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Luxury Tuscan villa, heated pool, spectacular views, underfloor cooling, heating

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Space 4,043 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, lovely pool & gardens, max 8 people, children 8 yrs+

Surrounded by lovely gardens in 29 hectares (70 acres) of unspoilt, peaceful & private woodland, olive groves and farmland, a beautifully restored spacious & luxurious old farmhouse in a dramatic position on a south facing hillside with spectacular views of the Val d'Orcia, now an UNESCO World Heritage site. The house is finished to a very high standard with hand-made terracotta tiled floors, antique furniture, a super large kitchen and other modern comforts including underfloor heating and cooling systems, and well-appointed bathrooms with excellent showers. The windows have integral insect screens. Meals can be enjoyed outside relaxing in beautiful settings including the two courtyards and there are lots of quiet places to sit and read. The 6 x 12 m heated pool with electric cover is surrounded by travertine paving with plenty of space for teak sunbeds under large sunshades. For the energetic there is table tennis. Pool maintenance and house cleaning on 4 days per week plus Saturdays are included. Free Wi-Fi, high speed broadband internet included in rent.

Further information about the house, (see also www.LuxuryVillaTuscany.com) : Ground floor: Double doors open to large entrance hall with wood burning stove. Large sitting room with open fireplace & doors to courtyard from which steps lead to garden and pool area. Dining room with table seating up to 14 & doors to second courtyard. Large extremely well-equipped kitchen with 2 full-sized ovens, combination microwave oven, large 5 ring induction hob, double sink, vegetable preparation sink, dishwasher, electric espresso machine & food processor. TV room with 50 inch TV. Sonos wireless sound system, iPod docking station. Laundry room with washing machine & drying area. Cloakroom with WC & basin.

First floor: 5 bedrooms, all with ceiling fans: 3 bedrooms with large double beds (160 x 200 cm), 1 bedroom with 2 single beds and 1 single bedroom with a double bed. 5 bathrooms: 4 are en-suite, 3 with showers,1 with bath & 1 with bath & separate shower. Second sitting room / loggia with wood burning stove.

The underfloor heating system can also cool the house in the summer. Windows are double glazed with integral insect screens.

The house has recently completed a total restoration, rescuing it from dereliction & near collapse. Situated in 25 hectares of its own secluded land which includes woodland, a 700 tree olive grove & open fields, there is an abundance of wildlife. You may not see a wild boar but they are there! You probably will see porcupines, hares & deer, and the numerous birds include large birds of prey. The land has not been intensively farmed and there are masses of wild flowers. Terraced landscaped gardens lead down to the heated pool (approx 1.2 - 1.5m deep), which has an electric cover. There is plenty of flat space for games and table tennis and there are lots of quiet and secluded spots to sit and read or chat over a glass of wine while looking out at the sweeping views of the Val d'Orcia. The ancient brick-lined wood oven has also been restored. The house is at the end of a 2.5 km (1.5 miles) dirt road (strada bianca) maintained in good condition and there is plenty of space for parking.

Location: Pienza and Montepulciano are world famous perfect Renaissance towns, with a good range of shops for food, wine, cheese and other supplies as well as artisan shops and workshops and excellent restaurants and bars. The Val d'Orcia is unspoilt and much less developed than some other parts of Tuscany and its UNESCO World Heritage status ensures that it is protected from future development. Monticchiello, Montefollonico, Castelmuzio, Bagno Vignoni and San Quirico are only some examples of lovely little nearby towns and villages with excellent restaurants. Wine lovers can visit Montalcino and Montepulciano, those needing pampering can chill out at thermal baths in Bagno Vignoni or Bagni San Filippo, while Siena and Florence are easily accessible. There are concerts (classical, brass band, jazz, modern), opera, art shows,and a host of other events throughout the area, mainly in the summer months. www.LuxuryVillaTuscany.com

The rent includes all taxes including Italian sales tax, cleaning and free Wi-Fi.

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 16, 2017

About The Owner

We are 2 London doctors who bought this lovely old farmhouse in a derelict state in 2005. The total restoration of the house and gardens was completed in June 2012.

The Owner purchased this villa in 2005

Why The Owner chose Pienza

It is a magical old house in a dramatic position overlooking the Val d'Orcia which is one of the loveliest and most unspoilt parts of Tuscany. It was a perfect restoration project - see LuxuryVillaTuscany,com - in the UNESCO world heritage area.

What makes this villa unique

The house is surrounded by 70 acres of forest, open fields and olive groves in glorious countryside with stunning views and abundant wildlife. It is close to gems such as Pienza, Monticchiello and Montepulciano and within easy reach of Siena and Florence and Rome. Being a World Heritage site, the Val d'Orcia is protected from development.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time in this exquisite home in Tuscany. The house was superb with every detail thought of. The pool and scenery were just what we were looking for. The location, between Montepulciano and Pienza was ideal and allowed for day trips and then a return home to this lovely secluded home with beautiful vistas. We split our time between dinners at excellent local restaurants and also having gourmet italian meals prepared in the fully equipped kitchen.

