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Architectural Digest Masterpiece 18th Century Tuscan Villa

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Last updated: 09/30/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Le Tanelle is a very special place situated on a high private promontory in beautiful countryside on the edge of the Maremma.

When you first arrive, as you are standing next to the carefully restored large stone farmhouse, the views of San Gimignano, Volterra and the Pisan Alps can take your breath away. Sunlight dances on the infinity pool as the water slips over the edge and you view the patchwork fields, vineyards, hilltop towns, and the wild wooded chestnut and oak forests.

You enter through wrought iron gates into a covered courtyard with a huge brick archway with a private bedroom off of it. The large kitchen, fully equipped, was once a stall for cattle and has the original stone flooring and troughs. Sienese marble countertops and a central table made of old chestnut, complement the rustic character.

The large dining/living area has comfortable seating around a fireplace. Through arched glass doors you step down to the terrace with seating overlooking the pool and the spectacular views.

Next to the terrace is a shady wisteria pergola with a marble topped table for dining “al fresco”, surrounded by flowers and rosemary. Nearby is a large stone BBQ fireplace grille.

Moving on from the sitting area you enter a space originally for wine caskets and grain. Part of this is now a laundry room and a bathroom with shower.

The main entrance with the old bread oven has a majestic stone stairway leading to a large upstairs living room with the original enormous hooded Tuscan kitchen fireplace surrounded by a relaxed seating area. There are two spacious double bedrooms, a bath with marble shower and a large bathroom with an old claw footed bathtub and a separate marble shower. The fourth bedroom has a double, two single beds, and a small bedroom off it with a single bed.

The charming hill towns of Radicondoli and Castelnuovo are 15 to 20 minutes by car. In about an hour’s drive through fascinating countryside you can reach San Gimignano, Volterra, Siena, Massa Marittma and the sandy coast. Florence is about 1½ hours.

Le Tanelle is a magical private space set in pristine countryside. The Italians always describe Tanelle as “tranquillo”. After a hot day in Florence or Siena it is paradise to return here to this oasis where there is always a light breeze.

When you are at Le Tanelle you have total privacy, but not completely isolated as there are other houses less than a half a mile away.

Surrounded by nature, with the woods behind and the fields below there are wildflowers, birds, deer, fox, wild boar and a 10th century castle just a few miles away. Perfect for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding not far away.

Important! This property is rented from Friday to Friday.

Published in Architectural Digest, Before and After Issue, February 2006, Pages 182-189



Property Type

  • Villa

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4


  • There is a bedroom on the ground ( first) floor On the second floor there are three bedrooms Two have queen beds The third bedroom has four single beds (can be made into two queens) Off of this third bedroom is a small fourth bedroom with a single bed...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Infinity Pool


  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Monument View
  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet:

    Wi-fi to be in by May 2014...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


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  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Taxes Not included



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Last updated: 09/30/2015
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1987

About the owner: I am a Yale University educated Architect and Builder. I fell in love with Tuscany and Siena on my first trip to Europe at the age of nineteen. When I bought Le Tanelle it was in a ruined state. I spent about twenty years restoring it, doing much of the work myself and with students. It has been one of the most satisfying things I have done in my life. It was published in Architectural Digest February 2006. When you sit on the terrace in the late afternoon, the warm sunlight raking across the Tuscan countryside you feel you are in paradise. As the twinkling lights of San Gimignano, Volterra and all the little hill towns in between emerge as evening falls, you know that this is the magic hour.

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  • Main Entrance

    Main Entrance

  • By the wisteria pergola

    By the wisteria pergola

  • The new kitchen

    The new kitchen

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Dining area

    Dining area

  • View from terrace

    View from terrace

  • Villa and Terraces from pool

    Villa and Terraces from pool

  • Dining "al fresco" under the wisteria pergola

    Dining "al fresco" under the wisteria pergola

  • The old kitchen

    The old kitchen

  • Seating area from the Dining area

    Seating area from the Dining area

  • Master Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • Bedroom


  • Approaching Le Tanelle

    Approaching Le Tanelle

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