|Minimum Stay||3 - 6 nights|
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Great traditional food, fantastic wines, beautiful countryside, long hot summer days. Hill top villages, churches hiding renaissance frescoes and ceramics ........ sweeping uncrowded beaches with a beautifully clean sea ..... all the cliches about Tuscany are here and they're all true - especially here in Maremma, the unspoilt southern part of the region. South of Siena, Maremma runs down to the border with Lazio. This is a land of Etruscan remains, gently rolling hills, untouched medieval villages with a pace of life that can take you back 50 years if not more.
Podere Sant'Angelo is a great place to unwind, escape the stresses and strains of urban life and soak up the tranquility of the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
Podere Sant'Angelo's holiday homes: Zolferate, Capitorio and Albegna are tastefully furnished and offer comfortable indoor and outdoor living.
Each holiday home comprises:
• large bedroom with double bed and fold down single
• bathroom with walk-in shower, toilet facilities and hairdryer
• large living room with traditional kitchen corner
A baby cot and high chair are also available.
Each self-catering accommodation has access to a private terrace for 'al fresco' dining and star watching.
Sun loungers are available for relaxing in the large tended garden full of aromatic mediterranean plants.
Fast Wi-Fi (6Mbps via satellite) is available throughout all three holiday homes.
Each holiday home has access to its own barbecue facilities.
The holiday cottages can be booked individually or together for larger groups.
The English owner is on hand to help, advise and make your stay as pleasant as possible.
Podere Sant’Angelo is registered with the Tuscan Regional Tourist Board.
Capitorio faces west and offers wonderful views across the Albegna valley and down to the Rocconi WWF nature reserve, the coast and the Argentario peninsular beyond.
Terracota tiles, chestnut beams, a traditional 'cucina in muratura' with a traditional 'graniglia' sink and an open fireplace give Capitorio a cosy, old world atmosphere. A double sofa bed in the living room provides sleeping accommodation for two. There's a double bed and fold down single in the bedroom. A hairdryer is provided in the bathroom and in the bedroom there's a safe for valuables.
The private terrace allows for peaceful 'al fresco' dining with breathtaking views across the valley and multicoloured sunsets. Sun loungers are available in the garden.
Fast Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Full central heating is available.
I grew up in the north west of England. After university studies in Scotland I left the UK to live and work in many different countries.
I've been enjoying life here at Podere Sant'Angelo now for over ten years and enjoy sharing my experiences of Maremma, where to eat and lovely places to visit, with guests.
Graham Bradford purchased this cottage in 2003
I holidayed in this relatively undiscovered part of Tuscany while living in Milan.
The Maremma has proved to be a great antidote to the stresses and strains of urban life.
I still enjoy the opportunities the location offers for gardening, sailing and hiking.
The great views from Podere Sant'Angelo make this a really special place. There's the view down to the coast at Porto Santo Stefano, in the other direction there's the oddly shaped Monte Labbro, in front of the house there are wonderful sunsets.
The black night sky with the milky way stretching over the house is still a wonder to see.
After enjoying urban life in several of the world's largest cities I now appreciate the close contact with nature offered by life here at Podere Sant'Angelo.
We've had a lovely two weeks putzing about the countryside and reading in the garden. Highly recommend the Etruscan remains around Sovana as well as a visit to the bookbinder in town.
Thank you so much for your hospitality, great advice - and for the lemons! We shall be recommending Zolferate to our friends and relations.
Tiffany & Eileen, Minneapolis / Oslo
Un accueil tres sympa et un endroit superbe qui font vite oublier le chemin rempli de poussiere (!) et nous plongent dans le charme de la Toscane.
Merci pour cet agreable sejour,
Etienne et Alain, Lyon, France
Kath and I have just had a really great week. Accommodation is very good, views superb and your advice and guidance great! The sausages from the local butcher are great - but try the 'porchetta' - it's really very good. Food has been excellent from the local restaurants as has the wine! Would recommend a trip to Siena - well worth the visit.
