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Dr John Salt

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, italian

Charming 5 bedroom Tuscan villa, fabulous views, beautiful pool & gardens,

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Siena Area Villa Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, lovely gardens, max 8 people, children 8 yrs +

A beautifully restored hillside farmhouse with lovely landscaped gardens & truly spectacular uninterrupted views in 25 acres of peaceful olive groves, farmland & woodland, between Radicofani and San Casciano dei Bagni in the the Val d'Orcia Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. The spacious house is finished and maintained to a high standard with handmade terracotta tiled floors and outside paving, colour washed walls, antique furniture and well equipped kitchen & bathrooms. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan. The glorious views from the large terrace with natural shade from two oak trees provide a magical setting for meals outside at a handmade wrought iron table which seats 12 people. The 12 x 6 metre pool situated in a formal hedged rose garden has plenty of paved space for sunbathing on teak loungers and sunbeds under large sunshades.

The surrounding countryside is completely unspoilt with a wealth of wildlife including birds of prey, porcupines, badgers, hares, all of which we see regularly at close quarters. In Spring and early Summer the fields are full of wild flowers including acres of wild poppies.

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

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a terrific time at your home in Tuscany. We will remember how beautiful things were: the house, grounds, garden, pool. Also, & surprise to us, we really enjoyed the location. The views were wonderful, & the daily trips into nearby towns made the week especially memorable. We visited Orvieto, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza. Saw sights & did food shopping. Your detailed info on the region was very helpful as we planned our days. Kim, our 'resident cook' enjoyed using your 'River Cafe' cookbooks. In fact, he just ordered the cookbooks from Rachele [property's housekeeper] is magnificent. In short, and in closing, our only complaint is that we were only able to stay a week (2004).

A place like this exists nowhere else on earth. The expansive vistas, charming hill towns and lovely 'home away from home' will remain forever etched in my memory. Rachele is a real find -helpful, cheerful & an excellent cook! What a vacation! (2003).
Nov 2007
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Charming 5 bedroom Tuscan villa, fabulous views, beautiful pool & gardens,
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Idyllic Tuscan Farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this property was the perfect way to experience the beautiful Tuscan countryside. The house has been impeccably renovated and decorated, and offered every modern convenience.

The views from the property are splendid, and eating breakfast on the terrace each morning, overlooking the valley beneath and surrounded by the nearby hills, was a particular treat.

Although nestled in the countryside, the property is close to a number of beautiful, small mediaeval Tuscan towns.

The owners were extremely helpful prior to our arrival, and have available a wealth of information about the surrounding towns and region at the property, including great restaurant recommendations.

The housekeeper came to the property each other day during our stay. She was friendly and helpful in equal measure, as well as a great cook.

We thoroughly enjoyed everything about our visit, and cannot recommend a stay at the property highly enough.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Wonderful Family Easter in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of 6, a family of 4 (2 children 10 and 14) and two grandparents visiting Tuscany for 10 days over Easter. We had a fantastic stay in this wonderful property. The Villa is peaceful with fantastic views and facilities, yet well located to both small Tuscan villages as well as the larger better known ones. Is was a great base from which to explore what Tuscany has to offer.

Our Holiday started perfectly. The owner organised for the wonderful housekeeper Rachele to prepare a meal for our arrival. Both my daughter and her grandmother were sharing a birthday that week. Rachele prepared a great dinner and a cake that we enjoyed for the next few days.

We spent a wonderful day at nearby horse stables where the children went to riding School and the adults participated in a Tuscan cooking class followed by lunch (was fabulous).

Easter Sunday was spent at the outside table pictured on this Website, and we dined on locally purchased lamb that was roasted in the provided Webber BBQ. Afterwards we spent the afternoon lazing near the pool reading, talking and drinking some wonderful Brunello we picked up on the Saturday in Montalcino.

The facilities of the Villa were very good and it was good to have bedrooms on the ground floor where the grandparents were based complete with bedroom and bathroom.

I would highly recommend this property to any Family or Group looking to explore Tuscany.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Authentic villa with stunnings views!

