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.
What a wonderful week our family of 8 had at Montisina! It is a charming house in a charming old hill village in the heart of Tuscany. The kitchen was beautifully stocked with everything we could need for our dining in, and the grocery store next door made that even easier. They bakery just down the hill had all the bread and treats we needed. We did most of our cooking for ourselves so can’t report on the restaurants in the village but we understand they are quite good. Ann was very helpful with all the house and village had to offer. Our two grandsons slept in the upper room which was, appropriately enough, the old nursery. Ann had preserved the “murals” on the walls done by the original owner’s children. The view from the terrace was wonderful and our weather was delightful. Day trips were quite easy and adventures abound in this part of Italy. It was a perfect ending week to our month in Italy. Thanks for sharing!
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.