HILLTOP HOUSE IN THE HEART OF TUSCANY WITH PRIVATE POOL

Catherine Niessen

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

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Catherine Niessen

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HILLTOP HOUSE IN THE HEART OF TUSCANY WITH PRIVATE POOL

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.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Catherine Niessen (Owner)
Advertiser since 2006
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Speaks dutch, french, german, english, italian
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

4.8
based on 24 traveler reviews

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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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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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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
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5

Wow, what a fantastic house

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I had a fantastic 2 weeks staying at La Cella in June. The house was everything we could have wished for. The building has been sensitively converted to provide a very comfortable home with lots of character. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and a great pool. The views from the terraces and pool were just amazing, especially at sunset. We loved the peace and quiet, listening to and watching the wildlife, the sheep were very entertaining. However the house is not isolated being only a mile or so from Montisi.

Having never been to the area before we loved exploring the many hill towns, (Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino) including some of the lesser well known ones (Sant Angelo in Colle and Monticchello). But what we really enjoyed, after a hectic day sight seeing, was relaxing with a glass of wine on the terrace. This part of Tuscany is very beautiful and La Cella is perfectly placed for exploring.

I would certainly recommend La Cella and hope to return next year. Catherine was very helpful in providing information about the house and area.
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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San Giovanni d'Asso Val d'Arbia - Crete Senesi
5

Chilling a week away in Tuscany.

  • 5 of 5
From the minute we arrived at La Torre, we knew that this was going to be a gorgeous place to spend a week relaxing in the Tuscan countryside.

We found the converted grain store to be a petite yet deceptively spacious building. It is set in lovely gardens swathed with banks of lavender & rosemary. The house itself is comfortable and well appointed, it feels more like a home than a holiday villa. All of the domestic utilities were provided with plenty of hot water (if needed) available. The living room was a comfortable and cool retreat from the
heat of the day with the pool large enough to swim in as well as play or simply float around. Although getting away from it all was our intention, we couldn't resist using the wifi to follow the tennis at Wimbledon.

Our week consisted of a series of groundhog days - mornings spent sipping coffee on the terrace as the sheep were herded past in the distance, followed by lazy days in and around the pool with
the harmonious humming of the bee's feasting on their lavender banquet. In the evenings it was back to the terrace
for beautiful Prosecco sunsets, the views simply never ceased to delight us.

An important and very good aspect of this property was the owner - Catherine. In the administration of the rental, all our dealings with her were timely, any arrangements agreed were actioned completely. The details Catherine provided on the property and the suggestions in and around the surrounding area were comprehensive, accurate and informative. No question however trivial was left unanswered with additional notes often provided.

Definitely on our list of places for a return visit!

Stephen & Christopher, Surrey, UK
  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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San Giovanni d'Asso Val d'Arbia - Crete Senesi
Los Angeles
5

A Tuscan Treasure

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at La Torre was magical. The house has been very carefully restored and delightfully decorated. The views from every window are magnificent overlooking fields and farm land. Situated at the end of a country lane, this comfortable property is so peaceful, the perfect place to relax for us after our long flight from Los Angeles, via London. The charming small town of Montisi is within walking distance and other towns and places of historic interest are a short drive away.
We enjoyed reading the many varied and interesting books from the owner's library and cozy evenings by the fireside, so our aim to really relax away from city life was achieved.
Adi the property manager was a great help and communication was no problem as he speaks excellent English. The whole experience was something we will remember and we very much hope to return one day for hopefully a longer stay.
  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Map

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

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
late summer
Sep 7 2014 - Sep 27 2014
7 night minimum stay
€1,600
 
 
autumn
Sep 28 2014 - Nov 1 2014
7 night minimum stay
€1,300
 

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

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:
  • Iron & Board
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Broadband Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Parking
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
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
  • Games
  • Video Library
  • Television
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • cycling
  • 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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