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HILLTOP HOUSE IN THE HEART OF TUSCANY WITH PRIVATE POOL

Catherine Niessen

Advertiser since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french, german, italian, dutch
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Catherine Niessen

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Calendar last updated:
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HILLTOP HOUSE IN THE HEART OF TUSCANY WITH PRIVATE POOL

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Special Offer! 10% reduction in rental rates March 1 - November 1

San Giovanni d'Asso Villa Rental Photos and Description

Stunning views, 2 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeping 4-5

This 'home' in Tuscany is a carefully restored and enlarged farm building dating back to the 18th century. Its hilltop setting between olive groves and wheat fields, just 1.5km outside historic Montisi, gives it a unique 'away-from-it-all feeling'. Yet the hamlet's bakery, grocery shop, bar/tabac and restaurant are just a leisurely 15 min stroll away between cypresses and olive trees. Views are stunning, with the area around the private pool particularly good for enjoying sunsets.

This is not a 'develop to let' property, but a house that for seven years served as a 'home' when the owners were posted overseas and is now their holiday home.

It is arranged over three floors;

- The top floor comprises a double bed room with en suite bathroom

- The first floor mirrors the top floor, except that it is laid out as a twin bedroom, with en suite shower/bathroom

- The ground floor offers fantastic views over the rolling country side and includes a 25 X 12 ft living room with fireplace, as well as a fully equipped kitchen with a beautiful breakfast terrace.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Catherine Niessen (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2006
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, french, german, italian, dutch
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
January 28, 2015
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Pay with confidence
Pay with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

4.9
based on 27 traveler reviews

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Hilltop house in the heart of Tuscany with private pool
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Hilltop house in the heart of Tuscany with private pool
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San Giovanni d'Asso Val d'Arbia - Crete Senesi
Ilkley, West Yorkshire, UK
5

Just delightful

  • 5 of 5
The villa is beautifully located, sensitively converted and is ideal for rest and recuperation, with comfortable living spaces and a terrace in the shade of a large holm oak, ideal for long al fresco lunches. The pool is a good size and very welcome for cooling off and exercise. If you forget to bring a book, don't worry, there is a library to suit all tastes and moods. Montisi is unspoiled and pictureque and nearby San Giovanni d'Asso harbours an excellent restaurant, Il Castello - highly recommended. A bottle of Brunello is a must. The wine centres of Montalcino and Montepulciano are both nearby and are good to visit and the village used for filming 'The English Patient' is about 5km away. We will be recommending it to friends and hope to return ourselves one day.
  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2008
  • Stayed: Aug 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Seeing that others enjoy our home as much as we do is ample solace for not being able to spend more time in Montisi ourselves. As to the library, so many books, so little time........
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Hilltop house in the heart of Tuscany with private pool
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San Giovanni d'Asso Val d'Arbia - Crete Senesi
5

Tuscan Charm

  • 5 of 5
Our family of five (two adults and three children aged 8,6 and 4) spent a magical week in this charming villa. The website description and photos are very accurate; however, it is even more beautiful in real life!! The views from the property are breathtaking, and so quintessentially Tuscan - olive and cyprus trees, goats nearby (with bells!) and beautiful sunsets. The villa is full of character and has been restored beautifully, maintaining an authentic and rustic feel. It was clean and well-maintained, and well-equiped with cooking utensils/pots, drying racks for clothes & towels etc - there was nothing we needed that we couldn't find somewhere in the villa. Wifi worked very well. Highlights were eating breakfast on the kitchen deck, and relaxing by the pool. The children also loved playing table tennis and watching the little green lizards in the garden! The villa is spread over three levels, with quite a steep and narrow staircase. Our children managed this easily, but something to keep in mind for the very young, the elderly, or anyone with injuries or disabilities.

Montisi is a gorgeous town, not at all touristy, but very beautiful. The local grocery store stocked all the essentials (and the owner spoke good English). Il Barino (the bar in town) became a regular haunt for morning coffee, and was a great spot for watching World Cup soccer matches on the big screen. Our boys also enjoyed a spontaneous game of street soccer with the local children on our last night - despite not being able to speak the language! A definite advantage of this villa is its proximity to town, yet what makes it really special is that the villa feels very private, secluded and rural - the perfect combination for a holiday!

The villa is ideally situated for visiting beautiful nearby villages - our favourites were Montalcino, Montepulciano and La Pienza. They are a short drive by car, about 20-30 minutes. The roads are easy to navigate and the scenery is beautiful. We also spent a beautiful day in Siena - a longer drive, but very achievable from the villa.

Catherine was very helpful during the process of booking and also during our stay. Adi, the property manager, was very reliable and friendly, and made the arrival and departure processes very smooth.

We would love to come back again and have already recommend to friends! Thank you for making your beautiful home available - we are now living on the memories!
  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hilltop house in the heart of Tuscany with private pool
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San Giovanni d'Asso Val d'Arbia - Crete Senesi
Princeton, NJ
5

All that we hoped for in a Tuscan rental

  • 5 of 5
We chose this villa with another couple and hoped to have an "authentic" Tuscany experience. We were delighted with our stay - from the helpful suggestions from Catherine and Adi (the local caretaker), the beautifully designed and spotless home, the spectacular view especially at sunset, and the wonderful location of the villa. Montisi is a charming town and other Tuscan towns are within an easy drive. Our stay was exactly what we had hoped it would be and more. I wish we had stayed for two weeks!
  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Hilltop house in the heart of Tuscany with private pool
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San Giovanni d'Asso Val d'Arbia - Crete Senesi
5

PURE BLISS

  • 5 of 5
To sum our time in this Villa with words will never do justice to seeing it with your own eyes. My wife and I and another couple spent our days exploring the hillside towns and nights watching the sunset from the patio. This Villa is 5 star and beyond, the bedrooms are welcoming, the bathrooms are updated and the kitchen is perfect for Tuscan cooking. We sat by the pool most late afternoons as the sun descended over the rolling hills.

