seems irrelevant)
8 and 9: San Cassiano dei Bagni is full of small speciality food shops which thrill most people, as does driving through the Tuscany countryside! Yes, it is wonderful! Great restaurants and historic buildings, too.
10: The house sleeps 10 people. The price you mention of $500 was accurately, €350 a night , i.e. for 10 people, €35 per person per day! That hardly seems pricey. It is in fact a bargain! The comments about the stains, the mildew, the furniture, seem to be in contradiction to the comment that the house was very clean. However, we will investigate these. The Gardener comes several time a week, and certainly cleans the pool when he comes.
11: In addition to being in the countryside, the house is owned by someone very well known in the media and in the arts in Italy. She has created an amazing and artistic space where she entertains people in the arts and media. The design of the principle rooms is both modern and dramatically artistic. These qualities seem to have gone unnoticed by the reviewer. The house is certainly for kids! As in most homes, toddlers must be watched carefully, and we do not recommend it for toddlers.
12. Damage Insurance instead of a security deposit is relatively new, but now in quite common use for rental properties. It relieves the renter of the obligation to put up a considerable amount of cash to be held against possible damages, avoids any arguments about who did what when, and eliminates debates about the cost of repairs or replacements. It is economical and we have had very positive responses to it from both renters and owners.
The above said, please accept that we take your comments seriously; we will investigate and improve a number of points. Meanwhile, we hope that our comments in response will enable you to have a broader perspective on the property.

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