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Charming Ancient Watch Tower with Swimming Pool

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,314 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Farmhouse, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 11)

The farmhouse has a composite structure. Its oldest part is the watching tower with a scarp wall. It was built in the ancient times by the Republic of Siena.

The farmhouse has been completely restored in 2009, according to the principles of bio-architecture; employing building materials such as bricks, slaked lime, wood; walls have been insulated by using cork; the heating system works with bio-masses and solar cells provide hot water. Our hosts will thus enjoy a stay in a healthy structure which takes care for the environment granting at the same time all the comforts required.

It is our desire to make our guests feel at home, in a warm atmosphere. The large open areas will allow a holiday in contact with nature.

Val d'Orcia Park

The territory of the Val d'Orcia is made up, mainly of a hilly landscape with gently rolling hills and valleys typical of the Sienese Crete and a rich variety of vegetation. The river Orcia springs from a gorge and winds its way across the valley.

Erosion of the soil has played a major role in the formation of the landscape with the clay soil laid bare and forming craggy badlands known as calanchi and clay knolls otherwise called biancane or mammelloni.

The tree species found throughout the area are the holm oak, turkey oak and downy oak which cover the territory in woodlands which become thicker towards the Maremma. However the tree which has become a symbol of the Val d'Orcia is the cypress.

The Val d’Orcia is also home to a large variety of wildlife such as the porcupine, badger, beech marten, polecat, weasel, fox, and wild boar. It is an ornithologist’s paradise with the barn owl, eagle owl and little owl, as well as birds of prey such as the buzzard, harrier eagle and kestrel.


Small jewel of the Renaissance in the heart in Tuscany, to the center of one of the most beautiful zones in Italy and richer than treasures of art, it owes his name and his fame to Enea Silvio Piccolomini become famous as Pious II. Big part of its more beautiful architecture was made to realize really from Pious Pope II among 1459 and 1462 that is called to work to Pienza one of the most famous architects of the epoch, Bernard Rossellino, turning the suburb native of Corsignano into a splendid Renaissance town, exceptional example of architecture and urbanism fifteenth-century.

Pienza, declared by the Unesco world patrimony of the humanity for the importance of his monuments and his urban order, it also constitutes, an ideal destination for a brief stay, a relaxing vacation between culture and gastronomy, to the center of a territory for big part still uncontaminated.


The city a very particular configuration: it is constructed along a geological ridge running down from the highest point. Today we find an extremely long main street leading from the Porta al Prato to the Piazza Grande. The houses are organised around this main street ina series of perpendicular short, narrow lanes- often extremely steep. The most important buildings are practically all on the main street, presenting a long procession of facades, almost an 'exhibition'of high level architectural design. There have been tho mai periods of architectural significance in Montepulciano, the XVI Century, and those years bridging the XVII and XVIII Centuries.

The costruction outside the gates of the imposing 'Temple' of San Biagio, on a projects of Antonio da Sangallo il Vecchio create a 'Style' taken up by most of the master builders, it inspires the palaces of the Avignonesi, Cocconi Cervini, Gagnoni-Grugni, Contucci and Tarugi, to mention only the main names.

Keywords: farmhouse, Villa, countryhouse, organic farm

More Details

Carla and Franco
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 March, 2018

About Carla and Franco

The countryhouse has been owned by Franco and Carla since 1997 but it took a long time to have it restored and to change the uncultivated land into a large olive grove with more than 900 young olives , fruitrees and orchards. Franco has accomplished his dream to change an abandoned dilapidated farm into a lovely place where to enjoy life with his beloved pets, go for long walks into the woods and work hard. He loves talking with his guests and giving them suggestions about the less popular walks to appreciate the rustic atmosphere of genuine Val d'Orcia.

