About the property
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- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Organic Farmhouse in Roccalbegna, Grosseto, Maremma, Monte Amiata, Tuscany, Italy - Undiscovered Tuscany, Flowers, Butterflies, Wildlife - Yet 45 Mins Beach.
Roccalbegna is a tiny unspoiled medieval town in the Maremma hills, close to thermal spa of Saturnia with new 18-hole golf course. The surrounding countryside is stunning, "underdeveloped" meaning wild and lovely, with rock faces above Roccalbegna plunging down into the Albegna valley below. Bellavista is a typical stone farmhouse set in its own organic fields, recently restored using traditional materials. It is 10km from Roccalbegna, making it secluded, yet easily accessible via a 400 metre private drive. It has four good-sized double bedrooms, each equipped with either bathroom or shower room, one of which is downstairs. The big farmhouse kitchen leads into a cosy living room with open fireplace, as well as opening on to a large veranda complete with tables and chairs for 8. The huge garden has a 6x12m pool, a hand-built barbecue, and merges into the surrounding fields. You can watch deer, may catch sight of boar or porcupine, as well as rare and interesting birds, butterflies, frogs...
Fantastic for birds and wildlife, you can expect great food, great wine, great countryside for riding, cycling, walking yet easy reach of beaches and cities. Cookery classes, olive oil and wine tasting available by arrangement. Easy day-trip distance from Rome, Florence, Lucca. Siena, Pienza and Montalcino are even closer. Bellavista is a peaceful spot to relax and listen to nightingales, scops owls. Being in one of the least light-polluted areas of Italy you get a rare view of the night sky and can look forward to some lovely shooting stars.
My other half and I live 5 minutes away and will be on hand for anything you need, as well as coming twice a week to do the pool maintenance. We will be happy to share the produce from our vegetable garden and fruit trees with you, and you can help yourselves to the herbs and fruit growing at Bellavista.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
About Arabella Rodriguez
Hi, I'm half English and half Italian and used to be a sound engineer in London until I moved here in 2004. I'm now an organic farmer, I grow saffron on another little farm near here as well as spelt at Bellavista. I live with my Italian partner nearby, (we came here in the same year and met here), and we can be around to help you settle in and tell you about things to see and do.
Arabella Rodriguez purchased this Farmhouse in 2004
Why Arabella Rodriguez chose Roccalbegna
I've absolutely fallen in love with this place, I've never been anywhere where the wildlife is so rich, and it's great to sit outside at night and listen to nightingales and crickets and watch the shooting stars. The "locals are friendly", and the area has also become home to numerous funky types dotted around in the hills, so it's never boring, even in winter.It's easy to get to Rome to see family, the sea is less than an hour away, it's strategically placed for all the major cities in central Italy, yet it's unspoilt and utterly beautiful.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Benefits? lots - peace and quiet, clean air, wonderful nature, plus all the mod cons (pool, bbq, Sky TV), the Etruscan plain (Pitigliano, Sorano, Sovana), unspoilt medieval towns, fantastic countryside.
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Villa was restful, well equipped, and clean. Great views especially from the pool area, and also wonderful night skies: the Milky Way looked amazing. Lovely area to visit, miles and miles of beautiful hills of the Maremma. Roccalbegna is a charming local village, and we enjoyed the produce from the market and the butcher We had very good visits to the local WWF reserve and also the organic vineyard. Arabella was always contactable to sort things out/give advice /translate as needed!
Perfect Rural Isolation
Stayed in the property with two families - house coped well with 4 teenagers. The pool is lovely. Fabulous setting and perfect rural isolation. The best night skies I've ever seen and the Persieids were amazing. Roccalbegna is 15 minutes drive away with shops and is really special and unspoilt. Internet access was sluggish but we weren't visiting for the net...Would love to stay again.
A wonderfully tranquil and relaxing location.
A lovely characteristic Tuscan farmhouse hidden in the depths of the countryside yet close enough to small villages and towns to provide all that you need for a truly special holiday. The house is large and spacious and can comfortably accommodate 8 or 9 people. It is well equipped with a fabulous swimming pool with it's own panoramic views. Needless to say it was in great demand as the temperature regularly reached 40C during our stay! Arabella looked after us very well and was always on hand if help were needed. To be in such a peaceful location with nature on your doorstep was a special experience.
We cannot wait until our next visit and thank Arabella for being such a great host.
You have been the MOST wonderful guests, I really look forward to your next visit and to seeing more of you!!
Very best wishes,
A beautiful hidden gem that we can't wait to come back and visit again!
We spent a week here in June and had one of our best holidays. The views are breathtaking and the pool was large, clean and a very welcome break from the lovely hot sun we had all week! The small nearby towns had some lovely little restaurants and bars and the locals were friendly. The house was beautiful and had everything we could possible need during our stay and it was also lovely and cool at night despite the hot weather
The owner arabella couldn't have done enough to help us and we will certainly be booking to stay here again.
If you are seeking a peaceful and private location for some time in the sun then we couldn't recommend this beautiful place highly enough!
Thank you so much!! We're very much looking forward to seeing you again, you've been lovely guests, I hope you come again soon!
