1 twin, 2 double bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, 1 ensuite bathroom
Location: Southern Tuscany
This property rents Saturday to Saturday
While in ages past one would have climbed the external staircase to rise above the stables and enter the living quarters of the farming family, a complete renovation of the property has rearranged its layout. Now, once inside its fenced grounds, the ground floor entrances to both living room and kitchen are around to the right. Glass-panelled French doors lead into a charming living /dining room where sofa and armchair sit facing a corner fireplace and a dining table for six is rendered elegant with dressed chairs. A small sitting area with Sat. TV off the dining area accesses both a door to the garden and arched glass doors to a modern kitchen with bright cupboards and marble countertops. Conveniently, a door from the kitchen opens to a furnished portico that enables sheltered al fresco dining. Also on the ground floor is a shower room located at the bottom of the stairs leading to the sleeping quarters.
On the first floor there is a small study with access to the external staircase at the front of the house and three bedrooms, a twin and two doubles, as well as a shower room, and an ensuite bathroom. All bedrooms are furnished with wooden or wrought iron bedsteads and country antiques that suit the charm of the house. Outside, at a slightly lower level to the house and is set to enjoy a country view, the swimming pool has a nearby pergola with table and chairs and sunbeds which can be placed poolside to best catch the sun's rays.
A short drive from the house in the medieval town of Cetona the maze of meandering streets of stone houses ends at a towering fortress, yet along the way there are restaurants, shops and all the facilities one requires. Only a bit further along is the ancient town of Sarteano; founded by the Etruscans, whose culture can be revisited in the splendid painting of 'The tomb of the infernal chariot' in the Civic Museum, this is a lively town famous for preserving its traditions, such as when the town celebrates its history in a mid-August Saracen Joust. Equidistant in the other direction is San Casciano dei Bagni, renown for its abundant sources of thermal waters. For centuries it has drawn people to its healing springs, as evidenced by the 5th cent. pagan temple and the adjacent Franciscan monastery that gave hospitality to travellers. Not surprisingly, one of Italy's best-known spas, the Fonteverde, thrives on the same spot.
Many of Tuscany's most striking hill towns are an easy drive away: Montepulciano, the 'pearl of the 16th century', built along a narrow limestone ridge and known for its Vino Nobile, Pienza, Pope Pius II's Ideal City, now famous for its devotion to pecorino cheese, or Montalcino, home to Brunello producers. Proximity to the motorway even makes larger cities such as Arezzo and its antiquarian fairs or Orvieto's above and below ground wonders accessible. The fact that the house sits in a landscape of rolling hills marked with oak woods and rising buttes may inspire exploration in a slower lane - by bike, on horseback or via the many trails that invite wanderers with set out on foot. Knowing a comfortable home with a view awaits your return makes the outing all the sweeter.