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La Ginestra, a Lovely, Private, and Independent Tuscan House for Two

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Last updated: 10/16/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

San Casciano dei Bagni cottage description

Available year round. Minimum stay is 2 nights. Rates are seasonal with long term rates an option.

Welcome to La Ginestra, a newly renovated cottage nestled inside Tuscany’s most romantic landscape, southern Siena Province. It’s an exceptional independent house for two, offering privacy, a perfect location, and stellar views.

The house is located on a ridge between the Val d’Orcia and the Val di Chiana, Tuscany’s evocative and classically characteristic valleys. It overlooks distant and fascinating hill towns, the occasional vineyard, pasturing sheep, orchards and rolling hills. It sits on an acre and a half of olive and fruit trees and produces its own olive oil. In an undiscovered part of Tuscany, untrammeled and off the beaten path, yet close to Tuscany’s hot spots, La Ginestra is nestled halfway between Florence (1¾ hours) and Rome (2 hours), and is a little over an hour’s drive from Siena. La Ginestra is an easy drive away from some of Italy’s most revered sights, mostly through breathtaking countryside.

La Ginestra has one bedroom and bath, and is fully equipped with everything needed for a comfortable stay. There are terracotta floors throughout, and French doors in both the living room & bedroom that open to the outside, where you can enjoy a meal or a glass of wine on one of the two patios. The modern, sleek and fully equipped kitchen has a professional style stove, quartz counter tops, a dishwasher, and a full sized refrigerator with freezer. The bathroom’s shower features locally quarried travertine.

The house’s additional amenities include a fireplace, free Internet..(USB port on your device required), Italian cell phone provided, CD player with CDs, TV, washer/dryer, barbeque, iron, ironing board and hair dryer. There are area maps & guidebooks on restaurants, museums, shopping, walking & biking trails, and sights.

The house offers privacy without isolation. The closest village, a five-minute walk, is the charming medieval hill town Celle Sul Rigo, pop. 400. It has been singled out for its wine, olive oil and beauty. Celle offers dining options that range from simple trattorias to full scale fine dining. The village also provides a bakery, butcher shop, pharmacy, grocery stores and a post office. There is also a Emergency Response facility with ambulance and first responder service a few blocks away.

San Casciano dei Bagni, a five-minute drive, is one of the area’s most beautiful hill towns. It is an elegant village that is a mecca for artists and writers who flock to its quiet environs. It has been acclaimed as one of the 'Borghi più belli d'Italia', one of the loveliest villages in Italy.

Nearby flow some 40 thermal springs fueled by Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano and southern Tuscany’s highest mountain. The area is famous for its lovely therapeutic spas and the villages built around them. San Casciano dei Bagni’s Fonte Verde is rated one of the top spas in Europe.

The entire area is a treasure trove of hill towns, art, and history. Wine and food range from the simple to the sublime. Walking trails abound. The region is dotted with Etruscan sites for history buffs. There are excellent roads for biking and trails for horseback riding. There is a wonderful public swimming pool in Sarteano, 20 minutes away.

Year round, the nearby villages hold festivals that include music, food, and medieval pageantry. Celle sul Rigo holds an annual Sagra dei Pici, celebrating the local hand made pasta.

La Ginestra’s elevation (530 meters or 1740 feet) keeps temperatures cooler in the summer than the towns found in the valleys below. The changing seasons all offer their own magic.

Train service is at Chiusi, 25 minutes away, a hub that connects to all parts of Italy. Car rental agencies are within one block of the station. Chiusi is in close proximity to the A1 autostrada to Rome, Florence, and Milan.

Also view La Ginestra on the owner website at:

There is no smoking allowed inside La Ginestra.

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 55 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included


              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Children Welcome:

                roll away bed available for one child...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Other Amenities

                  • Two outside dining tables. Large outdoor market umbrella. First aid kit. Raincoats and umbrellas. Electric voltage converter and plug end adapters. Firewood for fireplace. Barbecue grill. Wall mounted fountain in patio area....moreless



                  • Away From It All
                  • Budget
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Tourist Attractions


                  • Churches
                  • Festivals
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Live Theater
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Winery Tours

                  Local Services & Businesses

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

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Photography
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                      • Mountain View:

                        La Ginestra overlooks distant hill towns, the occasional vineyard, pasturing sheep, orchards and rolling hills. ...moreless

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Cycling
                      • Equestrian Events
                      • Hiking
                      • Hunting
                      • Hunting Small Game
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis


                      • Dining
                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 4 people


                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Fireplace:

                        Wood supplied...moreless

                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet:

                        USB port on your device required. ...moreless

                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided:

                        Summer and winter duvets included...moreless

                      • Parking:

                        Off street parking on the property...moreless

                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                        On the property...moreless

                      • Telephone:

                        Italian cell phone with 10 euro credit...moreless

                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wood Fireplace


                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Cooking Utensils:

                        Large assortment...moreless

                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Dishwasher:

                        Quiet...uses multi tab soap...moreless


                      • Deck / Patio:

                        (2) A patio on both sides of the house, with two outside dining tables...moreless

                      • Lawn / Garden:

                        2 chaise lounges with cushions...moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill

                      Pool / Spa

                          • Communal Pool:

                            In Sarteano..a 20 minute drive from La Ginestra ...moreless

                          House Cleaning

                              • Housekeeper Included


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                              from 9 traveler reviews
                              Rental basis: Per property
                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              Low Season
                              Nov 1 - Mar 30, 2015
                              2 night min stay
                              My Standard Rate
                              2 night min stay

                              Additional information about rental rates


                              • Taxes Included


                              Reservation cancellation via e-mail 15 days before your arrival will guarantee reimbursement of the deposit minus an administration fee of 15 euros.

