vanda di santo

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Bedrooms 2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights

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2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, large porch surrounded by lawns and gardens.

The Tuscan casaletto 'Swallow Cottage' is a detached house set in a lush park / garden, facing south towards the view of the sea, the countryside and the sun. Fully equipped and furnished with care, both internally and externally, tell us that nothing is missing!

The large green spaces are beautiful and private, a path allows you to do the tour of the property 'that extends for almost 4 hectares, among pine trees, olive trees and Mediterranean.

Swallow Cottage is part of an estate recently built, combining the look of the Tuscan tradition with modern comfort. The property consists of a main house, which is the residence of the owners, and a second smaller villa called Swallow Cottage.

The property is completely fenced, and 'situated at the end of a country road. The place is 'really very beautiful, nestled in one of the most' beautiful Tuscan countryside, but close to the sea. It is just 10km from the beach which stretches for 12km north to Ansedonia and acts as a barrier to the Lake of Burano, WWF wildlife reserve.

The estate 'animated by certain domestic cats, there is' a good choice' of birds, butterflies and fireflies.

After 15 years in the United States for business reasons, we have decided to reside in one of the most beautiful places of our beautiful Italy, Tuscany, and in particular struck us this fantastic and even rural nature Maremma, so 'close to Rome ! We fell in love immediately with this property ', despite the work to bring it back to the present splendor were many and arduous. But now, after 12 years, could not be more beautiful!

In 2013 we decided to put this beautiful property 'in the service of tourists. It 's too beautiful! Spending a holiday here and 'a feast for the eyes and for the soul. Its quiet, its silence is sometimes disturbed by the cicadas or crickets, and 'refreshing, a perfect place for relaxation assured. Its enviable location makes it very attractive for both nature lovers and sea lovers of culture: Tarquinia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the Etruscan tombs with frescoes which are the oldest example of a painting of the entire Europe, and Vulci, with the Castle, the Etruscan Museum, the beautiful valley of the Fiora, the remains of the Etruscan city and the spectacular Etruscan and Roman Bridge. the impressive Rocca di Pitigliano with the nearby necropolis of Sovana, and of course the medieval village of Capalbio set like a jewel out of time. Do not forget the Tarot Garden, the visionary, colorful park inspired by Gaudi, designed by sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle.

On the ground floor:

The spacious and bright living area 'consists of a living room with fireplace and dining area. The fully equipped kitchen is separated by a large arch covered with old bricks. The living area opens onto a covered porch and fully furnished 25sqm. offering guests the possibility to choose whether to take their meals inside or outside.

The master bedroom on the main floor offers a comfortable double bed big FLOU and air conditioning. The adjoining bathroom has a shower.

Downstairs: From the sliding doors of the spacious living room leads to the porch, once outside, on the left, go down a flight of stairs and you enter the sleeping area consists of a large bedroom with double bed (or 2 single 90cm .). The bathroom with shower and 'attached to the room. This suite is not 'connected internally with the upper floor has a private entrance. The windows of this room does not have a view of the landscape.

If guests occupying the property 'are two, this bedroom will not be rented separately to ensure complete privacy for guests staying on the main floor.

Heating, electricity and water independent. Private access from the street through a remote controlled gate and several private covered parking spaces.

All windows, including the large sliding door between the living room and porch are equipped with mosquito nets.

WI-FI Internet - Satellite TV in the living room - DVD Blu Ray - Stereo -

The estate is managed directly by the owners, which I employ two people in order to keep the property immaculate and well maintained gardens. The owners speak perfect English.

Swallow Cottage is located in the estate of Casale Del Picchio, in the area called Maremma, one of the most beautiful in Tuscany. It is a region with an ancient heart, here live the rustic atmosphere disappeared elsewhere, evoking memories of past times, generations of old families, crops, summer and sea. One is tempted to believe that this landscape owes its charm to the presence of the Etruscans, an ancient civilization that lived and farmed here for centuries before Christ.

Over the past fifteen years the area has become a favorite of a certain intellectual elite Italian and international, in search of the tranquil Tuscan charm, enriched by the joys of an unspoilt sea.

A wide strip of fertile ground separating the sea from the hills. And 'here, where the hills begin, that the Casale del Picchio, surrounded by trees and lovely gardens, where the gaze is lost in the valley of olive groves and wheat fields until you reach the sea. The estate extends to c. approx 4 acres of olive groves, pine forests, orchards, trees and Mediterranean scrub. The property 'and' set in one of the most 'beautiful in the romantic Tuscan landscape. The place is' quiet, beautiful, completely surrounded by countryside yet pure and simple. This, however, 'does not mean that we are isolated, a few minutes drive you will find everything you need.