Beautifully tranquil Italian farmhouse
We needed a relaxing holiday away from it all and this was it - just perfect. Very quiet, in beautiful country, with a great pool and bbq and great facilities of internet (intermittent but enough for us with 2 early teen children), music, the odd DVD (maybe take your own) and card games. Only 2.5 hours from Rome by car, and only 50 minutes to the most amazing beach in a nature reserve, or just over an hour to Siena and other beautiful towns worth visiting. Arabella couldn't have helped us more with booking it and with helpful information. The perfect hideaway.
A fantastic, comfortable and well equipped villa in the Tuscan countryside
The villa is situated in a very rural setting well off the road with only the sound of occasional farming from neighbours to be heard. Arabella met us at the nearest village and waited whilst we bought a few groceries at the local shop, and then escorted us to Bella Vista.
Initially the villa seems a long way from anywhere (which is one of its many attractions), but once you are familiar with the winding and undulating roads, you tend to measure travelling in time rather than distances. The kitchen has all the amenities that you need to create some interesting Italian dishes, but there are many excellent Trattorias and Pizzarias in local villages and towns, and we were welcomed very warmly by them all.
We went to the beach at Marina di Grosseto one day, and Siena another. Both are well worth a visit and don't miss the surrounding villages and towns.
The weather at the end of August could not have been better - with clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine, so the large swimming pool was most welcome.
The owners Arabella and her husband Pier Luigi are the most congenial and friendly hosts and nothing was too much trouble. Help is only a phone call away should you need advice. We had only 1 week at Bella Vista and it was with sadness that we had to bid farewell to the villa and the friendship of Arabella and her husband.
Dear Geoff and family,
You have been such wonderful and appreciative guests, it's been a real pleasure having you and I hope you'll come again - we would really love to have you back!
With warmest wishes,
Special interest holidays:
Birding, cookery courses, olive oil and wine tasting are available by arrangement. The area offers some lovely walks among the various nature reserves and along many traditional "white roads". The director of the WWF reserve at Rocconi would be glad to take you round. Being an organic farm in an "underdeveloped" location, Bellavista provides a rare opportunity to experience both a rich natural environment and, being located in one of the least light-polluted areas of Italy, a wonderful view of the night sky, Milky Way, and shooting stars.
45 mins driving to sought-after Monte Argentario (Gianella and Feniglia, part of Feniglia is equipped with restaurant and sunbeds etc.) also Alberese, Castiglione della Pescaia, Torba, Osa, and many others. Ferry from Porto Santo Stefano (Monte Argentario) to islands of Giglio and Giannutri, or from Piombino to Elba. Or hire a dinghy from Porto Santo Stefano and chug round the beautiful coast!
Pisa and Rome airports are both two and a half hours away by car, trains connect both to Grosseto. A car is essential.
Nearest village 5km, lovely Roccalbegna (restaurant, groceries, butcher, chemist, bank) 9km. Grosseto (renaissance city centre, shopping) 45km, Pitigliano (Etruscan ruins, old Jewish quarter, beautiful renaissance city) 50km, Siena and Montepulciano 70km, Montalcino (wine and honey) and Pienza (art and cheese) 60km. Major cities Florence, Pisa, Rome 2 1/2 hours.
A must for birders and nature lovers, this uncontaminated oasis has been spared the intrusions of modern farming and intense tourism and is home to an unusual number of rare birds (Lanner, Short-Toed Eagle and many others) and plants. Bird visitors include skops, tawny, screech and barn owls, nightingales, stone curlews, hoopoes, common and honey buzzards, bee-eaters, wall creepers, peregrine falcons, kestrels, sparrow hawks, goshawks, while on the ground you may see porcupine, deer, hare, boar, martens, foxes, badgers.
That said, Podere Bellavista is strategically placed for day-trips to central Italy's great attractions - Florence, Rome, Siena etc. are in easy reach, as is the sea.
Great local restaurants include Il Cacciatore at Santa Caterina, La Grotta at Roccalbegna, 900 at Semproniano, too many to mention in Scansano and Saturnia, I keep a selection of business cards at the house for ease of booking. Local wines are Morellino (a very good small organic producer can be found at Villa Patrizia, who will happily do tastings) and Monte Cucco, and the world famous Brunello di Montalcino is 50 minutes away. Olive oil tasting at prize-winning Monte Nero (provides oil to both Fortnums and Asda!)The area is a favourite with cyclists. Many important Etruscan sites as well as mystical Monte Labbro with its mountaintop hermitage, and of course the lovely medieval villages. I particularly recommend shopping in medieval Roccalbegna, with its array of small shops that together with the Monday market provide just about everything in a manner reminiscent of days gone by.
I live locally and will be very happy to help with settling in and any other information.
Rates & Availability
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Booking Notes: One-third deposit within one week of booking to secure. Balance 8 weeks prior to holiday. €600 security deposit on arrival Cancellation charges: Up to 8 weeks – no cancellation charge 4-8 weeks – 50% of rate refunded 2-4 weeks – 25% of rate refunded Less than 2 weeks – no refund. Changeover Day: Changeover day Saturday, offpeak bookings flexible. Arrival between 4pm and 7pm, departure Saturday 10am. Notes on prices: Prices are calculated for a minimum stay of 7 nights. During mid- and low-season periods we would be happy to consider shorter stays, although the price may have to include a surcharge for heating or other extra expenses. In order to avoid unbooked days in high season bookings during July and August can only be accepted for blocks of 7 days from Saturday to Saturday.