Pienza Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description
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.).
- children welcome
- smoking allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets considered
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Events Allowed
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.
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.