|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Bedrooms 1 and 2 (upstairs) with double bed and en-suite.
En-suites to 1 and 2 with bath/shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom 3 (upstairs) with 2 singles (converts to double) and wardrobe.
Bedroom 4 (upstairs) with 2 children’s beds plus mezzanine sleeping loft (not for faint-hearted child!)
Bathroom 3 (upstairs) between beds 3 and 4 with double shower, basin and WC.
Open balcony between bedrooms 2 and 3.
Massive family room/kitchen: Ample seating, glass table seating six. Travertine island breakfast bar. Large Smeg gas range. 2 fridges and freezer built under travertine work tops. Travertine floor. Bread maker and iPod dock.
Sitting room with convertible double sofa bed, seating, wall of books, DVDs, CDs, CD player, DVD player, screen, Scandinavian log burner
Bathroom 4 with shower, basin and WC.
Outside the barn family room, large covered terrace for drinks and summer dining, marble table, ample seating and football game table.
Batignano is a mid-eighteenth century Tuscan farmhouse situated on its own hill outside the village of Monte Antico, twenty minutes drive from the small medieval town of Paganico. Set at right angles to the farmhouse is a large stone barn. The two buildings are set in three acres, with a large swimming pool, and command unspoilt views of the lovely, wooded, hilly Tuscan countryside. Both barn and house are recently converted and are very well equipped. They may be rented together or separately. Only one party is accepted in any visiting period: you wll therefore have the house or the barn (or both) to yourselves. Siena is a 45 minute drive away, Montalcino 40 mins. Maremma Coast 45 mins. Florence is 90 minutes by road, slightly longer by train.
I am now retired, but spent most of my working life as a producer or commissioner of television programmes and feature films, finishing my career as Head of Drama at the BBC. See Who's Who for more detail...
My wife also worked at the BBC for a time, and is a historian and published writer specialising in Art History. Look out for "Seaside Surrealism: Paul Nash in Swanage" in our/your local bookshop!
The family property in Tuscany was bought for/by our children, and has provided many happy times for children, grandchildren, grandparents and friends. It is well furnished and comprehensively equipped, and provides a base in the Tuscan countryside, ideal for exploring this unspoiled part of Italy, or simply for relaxing away from everything...
Charles Denton purchased this barn in 2002
We bought Batignano on behalf of our children in 2002.
It was in a ruinous condition, but occupied a magical site, with 360 degree views and an atmosphere of unspoilt rural peace. We spent two and a half years restoring it completely, and then furnished it as two interlinked houses where our large family (and their friends) could be really comfortable. We rent it out for a few weeks each year with the objective of covering annual outgoings. We have never sought to maximise commercial income. Currently our focus is on the garden, which we set out from scratch on a terrain of mixed clay and builders detritus(!). It now, miraculously, looks established and flourishing, and in Autumn 2011 we planted 27 fruit trees in a sheltered field below our swimming pool.
We have travelled a lot in Italy, but Southern Tuscany takes some beating, and we are still pleased with the outcome of our restoration. The house and barn seem able to absorb a lot of visitors and still have peaceful corners away from the children (or adults). I can think of nothing more satisfying than, in the evening, to gaze out over the Tuscan landscape with a bottle of cold prosecco to hand... For the more energetic the glories of Montalcino and Siena are easily reached in a day's outing, and the province abounds in hill villages. None, however, impinge on the peace of Batignano.
Nearest beach 45 minutes drive in National Park South of Grosseto. Unspoilt, uncommercial, sandy beach backed by woods. No ranks of deckchairs!
PISA airport strongly recommended, two hours to us door to door by good roads. Florence and Rome Airports also feasible and much the same distance, but on worse roads. Car essential. Fourteen and a half hours driving from Channel port (Caen) via Monte Bianco tunnel. Train from Waterloo, via Paris, to Florence and then Siena. Believe it or not you can get to Monte Antico from London by rail with two changes (Paris and Florence). But you still need a car!
Driving: Monte Antico 5 minutes. Paganico 20 mins. Grosseto 40 mins. Montalcino 40 mins. Siena 45 mins.
Good restaurant in Monte Antico. Local shops, bars and restaurants, two supermarkets, banks and cash machines in Paganico. More sophisticated shopping and very good daily covered market in Grosseto. Local farmers will sell very drinkable wine, oil and fresh produce as available. Our maid will cook for you occasionally (by individual negotiation, she has a family of her own).
Our English-speaking factotum, who farms and is married to an English woman, is available to resolve any problems.