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OLIVE FARM IN TUSCANY. The beautifully restored traditional stone farmbuildings are set within ten acres of our certified organic olive grove, a five minute walk away from the small village of Seggiano and a great restaurant. With stunning views of rolling countryside and small hilltop villages, The CASETTA is a beautiful and comfortable independent one bedroom honeymoon cottage which can sleep three.
Situated on the shoulder of Monte Amiata, sacred mountain of the Etruscans, famous for its hot mineral water springs, our farm is a wonderful place to relax in between seeing the famous sights and discovering the secrets of this lesser known area of Tuscany. The area is unspoilt and still a habitat for wild flowers, birds and animals such as boar, porcupine, hare and deer. For more pictures see the holidays page on our site www.seggiano.co.uk.
What to expect from the area: In a really wonderful undiscovered corner of southern Tuscany, the medieval hilltop village of Seggiano lies at a height of 550m on the slopes of Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano and sacred mountain of the Etruscans. The summit is good for walks through the cool beech forests and mushroom hunting in the appropriate season. In April and early May wildflowers abound; the countryside and views are breathtaking.
There's a strong local culture of traditional food and wine production and we make sure that our guests know where to find the best places to eat and interesting places to visit. Stefania's restaurant offers an excellent meal, an aperitivo or a capuccino just a short walk from the farm.
Despite being 'off the beaten track' the famous centres of Italian Renaissance culture are within easy reach by car; Siena is sixty km and Florence, Arezzo and Assisi are about one and a half hours away. To the south of the mountain, towards the coast (75km) one can find Roman and Etruscan sights
In terms of the immediate vicinity the surrounding villages have shops for all non-specialist supplies, good fresh (often locally grown) food, a cinema, gym and a choice of restaurants. Grosseto is the nearest large commercial centre with national and international rail connections. The only period in which the area gets crowded is August when mostly Italian tourists escape the heat in the cities for the refreshing mountain walks and air of Amiata.
In general the countryside in southern Tuscany is wilder and far less manicured than in the north of the region. There are really brilliant walking itineraries (not for mid summer) and the natural surroundings, birdsong, wildflowers and wild herbs are truly sublime in springtime.
There are many decent restaurants in the area and some really excellent ones. We can supply you with details and suggested itineraries for day trips.
For more info see the 'holidays in Tuscany' link on our website, please contact us for web site address.
Swimming: The thermal hot pools, which can be found around the mountain due its volcanic history, are fantastic in cooler weather. The nearest, Bagno Vignone (20 minutes) is a calcium spa swimming pool, whilst Bagno San Felippo, Saturnia and Petriolo have more sulphurous water. A good way to de-stress is to have a soak under the cascade at one of the 'terme', letting the water massage back and shoulders. There is a choice of 'funky' natural pools to visit, or entrance fee-paying swimming pools.
For summer bathing there is a nice privately run pool in the next village, Castel del Piano, (about 10 minutes by car), dips in local streams or a trips to the seaside or Lake Bolsena.
Yes, we make olive oil!
We, Peri and David (who is the one pictured), met by chance in Ciampino airport. We had independently decided to miss the free meal offered to passengers when the flight was delayed and, after spending a few hours with our respective friends in Rome, returned to a deserted airport. We were the only two civilians at Ciampino, as the flight had been transferred to the other airport. So, call it destiny or chance, but we shared a taxi and discovered that we went to North London primary schools in the same road and that we shared a mutual love for southern Tuscany.
We have been farming olives there, just outside the village of Seggiano, since the 80's, where I had bought a smallholding after visiting the area for teachings from a very unusual Tibetan teacher.
Still learning as we go along, we have the help of farming friends and neighbours. Our hobby turned into a serious business venture when David was suddenly made redundant. You can check out www.seggiano.com to see where we have got to so far with our efforts.
By now we are well known by, and integrated with the local community by now, largely because we work with a lot of producers. Our house was never a holiday villa, but always a working farm.
The property has been slowly improved and renovated over the years, and it's been our aim to incorporate green technology wherever possible. Our land is certified organic and we are also dedicated mulchers and composters!
We still travel too much and hop between Seggiano and London, where our distribution base is. And we are still in love with Southern Tuscany.
What a fantastic place. We spent a week at the Casetta at the end of June in glorious 30plus degree sunshine. It’s just the right size for a comfortable stay for a couple or family with a small child. Not that you want to do too much of it on holiday but there’s all the ‘mod cons’ for cooking, washing etc. The Casetta is set in a beautiful, well maintained garden within the grove and the views are just as spectacular as the website photos look. Although there are other properties in the vicinity they’re far enough away and hidden by the groves that you have complete privacy.
The local supermarket and bakery should provide most if not all your basic needs for food etc. but we did enjoy popping over to Castel Del Piano to do shopping there too. Find the general store which sells white and red wine from the vat for 1 Euro 30 a litre! It’s got a really good deli counter too.
