3 double bedrooms, 2 twin bedrooms, 2 ensuite shower rooms, 3 ensuite bathrooms with separate showers, 1 extra WC
Location: Southern Tuscany
This property rents Saturday to Saturday
Entry to this beautiful stone villa is through two sets of French doors into the large living area that spans the width of the house. With large sofas set in front of an open fireplace at one end and armchairs available at the other there is room for all guests to gather. A door to the left of the fireplace leads into a coral-hued dining room with a table for 10 and then further on to a charming country kitchen with a corner fireplace, marble countertops and all modern equipment necessary for delicious group dinners. On this floor there are two bedroom suites - a double bedroom with a French double bed and whose guests use an adjacent bathroom with a separate shower and a twin bedroom with an ensuite shower room just off the rear entry hall which can be set up as a double with prior request.
Further bedroom suites are located on the upper floors - On the first floor there is a large double bedroom with a walk-in closet and a bathroom with separate shower and a twin bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. The final bedroom suite, a double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, is on the second floor, as is a sitting room with a sofa and armchairs in front of an open fireplace. A door leads from this room to an external staircase to the garden.
With such a beautiful panorama to the front of the house, it is not surprising the owners have provided several spots to take in the view. To the side of the house, with acccess from the kitchen and dining room, a covered patio is furnished for outdoor dining. On a lower level to the house, where the swimming pool claims the best view, the wider side of the flagstone surround is equipped with sun beds for those interested in tanning and a sheltering pergola furnished with table and chairs for those who are not.
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.