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Old Farm House 25 km Siena in Front of Montalcino with Pool/taking cooking class

Buonconvento, Siena, Italy
  • Farmhouse753 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

Farmhouse,1 Bedroom with double bed + one single bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3 people)


The farm-holyday resort Agriturismo Podere Cunina is immerged in a large natural reserve , with a lot of wild small and mid size animals, offers to the tourists a finely renovated flat with sight on Montalcino, mount Amiata and the hills of Buonconvento and Siena.

WE HAVE 7 FLATS AVAILABLE, PLEASE, CONTACT FOR DETAILS ABOUT OUR OTHER FLATS. We offer unforgettable and very interesting wine tours and cooking classes.

The farmhouse is equipped with ancient quality furniture, fitted with all modern comfort items, with maximum level certifications regarding the safety and the energy saving (floor heating/ refreshing with geothermal system, thermal and acoustic insulation).

Silvana, Piergiorgio, and their family invite you to spend a vacation at Podere Cunina, an old Tuscan farmhouse situated on a hill with a 360° panoramic view. The farmhouse and grounds were restored to include 7 apartments, barbeque and picnic areas, and a swimming pool with wi-fi connection. Podere Cunina is an ideal location from which to discover the Crete Senesi, Val d'Orcia, and all of Tuscany. Surrounded by this ancient landscape, essential and harmonious, your respect and love for nature's beauty will be nourished. Your eyes and your soul will remember it….and you will remain always attracted to this land

Live­stock paths, nu­mer­ous vine­yards, olive-groves, truf­fle-grounds, and lush forests with oaks, ilexes, broom and hawthorn can be seen here. Travelling along the rural dirt roads,often lo­cated on hill ridges, seems like sail­ing among waves of earth and, when over­looked by an open sky and pushed by the wind, one feels very small.

This land is crossed by the an­cient Via Cas­sia road and is part of the Fran­ci­gena pil­grims route. It is rich with old parish-churches, abbeys, and an­cient farm­houses and ther­mal springs, as well as traver­tine quar­ries which gave birth to the fa­mous local handicrafts. Due to their pe­cu­liar land­scape and the abun­dance of artis­tic and his­tor­i­cal ref­er­ences, the Sienese Clay Hills are among the most fa­mous and pho­tographed en­vi­ron­ments in Italy. Set be­tween the hills, the fields of grain and the cy­press trees, the Clay Hills are a coun­try­side her­itage pro­tected by UN­ESCO. Here mass tourism doesn't exist, it would be de­struc­tive and would dev­as­tate the in­ti­macy and har­mony em­i­nat­ing from these hills. In re­cent yeats ef­forts have­been made to ren­o­vate local farm­houses and restart crop cul­ti­va­tion, which was aban­doned in the '60s and '70s fol­low­ing in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment. These rural small­hold­ings live again and often offer hos­pi­tal­ity to tourists from all over the world as farm-hol­i­day prop­erty and lo­ca­tions.

PODERE CUN­INA in BUON­CON­VENTO is also a farm-hol­i­day lo­ca­tion within this sys­tem of ar­chi­tec­tural and land­scape re­cov­ery that fully re­spects its en­vi­ron­ment. Tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als typ­i­cal of the area, sourced via ac­cu­rate and de­tailed re­search, were used for the ren­o­va­tion. Lo­cated in­side a large na­ture re­serve, with many small and medium-sized wood­land an­i­mals, it of­fers 7 finely-ren­o­vated flats to tourists, with views of Mon­tal­cino, Mount Ami­ata and the hills of Buon­con­vento and Siena. It is equipped through­out with qual­ity, an­tique fur­ni­ture, fit­ted with all mod­ern com­forts, with max­i­mum level cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­gard­ing safety and en­ergy sav­ing (un­der­floor heat­ing via ge­ot­her­mal sys­tem, ther­mal in­su­la­tion, pool).