Just a little more 'than an hour by train to visit our beautiful monumental Rome. Trains depart from Capalbio have several stations in the city center ', from St. Peter's in Trastevere.

In 20 'we reach the Argentario, very well known for its natural beauty and historic, and the archipelago, comprising the islands of Giglio, Giannutri, Elba and Montecristo wild.

And what about Capalbio, an ancient village nestled in the green hills of Maremma, a few kilometers from the sea, surrounded by a pristine area rich in forests and the countryside. Walking through the narrow streets and squares of the old town end up the atmosphere of a past frozen in time. Capalbio is famous for becoming the favorite destination of important characters of the show thanks to the editions of Capalbio Cinema, an event of great importance since 1994, attracts many industry experts and personalities from politics, which has earned the name of 'Little Athens' .

The wild beaches of golden sand and long Capalbio stretch for about 12 km, bordering to the north with the municipality of Orbetello (beach Ansedonia) and continuing until the end of the Tuscany with 'The Last Beach' (beach Chiarone). There are several accesses to the sea within easy reach, and once on the beach you can choose whether to relax in the plants that will arise or spend days on the vast semi-desert and beaches. The sea of ​​Capalbio is characterized by its clarity, its wonderful colors and its shades.

The coast with the presence of a dense maquis plants with a predominance of Juniper; the territory of the beaches in Capalbio is part of the WWF, and this means that the environment is always protected and safeguarded.

WWF Oasis - The Reserve of Lake Burano in Capalbio was established in 1980 and covers a vast territory between Ansedonia and Chiarone. The brackish lake is 3 km long and is separated from the sea by sand dunes. The oasis owes its importance to many species of birds that overwinter and they stop, which can be viewed with the activity Wizard 'Bird Watching'. Also in the bush you can see many wild animals in the undergrowth and typical Mediterranean shrubs such as juniper and mastic.

I mean, do not get bored!

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  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
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Speaks italian, english

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Bedrooms 2
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Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights
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based on 13 traveler reviews

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Independent house have sea views nestled in the quiet and green hills
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
Independent house have sea views nestled in the quiet and green hills
Capalbio Costa d'Argento

A hidden treasure in the Capalbio region

  • 5 of 5
What a wonderful stay we had at Casetta Rondine in the Capalbio area. We were welcomed by the owners Vanda and Saverio who speak excellent English. The casetta was extremely clean and fully furnished. Everything we needed was there. Although the house is suitable for 4 people Vanda and Saverio allowed us to take a litle tent for 2 friends of our children and they prepared a special place for it in the Olive garden. The house offers excellent views of the surroundings and the sea. It is surrounded by a wonderful and well kept garden. We are surely coming back to this wonderful place.

Yvonne and Rob Keereweer
  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear beautiful family,
thank you so much for your great review. We are so happy you have had a good vacation at Casetta Rondine. It is a joy for us knowing we fulfilled your expectations for a wonderful vacation, you have been delightful guest.
Hope to see you soon!
Independent house have sea views nestled in the quiet and green hills
Capalbio Costa d'Argento

Fantastic Holiday

  • 5 of 5
We absolutely loved our stay at Casetta Rondine in late May of this year. The setting is wonderful - quiet, relaxing, great views, beautiful property. Vanda and Saverio were most gracious and friendly hosts providing lots of information on local sights, shopping and restaurants, facilitating our arrival to make it welcoming and easy, and communicating with us as we made the plans prior to the trip.

The cottage is modern and well appointed and very comfortable. We spent most of our time on the patio enjoying the gardens, breezes and views.

We are nature lovers and the cottage is conveniently located near parks such as Maremma National Park, Lake Burano, Mt. Argentario and the Fenigula de Popolo as well as ruins. You need a car, but the driving is easy. We will definitely return there if/when the opportunity arises in the future.
  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Judy and George,
first of all thank you for visiting us, you have been wonderful guests.

