|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
A family-owned house in the ancient medieval village of Belforte is available to rent. It is situated 30 miles west of Siena and positioned 548 metres above sea level looking down on the breath-taking Tuscan countryside. This comfortable house can sleep 6+ and is available throughout the year.
The house is in easy distance to Siena and Florence. It is also close to the home of some of the world's finest wines including Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
The house is typical of its medieval surroundings. Whilst maintaining its original characteristics, it has recently been renovated to provide a good level of comfort.
As one goes through the front door, one goes up the original stairway and arrives at a kitchen/dining room. This room includes a fridge, a gas and electric hob, electric cooker, washing machine and stereo along with a dining table, chairs, and an open fire (suitable for barbeque's). Up the next flight of stairs, there are three bedrooms with ancient tiled floors and beamed and terracotta tiled ceilings. Two of bedrooms are of a good size and each contains a large double bed. The third bedroom is smaller than the other and has a set of bunk beds. Two modernized bathrooms each with showers are also on this floor.
Throughout the house are shuttered windows, which when opened, over look the village and surrounding countryside. All the walls are painted a simple white.
The village is a well-preserved medieval structure with a single main street and interlacing alleyways. The stone of the buildings is roughly hon and the ancient wall is reinforced by round towers. The population can vary between one hundred and two hundred people depending on the season, and in such a small place it is interesting that there are two simple medieval churches, St. Mary Assumpta which dates from around the 12th century and the 14th Century church of Santa Croce. The village is 548 metres above sea level, which provides magnificent panoramic views as well a refreshingly cool breeze in the summer.
The village contains a post office, a shop with fresh bread and other necessities and a restaurant with an open, west-facing veranda which enjoys splendid sunsets. There is a play area for children along with a boles’ court.
Belforte is less than an hours from the beach.
Local produce grown in the fields around Belforte such as wine and olive oil are available for purchase.
We are a family of 6 and come from Ireland and England, but we have recently moved to Australia. Patrick is a Professor of Medical Imaging at the University of Sydney and Elizabeth has a horse agistment business. Our two older children are at university and the two younger at primary school.
Professor Patrick Brennan purchased this house in 2003
We swapped a house in this village 9 years ago and fell in love with Belforte and Tuscany and within two months had completed the purchase. It is such a wonderful base to explore all the major cities and areas within Tuscany, whilst being based in the most tranquil and authentic Italian surroundings.
it provides the perfect balance of peacefulness and access to all Italy has to offer at a fraction of the cost of other rental properties. We deliberately keep the price very low so that young families like ourselves can avail of this wonderful region and country.
We have just returned from a 10 day stay at this lovely holiday home, set in a beautiful and truly authentic village in the Tuscan Hills. Surrounded by gorgeous fields of sunflowers in full bloom, olive groves and vineyards, we were able to use the house as the perfect base to easily visit Siena, Florence, San Gimignano and Pisa, and bathed in the warm waters of the Med at Follonica.
Our 3 children (14, 11 and 8) loved the charm and character of the home, and didn't want to leave. They enjoyed playing out on the cobbled streets with the local children, and picking up their own pizzas (the Margherita pizza was only 3 e!) from the friendly restaurant (La Mura) over the road (whilst practising their sketchy Italian - there are few in the village who can speak any English!)
The house is furnished and renovated very sympathetically, with lots of homely touches (reading books, childrens' toys and games). We really enjoyed returning 'home' every evening, opening up the shutters and watching the sunset - amazing views from every window, and such beautiful colours.
I would heartily recommend this lovely home for a truly authentic Tuscan experience.
This is a hidden gem on your search to find the perfect Tuscany holiday.
Belforte is magnificant a truly peaceful, tranquil and "real" italian experience.
We (two adults and 3 children 8, 6 ,3 )stayed in Belforte for 17 days in late May early June and had a wonderful holiday in the Tuscan hills.
The village is very quite with very few tourists, the views are amazing and while the village is remote, it is still only a short drive to Sienna, Randicondilli is 5 mins away, beach is about an hour away
on our trip we visited pisa, Florence, Sienna (my favourite), beach, Chianti, Modena and Rome (about 3hrs to vatican)
Every one who stays will fall in love with Cafe La Mura a cafe / pizzeria about 20 meters from the house. The pizza is fantastic and at 4 euro a pizza you can afford to have plenty!
The house itself is wonderful, a medieval house which has been nicely modernized, While there is no garden this not bother us at all, the kids played with the local kids on the street and there is a park in belforte and randicondoli which are great.
The house has all you could need, and comes even with some board games and books
Make sure to practice some Italian before you go as very few in the village speak English
Hope you enjoy it as much as we did
We stayed here in May 2009 and loved it! The village is quaint, beautiful and very quiet. The home is spacious for 4 adults and 2 children would have ample room in the bunk bed room, that is adjacent to one of the bedrooms. The home had a great fireplace that we used nightly. Also included was a washer/dryer that would be fine for small loads. We drove to neighboring villages and cities in under an hour. Visited Florence, Siena, Volterra, Radicondoli, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Val d'elsa. The roads were well marked, smooth, and we didn't even get lost in our rental car. We would recommend this rental to anyone that didn't mind a little drive to get to larger villages. We looked forward to returning "home" every evening.
In the neighbouring village Radicondoli (4 miles away)there are football, tennis and child play areas (there is also a good play area in Belforte). It is also medieval and is slightly bigger than Belforte. It has several very good restaurants, several small bars, a couple of shops and the ancient church of St. Simone. Throughout the year there are a number of cultural and local festivals in Belforte and Radicondoli.
Colle di Valle D’elsa, the neighbouring town is about 15 miles away and has many more shops and facilities and a beautiful square to enjoy an evening meal or a coffee. In this town there is a large swimming pool with a range of play activities etc for children of all ages.
The village of Belforte is about 30 miles from Sienna which is a truly wonderful city, with what has been described the most beautiful square (Il Campo) in Italy. Il Campo is scallop shaped is surrounded by ancient structures and houses the famous Il Palio. Florence is about 40 miles away.
|To the caretaker||$75|
All linen is prepared and the house thoroughly cleaned in advance of any visitors. You will need to give Francesa an extra 70 euro for cleaning, preparing the house and attending to your needs.
Flights are offered by a number of operators including to a variety of airports including Pisa (2 hours away), Bologna (2 hours away), Rome (3 hours away) & Milan (4 hours away). Otherwise one can drive there, and according to the AA (route available at http://www.theaa) Cherbourg to Florence is 951 miles and would take 15.5 hours. Francesca, our neighbour will give you the key on your arrival.