(x 14 people)
Sleeps 14 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 6 | Near Montepulciano, Tuscany
Independent villa | Private pool | Maid included |
Perched atop a hill near the delightful Etruscan village of Sarteano, Podere Casalfava even from afar looks like everyone’s idea of the perfect stone farmhouse. And so it is. Originally constructed in the 1700s, it was beautifully restored from top to bottom by its present owners. Windows were enlarged and French doors added to bring the warm Tuscan light inside. The beamed ceilings were preserved, as was much of the beautiful old stonework, but the old floor plan made way for larger rooms, a professionally-equipped kitchen and, most importantly, ensuite or private bathrooms for each of the six spacious bedrooms. Dominating the ground floor is a long room divided by archways into living and dining areas with French doors opening to the large and well kept garden. The bedrooms, distributed over the two levels, are grouped around smaller sitting rooms. Outside, a beautifully kept garden with extensive lawns wraps around the house. A separate summer kitchen and dining room, once the barn of the farmhouse makes al fresco dining a pleasure, and the large swimming pool set below on a lawned terrace beckons to those more interested in tanning and swimming than sightseeing. The quality of the kitchen and bathrooms are of a very high level.
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Podere Casalfava is also available at a lower rate for smaller parties. For details see Podere Casalfava (x 10 people).
On a winding scenic road just outside the village of Sarteano, 1.5km/1 mile, and midway between the spa town of Chianciano Terme and the little hilltop village of Chiusi, both 9km/6 miles. The nearest restaurant, La Laterna, is a short walk down the road; the nearest shops and a thermal spa - are in Sarteano. The villa’s location on the regional border makes it a terrific base for explorations. There are literally hundreds of hilltop villages within half an hour’s drive of which the most famous is probably Montepulciano, about 16km/10 miles. Pienza, just a little further, was designed as an urban utopia in the 15th century. On the Umbrian side a visit to Perugia, 1 hour, is not to be missed and a stop at Castiglione del Lago, 30 minutes, on Lake Trasimeno will break the drive nicely.
Entrance hall. Large living room with fireplace leading to the dining room through an archway. French doors in the living room open to the garden and swimming pool area. Professional kitchen. Breakfast room with table for four. Double bedroom with a balcony with a double bed [each US Queen size]. Bathroom with shower. Second sitting room. Double bedroom[US Queen size] with private bathroom with jacuzzi bath.
[Up 16 terracotta steps] Sitting room with fireplace. Double bedroom [US Queen size] with ensuite changing room and bathroom with shower. Kitchenette. Double bedroom [US Queen size] with ensuite changing room and bathroom with jacuzzi bath. Small sitting room. Two double bedrooms [each US Queen size], each with ensuite bathroom with shower.
A nicely maintained country garden with a cluster of olive trees around the villa. Summer kitchen with barbeque, sink and dining table. The elegant swimming pool, 6 x 12m/19 x 38 feet, is set on a terrace about 30m/yards from the villa, down a short flight of stone steps.
Assistance is provided by the caretaker, who does not speak English and lives a short distance away. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Washing machine. Microwave. Satellite TV (no Sky Channel). DVD player. CD player. Ping pong table. Football table. Central heating. Two working fireplace. Wireless ADSL internet connection [computer not provided] Mobile telephone provided.
Airports: Perugia, 80km/50miles along winding roads or 100km/62 miles on the motorway; Florence, 140km/87 miles; Pisa, 230km/143 miles. Motorway/Superstrada exit and railway station at Chiusi, 8km/5 miles. A bus service operates from the railway station at Chiusi to Sarteano, 1.5kms/1 mile from the villa. Parking for six cars.
Tennis courts in Sarteano at 3 kms/2 miles. Two 9 hole golf courses, 45 minutes. Internet café' at Sarteano (3 kms/2 miles). Several thermal spas in the area, including Chianciano Terme and Sarteano.
Mixer. Toaster. Hair dryer. Iron and ironing board. Electric fan in each bedroom.
The elegant swimming pool, 6 x 12m/19 x 38 feet, has a depth of 1.20-2m/4-6.5 feet with a ladder and steps for entry/exit.
Amenities for Children
2 high chair. 2 cot/crib