Again in the light of en­vi­ron­men­tal re­cov­ery, we have restarted work­ing the soil by restor­ing a small ex­ist­ing olive-grove and cre­at­ing a new one with about 800 plants of the species Fran­toio, Lec­cino, Moraiolo, and Pen­dolino. The agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion of this small farm is the bi­o­log­i­cal Pure Olive Oil ('ex­travir­gin') from the Sienese Clay Hills, honey and organic saf­fron.

A loving restoration

Over a delicious lunch prepared by son Marcello, who is a trained chef and thus offers guests private cooking lessons, we heard the passion and love that Silvana, Piergiorgio and their children have put into the estate. Piergiorgio explained how the restoration took years, as they recuperated as much of the original materials as possible and then went on the search for original pieces to decorate their new home. The restoration is high quality, with beautiful fixtures and furnishings blending in perfectly with the feel of an old farmhouse: the authentic hand-painted walls were done by Piergiorgio himself and the heavy wooden shutters on the windows, wrought-iron beds and tiles in the apartments combine perfectly with every modern convenience (including TVs which I imagine I would never even turn on if I stayed here).

Keywords: Farm House, country home,Apartment, villa, agriturismo, Tuscany, Crete Senesi, Val d'Orcia,Montalcino, cooking lesson , Italy, pool, vineyards, olives, wine tours, wineries, vineyards, San Gimignano, Pienza, Siena, Florence



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we are Silvana and Piergiorgio, we have one daughter and two sons. We love nature and art.We are mad about the Crete Senesi. We have a special passion for ancient fornitures and objects. We have consecrated all our passion to restore this old farmhouse and show it to our guests.

FARMHOUSE PODERE CUNINA OF SILVANA FREDDI purchased this Farmhouse in 2004


We falled in love with our landscape, the rolling hills, the colors of the nature , the cereal fields, the very open tuscan sky, the sun, the clean air, the wineyards and olivegroves, the old medieval and reinaissance small towns. Superb food and wineWe falled in love with our landscape, the rolling hills, the colors of the nature , the cereal fields, the very open tuscan sky, the sun, the clean air, the wineyards and olivegroves, the old medieval and reinaissance small towns. Superb food and wineIf you are looking for a place to relax and unwind, to feel amazement from a glance towards the skyline, or a walk, or some woodland animal crossing your path, for a sunset caressed by the fresh evening breeze, to experience emotion for fascinating and amazing artistic places immersed in such unique, calm and silent environments, COME TO the FARMHOUSE CUNINA in BUONCONVENTO, and you enjoy the Tuscan countryside. WE OFFER COOKING CLASS AND WINE TOUR ON DEMAND. Each apartment is high quality, typical from Tuscany, comfortable and elegant with panoramic view. All very romantic. To offer you a home away from home.

What makes this Farmhouse unique

The ground has amazing colours and is so maleable that anyone passing over it leaves tracks. Livestock paths, numerous vineyards, olive-groves, truffle-grounds, and lush forests with oaks, ilexes, broom and hawthorn can be seen here.. Travelling along the rural dirt roads,often located on hill ridges, seems like sailing among waves of earth and, when overlooked by an open sky and pushed by the wind, one feels very small.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon
      • Queen size Beds (1), Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) + high chair, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1).


      • 1 Bathroom
        • bathroom with shower

        Location Type

          • Rural
            the best hills of Buonconvento and the Crete Senesi + Montalcino


              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                        there is a very modern geothermic system in the floor. Absolutely very comfortable , uniforme and constante.
                      • Computer Available
                        internet point into reception
                      • Covered Parking
                      • Fireplace
                        in the Hedera apartment
                      • Garage
                        on request
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        heating in the floor , geothermic system very comfortable, uniforme and constante
                      • Internet
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        there is the clotheshorse and a clother dryer in the owner apartment.
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                        each apartment has own living room with 6 chairs about, 1 sofa bed and furnitures.
                      • Parking
                        free parking under the roof
                      • Telephone
                        free for italian numbers
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        each apartment has own washing machine with clotheshorse and iron
                      • Wireless Internet
                        fast wi-fi in each apartment and in the swimmingpool area .
                      • Wood Fireplace
                        free wood fireplace for short stay.


