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LUXURY TUSCAN VILLA, HEATED POOL, SUPERB VIEWS, UNDERFLOOR COOLING

Dr John Salt

Advertiser since: 2005
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Speaks: english, italian
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Dr John Salt

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Speaks: english, italian
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LUXURY TUSCAN VILLA, HEATED POOL, SUPERB VIEWS, UNDERFLOOR COOLING

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Pienza Villa Rental Photos and Description

5 double bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, lovely gardens, max 8 people, children 8 yrs+

Surrounded by lovely gardens in 25 hectares (62 acres) of unspoilt, peaceful woodland, olive groves and farmland, a beautifully restored spacious & luxurious old farmhouse in a dramatic position on a south facing hillside with spectacular views of the Val d'Orcia, now an UNESCO World Heritage site. The house is finished to a very high standard with hand-made terracotta tiled floors, antique furniture, a super large kitchen and other modern comforts including underfloor heating and cooling systems, and well-appointed bathrooms with excellent showers. The windows have integral insect screens. Meals can be enjoyed outside relaxing in beautiful settings including the two courtyards and there are lots of quiet places to sit and read. The 6 x 12 m heated pool with electric cover is surrounded by travertine paving with plenty of space for teak sunbeds under large sunshades. For the energetic there is table tennis and and badminton. Pool maintenance and house cleaning are included.

Further information about the house: Ground floor: Double doors open to large entrance hall with wood burning stove. Large sitting room with open fireplace & doors to courtyard from which steps lead to garden and pool area. Dining room with table seating up to 14 & doors to second courtyard. Large extremely well-equipped kitchen with 2 full-sized ovens, combination microwave oven, large 5 ring induction hob, double sink, vegetable preparation sink, dishwasher, electric espresso machine & food processor. TV room with 50 inch TV. Sonos wireless sound system, iPod docking station. Laundry room with washing machine & drying area. Cloakroom with WC & basin.

First floor: 5 bedrooms, all with ceiling fans: 3 bedrooms with large double beds (160 x 200 cm) and 2 bedrooms each with a pair of single beds. 5 bathrooms: 4 are en-suite, 3 with showers,1 with bath & 1 with bath & separate shower. Second sitting room / loggia with wood burning stove.

The underfloor heating system can also cool the house in the summer. Windows are double glazed with integral insect screens.

Further information about the house: The house has recently completed a total restoration, rescuing it from dereliction & near collapse. Situated in 25 hectares of its own secluded land which includes woodland, a 700 tree olive grove & open fields, there is an abundance of wildlife. You may not see a wild boar but they are there! You probably will see porcupines, hares & deer, and the numerous birds include large birds of prey. The land has not been intensively farmed and there are masses of wild flowers. Terraced landscaped gardens lead down to the heated pool (approx 1.5m deep), which has an electric cover. There is plenty of flat space for badminton and table tennis and there are lots of quiet and secluded spots to sit and read or chat over a glass of wine while looking out at the sweeping views of the Val d'Orcia. The ancient brick-lined wood oven has also been restored. The house is at the end of a 2.5 km (1.5 miles) dirt road (strada bianca) maintained in good condition and there is plenty of space for parking.

Location: Pienza and Montepulciano are world famous perfect Renaissance towns, with a good range of shops for food, wine, cheese and other supplies as well as artisan shops and workshops and excellent restaurants and bars. The Val d'Orcia is unspoilt and much less developed than some other parts of Tuscany and its UNESCO World Heritage status ensures that it is protected from future development. Monticchiello, Montefollonico, Castelmuzio, Bagno Vignoni and San Quirico are only some examples of lovely little nearby towns and villages with excellent restaurants. Wine lovers can visit Montalcino and Montepulciano, those needing pampering can chill out at thermal baths in Bagno Vignoni or Bagni San Filippo, while Siena and Florence are easily accessible. There are concerts (classical, brass band, jazz, modern), opera, art shows,and a host of other events throughout the area, mainly in the summer months.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Dr John Salt (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2005
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Speaks: english, italian

About Dr John Salt

We are 2 London doctors who bought this lovely old farmhouse in a derelict state in 2005. The total restoration of the house and gardens was completed in June 2012.

Dr John Salt purchased this villa in 2005

Why Dr John Salt chose Pienza

It is a magical old house in a dramatic position overlooking the Val d'Orcia which is one of the loveliest and most unspoilt parts of Tuscany. It was a perfect restoration project in the UNESCO world heritage area.

