|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Villa Bella is an exceptional villa with a more than an exceptional location and view; on top of a hill with a broad view of the Sienese Crete, in Tuscany's Val d'Orcia. This valley is renowned since the end of the first millennium for being an important stage on the Via Francigena, the great medieval route from France to Rome, that led pilgrims to the heart of Christianity. More than twenty castles and rest houses 'ospedali' crowned the valley bordering the road. For those who remember the move 'The English Patient', or have seen recent Jaguar commercials, you will recognize the landscape. The villa was just restored three years ago and the interior is completely new, contemporary yet grounded in Tuscan tradition.
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Surrounded by the typical Val d’Orcia clay hillocks Villa Contignano enjoys the most stunning views over the valley and its hill towns such as as Pienza, Montalcino, Radicofani and San Quirico. An outstanding restoration project of the very highest quality Villa Bella is luxurious in every way and the fabulous and stylish interiors are the creation of famous interior designer. A vast terrace surrounds the villa with several pergolas, patios and roofed dining areas from where one can enjoy 360° views of the valley and beyond and guests will relish sunset aperitivos relaxing in the large west facing hot tub watching the sun set over the crete Sinese. The fabulous infinity pool is perfectly positioned below the villa – the ideal spot to enjoy soaking up the Tuscan sun with a book and glass of Chianti.
Inside, one is struck by the incredible design and high standard of Villa Bella. A spacious kitchen (divided in two rooms, one for cooking, the other for storing and appliances, out of the guest’s view) provides the perfect venue for any keen cook but, if guests prefer not to have to do anything at all (!), then delicious Tuscan cuisine, using fresh ingredients from the local markets and the vegetable garden, can be provided by the excellent cook service available at Villa Contignano. With two living rooms and a dining room downstairs and a further living room upstairs, there is ample space for guests to relax and spread out and for anyone who enjoys visiting Tuscany in the cooler months, two of the living rooms enjoy lovely open fireplaces in addition to underfloor heating throughout the property. All of the bedrooms are spacious and individually styled and furnished with exceptionally comfortable beds, top quality linens and, of course, enchanting views across the countryside. Nearby to Villa Contignano there are all manner of classic hilltop Tuscan villages including Montepulciano, Pienza and San Quirico and further afield day tips can easily be made to Siena, Perugia, Assisi and Florence. For the more energetic there is plenty of activity available including hiking, horse riding and cycling and for those guests more interested in food and wine then there are all sorts of fabulous cantinas and markets to visit including Montalcino with its famous Brunello and Pienza with its yummy pecorino cheese! However, you may well find that its well nigh impossible to draw yourselves from the beauty, luxury and charm of this villa,- an exceptional and out of the ordinary property.
The view over the Val d'Orcia is enchanting without a modern structure in sight. It has everything one could ask for in a Tuscan villa rental. All services are available from cooking to serving, party planning, wine and food touring etc.
Sleeps up to 19 in 1 twin (can become double under request) and 5 double rooms in the main house and three more bedrooms (can be either twin or double upon request) in the annex. All en suite bathrooms. Full built in air conditioning in each bedroom. Four living rooms, two with fireplace. Large kitchen divided in two rooms, one for cooking , the other for storing and appliances, out of the guest's view.
Satellite TV, VCR, DVD, CD player for I-pod, free WI-FI access. No radiators, heating is provided by an under floor system. Power for house heating and air conditioning is included, as is solar heating for the pool. Firewood for the fireplaces is also included. All bath amenities, and cooking condiments, such as coffee, mineral water etc. is also included. Set on 3 acres with automatically watered lawn.
