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Belvedere: traditional Tuscan farmhouse with stunning views

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Villa with Unlimited Views of Tuscan Countryside.

This beautifully renovated rustic villa is only 10 minutes’ drive from the heart of Siena. Built in the 1500’s, Belvedere (beautiful view) is situated on a remote hilltop with breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside with vineyards and olive trees in the immediate vicinity. It’s near enough for ready access to Siena yet remote enough for your private piece of Tuscan tranquility. The villa has been split into two different areas. The upper floor (accessible by a short stair case) is where you will be staying as this has the best views. Our Caretaker lives in an apartment below with completely separate entrance and not connected at all. She is very unobtrusive so you can rest assured that your privacy will be respected ... She can, upon request, prepare a Welcome Dinner that has been a major hit with a lot of guests!

Siena is one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval cities in Europe with an absolutely stunning cathedral Il Duomo. The hospital of Santa Maria della Scala is said to be the oldest hospital in the world. The Piazza del Campo is a beautiful sight any day of the year but transforms to its medieval state for the famous Palio di Siena every 2nd of July & 16th August. Each contrada or section of the city battles it out for the famous bareback horserace around city centre.

Belvedere is also a fantastic location to base yourself for day trips to Florence and many other towns dotted around Tuscany such as San Gimignano, Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano. A trip to the abbey Monte Oliveto Maggiore for evening vespers followed by dinner in the quaint walled village of Buonconvento is highly recommended. Further afield are classic medieval towns such as Cortona, Perugia and Assisi and to the west, the Isle of Elba is a day or overnight trip.

Alternatively you can escape for days on end with only a few minutes’ drive or a 15 minute walk to the local shops for a coffee, an ATM or to top up the essentials – some local bread & milk, a bottle of Chianti, some fresh pasta or an array of regional cheeses. There are plenty of supermarkets only a short drive away if you are really stocking up or if you don’t feel like cooking there are many options for dining in the surrounding Colonna San Marco, San Rocco, Costalpino or in Downtown Siena.

Closer to home, points of interest are Certano (the estate villa), where you can pick up a bottle of Chianti produced in the surrounding vineyard and the monastry – Eremo di Lecceto where you can attend evening vespers.

Traditional Tuscan architecture, characterized by terracotta floors & exposed wooden beams is common throughout, including the three spacious bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. A dining table that seats 12 will be the centre of some great feasts and memories or you can choose to eat around the more cosy kitchen table. The kitchen is fully equipped with pots and pans, glassware & ceramics, enabling you to cook up your own meals if you so desire.

Come and enjoy the 'Dolce far niente' - the sweetness of doing nothing by grabbing a book, cooking up a meal & playing some cards. Alternatively use this as a base for countless day trips to explore Tuscany & beyond.

We live abroad so we won't be present during your stay; however we pride ourselves to be always very responsive in case of any guest's need.

More Details

Owner
Carola & Adam
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2017

About Carola & Adam

Hi I'm Adam and I'm a citizen of the world!

I currently live in Dubai with my wife to whom I owe my passion for the Italian life (and food!). It is infact her family farmhouse that we have had the pleasure to bring back to a new life. Everything here has belonged to the family for centuries and have been either preserved or restored with love. We cherish the idea that we can share this heritage with someone new. Open all drawers, leaf through the books and feel at home. We only ask you to treat the place and its odds and ends as if it was your own cause this place truly represents a piece of our hearts.

Carola & Adam purchased this farmhouse in 1512

Why Carola & Adam chose Siena Area

This property and most of its furniture has been in my wife's family for generations. We cherish the idea that we can share this heritage with other people while we are living abroad, giving the opportunity for others to experience the beauty of this piece of Tuscany.

What makes this farmhouse unique

For me it's the view from the kitchen that I never tire from, although there are spectacular views in every direction. Many a good meal with a bottle of wine has been enjoyed whilst soaking up this view. It's difficult to do proper justice to the place with photos alone. You really need to spend a few days to take it all in.

Amenities

Siena Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • All bathrooms are complete with shower, basin & toilets. One of the bathrooms (the smallest) has been built on top of the staircase, so is cosy but manageable for all your needs.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Can be adjoined to make one double bed
  • King size beds (2) Two of the rooms contain king sized beds, Twin or Single Beds (2) This can be utilised as two singles or joined together upon advance request.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
Notes:
Outdoor woodfire Pizza Oven fully functional. Once upon a time was used to bake fresh bread!

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Belvedere: traditional Tuscan farmhouse with stunning views
average rating of 4.861111 based on 36 reviews
Saudi Arabia
5

DREAMY ESCAPE TO TUSCANY

  • 5 of 5

Facility inside: spacious, clean, 3 bathrooms with clean towels and warm water. Kitchen has modern stove and oven and refrigerator. Comfy furniture and spacious kitchen farm table. ligthing is adequate and lots of outlet's for chaging devices.

