Eremo for 10, Ponticino

Sleeps 10

A former convent now a luxurious villa in the hills west of Arezzo

Property summary

Sleeps 10

5 double bedrooms, 1 with an extra single, another with double sofa bed, 1 twin bedroom, 3 twin/double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (3 ensuite), 4 shower rooms (3 ensuite)

Location: Arezzo and Cortona

This property rents from Saturday to Saturday

Surrounding Region

  • Restaurants, bars, shops in Ponticino 2.5 km and Pergine Valdarno 4 km

  • Arezzo and Montevarchi 20 km

  • Siena 60 km, Florence 80 km.

  • Spas at Rapolano Terme 50 min.
  • This large stone house, carefully restored and furnished with exceptional taste and sensitivity to the comforts of modern travellers, began its life as a place of refuge. For once again, coming full circle to its late 12th century convent origins, there is an air of protected peace and gentle retreat about this ancient residence. Set in a wildlife reserve in the hills overlooking the Arno valley, L'Eremo is positioned to enjoy long vistas to rising horizons and close-up glimpses of the shy animals that are part of the Tuscan tapestry. Yet it is the house itself that will be savoured by its guests, and it is to it and to them that the owners have dedicated their efforts.

    Accommodation

    In a lengthy labour of love, the owners laid gentle hands on the original structure and layout, the result of which has preserved spacious rooms and features not often found in a Tuscan home. One is seen as soon as you enter the arched door on the eastern facade, for no sooner are you in the house than you can see out of it - into the lovely inner courtyard at the heart of the house. In the living area another delight - a central stone pillar supporting four wide arches under which comfortable sofas and chairs afford the perfect place to recount the day's discoveries. And so it goes throughout the house, everywhere there is something to appreciate. The kitchen areas would please any chef, both the spacious two-stationed professional kitchen as well as the handy kitchen next to the dining room, for they are nicely furnished to give the sense of home, yet equipped with everything necessary to cook for a crowd, including a high-speed dishwasher and a pasta boiler. Off the main kitchen is another living area perfect for younger guests, for with toys, TV and video equipment, a table for eight, an open fireplace and access to a furnished terrace outdoors, it can entertain for many hours running. Beyond the dining room, which seats 16 comfortably, is the only ground floor bedroom, with ensuite shower room and a door to a small, furnished terrace. The last room on this floor is the studio, a restful place to read, play the electronic keyboard, write an overdue postcard or simply marvel at the treasure in the floor, the remnants of a foundation wall that stood 1,000 years ago - a humbling memento.

    On the upper floor there are two additional living areas and seven charming bedrooms, each distinctive in look, but all beautiful places in which to wake up. In all the bedroom suites in this large house, in addition to the beamed ceilings and terracotta flooring, there is a lovely mix of well-selected country antiques, lovely fabrics and the whimsy of ceramics. Most bedrooms have ensuite bath or shower rooms, though two share a nearby bathroom and one has a lovely shower room just across the large Hall containing a beautiful pietra serena fireplace. One final suite remains; accessed off the wide enclosed loggia, it includes a sitting room with sofa bed, a shower room and a lovely bedroom under the eaves.

    Local area

    Despite the great comfort of the interiors, guests will probably want to head out into the six landscaped acres that surround the property - perhaps to gather around the pizza oven on a night someone comes to reveal a pizzaiolo's secrets, or else under the vine-covered pergola that will seat the whole group for al fresco dining. Across the wide lawn is a large swimming pool connected to a children's wading pool by a cascading waterfall, and a shaded furnished pergola and a poolhouse with shower room, changing room, and refrigerator to save the trek back to the house. Add the fact that a charming Caretaker stands ready to help you realize all the excursions and in-house activities you may wish to build into your Tuscan holiday, and L'Eremo is just about perfect. Whether for large family reunions, festive events or a business retreat, this house can accommodate it all. The fact that its location makes it a great base for exploring local hills on horseback or reaching medieval city festivals and antique markets in less than half an hour can only make it better.

    Features

    Arrival groceries
    Available on request
    Baby bed and high chair
    Available on request
    Babysitting
    Available on request
    Barbecue
    Catering
    Available on request
    Coffee Maker
    Cooking lessons
    Available on request
    Dishwasher
    Event organizing
    Available on request
    Extra beds
    Extra cleaning
    Available on request
    Fans
    Final cleaning included
    Fireplace
    2 - 1 in small dining room, 1 in 1st floor sitting area - Wood provided.
    Furnished outdoor areas
    Furnished patios and pergolas
    Hair dryer
    Heating
    Central heating (Extra)
    Insect screens or mosquito nets
    Internet access
    WiFi fast internet
    Iron and Ironing board
    Kettle
    Massage and beauty treatments
    Microwave
    Mid-week cleaning
    Mobile phone coverage
    Music
    Oven
    Pool towels
    Pool towels provided
    Swimming pool
    The attached square children’s pool has a built in bench on two sides. A cascading waterfall connects the two pools and features a bench under the cascade.- Corner steps into the pool - Poolside furnished pergola has adjacent shower, WC and changing rooms, & small refrigerator
    Television
    Toaster
    Transport and tours
    Washing machine
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    Reviews

    J.B. from California
    Date of stay: 22 September 2012

    Thank you Rosetta and Simone for two wonderful weeks. Eremo is a great family home. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. This is a magical place for family and close friends to enjoy. An unsurpassed ‘villa’ experience.

    Mr. R.C. and family
    Date of stay: 13 May 2011

    From Mr. R.C. and family, USA, guests May 2011
    Just got home and wanted to thank you personally for all your help particularly on our first day . The trip was great - the villa was wonderful & the staff fantastic. Please accept our sincerest thanks for all your kindness and help

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