Lovely stone holiday cottage, private garden and terrace, great views
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About Graham Bradford
I grew up in the north west of England. After university studies in Scotland I left the UK to live and work in many different countries. I've been enjoying life here at Podere Sant'Angelo now for over ten years and enjoy sharing my experiences of Maremma, where to eat and lovely places to visit, with guests.
Graham Bradford purchased this Cottage in 2003
Why Graham Bradford chose Roccalbegna
I holidayed in this relatively undiscovered part of Tuscany while living in Milan. The Maremma has proved to be a great antidote to the stresses and strains of urban life. I still enjoy the opportunities the location offers for gardening, sailing and hiking.
What makes this Cottage unique
The great views from Podere Sant'Angelo make this a really special place. There's the view down to the coast at Porto Santo Stefano, in the other direction there's the oddly shaped Monte Labbro, in front of the house there are wonderful sunsets. The black night sky with the milky way stretching over the house is still a wonder to see. After enjoying urban life in several of the world's largest cities I now appreciate the close contact with nature offered by life here at Podere Sant'Angelo.
On est prié de fumer à l'extérieur du gîte.
Hochstuhl und Kinderbett zur Verfügung
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Unforgettable stay in deepest Tuscany
Podere Sant'Angelo is located in the Maremma district of Tuscany, surrounded by stupendous scenery. The cottages are comfortable and tastefully decorated with outdoor patios for sunbathing, star-gazing or watching the sunset. There are trails around the property for wildlife enthusiasts (we saw deer, eagles and a wild boar). If you can tear yourself away from the apartment and beautiful garden, you can visit medieval villages nearby and relax in the hot springs of Saturnia. thank you Graham. We had a wonderful stay.
It's so relaxing to visit the hot springs at Saturnia in the late afternoon .... I'm pleased you had that experience. Thanks for the great review and I hope to welcome you here again soon,
A presto, Graham
Stunning holiday hideaway in glorious Tuscany
Podere Sant'Angelo is a real gem of a holiday let, tucked away off the beaten track - literally! We followed the owner's detailed instructions and
arrived easily at the honey-coloured property set in a gorgeous garden. The apartment was delightful with a comfortable bed and well-equipped kitchen.
We enjoyed sitting on the patio, watching the sun go down over the hills and waiting for the stars and the fireflies to come out.
A short stay but a real treat.
I'm really pleased you enjoyed your stay and that you enjoyed the wonderful surroundings here so much. I'm looking forward to welcoming you both again soon.
Starry starry night in Tuscany
We had a very pleasant stay - lovely apartment, helpful and friendly owner and amazing views of the Tuscan hills. the only problem was that it was too short - only one night. But what a night! I've never seen the stars so clearly - the Milky Way was very visible. We'll be back!
I'm really pleased you enjoyed your stay here so much - the stars really are amazing here! I'm looking forward to welcoming you here again soon - for a longer visit I hope!
Quaint, restful, beautiful, comfortable with a perfect location for a real Tuscan experience.
We began our vacation with one week here. The cottage was perfectly appointed in an idyllic landscape of rolling hills, charming hill towns, fantastic restaurants, and a gracious and helpful owner. We will definitely return! Thank you so much Graham! Your new American friends, Craig and Marhya
Marhya and Craig, I'm really pleased you enjoyed you stay here so much and had a great start to your Italian vacation. I'm looking forward to welcoming you both back here soon!
Ruhe und Erholung in der Natur
Graham ist ein liebenswerter und hilfsbereiter Gastgeber mit vielen Tipps. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtete Ferienwohnung mit überwältigen Außengelände. Herrlicher Ausblick, sehr liebevoll gepflegte Gartenanlage. Wer Ruhe in der Natur sucht ist hier gold richtig. Schönes Wandergebiet, in Roccalbegna gibt es sogar einen kleinen Einkaufsladen mit vielen Bio-Produkten. Die Einwohner sind alle sehr zuvorkommend und nett. In der Nähe befindet sich das Naturthermalbad Sarturnia, was wir sehr genossen haben. Wir waren von 30.04.16 bis 07.05.16 dort und hatten eine sehr erholsame Zeit.
