|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This comfortable and attractive house is built into the 13th century walls of the mediaeval hilltop 'castello' of Murlo dating from the year 1000, of Etruscan origins.
Set up like a townhouse, entry is off the picturesque central square opposite the world-famous Etruscan museum. A flight of stairs opens into a large Tuscan-style living room with traditional fireplace and comfortable furnishings. The spacious eat-in kitchen with washer, dishwasher, is on the same floor, as is the main bathroom with bath and shower.
Stairs lead up to the bedrooms. The master bedroom, facing over the hills, has a double bed. The smaller twin-bedded second bedroom is over the square and has a WC/basin en suite.
There is a private furnished patio and small garden with superb views of the Tuscan hills as far as the distant Siena skyline. The village is a pedestrian area; loading and unloading permitted. Typical pizzeria/restaurant across the square.
Ideal location for visiting Tuscan towns and sights and sampling delicious local products
- I was born and attended school in the North of England, then moved to London where I graduated and started working. After living in Switzerland and the US, I settled in Milan, Italy. For the last 12 years I have lived in Murlo with my husband Camillo where we are both involved in tourism and the organisation and promotion of local events. .
sarah wadsworth purchased this house in 2001
It is many people's dream to live in Tuscany, and this house in the old walls of a picturesque mediaeval hamlet has been my answer. Being next door to our home, it is the perfect solution to put up family, friends and guests and to share the delights of this magical area with them.
- The benefit of being part of a tiny community (15 inhabitants!) in the midst of the magnificent Siena countryside. Alone with Nature but never completely on your own.
This was an unusual vacation destination. It gave us exposure to ancient Italian history while at the same time giving us the opportunity to live as the Italians do. The facility was clean and well-maintained. The owners were unfailingly warm and friendly. It is an ideal site for someone who wants to tour the Tuscan countryside by car. There are innumerable castles, old cities, monasteries and cathedrals within a one hour drive from Murlo. When I say "castles", I mean real fortifications used by actual knights during the period from roughly 1,100 AD until Renaissence times when Siena was involved in military struggles with neighboring Florence. We visited San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Abbazia di San Galgano, Montalcino, Pienza, San Quirico d'orcia and Abbazia di Sant Antimo. Siena with its beautiful cathedral is about twenty minutes to the north. We were an odd threesome -- my Father and his friend, both serious photographers in retirement wanted to tour Tuscany by car. There were innumerable opportunities for photography because of the abundance of scenic vistas and ancient ruins. During the six days we stayed here we did not run out of sites to visit. The food at local restaurants was good, and we thought was exceptionally good at the local hotel in Vescovado di Murlo. However, we had a full kitchen at the Villa complete with dishwasher, and this helped to hold down costs during our stay, since we ate in on many occasions or prepared bagged lunches to take with us on day trips to the surrounding countryside. We shopped at the local grocery store in Monteronni D'Arbia, a 15 minute drive to the north. Included in the rental as well is a small backyard garden which offered a beautiful hilltop view of the surrounding countryside. The Castle where the Villa is located also has a sizable museum dedicated to ancient Etruscan archeology, including artifacts unearthed in the hills immediately surrounding the Castle. So, this Villa-within-a-Castle is indeed a highly unusual property. There was only one negative: My elderly father had some difficulty climbing the stairs up to the bedrooms on the upper floor, and it would have been nice if there had been a hand-rail as there was on the stair leading from the street to the lower floor. Apart from that, we have no complaints to offer. We had a delightful stay and enjoyed it thoroughly.
We stayed for 2 weeks in this charming, comfortable apartment. It was perfectly located for traveling around the countryside visiting hill towns as well as the coast. Sarah and Camillo were excellent hosts and were always there to assist us and give us guidance. The kitchen is large and has all the items necessary to prepare a great dinner. The bedrooms upstairs are quiet and comfortable with lots of space to hang your clothes or put away in drawers. The living room is comfortable with a large fireplace, a great place to hang out after a day of traveling. There are markets nearby, a great bar in Vescovado where all the local men hang out (we drank beer or coffee and used their WiFi). And the Estruscan museum located about 1/4 block from your door was excellent. Highly recommended for a stay in the Toscana region.