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                            We offer very interesting cooking classes for 1 -2 -3 4 or more Our son Marcello shows you very easy dishes, typical from Italy and From Tuscany with fresh products. WINE TOURS and wine courses.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            salt /sugar /
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • Books
                                  • Pool Table
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys


                                      • Bicycles
                                        on request
                                      • Boat
                                        100 km.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Gazebo
                                      • Golf
                                        7 km or 25 km
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • alternative lifestyle
                                          • wheelchair accessible
                                            the lovely bright and comfortable ground floor TAXUS apartm. is wheelchair accessible. Taxus apartment is always at Podere CUnina.

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Private Pool

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Private Chef


                                                      • churches
                                                      • cinemas
                                                      • health/beauty spa
                                                      • museums
                                                      • restaurants
                                                      • ruins
                                                      • winery tours

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • antiquing
                                                          • eco tourism
                                                          • horseback riding
                                                          • outlet shopping
                                                          • scenic drives
                                                          • shopping
                                                          • sight seeing
                                                          • walking
                                                          • wildlife viewing

                                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                                              • ATM/bank
                                                              • fitness center
                                                              • groceries
                                                              • hospital
                                                              • laundromat
                                                              • massage therapist
                                                              • medical services

                                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                  • cycling
                                                                  • fishing
                                                                  • golf
                                                                  • hiking
                                                                  • hot air ballooning
                                                                  • mountain biking
                                                                  • swimming
                                                                  • tennis


                                                                      • ' 360 wonderful panorama',' total relax','silence', 'the setting is just stunning', wine tour, cooking lessons ( on demand) ,riding 3 km, rent a scooter near Siena or Montalcino, jeep tour in the Crete and Val d'Orcia with driver, selling agricultural products: organi soffran, honey, organi extravergine olive oil , tour in a cinta senese farm, balooning.We offer very interesting cooking classes for 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 people. Our son Marcello shows you very easy dishes, typical from Italy and From Tuscany with fresh typical italian product. The Marcello's WINE TOUR IS ONE OF THE BEST EXPERIENCE !!! READ OUR REVIEWS, PLEASE.

                                                                        122 Reviews


                                                                        Latest reviews

                                                                        We stayed in the center of all the beauty in Tuscany

                                                                        Michael P.

                                                                        We cannot say enough about this property. The location, the décor, the views, the ambience, and most of all, the hosts. Piergiorgio greeted us and walked us through the apartment, telling us about the history of the building and the renovations that they did to it. We noticed the fireplace and commented how nice it would be to have a fire since it was so cold outside. He brought wood and even started the fire for us. The next day, we met his son Marcello, who gave us the perfect itinerary for the days drive around the area and made a recommendation for a restaurant that turned out to be fantastic. We highly recommend that everyone stay here during a trip to Tuscany!

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        grazieeeeeeeeeee! for your wonderful review. We hope to meet you again with your so nice family.

                                                                        Silvana and Piergiorgio with Marcello

                                                                        Under the Tuscan Sky

                                                                        Robyn L.

                                                                        An absolute highlight of our 3 week holiday in Italy. Fantastic hosts, an amazing beautiful

                                                                        Setting and so many places to visit. A wonderful contrast to the cities of Italy

                                                                        Beautiful property, beautiful region, excellent hosts

                                                                        Kip S.

                                                                        My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights in the Vitis apartment. The entire property is breathtakingly beautiful and the apartment itself was very large, with a downstairs and upstairs. I can't speak highly enough about the property or the Freddi family that owns and runs it - our entire stay was so memorable. The property is at the top of a hill with incredible views. There are herbs growing all around the house and the smell is amazing.

                                                                        We also had dinner one night with the family and they were a joy to spend time with.

                                                                        The property is located outside a quaint little town called Buonconvento and is only a 10 minute drive from Montalcino, which produces some of the best red wines in the world. You definitely will need to rent a car to stay at this property. We rented at Florence airport and the rental process was very simple.

