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Hilltop house in the heart of Tuscany with private pool

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights

Overview


Details
Property
villa
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
3
Minimum Stay
7 - 30 nights

Description

San Giovanni d'Asso Villa Rental Photos and Description

Stunning views, 2 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeping 4-5

This 'home' in Tuscany is a carefully restored and enlarged farm building dating back to the 18th century. Its hilltop setting between olive groves and wheat fields, just 1.5km outside historic Montisi, gives it a unique 'away-from-it-all feeling'. Yet the hamlet's bakery, grocery shop, bar/tabac and restaurant are just a leisurely 15 min stroll away between cypresses and olive trees. Views are stunning, with the area around the private pool particularly good for enjoying sunsets.

This is not a 'develop to let' property, but a house that for seven years served as a 'home' when the owners were posted overseas and is now their holiday home.

It is arranged over three floors;

- The top floor comprises a double bed room with en suite bathroom

- The first floor mirrors the top floor, except that it is laid out as a twin bedroom, with en suite shower/bathroom

- The ground floor offers fantastic views over the rolling country side and includes a 25 X 12 ft living room with a well stocked library and fireplace, as well as a fully equipped kitchen with a beautiful breakfast terrace.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Catherine Niessen
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, german, italian, dutch
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2016
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

Hilltop house in the heart of Tuscany with private pool
average rating of 4.857143 based on 35 reviews
Ilkley, West Yorkshire, UK
5

Just delightful

  • 5 of 5

The villa is beautifully located, sensitively converted and is ideal for rest and recuperation, with comfortable living spaces and a terrace in the shade of a large holm oak, ideal for long al fresco lunches. The pool is a good size and very welcome for cooling off and exercise. If you forget to bring a book, don't worry, there is a library to suit all tastes and moods. Montisi is unspoiled and pictureque and nearby San Giovanni d'Asso harbours an excellent restaurant, Il Castello - highly recommended. A bottle of Brunello is a must. The wine centres of Montalcino and Montepulciano are both nearby and are good to visit and the village used for filming 'The English Patient' is about 5km away. We will be recommending it to friends and hope to return ourselves one day.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2008
  • Stayed: Aug 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Seeing that others enjoy our home as much as we do is ample solace for not being able to spend more time in Montisi ourselves. As to the library, so many books, so little time........
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4

Amazing - what a dreamy house

  • 4 of 5

breathtaking tower beautifully furnished and in a wonderful location - a real treasure. the photos don't do it justice. cant' recommend it enough.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful spot for a honeymoon!

  • 5 of 5

We spent one week at this beautiful, rustic villa. It maintained a luxurious yet informal vibe surrounded by olive groves and indoor home comforts (such as the vast library of books).

Rooms were fitted with comfortable beds, large showers and plenty of fans for the warm evenings. The pool was large and well maintained and there was even a table tennis table for additional entertainment.

We will definitely be back to have wonderful Italian food and wine whilst gazing over the rolling Tuscan hills. The pictures really do show what a wonderful property and location this is!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A Tuscan Dream

  • 5 of 5

In short this is the nicest place we have stayed in our holidays on Europe in the last 5-6 years and a real treat for our first stay in Italy.

If you are looking for beautiful views and relaxation then this is it. We felt at home straight away and kids loved the pool, ping pong and wifi! The views are stunning and we could have happily just done nothing for the whole week.

The rooms were all lovely and the pictures don't do justice to how big the downstairs is or the amount of shady outside dining / seating / hammocks/ sunbathing. The lounge and bedroom are stuffed with books far more interesting that the ones we had bought.

The are some beautiful towns to visit only short drive away. The town is about 20 mins walk which is lovely on a evening. The town itself is small but has a couple of nice restaurants, one of which was Il Barrino which was just fab multi course dinner (no menu the owner just explains what each course is - in English thank god) but great value too. The town has a little shop selling essentials and a lovely bakery which closes at twelve, and there is a big supermarket a short drive away.

