2 double bedrooms, 2 twin bedrooms, 3 ensuite shower rooms, 1 ensuite bathroom with separate shower
Location: Southern Tuscany
This property rents Saturday to Saturday
Thanks to its position on the gently sloping landscape both floors of Radura open at some point to the garden, thereby somewhat discarding the concept of a front door. The approach from the gravelled drive actually ends on the top floor with a door into a large dining room with a table for 8 in front of an open fireplace. Directly adjacent is a roomy uncluttered kitchen, where modern appliances find a balance with simple country furnishings. Also on this floor are a laundry room and two ensuite bedrooms - a twin bedroom with a walk-in closet and a double bedroom, each with ensuite shower rooms.
On the lower floor are two further bedroom suites - a twin bedroom with an ensuite shower room and a double bedroom with a walk-in closet and a large bathroom with twin sinks and both a tub and separate shower. Both of these bedrooms, as well as the large bathroom, have French doors to the garden. This floor also has a large living room spanning the length of the house and furnished with sofas near an open fireplace and a reading corner with comfortable high-backed armchairs.
The garden reached by so many doorways is a clearing of rolling green lawn. A short stroll from the house, the swimming pool is partially set into the hillside and surrounded by a wooden deck wide enough on one side to set sun beds for the best view of the wooded valley opposite. Also positioned to enjoy the panorama is a pergola furnished for outdoor dining.
With the nearest village only a couple of kilometres away, basic shopping and Italian home cooking is guaranteed. Equidistant in opposite directions the charming medieval hill towns Cetona and San Casciano dei Bagni have streets that meander up and around and meet at a church's bell tower or towering fortress. While Cetona's churches are rich in artworks by artists such as Pinturicchio, San Casciano dei Bagni's wealth come in a more liquid form. Renown for its abundant sources of thermal waters, for centuries it has drawn people to its healing springs, as evidenced by the 5th cent. pagan temple and the adjacent Franciscan monastery that gave hospitality to travellers. Not surprisingly, one of Italy's best-known spas, the Fonteverde, thrives on the same spot. Also close is the ancient town of Sarteano; founded by the Etruscans, whose culture can be revisited in the splendid painting of 'The tomb of the infernal chariot' in the Civic Museum, this is a lively town famous for preserving its traditions, such as when the town celebrates its history in a mid-August Saracen Joust.
When it's time to set history aside for a bit, a change of venue provides Valdichiana outlet shopping near Chiusi or delightful summer concerts in the beautiful gardens of La Foce, the home of Iris Origo as described in her book 'War in Val d'Orcia'. Wine lovers will be happy to know they are not that far from the Vino Nobile of Montepulciano; known as the 'Pearl of the 16th century', this town sits atop a narrow limestone ridge at 605 m. above sea level. Encircled by walls and packed with Renaissance palaces and churches, it buzzes with life on market day Thursdays and during late August festivals. With motorway access relatively close by, it is also easy to enjoy a day out at Arezzo or Orvieto. While the former lies in the wide Chiana valley and is noted for its excellence in textiles and goldsmithing and for its monthly antiquarian fairs, the latter sits atop a large butte of volcanic tufo, making its position one of the most dramatic in Europe. This Umbrian city has been populated since Etruscan times and offers marvels to see, both above and below ground. Perhaps the only thing better than the wealth of sites to see is the knowledge that comfortable rooms and a refreshing pool await your return.