1 twin bedroom, 2 double bedrooms, 1 shower room and 2 bathrooms, 1 of which ensuite with tub and separate shower
Location: Siena and surroundings
This property rents from Saturday to Saturday, with arrival flexibility during Low season
At the heart of a beautifully converted and carefully tended farming estate, Papavero is a spacious two-storey apartment offering a family or a group of friends the chance to savour in contemporty comfort the best this ancient land has to offer. Located in one of the most pristine swathes of Tuscan countryside, it is one of 13 apartments in a reconstruction that succeeded with style and sensitivity.
The drive to the estate passes tidy olive groves and nurtured woodlands, then climbs slightly to heart of the estate, where two long parallel buildings capped with a top story frame a beautiful sunken courtyard filled with colourful flowerbeds. Overlooking the courtyard in pride of place sits the farmhouse whose original structure may have changed over time, yet still has in its arched loggia and inner stone court the look of classic Tuscany. The entrance to Papavero is tucked into the corner of the center court. Happily, its private garden area at the back of the estate has a larger lawn and view of woodslands, the valley below and distant mountains.
The grounds of the estate are beautifully maintained, with flowering shrubs native to this area adding both colour and sheltering privacy to individual properties. A large shared swimming pool, 16.5 x 6 m., sits approximately 20 m. away from the apartments with sun beds, tables and chairs under several poolside pergolas. Located slightly higher than the apartments, it offers a wonderful view of nearby farmlands and distant rolling hills.
To the pleasure of staying at such a beautiful property comes the added benefit of an on-site caretaker whose enthusiasm at helping to create special memories is evident at first acquaintance. Restaurant and shopping advice, on-site truffle hunting, wine and oil tasting, babysitting, massage treatments, horse riding, catering and cooking lessons; all are possible and easily arranged with a bit of advance notice.
From the large center court garden and through a corner porch sheltering the front entrance, the door opens into an entryway whose staircase accesses the top floor. An open doorway leads into a wide hallway that leads to the left into a particularly spacious main room. Bright and airy, thanks to its pale pitched ceiling, light travertine flooring, and two arched glass doors leading to the garden, the room has a designer feel to it. To one side parallel kitchen counters provide the space for easy meal preparation as well as an easily arranged cooking class. High stools sit to one side of the kitchen island, while a dining table for 6 or more is steps away near one of the doors opening to a flagstone terrace furnished with an umbrella-shaded table for 4. The living area places comfortable sofas and armchairs in front of an open fireplace and a satellite TV.
Sleeping accommodations are on both floors – with a twin bedroom and an ensuite bathroom on the top floor and two double bedrooms on the ground floor, both with French doors to the garden and a walkway to the terrace. One of these bedrooms has an ensuite bathroom with both tub and separate shower, while the other uses the adjacent shower room just outside its door. The style of the bedrooms features clean modern lines and ample storage for holiday wardrobes and all both bathrooms and shower room are dressed in local travertine.
As the views from the estate assures, this area of Tuscany is among some of the most unspoilt and iconic, with rolling woodlands and a patchwork of well-ordered vineyards, olive groves and open farmland. . But it is also holds many treasures and reasons to venture out. Closest among them are the beautiful Romanesque church in Trequanda and the Museum of Terracotta in Petroio, but the famed truffles of San Giovanni d’Asso merits a museum open Friday to Sunday and the beautiful clay hills from Asciano to Siena, known as the Crete Senese, are some of the most photographed in Tuscany. In less than half an hour there are hot springs and full-service spas in Rapolano Terme and a lively open-air market in Sinalunga on Tuesday morning.
In the beautiful Val d’Orcia Pope Pius II chose Pienza as the site for his ideal Renaissance city, a choice seconded by UNESCO when it named the town a World Heritage site. The fact that it is also a chief producer of delicious pecorino cheese and provides a variety of restaurants in which to sample it is all the more reason to stop by. What is cheese without wine? Happily, both Montalcino’s famed Brunello and Montepulciano’s highly regarded Vino Nobile are both an easy drive away in charming hill towns of sweeping views and striking architecture.
In less than an hour are Siena, the medieval gem with one of the most beautiful piazzas in Italy, used on July 2nd and August 16th as a race track for the celebrated ‘Palio’, and Arezzo, whose monthly antiquarian fairs and June and September Saracen Jousts enliven the summer. An easy day trip could also include Italy’s 4th largest lake, Lago Trasimeno, whose fresh-water fish, sailing and charming islands provide a relaxed change of pace. A great variety of things to do requires a great spot from which to contemplate them, and in this this beautiful estate excels.