Villa Veduta, Piazze

Sleeps 10

A stone house with pool and generous outdoor living spaces near Cetona

Property summary

Sleeps 10

4 double bedrooms, 1 french double bedroom, 3 shower rooms, 1 of which ensuite, and 1 ensuite bathroom

Location: Southern Tuscany

This property rents Saturday to Saturday

Surrounding Region

  • Shops and restaurants in Piazze 3 km, Shops, tennis, horse riding in Cetona 7 km
  • Spa and hot springs in San Casciano dei Bagni 8 km
  • Archeological museum in Sarteano 9 km, Train and motorway access at Chiusi 16 km
  • Historic garden and concerts at La Foce 23 km
  • Montepulciano 30 km, Pienza 40 km, Perugia 58 km
  • Valdichiana outlet shopping 43 km
  • Orvieto 50 km, Cortona 64 km, Siena 92 km, Florence 140 km
  • Airports: Florence 1 3/4 hrs, Rome 2 hrs, Pisa 2 1/2 hrs
  • Accommodation

    The driveway into the fenced property arrives just before the grass-trimmed flagstone patio at the front of the house. There is no front door as such but rather twin staircases to either side of the gold center portion of the building leading directly to the sleeping accommodations on the top floor. On this level there are four double bedrooms along a light-filled hallway; one with an ensuite shower room, the others that share a shower room and bathroom at opposite ends of the hallway. An internal stairway from the hallway leads down to a ground floor corridor at the end of which is a guests WC. The corridor itself opens to the large living room where three sofas look onto an open fireplace and a large picture window give hints at the enjoyment to be had in the back garden.

    And wide doorway leads from the living room into an entry hall that links the interiors to a furnished pergola just outside the door. This connection is a convenient one, for just off the entry is a country kitchen, well-equiped with modern appliances but fitted with a corner cooking fireplace and a center butcher block. Up a few steps beyond the entry hall a landing continues to a wide dining area with a table that doubles in size to seat 10. Off the landing a short corridor leads to the only bedroom on the ground floor - a double bedroom with an ensuite shower room.

    At this property outdoor accommodation is generous and well-planned. Not only is there a covered patio furnished with sofas and armchairs; steps away is a curtained dining pergola with a ceramic table for 10 that looks down the garden to the pool area. It is a stroll through the garden to the pool, but it is one which will be willingly and often made for the pool itself is particularly large, 7 x 15 m., and the area around it has been provided with sun beds and loungers in and out of the shade of umbrellas and a sheltering gazebo.

    Local area

    With the nearest village only a few 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

    Air conditioning
    In bedrooms (Extra)
    Arrival groceries
    Available on request
    Baby bed and high chair
    Available on request
    Barbecue
    Bicycles
    Bike rentals in Chiusi (16 km) or Chianciano Terme
    Catering
    Available on request
    Coffee Maker
    American and Italian coffee makers
    Cooking lessons
    Available on request
    Dishwasher
    DVD player
    Extra cleaning
    Available on request
    Fans
    Portable fans available on request
    Final cleaning included
    Fireplace
    In the living room
    Furnished outdoor areas
    Furnished patio and pergolas
    Hair dryer
    Hair dryer in each bathroom or shower room
    Heating
    Central heating (Extra)
    Horse riding
    Available near Cetona, 7 km
    Insect screens or mosquito nets
    On windows throughout the house
    Internet access
    WiFi fast internet
    Iron and Ironing board
    Kettle
    Microwave
    Mid-week cleaning
    Mid-week included
    Mobile phone coverage
    Good coverage throughout
    Music
    CD player
    Oven
    Pets welcome
    Permitted on request for a small fee
    Pool towels
    Pool towels provided
    Restaurant nearby
    Nearest in Piazze, 3 km.
    Sports facilities on site
    Boules pitch
    Swimming pool
    Dim: 7 x 15 m, with furnished poolside pergola, umbrellas and sun beds. Open in 2019: 18 May-21 Sept.
    Television
    Satellite TV
    Tennis court
    In San Casciano dei Bagni, 8 km
    Toaster
    Transport and tours
    Airport shuttle service on request
    Washing machine
    Winery and Wine tasting
    Wine tours available

    Things to note

  • This property requires a security deposit of Euro 500 on arrival. Please ensure you have the necessary cash to leave with the caretaker.
  • While consumption of 180 Kw/h is included in the rental price, the cost of A/C use is an extra and clients are expected pay for any extra consumption prior to their departure.
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