Vielen Dank an Graham
Erika und Bernward
Vielen Dank für Ihre nette Bewertung. Ich freue mich, dass alles hier Ihnen so gut gefallen hat. Ich freue mich darauf Euch bald noch mal in Maremma und auf Podere Sant'Angelo zu begrüßen!
Un havre de paix.
Voilà un site exceptionnel , perdu dans les colinnes du Sud Toscan. Les charmants logements sont bien équipés et d'une propreté irréprochable . L'accueil de Graham est empreint de gentillesse, simplicité et sincérité. La région est d' une beautée et d'une richesse culturelle incroyable méritant sûrement plusieurs séjours. Bref une semaine parfaite que nous recommandons vivement.
Merci pour cette excellente critique, je suis vraiment ravi que vous ayez apprécié votre séjour ici !
This area boasts numerous nature reserves and is excellent for walking and mountain biking.
The picturesque village of Roccalbegna is a ten minute drive from Podere Sant'Angelo. It was built by the Republic of Siena as its southern outpost over 500 years ago and it's changed very little since then. It offers the following services: an exceptional trattoria/pizzeria, a bar, a butchers, a couple of well-stocked general grocers, a bank, a post office and a chemists. There's a mini-market on Monday mornings.
It's a 75 minute drive down to the coast at Castiglione della Pescaia and Marina di Grosseto where you'll find some of Italy’s cleanest beaches. The Etruscan remains of Sovana and Pitigliano are 30 minutes away.
Monte Amiata's a great place to visit for walks through its enormous beech forests. The Val d'Orcia (as seen in numerous renaissance paintings), the wine towns of Montalcino (famous for its Brunello – some say the world’s best red wine) and Montepulciano are an hour’s drive away. It’s just a bit further to Siena with its amazing cathedral and beautiful main piazza ‘Il Campo’.
Day trips to Florence and Rome are possible.
Food & drink: Maremma’s known in Italy for its delicious traditional home-style cooking. Wild boar and other local game feature largely on the menus of local ‘trattorie’ and restaurants. Most of these are small, family run operations where fresh local ingredients and home made pasta are taken as ‘given’. Podere Sant'Angelo is located in the Montecucco wine region. This is nestled between the Morellino di Scansano and the Brunello di Montalcino regions. Villa Patrizia (Roccalbegna's winery) produces a great range of red, white and rose wines that can be enjoyed in local eateries and bought in local grocers. Il Fiorino, Roccalbegna's cheese factory, produces a range of internationally acclaimed cheeses and is well worth a visit.
Saturnia: The hot sulfurous waters of Saturnia have been famous since Etruscan times. You can enjoy the waters at the 'Terme' spa hotel which offers several pools, refreshment facilities and an extensive range of spa treatments A more popular option is the open air waterfall past the hotel, there’s free 24 hour access here, it’s great to visit in the early evening, even better if there’s a full moon. The springs are a 20 minute drive from Podere Sant’Angelo. An 18 hole course is open to the public at the Terme di Saturnia Hotel.
Nature reserves: The limestone cliffs of the WWF's Rocconi reserve are visible from Podere Sant’Angelo. This is one of the largest WWF reserves in Italy. It’s home to several rare species of birds. A small fee is charged for entry. At certain times of year night visits are possible. Visit the 'Parco faunistico di Monte Labbro' to see the original wildlife of the area including wolves.
The Etruscan villages: The Etruscans had a flourishing civilisation in central Italy well before the Roman Empire became supreme. Etruscan priests observed birds in flight to predict the future. Settlements were built on hill tops to afford a good view of the flight patterns of the local bird life. These Etruscan settlements developed into the picturesque hill top villages that are great fun to visit today. Pitigliano and Sorano both a 30 minute drive from Podere Sant’Angelo are the most spectacular local examples.
The coast: The southern Tuscan coastline offers some of the most pristine bathing in Italy. Castiglione della Pescaia has consistently been awarded the top 'clean beach' award by the EU. If you tire of the 'ombrellone' of Castiglione and Marina di Grosseto head for the beach in the 'Parco Naturale di Maremma' otherwise known as the ‘Parco dell’Ucellina’ for eight kilometres of golden sand without an 'ombrellone' in sight and few people even in August (just over an hour's drive away).