2 double bedrooms and 2 double/twin bedrooms, 1 bathroom with shower and tub, 2 ensuite shower rooms, 2 extra WCs
Location: Val d'Orcia and Amiata
Generally Saturday, but arrival on other days is permitted with a 5 day minimum
This tall village house is fully air-conditioned and is in the wonderful situation of facing out to the countryside while the front door opens directly into the heart of the village. Montisi is a charming Tuscan village with a lively program of festivals and concerts in the summer, this house gives you a peek directly into the heart of Tuscan village life, while still keeping a quiet area facing the surrounding countryside, with the welcome addition of a plunge pool on the terrace for cooling off. All the windows are netted and the house is air-conditioned throughout making it a perfect refuge.
Double doors open from the village street into a tiled entry hall with a corner honesty bar, a guest WC and an arched opening to a south-facing sitting room with a wood stove and French windows looking out to the rolling countryside that surround the village. From the entry hall a travertine stairway leads down to a dining area with a table for 8 and an attractive open fireplace sided by a corner sofa. A wide brick arch leads back to a very well equipped kitchen with marble counters and tailor-made cupboards. Having cooking facilities on this level is doubly convenient for French doors in the dining area open to a wisteria-draped pergola furnished for meals al fresco. Flagstone paving continues on to the rear garden that features a small pool with an inner seating rim, making this less a site for laps than for toasting the view with a friend and a glass of prosecco. A small shed contains a washing machine, but with sun beds, additional seating and planters of jasmine providing privacy from the neighbors, the garden is bound to become one of the preferred spots from which to gaze out on the olive groves and vineyard laced countryside.
Sleeping accommodations are all on the upper floors, reached via the staircase that winds its way up from the entryway. The first floor has two bedrooms, a double overlooking the garden through a balcony window and a twin or double that faces the street below - both of these bedrooms have ensuite shower rooms. On the second floor the master double bedroom also faces the countryside through the French door balcony window, while the street-side window opens to a large bathroom that has both shower and a claw-foot tub. All of the bedrooms are furnished with lovely country antiques and dressed with attractive fabrics. A delightful surprise comes at the top of the house under the sloping rafters. Once the playroom of a previous family's children, this large open plan space is now has natural light through two skylights that illuminate the colourful murals of young artists. On this floor two single beds can be set up together or singly on either side of the stairway landing and handily there is a WC and basin on this level.
Though the village is small, it bustles with life and provides the services of a grocery, bakery, pharmacy, bar and restaurant, as well as a medieval festival to liven up early August. Once you set out to drive through the countryside you see from your windows, however, the destinations are numerous and varied. One of the nearest is the UNESCO World Heritage city of Pienza, designed by the Sienese pope Pius II as the ideal Renaissance city - sitting in stunning landscape, it is also famed for the delicious Pecorino cheese produced by shepherds of the area. Those who like a glass of wine with their cheese will be delighted that they are but half an hour from the magnificent wines of Montalcino (Brunello) and Montepulciano (Vino Nobile) and a do-able hour's drive from the Chianti region. Nearly equidistant from Montisi are two provincial capitals: Siena, a medieval gem of a city, famous for its beautiful shell-shaped piazza and the Palio horse race run around it on 2 June and 16 August, and Arezzo, prominent in the Chiana valley since Roman times thanks to its artisans - perhaps not surprisingly, people flock still today to its monthly Antiquarian Fairs and yearly Saracen Jousts. Additional day trips might take in the water sports of Lake Trasimeno, the 'Under the Tuscan Sun' fame of Cortona of or even the treasure trove along the Arno which is Florence. And for the more laid back outings, there are summer concerts at the La Foce gardens or a trip to the hot springs of Bagno Vignoni. So much to do ... but of course that means leaving the comfort and view of Montisina's garden patio and there will be days when that is nearly unthinkable.
Arrival at this property is not restricted to Saturday and has a 5 night minimum; please speak with your agent about your requested travel plans.
We had a very lovely stay at Montisina - Ann Alexander was a very considerate and extremely friendly landlady. The house is beautiful, the view onto the hills and Castelmuzio breathtaking and the the village functions extremely well. It was an ideal base for excursions to the many highlights of this region and a calm and comfortable place to relax. My husband particularly enjoyed biking in the surroundings following the trails of the Eroica as well as truffle hunting with Nico and I appreciated the very decent restaurants in Montisi, the wonderfully equipped store next to our house and strolling with the dogs around the narrow streets of the village, especially at night when the village is lit up and you feel cast back into medieval times. The dogs liked it a lot there and did not miss any garden having the terrace to snuffle around and beautiful walks in the countryside. Montisi is one of the most charming villages we got to know so far in Tuscany., not to mention its closeness to the Val d'Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza ecetera.
Ann has done a great job by restoring the old townhouse and has furnished it with lots of antiques which suits the historic ambiance. We loved the bar int the entrance hall and I liked a lot the little fine bathrooms in the house. The kitchen and dining room are in the rather dark ground floor that leads to the terrace. In fact, I admit that I was glad that the weather was so good that we could eat and sit outside all day. So, I would resume that Montisi is an ideal summer house offering even a very pretty plunge pool to eventually cool down.
