Podere Enea, Montefollonico

Sleeps 8

A luxuriously restored farmhouse set in truffle country near Pienza

Property summary

Sleeps 8

2 double bedrooms, 2 twin/double bedrooms, 4 ensuite shower rooms, 1 ensuite bathroom, 2 extra WCs.

Location: Val d'Orcia and Amiata

This property rents Saturday to Saturday

Surrounding Region

  • Bars, supermarkets & restaurants in Montefolonico 5 km & Pienza 7 km
  • Tennis courts in Montepulciano & Torrita di Siena 10 km.
  • Spa at Bagno Vignoni 23 km & Rapolano Terme 35 km
  • La Foce gardens and concerts 19 km
  • Wineries in Montalcino 32 km and Montepuliciano 10 km
  • Cortona 40 km, Arezzo 53 km, Siena 62 km
  • Rome & Florence 2 hrs., Pisa 2 1/2 hrs.
  • Podere Enea is a luxurious property, set between rolling vineyards and distant medieval towers, and designed to fully relax its guests. From the air-conditioned rooms to the spa, on-site gym and sauna, and the large swimming pool, all set in private grounds large enough to never have to worry about any neighbours, this is a house to unwind in. The nearby town of Montefollonico has shops and restaurants should you need to venture out - and of course the whole area around Pienza is a treasure trove of medieval hill towns, wineries and museums for those inclined to explore.

    Accommodation

    Entry to both the main farmhouse and the annex is via the charming walled courtyard, furnished to offer outdoor dining space, an additional sitting area and a wonderful stone trough Jacuzzi for up to 8 people. The courtyard can even function as an outdoor home cinema thanks to a projection screen and film library. To one side double French doors in the wide glassed-in arch lead directly to a yoga studio outfitted with exercise and fitness equipment as well as a wood-fired stove that will be appreciated in the cooler seasons. To one side of the gym is a handy bathroom and a stairway to the upper floor that offers a relaxing hammam spa and multi-function shower. A small country kitchen off the ground floor gym includes the original bread/pizza oven and is a handy place to keep dishes warm as a courtyard meal progresses.

    Across the courtyard three entrances access the farmhouse, with a central door into a large eat-in kitchen that is country in style but equipped to an exacting cook's standard, and side doors leading into two ground floor bedroom suites, a twin/double bedroom and a double bedroom, each with an ensuite shower room. The upper floor of the farmhouse can be reach via an internal circular staircase or the original external staircase, with both arriving in a spacious living room with comfy sofas, an open fireplace and tea corner to provide a last cup of tea or cool drink. To either side of the living area are bedroom suites, a double and a twin/double, one with ensuite shower room, the other with an ensuite bathroom. In all the bedrooms there is emphasis on comfort and quality; the traditional Tuscan style may be rustic in look, but one quickly notes the touch of local artisans in the wrought iron, linens, terracotta and sculpted castings that decorate the rooms.

    A short stroll from the house is the pool area; enjoying sun exposure from dawn to dusk, the salt-purified fenced pool has comfortable sunbeds and lounge chairs and a nearby barbecue and pergola furnished with a table for 10. Also near the house is a laundry room and a vegetable garden, which though walled to ward off the passing porcupine, welcomes guests in search of something to round off their dinner.

    Local area

    While nearby Pienza enjoys one of the loveliest views of the beautiful Val d'Orcia, that is not the only reason people stroll its main street or meandering alleys. In addition to its many shops and restaurants, the imposing papal residence and cathedral draws visitors to the heart of the town, that is, if they are not waylaid by the shop door aromas of this area's favourite culinary treat - pecorino cheese. Pienza lies between two highly repsected wine areas: Montepulciano and Montalcino. In one direction, dominating a narrow limestone ridge 600 m. above sea level is the striking Montepulciano, known as the 'Pearl of the 16th century'. Crammed with Renaissance-style palaces and wide piazzas, the town is equally noble for the wine it produces, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and in late August neighboring teams roll empty barrels nearly 2 km. up the steep main street to the summit. To the west, Montalcino is known for its famed, if costly, Brunello wine, but is also appreciated for its proximity to the Romanesque Abbey of Sant'Antimo, sitting peacefully in an olive grove.

    Having done one's best for wine, cheese and architecture, there are other pleasures to be had in this area - One benefit of sitting on a wide thermal basin is the abundance of hot springs and a relaxing day at the spa in Rapolano Terme, Bagno Vignoni or San Casciano dei Bagni guarantees restoration. This area is also right in the midst of Truffle Country, and from Podere Enea it is easy to organize a truffle-hunting excursion that brings you uniquely closer to the landscape and rewards you at the end of the day. Also rewarding are the summer concerts in the gardens of Iris Origo's La Foce. And being so close to the Via Cassia, the ancient Roman road passing through Siena, invites one to sit around the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo and watch the world pass by. Any day out, however, can only be better for having such a lovely place to return to and the comfort and natural beauty of Podere Enea makes for a very warm homecoming.

