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Farmhouse from 17th century with antique furniture and many flowers. - Mimosa

Montecastelli, Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina PI, Italy
  • Farmhouse484 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay1 - 5 nights

Tuscan farmhouse, in a very romantic valley, 1 hour from Siena, Florence, Pisa

Le Pietraie is a stone-walled farmhouse first built in 1600's, surrounded by a wonderful garden full of many typical and rare plants and shrubs, lovely at all times of year. The house nestles in the beautiful Peacock Valley (Val di Pavone), encircled by fine woodlands, hills and meadows, and is like a terrace on the valley. The valley is home to a wide variety of animals, birds, butterflies and rare wild plants: snowdrops, hellebore, anemone, narcissus, cyclamen, wild orchids, primrose, brooms, wild cherry trees and arbutus unedo to name just a few. The Pietraia lies 300 m from the Peacock River (Pavone) where it is possible to bath, to swim, to make long walks in a wonderful canyon until you reach the confluence with the Cecina River. On our website you can see more photos of the garden, the Valley, the hills around Le Pietraie. The owners live on the first floor. They speak English,German, French and Italian. In case of health problems an English speaking family doctor is nearby.

Guest book: 2004: We had wonderful days cycling the many hills. active on the slow ascents. This is a very special place. B. Beerle , Anchorage, Alaska *** July 2006: We had an absolute great time staying at your place. You achieved a perfect combination of comfort and fine style, a superb mix of old and new at your property. We certainly like to return to Pietraia one day again. N. Bendin, Ottawa, Canada. *** August 2006 We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your wonderful place. Set in a beautiful area, within driving distance of some fabulous sites; we could not have asked more. At times, it felt as though we were a million miles from anything/everything; and that is the way we we wanted it! It was totally relaxing! The Smith family, Louisiana, USA

Cities of art – thermal baths: According to the UNESCO, 60% of World's Heritage is concentrated in Italy, half of which is to be found in Florence alone! Florence is one hour from Montecastelli, Pisa 80 minutes, Volterra 40 minutes, Siena 40 minutes, San Gimignano 40 minutes, Colle Val d'Elsa 25 minutes, Lucca 1 hour 45 minutes, Castelnuovo Val di Cecina 15 minutes, Montecastelli 5 minutes, not forgetting the little discovered gem of Massa Marittima,45 minutes. But remember: the lesser known Medieval and Etruscan towns of Tuscany hold its real charm and beauty. Hundreds of churches, museums, art galleries, buildings, as well as street markets, shops and restaurants, hidden in narrow streets of little villages, are waiting for you to discover and explore them. Very old and beautiful thermal baths were you can relax yourself are 20 to 90 minutes far: Sasso Pisano, Bagno Vignoni, Petriolo, Casciana Terme, Venturina.

Tuscan wines, Tuscan olive oil, chestnuts: Around Montecastelli it is possible to find high quality wines at really reasonable prices, in Castelnuovo VC (15 minutes) there is a good Enoteca. Montalcino with its Brunello and Rosso is not far. It is possible to buy good olive oil in many villages. In Castelnuovo Val di Cecina there is in October a chestnut fair. In San Gimignano there is in November a Festival for finest olive oils (olio extra vergine). In Volterra you can find the local white truffles. During the early spring you can find wild asparagus along the paths. Three good local restaurants at very reasonable prices are 5 minutes from Le Pietraie, many others are in the nearby villages.

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What makes this Farmhouse unique

there is a beautiful view from the terrace of each apartment on the Peacock Valley


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
        • When you open the big yellow sofa-bed (160x190 ), very easy to open and to close(Chateaux d'Ax), a part of the big living room will become a bedroom. The armchair can become another bed for one person.


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, combination tub/shower, shower, bidet, White marble of Carraras and yellow marble of Siena

          Location Type

            • Mountain
            • Rural


                • Away From It All
                • Romantic


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Parking
                        • Sofa Bed
                        • Sunbed
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Wireless Internet


                            • 4 Ring Stove
                            • Grill
                            • Kitchenette
                            • Oven
                            • Refrigerator


                                • Child's Highchair
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 4 people


                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Television


                                        • Bicycles
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                        • Terrace


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible


                                                • forests
                                                • pond
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis


                                                                • The Pavone River flows 300m from us and you can take a bath or walk along the river, and make a barbecue in the evening near the water. There is a tennis court in Montecastelli, 5 min from us. Riding possibilities in Montecastelli with a riding hall (manage) for dressage and in Pomarance.

                                                                  14 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Peace and quiet in Tuscany

                                                                  Martin and AliSouthampton, UK

                                                                  If you're looking for nightlife, action and adventure this property is probably not for you, If, however, you are seeking tranquility, stunning views and a great base for sightseeing Le Pietraie is nothing short of ideal. It is remote enough to provide the most relaxing of holidays, while less than an hour's drive from Siena, Volterra, Monteriggioni and the beach.

                                                                  The owners Nedda and Gionata are a lovely couple who kept us supplied with fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as plentiful tips on where to go and what to see. This was our first visit to Tuscany and we would love to return. Whether walking, relaxing or sightseeing is your thing I would recommend Le Pietraie most highly.

                                                                  Paradise in the Hills of Tuscany

                                                                  Teresa P.