                                                                        We did both the cooking class and the wine tour with Marcello. Both were excellent and we would highly recommend them. Marcello is a trained chef and sommelier and was very knowledgeable. The cooking class was very educational - we're looking forward to putting our skills to use back home. The wine tour was awesome and Marcello's expertise on wines was great to have. I would recommend buying wines at the vineyards or the Vino al Vino wine shop in Montalcino and bringing them back home. They were about 40% less than best prices I could find in the US. We bought foam 3-bottle wine holders from Mailboxes Etc in Italy to package them in our suitcase and it worked great. Also, we didn't get charged any duty/tax on the extra bottles at customs in US.

                                                                        We would also recommend buying breakfast items from the local Coop grocery store and cooking breakfast in the apartment. The eggs in Italy are 10x better than eggs in US. We had some great egg and prosciutto sandwiches for breakfast in the apartment.

                                                                        Finally, we would recommend Ristorante Da Mario for dinner in Buonconvento. Excellent pasta and meat dishes at great prices. And the house wine is top-notch and so cheap.

                                                                        You will not be disappointed with this property. It is a true gem.


                                                                        Gordon M.

                                                                        My family (incl. a 7 and 5 year old) and I spent a week staying at the Cunina. We stayed for the first couple of nights in the Hedera and the rest in the Salix.

                                                                        We all had a fantastic and relaxing time with some great memories! Like most, we have travelled a great deal and have had good and bad experiences. Silvana and family have an incredible attention to detail both in the fixtures and fittings and their extremely welcoming nature which is really second to none! They certainly could not do enough for us.

                                                                        The location is incredible and we regularly met other guests down by the pool to watch the sun set over the rolling Tuscan countryside. Loads of nooks and crannies for the kids to explore. Just a 10 minute drive into Buonconvento which had ample facilities for a week's holiday.

                                                                        If you have any doubt about booking, don't! You will not be disappointed.

                                                                        We will definitely be back!

                                                                        Lovely farmhouse, magnificent view, great hosts!

                                                                        Tilman M.Koeln

                                                                        Podere Cunina is a lovely 7 apartment-farmhouse atop of a hill overlooking a Tuscan valley close to Buonconvento. Giorgio and Silvana take care of their guests with great hospitality. They offer cooking classes as well as locally produced wine, honey, and olive oil. We also enjoyed the large pool and the magnificent view!!

                                                                        Stunning setting, friendly, hospitable family. So relaxing

                                                                        kim T.

                                                                        Cooking experience with the family particularly special. Thank you Nick and Kim


                                                                        Buonconvento, Siena, Italy

                                                                        Coming from northern Italy, the Freddis came to visit Tuscany and, like many of us, fell in love with the region. They were lucky and bold enough to take on the challenge of restoring this farmhouse to the south of Siena from ruin, since it was pretty much just walls when they found it We were invited by the Freddi family to come and visit this April and have a chat over lunch. As we drove up the dirt road with a few potholes here and there (nothing our own DT-mobile, a Toyota Prius, wasn't able to handle), we concurred that it was worth it! Anyone arriving here cannot be left untouched by the stupendous views of the surrounding hills..While the photos on their website are quite spectacular, the estate is so much better in person. To be told of the views is one thing, but to actually be there and be surrounded by them and see the medieval hilltop village of Montalcino just beyond the house is certainly another. I stopped and imagined enjoying the sunset by the pool, carved out on the hill just below the house, with a glass of wine and the view: what dreams are made of!!

                                                                        Rates & Availability

                                                                        Additional information about rental rates

                                                                        Cleaning Fee
                                                                        Pet Fee

                                                                        for more days the daily rate is less expensive. In my personal website : agriturismopoderecunina.com you can verify the conditions and the rates. heating in winter added with discount for long period, the weekly cleaning 50 or 70 euros for the largest apartments. from March 2014 there is the new tourist tax: 1 euro/person/day for the first 7 nights ( + 12 years old)

                                                                        122 Reviews
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