A straightforward 2 ½ hour drive from Pisa airport with no problem finding our way thanks to Peri’s directions. We also managed day trips taking in Sienna, the top of Monte Amiata, Montalcino, and San Gimignano during the week without feeling we were doing too much although some of the nearer hilltop villages are just as interesting & beautiful to see. If you intend to visit during the summer months make sure you get a car with air con. We found it a godsend. We also set off on our day trips fairly early so that we could still spend time relaxing in & around the Casetta watching the wildlife going about its business before going out in the evening.
The local restaurants as well as others in the nearby villages were all very good. We particularly enjoyed Sergio’s in Castel Del Piano. Of course, we barbequed as well!
Every night was finished off with a bottle of wine or two sitting outside the Casetta enjoying the peace and tranquillity gazing at night sky totally unpolluted by any street lighting etc. This is just a great place to relax. Our only regret now was booking for just one week. A return visit is a must!!
On a personal note, many thanks to Katja for making us feel so welcome and helping us with information and tips.
This area of Tuscany is well worth a visit - pretty villages, wonderful scenery, easy access to Siena (if you need a city fix) and all the charm and loveliness that you would expect from this part of Italy. The house is perfect - small but comfortable with a decent bed and a good shower - and if anything the pictures don't do justice to the garden area which is full of bees and birds (and lightening bugs at night) and of course the handsome olive trees. We had a great time visiting local villages including Seggiano of course (which has a great restaurant right at the top of the village between the two bell towers). Only downside was the noise from the neighbours dogs (much more intrusive than the 'normal' sounds one might expect from a rural location) which disturbed us for the first 3 of our 6 nights and which made for unease during the first half of our short holiday. Having selected this property primarily hoping for those peaceful early mornings and silent evenings one can find in rural Italy, this was a shame, and it feels right to highlight this for others. The owners are aware of it however and are in the process of trying to resolve this (although apparently it does not bother most guests). One other tip, if you are going to arrive later in the evening make sure you pick up basic provisions on route...there wont be a welcome pack (bread, cheese or even just some water as is typical with most holiday rentals) to get you through night one ...hardly a holiday wrecker but still good to know in advance. We would certainly recommend this part of Tuscany which provided a varied, interesting and on the whole relaxing week...although you would probably need more than one week to do it justice (there is some driving to do to reach places further afield).
This is the second time that we have stayed here.
The property is set in the most stunning position in the heart of Tuscany. The owners are charming and very helpful. The accommodation is immaculate. We couldn't ask for anything better. We will return.
We visited in August to escape the heat of Greece and could not have been more delighted. The house itself was perfect for our needs. It was charming and fully appointed with everything one might need in the kitchen or otherwise. The view from the guesthouse was really unbelievable as it looked out over a tiny valley and right to the hill top medieval town of Seggiano. There is plenty to do nearby including walks on Amiata the largest dormant Volcano in Italy which hosts a ski resort which in the summer is used by hikers. Bagno Vignoni is only a 25 minute drive away where you can experience the hot springs and dine by the ancient hot spring pool used by popes and pilgrims. The owners were very helpful, gracious and real. They answered all of our questions and helped us to find new things to do. They were always reachable but not over your shoulder. The information and maps left in the cabin were also especially helpful and David even showed us a couple of towns south of us that were well worth the drive! In all we would highly recommend this beautiful slice of Tuscany. One didn't get the sense of a packed tourist destination but rather one gets a real Tuscan feel. There are also convenient grocery stores nearby which was useful as we cooked at home many nights and picnicked most afternoons. Great Value for Money too!
Podere Vignone was a wonderful retreat with privacy, forever views, 5" walk to cappucino, pizza and pasta, local specialties and medieval Seggiano. Great location for thermal baths, wine treks to Montalcino, Montepulciano, Chianti, and exploring villages in southern Tuscany.
Returning after 10 years, this time with a young family and we loved it just as much. The casetta is 'small but perfectly formed' and the setting is simply beautiful. Wandering in the olive groves, eating on the terrace, dipping in the stream - all in a tranquil and stunning setting. Interesting and beautiful local towns, experiences and sights. Perfect.
Our farm is a beautiful country base to relax, in between excursions to both the famous centres of renaissance culture and exploring the lesser known gems of southern Tuscany. Thermal pools, the seaside or Bolsena Lake can be reached by car, whilst very near at hand you can enjoy the sculpture garden of Daniel Spoerri, country walks and some excellent restaurants. A shop, ATM and the local bar, including a recommended restaurant, is within walking distance through our olive grove.
Other Activities: Wildlife. Hot thermal pools. Walking. Exploring small villages off-the-beaten-track. Great local food and wine. Unspoilt area off the tourist trail!
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7 night minimum stay
Minimum rental period is five nights in April and seven nights May to October.
Booking periods are flexible and can commence on any day of the week except Sundays. Cost is inclusive of all utilities, linens and amenities mentioned in the description. Beach swimming towels are not provided. There is no cleaning charge for bookings of 10 nights but a €40 cleaning charge applies for longer stays.
We ask for 50% in advance as deposit and then the remainder can be paid a few weeks before rental period begins or on arrival in cash.
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