Il Baroncino stands alone among the rolling hills, in 8 hectares of private land, with many age-old chestnut and oak trees. It is a large country house with several smaller adjacent buildings, such as the former chestnut barn, the wood store and a hay barn. All in all, there is around 800 m2 living space. In times gone by, 15 people lived and worked on this estate, now there is only one family of three occupying part of the main house. The property is somewhat out of the way (200 m from the main road) accessible via a private drive. Its excellent, solitary position guarantees peace, quiet and outstanding panoramic views over the wide Siena countryside. The area around Baroncino has remained unspoiled, in its natural beauty - forests and fields as far as the eye can see. This is a wonderful place for walking, particularly during spring and fall.
There are three holiday apartments: the two large units PRATOLINO of 160 m2 and I CARRI of 130 m2 are located in the main house, while the smaller unit PATIO of 30 m2 can be found in part of the annex. Each apartment has its own outdoor area: PRATOLINO has a lawn in front of the kitchen, I CARRI a gazebo, PATIO a large and private terrace. The friendly English speaking owner has completely renovated her house in a most commendable manner, with a great eye for detail. The apartments have been cleverly and tastefully designed and furnished. Terracotta floors, a few warm wooden floors and open wooden beam-work create a homely atmosphere. Some of the brick and stone door frames have also been exposed. The interior style is a successful combination of the traditional and the modern. A selection of antique furniture contrasts harmoniously with the Mediterranean shades of color on the walls: warm apricot and faded blue and lilac lend the apartment a modern tone.
From the garden, the eye roams across a wide field, coming to rest upon the wonderful Renaissance castle, Castello di Celsa - an architectural jewel by the famous Baldassare Peruzzi - and wanders into the distance to enjoy the silhouette of Siena. In the middle of the lawn, there is a delightful pool with sun-lounges. It has been built in the former manure reservoir, is 10 x 5 m in size and heated. The pool is used by guests and owner alike.
This holiday location is well suited for day trips around the north, to the Chianti region, San Gimignano or Florence and to the south - Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza and even Rome; to Follonica (70 km) on the west coast or the white sandy beaches in the Uccellina nature reserve, south of Grosseto (75 km). You are soon in peaceful Siena - a mere 15 minutes by car; only an hour to the busy city of Florence. During the cooler months we highly recommend visiting the elegant hot baths at Rapolano Terme. Rapolano offers two spas, particulary beautiful is the new San Giovanni Terme. They are around 25 km from the house. Relax and enjoy a massage or fango treatment, use the fitness center or the wonderful hot outdoor pool. If you should come during the fall, there are a range of special culinary treats such as the truffle feast in San Giovanni d'Asso, near Pienza, which takes place in October and where you will find the exquisite Tartuffo Bianco.
About the Palio festival
The famous Palio takes place in the centre of Siena on the beautiful Piazza del Campo twice a year (in the beginning of July and in mid-August): a colourful horse-racing festival, held since the Middle Ages, in which every Contrada (city quarter) sends off its festively decorated horse to defend the quarter's honour after it has been blessed in the church. Siena awaits the festival in a fever of anticipation the whole year long. In the week before and after the Palio, celebrations take place in the streets: festive meals are eaten outside on long tables, large banquets in the romantic streets of the town organised by the various Contrade for hundreds of people...