Facility outside: outside eating table, lounge area, covered parking, utility room has washer and dryer that are fully functional. drive area is large to use to navigate.

general property area: lots of walking opportunities, love Grove and rows upon rows of grape vines on sloping hills. Deer and rabbits, and heard pheasents. (by the way no mice noticed anywhere) and some other birds.

views from the rooms of surrounding countryside are priceless.

best to come stocked with food so you don't have to go back out. overall would recommend to others and would go there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Very private villa on a hilltop a few minutes' drive from Siena

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a villa that was located away from other houses but was convenient to Siena. Belvedere definitely fit those criteria. It is about a ten minute drive to the Duomo parking garage near the San Marco gate in Siena. But the house is really separated from its neighbors, and it is very private. It has a sweeping view of the valley to the southwest (from Volte Basse to Sovicille). It is also very quiet.

The guest quarter is on the upper floor. The housekeeper lives on the ground floor, and we were barely aware of her, although it was great to have her available to answer a question or two. The guest quarter is furnished very practically with mostly very simple antique furniture. The rooms are large, and the layout worked well for five of us. The kitchen is well stocked with equipment and gadgets. Cooks will like the very solid pots and pans. There is a good selection of board games for when structured interaction is needed.

We happened to visit at a time when it was unseasonably hot, but because of its solid stone construction, the house stayed reasonably cool during the day. We made pizza without Italian supervision, and it turned out quite well. The outdoor eating area is pleasant. There is a good supply of herbs that can be used in cooking (basil, thyme, sage, oregano, rosemary).

If you want a rural villa conveniently located near Siena, we strongly recommend this one.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 4 adults loved our stay at this property! The beds were comfortable, and the house was very clean. Our downtime spent on the beautiful patios were truly memorable. Future renters, you MUST arrange at least one of Katy's dinners on site. Having the welcome meal the first night, and then the wood-fired pizza party another night, was one of the highlights of our stay. Katy is an amazing cook, and she and her husband Lorenzo were so nice. Be prepared to be hungry!! The on-site caretaker downstairs was very quiet and very nice as well. Previous reviews complained about no screens on the windows- I think this is very common in Italy. We had no problems with insects during our June stay. The evening breezes were wonderful, and even though the area was having unusually high temps for June, the house cooled off very nicely at night with the cross-breezes and ceiling fans. The owners are very communicative via email, and made a great suggestion on where to rent bicycles. Found grocery stores with no problems. Wi-fi worked well-. Kitchen well supplied for cooking. Beautiful vineyard and olive tree views. What more could you ask for? Thank you for making your lovely home available.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ellyce, we always enjoy reading of the good time our guest had. we hope to welcome you again sometime in the future.
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5

Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

This place was just perfect for me and 3 of my girlfriends. Beautiful home with incredible views and outdoor space. Highlight was definitely our welcome pizza party (massive outdoor brick oven and patio space). It was nice to be near Sienna, but even nicer to be slightly removed and in the middle of the gorgeous vineyards.

Thank you for everything!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nicola for choosing our house for your vacation. Kati had great fun during the pizza party. All the best for your forward travels.
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Charlotte, NC USAa
5

You must stay here!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What a great villa! Views from every window. We did the welcome dinner...best meal we had in Italy! Kati is a fabulous chef! We also did the cooking lesson at the house and that is worth it! Tons of food (We had two meals off this!). The owners are very helpful with everything from the taxis to use to general questions! If you are going to Tuscany, rent this home! We loved it!

Rick and Maryann , Charlotte NC USA

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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London, UK
5

Awesome family time in Tuscany!

  • 5 of 5

Me and my family went yo Belvedere for Christmas week and it was simply astonishing. The house was very comfortable, cozy, spacious and all utilities were duly covered (including wifi, laundry, etc,). The neighbours were other friendly families, with whom we are still in touch. The house it is placed on a very favoured spot, because it has the typical Tuscan peace and landscape, but it is just 10 minute drive to Siena. Also, it is very easy to drive from the house to breath-taking Tuscan towns, such as San Gimignano, Volterra, Arezzo, Pienza, Montepulciano, and so on. We even got to see a real-life size manger! We cant wait to return to Belvedere, I would definitely recommend it!!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
88 Kilometres
Florence (Peretola); and Pisa International 119Km
Nearest Barpub
1.8 Kilometres
Costalpino
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Piombino
Nearest Golf
13.8 Kilometres
Royal Golf La Bagnaia
Nearest Train
9.6 Kilometres
Siena Train Station
Nearest Motorway
4.5 Kilometres
Raccordo Autostradale Firenze - Siena
Nearest Restaurant
1.8 Kilometres
Ristorante Antica Toscana Di Del Vigna Milva
Nearest Beach
76 Kilometres
Follonica
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $353.48
Cleaning $70.7

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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.

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