THE HOUSE: A pristine medieval house providing a large comfortable home for up to 6 guests. Perfect as a comfortable home or a base to explore the sights of Southern Tuscany.
- A comfortably furnished sitting-dining room with log fire leads out to a dining terrace with views.
- Three large bedrooms provide accommodation for six (2 double beds & a pair of single beds)
- Crisp white linen and white bath towels provided
- Two new Starck - Grohe bathrooms
- Fully equipped kitchen for enthusiastic chef's
- Two mountain bikes
Stay connected: WIFI Internet, IPOD docking speakers, Internet Radio, large PLASMA TV with 60 DVD movie library
Swimming Pool Options- there are several you can pay to visit on nearby hill tops, or free if you combine with a long lunch.
In winter - Blazing log fire, excellent central heating, double glazing all keep the house cosy. Its fun to bathe in the thermal hot springs nearby.
THE VILLAGE: A handful of boutiques, medieval chapels, cafes, secluded gardens, the village square and some fantastic restaurants a stroll away.
THE REGION: In between Florence and Rome, south of Tuscany's Siena lies the breath-taking Val d'Orcia, dubbed Tuscany's 'Happy Valley'. The enchanting unspoilt valley is listed as a UNESCO site of outstanding natural beauty and has become a destination in itself. Looming behind, Monte Amiata at 5,702ft (1,738m) is Italys highest extinct volcano.
The medieval village of San Quirico, population 2100, famed for its olive oil, sits in the midst of the valley. Nearby rolling hills are home to some of Southern Tuscany's famous villages - Pienza, Montalcino and Montepulciano with many of Italy's best vineyards nestled in between. The region is increasingly home to small luxury boutique hotels and spa's and the backdrop chosen by the directors of 'The English Patient' and 'Gladiator'.
Head to Siena, one of the most perfect medieval towns with its Duomo cathedral, Campo square and its famous horse race, Il Palio, or Florence, Europe's finest Renaissance city (30mins and 80mins drive respectively).
WHAT TO DO:
Regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany boasts an important cultural heritage. The region attracts families looking to relax and soak up 'la dolce vita'. Its a magnet for hikers, cyclists, photographers and connoisseurs of food and fine wine. All of the towns of the region are rich with art exhibits, music and theatre events.
Relaxing by a Swimming Pool - There are several options nearby from boutique spa's to a more relaxed hill top hotel pools nearby.
Exploring - the famous villages of Montalcino, Pienze and Montepulciano all a short drive away and 'must see' for tourists. Siena, Florence, Arrezo, Perugia, the Coast, Assisi all good day trips.
Cuisine - So many great restaurant choices, some within walking distance - this is a food and wine heaven. Some of Italy's best vineyards are close by for wine tasting and tours.
Designer Shopping - Visit Siena's fashion boutiques or Florence's discount designer outlets.