    Features

    Air conditioning
    A/C - Included
    Arrival groceries
    Available on request
    Arrive and relax package
    Welcome basket included
    Baby bed and high chair
    Available on request
    Barbecue
    Near the poolside dining pergola
    Bicycles
    2 bicycles and 1 child's seat available on site
    Catering
    Breakfast and other catering available on request
    Children's equipment
    Dinnerware, safety gates and bed rails available for small children
    Classes
    Art classes arranged on request
    Coffee Maker
    American and Italian coffee makers, and espresso machine
    Cooking lessons
    Available on request
    Dishwasher
    Dryer
    DVD player
    DVD player that can stream videos online; small collection of DVDs. + Video projector for indoor cinema
    Event organizing
    Intimate ceremonies and social events are permitted, but upon request only
    Extra beds
    Extra single bed available for a supplementary fee
    Extra cleaning
    Available on request
    Final cleaning included
    Fireplace
    In living room and kitchen, with firewood provided
    Fitness equipment
    Yoga studio outfitted with exercise and fitness equipment
    Furnished outdoor areas
    Furnished courtyard and poolside pergola
    Hair dryer
    Hair dry & toiletries in each bathroom or shower room
    Heating
    Central heating - Included
    Home-grown produce
    Home produced olive oil for sale and local wines available. Guests can freely access the organic kitchen garden and pick their own herbs and seasonal vegetables
    Ice maker
    Insect screens or mosquito nets
    One window in each bedroom and each bathroom/shower room has insect screen.
    Internet access
    WiFi fast internet - inside and outside house, even at the pool
    Iron and Ironing board
    Jacuzzi
    Hot air stone jacuzzi for 8 in central courtyard
    Kettle
    Massage and beauty treatments
    In-house sessions with a yoga teacher can also be arranged upon request
    Microwave
    Mid-week cleaning
    Cleaning done every other day (Mon, Wed, & Fri.)
    Mobile phone coverage
    Free use of a mobile phone included, with €20 prepaid Italian SIM care. Coverage is so-so in the house; better outside, even at the pool.
    Music
    CD player, Jukebox, furnished with 45 rpm singles
    Oven
    Pets welcome
    Pet (1) permitted with prior request
    Pizza oven
    Pool towels
    Provided
    Restaurant nearby
    'Botteghino' in Loc. Osteria delle Noci (1 km) or 'Osteria La Botte Piena' in Montefollonico (5 km)
    Safe deposit box
    In all bedrooms
    Sauna and Spa facilities
    Indoor gym, yoga studio and spa (hammam and multi-function shower on site
    Sports facilities on site
    Bocce/petanque court in the garden near the pergola
    Suitable for disabled visitors
    There are 2 ground floor bedrooms, 1 with shower room, 1 with bathroom. Ramps can be provided if necessary
    Swimming pool
    Dim: 12 x 6 m; Depth: 1.2-2.2m. Salt purification system, with sun exposure dawn to dusk. Ladder entry into pool. Pool open 1 May – 31 Oct. Also: outdoor heated air pool in the central courtyard
    Television
    Satellite smart TVs in bedrooms - Guests can watch movies in the upper floor lounge/library via a home theater sound system or project them in the courtyard for private outdoor cinema
    Toaster
    Transport and tours
    Balloon tours with champagne breakfast can be organized
    Truffle hunting
    Truffle hunting with guide & dog, available on request, with truffles bought at prevailing price - Organized in October, November, December and January depending on availability
    Washing machine

    Things to note

  • This property requires a security deposit of Euro 800 that is taken as a credit/debit card swipe on arrival.
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    Reviews

    Dr. & Mrs. S.B. with family and friends, UK
    Date of stay: 25 June 2016

    Just to say we absolutely loved our time at Podere Enea, and please pass our thanks on to the owners.

    The housekeeper and her husband were absolutely wonderful and could not have done more for us. They came in twice a week to arrange cleaning and make sure we were happy with everything. The welcome basket was just what we needed ,and having a little shopping done ahead of our arrival was a real help. The villa was immaculate. Stylish yet simply furnished, and a very happy place to stay. Every comfort had been thought of and we really liked the way the owners have decided their house and land now conforms with organic and bio diversity standards. There is a real integrity to what they are doing in this area of the Val D’Orcia. The villa is situated in completely unspoilt countryside on a spur of high ground that catches all the summer breezes so that even the hottest days were pleasant. We went truffle hunting with Pluto and Toby, saw wild boar at night , and porcupine and deer and magical fireflies. We enjoyed our beautiful walks in the area, and loved visiting the many historical market towns. There was so much to do further afield, but some of the best moments were to be had quietly reading, swimming,chatting to our guests, cooking wonderful meals and enjoying being in the farmhouse. Sadly no rain so no classic movie time in the upstairs sitting room!

    Thank you for all the useful ' Invitation to Tuscany' visitor information, and being so helpful throughout the making our booking. We think the owners have got it right- it is hard to criticise anything- The only thing we had to do was see that the night lighting of the grounds was restricted because we loved the amazing starry skies. For us an ‘on/off’ switch would have been perfect. I suppose you could say we are fans of comfort and style and natural beauty but keen to be low tech.

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