We had a great time in Montisi I highly recommend it if one wants a base to operate from to tour surrounding towns and villages. We visited around 14 other towns all were reached in less than an hour so location was perfect. The village of Montisi is small, however it has four restaurants our favourite was https://montisi-montalcino.com/where-to-eat/ombelico-del-mondo/ John Luc the host makes you feel very welcomed and the food service and ambiance was great. There are a number of small shops a grocery store and bakery. If you want night action etc it’s not the place to stay.
The house we stayed in was perfect we enjoyed the back patio area the view is magnificent. Centrally located in the village you really get to know the people our Land lady Ann Alexander lives a short distance down the road and was extremely helpful and lessened any anxiety one might have. Linking us to her once we booked is most beneficial in help us plan our touring agenda. May in Tuscany was beautiful the poppies along the road side were everywhere it was magic.
Montisina is a very special place that gives you the opportunity to experience a stay in Tuscany about which novels have been written and the travel industry salivates.
The house was ‘rebuilt’ from a 15th Century shell into a lovely home with all the modern amenities, including air conditioning and a plunge pool, by the lovely owner, Ann, with three bathrooms and bedrooms plus overflow into the attic to sleep up to eight people.
Being located in the centre of Montisi village, with Montisina front door opening onto the main street, you have a little general store next door, a wine cellar only steps away, the ‘local village bar’ a couple of hundred metres away and four restaurants within a few minutes walk. However, open your living room or bedroom windows and you look across a kilometre of Tuscany countryside to the next village.
As Montisi has a number of English speaking, ‘part time’ residents, including Ann, you are not seriously troubled by inability to speak Italian and the friendly, relaxed and welcoming attitude to Montisina guests provides a wonderful ‘temporary home’ for your Tuscan visit and if you are fortunate enough to be in Montisi mid August, you will almost become a local participating in the Montisi Festival.
Also, whether Ann is in Montisi or back in England, she is readily available to advise her guest’s on any aspect of ‘Tuscany Touring’ and, if requested make arrangement for you. Providing you can handle the steps to the four (plus attic) levels, it is difficult to imagine any guest not being delighted with their stay at Montisina.
Thank you Ann for making such a significant contribution to our magical three week Tuscan Holiday.
This is a special house in a beautiful quiet Tuscan village which has all necessary services such bakery, bar ,general store and restaurants. The views from the rear of the house and garden are fabulous ,overlooking undulating hills and other distant villages.
The house itself has been sympathetically restored and furnished to a very high specification . The kitchen has every type of equipment one could possibly need. There is ample space for the 8 people it can accommodate on 5 floors.
The owner has thought of every need her guests could possibly want and has written a very useful "housebook" with details of local services ,sights and eating places. There is a wealth of places to visit in the area and details of guided activities should they be required.
Our party of 8 all enjoyed their week here and would heartily recommend it.
Montisi is a place where you can enjoy a less touristy part of Tuscany. The village provides the "old world" charm and is a quieter place of locals. Whether you want to immerse yourself in painting or cooking classes, or explore other parts of Tuscany such as Pienza, Cortona and Siena for some tourist highlights, Montisina is the perfect base to come home to each night (or stay all day with a book).
The restored 16th. century village house has 5 levels so you want to be mobile on the stairs to access all parts of the house. Inside, the house has been completely renovated and provides all the modern comforts including 4 bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, a fabulously stocked kitchen, a lovely exterior garden and a splash pool. It also has air-conditioning, needed in summer, that can be a rare find in an old property. Given the size you can bring extended families, organise group trips and have room for all the kiddie stuff you need to travel with if you have young ones.
Our host was THE BEST. She treats you like family, takes away the trepidation of that first entry into Italian language (being fluent herself) and, because she lives nearby, she introduces you to locals, helps you organise groceries, books restaurants, art classes, wine tasting, etc. For example, we weren't planning to visit Pienza yet after our host's recommendation we enjoyed a pecorino cheese journey that my wife still speaks fondly of.
Tuscany is the kind of place where one visit is never enough, same goes for Montisina. We'll be back for sure :-)
Montisi is a village with which I was already familiar as we have friends with a house there and had often stayed, including during the time of the fantastic Montisi festival (mid-August, if you'd like to go. The main street is closed and lined with a long, long table where the whole village all have a fantastic communal meal). The village itself is built on a ridge, with fantastic views on either side, and the village being of necessity very narrow and very long. Ann's house has a front door opening directly on the main street yet also has a terrace and all the valley facing windows that look out over the most stunning views. It's a perfect house for participating in village life and yet still having a quiet retreat of one's own.
If you add to this her excellent taste and the gentle touch in the renovations so that the history of the house continues to shine through, you have an inspiring place to stay. Ann herself is often nearby and is an excellent host, as well as a mine of information - we were delighted to welcome her and her house into the fold!