The town of Montisi, although small, has so much charm. The local bar had a band on the weekends, the cafe was perfect for a cappuccino before hitting the road. We had a few amazing meals near by. The owner of the Villa made sure the restaurant owners new we where coming, the experience was out of this world.
I would highly recommend this Villa to anyone looking for the true authentic Tuscan experience. You will not be disappointed......

Ciao Ciao.
  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Hilltop house in the heart of Tuscany with private pool
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San Giovanni d'Asso Val d'Arbia - Crete Senesi
Edinburgh
5

Just about perfect

  • 5 of 5
La Torre has been beautifully and imaginatively restored from a near ruin. The bedrooms are relatively small, but that's to do with the original dimensions of the farm building. What we were really taken with was the spaciousness of the living area(s) and the kitchen. Since we were there in early May, the evenings were still not warm enough to sit out of an evening, so it was good to have so much space and to be able to heat it up very quickly, with either the stove for wood pellets or a proper fire in the fireplace (heating was charged extra, as you would expect).
Everything looked very clean and well-maintained to us and we particularly liked the landscaping of the grounds, with lots of rosemary and broom bushes. Then there are the views, as other reviewers have said. The sunsets were particularly amazing and can easily be admired from the terrace, but the misty morning landscapes were also something very special.
All our arrangements with the owner went very smoothly, with extremely prompt replies to our questions and our deposit returned within ten days.
We twice tried the walk from the house up onto the ridge opposite that is clearly marked on a leaflet from the tourist office, but just couldn't fight our way through the hedges at the bottom of the slope; coming from Montelifre it was a shame having to retrace our steps when already within sight of the house!
We loved Montisi, although it took us nearer 20 minutes to walk to the baker at the other end of the village. It has enough amenities and a surprisingly good grocer's shop, as well as several restaurants. Our stand-out was Il Barrino, where we had one of the most enjoyable meals we've ever had in Italy, thanks to the good humour and friendliness of one of the owners. In the two weeks stay we managed to get to most of the surrounding towns and particularly liked San Quirico d'Orcia, which does not get as many tourists as the better-known places but has its own charm (as well as a top-class restaurant in L'Antico Forno, complete with a large outdoor courtyard). And at our second attempt we managed to get to the gardens at La Foce, which are well worth the trip, both for the planting and the views.
  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hilltop house in the heart of Tuscany with private pool
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p62257
+44 -7502228371
San Giovanni d'Asso Val d'Arbia - Crete Senesi
4

Idyllic Tuscan retreat

  • 4 of 5
We had an incredible week long stay at La Cella in September 2013. The location and house was everything we had hoped for our first stay in Tuscany. This traditional Tuscan villa set in olive groves with its own private gardens and pool were an ideal base to enjoy Montisi and the surrounding areas. The views from the terraces and pool were just amazing, especially at sunset with a glass of wine in hand and the BBQ on the go. The villa includes all the mod cons that you need to enjoy your stay and avoid those extra baggage charges.
Lazy days by the pool or a more invigorating walk upto the piazza grande of Montepulciano coupled with a wine tasting experience in many of the surrounding wineries, this area of Tuscany has it all. A visit to Siena with a traditional lunch in Piazza del campo is a must
So much to see and do, a second or third trip is a must. Looking forward to returning at the same time next year when all the tourists have gone.
Jason and Claire
  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Montisi
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Chiusi
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Sinalunga
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Montisi
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Castiglione della Pescaia
Car: recommended

Montisi is an as of yet 'undiscovered' medieval hilltop hamlet, where days and weeks are all too short. With Montisi having a bakery, grocery shop, choice of restaurants, and even a 'Cinema Paradiso', one would, in fact, not need leave Montisi at all if a book, a bottle of wine and priceless Tuscan views is your kind of holiday.

On the other hand, such world heritage sites as Pienza, Siena and Montepulciano are all within 20-30 minutes drive. Even Florence and Rome are within easy reach by car, one and two hours respectively, or by direct train from Chiusi.

Although Montisi is not an obvious beach location, a one day trip to the Tuscan coast is very doable with, for instance, Castiglione della Pescaia one and a half hours away by car.

Other Activities: ballooning

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San Giovanni d'Asso Villa Rental Rates

Special Offer! 10% reduction in rental rates

Special Offer From:
Dates Mar 1, 2015 to Nov 1, 2015

10% reduction in rental rates on all weeks excluding July and August for this beautiful hilltop home in the heart of Tuscany

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Winter
Jan 3 2015 - Mar 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
€700
 
 
Spring
Mar 29 2015 - May 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,300
 
 
Summer
May 4 2015 - Jun 27 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,600
 
 
High summer
Jun 28 2015 - Sep 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,900
 
 
Late summer
Sep 5 2015 - Sep 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,600
 
 
Autumn
Sep 27 2015 - Oct 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,300
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit €400
Notes Rate includes;
- weekly cleaning of house, change of bedlinen, towels etc,
- reasonable use of water and electricity.
Rate does not include;
- gas,
- firewood.
Booking terms:
- 50% of the rate is payable within 7 days from the date of booking confirmation,
- balance 50% due 2 months prior to booking date, including refundable deposit.

Amenities

San Giovanni d'Asso Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , study
  • Bedrooms 1 and 2 have, besides en suite bathrooms, stunning views over rolling countryside with, on a clear day, the Sienese church spires just visible. The study has its own bathroom including shower so that it can be used as a further guestroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
There is an excellent boutique hotel nearby for friends and family who may wish to stay in the area www.lalocandadelcastello.com/

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