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Old restored farmhouse on the Tuscan hills

Bedrooms 2
Space 910 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 full bathroom, sleep 3

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.

Payments in Euros are also possible through Paypal.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2018

About Owner

I am an italian architect and landscape architect living in USA. I love restoring old houses transforming them in special places and share them with other people that love traveling.

Owner purchased this house in 1982

Why Owner chose Abbadia San Salvatore

This is a special place that offers modern confort combined with beautiful antique furniture immerse in a cool green garden.

What makes this house unique

We are at 800 mt above sea level and the place is much cooler than in the lower valley during the summer months

Guestbook comments from the owner

Staying in your home for 12 days was like soft, creamy air flowing over me. It is wonderfully laid back. The mornings on the back table with my espresso coffee and computer connecting to the Internet for our books progress and a new training assignment were tangible evidence of being connected and productive while on a vacation.

It was "gigglingly" wonderful to eat breakfast on the back patio; then drive to town for groceries before we took off for the day.

Your mother was charming and such fun
Jun 2010
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Abbadia San Salvatore House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 910 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • * Queen Bed (2) * Crib.
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Large garden with outdoor furniture, Hot springs (San Filippo, Bagni Vignoni). Guided horseback riding. Large open garden. Telephone: for emergency calls. Mountain View, Ski-Out. Off Street Parking: Private parking in the property. Wood Fireplace.


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Old restored farmhouse on the Tuscan hills
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 8 reviews
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Authentic Tuscan Experience!

  • 5 of 5

My family wanted an authentic slice-of-Italian life experience in the Tuscan countryside, and our stay at Eleonora's lovely home, Podere dei Castagni, was just about heaven!

The house is situated on a large piece of land, with lovely views of green pastures and rolling hills. The photos are absolutely accurate - it's a restored stone farmhouse, with deep set shuttered windows, solid construction and good natural light. The two bedrooms upstairs are comfortable and private, we slept great. The baths are nicely updated, the upper one benefits from a view into the front garden. The kitchen has all the essentials, although we rarely cooked (there's just too much amazing food to be had in this area.) The food in Tuscany is truly the best!

Eleonora's mother greeted us in the classic style - with a bottle of Vin Santo and little cantucci.. She lives adjacent with her well-behaved dog, and is available if needed, but otherwise not intrusive at all. Later in the week, Sandra showed us her house, which is filled with her absolutely stunning ceramic works. Yes, our limited language skills were put to the test.

Eleonora was always responsive by email with good suggestions.

The gardens surround the house and kind of ramble and tumble down the hillside, offering shade and sun, fruit trees, climbing roses, clumps of rosemary and pots of basil. It's all very restful and bucolic.

We really appreciated how much cooler and fresher the air is at this elevation. Walking into town takes 12-15 minutes along a country road. There's no sidewalk for the first part, so you do need to be aware of approaching cars, but the road isn't too busy. I would definitely drive after dark. Parking doesn't seem to be a problem in Abbadia SS.

Abbadia is a nice sized town -- small enough to get a real sense of the place, but big enough to have a good grocery, pharmacy, several good restaurants, nice plazas and parks. Don't miss the medievel section, which I stumbled upon one morning, getting lost and found in the winding lanes. We did day-trips to some of the more famous/touristy Tuscan towns, but we would have been happy to spend nearly all our time in and around Abbadia. It has a special charm and easy access to Mt Amiata with all kinds of hiking trails and spectacular views. We Loved It!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carla, Thank you for all your comments. It Makes me happy that our guests enjoy the house and the town which is off the tourist track but still very interesting from many points of view. We hope you can visit again.
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Comfortable, relaxed country living

  • 5 of 5

This is a stunning place to stay - a lovely house in idyllic surroundings. Comfortable beds and well equipped. Eleanora was wonderfully welcoming, and really helpful in giving us tips about the local area. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful holiday

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful stay at Podere Castagni.

