Benedetta Isidori

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4 bedroom, 4 bathroom with private garden and pool in the heart of Val d'Orcia

Fontalgozzo is one of the restored farmhouses that belong to the La Foce / Origo estate in Val d’Orcia, Tuscany. The house lies on a sunny hillside just below the Villa La Foce, facing the much-photographed road flanked by cypresses that winds up the far hill. The farm was built in the early 1930s, on a model designed by Cecil Pinsent, the English architect who created the garden at La Foce. It is now completely restored and converted.

One of the main olive groves belonging to La Foce estate grows right beside Fontalgozzo. It provides a wonderful experience for visitors while the olive harvest is in progress – should they wish to participate, they are welcome!

A smaller house lies on the far side of the lawn, protected by an ancient dry-stone wall and rosemary bushes, with a double bedroom and bathroom, and the pool changing room. The rooms look out onto a terrace with a wisteria-covered porch and lavender beds. Beyond, there is the swimming pool, and a spectacular view over the hills and the ‘crete’.

On the north side, the house is sheltered by a hedge of cypresses. A stone table and benches for al fresco dining lie in a semi-circle of trees. The garden, complete with its own pool, was designed by the English architect Peter Curzon.

A pergola lines one side of the house just beside the kitchen, makiing this a perfect place for breakfast or evening meals. There are many cool and charming corners at Fontalgozzo for dining, reading or simply enjoying the view.

The travertine fireplace in the living room was originally designed by the architect Cecil Pinsent for the main Villa, and the spiral travertine stairs leading to the first floor are copied from a fifteenth-century model found in the nearby town of Montepulciano. All the bedrooms are full of light and decorated with charming fresh colours.

Fontalgozzo is serviced by a maid who comes to clean the house for two hours daily. A gardener keeps the premises watered and tidy, and looks after the swimming pool.

The maid is an excellent cook, and happy to prepare meals for guests upon request.

The external staircase, a typical feature of Tuscan farmhouses, leads to a small balconied terrace with a door to the upper sitting-room.

The house sleeps 8 and measures 280 m2

Ground floor:

large living room with fireplace in travertine stone, dining room,kitchen with cooking fireplace, bathroom, inner staircase leading to the first floor.

First floor:

2 double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, one twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom, living room with fireplace.

Pool house:

1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom - Laundry room - Pool storage room

More Details
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed

Benedetta Isidori

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I have inherited the estate of La Foce from my parents, who bought it when they married in 1924. This is where I grew up (though I was actually born in Rome during WW2), and this is my home. I run the agricultural estate from the ''fattoria'', the centre of the farming activities, and I look after the gardens which are visited by many horticultural fans. I have four children, 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. My eldest daughter Katia helps me here and runs the restaurant Dopolavoro La Foce which we have recently re-opened. Antonio, my son, is a concert 'cellist and professor at UCLA; he and I founded the now world-famous music festival Incontri in Terra di Siena here, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013. Another daughter lives and works in Poland, and the youngest is a sculptor in Florence. It is always a pleasure for us to meet families and guests who rent our holiday houses!

Benedetta Isidori purchased this farmhouse in 1924

Though La Foce has been my home throughout my childhood, I spent most of my young adult life abroad, having married an Argentinian violinist who travelled internationally playing concerts. We lived in London and Italy, and loved to appear at La Foce for our holidays, with our children. Later I lived in Rome and worked as a publisher of art books. My parents were still living, and they ran the property, so it was only when they died that I came to stay and work here, taking the estate into my own hands. I live at La Foce all year round, and miss it and its extraordinary beauty when I am away, either visiting my large family or taking short visits to other parts of the world.

Fontalgozzo is one of my very favourite houses on the estate. When I was restoring it, I thought – this is where I shall live myself! The view is stunning, but in a private way, and the scents change according to the seasons: cypress trees and wheat in the summer sun, lavender and rosemary and roses in spring, moss and wet earth in the autumn. It is never too hot or too cold here, and there are marvellous walks to be taken without ever needing a car. And if you get hungry, you can even take a 15 minute walk to La Foce’s own restaurant, Dopolavoro La Foce!

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Nearest Ferry
155 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
13 Kilometres
Chiusi-Chianciano Terme A1
Nearest Beach
110 Kilometres
Castiglione della Pescaia
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Dopolavoro La Foce
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Monte Amiata
Nearest Golf
32 Kilometres
Golf Club Valdichiana
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Dopolavoro La Foce
Car: necessary

La Foce is ideally situated: half way between Florence and Rome, with Arezzo, Siena, Perugia, Orvieto, Assisi and countless charming hill towns within a day's sightseeing. My favorites, where I will always take my friends, are Pienza, Montepulciano, Bagno Vignoni and tiny jewels like Sant'Anna in Camprena, Montisi, Montefollonico.

