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Authentic Tuscan Retreat

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A mere fraction of the front facade...the house has a sprawling footprint !

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

A World away... Or at least that's how it seems.

Located just 15 convenient minutes from the A1 autostrada, this restored farmhouse is close to everything: the village is down the hill, the shopping center and the train station are all a few minutes away by car. But the most magical thing about its location is its seeming isolation! You really feel like you've left civilization behind. Up here on the hill, the air is cooler and cleaner, the panoramas stretch out at your feet for miles, the sounds and smells and colors are more vibrant. Whether you're lounging by the pool, happily slicing and dicing away for a luncheon party, meditating in the deliciously cool and peaceful woods, or working up a sweat hiking into town for provisions, you'll be surrounded by genuine tuscan beauty.

The property (Main house and Guest Tower) easily accommodates 8 people in 4 bedrooms, each with its own en suite bath. We wanted to preserve as many of the original building materials as possible and were very rigorous in incorporating local building traditions and techniques in the restoration, using native stone, marble and color pigments throughout the house. Furnished with a sophisticated mix of European antiques and modern upholstered pieces, the house is stylish, yet down-to-earth.

The main house consists of 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, a large living room, dining room, a reading/TV room, laundry, and an enormous gourmet kitchen. The tower is affectionately known as 'the honeymoon suite.' Set apart, it is a 2 story structure with a downstairs sitting room and bath, and a lovely bedroom upstairs. The views from the tower are splendid and it is a very romantic spot.

The garden, the fields and the woods, however, are what really make the property magical. Created out of a jungle of weeds, shrubs, and brambles, the garden pays homage to the original olive terraces that were discovered during the restoration process. The front lawn is surrounded by lavender hedges and flowering shrubs and is shaded by cypress and oak trees. The kitchen herb garden provides all the thyme, sage, and rosemary you could possible need for your culinary adventures. The pool was designed to fit inside the existing measurements of one of these cascading terraces and resembles an enormous water trough, fitting seamlessly into the landscape and is completely hidden from view. Only the sound of its delightful waterfall gives away its location.

Outside this inner precinct lie the agricultural elements: fields of olive trees, nut trees, remnants of plum hedges and allees of cherry and apple trees. And if you follow the old cart path along the 'serpentine' wall, you descend into the wood. That is an Etruscan experience not to be missed.

The house is configured as follows:
3 King-bedded Rooms
1 Twin-bedded Room
Each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom. (4)
Laundry Room
Enormous Kitchen
Dining Room
Living Room with Fireplace
Library/TV Room
Games Room with Foosball Table and Drum Kit

The absolute maximum number of guests is 8.

SPECIAL NOTES:
This is NOT a hotel but a private residence.
There is no air-conditioning. Given the house's thick-walled construction and elevation (500 meters above sea level), we have never felt it was necessary. For the 2 or 3 days each summer it becomes really hot, there are plenty of fans.



Keywords: villa, farm, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, sleeps 8, private pool, Tuscany

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • Farmhouse

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Concierge

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Ideally, Children should be over 7....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Bedroom 3

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  • Bedroom 4

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  • King size beds (3) There are 2 king-bedded rooms in the Main House. An additional king-bedded room is in the adjacent Guest Tower. Twin or Single Beds (2) There is one Twin bedded room located in the Main House. All the mattresses are top-quality Dorelan. Linens, long-staple cotton made in Italy....moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1

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  • Bathroom 2

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  • Bathroom 3

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  • Bathroom 4

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  • The Main House baths all have the following features: Bathtub Shower Toilet and Bidet Large Sinks 100% cotton Towels Hairdryer The Tower bath features include: Large Shower Stall Toilet and Bidet Large Sink 100% Cotton Towels Hairdryer...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Please note: THERE IS NO AIR-CONDITIONING. The house is located 500 meters above sea level and is surrounded by trees. A/C is not necessary. NEW IN 2014: Upgraded electrical system, WIFI accessibility throughout, Fax machine is available...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable:

    SKY...moreless

  • Stereo:

    IPod docking stations throughout....moreless

  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console:

    There is an XBox in the playroom....moreless

  • Video Games
  • Video Library:

    Kids movies, Italian movies, American movies...We love them all !!...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The house is sited to the Southeast and looks down into the Val di Chiana. Città delle Pieve sits directly across the valley and the massive Monte Cetona towers over us to the West. Sit under the cypresses, drink a nice Montalcino and contemplate both hill and dale !...moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    THERE IS NO A/C. There are fans available if necessary....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Each Bed will receive clean linens each week. Extra linens may be provided at an additional charge....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    There is a large parking area beside the house....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Miele Washer and Dryer (a real luxury in Italy!) located in the main house....moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Fire may be lit from October--March. Charge for firewood is $75/week....moreless

