The Monastery of Sant'Andrea
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The Monastery of Sant'Andrea
Located in the quiet countryside 5 km south of the beautiful medieval city of Siena, the Sant'Andrea apartment is part of a fully restored 15th century monastery.
Only 5 mintes from the superstrada linking Siena to Florence and Grosseto (near the seaside beaches), this residence is an ideal base location for reaching many Tuscan attractions, most within a 1 hour drive.
This residence is located in a peaceful area, has a private entrance, a private garden and its own, lovely shared green park. An indoor, secure parking space and WIFI Internet are also included with the rental. The Sant'Andrea location enjoys the convenience of a tranquil and reserved atmosphere in the Tuscan hills and a close proximity to the cultural and artistic attractions of Siena.
The nicely furnished Sant'Andrea apartment is ideal for a couple or a family (sleeps 4) looking for an unforgettable vacation in the prime tourist area of Tuscany. The historic centre of Siena is a 10-minute drive. Florence, San Gimignano, the Chianti vineyards and the hill towns to the south (Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano) are all a short drive away.
At walking distance (800 metres) in the close Costalpino Village yuo can have: A Nice Restaurant, A Pizza place, Bar (Coffee place) with cappuccino and croissant for your breakfast, Grocery store, Post office, Pharmacy and Newspaper shop.
To the opposite direction you will find the San Rocco a Pilli Village with a Coop Supermarket.
For those of you with no car a convenient bus stop is located just down the street.
Upon request, the Manager will provide the first grocery at the apartment. You will be able to enjoy the first few meals without the stress of thinking to buy food at your arrival. The additional cost is 30euros + the cost of the grocery. You can specify your favourite menu by email.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Follonica (Grosseto) 120 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence 60 km, Nearest railway: Siena 5 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
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden|
The apartment is at ground level, has an independent entrance and consists of:
1) Rustic country-style living room/kitchen area with a sofa bed;
2) a master bedroom with a king size bed, antique night table and drawer and a large wall closet;
3) a second bedroom with I double bed and a closet;
4) a bathroom with bathtub/shower, sink, toilet and bidet.
- You will enjoy the classic atmosphere of a characteristic brick courtyard with an ancient water well, a nice green park, a private garden with table and chairs, a small original medieval Chapel.
- A convenient bus stop is also available right at the S. Andrea Complex, on the Strada Grossetana. Renting a car will make your holiday easier, but this is not necessary.
The Sant'Andrea apartment can accommodate 4 people
- Shared green park area, fenced private garden with table and chairs
- Secure indoor parking space (for 1 car) underground and accessible with remote garage door opener
- Independent heating system
- The kitchen is equipped with dishes, cuttlery and utensils to prepare your own meal
- Toaster & espresso coffe maker for your breackfast
- Dishwasher, Washing machine, Fridge with deep freezer
- Electric Oven with gas cook-top and Microwave
- TV (local channels only)
- Window screens
- Bathroom towels are provided
- Bed sheets and blankets are provided
- First Grocery service provided upon request (New Service)
- Please note: there is no telephone in this apartment
- Sorry pets are not allowed
- Please do not use the barbeque in the private garden as the risk of fire can be very high
- Check-in time: from 3:00 pm to 4: 00 pm
- Departure time: before Noon
- The Sant'Andrea apartment does not have reception desk. please provide your expected arrival time. Upon arrival in Siena, you are asked to call the Manager to arrange an appointment time at Sant'Andrea. The manager's phone number will be provided once you have booked.
- Other Residents live in the Sant'Andrea complex and preserving a quite and tranquil atmosphere for all residents is important. You are therfore asked to consider the other residents during your stay inside the property
- Additional detailed information regarding your holiday will be provided by email once your booking is confirmed
The Tuscany region
Tuscany is one of Italyâ??s best-loved regions. It combines a beautiful countryside reminiscent of the landscapes of Renaissance masterpieces, a rich artistic heritage including exquisite art and architecture, a glorious history, excellent wines and delicious food.
Set down between the blue-green Apenines and the turquoise Tyrrhenian Sea, Tuscany is the joyful heart and soul of the ancient Etruscan civilisation which lives on in every city, town and village.
Florence (Firenze) is the administrative center of Tuscany whose Provinces include Arezzo, Livorno, Grossetto, Lucca, Massa-Carrara, Pisa, Pistaio, Prato and Sienna.
Every town offers unique characteristics, charm, and regional cuisine making each one worthy of your time.
Tuscany is also well known for its splendid landscapes with charming low hills covered with olive groves, vineyards, woods, isolated cypress trees, and beautiful old farmhouses, all part of a landscape that seems to have been carefully tended since the dawn of time. Tuscany is a refuge for the spirit as well as an ideal place for rambles or for idle contemplation of views that have not changed in centuries.
The castles and country churches are a standing order for the many visitors to Tuscany from all over the world.
Tuscany is also the home for the famous wines of Chianti and Montalcino.
There is so much to discover in this region that the above are just a few of the reasons why people enthusiastically return year after year and share their experiences with others.
Located in the heart of Tuscany, just 60 km south of Florence, Siena is ItalyÂ´s best preserved medieval. It has maintained its lovely medieval buildings and Gothic architecture, and todayâ??s new constructions adapt to this character and beauty.
Siena is built on three small hills within the city walls, divided into three areas, called "Terzi".
- "Terzo di Citta" was the earliest inhabited area of the city, and holds Piazza Postierla; the Cappella delle Ceneri di Sant'Ansano; the Duomo, Siena's gorgeous black and white cathedral; and the museum of Santa Maria della Scala.