The house is charming, comfortable and clean. We loved the hostess and she makes amazing fruit tart

with fruit from the orchard. The house is beautifully located in the Tuscan hills in the middle of Val d'Orcia.

Very convenient and close to town. Abbadia is a lovely town with a medioval borgo and excellent restaurants.

We did several day trips in Pienza, Montalcino, Siena and Bagni San Filippo.

We liked the peaceful setting and our breakfast in the garden. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tutto bene. Soggiorno gradevole

  • 4 of 5

Tutto bene. Soggiorno gradevole

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Podere Castagni.
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Un charmant sejour dans des paysages fabuleux

  • 4 of 5

Parfaite destination pour une famille de quatre personnes. La maison avait un charme fou: restauree par la fille de la proprietaire, architecte, elle etait aussi tres bien entretenue et tres propre. Le jardin etait merveilleusement fleuri et tres bien agence - un regal pour les enfants! La proprietaire ne parlant pas anglais, les dialogues ont donne lieu a des rigolades et jeux de mimes et elle a su regaler les enfants avec des gateaux faits maison. La region regorge d'activites en tous genres et Abbadia San Salvatore est une mignonne petite ville loin de l'agitation touristique, ce qui lui confere de serieux atouts. Les bains de San Filippo, Bagno Vignoni, le sommet Amiata (super plan en ete quand il fait tres chaud en plaine), Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, la splendide Sienne, Orvieto, etc. sont des destinations aisees en une journee. Seul hic: pas de filtre a eau et des canalisations defectueuses en ville donc il fallait s'approvisionner en eau minerale - et pas de machine a laver. Mais le charme des lieux, la gentillesse de la proprietaire et ses bons plans 'pizzerias, traiteur' nous ont fait tout oublier!! A recommander.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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heerlijk rustig geleden vakantiehuis

  • 5 of 5

We hebben hier een heerlijke vakantie gehad. Het huis is ruim, schoon en netjes. Op de bovenverdieping zijn de ramen voorzien van horren, beneden niet. Er is beneden een kleine badkamer en boven een grotere.

Verder gratis en goede Wifi en een grote tuin. Achter het huis kun je lekker in de schaduw zitten.

Ernaast woont de moeder van de eigenaresse waar we leuk contact mee hadden voor zover ons gebrekkige italiaans dat toeliet.

We hebben veel uitstapjes gemaakt want de omgeving is prachtig. Aanraders: Pienza, Montepulciano, Monticchielo, Montalcino, Bagno Vignoni. Maar de hele omgeving is mooi. En niet toeristisch (2e helft augustus).

In de buurt helaas geen zwembad, maar wel 2 meren. Lago di Trasimeno is ongeveer 1 tot anderhalf uur rijden maar ook die rit is de moeite waard, En Lago di Bolsena ongeveer een half uur rijden. Hier zijn we niet geweest.

Voor boodschappen hoef je ook niet ver, in Abbadia zit een prima Coop.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
135 Miles
Roma - Fiumicino FCO
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Abbadia San Salvatore
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
Civitavecchia - Piombino
Nearest Train
27 Miles
Nearest Motorway
27 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Abbadia San Salvatore
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Monte Amiata
Nearest Beach
55 Miles
Car: recommended

Abbadia San Salvatore, 70 Km South of Siena.

Other Activities: Hot springs, Wildlife, Shopping, Cross Country Skiing, Health/Beauty Spa,


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $450
cleaning fee $80

Arrival between 12:00 and 19:00
Departure between 08:00 and 11:00
Different hours can be arranged if there are not other bookings in the same day.

Not included in the rental price and to be paid on the spot:
Final Cleaning (mandatory): 52.00€
Maid service (on request): 12.00€ per hour
Refundable security deposit in cash (mandatory): 350.00€
Heating: 30€ per day
Wood (on request): 0.20€ per kg

Included in the rental price:
Bed Linen and Towels (initial set)
Internet Wifi

Our cancellation policy is simple; if we can find another renter for your dates we will return any money sent to us (minus bank charges).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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