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Architectural Digest Masterpiece 18th Century Tuscan Villa

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

Radicondoli villa 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

Keywords: ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST MASTERPIECE 18th CENTURY TUSCAN FARMHOUSE WITH BREATHTAKING VIEWS

Property Type

      • Villa

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Considered

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

              • Bedroom 1

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              • Bedroom 2

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              • Bedroom 3

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              • Bedroom 4

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              • 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

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dishwasher
              • Refrigerator
              • Kitchen
              • Cooking Utensils

              Amenities

              • Washing Machine
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Linens Provided
              • Parking Off Street
              • Wood Fireplace

              Other Amenities

                  • Infinity Pool

                  Entertainment

                  • Television
                  • CD Player
                  • Stereo
                  • Music Library

                  Communications

                  • Mobile Phone

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Private Pool

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Gazebo
                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Outdoor Grill

                      Location & View

                      • Mountain View
                      • Monument View

                      Activities

                      • Tennis
                      • Hiking
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Cycling
                      • Swimming
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Live Theater
                      • Museums
                      • Restaurants
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Shopping
                       

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                      • Tuscan family reunion

                        Tuscan family reunion

                        • Guest PJ (Adelaide, South Australia)
                        • Date of stay 08/30/13
                        • Review Submitted 10/13/13
                        After a long drive from Florence airport we finally settled into the peace and quiet at Le Tanelle. This was an excellent opportunity to spend time with both family and friends for 2 weeks. When not relaxing by the pool with a beer or wine we travelled the surrounding countryside, visiting nearby towns and dining in local restaurants and wineries. We also did a full day tour to Cinque Terra and Pisa (with a separate company) and on other days visited Florence, Lucca, Sienna, Volterra and San Gimignano. Highlights also included a winery tour of Chianti and a cooking school conducted at Le Tanelle. The villa, while rustic, had all necessary comforts except Wi-fi. A problem we had when the pool drained half empty overnight was immediately addressed and we were soon able to swim again. The scenery was spectacular and many great photos were taken. We would highly recommend this villa for its peace, serenity and great views as well as local wildlife

                        Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.

                        Owner response: There is now INTERNET at the Villa.

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                      • Stunning vistas, well-equipped, very comfortable

                        Stunning vistas, well-equipped, very comfortable

                        • Guest Max S.
                        • Date of stay 06/26/12
                        • Review Submitted 07/07/12
                        Stunning vistas of the hills and hilltop villages, remote from other properties, lots of forest to explore, within easy driving distance of towns and Siena, Florence, Volterra, and San Gimignano. A wonderful outdoor space with well-maintained infinity pool, herb garden, and landscape. A spacious interior space with two separate living rooms, a large, well-equipped kitchen, comfortable beds. Everything works! And interesting wildlife: we saw deer, badgers, hares, fireflies, and heard a wild boar and lots of foxes. Suitable for all ages and interests. We had a superb time.

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                      • Tuscan Charm at it's best!

                        Tuscan Charm at it's best!

                        • Guest Duncan (New York)
                        • Date of stay 06/08/12
                        • Review Submitted 07/03/12
                        My week at Le Tanelle was memorable. Tanelle is a classic Tuscan farmhouse, restored to all its rustic charm with a lot of modern amenities. From the terrace and swimming pool you’re greeted every morning with a stunning view across the Tuscan countryside. On a clear day you can see as far Volterra and San Gimignano. We had al fresco lunches under the pergola, and dinners at wonderful restaurants in the medieval hill towns that dot the landscape – all within a 20-minute drive. I enjoyed the easy access to Siena and dozens of historic hill towns but also appreciated the quiet of Le Tanelle’s hillop aerie after a long day of sight-seeing.

                        Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, pet owners, age 55+, families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.

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                      • Tuscan Extravaganza

                        Tuscan Extravaganza

                        • Guest mac (Lyme, CT, USA)
                        • Date of stay 05/08/10
                        • Review Submitted 11/16/11
                        Having traveled most of Italy over the past decade, Le Tanelle sits on top as the most intimate and relaxed villa yet visited. Few places offer the sense of authenticity and seclusion that this property delivers. Beauty abounds both inside and out. The setting is spectacular.

                        Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.

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                      • Tuscan Paradise

                        Tuscan Paradise

                        • Guest Marc N. (Connecticut)
                        • Date of stay 07/10/11
                        • Review Submitted 10/27/11
                        Le Tanelle is a Tuscan masterpiece ~ a 4-bedroom villa nestled on the mountainside with endless views. A group of friends and I rented this property in July and we just loved the spaces, the integrity of the structure, the fabulous pool, the hillside of lavender and rosemary and the flexibility of the large spaces gave each of us room for privacy when desired. The location is private and approximately 20 to 30 minutes to town where there are restaurants, a food co-op, a fabulous bakery and an open-air market that occurs weekly where you can buy just about anything. The distance to Siena and Florance are manageable drives and made for great day trips. Thank you Peter for a great experience.

                        Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway.

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                      Jun 13 - Sep 12, 2014
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                      $3,500

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                      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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                      Photos

                      • 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

                        Bedroom

                      • View from terrace

                        View from terrace

                      • 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

                      • Approaching Le Tanelle

                        Approaching Le Tanelle

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                      Date last modified - Thursday, February 13, 2014

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