Thank you so much for the kind words and appreciation regarding your beautiful stay in Casetta Rondine.
It is so nice to know that our pleasure on hosting guests is producing successful satisfaction, this is pushing us to do always the very best in the future to make our guests vacation unforgettable.
It is so easy for us giving suggestions on sightseeing, tours, excursions, because Casetta Rondine is situated in a very desirable location, so close to many point of attractions, from ancient art sites to unspoiled sandy beaches and crystal clear sea.
We hope you will plan to visit us again in the future.
Independent house have sea views nestled in the quiet and green hills
Capalbio Costa d'Argento

Casetta Rondine

  • 5 of 5
In der Casetta Rondine, bei Vanda und Saverio di Santo, fühlten wir uns bestens aufgehoben. Die Casetta war eines der best ausgestatteten und geschmackvollsten Ferienhäuser, das wir jemals gemietet hatten. Umgeben von einem herrlichen Garten findet man dort Ruhe und Erholung. Meer und zahlreiche kulturelle Sehenswürdigkeiten liegen angenehm nahe. Vanda und Saverio versorgten uns mit größter Freundlichkeit und Hilfsbereitschaft nicht nur mit Ausflugstipps (z.B. Fahrplänen), sondern auch mit einem üppigen Begrüßungskorb und frischem Gemüse aus ihrem Garten. Der Urlaub war rundum ein Genuss, es fehlte an nichts. Wir werden gerne wiederkommen.
  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Edith and Adolf, thank you so much for your nice review. You have been such pleasant guests for us!
We are very delighted you had a great time during your stay at Casetta Rondine and surrounding. We are proud we were able to make you feel well cared of, that is our main purpose when we are hosting guests. Yes, there are so many cultural and naturalistic areas of exceptional interest to visit nearby, 2 weeks are certainly not enough for touring most of them, so we look forward to see you again next year!
Independent house have sea views nestled in the quiet and green hills
Capalbio Costa d'Argento

Great holiday

  • 5 of 5
First of all we want to thank Vanda and Saverio for the great stay at Casetta Rondine.

All details were great.

The house was perfect. It was more than clean and all things you imagine were there for using. We were welcomed from both. Also a great basket was there with products from Maremma.

The lawn was very green and soft. Near every evening we sit down the terrace and played games with our children. There was a TV there but we did not watch because of the perfect nature.

All our questions were answered by Vanda and Saverio. Also we received information about sight seeing tours (such that it is better to go to Rom by train, where is a nice restaurant at Giglio..)

We have no words to say all the things about our stay and we relaxed in these holiday and hope to see Vanda and Saverio next year again.

Many greetings from Germany.
  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear wonderful family, thank you so much for your fantastic review and lovely comments.
You have been such great guests for us and we are pleased you all had a good time here at Casetta Rondine during the 3 weeks of your staying, your praise means a lot to us.
Our guests are very important and our goal is to ensure them the best stay ever.
We look forward to your next stay with us in the amazing Maremma.
Independent house have sea views nestled in the quiet and green hills
Capalbio Costa d'Argento
Berlin Germany


  • 5 of 5
My family and our friends spent two wounderful weeks in this beautiful place. What we sow and experienced exceeded our expectations by far.The tastefully furnished villa and the beautifully developed garden let us fully rest and relax. On top of that Vanda and Saverio offered their help and advice at all times.
W would love to return next year.
we miss the lovely cats our daughter especially Kiko.
  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you to you all! It has been a pleasure guesting a great group like yours. We are so glad you have enjoyed your staying at Casetta Rondine. We do our best to make guests happy and comfortable during their vacation with us in Maremma.
We look forward to host you next year.
A special hug to Pola.
Independent house have sea views nestled in the quiet and green hills
Capalbio Costa d'Argento
South Lyon, Michigan


  • 5 of 5
My wife, daughter and I all found this place to be perfect. It is even better than the descriptions and photos convey.

Lets start with the owners- they spoke English which was very helpful, went out of ther way to communicate before and during our stay and helped select some great sights for us to see. They even welcomed us with a beautiful gift basket which included a bottle of delicious olive oil that they produce on the property.

The Villa- Lovely. It is quiet, decorated beautifully, fully equipped and perfectly clean. Has the old Tuscan design and feel but has modern amenities like working WIFI. We loved everything about it and the 2nd suite with its own entrance allows for privacy and comfort. The patio is the perfect place to start and end the day.