  • 5 of 5

We visited this house last July with a family of five (three children between 7 and 13). The house has stunning views and offers a lot of privacy. It's a very authentic Tuscan villa with mature trees and a splendid pool. Upon arrival the housekeeper was there to welcome us and explain everything. She is an excellent cook and you can order meals with her choosing from an extensive list. The food is very very good .... The house itself is very robust and the furniture, towels and appliances are all of an excellent quality. Everything is very clean. The bathrooms were provided with very nice Italian bath foams and there were fresh flowers in the kitchen. In the kitchen there was home made olive oil. The garden is very well maintained and the gardener who also takes care of the pool is a very friendly man. The owners provide a map with very useful information on the region, stores and restaurants. In case of problems they respond immediately and they really care for their house and their guests' well being. They are very correct in everything. Because we liked the house and pool so much we did not make a lot of excursions but the region is very interesting and there are a lot of things to do. We had an amazing holiday!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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wonderful holiday

  • 5 of 5

We first stayed here a few years ago and before we returned we decided to try a few other houses in different parts of Tuscany but nothing could compare to this place. When we returned we were relieved to find that it was just as good as we remembered.

Firstly, the views. Pictures cannot do it justice.

Secondly, Rachele the housekeeper. You can be certain that the house will be spotless and well maintained - even the cutlery is arranged tidily in the drawer! She is also a very good cook and when you are feeling too lazy to cook or go out it is wonderful to have a lasagne or pasta sauce to heat up.

Thirdly, location. Although you are tucked away in a peaceful and idyllic location there are still some lovely towns to visit - we particularly enjoyed Pienza and Montepulciano. Also, the local villages where we went for supplies are very pretty and the locals are really helpful. I started to learn Italian after our first visit here and 4 years later the locals are very kind helping me out and patient when I can't think of a word! They also spoke back to slowly me in Italian which encouraged me to keep trying.

When we weren't out and about we enjoyed relaxing by the pool, eating lunch under the shade of the trees with that wonderful view as a backdrop, playing cards and probably drinking a little too much wine and sambucca! All in all a great mix of interesting trips out and relaxation.

The house itself is charming and rustic rather than modern and luxurious but this was exactly what we were looking for. The owners are very helpful and obviously care about maintaining the property.

I would thoroughly recommend this house and would love to go back again one day.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 (children ages 16, 13, 10) just returned from a week at this beautiful hill-top house with take-your-breath-away views over miles of Tuscan countryside. The grounds are picturesque with olive groves, cypress trees, a pretty formal garden and a pristine pool area surrounded by hedges and white roses. It's private as can be, but close enough (10 min drive) to the nearest village for re-stocking the pantry. We felt so lucky to have come upon such an incredible property via the internet.

The owners have taken great care to make sure that guests are comfortable with nicely furnished bedrooms and bedding, bathrooms, kitchen and sitting area with an extensive collection of movies and music. Our children, in particular, enjoyed watching movies after dinner...everything from action blockbusters to black & white classics. Thoughtful touches like a welcoming bottle of their own olive oil and a welcome phonecall on the 1st night to make sure that all was okay was really appreciated. The house is clean, fresh and organized. They provide a detailed book of information regarding the house as well as great tips/recommendations for restaurants and day trips. The friendly housekeeper arrives daily and was very helpful. She made dinner reservations for us and prepared some meals that we selected from her menu of offerings to heat up when we returned from day excursions. We also enjoyed sipping her homemade Limoncello...delicious!

We are missing the routine of opening the shutters in the morning to those incredible vistas, the scent of rosemary in the air, breakfast on the terrace watching the hills/valleys wake up, planning our day's excursion to nearby hill towns and looking forward to splashing in the beautiful pool at the end of the day...and then enjoying local wine on the terrace under star-filled skies.

All in all - a wonderful stay at a beautiful home. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Perfect Tuscan Dream House

  • 5 of 5

What a very special find! If you are looking for a completely charming Tuscan house with a private pool and amazing views from every room then you have found it!

We just returned from a perfect 2 week stay here and did not want to leave. This was our first time renting a house overseas so we were a bit unsure about the whole process but the owners were wonderful to work with and everything went very smoothly. We had spent countless hours searching the internet for just the right house (I admit - we are very picky) and choosing this house turned out to be a great decision. We thought it looked wonderful but it proved to be even better than our expectations.