What makes this villa unique

The house is surrounded by forest, open fields and olive groves in glorious countryside with stunning views and abundant wildlife. It is close to gems such as Pienza, Monticchiello and Montepulciano. Being a World Heritage site, the Val d'Orcia is protected from development.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

5
based on 13 traveler reviews

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Luxury Tuscan villa, heated pool, superb views, underfloor cooling
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
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Luxury Tuscan villa, heated pool, superb views, underfloor cooling
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Pienza Val d'Orcia - Amiata
5

"La Dolce Vita"

"La Dolce Vita"
  • 5 of 5
"La Dolce Vita" is the perfect saying
to describe Villa Luisa. From the minute you see the first
spectacular view as you round the bend to the house, you
feel embraced by the beauty of Tuscany. The house is
spectacular, from the lovely bedrooms, to the well appointed
bathrooms, the very comfortable sitting rooms, and the well
equipped kitchen. The two patios, with unbelievable views,
were a great place to relax, drink some wine, and eat some
of Italy's wonderful food. We had Alessandro cook for us
6 times while we were there and all of his meals were very
high quality and delicious! Our "special goodbye
dinner" is one that we will never forget. Samuela, was
a wonderful housekeeper, and she kept the house immaculate.
She is also a great cook and her lasagna and grilled
vegetables are out of this world. We attempted to have
numerous conversations with Mario, the gardener, and he even
guided us on a walk around the property and his beautiful
gardens. We enjoyed his company and his conversation, even
though we did not understand a word that he said! The owners
left a very helpful book with numerous recommendations of
restaurants in the area. The Val d'Orcia region is
exceptionally beautiful and touring the area is very easy by
car. We had a phenomenal time and would highly recommend
this property. Someday we hope to be lucky enough to return
as we made some wonderful memories.
  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Luxury Tuscan villa, heated pool, superb views, underfloor cooling
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Pienza Val d'Orcia - Amiata
5

Beautiful Villa with Incredible Views

  • 5 of 5
As beautiful as the pictures are on the internet of this villa it is even more spectacular in person. The villa is immaculate and decorated lovely. I thought the kitchen was larger than it looked on the pictures on this website as well as the bedrooms. I don't think you can find a more gorgeous view than the one from this special villa. The owners were lovely to deal with, and very informative. We actually got to meet them and they were as lovely in person as I thought they would be. The housekeeper, Samuela, is an absolute jewel. Definitely have her cook you a meal or two for you. Mario, the gardener, keeps the gardens and grounds looking pristine. .We spent two weeks there. There are many wonderful towns to visit on day trips from the villa. Don't miss Cortona and Sienna.
  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Luxury Tuscan villa, heated pool, superb views, underfloor cooling
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Florida, USA
5

One Of the Most Beautiful Homes We've Ever Stayed In!

One Of the Most Beautiful Homes We've Ever Stayed In!
  • 5 of 5
We have rented VRBO homes all over the US and Europe, and also rent out a vacation home of our own on the Gulf Coast of Florida. We always have high expectations of the homes we rent. This villa was perfect in every way: our always friendly and informative emails and phone conversations with owners who care about their guests; the location of the home sitting in a private location at the top of a hill (the views are incredible, yet the house easy to reach by car and close to two great towns!! Important to ask in Tuscany!); a very friendly, helpful and unintrusive housekeeper and gardener (make sure to ask Samuela and her mom to cook for you one night, they do a great job!); the stunning pool; the professionally-decorated, warm and wonderful interior of the home; the basics throughout the home from blankets to candles to iPod speakers to kitchen items. Perfection and very highly-recommended! We hope to stay again!!!
  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Luxury Tuscan villa, heated pool, superb views, underfloor cooling
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5

Fabulous property!

  • 5 of 5
This is the third villa we've rented in Italy and it is by far the best. This property is has magnificent views, a wonderful kitchen and every room has great design and details. We had a family vacation and also hired the chef Alessandro who did a private dinner for us as well as a cooking class with lunch on the patio. Samuela takes great care of the house on a daily basis. This was one of our best vacations ever!
  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Luxury Tuscan villa, heated pool, superb views, underfloor cooling
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Pienza Val d'Orcia - Amiata
5

Beautiful and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5
My family rented this villa in early May and we were all thrilled with the entire experience! The villa is beautiful and very comfortable. The owners did a wonderful job renovating. We all felt very at home. The staff were also amazing making sure we had everything we needed at the villa and for our experience in Tuscany. There was a wealth of information about the area (restaurants, wineries, bike rentals, place to see, etc) and the owners checked in to make sure we had everything we needed. The location of the villa is perfect for a base camp and for traveling to the different hillside towns. It is also a beautiful place to relax and enjoy some downtime. We spent our days exploring and our evenings enjoying the comforts of the villa and cooking in the amazing kitchen. The owners have thought of everything to make your stay enjoyable. We hope to return someday soon and I highly recommend this villa to anyone going on a Tuscan holiday!
  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Luxury Tuscan villa, heated pool, superb views, underfloor cooling
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5

Amazing Tuscan Experience!!

