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Overview

Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Sleeps:
4
Type:
Villa
Pets allowed:
Yes
Wi-Fi available:
No

2 Full baths

Description from manager

Owner's description:

A romantic retreat in the hillsthis property is a charming house standing on its own on the edge of the hamlet, surrounded by a garden and wide stretching views onto open fields and the Monte Amiata in the background.

The entrance over the terrace with pergola and dining table leads straight into the large living room with a large fireplace and open plan kitchen. The room is generously furnished with two large sofas and a dining table. French windows lead onto the terrace to one side and into the garden to the other side of the room. A few steps lead down to the two bedrooms and bathrooms. These rooms can be turned into doubles or twins (please indicate when booking if you don't wish twin bedded rooms, but beds pushed together). Both bedrooms have French windows into the garden. 

The shared saltwater pool lies at less than 200 m from the house. It is reached down a path that runs along the orchard of the estate. The pool area is surrounded by old walls and accessed through a gate (and therefore safe for small children).

The Castle of Vivo d'Orcia lies in the widespread Orcia valley in southern Tuscany, 60 km south-east of Siena, near to Arezzo, Perugia, Orvieto and Assisi and such cultural jewels as Pienza, Montalcino and Montepulciano, to name but a few. The hamlet lies at an altitude of 900 m above sea level. The particular combination of altitude and Mediteranean climate creates an unusual whealth of flora and fauna. Many wild animals such as deer, wild boar and foxes as well as the most deliscious truffles call the Monte Amiata their home. The castle boasts a long and fascinating history. It has been in the same family since 1534 and since then the property has not changed hands. Up till today the owner spends most of the summer months in residence in the Castello del Vivo.

In the past the hamlet housed the peasants and their families. Today the hamlet is let to friends of the property owner from Florence and Rome, who come down for the weekend. There are three houses available for travellers: this property offered here, Casa di Giulia and Casa di Piero (also featured in our portfolio). Century old chestnut trees cast their shade in the gardens of the houses, ideal for al fresco meals outdoors. 

Amenities

HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES

Pool: 6 x 10m / shared pool

Salt water pool

Pool area is fenced 

Internet WIFI connection

Fireplace

CD-stereo with MP3 player

Satellite TV

Dishwasher

Washing machine

Fridge with freezer

Stove with oven

Microwave

Toaster

Blender

Electric kettle

Electric filter coffee machine

Iron and ironing board

Hair dryer

Jacuzzi style tub in one of the bathrooms

Terrace with dining area

Garden

Touring ideas

Restaurant, bar, grocery in Vivo d'Orcia 1 km

S. Antimo 23 km

S. Quirico 30 km

Montalcino 30 km

Pienza 35 km

Montepulciano 45 km

Monte Uliveto 50 km

Siena 70 km

Orvieto 70 km

Seaside 80 km

Arezzo 90 km

Florence 140 km

Rome 190 km

Activities

The village: Vivo d'Orcia is a 10 minute walk from the house. A quiet village which furnishes basic requirements - small supermarket, bank, pharmacy, post office, news agent and your bar for delicious cappuccinos. About 15 km in various directions you'll find other charming alternatives for daily shopping and stopovers at a bar, some also have foreign newspapers (list in the house).

Food and wine: Varying seasons bring varying menus. The quality of the produce is what one identifies with cuisine in Tuscany: fresh vegetables, crisp salads, aromatic tomatoes, porcini (wild mushrooms), tartufi (truffles), home-made pasta or polenta, tortelli filled with spinach and ricotta, wild boar stew, grilled meats and venison, wild strawberries, raspberries, chestnuts, and many delicate herbs which join together to produce the exquisite meals you will enjoy, enhanced by the superb red wines from nearby Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. We have compiled a list of restaurants we can recommend in the immediate neighbourhood (list in the house).

History: The Castle of Vivo d'Orcia boasts a long and fascinating history. In 1002 a hermitage was founded on this spot by camaldolese monks close to the source of the Vivo river - which means alive - a vital site as it also supplies the city of Siena with water. The monastery and the surrounding land were sold in 1534 to the later Pope Marcello II, who adapted the Castello del Vivo with the help of the famous renaissance architect Antonio da Sangallo, renowned for the palazzi he built in Siena and Rome. Since then the property has been in the family.

Next to the castle there is an arched stone doorway leading down to the hamlet which in the past housed the peasants and their families. An agricultural estate like this once used to be completely self-sufficient and provided itself not only with food and drink, but also had ist own carpenters, potters, weavers, metal forgers and glazers on the premises. In fact, hidden in the woods below the n

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TripAdvisor Property ID: 10490569

Manager profile

Travelopo
Years listed:
1

Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish

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Policies

Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
Payment
This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
Smoking
Please contact the owner

Amenities

Bedrooms

  • Bedroom 1: Full bed
    Bedroom 2: Full bed

Features

  • Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
  • High Speed Internet
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Parking Included
  • Pet Friendly

Appliances

  • Dishwasher
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bathrooms

  • 2 Full baths

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