Available year round. Minimum stay is 3 nights. Rates are seasonal with long term rates an option. Low season rate is: 120 euros nightly/720 euros weekly. High season: 150 Euros nightly/900 euros weekly.
Welcome to La Ginestra, a newly renovated cottage nestled inside Tuscany’s most romantic landscape, southern Siena Province. It’s an exceptional independent house for two, offering privacy, a perfect location, and stellar views.
The house is located on a ridge between the Val d’Orcia and the Val di Chiana, Tuscany’s evocative and classically characteristic valleys. It overlooks distant and fascinating hill towns, the occasional vineyard, pasturing sheep, orchards and rolling hills. It sits on 2 acres and a half of olive and fruit trees and produces its own olive oil. In an undiscovered part of Tuscany, untrammeled and off the beaten path, yet close to Tuscany’s hot spots, La Ginestra is nestled halfway between Florence (1¾ hours) and Rome (2 hours), and is a little over an hour’s drive from Siena. La Ginestra is an easy drive away from some of Italy’s most revered sights, mostly through breathtaking countryside.
We produce our own olive oil from the 155 olive trees on the property. The Leccino and Frantoio varietal olives, from which this fine Tuscan oil is made, are harvested from trees on our property located in the southern portion of Siena Province, on the outskirts of the tiny medieval village of Celle Sul Rigo. La Ginestra is located on a ridge between the Val D'Orcia and the Val di Chiana, two of Tuscany's most classically characteristic and beautiful areas. It lies twelve miles from the slopes of Monte Amiata, the extinct volcano that is the highest mountain in southern Tuscany, and which still fuels local thermal springs. The elevation at La Ginestra is 1740 feet, optimum altitude for the production of Siena Province's best, low acidity oils. Our 50+ year old trees have produced oil that is fruity with a peppery finish.
Our latest November harvest was transported to the local "frantoio", which produced our extra virgin, and unfiltered oil. Early harvests such as this one enhance the quality of the oil, where a smaller yield is the result, and where quantity is sacrificed for quality.
La Ginestra is named for the wonderfully fragrant yellow flowered plant that perfumes the Tuscan air all summer long. It is situated near the thermal waters and baths of San Casciano dei Bagni. We fell in love with Italy in 2001 and began our search for a "heaven on earth." This quiet and undiscovered corner of Tuscany affords all we were looking for: wonderful local food and wine, unparalleled views of surrounding medieval hill towns, art and history galore and best of all, the opportunity to produce our own olive oil.
La Ginestra has one bedroom and bath, and is fully equipped with everything needed for a comfortable stay. There are terracotta floors throughout, and French doors in both the living room & bedroom that open to the outside, where you can enjoy a meal or a glass of wine on one of the two patios. The modern, sleek and fully equipped kitchen has a professional style stove, quartz counter tops, a dishwasher, and a full sized refrigerator with freezer. The bathroom’s shower features locally quarried travertine. There is no air conditioning but 2 fans are provided for cooling purposes.
There is no WIFI, but there is an internet connection available with the use of the USB PORT ON YOUR DEVICE.
The house's additional amenities include a fireplace, CD player with CDs, TV, washer/dryer, barbeque, iron, ironing board and hair dryer. There are area maps & guidebooks on restaurants, museums, shopping, walking & biking trails, and sights.
There is an outdoor bathtub with hot and cold water with a spectacular view for you to enjoy while soaking in the tub.
The house offers privacy without isolation. The closest village, a five-minute walk, is the charming medieval hill town Celle Sul Rigo, pop. 400. It has been singled out for its wine, olive oil and beauty. Celle offers dining options that range from simple trattorias to full scale fine dining. The village also provides a bakery, butcher shop, pharmacy, and grocery stores. There is also a Emergency Response facility with ambulance and first responder service a few blocks away.
San Casciano dei Bagni, a five-minute drive, is one of the area’s most beautiful hill towns. It is an elegant village that is a mecca for artists and writers who flock to its quiet environs. It has been acclaimed as one of the 'Borghi Più Belli d'Italia', one of the loveliest villages in Italy.
Nearby flow some 40 thermal springs fueled by Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano and southern Tuscany’s highest mountain. The area is famous for its lovely therapeutic spas and the villages built around them. San Casciano dei Bagni’s Fonte Verde is rated one of the top spas in Europe.
The entire area is a treasure trove of hill towns, art, and history. Wine and food range from the simple to the sublime. Walking trails abound. The region is dotted with Etruscan sites for history buffs. There are excellent roads for biking and trails for horseback riding. There is a wonderful public swimming pool in Sarteano, 20 minutes away.
Year round, the nearby villages hold festivals that include music, food, and medieval pageantry. Celle sul Rigo holds an annual Sagra dei Pici, celebrating the local hand made pasta.
La Ginestra’s elevation keeps temperatures cooler in the summer than the towns found in the valleys below. The changing seasons all offer their own magic.
Train service is at Chiusi, 25 minutes away, a hub that connects to all parts of Italy. Car rental agencies are within one block of the station. Chiusi is in close proximity to the A1 autostrada to Rome, Florence, and Milan.
There is no smoking allowed inside La Ginestra.
La Ginestra is located in Tuscany's unforgettable Siena Province, between the Val d¹Orcia and the Val di Chiana. It is situated halfway between Florence (1 3/4 hours) and Rome (2 hours), and is a little over an hour¹s drive from Siena. La Ginestra is an easy drive away from some of Italy's most revered sights.