2 double bedrooms and 2 shower rooms, 1 of which is ensuite
Location: Siena and surroundings
This property rents from Saturday to Saturday, with arrival flexibility during Low season
One of 13 apartments on a converted farming estate Pineta is located in one of the most pristine swathes of Tuscan countryside. In a reconstruction that succeeded with style and sensitivity the apartment offers a small family or a few friends the chance to savour in contemporty comfort the best this ancient land has to offer.
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. Pineta is on the ground floor of the main villa. Enjoying greater privacy at the rear of the estate, it has a large furnished terrace which wraps around the corner and a small fenced lawn overlooking the neighboring rooftops with countryside views.
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 lovely stone courtyard the front door opens directly to a spacious living room, filled with natural light from two sets of French doors that open to a terrace furnished with a shaded table for 4. The living area has armchairs and a large sofa facing an open fireplace and a satellite TV. The room also contains a dining table for six not far from the arched opening that leads to a well-equipped galley-style kitchen whose arched French doors lead to a walkway that wraps around the property towards the terrace.
There are three doors off the living room, one to a double bedroom, one to a shower room and one to a short hall that leads to a large double bedroom with ensuite shower room and French doors to grounds to the front of the property. Both bedrooms have wrought iron bedsteads and plenty of storage room for holiday wardrobes, while both travertine-dressed shower rooms have stylish fixtures that a new, yet fitting to a Tuscan country house.
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.