|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Two double bedrooms combining double and twin beds with two large bathrooms with a bath and shower.
Fully equipped fitted kitchen with a gas cooker, dishwasher, wash machine and full sized fridge freezer and microwave, all the modern appliances to make your holiday hassle free.
Air Conditioning with seprate control in each room.
Large private garden available with a shared swimming pool.
Sofa bed in living room. Flat screen TV with satellite.
Outdoor Terrace with table and chairs and an external barbecue
Put up beds available on request.
Sun baked stone walls, hand made terracotta floors, chestnut beamed ceilings, pergolas twisted with the perfumes of Jasmine and wisteria, sitting out on the terrace overlooking your swimming pool, soaking up the radiant glow of the golden sun setting over the tranquil val d'orcia valley. High standards of craftsmanship with only local materials ensure quality and comfort. Incredible unbroken 360 views over to the hills on the horizon.
We had an amazing week. As we were driving there, we turned a corner along the road somewhere and the scenery took our breath away. Every hillside seemed to grow in beauty and our anticipation increased as we neared Podere Ampella and it more than met our expectations. That first evening, as we sat outside in the peaceful garden, a small bird was flying around overhead and the sun was setting towards San Giovanni D'Asso, and we relaxed for the first time in a long time. The week was wonderful. The house had everything we needed and more. We were really impressed with how beautifully finished the rooms were. We travelled to many of the surrounding villages and ate some incredible food (I'm still dreaming of a restaurant we visited in Montalcino--the pasta with truffle sauce was unlike anything I've tasted before). I love the way the hills looked when covered with that hazy glow. You were very kind, he made some wonderful suggestions to us for places to see. Andrea Holland
Bookings can be made by contacting us via links down below. A deposit of 30% is payable to reserve you booking with the balance payable within 60 days.
Saturday to Saturday bookings are only available during peak season. Check for availability outside peak season.
The property consist of several houses. Family owned and operated. Owner is very prompt for addressing all questions.
Pros: Breathtaking scenery, serenity, rural settings, spacious house, privacy, very helpful and fast-responding owners.
Cons: there are no cons but the things to be aware of. See below.
Amenities: Villa Montisi house has a separate driveway and private pool, so you can stay isolated from other guests. House is one storey, clean. Kitchen is well stocked with utensils, cookware, dishes, towels. Fridge, dishwasher (never used), gas stove. Clothes washer in one of the bathrooms is small and slow, but helpful. Bathrooms are OK, tight on the counter space, like everywhere in Europe, hairdryer supplied. Shower drain kinda slow and with shower base being shallow it is easy to overflow and flood the floor, so need to be careful. Outside there is a pool (cold but swimmable), bbq grill, 8 seat table, several lawn chairs and loungers and a tent. WiFi - slow, unreliable and spotty. WiFi reception seems to be better outside rather than in the house. I had to use my LTE cell (thanks Rogers Roam Like Home) for 50% of my internet need.
All doors and windows have no opening window-panes to keep air in with door/window closed. One bedroom has walk-out doors but no windows. We were afraid to keep doors/windows open at night and had to run A/C instead, which was a waste of nice cool fresh nigh air. That was probably my biggest disappointment. Also, there are no nets on window/doors to keep bugs out, so they creep in, especially at night, when lights are on. Pill bugs, house centipedes and large spiders are no strangers inside, and while harmless, may make you cringe. There are some mosquitos, horseflies and gadflies outside at dusk, but not many.
You may need to buy own cleaning supplies, like dish soap, laundry/dishwasher detergent, as well as own toilet paper/towels. You expected to pay for the use of electricity, the owner was upfront about it when arranging the rental. We paid €100/2wk.
Groceries - there is a small Coop in St. Giovani d'Asso and bakery, literally 5-7 min away driving. Large Coop in a mall in Sinalunga is about 25 min away.
It is fun to explore small towns around. Must be aware of work hours. Lunch noon to 3 pm; dinner only after 7:30 pm. We are generally ok to drive up to 4 hrs one way, so used the place as a launch pad to visit Naples (Pompei), Venice, Rome, Florence, Siena, Pisa, Perugia.
Special interest holidays:
Our region is especially well know for the natural spa resorts within 5 mins of podere ampella. Painting courses can be arranged. Cooking school can also be arranged off season. Walking and cycling tours available. Visits to vineyards and historic centers can also be arranged year round.
50 mins from the costal resort of Grosetto.
Perugia Airport, Pisa and Florence Airports are all accessable.
Car hire is essential.
2km to San Giovanni D'Asso. 3km to Montisi. Siena 20 mins. Montalcino 10 mins. Montepulciano 15 mins.
The natural Bagno Vignoni spa is 10 min away.