A really great time, Ian and Kathleen, UK
Excellent retreat in a pastoral environment. We especially enjoyed the view from the terrace and the bleating of sheep in the background. One of us got a lot of writing done, while the other watched the Tour de France. In short: the perfect (work)holiday, thanks to the Graham, the perfect host.
(English below) Gite très bien équipé et décoré avec beaucoup de goût...tout est très propre et le moindre détail est soigné...L'environnement est merveilleux, calme : seul le bruit du vent et celui des cigales viendra perturber votre sieste ! Le propriétaire est chaleureux et toujours de bon conseil. Nous avons tellement apprécié que nous serions prêts à revenir prochainement !!!! Tout autour de ce gite se trouvent de beaux village perchés, des sites étrusques et romains et les fameuses sources d’eau chaude sulfurées de Saturnia (baignade recommandée). En résumé……un beau gite qui est un excellent point de départ pour des visites, pour faire du vélo sportif ou simplement pour décompresser loin des tourments du quotidien.
Very well equipped and tastefully decorated Holiday cottage …. Everything is clean and meticulously prepared. The local landscape is wonderful and quiet: only the noise of the wind and the one of cicadas can disrupt your afternoon nap ! The owner is warm and always provides sound advices ! We so much appreciated that we would be ready to return soon !!!! Beautiful perched villages, Etruscan & Roman sites and famous hot & sulphurized watersprings (located in Saturnia; recommended bathing) can be found in the near vicinity. As a summary … a beautiful holiday cottage which is an excellent starting point for visiting, for biking (sportsmen) or simply for relaxing far from the daily worries.
La locheshion , la cura del giardino , della struttura , la privacy , la gestione il proprietario un vero gentleman e la bontà dei prodotti locali hanno reso il soggiorno magico , consiglioto a tutti quelli che vogliono staccare veramente la spina dal quotidiano .
Wer Urlaub in einer tollen Landschaft mit super Aussicht, ruhiger Lage und fern ab der nächsten Straßen verbingen möchte ist hier richtig! Wir verbrachten zwei Wochen im Capitorio, das uns durch seine rustikale Atmosphäre, die stil- und liebevolle Einrichtung, die Terrasse mit grandiosem Weitblick (Sonnenuntergang, je nach Sichtverhältnissen Blick bis aufs Meer bzw. in die Berge) und das lavendelduftende blüteneiche Umfeld mit verschiedenen Sitzplätzen sehr gut gefallen hat. Alles war sehr sauber und mit Graham, dem Besitzer, stand uns jederzeit ein supernetter multilingualer Ansprechpartner zur Verfügung, der uns jede Menge Tipps für lohnende Ausflüge geben konnte. Sehr empfehlenswert!!!
Wir haben ca. 2 Wochen in der Ferienwohnung Capitorio verbracht. Unsere Ansprüche/Erwartungen nach Ruhe, Natur, aber auch an die (liebevoll eingerichtete und urgemütliche) Ferienwohnung sowie d. Anwesen selbst wurden in jeder Hinsicht erfüllt und entsprachen exakt den Beschreibungen des Vermieters Graham. Dieser stand uns jederzeit mit Rat und Tat zur Seite. Ein nettes Gespräch war immer drin, und wir haben nicht zuletzt durch Graham viel über Land und Leute erfahren können. Die Natur mit vielfältigen Sehenswürdigkeiten, ob Berge, Tierwelt oder die Landschaft generell, hier haben wir uns wohlgefühlt. Es gab viele schöne Ortschaften und Städte zu bestaunen. Wenn auch teils längere Anfahrten dafür in Kauf zu nehmen sind, war dies für uns stets lohnenswert, ebenso wie die Mitnahme eines Reiseführers. Der kostenlose WLAN-Zugang hat uns gut gefallen. Sollte unser Urlaubsziel wieder einmal die südliche Toskana werden, kommen wir sehr gerne wieder.