The home could not have been better appointed. We have rented many homes over the years but this was, by far, the best one. The owners have thought of everything and their detailed instructions made for a very easy stay. We cannot say enough nice things about the villa and hope to return for another stay.
May 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Perugia, then Florence, Rome, Pisa, Bologna
Nearest Barpub
7.5 Kilometres
Montepulciano
Nearest Golf
49 Kilometres
Panicale
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Chiusi Chianciano
Nearest Motorway
18 Kilometres
Bettolle Val di Chiana, (A1)
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Kilometres
Santo Pietro
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Monte Amiata
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Castiglione di Lago
Car: necessary

Situated between Pienza (8.5km) and Montepulciano (7.5km), both Renaissance gems, in the heart of the outstandingly beautiful Val d'Orcia, the house is perfectly sited to explore the Val d'Orcia and is also within easy car distance of other destinations such as Florence (110km), Siena (70km), Perugia (85km) and Orvieto (85km). Bagno Vignoni (27 km, thermal baths and spa), Montalcino (34 km, Brunello wine production), Monte Amiata (50 km, mountain walking, winter skiing), Castiglione di Lago (35 km, lake, water sports), are closer to home. There are many excellent restaurants within 15 minutes drive, in Pienza, Montepulciano, Monticchiello, and Montefollonico, as well as further afield. There are thermal baths and spas at Bagno Vignoni, Montepulciano, Bagni San Filippo, and San Casciano dei Bagni. Chiusi (30 min drive) is on the main rail line with direct trains to Florence and Rome and is also an access point on the A1 autostrada from Rome to Florence, as is Bettolle (20 min), so day trips to both cities are easy by train or car. Large supermarkets are in Montepulciano, Sinalunga and Chiusi.

Other Activities: ballooning, cooking classes, cycling, walking, concerts, opera, wine tours, truffle hunting. Also private guided tours and guided walks. See also www.LuxuryVillaTuscany.com

Amenities

Pienza Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4043 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • A full rental contract will be sent to you by email. This must be signed and returned before a booking can be accepted.
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Bath with overhead shower, WC, bidet, basin
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , Large shower, WC, bidet, double washbasin
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet , Large shower, WC, bidet, double washbasin
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , Ground floor cloakroom with WC and washbasin
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet , Bath, separate large shower enclosure, WC, bidet, washbasin
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Shower room with shower, WC and washbasin
  • The bathrooms and shower rooms have high quality fittings, excellent lighting, ample storage space for toiletries, generous well-lit mirrors and powerful showers. Two of the bathrooms have double basins. Bath linen is of high quality.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , Ceiling fan
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Ceiling fan
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Ceiling fan
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Ceiling fan
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , Ceiling fan
  • 3 double bedrooms with large (160cm x 200cm) double beds. 1 double bedroom with a pair of single beds. 1 single bedroom with a standard double bed. More information at LuxuryVillaTuscany,com. All the bedrooms have ceiling fans, hand-made wrought iron beds, good mattresses, generous attractive high quality lighting and mirrors, spacious wardrobes and plenty of hanging and other storage space for clothes. 5 bath/shower rooms. 4 bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms or bathrooms. The fifth bedroom has its own separate bathroom with bath and large shower enclosure. The bed linen and proper comfortable down pillows are of high quality. There is a hair-dryer in each bedroom and there are integral insect screens and internal shutters on the windows. Although the house can sleep 9 people, only a maximum of 8 people may stay.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes:
The house has underfloor central heating. In hot weather, the underfloor system can also cool the house. The large kitchen is extremely well equipped and has plenty of space for communal cooking and chatting. Children under the age of 8 years are not accepted and smoking in the house is not permitted. The owner can provide a concierge service and there is also an extensive information booklet in the house. See LuxuryVillaTuscany,com. The rent includes all taxes including Italian sales tax, cleaning, and free Wi-Fi internet.

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5

Exquisite home in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this exquisite home in Tuscany. The house was superb with every detail thought of. The pool and scenery were just what we were looking for. The location, between Montepulciano and Pienza was ideal and allowed for day trips and then a return home to this lovely secluded home with beautiful vistas. We split our time between dinners at excellent local restaurants and also having gourmet italian meals prepared in the fully equipped kitchen.

The home could not have been better appointed. We have rented many homes over the years but this was, by far, the best one. The owners have thought of everything and their detailed instructions made for a very easy stay. We cannot say enough nice things about the villa and hope to return for another stay.

