Villa Il Maggio
Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Il Maggio is a typical 18th century Tuscan hill house. It sleeps 6 people in the main house in three bedrooms with two bathrooms. The villa offers all modern conveniences and some very particular details including a carefully designed and comfortably furnished solarium with large heated spa bath, a few steps from the house. This feature makes Il Maggio a comfortable and luxurious home for every season.
The house has been very carefully and lovingly restored with a passion and dedication above and beyond the normal. The owner has been very particular in choosing every last detail from the handmade taps to the pure linen curtains that have been hand dyed to ensure just the right delicate shade. Most pieces in the house are either antique or found treasures, all lovingly selected for their original feel and rustic characteristics. It is very important that tenants at Il Maggio appreciate this characteristic of the house and respect it.
The restoration has taken years of constant attention on behalf of the owner who is a whimsical, generous and energetic person surrounded by an aura of well being and creativity. Before embarking on any work at all she insisted on living in the house for two years as it was, with out electricity or running water to get the feel for it in it's original state.
ACCOMODATION: On the ground floor is a commodious eat in kitchen. The kitchen has a large and handsome open fireplace as well as a comfy sofa covered with luxurious throws and pillows. The floors are made from beautiful pre used Pietra Serena that was bought form the Siena council and hand cut to create the flagstones (this some times means the kitchen chairs might wobble a bit).
The ceiling has massive chestnut beams that support the upper floor and glow gently against the hand finished white washed plaster. The kitchen comes equipped with a large sink, convection oven, a big fridge, dishwasher, espresso machine and is well equipped for serious cooks.
Through out the house the heating runs under the floors and is independently controlled for every room. This is a very comforting luxury that makes bare feet in winter a pleasure and does not clutter the rooms with radiators. Wi-Fi internet connection available.
Through an 18th century door one finds an elegant formal dining room that is open to the garden via a massive archway. In the other direction through a service room is the pergola-covered terrace. From the terrace one can access a mini apartment that is private and can't be rented. All downstairs rooms are open to the garden or terrace via French doors.
Upstairs one crosses through a loggia reached by a graceful and rustic staircase. The loggia is furnished with a table and comfortable chairs for reading or playing cards and has stunning views of the surrounding hills and dales with Città della Pieve in the middle ground. It would be the perfect place to watch the sunset or take your breakfast with the most stunning even light flooding in through the cleverly designed, vaguely modern wrought iron windows.
From the loggia one enters a spacious sitting room/study with large fireplace, comfy sofas and armchairs, a desk well lit for reading and writing. The terracotta floors are strewn with precious kilims and the bookshelves stuffed with art books, novels in three languages and design magazines.
To the right is the master bedroom, which is a large and elegant room with beautiful views of Lago Trasimeno and a sunny en suite bathroom with bath. To the left is a second large bed room with en suite bathroom with a shower and a communicating smaller bedroom with french bed (1,40 m) and a sofa.
GARDEN & SWIMMING POOL: The garden has been carefully considered and provides several comfortably furnished intimate places for a drink under a Bay Laurel tree or outdoor dining under a wine covered pergola.
Only a few steps from the house, but carefully hidden from the sight, there is the beautifully designed spacious solarium with wooden floor, generously furnished with sun beds and easy chairs, and a pergola for relaxing during the day. At night, a candlelight dinner close to the Jacuzzi pool could be a very romantic experience: Refreshing in summer and steaming in winter.
The property is surrounded by 2 acres of land including fruit trees and a mature olive grove. Homemade olive oil and fresh vegetables from the nearby farmer give the taste of a real Tuscan vacation.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia - Sant'Egidio 75 km, Nearest railway: Chiusi 12 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Tuscany region
Il Maggio is set in 2 hectares of woods, arable land and olive groves. Protected from the local road by a thick hedge, it very well located only five minutes by car or 15 minutes on foot from Sarteano. Sarteano is a large Tuscan village with a charming medieval centre and many shops, restaurants and banks.
Behind the house and immediately accessible are beautiful woods offering a variety of interesting nature walks and the remains of Etruscan roads. It is 17 Kilometres from the fashionable and health giving thermal baths of San Casciano, 20 minutes to Montepulciano and 30 minutes to Montalcino.
Chiusi station which is a major stop on the main train line that runs down the spine of the Italian peninsular is only 20 minutes drive form the house. The A1 or Auto Strada del Sole is only 10 minutes away also at Chiusi putting Il Maggio mid way between Florence (1 ½ hours by car) and Rome (1 1/4 hour on the train, private cars are not allowed into the city centre).
Whilst it is definitely in Tuscany, the borders of Umbria and Lazio are not faraway, allowing for forays into these fascinating and little discovered provinces as well as access to the well known and loved hills of Tuscany.
Nearby as well as tennis courts, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, wine tasting, Etruscan and Roman ruins, one can find an Olympic size natural thermal swimming pool. The waters are said to be beneficial for the skin and the eyes. Near San Casciano is a prehistoric excavation site that was later also inhabited by Etruscans. The surrounding countryside is littered with fabulous renaissance and medieval art and award winning restaurants.
The closest airport is Florence (1 ½ hours) and Rome airport is about 2 hours by car.
Nearest town: Sarteano km 2
Restaurants: Sarteano km 2
Supermarket: Sarteano km 2
Grocery: Sarteano km 2
Shops: Sarteano km 2
Outlets: Foiano della Chiana km 35
Bank: Sarteano km 2
Post office: Sarteano km 2
Chemistry: Sarteano km 2
Tennis court: Chiusi km 12
Golf: Bettolle km 35
Horse riding: -
SPA: San Casciano dei Bagni km 13
Train station: Chiusi km 12
The history and layout of Montepulciano, nicknamed the “Pearl of the Renaissance”, derives from its strategic position. The town is located south of the province of Siena, between the Valdichiana and Val d'Orcia (at 605m), and was always coveted by Florence, Siena, Perugia and Orvieto. Today, it is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, and is home to 15,000 inhabitants over an area of 165 square-kilometres. From the tower of its city hall, on a clear day you can see the Gran Sasso d'Italia. Moreover, Montepulciano is close to many artistic towns like Pienza, Chiusi, Cortona and Assisi.
The history and fame of the area of Montepulciano is thanks to the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, a wine of excellent quality and one of the most ancient wines in Italy. Other types of local wine that are promoted and safeguarded by the consortium are Rosso di Montepulciano DOC and Vinsanto di Montepulciano DOC. There are also the Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG and Valdichiana Vergine DOC. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil from this area is an important product and is often found with the DOP Terre di Siena certification. Other food products include pecorino cheese, marmalade from the Masciana Susina or Coscia di Monaca, Chianina beef, and Cinta Senese salami.
In addition to wine tours of the farms where Vino Nobile is produced, the Vino Nobile Tour offers visits to points of interest in the city of Montepulciano and surrounding towns, and wine-tasting at the many monumental cellars of the town, as well as visits to the small craft shops, tastings of wine and typical products at the enotheques, restaurants, dairies and olive presses, courses in wine and oil tasting, cooking lessons, spa treatments, itineraries for bicyclists and hikers and tours of movie sets. Montepulciano is the ideal place for a vacation in hotel or guest far, as a starting point toward spas like Bagno Vignoni, San Casciano dei Bagni, Etruscan settlements (Chiusi, Cortona), rural zones like Val d'Orcia and Crete (famous for its truffles) and Mount Amiata, as well as the many charming towns scattered through the area.
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