Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in Foiano della Chiana
Villa with two wings, each 4 ensuite bedrooms,artisan kitchens, olive grove
Casa Settema is a luxury, south facing villa divided into the TWO separate wings Casa dell'Ovest and Casa dell'Est, each self-catering for 8 people and ideal for families or groups of friends, max 16 people.The villa is part of an exclusive, recently converted using traditional materials, gated farm complex, Il Pino. Approached along a cypress lined driveway, the hilltop views across the Val di Chiana are stunning with uninterrupted views from the pergolas and the private swimming pool to the south, west or east.The house is beautifully furnished from local artisans.Although away from it all there are numerous tourist attractions nearby or easily accessed by car or train,Terontola station 10 min.The villa is ideally placed for visiting the Southern part of Tuscany, Siena, Arezzo, Perugia, Montepulciano or day trips to Florence, Rome, San Gimignano, Assisi, Montalcino.Cortona our nearest hilltown famous as an Etruscan settlement.
ORGANISED TOURS AND ACTIVITIES: Prebooked tours and activities: The following tours and activities can be arranged, if you wish to prebook please ask for details. -Cooking course arranged at the house -Cycling day -Boat trips on Lake Trasimeno -Wine tasting -Ceramics and olive oil tour -Guided Tours to : Florence, Arezzo, Cortona, Montalcino, Bevagna and Montefalco Val D'Orcia .
Florence Medieval and Renaissance: Enjoy the panoramic views around Florence ; in the historical centre a guided tour around the Cathedral complex and The Academy Gallery.
Ceramics and Olive Oil: A tour that marries together artistic craftmanship and the aromas and tastes of Umbria. departing from the house your destination will be Deruta, famous for Majolica. visit a family run business and see all the stages of ceramic production. Continue on to an olive oil producer at the gateway of Spello. Taste the typical produce of this land with bruschetta seasoned with an excellent extra virgin olive oil washed down by a glass of local wine.
ACTIVITIES FROM OR IN THE VILLA: Cooking Course: Tastes, aromas colours, genuine dishes made from first class produce, typical of this very fertile territory. A cook and helper will come to the house with a basket full of local seasonal produce and will then teach you in the kitchen to prepare a Tuscan starter, hand made pasta course, main course and side dish plus a dessert. The menu changes with the seasons. the dinner is prepared by you under the guidance of an expert cook and will be accompanied by an excellent local wine. At the end of the meal's preparation, the table will be set and you can enjoy the meal in the relaxed atmosphere of the house.
Cycling Day: either with a guide or just explore on your own.
WINE TASTING TOUR: Montalcino, among the wine cellars and the beautiful Sant'Antimo Abbey.Accompanied visit to meet one of the monks, famous for their Gregorian Chant, maybe attend mass.
After visiting the abbey you can visit the cellar of a notable winery and at lunch taste the wines they produce.
At the end of lunch perhps a short walk into the medieval centre of Montacino, noted for its production of Brunello wine.
Mid afternoon a guided visit in the exclusive and famous Castello Banfi cellar. In the Castle wine shop taste the wine.
Details for holiday villa Casale dell 'Est, 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 4 Bathrooms
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- children welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
Have just spent a wonderful week in Il Pino Casa dell'Est. My friends and I were flabbergasted by the beautiful countryside with wild rabbits and pheasants running about.
The house is well designed and equipped with everything you need for a perfect holiday. We were 4 couples in all, each having their own bedroom with private bathroom; we didn't feel cramped and had privacy. There is ample space for everyone.
The pool and the pool area is great for relaxing, weather permitting. Unfortunatelly we weren't so lucky in this respct.
Nevertheless, Tuscany has so much to offer even in cloudy weather, thus we took the best of it. Il Pino is fantastically located, so we made day trips to Montepulciano, Montalcino, Siena, San Gimignano, even to Assisi.
In choosing Il Pino for our home away from home, we couldn't have made a better choice. Being a Tuscany lover, hope to return some day soon. Rod, thank you.
A group of friends from Poland :-)