Be sure to book a visit (from the Sarteano archaeological museum) to the mysterious Etruscan tomb where a red-haired devil drives his chariot pulled by strange monsters across the river Lethes - only visible by appointment on Saturday mornings): a perfect visit for children too, especially if you combine it with a visit to the underground catacombs of Chiusi nearby.

Walking or biking in our surrounding hills is wonderfully exciting, with so much to take in: an ancient beech wood, a lake to plunge into after a hot ride, hot water baths used since Roman times, Etruscan tombs to visit, and above all, our ''crete senesi'', the hill-sized mounds of pure clay that so distinguish this region, where wild boar and porcupines and hares live.

The Baths of San Filippo are half-way up the Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano where you can ski, or walk for miles without ever meeting a soul, and then relax under the sulphuric waterfall or swim in the pool.

Bagno Vignoni too has a fabulous pool of natural hot waters, where even in winter you can swim outside (the medieval pool, used by travelers and pilgrims on their way to Rome, is one of the most extraordinary sights to be seen - a protected monument now, not for swimming).

But above all, you have come to La Foce to enjoy La Foce itself: the gardens, its history, the utter peace and magic of the place.

La Foce (meaning an opening, a meeting-place) was built at the end of the 15th century as an inn at the summit of the road between two valleys - a very ancient road, already used in Etruscan times. It was also the central farm of a large property belonging to the great Hospital in Siena. But wars and mismanagement in later centuries brought extreme poverty and the land was mostly abandoned. Until in the 1920s a young, newly-married couple called Antonio and Iris Origo bought the estate of over 7500 acres and decided to devote their lives to bringing prosperity back to the valley.

Iris Origo, an Anglo-American brought up in Florence, has written several books which deal with Italian history. One of these, War in Val d'Orcia, now a classic, is a day-to-day diary of the events that WW2 brought to this part of Tuscany, and describes with poignant words and great humanity the people and the country they lived in.

There are many activities that enliven La Foce at any time of year.

Above all, the well-known music festival Incontri in Terra di Siena, now celebrating its 25th anniversary: concert are held in courtyards, castles, hill towns, monasteries, and gardens during the second half of July , by international musicians of the highest calibre.

Other events -- cooking courses, garden tours, mountain bike, hiking to less known sites, winery tours and tastings, olive oil tasting, children's activities - are organized according to our clients' wishes.

The bar/restaurant Dopolavoro la Foce, at a walking distance through a private path, offers traditional Tuscan dishes, flavored with the delicious La Foce extra-virgin olive oil and created with the best seasonal local produce. The restaurant boasts its own vegetable garden across the road, guaranteeing a genuine farm-to plate process.

Fontalgozzo has its own maid who is also a very good cook, and you can dine under the pergola or by the swimming pool while sipping wine and recounting your day's adventures. Children find the big garden a wonderful place to play in - nobody gets bored at La Foce.

By the way, there is free WiFi all over the house too (should you wish to get back to earth).

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Pienza Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid Season
May 17 2014 - Jun 13 2014
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jun 14 2014 - Aug 29 2014
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season 2
Aug 30 2014 - Oct 10 2014
7 night minimum stay
Low Season 2
Oct 11 2014 - Dec 31 2014
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €500.00
Payment 50% of the rent is to be paid at the moment of booking either by credit card (Visa or mastercard) or by a bank wire. The remaining 50% may be paid upon arrival at La Foce by credit card.
Notes Rates are per week and include electricity, water, weekly change of linen, 2 hours cleaning a day (Mon. through Fri.) and final cleaning.
Extra charges: wood for fireplaces, central heating, tourist tax (EUR 0,70 per person/day)
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Pienza Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 280 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Internet ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • All have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • all the bedrooms are fully furnished with excellent mattresses, two pillows per person, armchairs. The furniture is Tuscan style with bright colours throughout the house.
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Books
  • Pool Table
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Advice on any activity that might be desired can be had from Benedetta Isidori at the La Foce office, such as: -cookery courses, wine and/or olive oil tastings -meals at the new restaurant, Dopolavoro La Foce -riding, biking, trekking, golf, ballooning -sight-seeing tours -museums and Etruscan tombs - children activities (gelato making classes, cooking classes)
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