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 are safely back.. what a lovely place ..we could not have asked for a more fabulous location in which to celebrate the golden wedding. Weather was a bit steamy but the pool was our saviour. Please thank the owners for allowing us to make use of their marvellous retreat.
All the family ‘got on’ well and we found a lovely local restaurant (+ playground) so not too much cooking. One storm but a rescue act by the ever willing Alfredo.
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.