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Traditional Farmhouse with stunning views at Siena's doorstep - Free WiFi

Adam

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Calendar last updated:
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Traditional Farmhouse with stunning views at Siena's doorstep - Free WiFi

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

Siena Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Villa with Unlimited Views of Tuscan Countryside.

This beautifully renovated rustic villa is only 10 minutes’ drive from the heart of Siena. Built in the 1500’s, Belvedere (beautiful view) is situated on a remote hilltop with breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside with vineyards and olive trees in the immediate vicinity. It’s near enough for ready access to Siena yet remote enough for your private piece of Tuscan tranquility. The villa has been split into two different areas. The upper floor (accessible by a short stair case) is where you will be staying as this has the best views. Our Caretaker lives in an apartment below with completely separate entrance and not connected at all. She is very unobtrusive so you can rest assured that your privacy will be respected ... She can, upon request, prepare a Welcome Dinner that has been a major hit with a lot of guests!

Siena is one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval cities in Europe with an absolutely stunning cathedral Il Duomo. The hospital of Santa Maria della Scala is said to be the oldest hospital in the world. The Piazza del Campo is a beautiful sight any day of the year but transforms to its medieval state for the famous Palio di Siena every 2nd of July & 16th August. Each contrada or section of the city battles it out for the famous bareback horserace around city centre.

Belvedere is also a fantastic location to base yourself for day trips to Florence and many other towns dotted around Tuscany such as San Gimignano, Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano. A trip to the abbey Monte Oliveto Maggiore for evening vespers followed by dinner in the quaint walled village of Buonconvento is highly recommended. Further afield are classic medieval towns such as Cortona, Perugia and Assisi and to the west, the Isle of Elba is a day or overnight trip.

Alternatively you can escape for days on end with only a few minutes’ drive or a 15 minute walk to the local shops for a coffee, an ATM or to top up the essentials – some local bread & milk, a bottle of Chianti, some fresh pasta or an array of regional cheeses. There are plenty of supermarkets only a short drive away if you are really stocking up or if you don’t feel like cooking there are many options for dining in the surrounding Colonna San Marco, San Rocco, Costalpino or in Downtown Siena.

Closer to home, points of interest are Certano (the estate villa), where you can pick up a bottle of Chianti produced in the surrounding vineyard and the monastry – Eremo di Lecceto where you can attend evening vespers.

Traditional Tuscan architecture, characterized by terracotta floors & exposed wooden beams is common throughout, including the three spacious bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. A dining table that seats 12 will be the centre of some great feasts and memories or you can choose to eat around the more cosy kitchen table. The kitchen is fully equipped with pots and pans, glassware & ceramics, enabling you to cook up your own meals if you so desire.

Come and enjoy the 'Dolce far niente' - the sweetness of doing nothing by grabbing a book, cooking up a meal & playing some cards. Alternatively use this as a base for countless day trips to explore Tuscany & beyond.

We live abroad so we won't be present during your stay; however we pride ourselves to be always very responsive in case of any guest's need.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Adam (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2015

About Adam

Hi I'm Adam and I'm a citizen of the world!

I currently live in Dubai with my wife to whom I owe my passion for the Italian life (and food!). It is infact her family farmhouse that we have had the pleasure to bring back to a new life. Everything here has belonged to the family for centuries and have been either preserved or restored with love. We cherish the idea that we can share this heritage with someone new. Open all drawers, leaf through the books and feel at home. We only ask you to treat the place and its odds and ends as if it was your own cause this place truly represents a piece of our hearts.

Adam purchased this farmhouse in 1512

Why Adam chose Siena

This property and most of its furniture has been in my wife's family for generations. We cherish the idea that we can share this heritage with other people while we are living abroad, giving the opportunity for others to experience the beauty of this piece of Tuscany.

What makes this farmhouse unique

For me it's the view from the kitchen that I never tire from, although there are spectacular views in every direction. Many a good meal with a bottle of wine has been enjoyed whilst soaking up this view. It's difficult to do proper justice to the place with photos alone. You really need to spend a few days to take it all in.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
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Reviews

4.7
based on 19 traveler reviews

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Traditional Farmhouse with stunning views at Siena's doorstep - Free WiFi
average rating of 4.736842 based on 19 reviews
2

Belvedere was a disappointment!

  • 2 of 5

Two mature couples for 1 week in late September. Location to a dozen wine regions and interesting medieval cities very convenient by car and close to freeways. Very close to Piazza Il Campo Siena

Since we planned to visit wineries and ancient cities during the day, we needed to purchase food and supplies for Breakfast/ Dinner while eating lunch out each day. Only the third market we found had enough supplies to accommodate our needs for these types of foods.

Farmhouse was charming upon initial view. Pictures are accurate for what it looks like, but not how it operates. Ability of owners to "sell" the dream is excellent. But not how it really works.