The setting- Gorgeous. the grounds are beautifully landscaped and maintained. the hills surrounding the villa come alive with Sheep herds at different times during the day and the walking path throughout their grounds is wonderful. In addition- the location worked for us- we took the train to Rome, drove to Florence, and explored walled cities in the Tuscan country side. We have stayed at a lot of Home Away properties but this is the only one we have reviewed and is by far our favorite.
  • Submitted: May 23, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It was our pleasure to host you. We care about our guests and we are happy to know that you all have enjoyed so much your vacation at Casetta Rondine. This season, it's the first time we share our piece of paradise and it is quite rewarding to us to know we are doing a good job in meeting our guest's expectations.
Please come and stay with us again should your travels bring you back to Tuscany!
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
36 Kilometres
Nearest Train
13 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Swallow Cottage is only an hour and a half from Rome and Siena, two hours from Pisa and Florence. The nearest airport is Rome Fiumicino where it takes a little more 'than an hour to reach us. The nearest train station is called Capalbio, only fifteen minutes away. The advise on trips to Rome, trains run frequently, almost on an hourly basis, and leave you right in the center of the city. The neighboring ports of Porto Ercole, where the painter Caravaggio died and Porto Santo Stefano offer the atmosphere of the fishing villages, breathtaking views, spectacular sea and good restaurants. Capalbio is an ancient medieval village in the Tuscan Maremma and is just 9 km from the property '. The cleanest beaches in Italy, the visit of the archaeological cities of Tarquinia and Vulci, the atmosphere of the medieval villages of Pitigliano, Sovana, Sorano, natural parks and reserves dell'Uccellina and Burano, the Art Garden Tarot, the excellent Tuscan cuisine recognized throughout the world, the Terme di Saturnia are just some of the local attractions. Tuscany is less well known for its wild coast south-west, along the coast of the Maremma, yet its natural scenery is amazing - an immense natural park. Starting from the protected dunes of the WWF, with the beautiful beach which stretches 12 kilometers from Chiarone Ansedonia, from the islands to the oases and nature reserves, lakes to the cities of art, from the Etruscan necropolis to the thermal baths. The beach of the WWF oasis of Burano, and 'first among the beaches Italy' s second Legambiente, and every year the beaches of Capalbio are rewarded with 5 blue flags. There are a few discrete and bathing establishments and the entire coast still has available several miles of beach protected. "The Last Beach", often mentioned in gossip columns for his "acquaintances vip", can be reached in less than 15 minutes by car or a bike ride. There are so many excursions to be made in the area that you really do not get bored!

Long sandy beaches, islands, springs, typical Mediterranean landscapes, city 'medieval, and more.

Less than 10 minutes drive away is the famous 'The Tarot Garden', the artwork fascinating Niki De Saint Phalle, is a sculpture garden based on tarot, not to be missed.

You can go horseback riding, play golf or tennis, or walking routes.

Golf: There are three golf courses in the area.

A 30-minute drive Maremmello Golf Club has 9 holes, Par 70.

A 30-minute drive to the Argentario Golf, 18 holes.

The famous golf course in Punta Ala is a little over an hour's drive away and offers 18 holes, par 72.

Not far away there are the hot springs of Saturnia, with its famous sulfur and the elegant spa with its beauty.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates


Capalbio Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Alta stagione
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 26 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
14 night minimum stay
Mezza stagione1
Sep 27 2014 - Oct 25 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €300
Pulizie fine soggiorno €100
Notes Le tariffe mensili si intendono di 28 giorni, da Sabato a Sabato.
• Prenotazione:

• Per confermare una prenotazione è richiesta una caparra pari al 30% della tariffa complessiva di affitto pagabile tramite bonifico bancario.
Il saldo 30gg. prima.
• La prenotazione è effettiva alla ricezione del 30% della caparra.
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Capalbio Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Heating
  • Living Room
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Pantry Items
  • Dining Area
  • Dining
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bagno 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bagno 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 1 bathroom on the main floor, adjacent to the bedroom window with mosquito net. Bathroom 2 downstairs, adjacent to the room.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Camera da letto 1 - 1 king
    Camera da letto 2 - 1 king , si puo avere la sistemazione di 2 letti singoli
  • 1 bedroom on the main floor with air conditioning, window with mosquito net, very comfortable king size bed with comfortable mattress of FLOU padded. Bedroom 2 downstairs, window and door with mosquito net, comfortable king size bed or 2 single 90cm, all with comfortable padded mattress. This room is not 'connected with the interior of the ground floor has a private entrance, a door and a window, there is no' view of the panorama.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • cinemas
  • churches
  • theme parks
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • arboretum
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • ATM/bank
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • equestrian events
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
You can 'take advantage of a path of 800m. within the property 'that runs through the park consists of olive groves, pine forests and Mediterranean scrub until you get to a big green field where you can' do a picnic or a nap, always in complete privacy, another oasis of peace at 'inside of an already' extremely quiet and beautiful property '. Kids ages 7 and up. Due to the quiet nature of this magical place, is not 'possible to organize parties or events.
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