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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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Last updated: 06/06/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Cetona farmhouse description

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

Located just 15 convenient minutes from the A1 autostrada, this recently 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're 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 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, indeed, a very romantic spot.
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 during your stay. And the pool was designed to fit inside the existing measurements of one of these cascading terraces. Resembling an enormous water trough, it fits seamlessly into the landscape and is completely hidden from view. Only the sound of its delightful waterfall gives away its location.

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, 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

Property Type

      • Farmhouse

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Onsite Services

              • Concierge
              • Massage

              Suitability

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

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

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Events Allowed

              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....moreless

              Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Kitchen:

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

              • Catering Available:

                There are several excellent local restaurants who will cater....moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:

                10...moreless

              • Cooking Utensils
              • Oven
              • Dishwasher
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster
              • Seating for 10 people

              Amenities

              • Linens Provided:

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

              • Washing Machine:

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

              • Wood Fireplace:

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

              • Parking Off Street:

                There is a large parking area on the property....moreless

              • Air Conditioning:

                THERE IS NO A/C but fans are available....moreless

              • Babysitter
              • Heating
              • Towels Provided
              • Hair Dryer
              • Iron & Board
              • Clothes Dryer

              Other Amenities

                  • Please note: THERE IS NO AIR-CONDITIONING There are fans, American coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hairdryers, IPod docking stations , the farm's own olive oil, pool towels. NEW IN 2014: Upgraded electrical system, WIFI accessibility throughout, Fax machine is available...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Video Library:

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

                  • Video Game Console:

                    There is a Wii and an XBox in the playroom....moreless

                  • Stereo:

                    IPod docking stations throughout....moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    SKY...moreless

                  • DVD Player
                  • Foosball
                  • Video Games
                  • Television
                  • VCR
                  • CD Player
                  • Games
                  • Books
                  • Toys
                  • Game Room

                  Communications

                      • Wireless Internet

                      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

                          Outdoor Features

                          • 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

                          • Outdoor Grill
                          • Lawn / Garden

                          Theme

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

                          Location & View

                          • 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

                          Activities

                          • Health/Beauty Spa
                          • ATM/Bank
                          • Groceries
                          • Hospital
                          • Medical Services
                          • Laundromat
                          • Massage Therapist
                          • Spelunking
                          • Mountain Biking
                          • Fishing
                          • Golf
                          • Rock Climbing
                          • Swimming
                          • Hiking
                          • Hunting
                          • Tennis
                          • Cycling
                          • Equestrian Events
                          • Freshwater Fishing
                          • Basketball Court
                          • Fitness Center
                          • Wildlife Viewing
                          • Antiquing
                          • Shopping
                          • Museums
                          • Live Theater
                          • Restaurants
                          • Churches
                          • Playground
                          • Ruins
                          • Winery Tours
                          • Botanical Garden
                          • Library
                          • Hot Air Ballooning
                          • Recreation Center
                          • Festivals
                          • Photography
                          • Boating
                          • Bird Watching
                          • Outlet Shopping
                          • Scenic Drives
                          • Walking
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Horseback Riding
                          • Cinemas
                          • Mountain Climbing
                           

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                          Standard pricing
                          7 night min stay

                          $4,500

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees:

                          • Additional housekeeping $50
                          • Taxes Not included

                          Notes:

                          There is an absolute minimum stay of 7 nights. We do not accept reservations for portions of a week or weekends only. Reservations are for the entire property, not just a portion. All rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed in writing by the owner. We accept PayPal and eCheck.


                          Cancellation policy:

                          100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.


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                          Last updated: 06/06/2014
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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

                           

                          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.


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                          Speaks: french, italian, english
                           

                          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 !

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

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

                          • Looking toward the Tower and the dining Pergola

                            Looking toward the Tower and the dining Pergola

                          • Dining Room looking into the Salotto

                            Dining Room looking into the Salotto

                          • Upstairs guest room

                            Upstairs guest room

                          • King-bedded room in the Tower

                            King-bedded room in the Tower

                          • From the Garden across the Valdichiana

                            From the Garden across the Valdichiana

                          • October in the garden.

                            October in the garden.

                          • Pool

                            Pool

                          • 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?!

                          • A shrouded Monte Cetona in the background.

                            A shrouded Monte Cetona in the background.

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

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

                          • Master Bedroom

                            Master 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

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

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

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

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

                          • Typical Summer Sight

                            Typical Summer Sight

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

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

                          VRBO #300649

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                          This listing was first published here in 2010.

                          Date last modified - Thursday, August 07, 2014

                          $4,500 per week (USD)
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                          4 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 8

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                          Minimum stay: 7 nights
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