Grocery stores and similar facilities not easy to find (even with GPS system) and/or were inadequate for full services. Coop is really the only market that is adequate for those wanting to eat fresh fruit, veggies and various meats. We ended up continuing to search markets until we found what we needed. (Coop) Consequently, we wasted a lot of vacation time. (that was NOT part of "the charm")

Farmhouse and outside facilities in disrepair and not attractively maintained. Grill with no lighting in the area, and no charcoal, lighter/starter etc. no wood or ability to obtain clean wood for pizza oven. And we took at least 3 different times during our trip trying to locate clean wood...after buying all the ingredients to make a pizza...then threw it all away in the end since we never were able to find the wood.

So being told there was a grill, outdoor seating and a pizza oven, was pretty much not realistic. Lighting throughout villa very dim. Windows w/no protective screening at all, but in order to light the rooms and get any fresh air one needs to keep them open....inviting many many insects and bugs. This was a constant issue, since it was quite warm while we were there. There were dozens of bugs, and several very large spiders.All in all, the area and beauty of Italy in general is the reason we enjoyed our time in Siena. However, the facilities and comfort missteps definitely put a raw edge on each day. I would not recommend the villa for all the reasons noted about. But I also think, the fact that the 4 of us are experienced travelers and two of us have rental properties and have operated them for over 25 years, allows us to notice the difference in daily conveniences and understated luxuries that would have changed our opinions without a great deal of expense.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Belvedere was a slice of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

Our first evening started with a delicious dinner we requested that was prepared by Gianna, the caretaker who lives on the ground floor: lasagna, bruschetta, garden-fresh salad, Tuscan pate and Chianti, topped with sinfully delicious chocolate brownies. After a long day of travel it was so well-worth the additional cost. The first of many fabulous, Tuscan meals in the most magical place on earth.

The rental is on the second floor of the villa, and the views from every window were breathtaking. From sunrise to sunset, we threw the windows open to endless rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards, traditional Tuscan cypress and the quaint town of Sienna a stone’s throw away. The grounds at Belvedere were equally idyllic. An enormous fig tree bursting with fruit, fresh rosemary everywhere, a vegetable garden in the distance. The curvy, hilly entrance road provided a perfect and safe route for a quick, morning jog, and the neighbors running the villa were precious.

We were a group of four women, and the space was more than adequate. We didn’t stay in during the day, so most of our time in house was spent at the dinner table relaxing and reliving our adventures. The decor is rustic and warm, and the house was spotless. The three bathrooms were most welcomed, with the only oddity being the shower in the front bathroom over the stairs -- a little awkward to maneuver one’s exit. Better suited for a younger person! The kitchen was cozy and well-stocked. We didn’t have a chance to use the outdoor pizza oven or grill, but there was plenty of space to eat al fresco on the patio.

The location of Belvedere was perfect. A quick ride to Sienna, and there is easy access to the highway. It’s also centrally-located in Tuscany, so it was the perfect base for our day trips. During our week stay, we also visited Florence, Montalcino and Cinque Terre. We all would choose Belvedere again and highly recommend it. Grazie mille!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

A beautiful place in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Location, location, location. Simply put, a beautiful place in a beautiful setting. This 500 year old villa is handsomely appointed, providing stunning vistas and ideally located. Combine all of this with caring owners and you have found your vacation getaway residence.

Siena is just a 10 minute drive from this hilltop villa. The driveway to the residence is pleasantly secluded. You pass the Certano family homestead on the way in. Visiting the Villa Certano Agriturismo is a must, where they sell wine and olive oil produced onsite.

Endless rows of grape vines surrounded by olive tree orchards provide an amazing view. The scenery is so magnificent, no photo or artist could do it justice.

The home itself is immaculately maintained. The woodwork is deep, beautiful and old. The windows,engineering marvels, are not only beautiful, but critical in maintaining comfortable temperatures.

The villa easily accommodates 8 guests. The main dining area is reminiscent of King Arthur. There is a small porch where you can sit and admire the scenery. The kitchen has modern appliances. We enjoyed the scenery and ambiance so much, that we prepared dinner at home each night of our 2 week stay. Outside there is a stone patio with an outdoor eating table and awesome views. There is also a large stone pizza oven. We made use of it and cooked several pizzas. The experience was memorable.

Belvedere is perfectly situated for day trips to Montepulciano, San Gimignano and the amazingly scenic Montalcino, each about an hour drive by car. However, driving in Italy can be confusing and frustrating. We strongly recommend a GPS or data plan for your smart phone. You will not regret it.

The last true asset of Belvedere is Gianna the caretaker. She is extremely helpful and a truly lovely lady. Purchase the welcome dinner. This is a must! My wife and I have tasted many different variations of lasagna. Gianna's was the absolute best.

