Radura, Piazze, Cetona

Sleeps 8

A charming farmhouse and pool set to enjoy its rolling lawns

Property summary

Sleeps 8

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

Surrounding Region

  • Shops and restaurants in Piazze 2 km
  • Spa and hot springs in San Casciano dei Bagni 9 km
  • Shops, tennis, horse riding in Cetona 11 km
  • Restaurants, archeological museum in Sarteano 12 km
  • Train and motorway access at Chiusi 20 km, Historic garden and concerts at La Foce 27 km
  • Montepulciano 33 km, Pienza 43 km, Perugia 57 km
  • Valdichiana outlet shopping 46 km
  • Orvieto 50 km, Cortona 67 km, Siena 86 km, Florence 140 km
  • Airports: Florence 1 3/4 hrs, Rome 2 hrs, Pisa 2 1/2 hrs
  • Accommodation

    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.

    Local area

    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.

    Features

    Arrival groceries
    Available on request
    Baby bed and high chair
    Available on request
    Babysitting
    Available on request
    Barbecue
    Bicycles
    Bike rental in Chiusi, 20 km
    Catering
    Available on request
    Coffee Maker
    American and Italian coffee makers
    Cooking lessons
    Available on request
    Dishwasher
    Extra cleaning
    Available on request
    Fans
    Portable fans available on request
    Final cleaning included
    Fireplace
    In dining room and living room
    Furnished outdoor areas
    Outdoor dining pergola
    Hair dryer
    Heating
    Central heating (Extra)
    Horse riding
    Available in Cetona, 11 km.
    Insect screens or mosquito nets
    1 screened window in each bedroom
    Internet access
    WiFi fast internet - better close to modems (1 in dining room & 1 in living room)
    Iron and Ironing board
    Kettle
    Mid-week cleaning
    Mid week cleaning (twice) in Mid & High seasons
    Mobile phone coverage
    Coverage not great, though this depends on type of phone
    Music
    CD player
    Oven
    Pets welcome
    Pets permitted on request for a small fee
    Pool towels
    Pool towels provided
    Restaurant nearby
    In Piazze, 2 km.
    Swimming pool
    Dim: 3 x 8 m., Depth: 1.30 m. - Open in 2019: 1 June - 28 Sept.
    Television
    Tennis court
    In Cetona, 11 km.
    Toaster
    Transport and tours
    Airport shuttle service on request
    Washing machine
    Winery and Wine tasting
    Wine touring can be organized

    Things to note

  • This property requires a security deposit of Euro 300 on arrival. Please ensure you have the necessary cash to leave with the caretaker.
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