Large country house and pool in the Montagnola hills
3 double, 1 double with extra twin beds, 2 twin bedrooms, 3 ensuite bathrooms, 1 shower room, extra WC, showers and WC in changing rooms.
Location: Siena and surroundings
This property rents from Saturday to Saturday
Close to Siena in the beautiful Montagnola hills, Pastine is approached by an old track through flower-filled woodlands. Tall iron gates open to a small courtyard adjacent with the arched entrance with views through the house and out to the garden.
From here the main door opens to a large dining room whose elegant black marble table highlights the white Carrara floor. Continuing through the middle of the adjacent well-equipped kitchen, a pathway of old terracotta tiles brings the eye to the formal garden behind the house. A few steps up from the dining room, is a large, double bed room with ensuite bathroom, two extra single beds, a small pool table, and an independent exit to the courtyard. A laundry room, a small TV area, and a WC are also on the ground floor. On the first floor are a comfortable sitting room with the original Tuscan fireplace and the other bedrooms and bathrooms.
Stairs from the loggia off the sitting room descend to the entrance courtyard. At the far end of the kitchen door leads to a herb garden and a formal Italian garden with fountain. There are two wonderful dining areas near the kitchen, one with a beamed roof, and both with glorious views of the valley.
A steep path down the slope leads to an old barn with shower room, loo, fridge, old stone sink and changing rooms for the pool, which has a wide terrace of ancient Siena flagstones and old tiles. From the far end of the pool, a gentle incline leads back up the hill, passing a life-size sculpture of a swimmer, and a peculiarly therapeutic pergola, before reaching the formal garden and the house. In the stone barn adjacent to the house there is a ping-pong table, which provides the perfect sport in a cool environment for those hot summer days. The property is skirted by rough grass and olive trees, which blend naturally into the neighbouring fields and woods. This enticing property shares the tranquility of the Montagnola with proximity to major Tuscan sites.
We all loved Pastine, it is everything that I imagined a Tuscan villa would be. Despite the temptations of the local hill top medieval villages we hardly left the villa all week as it had everything that we needed.
It is very spacious with lots of rustic charm, very private and has gorgeous gardens. The owner clearly loves Pastine and it is equipped with everything you might need. Lots of seating areas to choose from depending on the time of day and the pool is lovely. The caretaker is very entertaining and helpful and he cooked us an amazing meal one evening with produce from his small holding, local delicacies and even provided washer-uppers - we were happily eating left overs for days.
We hope that we will be able to return to Pastine soon.
We had a lovely stay. The house is amazing. The grounds are beautiful and the caretaker, Alfedo, kept the plants, gravel paths and pool area very clean on a daily basis. The location is stunning and I woke at sunrise every morning to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the beautiful setting. I would certainly recommend the property to anyone. It really is a special place to stay.
We visited Pastine di Sotto in the summertime, with family aged from 6 - 70+, celebrating a 50th birthday.The setting is beautiful - broad views, peace and quiet, no traffic noise: if you sit very still you can hear the sheep bells tinkling across the valley.The rooms are huge, and simply but beautifully furnished and well-equipped. You get a real sense of history - marble sinks, stone troughs.Alfredo and Deborah the caretakers are friendly but not intrusive, they looked after us very well. We were warned to be careful of the electrics i.e. not to use everything at once so as to avoid tripping the fuses, and Alfredo showed us what to do to sort out any problems in that regard. (This is not really the fault of the house but is rather something to do with the electrics in that part of the world, they are not designed for heavy use. We coped just fine.)The gardens are stunning, especially the "English" garden (I sat by the well with my coffee every morning) but most of all the fact that there are so many separate parts to enjoy (also the outdoor dining areas) with shade. And the wildlife - my word! we loved the lizards, the black bees, the fireflies and the many types of butterflies, beetles and moths. The house is close to a couple of walking paths, we followed one of them up to the village of Santa Colomba but I think you could go further afield if appropriately equipped.The pool was lovely, and kept clean. The pool house was a brilliant facility, showers and toilet on hand so you didn't have to go up to the main house, also a fridge which was much appreciated especially by the youngsters (although no matter how often I replenished it with soda etc I found it hard to keep up with the demand!)Siena is a short drive away with all its historic attractions (and "Pam" is a good supermarket). There are lots of other places within striking distance: we visited Casole d'Elsa and its excellent Pasticceria "Barone" (very good value for coffee and cakes), also San Gimignano and Monteriggioni. This was not our first visit to the area so we were more than happy to spend time at the villa rather than rushing around places we had already visited before; however some in our party went zipping off to Florence, Pisa etc.Arrangements at the house for eating are very spacious and accommodating - indoors you can seat everyone at one huge marble table, outdoors there are two areas for eating and also a barbecue, of which we made good use. We only went to 2 restaurants, both close by - they are well-attested in the visitors' book and the food was good: Donata e Donato and Solo Per Passione. All in all we had a wonderful time, it is a very special place and the family all loved it.