There are a few drawbacks. The WiFi can be iffy at times, however, Gianna was able to keep us connected most of the time. Belvedere does not have a pool so you will need to occupy yourself eating savory Italian food, drinking excellent local wines and admiring artwork by mankind's greatest masters. Also, there is no clothes dryer. However, there is a washer and plenty of Tuscan breezes to dry your laundry. All in all, a beautiful place in a beautiful setting. Kick back, relax and enjoy it!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ciao John & Bobbie, Thanks for your lovely review, we are thrilled you had a wonderful stay and made the most of Belvedere and its surroundings including the pizza oven and BBQ. We are always looking at ways to improve the farmhouse and the WiFi is a high priority. In rural Italy the signal seems to be a bit inconsistent, but thankfully Gianna is on hand to assist most of the time. She truly is a wonderful asset to Belvedere and doing the vacation rentals would not be possible without her! You were very pleasant guests and are obviously welcome back anytime for your next chapter of Renaissance exploration and Tuscan gastronomy!
Victoria Australia
5

Belvedere Bliss

  • 5 of 5

Wow! we had the best time here. Couldn't have wished for a better place to unwind after our Italian travels. The fascinating history of Belvedere, the marvellous Tuscan scenery, the warm, inviting atmosphere of the comfortable villa all added up to a memorable stay. For those who want to explore, this is a fantastic base to visit Siena and discover the many surrounding hilltop villages. A barbecue on the delightful terrace admiring the olive groves and the evening sunset was superb. We would recommend this beautiful place to everyone and please enjoy and look after it as we can't wait to go back soon!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
4

Serene comfort

  • 4 of 5

Close to perfect stay for 2couples. Would prefer double bed arrangement for master. Great meal served! Negative for anyone having difficulty with climbing stairs, as entire living quarters are on 2nd floor.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Farmhouse Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the farmhouse. It was remote enough to be able to enjoy the tranquility of the countryside without being too far from the shops and restaurants.

The kids loved having the open space to explore and even spotted a wild deer amongst the olives.

The house was very comfortable and well equipped. Plenty of utensils to cook a nice meal. The beds were also very comfortable and there were plenty of bathrooms. There were lovely areas outside with lots of chairs to sit and relax or even enjoy a meal outside.

The only things I could say were that we didn't receive the welcome gift suggested in the welcome book and the wifi stopped working during our stay. Neither of these things were an issue.

I would highly recommend a stay in the farmhouse. Our kids have rated it as the best places we have stayed in Italy.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ciao Brendan, We are pleased you had a wonderful stay and your whole family will have fond memories of Belvedere and your time in Italy for many years to come. In response to the welcome gift query, what we mention in our welcome book is a sampling of extra virgin olive oil produced from the olive trees outside and some balsamic vinegar for use during your stay. We have checked with our caretaker and she has confirmed both were refilled and left on the kitchen table prior to your arrival. Regarding the wifi we have taken you comments on board and installed a signal amplifier for a more consistent reception. Hopefully you will be able to return one day and enjoy another stint at Belvedere, you are welcome anytime. Grazie mille Carola & Adam

Map

Nearest Airport
88 Kilometres
Florence (Peretola); [& Pisa International 119Km]
Nearest Barpub
1.8 Kilometres
Costalpino
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Piombino
Nearest Golf
13.8 Kilometres
Royal Golf La Bagnaia
Nearest Train
9.6 Kilometres
Siena Train Station
Nearest Motorway
4.5 Kilometres
Raccordo Autostradale Firenze - Siena
Nearest Restaurant
1.8 Kilometres
Ristorante Antica Toscana Di Del Vigna Milva
Nearest Beach
76 Kilometres
Follonica
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

From €299 Per night

Siena Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Spring 2015
Mar 1 2015 - May 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
€350
€2,250
€7,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add €25 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer 2015
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
€399
€2,500
€7,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add €25 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall 2015
Sep 1 2015 - Nov 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
€350
€2,250
€7,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add €25 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring 2016
Mar 1 2016 - May 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
€350
€2,250
€7,000
 
 
Summer 2016
Jun 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
€399
€2,500
€7,500
 
 
Fall 2016
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
€350
€2,250
€7,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
€299
€2,000
€6,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add €25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €300

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Siena Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 130 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • All bathrooms are complete with shower, basin & toilets. One of the bathrooms (the smallest) has been built on top of the staircase, so is cosy but manageable for all your needs.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Can be adjoined to make one double bed
  • King size beds (2) Two of the rooms contain king sized beds, Twin or Single Beds (2) This can be utilised as two singles or joined together upon advance request.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
Notes:
Outdoor woodfire Pizza Oven fully functional. Once upon a time was used to bake fresh bread!

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