Tuscany is a wonderful area to visit and staying in such a unique place is the icing on the cake. Murlo is absolutely charming and the house is very nice, facing onto the main square as shown in the photograph and out over the countryside at the back. The owners live next door and are very friendly and hospitable without being intrusive. They welcomed us into community events and all the locals were friendly. We particularly enjoyed our meals at the local restaurant which served delicious local food.
We would recommend this holiday home wholeheartedly to friends or family.
This delightful home built in to the town walls is packed with character & has all the facilities necessary for a comfortable holiday. We found it clean with good facilities/equipment. The Village setting is peaceful & relaxing, whilst the Pizzaria across the Square has perfect countryside views with the sun setting behind the hills & serves a good menu, even for vegetarians like us.
There was plenty of room for our family (with 2 adult daughters), even on the compact terrace at the back of the property & the addition of the tiny toilet/sink off the twin room was useful.
The Owners who live next door were helpful & involved & seemed to have huge knowledge of the locality.
The local Swimming pool in Vescovado (1mile away) was empty, quiet & clean but cost E7 a visit.
The area is good for early morning cycling trips with rolling countryside & is less 'touristy' than other parts of Tuscany that we've visited.
Arriving in the heat of August was a bit heady but Il Pozzo's interior was dark and so cool that our exhaustion was ameliorated immediately. Sarah met us in Buonconvento and we followed her up the hillside to the beautifully preserved Etruscan village of Murlo. My family and I were really taken in by the historical charm of this location. The house itself was fascinating being one of the structures that was one of the old houses attached to the boundary walls of the former castle belonging to the medieval bishops of Siena. Sarah has furnished the apartment with all of the necessary amenities one wants or needs when traveling. The kitchen was equipped to prepare meals, the bedrooms were comfortable, the second bath on the upper floor was a plus. And, the courtyard garden was beautiful. We spent many hours there eating and gazing at the stars. The location is very quiet, the town is very small but all of the neighbors know each other and I felt like I was on a movie set sometimes! Our hosts, Sarah and Camillo, were fantastic. They both made us feel very comfortable and responded to our many questions about the area. Sarah provided all sorts of maps and suggestions for off the beaten path places to visit. There was an Etruscan festival planned for the time we visited and the piazza at our doorsteps was transformed into a grand outdoor dining room where guests ate Etruscan specialties and were entertained with music and dance. Sarah and Camillo also introduced us to some of their friends and graciously included us on a couple of adventures. I would definitely recommend Il Pozzo to family and friends.
Murlo is a great location to explore Tuscany. The house is comfortable and homely with all the facilities you would need.
Rolling hills surround Murlo which is easy walking distance to Vescovado and a perfect position for walks around the area. Siena is within easy reach as is the coast and surrounding towns and villages - car essential.
A welcome package was waiting for us on arrival which was well received and a number of events took place in the town organised by the owners.
All in all a very pleasant holiday in a great location.
Murlo is situated 25 km south of Siena at an altitude of 300m, 10 km above the ancient Roman Cassia road linking Florence to Rome. It overlooks the magnificent fields, olive groves and vineyards of the Crete hills on one side and endless forest to the other. This beautifully restored village, a pedestrian area with a permanent population of just 15, is the ideal location for a peaceful holiday, in a strategic position for visiting the area. Siena and the famous hill towns of the Val d'Orcia - Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza etc - are just a short drive away, and both the centre of Florence and the coast less than 1h 30m. The beautiful 14th-century Benedictine abbey of Monte Oliveto is closeby, beyond the lovely old market town of Buonconvento. Murlo boasts a world-famous Etruscan museum housing finds from the local on-going excavation site of Poggio Civitate and is within easy reach of many important archaeological areas and museums. The small town of Vescovado is 1 km away and has all the basic amenities: restaurant, bars, food shops, newsagent's, pharmacy, bank, post office, doctor's surgery, as well as a large well-kept outdoor swimming pool open to the public at the Albergo di Murlo.Typical pizzeria/restaurant across the square from the house.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 1 2014 - Mar 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
A deposit of 30% of total payment is required by bank transfer or Paypal within 15 days of the initial firm booking request, otherwise the owner reserves the right to rent the accommodation to another guest. In case of cancellation, this deposit is not refundable.
A50 euro refundable deposit is required on arrival to cover eventual damage
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.