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    There are several excellent local restaurants who will cater private lunches or dinners at the house....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    There is an American type drip coffee maker and also an Italian Nespresso machine. We are happy to provide the capsules at an additional cost of $5/package of 10....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    A gourmet's dream! Go shopping in the market and then cook up a storm in our Arclinea-designed kitchen....moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Strada Privata Extra Virgin Olive Oil...made right here on the farm!...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Beautiful brick patio and a wrought iron pergola covered with lake reeds, this is where you'll have every meal...overlooking the olive terraces, the neighboring podere and the Val di Chiana. Magical Tuscany!...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis:

    There are clay courts available to rent by the hour in Cetona, Chiusi and Chianciano. It is also possible to organize excellent lessons with accredited professionals in Chiusi. ...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    Lovely stone pool with cascade situated 100 meters from the house on an olive terrace. The area is equipped with lights, electrical outlets and 4 teak chaise lounges....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

Reviews

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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$4,800

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $686 Nightly


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $15
  • Optional Cleaning $50
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total rental price is due to confirm your reservation. The remaining 50% must be received within 75 days of your arrival. There is an absolute minimum stay of 7 nights. All rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed in writing by the owner. We accept PayPal, eCheck and Wire Transfer in US Dollars.


Cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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Location

120 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
FLR or FCO
140 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Follonico to Elba
7 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Chiusi-Chianciano Terme
7 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
A1
140 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Argentario, Punta Ala, Castiglione della Pescaia

Car: Necessary

There is an absolute minimum stay of 7 nights. Discounted pricing may be available for stays of 3 weeks or longer.

Your rental includes the entire property, never just a fraction of the house or the Tower alone. If you wish to stay in the Tower only, please note that the rest of the Main House is yours for the duration of your stay.

50% of the total rental price is required to confirm your reservation and is non-refundable. The remaining 50% is due within 75 days of your arrival. There are no refunds 75 days prior to your reserved arrival date.

We accept PayPal, Echeques, Personal Cheques and Wire Transfers in US Dollars. All other charges incurred while in residence are to be paid in local currency prior to check-out.

Check-in is from 3 pm--6 pm.

Check-out is 11 am.

Arrival times must be confirmed in advance with the owner. Unexpected arrivals after 6 pm may not be accomodated and the rental party are responsible for that night's lodging.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

Why the Owner Chose Cetona:
Fantastic location!! 15 minutes from the A1 Autostrada exit. 15 minutes to the Chiusi train station. Less than an hour from Siena, Perugia, Arezzo, Pienza, Montepulciano, San Casciano dei Bagni, Bagno Vignoni, Città della Pieve. It is the greatest base for exploring Tuscany and Umbria.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
The medieval village of Cetona contains every amenity and is a beautiful, if challenging, 15 minute walk down the hill. (The dirt road to town is one of the most hiked in the area...the views are stupendous. However, it IS steep and not recommended if you are unwell or seriously out of shape.) For such a compact hamlet, it's amazing to find 2 superb restaurants, 2 bars, 2 bakers, 2 ATMS, a butcher, a chemist, a hardware store and one of the most interesting ceramists in the entire area!! (We lack only a candlestick maker.) Whether daily hikes into town or to the archaeological park adjacent to the property or longer adventures to some of the many, many marvelous historical sites nearby, a wonderful, relaxing holiday awaits you at this most 'simpatico' country house.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french, italian
 

Photos

  • A mere fraction of the front facade...the house has a sprawling footprint !

    A mere fraction of the front facade...the house has a sprawling footprint !

  • Looking toward the Tower and the dining Pergola

    Looking toward the Tower and the dining Pergola

  • Main Salotto into the Dining room

    Main Salotto into the Dining room

  • Main Salotto toward the fireplace

    Main Salotto toward the fireplace

  • Dining Room looking into the Salotto

    Dining Room looking into the Salotto

  • Master King bedroom

    Master King bedroom

  • Upstairs Bathroom

    Upstairs Bathroom

  • Play Room with billiardino, Xbox and a pro drum kit

    Play Room with billiardino, Xbox and a pro drum kit

  • the broom allee in full bloom....on the way to the pool

    the broom allee in full bloom....on the way to the pool

  • The shaded garden at dusk...and view across the Val di Chiana

    The shaded garden at dusk...and view across the Val di Chiana

  • the front garden after the blizzard...who says it's always sunny in tuscany?!

    the front garden after the blizzard...who says it's always sunny in tuscany?!

  • the view when you walk to the village....Cetona !!

    the view when you walk to the village....Cetona !!

  • House, Tower and the ox cart we found in the briars

    House, Tower and the ox cart we found in the briars

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • 2nd Floor Guest Room

    2nd Floor Guest Room

  • King-bedded room in the Tower

    King-bedded room in the Tower

  • taken from the hammock...the nicest place to have your aperitivo.

    taken from the hammock...the nicest place to have your aperitivo.

  • Pool

    Pool

  • October in the garden.

    October in the garden.

  • Strada Privata...our own private road to vacation bliss!

    Strada Privata...our own private road to vacation bliss!

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