Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
This is a spectacular villa set in wonderful Pianella, Pievasciata which is only 14 kms from Siena.
Just a short drive from the picturesque town Siena and sitting at the top of one of the rolling hills that are typical of the Tuscan landscape, this magnificent 5-bedroom property offers accommodation of an exceptional quality.
Throughout the property the living space is uncompromising. Each of the indulgent rooms is of generous proportions and all have been presented to an exceptional standard. This is a property that embodies luxurious living and it makes for a dream holiday home in one of the most desirable regions of Italy.
The lower level of the property is made up of two substantial lounges, each one with a feature fireplace and wood provided. The smart dining room then leads to the kitchen that has been equipped to provide the necessary tools and space for the most demanding of chefs. Also located on the lower floor are a double bedroom with king-size bed and a convenient shower-room adjacent.
The upper floor of the property contains the 4 remaining bedrooms, 3 with king-size beds and one with twin beds.
In the extensive gardens the property benefits from a superb private swimming pool and it is equipped with 8 sun loungers with pool towels.
On arrival at the villa guests are welcomed with a fantastic meal prepared by the housekeeper. The property is serviced by the housekeeper for 3 hours per day, 6 days a week keeping on top of the necessary cleaning and enabling guests to get on with the job of relaxing and enjoying their holiday.
Guests are also able to arrange for the housekeeper to prepare delicious meals and for childminding services during their stay. The cost of these additional services is € 12.50 per hour.
Further facilities of this magnificent property include Sky television, free Wi-Fi, a stereo system, a DVD player, books, and a treadmill in case guests feel that their holiday has been too indulgent!
There is a private garage and the grounds are secure with remote controlled gates. Further benefits include a thatched terrace and a covered terrace for al fresco dining.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Siena is renowned for its exceptional beauty and its museums and there can be no doubting why it has been declared by UNESCO to be a world heritage site. A vibrant city like this draws visitors from all corners of the world in search of fine arts, fine foods and fun in this lively town.
Key sights include the Siena Cathederal (Duomo), this is one of the best examples of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture and it is stunning. Works commenced on the cathedral in the 12th century and it was intended as the largest cathedral in the world. We would highly recommend a visit to the cathedral in order to view the incredible façade and also the magnificent interior. The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (the Cathedral's museum) is home to Duccio's masterpiece Maesta as well as other works from some of the city's most celebrated artists.
Another key attraction for tourists is the Piazza del Campo. This oval-shaped plaza in the heart of the town used to be home to many of the town's violent games such as bull fighting, jousting or general brawling. Nowadays the Piazza del Campo is home to the Palio horse race – a traditional medieval horse race ran on the 2nd of July and the 16th of August. During the Palio, the traditional 17 Contrada or districts of Siena compete by racing around the Piazza del Campo in a high-adrenalin and unpredictable contest. Large numbers of spectators surround the race and people hang out of the many windows around the Piazza.
Also in the Piazza del Campo is the town hall, the Palazzo Pubblico, a building which is characterised by its Italian medieval architecture with gothic influences. The tower of the Palazzo Pubblico was designed and built to be the tallest in Italy between 1325 and 1344. A fantastic view over the town is the reward for those visitors willing to climb the numerous stairs to the top of the tower.
Within the Palazzo Publico visitors can also visit the art museum that is home to some incredible murals (Frescos) by Italian artists such as Ambrogio and his brother Pietro Lorenzetti that preceded the art of the Renaissance.
There is no better way to spend time in Tuscany than to spend it eating and drinking. With a fantastic range of restaurants to choose from and vineyards to visit, travellers to this part of Italy can be sure of some truly inspirational gastronomic experiences. In the 2012 Michelin guide, 26 restaurants were listed in Tuscany with one star or more. The most highly awarded of the restaurants is the Enoteca Pinchiorri, a 3-star restaurant in Florence run by Giorgio Pinchiorri and Annie Feolde. In the region of Siena there are a total of 5 Michelin-starred restaurants. The most celebrated of the those restaurants is Arnolfo, a 2-Michelin starred restaurant run by brothers Gaetano and Giovanni Trovato in the town Colle di Val D'Elsa.
Humorously referred to as Chiantishire, this part of Italy is a necessary port of call for wine lovers. Vineyards thrive in Tuscany and the famous wine Chianti (produced from at least 80% Sangiovese grapes) is produced in abundance. A day or two spent touring some of the fantastic vineyards is time very well spent.