                              · From 14 to 8 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of deposit.

                              · From 7 days or less before arrival, forfeit 100% of booking value.

                              · For early departure after check-in, the full payment of all previously confirmed nights would be required.

                              Cancellation policy:

                              Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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                              Last updated: 10/16/2014
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                              95 Miles
                              Nearest Airport
                              0.1 Miles
                              Nearest Barpub
                              Celle Sul Rigo
                              73 Miles
                              Nearest Ferry
                              17 Miles
                              Nearest Train
                              Chiusi/Chianciano Terme
                              0.1 Miles
                              Nearest Motorway
                              Strada Provinciale della Valle
                              0.25 Miles
                              Nearest Restaurant
                              La Pace Celle Sul Rigo
                              21 Miles
                              Nearest Ski
                              Monte Amiata
                              73 Miles
                              Nearest Beach

                              Car: Recommended

                              La Ginestra is very close to many medieval hill towns such as Siena, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, and Cetona. Five minutes away is the world famous Fonteverde Spa, just one of many thermal baths in the area. One can enjoy fabulous food and wine at Daniela in San Casciano dei Bagni and at La Grotta in Radicofani. For walking and hiking, marked trails abound. There are wonderful village markets such as those in Cetona and San Casciano dei Bagni for the freshest local products. Plus local festivals occur year round, including Sarteano's marvelous jousting contest.


                              Owner info

                              Year Purchased: 2010

                              About the owner: We are a newly retired American couple from Carmel, CA. I worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for 27 years. I was on board from the beginning of its construction and really enjoyed my job. My wife was in the restaurant business for many years, most recently as office manager at The Restaurant at Mission Ranch in Carmel. She also loved her job, but was ready to let go of the stress. I speak English, Spanish and Italian.

                              Why the Owner Chose San Casciano dei Bagni:
                              We've been coming to Italy since 2001, when we first fell in love with it. We bought an apartment in Varenna, Lake Como in 2004 and La Ginestra in 2010. We love Lake Como but Tuscany offers an entirely different environment. We enjoy the history, culture, architecture, food and wine and above all, the warmth and generosity of the Tuscan people.

                              The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                              We bought La Ginestra after a long search for a cottage in the country. We finally found this independent house with beautiful, panoramic views. Its 155 olive trees, many fruit trees and acreage were just what we were looking for. It provides privacy with village amenities a five-minute walk away. Also the fireplace, landscaping and its 2 patios add charm. La Ginestra's proximity to Rome, Florence and Siena was of great importance in our decision to purchase it.

                              Contact us

                              Speaks: english, spanish, italian



                              • La Ginestra and the view from our property

                                La Ginestra and the view from our property

                              • Front door

                                Front door

                              • Front yard

                                Front yard

                              • View of the hills from the pergola

                                View of the hills from the pergola

                              • Our 150 olive tree grove with approaching fog in the valley below.

                                Our 150 olive tree grove with approaching fog in the valley below.

                              • Living and dining room

                                Living and dining room

                              • Cool day comfort.

                                Cool day comfort.

                              • Kitchen with view of the hills

                                Kitchen with view of the hills

                              • Kitchen


                              • Bedroom with queen size bed

                                Bedroom with queen size bed

                              • Bedroom with Frendh doors leading to garden

                                Bedroom with Frendh doors leading to garden

                              • Bathroom


                              • The front yard

                                The front yard

                              • Front yard with lavender

                                Front yard with lavender

                              • Pergola with grape vines and wall fountain

                                Pergola with grape vines and wall fountain

                              • View from the house.

                                View from the house.

                              • Living room

                                Living room

                              • Living room

                                Living room

                              • Shiny laquer kitchen with built in refrigerator, pantry, dish washer and oven/st

                                Shiny laquer kitchen with built in refrigerator, pantry, dish washer and oven/st

                              • Hallway leading to bedroom and bathroom

                                Hallway leading to bedroom and bathroom

                              • Bedroom with 42 inch Samsung wall SKY TV

                                Bedroom with 42 inch Samsung wall SKY TV

                              • Bathroom with large 90cm shower and local marble

                                Bathroom with large 90cm shower and local marble

                              • Bathroom with 'retro' fixtures

                                Bathroom with 'retro' fixtures

                              VRBO #433117

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                              This listing was first published here in 2012.

                              Date last modified - Sunday, October 26, 2014

                              $134 per night (USD)

                              1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 2

                              View calendar: Updated 10/16/14
                              Minimum stay: 2 nights
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                              Member since: 2012
                              Speaks: english, spanish, italian
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