  • 5 of 5
This 5 bedroom villa exceeded the expectations by its overall quality, its location /views and the service provided by its staff. We were three adult couples traveling for 3 weeks in Italy and by far our Tuscan experience were the most memorable days of our holiday. The villa is located within easy driving distances to all of the "hill towns" and wineries and as such the villa was a welcoming and relaxing site after our daily excursions. The quality of the villa's renovations and furnishings made you feel as if you were at a 5 star property. The property's service staff included Samuela who we found most delightful and made every effort to make our stay perfect. She is also a great cook. The grounds surrounding the villa are perfectly maintained by the property's gardener and the views from every vantage point are breathtaking. I believe all of us, when we return to Tuscany again, would not hesitate to rent this villa again but next time we will stay longer!!
  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Perugia, then Florence, Rome, Pisa, Bologna
Nearest Barpub
7.5 Kilometres
Montepulciano
Nearest Golf
49 Kilometres
Panicale
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Chiusi Chianciano
Nearest Motorway
18 Kilometres
Bettolle Val di Chiana, (A1)
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Kilometres
Santo Pietro
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Monte Amiata
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Castiglione di Lago
Car: necessary

Situated between Pienza (8.5km) and Montepulciano (7.5km), both Renaissance gems, in the heart of the outstandingly beautiful Val d'Orcia, the house is perfectly sited to explore the Val d'Orcia and is also within easy car distance of other destinations such as Florence (110km), Siena (70km), Perugia (85km) and Orvieto (85km). Bagno Vignoni (27 km, thermal baths and spa), Montalcino (34 km, Brunello wine production), Monte Amiata (50 km, mountain walking, winter skiing), Castiglione di Lago (35 km, lake, water sports), are closer to home. There are many excellent restaurants within 15 minutes drive, in Pienza, Montepulciano, Monticchiello, and Montefollonico, as well as further afield. There are thermal baths and spas at Bagno Vignoni, Montepulciano, Bagni San Filippo, and San Casciano dei Bagni. Chiusi (30 min drive) is on the main rail line with direct trains to Florence and Rome and is also an access point on the A1 autostrada from Rome to Florence, as is Bettolle (20 min), so day trips to both cities are easy by train or car. Large supermarkets are in Montepulciano, Sinalunga and Chiusi.

Other Activities: ballooning, cooking classes, cycling, walking, concerts, opera, wine tours.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Pienza Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
1
Jan 3 2015 - Apr 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
£3,891
 
 
2
Apr 4 2015 - Apr 10 2015
7 night minimum stay
£3,991
 
 
3
Apr 11 2015 - May 1 2015
7 night minimum stay
£3,891
 
 
4
May 2 2015 - May 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
£4,145
 
 
5
May 30 2015 - Jun 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
£4,545
 
 
6
Jun 27 2015 - Aug 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
£5,255
 
 
7
Aug 29 2015 - Sep 11 2015
7 night minimum stay
£4,800
 
 
8
Sep 12 2015 - Sep 25 2015
7 night minimum stay
£4,295
 
 
9
Sep 26 2015 - Oct 16 2015
7 night minimum stay
£3,991
 
 
10
Oct 17 2015 - Dec 18 2015
7 night minimum stay
£3,891
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit £1,000
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes Charges cover hot water and electricity, pool & house cleaning. High quality bed & bath linen & pool towels supplied & changed weekly. Household items such as laundry & dishwasher detergent, toilet paper, kitchen towel, cleaning items, etc. supplied. Not included: Fuel for central heating, house cooling and pool heating.
30% of the rent is required at booking and the balance plus a security deposit of £1,000 is due 8 weeks before start of rental period.

Amenities

Pienza Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 410 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Bath with overhead shower, WC, bidet, basin
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , Large shower, WC, bidet, double washbasin
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet , Large shower, WC, bidet, double washbasin
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , Ground floor cloakroom with WC and washbasin
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet , Bath, separate large shower enclosure, WC, bidet, washbasin
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Shower room with shower, WC and washbasin
  • The bathrooms and shower rooms have high quality fittings, excellent lighting, ample storage space for toiletries, generous well-lit mirrors and powerful showers. Two of the bathrooms have double basins. Bath linen is of high quality.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , Ceiling fan
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Ceiling fan
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Ceiling fan
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Ceiling fan
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Ceiling fan
  • 3 double bedrooms with large (160cm x 200cm) double beds. 2 double bedrooms, each with a pair of single beds. All the bedrooms have ceiling fans, hand-made wrought iron beds, good mattresses, generous attractive lighting and mirrors, spacious wardrobes and plenty of hanging and other storage space for clothes. 4 bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms or bathrooms. The fifth bedroom has its own separate bathroom with bath and large shower enclosure. The bed linen and proper comfortable down pillows are of high quality. There is a hair-dryer in each bedroom and there are integral insect screens and internal shutters on the windows. Although the house can sleep 10 people, only a maximum of 8 people may stay.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes:
The house has underfloor central heating. In hot weather, the underfloor system can also cool the house. The large kitchen is extremely well equipped and has plenty of space for communal cooking and chatting. Children under the age of 8 years are not accepted and smoking in the house is not permitted.

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