1 double bedroom with ensuite bathroom, 3 twin bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, one of which ensuite.
Location: South of Siena
This property rents Saturday to Saturday
Traveling throughout Tuscany, one often wonders where an unpaved road might take them. One such road, below the Montagnola village of Orgia outside Siena, is well worth following, for shaded by a long arcade of generous trees, it passes fertile plains, only to climb gently into the woods and arrive at a house in a glade that has been standing for centuries. The house, with its stone barn and nearby oven house, is surrounded in a loose embrace of holm oak, pines, cork trees and corbezzolo, yet is positioned to enjoy views of the valley below and the many horizons that lead to Mt. Amiata. An excellent place for family reunions and visitors of all ages, Cerreto abounds in places of quiet retreat and joyous get-togethers.
The approach drive ends at the top of the property, with easy access to the upper storey of the main house. Entrance to the house is through a wide covered portico into a pleasant study, off of which are wide hallways leading to the bedrooms. At each end of the hallway are ensuite bedrooms - to the right a large double bedroom with a bathroom, to the left a twin bedroom with ensuite shower room and access to an upper furnished terrace. Also on this floor are two other twin bedrooms, which share a shower room across the hall. A staircase leads down to a hallway off of which is a bright dining room with seating for 12 and French doors to a terrace and an additional covered dining area for al fresco meals. Also on the ground floor is a large whimsically painted eat-in kitchen whose large larder has a washing machine. A door from the kitchen leads to a side terrace near the barbecue and strategically placed herbs for the chef. At the other end of the hallway, a large sitting room, with French doors out to the side garden, has sofas in front of a fireplace, as well as areas set aside for those who would watch the news or set up a game of cards.
Should your group wish to spread out a bit or if you find at the last minute that an extra guest would like to join you, there or extra cottages at Cerreto that can be readied with advance notice and a supplemental cost. Check with your agent for rates.
In the well-tended grounds of Cerreto there is shade offered by trees that have known the passage of centuries and open sunny lawns where one can work on a souvenir tan. The pool is set in the slope of the land and has wooden decking furnished with sunbeds and umbrellas. Nearby, a grove of born-again olive trees illustrates the power of husbandry and scents of lavender, rosemary and broom fill the air. Your hosts, who have been involved in the agriculture of this region for generations, are charming and near enough to be an excellent resource. Whether visiting the small villages nestled in the Montagnola hills, heading to Siena, the medieval gem less than half an hour away, or discovering why the Tuscan coastline deserves its glowing and growing reputation, guests at Cerreto will have a wonderful base for a memorable holiday.
Thank you very much for our lovely holiday at Cerrito this August. Extremely elegant, extremely relaxing.
From the advice on local wild swimming from Daniel, on horse riding from you, and on a concert in Sienna from Simone, the contact we had with you and your team was warm, welcoming and helpful. The bottle of wine and prepared dinner on arrival were extremely welcome, after a very long drive to arrive.
The house itself was just right for our party of eight, with enough room for children’s and adults’ spaces, and wonderful dinners in and outside. We spent a great deal of our time by the pool, talking or reading, but when we went out the surrounding countryside and churches (including the sword in the stone) were just on our doorstep, and in some cases breathtaking.
Most of all we enjoyed the sense of home. We very quickly felt very happy and relaxed in our surroundings, so once again thank you to you and your colleagues for all you did to make us feel welcome. We would definitely like to come back again.
This is to say how much we loved Cerreto and enjoyed staying there. The house was charming, comfortable and well-equiped, and the remoteness was just fine with us. We found the peace very relaxing.
Simone Signorini left us wonderful fresh fruit and supper for the first night, plus a house full of flowers. He and family were lovely and considerate. We couldn't have asked for better hosts.
Thank you for all your help in advising us about Cerreto. I hope we can return another year.
The trip was amazing - from the start Dan was extremely helpful, knew the area and the house really well and after recommending a good cycle hire shop, even provided cycle routes for us - could not fault him. The accommodation was perfect, exactly what we wanted - very quiet away from anyone else and the views spectacular. The property owners were extremely welcoming including fresh flowers in many rooms, home baked bread and other delights. Well beyond what we expected. All in all it ticked every box, a great break. Many thanks to Dan for steering us in the right direction and all his help and advice!!