Welcome to Casa delle Rondini, part of the 16th century farmstead San Giovanni, located in the middle of the Chianti vineyards of the beautiful and renowned Villa D'Arceno estate. Refurbished and fully air conditioned, Casa delle Rondini offers you peace and tranquility amongst some of Chianti's finest scenery 20 kilometers east of Siena.
Bright and spacious with 130 sq metres of living accommodation over two floors, Casa delle Rondini was reconstructed with locally sourced materials combining the authentic chestnut beams, cotto ceilings and floors and travertine finishes of a typical Tuscan farmhouse with modern and stylish convenience.
The present owners have completely refurbished the house with beautiful and comfortable furniture, linens and soft furnishings
A large ground floor living area with dining for six, a comfortable sitting area and a fully equipped kitchen with all appliances.
An internal staircase leads to two big double bedrooms and one single bedroom. The master bedroom has a king size bed. The second bedroom has a queen size bed (convertible to two singles) whilst the third bedroom has a small 4 foot double bed capable of accommodating one adult or two small children. The master and second bedrooms are double aspect and all three bedrooms have wonderful far reaching views over the vines, olive trees, woodlands and surrounding countryside to Monte Amiata to the south, to Siena to the west and north to San Gusme. There is a second shower room which serves the second and third bedrooms.
An ensuite shower room to the master bedroom is lined in traditional travetine with fully fitted walk in shower, wc/bidet wash basin, heated towel radiator and heated travetine floor. A separate shower room is also fully lined with travetine with shower enclosure,wash basin, heated towel radiator, wc and bidet.
The original farmhouse external staircase leads off the outside dining terrace giving easy access to the first floor from outside.
A very private and secure south and west facing top garden is accessed direct from the living area and leads through flower beds to a terrace at the end of the garden which has fabulous sunset views of Siena. Guests love their sundowners on the terrace.
From the upper garden there are steps down through the lower garden to the pool area. There is a gate at the top of the steps to prevent unsupervised access to the pool and for those who prefer, there is a gravel path without steps leading to the pool from the front of the house.
The dining terrace protected by a covered pergola and with its travertine dining table and elegant wrought iron chairs is the perfect place for long lazy lunches or romantic dinners. There are sun loungers and sun umbrellas ready to use.
The pool (18m x 4m) is set among olive trees, vines and scented herbs with stunning views to Siena. It is cleaned daily. The pool is lit at night and is open from 15th May to 30th September. It is shared by the 6 other houses in the condominium but with most other owners only using their houses occasionally, it is never busy.
Tenuta Villa D'Arceno is an important and historic privately owned estate. There are over 1000 hectares of vineyards, olive groves and woodlands which are home to deer, wild boar, porcupines and any number of birds, especially swallows (rondini) which will keep you amused in the early evening as they skim the pools. The American winery owned by the Jackson family (part owners of the famous Kendall Jackson wineries), produces excellent quality wines from the estate which you can sample and buy in the estate enoteca.
The estate is on the southern edge of the Chianti Classico area and many famous wine towns, villages and fattoria are within easy driving distance - Greve, Radda, Castellina, Bossi, Felsina to name a few. Fifteen minutes drive away is the market town of Castelnuovo Berardenga with a choice of supermarkets, local shops, restaurants and other local services. The charming villages of San Gusme, Villa a Sesta and Montebenichi are all within a ten minute drive and have good restaurants . The Unesco world heritage site of the fabulous 'crete senese' is twenty minutes away.
Good, fast roads take you easily to Siena with its famous Campo (30 minutes), Arezzo and Monteriggioni (45 minutes) and Montepulciano, San Gimigniano, Montalcino, Cortona (one hour) and countless other fascinating, romantic and beautiful towns. In ninety minutes you can be in the center of that jewel of the Renaissance, Florence, and not much longer will get you to Pisa, Lucca, Orvieto and even a day out on the Tuscan coast.
The nearest airports are Perugia (one hour), Florence (one and a half hours) and Pisa (two hours).
You will need a car!