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
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.
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.
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.
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.