A COUNTRY HOUSE IN THE ORIGO ESTATE OF LA FOCE WITH PRIVATE GARDEN AND POOL

Benedetta Isidori

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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A COUNTRY HOUSE IN THE ORIGO ESTATE OF LA FOCE WITH PRIVATE GARDEN AND POOL

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6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms with lovely garden and stunning views of Val d'Orcia

MONTAUTO is one of the oldest and architecturally most attractive of the farmhouses on the La Foce/Origo estate. LA FOCE in the Val d’Orcia has been described as ‘a crossroad and meeting place in the heart of Tuscany for all those who delight in nature, literature, the arts, and history, in a setting of perfect harmony’.

Montauto is surrounded by woods and fields, with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and of the Castelluccio, a small medieval castle that today also belongs to the Origo property. Historically, Montauto was a large farm in which lived a family of ‘mezzadri’ (sharecroppers) that worked for the Castle owners from the early Middle Ages.

The architecture of Montauto is in typical Tuscan style, proportionate and spacious, built around a central courtyard which provides delightful privacy among a profusion of flowers and terracotta vases. This is an ideal spot for outdoor dining during the spring and fall months.

Benedetta Origo originally restored this house for herself and her family. It is furnished with lovely antique furniture, many books, local pottery, terracotta floors and antique stone fireplaces. The house was refurbished extensively in 2006.

There is a large new pool too, 12 x 6 m, on a terrace just below the house, from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the pines and cypresses of the famous La Foce gardens and the Amiata mountain beyond. It is protected by a small wooden gate, making the garden safe for small children to roam around on their own.

The large garden offers several beautiful spots for different moments of the day: two outside dining areas, a shaded terrace in front of the house, a barbecue facility under centuries-old oak trees, and many ideal spots for reading, thinking, and enjoying the view. Beautiful walks into the surrounding countryside can be taken directly from the property.

Montauto 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 main master bedroom also gives onto this room.

Ground floor: open kitchen and dining room with fireplace, 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 single bedroom, 1 full bathroom with tub, 1 full bathroom with shower, laundry room.

First floor: large living room with fireplace, master double bedroom with ensuite bathroom, 1 double bedroom, 1 single bedroom, 1 full bathroom with tub.

Grounds: enclosed courtyard with table, wisteria covered pergola with table and chairs, extensive garden with own pool (12x5 mt.).

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed

Benedetta Isidori

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I have inherited the property of La Foce from my parents, who bought the estate when they married in 1924, and this is where I grew up. 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. The picture above is of myself surrounded by my family, celebrating my 70th birthday at La Foce (I have 10 grandchildren). 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.

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 live here and take the estate into my 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.

Benedetta Isidori purchased this chateau / country house in 1924

Montauto was the first farmhouse I restored, for the use of my own increasing family, so that the children could bring their own friends. It became a lively and gregarious house, with friends dropping in often for meals or weekends, lots of talk, music, and fun.

Montauto has a very special aura, serene and relaxed, both friendly and creative. The path that runs beside it and down the hill was one of the oldest roads in Tuscany (now private), used by the ancient Etruscan people to join up their inland towns with their sea ports beyond the Amiata mountain. It is bordered by beautiful oak trees and wild broom. Montauto, and all of La Foce, is the perfect place for a holiday: you can simply enjoy the Tuscan hill towns, returning at night to a delicious dinner at the La Foce restaurant, Dopolavoro La Foce, only 2 kms away.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Map

Map

Nearest Ferry
155 Kilometres
Piombino
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Chiusi
Nearest Motorway
13 Kilometres
Chiusi-Chianciano Terme A1
Nearest Beach
110 Kilometres
Castiglione della Pescaia
Nearest Barpub
15 Kilometres
Dopolavoro La Foce
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Monte Amiata
Nearest Golf
32 Kilometres
Golf Club Valdichiana
Nearest Restaurant
15 Kilometres
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.

Montauto 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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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
Jun 14 2014 - Aug 29 2014
7 night minimum stay
€5,400
 
 
Mid Season 2
Aug 30 2014 - Oct 10 2014
7 night minimum stay
€4,500
 
 
Low Season 2
Oct 11 2014 - Dec 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
€3,570
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €500
Notes ates 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
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.
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Amenities

Amenities

Pienza Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 360 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Telephone
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • All the bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double
  • all the bedrooms are fully furnished with excellent mattresses, two pillows per person, chest of drawers. Spacious wardrobes are available on both floors. The furniture is Tuscan style with some antiques and lots of books.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Books
  • Pool Table
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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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