22 double bedrooms, 10 twin bedrooms, 20 shower rooms, 8 of which are ensuite, and 12 bathrooms, 11 of which are ensuite and 4 with both tub and separate shower.
Location: Siena and surroundings
This property rents from Saturday to Saturday, with arrival flexibility during Low season
It takes an intrepid spirit and a good architect to convert a 200-year old pig farm into a 4-star accommodation for modern visitors. But when said farm is located in one of the most pristine swathes of Tuscan countryside and comprised of a large villa and generously built outbuildings, it is a risk worth taking. Happily, at Borgo Muzio this endeavor has succeeded with style and sensitivity and offers groups of all sizes the chance to savour in contemporary comfort the best this ancient land has to offer.
The drive to the estate passes tidy olive groves and nurtured woodlands, then climbs slightly to heart of the estate, where two long parallel buildings capped with a top story frame a beautiful sunken courtyard filled with colourful flowerbeds. Overlooking the courtyard in pride of place sits the farmhouse whose original structure may have changed over time, yet still has in its arched loggia and inner stone court the look of classic Tuscany. In the farmhouse and converted outbuildings thirteen apartments have been created, each with a furnished terrace facing outwards to surrounding views.
To the pleasure of staying at such a beautiful property comes the added benefit of an on-site caretaker whose enthusiasm at helping to create special memories is evident at first acquaintance. Restaurant and shopping advice, on-site truffle hunting, wine and oil tasting, babysitting, massage treatments, horse riding, catering and cooking lessons; all are possible and easily arranged with a bit of advance notice.
The grounds of the estate are beautifully maintained, with flowering shrubs native to this area adding both colour and sheltering privacy to individual properties. A large swimming pool, 16.5 x 6 m., sits approximately 20 m. away from the apartments with sun beds, tables and chairs under several poolside pergolas. Located slightly higher than the apartments, it offers a wonderful view of nearby farmlands and distant rolling hills.
The surrounding woodlands and the breezes that refresh in summer have meant that estate owners have opted for a communal barbecue rather than individual ones. During the summer guests can participate in Tuesday group BBQs (extra) or arrange to utilize the barbecue on other days, weather permitting.
The original farmhouse and large agricultural sheds have been converted into 13 spacious apartments, each with a private outdoor dining area and all within easy reach of the shared swimming pool. There are apartments for either four or six people and while each has its own kitchen and dining facilities, there are areas, both indoors and out, where the whole group can meet to share a meal or celebrate an event.
In each apartment a careful open plan layout brings living, dining and kitchen areas together, yet these spacious main rooms are light and airy and usually have direct access to a terrace furnished for meals al fresco and situated to enjoy the most privacy and the best view. The living areas all have comfortable sofas and armchairs and most have open fireplaces that add charm and warmth to the early Spring and late Autumn seasons. While the kitchen areas may be somewhat different in style they are all equipped with appliances a modern cook has come to rely on, including microwave ovens. Convenient to the kitchen, a dining area provides an indoor option when the sun doesn’t beckon
Each twin or double bedroom has its own shower room or bathroom, either adjacent or en suite. In most cases, with prior notice, twin bedrooms can be set up as doubles when necessary and an extra single bed can be arranged for someone joining the group at the last minute. Bedrooms may vary in size, but all have good bedding and ample storage for holiday wardrobes. Bathrooms and shower rooms have stylish fittings and are often dressed with local travertine or marble.
While the skillful conversion has preserved the generous layouts and maintained the use of Tuscan materials – oak beams, terracotta roofs and travertine counters and wall tiles – there is a clean and contemporary look to the apartments with the addition of paintings and soft furnishings that speak to modern Italian design.
As the views from the estate assures, this area of Tuscany is among some of the most unspoilt and iconic, with rolling woodlands and a patchwork of well-ordered vineyards, olive groves and open farmland. . But it is also holds many treasures and reasons to venture out. Closest among them are the beautiful Romanesque church in Trequanda and the Museum of Terracotta in Petroio, but the famed truffles of San Giovanni d’Asso merits a museum open Friday to Sunday and the beautiful clay hills from Asciano to Siena, known as the Crete Senese, are some of the most photographed in Tuscany. In less than half an hour there are hot springs and full-service spas in Rapolano Terme and a lively open-air market in Sinalunga on Tuesday morning.
In the beautiful Val d’Orcia Pope Pius II chose Pienza as the site for his ideal Renaissance city, a choice seconded by UNESCO when it named the town a World Heritage site. The fact that it is also a chief producer of delicious pecorino cheese and provides a variety of restaurants in which to sample it is all the more reason to stop by. What is cheese without wine? Happily, both Montalcino’s famed Brunello and Montepulciano’s highly regarded Vino Nobile are both an easy drive away in charming hill towns of sweeping views and striking architecture.
In less than an hour are Siena, the medieval gem with one of the most beautiful piazzas in Italy, used on July 2nd and August 16th as a race track for the celebrated ‘Palio’, and Arezzo, whose monthly antiquarian fairs and June and September Saracen Jousts enliven the summer. An easy day trip could also include Italy’s 4th largest lake, Lago Trasimeno, whose fresh-water fish, sailing and charming islands provide a relaxed change of pace. A great variety of things to do requires a great spot from which to contemplate them, and in this this beautiful estate excels.