- "Terzo di Camollia", named after the city gate Porta Camollia, consists of the main social and shopping street -Via Banchi di Sopra, with Piazza Salimbeni and Piazza Tolomei; and the Basilicas S. Maria in Provenzano, S. Francesco, and the Fortezza.
-"Terzo di San Martino" expands around the Francigena way, the route to Rome for the pilgrims of the patron saint S.Martino. The area includes the Piazza del Campo at the heart of the city; the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena's City Hall, which contains the famous frescos on government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, and access to the Torre di Mangia with a spectacular view of the Senese countryside, and the famous fountain Fonte Gaia.
These terzi are subdivided into 17 contrade. Loyalty to one's contrada is an important part of SienaÂ´s culture and history. The competition between each contrada takes centre stage in Siena's world-famous horserace, Il Palio. An unbroken medieval tradition since the 11th century that takes place annually on 2 July and 16 August when the unique shell shaped Piazza del Campo is converted into a racetrack.
Siena is a major tourist attraction and home to one of the oldest Universities in Europe, which adds for a vibrant student atmosphere and a bustling daily life. Siena offers many cultural events, concerts, cinema, theatre and a wide range of sporting activities. In the summer, there is the Siena Jazz Festival, and the classical concert by the Accademia Musicale Chigiana. Settimana Musicale Senese features various concerts around the city.
Siena stores offer many locally made items, such as, leather products, neckties, fabrics, glazed terracotta, gold jewellery, and of course local food, such as, Panforte, Ricciarelli, Pici and many wines. Every Wednesday morning a huge market is held around the Fortezza Mediceana.
The Senese countryside also boasts a lovely landscape of natural beauty. There is the Chianti landscape between Florence and Siena, hills woven with vineyards and Olive estates, and beautiful towns like San Gimignano and Monteriggioni. South of Siena, the Arbia valley leads to the hill-top town of Montalcino, home to the famous Brunello wine. The area La Crete Senese features harsh rock formations, soft rounded hills, and a unique landscape grain-field below a medieval fortress.
Siena wonderfully blends the natural beauty of Tuscany with the historic elegance of its medieval influence.
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21 May 2013
"Comfortable, beautiful and peaceful"
A couple and myself travelled together for a month in Europe and this was our favourite accommodation; we stayed a week. It quickly felt like home; spacious, comfortable and quiet. There is a garden a… More
11 Oct 2012
"What a treasure"
We travelled for 2 weeks through Italy. From Rome via Siena and Florence to Venice. We stayed in self-catering apartments in each town. The Sant'Andrea apartment was by far the favourite. Arrivin… More
26 Aug 2012
"Nice location and Average Accommodations but Read On"
Let me begin this review by saying that I am a pretty tough critic of vacation accommodations and restaurants. Oftentimes, I see 4s and 5s on Trip Advisor and wonder whether or not the reviewer and m… More
25 Jun 2012
Lovely spacious apartment was perfect for our family. Nicely appointed with all amenities. We loved having our own parking spot and adored the gardens that smelled of jasmine. The serene atmosphere w… More
18 Jun 2012
"La Dolce Vita"
The other reviews are very complimentary about the Sant' Andrea apartment but did not prepare us for the wonderful experience we had!The apartment is finished tastefully and is set in a charming … More
21 Mar 2012
"a week under the Tuscan Sun"
We had a wonderful time at Sant Andrea. Being able to buy amazing culinary groceries at the local supermarket for very reasonable prices was a huge benefit. It was close to sienna but far away enough… More
13 Nov 2011
"Great Apartment - exactly as advertised!"
The Sant' Andrea apartment was a wonderful place just outside Siena. It was so comfortable and well equiped. We travelled into the city of Siena by the local bus - about 15 minutes and left our … More
23 Oct 2011
"Well equipped country retreat for exploration of Tuscany"
My wife and I stayed at Alessandro's wonderful apartment the first week of October, 2011. The apartment is in a converted monastery about 5 km south of Siena, just beyond the village of Costalpin… More
9 Aug 2011
"Reality of a dream!"
I was looking for a quiet week with a beautiful panorama not far from Siena, to enjoy after the Palio and before participating in an intensive celebration later in July within Siena. I studied the information on Sant'Andrea a Montecchio and decided that my friend and I could manage fine without having to rent a car. With the kindness and understanding of the owner, we did one food shopping expedition which served us well. Walking on the road to the nice little town of Costalpino (which I had anticipated) would have been treacherous. The "bar" across the street actually is a men's club, which doesn't open until 4:30 in the afternoon. The bus stop really is very close and has excellent service to and from Siena (and little Costalpino's lovely restaurant). The apartment is very well-equipped, with many new items. Staying in it was very enjoyable! The privacy of the large open spaces within this former monastery ground area is luxurious. There were beautiful sights for sketching and painting within these walls and also plenty just beyond. Convenience via buses allowed us to arrive in Florence at 9 am one morning and enjoy a full day there. Highly recommend! We did it without a car.
12 Jun 2011
"Cosy and comfortable lodgings minutes from historic centre — excellent value"
The Sant'Andrea residence is located on the outskirts of Siena, 10 minutes from the historic centre. The cosy apartment has all the amenities a visitor needs. Located in a former monastery, the tidy lodgings are comfortable and very quiet at night — not always a given in european rentals. There is also a park-like garden area outside with small private garden. Excellent value for Tuscany. Owner and property manager are very helpful. I plan on staying here again next year.
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