(x 6 people)
Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 2 | Tuscany Coast and Maremma, Tuscany
Independent villa | Private pool | Maid included |
Tuscan farmers of old clearly saw a relationship between beautiful views and happy livestock; indeed, why else would Giuncaia occupy such a magnificent site? The former farmhouse is comprised of a long row of old stone buildings, all facing an endless vista of rolling hills and meadows. Much of the original woodwork has been retained or reused in this lovely conversion, and has been complemented by comfortable, tasteful furnishings. Glass doors lead from an open plan living-dining room with a big fireplace to a loggia for dining alfresco. A second loggia provides an outdoor sitting area with a billiards table. The garden unfolds above the house and includes a pretty vine-covered allée and a private swimming pool on a sunny terracotta terrace. The Maremma is a marvellous spot for a get-away-from-it-all holiday, especially for keen walkers and equestrians; there are, however, two terrific villages within a short drive of the villa, as well as the larger town of Grosseto.
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Giuncaia is available at a lower rate for smaller parties. For details see Giuncaia (x 4 people).
A more peaceful setting would be difficult to find: the Maremma is a place of open skies and vast rolling fields. A handful of pretty hill towns dots the countryside, including Scansano, 15 minutes, known for its red wine and olive oil. The nearest shops are at Pancole, 10km/6 miles. This is a marvellous area for walking and horseback riding, but there are beaches, too, within a 30-minute drive, and an Etruscan necropolis at Roselle. Day trips might include the spectacular Monti dell'Uccellina nature reserve on the coast or the thermal baths at Saturnia, both about 45 minutes, or even the beautiful city of Siena, 1 hour 30 minutes.
[On one level] Entrance through a loggia with a sitting area and billiards table. Double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower. Open plan sitting-dining room with a fireplace, a small but charming kitchen corner and large glass doors opening to a dining loggia. Two double bedrooms sharing a bathroom with bath.
Nicely-kept terraced garden with stands of lavender. Facing the valley, on the same level as the house, is small lawned area with a terracotta terrace; a vine-covered allée fills the terrace just above the house while the uppermost level is occupied by a private swimming pool, 12 x 5m/39 x 16 feet, on a terracotta terrace with wonderful views of the hills. The pool has an electrically-operated cover to electric cover to keep it warm at night and secure for children.
Assistance is provided locally by a caretaker who speaks a little English and lives nearby. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Microwave. Washing machine. Satellite TV [no Sky Channels] with DVD. CD player. Central heating. Fireplace. Ceiling fans and mosquito nets in all rooms. Mobile telephone provided.
Airports: Rome (Fiumicino) and Pisa, about 175km/109 miles; Florence, 162km/101 miles. Railway station at Grosseto, 25km/15 miles. Motorway exit on the near side of Grosseto, 20km/12 miles along paved but winding roads to the short, white drive. Parking for five cars.
Tennis at Scansano, 12km/7 miles. Several riding stables in the area. Thermal spa at Saturnia, 39km/24 miles. Beaches on the Monte Argentario peninsula or at Talamone in the Monti dell'Uccellina reserve, both about 44km/27 miles.
Hair dryer. Iron and ironing board. Kettle. Toaster.
The private swimming pool, 12 x 5m/39 x 16 feet, has a depth of 1.15-1.75m/3.5-5.5 feet and steps for entry/exit.
Amenities for Children
1 high chair. 1 cot/crib.
Pets are not permitted at the property.