(x 4 people)
Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 3 | Near Siena, Tuscany
Independent villa | Private pool | Tennis court | Air conditioning |
Villa Viliano lies in the heart of the Crete Senese, the remarkable rounded limestone hills to the south of Siena. Once a rural school for the children from the local farms and hamlets, the old building has been converted into a lovely small country house with a bright and very comfortable interior with a modern kitchen and bathrooms, air-conditioned bedrooms. A pretty loggia extends the living space to include a shaded area for outdoor dining. Surrounding the house, private swimming pool and hot tub is a beautifully maintained garden leading almost seamlessly into fields that change colours with the shifting seasons and olive groves. The area is rich in historic treasures, including castles, abbeys and medieval towns. It is also known for a wide variety of food products and crafts, with many of the fattorie and workshops open to visitors.
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Villa Viliano is available at a lower rate for smaller parties. For details see Villa Viliano (x 2 people). It is also available for larger parties. See Villa Viliano (x 6 people).
Rental option notes
The main house, with the exception of one bedroom, is made available for this option.
Asciano, 6km/4 miles, was founded by the Etruscans some 2500 years ago and has a little museum to prove it. More practically, it provides the closest supermarket to the property in an otherwise blissfully unpopulated area - although there is a small shop and a restaurant at Chiusure, 2km/1.5 miles. A very steep and winding 8km/5-mile drive from Asciano is the magnificently sited Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, an active monastery with beautiful frescoes and a Renaissance library. To the north is Rapolano Terme, 9km/6 miles, with its thermal baths and to the west, through gorgeous countryside, is Siena itself, 21km/13 miles.
Spacious open plan sitting and dining room with an open fireplace leading out under a loggia into the garden. Well-equipped kitchen. Bathroom with shower. Utility room.
Air conditioned double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower. Small children’s air conditioned twin bedroom. Large children's air conditioned twin bedroom. Bathroom with bath.
Villa Viliano's lawned garden is a patch of bright green against the changing colours of the Crete fields. The swimming pool, 6 x 14m/20 x 45 feet, is set on the lawned terrace just outside the loggia and facing the valley with hot tub.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's helpful offsite caretaker, who speaks a little English. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Built-in barbeque. Microwave. Washing machine. Satellite TV [Sky channels] with DVD. CD player. Air-conditioned bedrooms. Central heating. Working fireplace. Mobile telephone provided. Ceiling fans in all the bedrooms. Solar panels. Wireless ADSL internet [computer not provided].
Airports: Florence, 1 hour 30 minutes; Pisa, 2 hours; Rome, 2 hours 30 minutes. Railway station at Asciano Centro. Motorway exit at Bettolle, 33km/21 miles along paved roads to the property’s short, gated drive. Parking for three cars.
Tennis within 10 minutes at Asciano. Horseback riding near Monte Oliveto Maggiore. Golf course La Bagnaia 45km.
Thermal spas at Rapolano Terme, among others, http://www.termesangiovanni.it Hot air ballooning available over the crete senese, also a terrific area for walking and mountain bicycling. A selection of biking itineraries in the area is available online at www.terresienainbici.it/index_eng.asp (in English)
Mixer. Toaster. Kettle. Ironing and ironing board. Hair dryer.
The swimming pool, 6 x 14m/20 x 45 feet, has a depth of 1.20-2.70m/4-9 feet with a diving board and a ladder for entry/exit.
Amenities for children
One high chair and one cot/crib.