Hi Laura - we really loved Pastine di Sotto. To describe what made it so great for us, it is so hard to pick out one thing above another, but here goes:
the house itself - the rooms are huge, and simply but beautifully furnished and well-equipped;
the history of the place - marble sinks, stone troughs;
the setting - peace and quiet - no traffic noise - beautiful views;
Alfredo the caretaker, friendly but not intrusive and looked after us very well;
the gardens - especially the "English" garden (I sat by the well with my coffee every morning) but most of all the fact that there are so many separate parts to enjoy (also the outdoor dining areas) with shade;
the view over the valley, could hear the sheep bells tinkling!;
the pool was lovely, and kept clean [not so keen on the yellow paint which rubbed off on our skin];
the pool house - brilliant and the fridge was much appreciated!
the wildlife - my word! loved the lizards, the black bees and the many types of butterflies, beetles and moths - also the fireflies!
We only went to 2 restaurants, both close by - they are well-attested in the visitors' book and the food was good: Donata e Donato and Solo Per Passione.
...... All in all we had a wonderful time, it is a very special place and the family all loved it.
We stayed for three weeks at Pastine di Sotto over May and June 2014, and what a fantastic experience it was.! We found the villa through the invitationtotuscany.com travel agency, where both Dan and Lyn were extremely helpful and friendly, and as a travel agency can be highly recommended.
The villa lies near Santa Colomba, in the woods overlloking a beautiful valley scattered with farmhouses, olive groves and vineyards. It is massive, with thick walls and large rooms, the grounds are beautiful, with a large well-kept pool (with its own changing rooms and bar fridge). table tennis room, barbecue, formal gardens and innumerable places to sit and reflect, have a cold glass of wine, eat, snooze, chat, tell tall tales ...There are 5 double bedrooms, an one with a double bed and two single beds (and a small pool table!). There is heaps of room (we had up to 10 guests staying at any one time): we found life revolved around the large downstairs dining room and adjoining kitchen, tv room and cellar/storeroom. Great Tuscan kitchen. Temperatures reached the mid 30's (the pool 29C), but the house was always cool inside.The villa was caringly and stylishly furnished, clearly well lived in and loved, the owners very generous in both the quantity and quality of fittings, appliances etc.
Alfredo and Deborah, the caretakers, looked after us extremely well, friendly, amiable, unobtrusive and and very helpful. There is an excellent villa "book" which gives lots of advice re the locality, and a veritable library of books on Tuscany and the surrounds. Two local restaurants we would defintitely recommend:- Soloperpassione on the main village street, where two of us shared the biggest T-bone I have ever seen, in any continent, and one of the best. Sitting outside, on the street tables, with friendly, charming service, impeccable English from the owner, and a real cool cat!- Donata e Donato (La Montagnola), a great place ( go back down to the tarmac road, turn left andf ollow it up into the hils for 5-6km and D eD is on the right, on a corner near the crest): what you get is a choice of several antipasto, a choice of 4 types of pasta with a ragu or pomodre sauce for the primi course and various meats from the wood fired barbecue flaming at the door. The steak is charged per 100gm, and generally served in 1 kg lumps, cooked rare, which are chopped up at the table. If you like it more well done, no problems.Fantastic. Service is noisy and cheerful. Signora Donato bustles you around, but there is always a twinkle in her eye, and a slow smile when she turns away. We went a few times. The prices are very reasonable and there is also a big outside eating area and kids playground.We found the Restaurant Pizzeria Montalbuccio somewhat underwhelming.
Other tips - the villa is predominately fitted with the NEW Italian three pin power sockets and the road up the hill is, shall we say, an interesting drive (but OK if you take it carefully)So, a great agency, great villa, lovely caretakers, ravishing views and countryside, all the Tuscan tourist places a short drive away (Chianti region was the high spot for us). Unreservedly recommended...