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Charming Villa Farmhouse Private Pool Idyllic Setting

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Villa in San Giovanni d'Asso, Nr. Siena, Tuscany - Peaceful Location, Unique Landscape, Village 1km

The house is set in the famous Crete Senesi, perhaps the most spectacular example of the essence of Tuscany. On 2 floors, built of warm Sienese stone and brick, encircled by wide terracotta terraces, ancient mulberry trees and huge old cypresses, olive groves, lawns and gardens of aromatic shrubs and fragrant herbs, the cook's delight. Furnished with antique country furniture, books, art and textiles, Turkish rugs, comfortable sofas, good quality bedding, efficient plumbing and lighting, and is generally light, airy and stylish. All rooms with beautiful view. Persian blinds, mosquito screens, ceiling fans in the bedrooms. Shady entrance loggia, pergola covered by jasmine and roses for eating out at a travertine marble table, with barbecue. Plentiful garden furniture and hammocks are provided. A path through the gardens brings you to the swimming pool (ozone treated, virtually chemical free), surrounded by terracotta sun terraces, immersed in decorative shrubs, roses and lavender.


Owner
Hardress Waller
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, italian
Calendar last updated:
November 3, 2017

About Hardress Waller

Hardress is an anglo-irish painter who first came to Tuscany 45 years ago from London, and travelled in the whole of Italy studying art history. Since then he has lived in Spain and Uk,returning to Italy first of all near Lucca for 12 years, then moving south of Siena.

I love music, literature,cinema, art, our friends, life, food, wine, and italian culture.

Why Hardress Waller chose San Giovanni d'Asso

I didn't really buy this as a vacation rental house,but lived in it for a period as my own home before beginning to rent it out. I think this is why guests coming to the house, many of whom return year by year, find a hospitable atmosphere and feel at home.

I always had very old friends living near here, and used to enjoy visiting because of the pleasant company and interesting community of people, considering it almost the most beautiful part of Tuscany.

What makes this villa unique

Our home is in a unique unspoilt natural setting, but close to the village and all amenities, as well as the delights which this special part of Tuscany offers,not far away from Montalcino, Pienza, San Quirico d'Orcia, Siena and Florence.

There are also many local attractions, village medieval festivals,cultural events, beautiful local museums and notable culinary specialties, above all the white truffle, pecorino sheep cheese and famous wines. We have personal contacts with excellent restaurants and wineries where with pleasure we can introduce our guests.

Map

Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Horse riding, ballooning, tennis court nearby.

Painting and cooking classes , Italian lessons.

Yoga, shiat-su and ayurvedic massage.

Coast/Beach:

Grosseto, Maremma Coast 80km.

Travel:

Car essential.

Airport:

Florence and Perugia: 1 hour 30 mins,

Pisa: 2 hours 30 mins

Rome: 3 hours

Railway: Buonconvento: 15km

Ferry: Livorno: 160km.

Distances:

Local village 1km.

Florence 1 hour 30 mins, Siena 40 mins, Pienza, Montepulciano and Montalcino 20-30 mins.

Further Details:

Excellent shops, supermarkets, weekly markets, restaurants, speciality wine bars are all nearby in this beautiful area, full of many historic sites and towns to visit, summer festivals, pageants, concerts, art exhibitions, museums. Many artisan products, ceramics, linen, leather goods, etc are on sale in local boutiques. It is the perfect place for walking and mountain biking. Balloon trips with champagne breakfasts can be booked. Thermal baths, horse riding, tennis courts at short distance. The village has a bank, supermarket, general store, bakery, bar with newsagent and tobacconist, post office, doctor surgery and chemist, butcher, wine tasting and local delicacies shops. Specialities are the local White Truffles, Pecorino sheep cheeses and Orcia Wine.The Festival of the White Truffle is held in November. The Castle is an imposing medieval structure beautifully restored, on its square an inviting "hotel de charme" with an excellent restaurant offers tasteful and refined dinners.Another interesting local feature is the ‘Bosco della Ragnaia’: a wood landscaped by a local American artist. Montisi is another integral small medieval settlement, with its own festival in august, La Giostra di Simone, with a jousting on horseback and pageantry in period costume. In June and July it hosts its own Art Festival, Montisi Art. Montalcino and its superb wines and imposing Fortress hosts a jazz festival in July. Siena:the real centre of Siena is the renowned Piazza del Campo, which hosts its famous Palio in July and August, where the competing Contrade,17 in number, run a fiercely challenged horse race round the perimeter of this extraordinary shell shaped Square, which is overlooked by the height of the Torre del Mangia. This and the Duomo of Siena, both with their magnificent museums, form the heart of the unique complex of architecture and artistic heritage belonging to this enchanting city.

Amenities

San Giovanni d'Asso Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • The place must be left as the guests find it , breakages etc. must be communicated, rubbish should be disposed of .
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1, with bath/shower, wc, bidet. Bathroom with shower, wc, bidet. Bathroom with shower, wc, bidet. Bedroom 2 with wash basin room.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double or twin beds. Bedroom 3 with double or twin beds. Bedroom 4 with double or twin beds plus bunk beds.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Central heating, suitable for children, smokers allowed. 2 friendly cats live outside, owners provide food. Outside: Delightful harmonious mature landscaped gardens, with lawn, decorative shrubs, herbs and fruit trees. Extensive olive groves. Ample parking areas. Plentiful garden furniture and hammocks are provided. 3 furnished eating areas including pergola, bread oven, barbecue. Various sun terraces. Private pool, ozone treated 12m x 4,5m deep end 2, 20, shallow 1, 20. with sun terrace surround. Open from end of May through September. Private peaceful setting with beautiful views over the valleys and of the castle. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron, ironing board. Other: Across the courtyard there is the refurbished old barn, consisting in a large double bedroom with double bed sofa and kitchen area, a bathroom with shower and its own private terrace to 1 side. This is always rented as part of the entire property.

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Changeover day: Saturday, arrival times from 4 to 7 pm.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.