Podere dei Castagni is part of a beautifully restored old farmhouse nestled in the hills of the Val D’Orcia beneath the gentle slope of Monte Amiata (1738 m.). The house has a charming, country feeling, and is set in a quiet, wooded three acre property with many plantings and stonework. The interior of the house is clean and bright. The first floor is large and open, with a kitchen, a living room with a large traditional Tuscan fireplace, and a bathroom with shower. It is filled with natural light and views of the surrounding gardens. On the second floor are two bedrooms and a bathroom with shower. The house is furnished with local antiques and original artwork. Architectural details include cotto tiles, wooden beams, local stone, and doors from a medieval bell tower. The house’s elevation and ventilation afford cool and comfortable nights during the hot Tuscan summer. Laundry/washer on site.
Further Details: The location of the house is ideal for exploring ancient southern Tuscan towns such as Siena, San Gimingnano, Pienza and Montepulciano, as well as neighboring Umbria. Florence is an easy day trip away. One can also explore numerous charming villages like Vivo d’Orcia which dot the mystical countryside of the Val D’Orcia, one of the most beautiful natural areas of Tuscany and a recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If the Tuscan sun gets too intense, you can take refuge in the cool mountain forests of Monte Amiata. Here one can take long walks, hike, ski or even hunt for the prized Porcini under a shady canopy of Beech and Chestnut trees. The town of Abbadia San Salvatore, with its ninth century abbey, medieval Borgo, restaurants, shops, local festivals and markets, is within walking distance. You can relax and renew yourself in the healing thermal waters of San Filippo or Bagni Vignoni which are fifteen and twenty five minutes by car.
Important Etruscan areas, the Maremma, and the Mediterranean coast are an hour and half drive.
The house is reachable by bus from either Siena or Roma. Roma Fiumicino and Florence are the closest airports.
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