Mathias und Jutta
We thoroughly enjoyed our week's time at the Capitorio Cottage. The cottage exceeded our expectations; light filled, immaculate, great kitchen to cook in and stunning grounds. We were even able to build a fire in the evenings when it would get a little chilly. Graham, the host, was so helpful and very personable. It was such a pleasure to be surrounded by all the nature and quiet. This is an ideal place for people looking to stay in a beautiful quiet setting that is a little off the beaten path. The village of Roccalbegna had a wonderful little pizzeria and trattoria that we frequented. Wonderful trails to hike. And all within an hours + drive to Sienna and more touristy areas. This was a real oasis and we feel very fortunate to have been able to stay here. We highly recommend staying here to future travelers.
This area boasts numerous nature reserves and is excellent for walking and mountain biking.
The picturesque village of Roccalbegna is a ten minute drive from Podere Sant'Angelo. It was built by the Republic of Siena as its southern outpost over 500 years ago and it's changed very little since then. It offers the following services: an exceptional trattoria/pizzeria, a bar, a butchers, a couple of well-stocked general grocers, a bank, a post office and a chemists. There's a mini-market on Monday mornings.
It's a 75 minute drive down to the coast at Castiglione della Pescaia and Marina di Grosseto where you'll find some of Italy’s cleanest beaches. The Etruscan remains of Sovana and Pitigliano are 30 minutes away.
Monte Amiata's a great place to visit for walks through its enormous beech forests. The Val d'Orcia (as seen in numerous renaissance paintings), the wine towns of Montalcino (famous for its Brunello – some say the world’s best red wine) and Montepulciano are an hour’s drive away. It’s just a bit further to Siena with its amazing cathedral and beautiful main piazza ‘Il Campo’.
Day trips to Florence and Rome are possible.
Food & drink: Maremma’s known in Italy for its delicious traditional home-style cooking. Wild boar and other local game feature largely on the menus of local ‘trattorie’ and restaurants. Most of these are small, family run operations where fresh local ingredients and home made pasta are taken as ‘given’. Podere Sant'Angelo is located in the Montecucco wine region. This is nestled between the Morellino di Scansano and the Brunello di Montalcino regions. Villa Patrizia (Roccalbegna's winery) produces a great range of red, white and rose wines that can be enjoyed in local eateries and bought in local grocers. Il Fiorino, Roccalbegna's cheese factory, produces a range of internationally acclaimed cheeses and is well worth a visit.
Saturnia: The hot sulfurous waters of Saturnia have been famous since Etruscan times. You can enjoy the waters at the 'Terme' spa hotel which offers several pools, refreshment facilities and an extensive range of spa treatments A more popular option is the open air waterfall past the hotel, there’s free 24 hour access here, it’s great to visit in the early evening, even better if there’s a full moon. The springs are a 20 minute drive from Podere Sant’Angelo. An 18 hole course is open to the public at the Terme di Saturnia Hotel.
Nature reserves: The limestone cliffs of the WWF's Rocconi reserve are visible from Podere Sant’Angelo. This is one of the largest WWF reserves in Italy. It’s home to several rare species of birds. A small fee is charged for entry. At certain times of year night visits are possible. Visit the 'Parco faunistico di Monte Labbro' to see the original wildlife of the area including wolves.
The Etruscan villages: The Etruscans had a flourishing civilisation in central Italy well before the Roman Empire became supreme. Etruscan priests observed birds in flight to predict the future. Settlements were built on hill tops to afford a good view of the flight patterns of the local bird life. These Etruscan settlements developed into the picturesque hill top villages that are great fun to visit today. Pitigliano and Sorano both a 30 minute drive from Podere Sant’Angelo are the most spectacular local examples.
The coast: The southern Tuscan coastline offers some of the most pristine bathing in Italy. Castiglione della Pescaia has consistently been awarded the top 'clean beach' award by the EU. If you tire of the 'ombrellone' of Castiglione and Marina di Grosseto head for the beach in the 'Parco Naturale di Maremma' otherwise known as the ‘Parco dell’Ucellina’ for eight kilometres of golden sand without an 'ombrellone' in sight and few people even in August (just over an hour's drive away).
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jul 30 2016 - Sep 2 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Inclusive of gas, electricity, Wi-Fi, linen/towels (not beach towels) and final cleaning.
Podere Sant'Angelo is located 3 km off the main road along a 'strada biancha' (unmade road).