Montisina for 8, Montisi

Sleeps 8

A charming village house with a plunge pool and panorama

Property summary

Sleeps 8

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

Surrounding Region

  • Shops and restaurants in the village, supermarket in Castelmuzio 3 km
  • Pienza 13 km, Sinalunga 14 km, Montichiello 23 km
  • Wineries in Montepulciano & Montalcino 24 km, Bagno Vignoni spa facilities 29 km
  • Castiglione del Lago on Lake Trasimeno 3/4 hr., La Foce gardens and concerts 3/4 hr
  • Cortona 44 km, Arezzo 59 km, Siena 51 km
  • Airports: Florence 1 1/2 hrs., Pisa 2 hrs., Rome 2 1/4 hrs
  • 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.

    Accommodation

    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.

    Local area

    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.

    Features

    Air conditioning
    A/C - Extra
    Arrival groceries
    Available on request, though shop nearby is open until 7:30 p.m.
    Arrive and relax package
    Welcome dinner available on arrival - Extra
    Baby bed and high chair
    Available on request
    Babysitting
    Available on request
    Bar
    Honesty bar, with cost to be settled prior to departure
    Barbecue
    Bicycles
    Available on request (2)
    Catering
    Available on request
    Classes
    Painting and photography classes available
    Coffee Maker
    Italian coffee maker
    Cooking lessons
    Available on request
    Dishwasher
    DVD player
    Extra cleaning
    Available on request
    Final cleaning included
    Fireplace
    In downstairs living room; some firewood provided, extra to be purchased locally
    Furnished outdoor areas
    Furnished terrace
    Hair dryer
    Heating
    Central heating - Extra + Woodstove
    Horse riding
    Nearby
    Ice maker
    Insect screens or mosquito nets
    Screens on all windows
    Internet access
    WiFi fast internet
    Iron and Ironing board
    Kettle
    Music
    Radio
    Oven
    Pets welcome
    With prior arrangement
    Pool towels
    Provided
    Restaurant nearby
    Restaurants in Montisi, walking distance
    Swimming pool
    Plunge pool - Dim: 1.9 x 2.9 m., with circular rim for sitting. Nearby pergola for shade; attractive sun beds. Pool opens May 1st, weather permitting.
    Telephone
    Telephone use for incoming or local calls
    Television
    For DVD use only
    Tennis court
    Court just outside the village & tennis club in Sinalunga, 14 km.
    Toaster
    Transport and tours
    English-speaking guide for tours in the Siena Crete, Chianti, Maremma and major Tuscan cities can be arranged on request
    Truffle hunting
    Washing machine
    Winery and Wine tasting
    Wine tours available on request

    Things to note

  • While pricing refers to 8 person occupancy, this property is also available for 6 people - Please speak with your local agent about pricing for this option.

    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.

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    Reviews

    M.D. and friends, Canada
    Date of stay: 05 May 2018

    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.

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