This is a six bedroom villa set on the top of a hillside in the beautiful Val d'Orcia and enjoying the most incredible 360 degree views over the nearby village of Pienza. Immaculately restored by the owners, the property is a charming mix of styles creating a warm and welcoming base for a holiday in Tuscany.
Outside, the house is surrounded by a large garden. The aroma of herbs including rosemary and basil, lavender and wild flowers fills the area and guests are also welcome to help themselves to any fresh produce grown on site from an organic semi circular vegetable garden. There is a covered portico adjacent to the house which provides the perfect spot to enjoy dinner al fresco or to watch the sun setting over the distant hillsides. There is a heated swimming pool which is perfect for those who like to swim lengths. Inside, guests enter into a large kitchen, fully equipped with stove, fridge / freezer, dishwasher, toaster, coffee machine and microwave. Guests can even use the grill within the fireplace. A large dining table seating up to 12 guests is positioned in front of glass doors which lead onto a spacious terrace with wonderful views. A narrow cast iron spiral staircase leads up to a small bedroom which has a double French bed suitable for children or teenagers. Three steps from the kitchen lead to a living room with fire place and billiard table and another three steps take guests to a small area leading to a bedroom (which can be made up as either a double or twin rom) with private bathroom and shower. To the left of the kitchen, up another three steps, there is small glassed verandah. This is a lovely spot to enjoy the peace and quiet with a good book in your hand. There is also a second sitting room on this floor with a large fireplace, comfortable seating, shelves filled with books, stereo system, TV and DVD player adjacent to which is a second smaller kitchen with mint coloured SMEG fridge. Finally, there is a double bedroom on this floor which can also be made up as a twin room if preferred. This enjoys direct access to the outside and has a bathroom with double shower. The first floor is accessed by both internal and external staircases. There are three further bedrooms on this floor. All of these have double beds. Two of the rooms also have ensuite bathrooms (one with bath tub and the other with shower) whilst the third bedroom has a separate bathroom. Please note that the villa is cleaned free of charge three times a week, once for the whole house and twice for the communal areas. Guests are also treated to a complimentary welcome dinner on arrival. Electricity is included up to 200 KW per week. After that it must be paid at consumption at 0.45 euros per KW. Please note that there are some additional fees payable locally. These include a final cleaning fee of 300 euros, heating costs charged at 5.50 euros per cubic metre, air conditioning (0.70 euros per kWh), pool heating and local tourist taxes. A refundable security deposit of 1000 euros is also payable locally on arrival in cash.
The villa is just 3 km from the lovely village of Pienza, set in the UNESCO world heritage site of the Val d'Orcia. Bagno Vignoni is 5 km away, S. Quirico d'Orcia 6 km, Montepulciano 12 km, Chianciano Terme 25 km, Siena 49 km and Chiusi (which boasts good rail links to Florence and Rome) 30 km.
A note from Jo
I love this property. It is absolutely charming and the setting is just idyllic. This really is picture postcard Tuscany, with sweeping rolling hills and not another property in sight apart from a distant solitary home. Furnished with elegance and beauty, it oozes character but also has superb facilities on site to keep everyone entertained. Highly recommended!