The olive trees produce a very tasty organic extra virgin olive oil and Franco is really proud of his production and loves to have it tasted by his guests


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Pienza in Province of Siena

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2314 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Covered Parking
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


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(13 traveller reviews)

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Charming Ancient Watch Tower with Swimming Pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Amazing property in great location. Highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful vacation for family. Carla, Franco and Marcello were incredibly friendly and accommodating when we met them. I wished we could have stayed all summer!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here at this property. The grounds of the property were lovely, surrounded by olive trees, and very private. The rooms were nice and clean and each bedroom had a bathroom connected to it and every bathroom had a shower. It is very close to a wonderful restaurant in La Foce and 10 - 15 minutes away from the towns of Montepulciano and Chianciamo Terme. You are also about an hour away from Siena and Cortona making it a very convienient location for day trips. The owner is charming, met us upon our arrival, and even brought us a home made apple cake one day that was delicious! The only downside was that there was no interior connection between the main living area / main kitchen and the bedrooms / bathrooms. So if you were in the main living area and needed to use the bathroom, you had to walk outside back to the bedrooms.

Overall this is a lovely property and I would recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing villa with gracious hosts

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at Franco and Carla's beautiful villa. The home is comfortable and well-equipped with everything you could need for your stay. It is also nicely located just a few minutes from Montepulciano and an easy drive from the other hilltop towns nearby.

Franco and Carla were lovely hosts and checked in with us several times during our stay to make sure we were comfortable. They even brought us a homemade pie to enjoy! We would absolutely recommend this property for your upcoming stay in Tuscany.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Our 2nd Visit! Amazing place, amazing people, great location, wonder pool!

  • 5 of 5

I had a month off this year and chose to come back to this most amazing villa located in the heart of Tuscany. We had spend a week here 3 years ago. This time we stayed a month.

PROPERTY: The bedrooms and bathrooms are very nice. They come with plenty of linens. Each room has completely blackout windows so if you're fighting jet lag, you'll have no issues sleeping in. The common kitchen was also really a great central gathering place for our family and our guests (we had a total of 21 friends/family coming and going over the month that we were there.

POOL: The pool is so very nice. If you want to get a sense of the how amazing, watch my my video here [ https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzL1YXThjHcpSnNIdGpmSjVFVVE ] . There were plenty of lawn chairs. The pool was not heated, however it really kept up with the weather (on warmer days, it was definitely warm and the refreshing temperature didn't keep us or any of the kids out of the pool on ANY day). The pool is well maintained and kept clean by the owners and a pool service. There is power out by the pool if you want to bring a radio or need to charge your phone, etc..

PEOPLE: Franco and Carla are what make this place so very special. From the pre-emails, to the warm greeting on our arrival day, to the many extras (olive oil, baked good, fresh eggs, local wine), we felt like we were staying more at friend's place than a rental.

LOCATION: You're about 5-10 mins drive to the closest restaurant, but only 15-20 minutes drive to the main town (which has everything you need). You're also very close to 4-5 other towns which make for great day trips (even just for lunch). You're about an hour away from 20 towns to choose from for day or overnight trips. The closest train station is about 30 minutes away with 5-10 arrivals/departures daily from both Rome (Roma) and Florence (Firenze).

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Salt Lake City, UT

Just what we wanted

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful villa! Of the three villas we've enjoyed in Italy, this was the best. Carla and Franco couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. Very gracious hosts, they were attentive and gave us lots of advice to help us enjoy the area. We were three couples. The villa and grounds are beautiful and well maintained, with lovely views of the countryside, very private yet not too far from the main roads. The kitchen was large and fully stocked. The pool was clean and a welcome amenity after a day of exploring. We especially loved the covered patio near the pool, where we spent a lot of time. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

Perfect place and location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with our family of 5. The place is a perfect location to hit some of the great towns in the area. Carla and Franco were great to work with and the views were amazing. The only problem I had was trying to get my wife to leave the place to see some of the sites in the area!!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Pienza, Siena Area

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Mid season
30 Mar 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £27 per night, per additional guest
High season
9 Jun 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £31 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £27 per night, per additional guest

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