Should also mention Adi the guy managing house, really nice and nothing was to much trouble.

So in summary just a fabulous house that feels like a home and I am gutted we couldn't stay for two weeks. When we come back to Italy it will be here.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much. A very generous review and i hope this will help our future guests make an informed choice. Best wishes, Catherine
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5

La torre del cella

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at a property that offered both exceptional amenities but much more than that, in that the enviroment it was situated made it all the more of a memorable experience. We booked our stay more or less as a random choice. Our criteria was somewhere "south of Siena" but we were so fortunate to discover that we had struck it so lucky. The property is situated about 5 minutes drive or 20 minutes walk down a rough track to the charming walled town of Montisi, which just happened to have its local Festa the week we were staying there.

We would recommend the villa to anybody who enjoys the relaxation of a secluded property with the added benefit that you are able to use this as a base to explore the region.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A blissful experience

  • 5 of 5

This really is a stunning setting. The house, as all the other reviewers have said, is beautifully designed and decorated. Wonderful views from the bedrooms. What I loved the most was waking up at dawn to the sound of the nightingale, who also sang as the sun set, and watching the sun as it gradually lit up the mist and hills. Walks in the early morning and evenings through the olive groves were wonderful, watching the deer feeding in the field below the house, or the wild pigs and all the piglets feeding further down the valley, the light constantly changing across the hills - even the thunderstorms were dramatic. The gardens and pool were a delight.

I would highly recommend a cooking lesson at Podere Il Casale, near Pienza, which is beautiful and I loved the cooking; a trip to La Foce with lunch at Dopolavora and then a late guided walk around the gardens; a visit to Lucignano D'Asso and a walk along the white road; a visit to Bosco della Ragnaia, near San Giovanni D'Asso; Monticchiello, which is very pretty; and generally just walking and looking.

We had a great two weeks, despite a lot of thunderstorms and would love to go back. I missed the views from the moment I left.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Montisi
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Chiusi
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Sinalunga
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Montisi
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Castiglione della Pescaia
Car: recommended

Montisi is an as of yet 'undiscovered' medieval hilltop hamlet, where days and weeks are all too short. With Montisi having a bakery, grocery shop, choice of restaurants, and even a 'Cinema Paradiso', one would, in fact, not need leave Montisi at all if a book, a bottle of wine and priceless Tuscan views is your kind of holiday.

On the other hand, such world heritage sites as Pienza, Siena and Montepulciano are all within 20-30 minutes drive. Even Florence and Rome are within easy reach by car, one and two hours respectively, or by direct train from Chiusi.

Although Montisi is not an obvious beach location, a one day trip to the Tuscan coast is very doable with, for instance, Castiglione della Pescaia one and a half hours away by car.

Other Activities: ballooning

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Rates & Availability

San Giovanni d'Asso Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
autumn/ winter 2016/2017
Nov 5 2016 - Mar 4 2017
30 night minimum stay
$843
 
 
Spring
Mar 26 2017 - May 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,265
 
 
Summer
May 6 2017 - Jun 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,686
 
 
High summer
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,003
 
 
Late summer
Sep 4 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,581
 
 
Autumn
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,265
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $422

25% discount offered for available weeks in September. Rate includes;
- weekly cleaning of house, change of bedlinen, towels etc,
- reasonable use of water and electricity.
Rate does not include;
- gas,
- firewood.
Booking terms:
- 50% of the rate is payable within 7 days from the date of booking confirmation,
- balance 50% due 2 months prior to booking date, including refundable deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

San Giovanni d'Asso Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , study
  • Bedrooms 1 and 2 have, besides en suite bathrooms, stunning views over rolling countryside with, on a clear day, the Sienese church spires just visible. The study has its own bathroom including shower so that it can be used as a further guestroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
There is an excellent boutique hotel nearby for friends and family who may wish to stay in the area www.lalocandadelcastello.com/

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