This beautifully renovated farm annexe is opposite the owner's family home and surrounded by hills and vineyards. Enjoy being immersed in the Tuscan countryside while only a five minutes' drive from the hilltop town of Montepulciano and the village of Montefollonico. You can relax in the garden, discover the specialities of the region, visit local wineries where tastings are possible, and absorb ancient culture. There are several thermal resorts with hot springs and lovely Lake Trasimeno is a 30 minute drive away. When it is not so hot you can enjoy the marvellous countryside on foot or by bicycle. You can experience everything the area offers - from local markets to artistic treasures, prehistoric sites and last but not least the best places to sample typical local cooking, with the wonderful wines which make this region famous.
the property and what is offered: The apartments have been beautifully restored while retaining original Tuscan features, with care taken over detail. They have been furnished with the maximum attention to comfort and each has its own independent entrance. The two-room apartment has a private garden area with a pergola and the studio flat a small patio. Thermal insulation is so efficient that you will find heating/air-conditioning costs very reasonable.
There is an above ground swimming pool, 5.5 metres diameter and about 1 meter deep,suitable for children but adults can enjoy it as well! NB: the pool is in use from June 15 - September 15 weather permitting.
Otherwise there are several outdoor pools in the vicinity, from 10 to 25 minutes' drive away. Transport: A car is advisable especially with children but it is possible to do without, and car hire by the day is available locally. Train travel is cheap and easy from Rome and Pisa international airports and lifts to and from the train station, as well as into town, can be arranged.
Apart from the artistic and historical treasures to be discovered, there are local festivities and events in every little town. To mention just a few, the donkey race in Torrita di Siena is accompanied by processions in medieval dress and an impressive flag waving performance, and the yearly barrel pushing contest up the streets of Montepulciano in August is immensely popular. At the internationally acclaimed Teatro Povero di Monticchiello where residents take part in an open-air theatre in the summer , local cooking can be sampled in the evenings in the crypt of the church. Last but not least the wonderful countryside and picturesque streets of the little towns make this a walker's paradise.
The English-born owner has lived in the area for 26 years and in Italy for most of her life and will help you with anything you need to make your stay enjoyable and memorable. Free babysitting is offered (within reason and subject to personal commitments).
There are also cooking schools in the area, please contact the owner to book lessons in advance.