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Catherine Niessen

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, german, italian, dutch

Hilltop house in the heart of Tuscany with private pool

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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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.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Catherine Niessen (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, german, italian, dutch


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)
Hilltop house in the heart of Tuscany with private pool
average rating of 4.875 based on 32 reviews
Ilkley, West Yorkshire, UK

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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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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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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Perfect Stay - I want this villa!

  • 5 of 5

WOW - The pictures on homeaway do not do justice to this villa! My wife and I stayed here for a week in April - and we expected a small quaint villa that we could get some R&R - We were blown away with the house - it was much more than we expected!

The rooms: 2 Bedrooms (top floor, middle floor) - Full bathrooms in each - The best thing about the bedrooms was the views - both rooms had large windows (screened when opened) that looked out onto the Tuscany country side.

Kitchen - Great size - all the pots and pans and dishes you could ask for - Stove (gas) and oven (electric) along with a dishwasher too! Lots of counter space for prepping meals. The best part about the kitchen is it opened up onto a small patio with a 4 seat table that was covered from the elements - The view from here was amazing - We ate every meal on this patio.

Living Area - MASSIVE - a fire place, a pellet heater (if needed) and a full bathroom attached. Large couches, large dining room table, and a full library of books! A nice touch was the Sonos audio player - you can connect to it with your smart phone, and play italian opera (or whatever music you want) all day. The living area has 2 very large double doors that open out onto a larger patio - this patio has a very large dining table outside that would be perfect for large meals with friends. There is also a BBQ (charcoal) available that we used multiple times. (Note - there is a very old stone trough that I am guessing has been there for 100+ years - very cool to see)

Local area: Montisi is a favorite town of ours - It's a quiet town, but that is the reason we like it. Pienza is about 15 min away - Montlacino and Montepluciano just beyond that. A large grocery store is about 10 min away in Sinalunga also. Essentially - this is perfectly located to get away from the busy tourist areas in Tuscany - but still be able to reach them when you want to.

Last notes; The house has WIFI and laundry - There is also a pool (although it wasn't available in April as it's still too cold) - I could imagine using the pool in the middle of summer - it would feel great! There is few different outdoor areas available to use - including one with a full size ping pong table - great for afternoons!

Best part about the Villa: THE VIEW. Picture Postcard perfect!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Well renovated old property, with great views

  • 5 of 5

Lovely comfy villa, with spotless pool and nice grounds. All you need for a great stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Pictures don't do it justice - paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We felt like we had arrived in paradise the day we drove up to the house. The garden, the pool, and the views were beyond spectacular. We ate every meal on the covered patio overlooking the hills and watched every sunset there as well. The house exceeded our expectations - the pictures just don't do it justice. It is beautifully renovated and decorated. The walk down the dirt road into town passed through quiet olive groves and was really pleasant in the evenings. Our children enjoyed playing ping-pong, picking wildflowers on our walks, and swimming in the pool every day. There was so much to do and see on our days out as well. We highly recommend a cooking class at il Podere al Casale outside of Pienza and a trip to the Val di Sol Piscina in Bagno Vignoni for families with children. Our week here was just not long enough and we'd love to go back. A few caveats on the house and Montisi: the stairs are narrow and somewhat steep and the house is on three floors. The downstairs is below grade on one side of the house and sometimes has a slightly musty smell, and the only way to really get fresh air downstairs is to open the doors in the living area and kitchen. However, you will deal with flies all day long. The bedrooms do have screened windows though. Montisi was small and charming, but a little too small for our needs. There was no gelateria and the grocery store is tiny and closed two days a week (I believe Sun/Mon). These were all minor inconveniences in an otherwise absolutely wonderful week and I would highly recommend this house to other families.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
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


Rates & Availability

San Giovanni d'Asso Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 3 2016 - Sep 3 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
late summer
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 1 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Oct 2 2016 - Oct 29 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mar 26 2017 - May 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
May 6 2017 - Jun 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
High summer
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late summer
Sep 4 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 4 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $450

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

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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San Giovanni d'Asso Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • 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
There is an excellent boutique hotel nearby for friends and family who may wish to stay in the area

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