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Medieval Hilltown in the Green Mountains of Tuscany- on Sale!

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View of the nearby church (5 minute walk) and pond from the city walls

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Last updated: 02/18/2015
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  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Santa Fiora farmhouse description

Special - March 2015 only $1200 a month or $350 per week!

Our house is an old stone cottage, in the country, simply furnished, with a remodeled kitchen and bath, on one and a half acres. There is a large terrace with loggia and beautiful views. Cold spring water gushes from a spring into a stone spring box and a small pond. There is a woodstove, fireplace (wood provided) and skiing half hour away for winter guests. (It can be cold in the winter.) There is a woodstove, a fireplace. Our house is an old stone cottage, in the country, simply furnished, with a remodeled kitchen and bath, on one and a half acres. There is a large terrace with loggia and beautiful views. Cold spring water gushes from a spring into a stone spring box and a small pond. There is a woodstove, fireplace (wood provided) and 2 gas stoves as well as skiing half hour away for winter guests. (It can be cold in the winter.)

In the summer, while Tuscany bakes, it is green, cool, fresh in the mountains. It is a 15 minute walk to a lovely old hilltown that is rarely visited by tourists, an hour's drive to the Mediterranean beach resorts, Etruscan tombs and cities like Pitigliano, Saturnia (hot springs) and the Val de Orcia, San Antimo, Montalcino and Montepulciano.

The house is surrounded by fruit trees, the villagers' organic gardens, sheep in pasture and the wild hills. There are outdoor concerts in summer and a lively piazza with gelato and traditional Italian life all around. It is three to four hours north of Rome and three hours south of Florence. There is bus service everywhere and a train station 45 minutes away.

The hills are full of mushrooms and chestnuts and local restaurants serve a wonderful, rustic cuisine. The people are friendly and not many speak English. You will find yourself in the midst of the real Italy. It is a magical place.

Keywords: Traditional Stone Farmhousee an2 gas heaters.

In the summer, while Tuscany bakes, it is green, cool, fresh in the mountains. It is a 15 minute walk to a lovely old hilltown that is rarely visited by tourists, an hour's drive to the Mediterranean beach resorts, Etruscan tombs and cities like Pitigliano, Saturnia hot springs and the Val de Orcia (Montalcino and Montepulciano).

The house is surrounded by fruit trees, the villagers' organic gardens, sheep in pasture and the wild hills. There are outdoor concerts in summer and a lively piazza with gelato and traditional Italian life all around. It is three to four hours north of Rome and three hours south of Florence. There is bus service everywhere and a train station 45 minutes away.

The hills are full of mushrooms and chestnuts and local restaurants serve a wonderful, rustic cuisine. The people are friendly and not many speak English. You will find yourself in the midst of the real Italy. It is a magical place.

Keywords: Traditional Stone Farmhouse

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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Farmhouse

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Car Available
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 5-6

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • King size bed in one room, twin beds in the other. In Italy two twin beds are put together in one frame, this is called a 'Matrimonial'. These may be separated into twin beds. There is an extra twin bed stored under the king size bed in the master bedroom. There is a couch that could accomodate a child. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • There is a gushing spring that flows continuously into a stone springbox. These were traditionally used for the family washing. We capture the water in 2 very small 'ponds'. There are fruit trees in the garden, cherries in June, berries in August, pears, walnuts, chestnuts and figs in September and October. Cooking lessons from Albertina, well known local cook, and catering, as well as private tours of the surrounding wine country, can be arranged. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The property is surrounded by Chestnut covered mountains...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 5 people

General

  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided

Kitchen

  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Basic items such as salt, sugar, coffee, tea, cocoa, etc., as well as a welcome basket of local wine, crackers, cheese and other goodies. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Nov-Mar .. $1200/month (special rates for 3 months or more).
Apr-Oct .. $2200/month (special rates for long term - 3 months or more).
Weekly rentals available. $450 - $600
$100 security deposit (returned if no damage).
$250 deposit to secure reservation.

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.


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Last updated: 02/18/2015
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Location

250 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Rome or Pisa
1000 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Green Feeling
74 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Piombino, to Elba Orbetello to Giglio
40 Miles
Nearest Train
Paganico
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
The Autostrada A1
1200 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Il Barilotto (famous in the Slow Food movement)
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mount Amiata
60 Miles
Nearest Beach
Marina di Grosseto

Car: Recommended

Our house is only a five minute walk away from a historic medieval 'fish pond' and park once owned by the ruling family of the area. These ponds were very popular in the middle ages when so many holy days in the calendar prohibited the eating of meat. It is a tranquil public park now, with swans, flowers and goldfish.

We can arrange private wine and culinary tours to the areas historically devoted to culinary arts and winemaking such as Monticello, Pitigliano and Montipulciano. Famous wines of these areas include Brunello, Nobile, Bianco di Pitigliano, Morellino and Montecucco. The tour offers guests a privately escorted experience for a day or even a week to these famous regions of Tuscany. We can also arrange private car pick up at the airport in Rome or Pisa. Cooking lessons from a delightful woman who is locally known as an excellent cook are available. These can include buying ingredients together in the market, cooking together and a meal eaten together at the end. These services are very reasonably priced, as is private catering. Santa Fiora offers historic churches with works of art by Della Robia and others. The lively piazza is a perfect example of traditional Italian life. The community gathers there in nice weather. There are bars, restaurants, gelato, pizza and a local gastronomy shop where rosemary roasted chickens can be ordered as well as homemade filled pastas. You might very well be the only foreign tourist in the piazza! In August there is an internationally known music fesival with concerts in various atmospheric outdoor locations all month long. This area is known as the 'green island' of Tuscany and is loved by bicyclists and hikers. The old pilgrimmage road to Rome passes near by in the town of Abbadia San Salvatore. The surrounding hills are covered with Chestnut trees and the local harvest is celebrated with festivals. In winter skiing on the mountain top is only minutes away. Hot springs bathing is also less than an hour away. Staying in Santa Fiora is an opportunity to experience the delights of Tuscany away from the tourist centers in a beautiful and historic setting.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: Bill and Sue live in Northern California and bought their house in Italy because they wanted to live abroad for a year and wanted their children to learn another language while they were still young. They lived in Santa Fiora for a wonderful year and have visited every year since then. Bill is a builder and an artist. Sue is a special education teacher. Their daughter, Lucia, is now fluent in Italian and has many friends in Santa Fiora. She feels it is her second home.

Why the Owner Chose Santa Fiora:
Santa Fiora is a beautiful little medieval hill town that is rarely visited by Americans. It is surrounded by forests and mountains. There is an international music festival there every summer.Our house is out in the country but only a short walk from town. It has a constant flow of clear clean water that we capture in a traditional stone washing pool and in some small ponds.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
We are away from everything, surrounded by nature, with very little to do but think of what to have for lunch that day. We sit on the terrace and watch the birds in the trees and the sheep or sometimes horses grazing in the field. We love shopping for food in the local market and trying new recipes. If we feel adventurous there are many wonderful places nearby to visit. Bill enjoys doing little improvement projects on the house and Sue reads all the books she didn't have time for during the school year. We love it.


Contact us

Speaks: english, italian

 

Photos

  • View of the nearby church (5 minute walk) and pond from the city walls

    View of the nearby church (5 minute walk) and pond from the city walls

  • master bedroom

    master bedroom

  • Kitchen view

    Kitchen view

  • Front of house in autumn

    Front of house in autumn

  • Rooftops of Santa Fiora

    Rooftops of Santa Fiora

  • A local peacock visits the patio

    A local peacock visits the patio

  • The town of Santa Fiora, our house just out of sight on the far right.

    The town of Santa Fiora, our house just out of sight on the far right.

  • The driveway

    The driveway

  • Neighborhood church

    Neighborhood church

  • One of the works in ceramic by Della Robia in the local church.

    One of the works in ceramic by Della Robia in the local church.

  • Albertina, cooking teacher, demonstrates homemade pasta technique in our kitchen

    Albertina, cooking teacher, demonstrates homemade pasta technique in our kitchen

  • The Val d’ Orcia, 40 minute drive from house

    The Val d’ Orcia, 40 minute drive from house

  • The spring box near the house.

    The spring box near the house.

  • second bedroom

    second bedroom

  • A rare snowfall on Santa Fiora

    A rare snowfall on Santa Fiora

  • View from terrace

    View from terrace

  • Kitchen fireplace

    Kitchen fireplace

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Front door

    Front door

  • Part of "The Borgo" on the way up to town, 1000 year old section of town

    Part of "The Borgo" on the way up to town, 1000 year old section of town

  • Celebrating New Years Eve in the Piazza with a giant bonfire

    Celebrating New Years Eve in the Piazza with a giant bonfire

  • The walk to the Piazza follows medieval streets with ancient door carvings

    The walk to the Piazza follows medieval streets with ancient door carvings

  • Albertina, cooking teacher and neighbor, Sandro- a cooking lesson in our kitchen

    Albertina, cooking teacher and neighbor, Sandro- a cooking lesson in our kitchen

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Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, italian
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  • Response rate: 87%
  • Calendar last updated: 02/18/2015
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