                                                                  If you're looking for a true Italian experience away from the crowds and tourists this is a wonderful spot. The setting is ideal and the hosts are wonderful. This villa was a great location for travelling to major centres like Siena or Volterra or several other smaller hill top towns, all offering a unique and rewarding experience. We loved coming back to the peaceful gardens overlooking the Tuscan country side, tons of stars in the sky at night, and oh so quiet. The kitchen was well equipped, the bathroom had ample space and hot water, the bed was very comfy and the character and charm made it perfect! We can't thank you enough, Nedda, Gion, and Matteo for making our stay in Tuscany a truly special one.

                                                                  Just perfect

                                                                  Beth C.Saint Johns

                                                                  The apartment was so charming, and the entire property was something out of a movie. We loved every bit of our stay!

                                                                  Blütenparadies in den Bergen

                                                                  Jutta und Moritz S.

                                                                  Sehr gepflegtes Anwesen inmitten eines prachtvoll angelegten über Jahre gewachsenen Gartens voll duftender Rosen, Lavendel, Oleander und mit üppigen Tomatenstauden. Sehr herzliche Betreuung und liebevoll durchdachte Ausstattung der Ferienwohnung. Ambiente mit Stil und Charme. Für die Anfahrt in die bergige Region muss man allerdings kurvenfest sein. Dafür sieht man einen Sternenhimmel, der seinesgleichen sucht...

                                                                  An Italian Dream

                                                                  Kara J.

                                                                  When we drove up the lane way we were amazed at how beautiful and peaceful it was. We were truly transported into a Tuscan getaway. The villa was comfortable and we felt very at home. The gardens and the panoramic view is breathtaking. We loved this place so much we are travelling back there this year. The family is so inviting and helped make our Italian experience one we will never forget. The villa is about an hour drive in any direction to see some amazing things. it was great to take small day trips but be home for a relaxing evening. This listing is very accurate and I would recommend staying here!! 5 stars!!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  thank you Kara...see you soon!

                                                                  sehr angenehmer Aufenthalt, kommen gerne wieder

                                                                  Elke B.

                                                                  Die Appartements sind genauso wie in der Beschreibung, sehr ruhig und abgelegen. Nedda war die perfekte Gastgeberin, war da wenn wir sie brauchten aber nie aufdringlich. Sie brachte uns mehrmals frisch gepflückte Tomaten aus ihrem Garten, von Gionata bekamen wir einen leckeren Wein vom Nachbar als Willkommensgruß. Buck und Lassie (die 2 Hunde) waren so lieb und relaxed. Ein guter Ausgangspunkt um Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra und Massa Marittima zu besuchen.


                                                                  Montecastelli, Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina PI, Italy

                                                                  The house belongs to the medieval town of Montecastelli Pisano, and is situated in the Pavone valley, not more than one hour's drive from Florence, Siena, Pisa, Volterra, San Gimignano, the Tyrrenian Sea. Two very clean Rivers give opportunities to swim. In spring the hills are getting more and more green every day, with the white blossom of the big wild cherry trees, you can walk among wild primrose, or wild cyclamens, or anemones. There is a field full of yellow narcissus. Every part of the valley has its own flowers. In summer to walk along the River Pavone is something very very special. You can swim and stay all day there, making a barbecue near the water at night and singing around the fire, waiting for the rising moon. In June you can walk under the bright stars, surrounded by millions of fire-flies. In autumn the oak forests turn to orange brown and will keep their leaves until December. In 1-2 hours you can be in the best Golf clubs of Tuscany. Golf: You can reach several Golf Tuscan Clubs in 1/2-2 hours. They are near the principle Art cities of Tuscany, and the time you need to reach them is among the beautiful tuscan hills. In Tuscany, thanks to a warm climate, and surrounded by the beautiful landscapes, it's possible to play all the year long. By the way, the best period to play golf in Tuscany, is in spring and autumn when the temperature not so high as in summer, let you play during the central hours of the day.The Golf Clubs around us are near FIRENZE:Golf Club Bellosguardo Vinci (Vinci); Golf Club Centanni, Bagno a Ripoli; Circolo dell’Ugolino, Impruneta; Golf & Country Club Poggio dei Medici, Scarperia; Castelfalfi Golf & Country Club, Castelfalfi; Contry Club Le Pavoniere, Prato; near SIENA:Circolo Golf L’Abbadia, Colle Val d’Elsa. Near PISA: Country Club Cosmopolitan, Tirrenia; Montecatini Golf, Monsummano Terme; Golf Club Fontevivo, San Miniato; Golf Club Vicopelago (Lucca); near AREZZO:Golf Club Casentino, Poppi, Golf Club Cortona, Cortona; near LIVORNO:Golf Club Hermitage,Portoferraio; near GROSSETO:Golf Club Maremma, San Martino; Golf Club Argentario, Porto Ercole.


                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  150 euros as security deposit Cleaning fees upon departure 50 Euros. Bedding, towels and kitchen towels are available, and are changed weekly. Please, bring your own bath towels for the river. The heating cost per day is 10 €. 150 euros as security deposit . SEND US A MESSAGE IF YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR PET WITH YOU,

                                                                  14 Reviews
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