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

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Available year round. Minimum stay is 2 nights. Rates are seasonal with long term rates an option. Low season rate is: 120 euros nightly/720 euros weekly. High season: 150 Euros nightly/900 euros weekly.

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), There is also free WIFI access at the grocery store Bottega L'Appalto, a 2 minute walk from La Ginestra. The grocery store also offers our guests a 10% discount on all goods. Simply present the store with the business card they have given La Ginestra to receive your discount. On airport the network name is Appalto and the access password is: 18novembre2013 for the WIFI connection. There is also another free WIFI location at the restaurant Chiara di Luna..a 4 minute walk from La Ginestra. On airport click on chiaro di luna1 and then the password which is: chiarodiluna2013. An Italian cell phone is 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.
There is an outdoor bathtub with hot and cold water with a spectacular view for you to enjoy while soaking in the tub.
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:
www.casalaginestra.com

There is no smoking allowed inside La Ginestra.
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La Ginestra is located in Tuscany's unforgettable Siena Province, between the Val d¹Orcia and the Val di Chiana. It is situated halfway between Florence (1 3/4 hours) and Rome (2 hours), and is a little over an hour¹s drive from Siena. La Ginestra is an easy drive away from some of Italy's most revered sights.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM CHIUSI TRAIN STATION TO SAN CASCIANO DEI BAGNI:
Follow the directional sign to San Casciano dei Bagni. The route is well marked and the trip takes about 25 minutes.
At the roundabout in front of the train station, drive southwest on Via G. Mazzini or in the direction of the post office, which is the building that says Poste and also has a yellow sign that says P.T. The route to San Casciano dei Bagni is clearly marked the whole way, just keep following the signs and arrows to it.
After about 1 kilometer from the station, go left at the yellow "Terme San Casciano dei Bagni" sign.
After 1 more kilometer, and at the roundabout, again follow the sign to San Casciano.
After 6 more kilometers turn right after the gas station.
After another 6 kilometers you will reach the village of Piazze.
Pass through the town of Piazze, again following the signs.
After leaving Piazze and after about 10 minutes, you will turn left towards San Casciano off the main road. After about a block, on your left you will see a pet store, a bakery, the Banca ValdiChiana bank (with an ATM machine), and the hotel Sette Querce. There is a parking lot next to these buildings. It is a free lot, also free for overnight parking. You will meet our Manager, Maurizio here in this parking lot. There are usually plenty of parking spaces. You will then follow him on to La Ginestra from there. If needed, there is a gas station in Celle sul Rigo.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM THE A1 AUTOSTRADA TO SAN CASCIANO DEI BAGNI:
The driving time to San Casciano from Rome is about 2 hours, from Florence about 1 ½ HOURS.
Whether coming from the north or south, take the A1 Autostrada, a toll road. Take a ticket at the entry gate that says biglietto.
When you exit the Autostrada you may pay the attendant with cash or a credit card.
Take the Chiusi/Chianciano Terme exit.
After the pay toll station turn left at the stop sign in the direction of San Casciano dei Bagni.
From here you will be following all directional signs to San Casciano.
After about 6 kilometers, you will reach the town of Sarteano.
At the first roundabout, follow the signs to San Casciano.
Take the next left toward San Casciano.
After about 1 kilometer, take the next left toward San Casciano.
After about 14 kilometers, the road will end; turn left at the brown sign “Centro Termale.”
Turn right at the corner.
After about a block, on your left you will see a pet store, a bakery, the Banca ValdiChiana bank (with an ATM machine), and the hotel Sette Querce. There is a large free parking lot next to these buildings. You will meet Maurizio, our property manager, in this parking lot. There are usually plenty of parking spaces. You will then follow him on to La Ginestra.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 55 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

Suitability

  • 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. There is an outdoor bathtub with hot and cold water and spectacular views to enjoy while relaxing in the tub. It has a wooden cover with a chaise cushion that double as a couch or chaise lounge....moreless

Entertainment

Theme

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

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

  • Downtown:

    Celle Sul Rigo is a 2 minute walk from thew house. ...moreless

  • Mountain View:

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

  • Village:

    Celle Sul Rigo is a 2 minute walk from the house and San Casciano dei Bagni is a 5 minute drive from the house. They are both medieval hill towns with a population of 300 and 500 respectively....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

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

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • 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

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Large assortment...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

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

Outside

  • 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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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2015
2 night min stay
$183
$1,098
Low Season
Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2016
2 night min stay
$147
$882
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$147
$882

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Check in after 2pm. Check out by 11am.

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.