From the minute we drove up the cypress lined driveway and saw the stone house with the rose covered pergola we were speechless. Then we rounded the corner onto the terrace and saw the spectacular views over the hills and up to the charming town of Celle Sul Rigo. We knew right then that this was a very special place.

The house is spotlessly clean and very comfortable. It is the perfect blend of old world charm and modern conveniences. The beds are very comfortable and done up in beautiful white linens and matelasse covers. The bathrooms are finished in very pretty white painted tiles and are bright and clean. The view out the window while taking a shower in the second floor bathroom is amazing!

We has so much fun exploring all the local hill towns. In the evenings we would cook and enjoy the local wines while we lingered out on the terrace for hours, just taking in the view. Make sure to get sausages from the butcher in Radicofani and lots of pecorino from Pienza! Cetona also has some great little food shops. Many days we just hung out by the beautiful pool that is surrounded by a rose garden. So peaceful. There is also a very pretty English garden behind the terrace that was bursting with lavender and roses.

All in all it really was perfect. It is a magical spot. And to top it all off the housekeeper Rachele was a delight to meet and was very helpful. And she makes the best limoncello! We are already talking about when we can return. Hopefully very soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Perugia,then Florence, Rome, Pisa, Bologna
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
29 Kilometres
Chiusi Chianciano
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Chiusi Chianciano,(A1)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Castiglione di Lago
Car: necessary

The house is on a south facing hillside in the southern part of the outstandingly beautiful Val d'Orcia park. Truly spectacular views extend over miles of typical Tuscan hills and valleys, including Monte Amiata, Monte Cetona and ancient hilltop towns and villages such as Celle sul Rigo (6 km) and San Casciano dei Bagni (10 km, thermal baths, tennis and riding). Radicofani (5 kms) with its dramatically situated ancient fortress, has shops, restaurants and bars. The house is within easy car distance of Siena (83km 70 mins), Florence (140km), Rome (180km), Perugia 81km), Cetona (24km), Monte Amiata (walking, winter skiing 30km), Pienza (32km 35 min), Montepulciano (31km 30 min), Montalcino (50km), Castiglione del Lago (50 km, lake, water sports, golf), and Orvieto (55km). Chiusi (25-30 mins drive), on the main rail line with fast trains to Florence (1 hr) and Rome (1.5 hrs), is an access point for the A1 autostrada from Rome to Florence. Large supermarkets are in Sarteano (17.5km) and Chiusi. There are thermal baths and spas at San Casciano dei Bagni, Bagno Vignoni and Bagni San Filippo, all within easy reach of the house.

Other Activities: wine tours, cooking classes, concerts, opera, hot air ballooning.


Rates & Availability

Radicofani Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 2 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 17 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 14 2016
7 night minimum stay
Oct 15 2016 - Dec 16 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $796

30% of the rental sum is due on booking and the balance of the rent plus a returnable security deposit of £600 is due 8 weeks before the start of the rental period.

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Siena Area Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 225 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
  • The bathroom and shower rooms are light, spacious and well equipped with high quality fittings, excellent lighting, ample storage space for toiletries, generous well-lit mirrors and powerful showers.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen , 4 poster bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
  • 3 double bedrooms with large double (160 cm) beds, 2 double bedrooms, each with a pair of twin beds. All the bedrooms are light and airy and have hand made wrought iron beds, good mattresses, ceiling fans, generous attractive lighting and mirrors, spacious wardrobes and plenty of hanging and other storage space for clothes.There is a hair dryer in each bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Ground floor: large well-equipped kitchen/ dining/ living room with open fireplace & doors to large shaded paved terrace & formal gardens with superb views. Laundry room: washing machine & laundry drying drying area. Hallway to 2 double bedrooms, 1 with large ensuite shower room, 1 with adjacent shower room. 1st floor: 1 double bedroom, 2 twin/ double bedrooms, bathroom (bath & separate walk-in shower), sitting room with cast iron wood burning stove, flat screen TV (Sky/ satellite), DVD player, high quality CD system, books & CDs. Handmade wrought iron beds. ceiling fans & hair dryers in bedrooms. 6 x 12 m pool with 2.2 m deep end (not completely enclosed, so children and non-swimmers should always be supervised). Children 8 years and over only, no smoking in house, maximum 8 people may stay in the house.

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