David

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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5

An idyllic stay in a first-class villa

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 3 couples, long-time close friends celebrating turning 70 years old. We had set a high benchmark for this special occasion, and Terra Bianca exceeded our expectations in every way. After spending time in this lovely villa, the ladies in the group are inspired by its luxurious and tasteful décor. The color schemes, furnishings and renovation of the villa are fresh and current. From the artwork down to the bathroom fixtures and modern appliances, everything was of the best quality. We all agreed that the villa, its grounds, pool area, numerous patios and dining options could be featured in an issue of Architectural Digest Magazine. The house manager/keeper, Samuella, was so pleasant and helpful, and our personal chefs Alessandro and Eleanora from Tuscan Chef were outstanding. We were very glad we had chosen to dine "at home" because the comfort, ambiance and customized menus were perfect. The view of the valley from the villa is unmatched at any time of the day. All plantings and gardens are well kept by the gardener and a true delight, filled with fragrant roses of many colors and types. We have been posting on FaceBook and have received many comments from "envious" friends. The members of our group are well traveled and have been privileged to stay in the finest lodging throughout the world. All agreed that for many reasons this was one of our favorites. We truly hated to leave this idyllic setting and plan to make a return visit.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Absolute perfection!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful villa exceeded our expectations. It looked gorgeous from the photographs but it was even more breathtaking in person. The views out over the valley could be seen from the 2 outside patios and the bedrooms. There was plenty of seating for the 4 couples that were in our party. The kitchen and the rest of the house had every amenity you could want. There was ping pong, bocce ball, badminton, board games and of course a pool that was surrounded by hotel quality chaise lounges and umbrellas.

Samuela, the housekeeper was so friendly and kept the villa spotless while we were there.

Renting it was a simple and easy process and the owners are so accommodating with suggestions of restaurants, things to do in the area and general information about the house and the area.

We simply can't say enough good things about this villa!!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
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The Villa Luisa exceeded all expectations

  • 5 of 5

Villa Luisa is a beautiful villa located off the main road where you are surrounded by mountains, olive gardens and vineyards. The grounds are impeccable landscaped and the outside pool is truly breathtaking The main house has all the charm of a historic Tuscany farm house however every modern luxury convenience is provided for. The gourmet kitchen, the indoor dining room, the beautiful outdoor dining space and the various patios with unbelievable views surround the house. We cooked in nearly every night as two of our guests were outstanding chefs and we would eat wonderful Italian meals outside to the sound of Italian music - It does not get much better than that. The Villa is perfectly located between Rome and Florence and nestled among numerous historic Hill Towns - Pienza, Montepulciano, Orvieto, and on and on. The train station to Florence or Rome is only 25 minutes away.

We cannot write a complete review without mentioning Samuela, the housekeeper. She was such a wonderful treat to see every morning and she was so helpful. Since we did not speak Italian and she does not speak English we had fun communicating to one another thru Google Translate.

All in all this Villa exceeded all expectations. The owners were meticulous in

their design and thoughtfulness. We could not have picked a better place to stay and will certainly stay again on our next trip to Italy.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Perfect Villa for a Family reunion/getaway

  • 5 of 5

Arriving at this Villa was nothing less than perfect; the long winding drive to the villa and the first sight was very impressive. The property and grounds were in pristine condition, and the view of the surrounding countryside was breathtaking. The owners were very responsive if needed. The housekeeper was also very knowledgeable and helpful with any questions we had. The property is perfectly located so close to so many day trip activities. We are very much looking forward to returning to this region and this villa.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Fantastic location, villa and views

  • 4 of 5

The villa is an amazing situation and is well equipped with anything you could want. The views are fantastic from the various terraces. There is so much to explore locally and we can wholeheartedly recommend truffle hunting! There were some extra costs associated with cooling/pool heating but these were handled sensitively by the owner. We can thoroughly recommend this villa and hope to return again.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $1,413.26

Charges cover hot water and electricity, pool & house cleaning and all taxes. High quality bed & bath linen & pool towels supplied & changed weekly. Household items such as laundry & dishwasher detergent, toilet paper, kitchen towel, cleaning items, etc. supplied and included. NOT included: Fuel for central heating, house cooling and pool heating. 30% of the total rent is required at booking as a non-returnable booking deposit and the balance of the rent plus a returnable security deposit of €1,200 is due 8 weeks before the start of the rental period. Please contact the owner to enquire about details of our cancellation policy.

Our prices are in euros. To see the euro rate, click on euros in the box "show estimated rate in". 30% of the rent is required at booking as a non-returnable booking deposit, and the balance plus a security deposit of €1,200 euros is due 8 weeks before the start of the rental period.The rent quoted includes all taxes. Please contact the owner to enquire about details of our cancellation policy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund