An Idyllic Tuscan Retreat for Weddings/Celebrations/Events
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Pets considered:Ask Owner
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Pienza chateau / country house description
A crossroad and meeting place in the heart of Tuscany for all those who delight in nature, literature, the arts, and history in a setting of perfect harmony.
VILLA LA FOCE is the Origo family house. It was originally built at the end of the XVth century as a wayside tavern, but soon became the centre of an estate belonging to the great Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala in Siena. In 1924 it was bought by Antonio and Iris Origo and turned into their comfortable home, from where they farmed and developed the land.
The VILLA is built on three levels, following the lie of the hill, and is surrounded by the now famous garden created by Iris Origo and the English architect Cecil Pinsent – a ‘labour of love’ lasting many years. The house is full of old-world charm, not showy, but with beautiful antique furniture, comfortable beds, and lots of lovely rooms which offer both both privacy and opportunities for family gatherings. Books can be found all over the house, and of course, in the delightful and cozy library. The downstairs ''salone'' has a Steinway piano.
Three gardeners look after the premises.
There is a lovely swimming pool opposite the '‘limonaia’' (orangerie), with a fridge for cool pool-side drinks or snacks and a changing-room with bathroom.
In the unused cellar of the villa, close to the pool, there is a ping-pong table.
Two full-time maids (including a local cook) and an extra help care for the house and its inhabitants (see below for details).
Meals are often held under the pergola in the garden, where guests relax in the shade of roses and wisteria, lulled by the sound of water from the fountain nearby.
The Villa includes an independent apartment on the second floor, with its own kitchen and living-room: a perfect retreat for children and nannies, or younger guests.
The VILLA consists in:
6 double bedrooms
2 twin bedrooms
3 single bedrooms
1 guest cloakroom with WC.
-a delightful library with fireplace and sofas
-a sunlit living room with satellite TV
-a children's play-room with TV
-a central frescoed and balconied dining room for special evenings
-a second dining room closer to the kitchen
-a breakfast room with double glass doors facing the inner ‘fountain’ garden
-a large music and living room with fireplace and many comfortable sofas and armchairs, offering great opportunities for entertaining friends and family gatherings.
Upstairs: besides several bedrooms, there is a lovely separate sitting room and a second kitchen.
All rooms have stunning views over the garden and valley.
-free Wi-Fi access
-washing machine and dryer, and an ironing table, are available for guests in the upstairs ‘linen room’.
EXTRAS, to be organized directly with the staff:
- use of the house telephone and mobile phone
- personal laundry can be obtained from the maid
- extra meals
GARDEN: The garden at La Foce is completely at the disposal of La Foce guests, except for Wednesday afternoons, when it is open to the public from 3 to 7 pm (this is a requisite for most ‘Heritage’ houses and gardens in Italy). The visitors are not free to wander, but are taken on strictly guided tours.
RENT: it includes:
- electricity, water, heating if necessary, firewood
- 2 fulltime maids/cook and an extra help for the house
- gardeners, pool maintenance
- toiletries and hair dryers in every bathroom
- cooking and shopping for meals, which include breakfast, lunch, and 2 dinners per week (Wednesday is the maids' off day)
- bi-weekly change of bed-linen, bath and pool towels
- free use of Wi-Fi
The rent does not include:
telephone - food and wines – personal laundry and ironing
Advice on any activity that might be desired can be had from the La Foce office, such as:
-riding, biking, trekking, golf etc
-wine and/or olive oil tastings
-museums and Etruscan tombs
- 3 story
- Chateau / Country House
- 1000 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Catering Available
- Breakfast - Included In Price
- Lunch - Included In Price
- Dinner - Booking Possible
- Housekeeper Included
- Private Chef
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome:
- Limited Accessibility:
- Smoking Allowed
- Events Allowed
Bedrooms: 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19, Beds for 19
Bathrooms: 8 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Advice on any activity that might be desired can be had from Benedetta Isidori at the La Foce office, such as: -cookery courses, wine and/or olive oil tastings -meals at the new restaurant, Dopolavoro La Foce -riding, biking, trekking, golf, ballooning -sight-seeing tours -museums and Etruscan tombs ...moreless
- Video Library
- Music Library
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
- Outlet Shopping
- Sight Seeing
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
local services and businesses
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
sports and adventure activities
- Equestrian Events
- Mountain Biking
breakfast meal type
- Included In Price
- Catering Available
- Dining Room
- Child's Highchair
dinner meal type
- Booking Possible
- Towels Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Living Room:
- Washing Machine
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Housekeeper Included
- Ice Maker
- Pantry Items:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils
lunch meal type
- Included In Price
- Deck / Patio
- Lanai / Gazebo:
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
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Additional information about rental rates
50% on confirmed booking, 50% one month prior to arrival
Additional Fees and Taxes:
a tax of Euro 0,50 per visitor is required by the local township
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- Nearest Train: Chiusi at 20 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: A1-Chiusi Chianciano at 13 Kilometres
- Nearest Beach: Castiglione della Pescaia at 110 Kilometres
- Nearest Barpub: Dopolavoro La Foce at 300 Metres
- Nearest Ski: Monte Amiata at 30 Kilometres
- Nearest Golf: Castiglion del Bosco, Buonconvento at 25 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: Dopolavoro la Foce at 300 Metres
Year Purchased: 1924
About the owner: I have inherited the villa of La Foce from my parents, who bought the estate when they married in 1924. This is where I grew up (though I was actually born in Rome during WW2), and this is my home. I run the agricultural estate from the ''fattoria'', the centre of the farming activities, and I look after the gardens which are visited by many horticultural fans. The picture above is of myself surrounded by my family celebrating my 70th birthday at La Foce (I have 10 grandchildren). My eldest daughter Katia helps me here and runs the restaurant Dopolavoro La Foce which we have recently re-opened. Antonio, my son, is a concert 'cellist and professor at UCLA; he and I founded the now world-famous music festival Incontri in Terra di Siena here, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013. Another daughter lives and works in Poland, and the youngest is a sculptor in Florence. It is always a pleasure for us to meet families and guests who rent the Villa!
Why the Owner Chose Pienza:
Though La Foce has been my home throughout my childhood, I spent most of my young adult life abroad, having married an Argentinian violinist who travelled internationally playing concerts. We lived in London and Italy, and loved to appear at La Foce for our holidays, with our children. Later I lived in Rome and worked as a publisher of art books. My parents were still living, and they ran the property, so it was only when they died that I came to live here and take the estate into my hands. I live at La Foce all year round, and miss it and its extraordinary beauty when I am away, either visiting my large family or taking short visits to other parts of the world.
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
I do not want to spoil the pleasure of discovery for visitors to La Foce by describing in too much detail the qualities and beauty of the place. Perhaps it is enough to say that there is a magical aura surrounding the region -- not only La Foce itself, but the unspoilt Orcia valley below and the Amiata mountain beyond. Come and discover it for yourself - we will welcome you.
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aerial picture of the Villa and part of the garden
the house from the wisteria pergola
lavender and lemos
a master bedroom
the lemon garden
a single room
steps leading to the statue at the top of the garden
The 'limonaia' and the swimming pool
evening light seen from the villa
detail of the lower garden
the Villa from the garden
a master bedroom
under a pergola and white hortensias
main staircase and hall
the big kitchen
the main living room
a party in the lemon garden
piano and books in the music room
The famous Tuscan view from the garden
11 Bedroom / 8.5 Bathroom
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