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Last updated: 08/01/2015
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Location

95 Miles
Nearest Airport
Florence
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Celle Sul Rigo
73 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Orbetello
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
Orbetello

Car: Recommended

Location

La Ginestra is located in Tuscany's unforgettable Siena Province, between the Val d¹Orcia and the Val di Chiana. It is situated halfway between Florence (1 3/4 hours) and Rome (2 hours), and is a little over an hour¹s drive from Siena. La Ginestra is an easy drive away from some of Italy's most revered sights.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM CHIUSI TRAIN STATION TO SAN CASCIANO DEI BAGNI:

Follow the directional sign to San Casciano dei Bagni. The route is well marked and the trip takes about 25 minutes.

At the roundabout in front of the train station, drive southwest on Via G. Mazzini or in the direction of the post office, which is the building that says Poste and also has a yellow sign that says P.T. The route to San Casciano dei Bagni is clearly marked the whole way, just keep following the signs and arrows to it.

After about 1 kilometer from the station, go left at the yellow "Terme San Casciano dei Bagni" sign.

After 1 more kilometer, and at the roundabout, again follow the sign to San Casciano.

After 6 more kilometers turn right after the gas station.

After another 6 kilometers you will reach the village of Piazze.

Pass through the town of Piazze, again following the signs.

After leaving Piazze and after about 10 minutes, you will turn left towards San Casciano off the main road. After about a block, on your left you will see a pet store, a bakery, the Banca ValdiChiana bank (with an ATM machine), and the hotel Sette Querce. There is a parking lot next to these buildings. It is a free lot, also free for overnight parking. You will meet our Manager, Maurizio here in this parking lot. There are usually plenty of parking spaces. You will then follow him on to La Ginestra from there. If needed, there is a gas station in Celle sul Rigo.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM THE A1 AUTOSTRADA TO SAN CASCIANO DEI BAGNI:

The driving time to San Casciano from Rome is about 2 hours, from Florence about 1 ½ HOURS.

Whether coming from the north or south, take the A1 Autostrada, a toll road. Take a ticket at the entry gate that says biglietto.

When you exit the Autostrada you may pay the attendant with cash or a credit card.

Take the Chiusi/Chianciano Terme exit.

After the pay toll station turn left at the stop sign in the direction of San Casciano dei Bagni.

From here you will be following all directional signs to San Casciano.

After about 6 kilometers, you will reach the town of Sarteano.

At the first roundabout, follow the signs to San Casciano.

Take the next left toward San Casciano.

After about 1 kilometer, take the next left toward San Casciano.

After about 14 kilometers, the road will end; turn left at the brown sign “Centro Termale.”

Turn right at the corner.

After about a block, on your left you will see a pet store, a bakery, the Banca ValdiChiana bank (with an ATM machine), and the hotel Sette Querce. There is a large free parking lot next to these buildings. You will meet Maurizio, our property manager, in this parking lot. There are usually plenty of parking spaces. You will then follow him on to La Ginestra.

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.

San Casciano dei Bagni, a five-minute drive, is one of the area¹s 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 Tuscany¹s highest mountain. The area is famous for its lovely therapeutic spas and the villages built around them. San Casciano dei Bagni¹s 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 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). For specific events, it is best to contact the local tourism office of the locality you will be visiting.

Here is a good link to some of the many Tuscan fairs and festivals:

The towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano have become famous because of thei

 

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. Reviews Here are some of the things our guests are saying... Casa la Ginestra is a real gem! This is by far the most comfortable vacation rental I have had the pleasure of staying at. The location is ideal; close to many charming villages but remote enough to offer peace and privacy. The house its self is superbly remodeled, offering simple yet elegant furnishings, a gorgeous and functional kitchen, and all the modern amenities that a discerning traveler could ask for. It's obvious that Casa la Ginestra's owner takes pride in this home, its location, and the warm and welcoming local populace. If you're looking for a home to rent in the Tuscany region then look no further. You won't be disappointed by Casa la Ginestra! We arrived at La Ginestra to a beautiful sunset followed by a full moon. The property overlooks the Tuscan hill country and the on site olive grove. The house is very well appointed and private, perfect for a romantic getaway or for a honeymoon. It is a short walk into the small town for groceries or a nice lunch. We strongly recommend going to Daniella's in San Casciano Dei Bagni as well as Fighine, a small renovated Castle with a Michelin-starred restaurant (chef antontio previously at La Pergola in Rome). Amazing food at both locations! Also not to be missed is FontaVerde, the Tuscan resort and spa. La Ginestra was an amazing home, minutes away from so many beautiful, ancient towns...we thoroughly enjoyed our time there and we will return!


Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish, italian

 

Photos

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    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

    Bathroom

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