9 bedrooms/11 bathrooms
Main entrance into double living room. Couches and chairs for 14 include two armchairs for reading by a fire. Drink bar with fridge and ice-maker. Two doors to surrounding patio, plus huge picture window framing the view Dining room with rustic wood table for 12 Modern and very well-equipped kitchen (8 burner gas stove, double ovens, fireplace for cooking, microwave, American fridge/freezer, double sinks) opens to dining patio. Adjacent pantry for storage. Guest bath Studio with large desk and chair in front of window. Seating for three (The studio can be closed to become a part of the Master Bedroom if preferred). Master Bedroom (king) with walk through closet and en suite bath (open shower stall, low clearance at 190cm) imperial bedroom reached off patio. Double bedroom (king) with canopy bed, en suite bath (open shower stall) Double bedroom (king) with open bath tub with hand-held shower Exterior stairs to small landing with table and chairs for two and access to Loft
Reached by an external stone staircase, this floor has four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. The annex, located next to the swimming pool, has two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. All of the bedrooms have air-conditioning. Winter living room with working fireplace. TV with satellite and Sky, VCR, DVD, CD player, iPod dock, seating for four Tortiglioni double bedroom (king) with antique four poster bed, walk-in closet and en suite bath (enclosed shower stall) with dressing table and makeup mirror Loft double bedroom (king) with en suite bath (tub with hand held shower, and separate shower; both open to room. Separate WC Nuns double bedroom (twins can combine) with en suite bath (large shower stall) Chinese double bedroom (queen) with elegant iron canopy bed and en suite bath (tub with hand held and wall-mounted shower)
Newly renovated two-story barn offers three more double/twin bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms on the ground level. The loft offers a bar for relaxing, kitchenette and a gym.
10,000 sq. feet terrace around the house with several pergolas, patios, roofed dining areas from were you can enjoy 360° views all over the valley and beyond. 8x8 feet west facing hot tub overlooking the valley to better enjoy the sun setting among the clay hillocks. Infinity 52,5 x 16,5 feet pool especially built to take delight of the landscape, will leave you an unforgettable and unrepeatable impression. Vegetable and flower garden. 3 acres automatically watered lawn. Solar panels installed for heating the pool to have it naturally heated at 28/30°C (82/86°F) in summer and 24-26°C (75/79°F) in the mid seasons, depending on the weather. Dedicated boiler can further increase the temperature, if needed. Further panels produce hot sanitary water and provide hot tub heating.
Any kind of staff can be arranged, at extra cost. Excellent cook is available.
Possible damages to be reimbursed, while additional services will be paid directly to the providers. $2500 refundable security deposit to be held by Specialty Cruise & Villas on a valid credit card number and is to be paid along with final payment. Daily cleaning service will be provided by the staff of our approved cleaning company. If you wish to hire your own staff this has to be approved and trained by the ownership. Grocery shopping, cooking, using the house equipment, serving meals and washing up will be done upon your request either by professional cooks we can recommend or by local caterers/agencies normally working with us or by anybody chosen by you for this purpose. Our local concierge will take care of your requirements, coordinate the services or get in touch with your chosen services providers, if any will be required. Wine and spirits displayed in the house can be consumed by the guests and reimbursed or replaced at departure. Our approved agencies and concierges in the valley, carefully selected on a quality/price principle, are available for providing any of the services listed below: Catering, wedding planning and event organization in general Culinary and wine tours, wine tasting, cooking lessons Local events (concerts, exhibitions, feste popolari, giostra, palio etc) Beauty & Spa (spa, treatments, massages etc) Sports (Hiking, cycling, tennis, golf, horse riding, etc) Transports of any kind with or without driver Shipping to US (for ex. of items bought locally, personal belongings etc) Entertainment for kids and childcare
Contignano is the nearest village with grocery, bakery, butcher, and gas station, and is loctaed 5 minutes from the house. Nearest train station: Chiusi, 25 minutes Distance from airports: Rome and Pisa 2 hours, Florence 1.5 hours, Perugia 1 hour Distance from nearest towns: Rome 2 hours by car, 1.5 by train; Florence 1.5 hours by car, 1.5 by train; Siena, Perugia, Assisi 1 hour; Montalcino 30 minutes; S. Quirico, Pienza, Montepulciano, Sarteano, 15 to 20 minutes Other amenities: 4 hot spring spas and beauty farms from 10 to 30 minutes, wineries, wine shops, restaurants at short reach Nearest village Contignano (grocery, bakery, butcher, “pecorino” cheese factory and gas station) at only 5 minutes. Supermarkets and full shopping at 15 minutes.
|Refundable damage deposit||$2,500|
$2500 refundable security deposit to be held by Specialty Cruise & Villas on a valid credit card number and is to be submitted along with final payment.