Idyllic Villa with Olive Grove and Pool(2 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:Contact owner
- Property type:Villa
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
Villa, 4 Bedrooms + Library, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)
Our gorgeous villa is a spacious, tufa stone house, dating back to the 14th century. It has been entirely renovated but has kept its traditional character. The house has a cosy, homely atmosphere with large airy rooms, high, beamed ceilings, comfortable furniture, and shelves full of books (mostly in English but also a good selection in other languages too).
The house stands in a large garden, with two terraces, surrounding lawns, fruit trees, an olive grove, and a swimming pool which looks out over rolling hills. Sheep graze in the next door field and vineyards and olive groves line the small country road which leads to the property. From the terrace, you can enjoy the evening sunset and see the stunning Etruscan town of Pitigliano, and in the distance, the steep rise of Monte Amiata mountain. Despite the perfectly quiet rural setting, Pitigliano is only a ten minute drive a away.
The entire house has been newly renovated using traditional materials. Floors are laid with antique cotto stone, ceilings are supported by old chestnut beams, local travertine marble is featured throughout the house, and the kitchen has been newly re-designed and renovated in traditional Tuscan style.
On the ground floor of the house, there is a large living area, with a stone fire place, and three sets of French doors leading to the covered terrace. The terrace looks onto the olive grove, and has a large table and chairs for 10 people. Through an archway from the living room, there is a large, fully-equipped kitchen, with modern appliances, marble counter tops, a breakfast table, and a door to the kitchen garden. Also on the ground floor are a twin bedroom and a double bedroom, each with an en-suite bathroom. A third room, which we use as a study (with double sofabed) is close to the double bedroom. All rooms on the ground floor have their own private access through French doors to the gardens surrounding the house.
The old stone staircase to the upstairs leads to two more rooms, a double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom with a shower, and a twin bedroom with a bathroom with a bath and hand-held shower. Both bedrooms have superb views across the countryside and the town of Pitigliano in the distance.
The property is 280 sq meters, and sleeps 8, plus 2 if using the sofabed. It can be rented year round. The swimming pool (6 by 12 meters), set in the three quarter hectare garden, is open during the summer months.
Where we are
Stretta Carraia is in the south-east corner of Tuscany, part of the Maremma district. The Maremma, traditionally the land of the butteri or cowboys, is more dramatic, wilder and much less discovered than the rest of Tuscany. It is packed with a striking variety of nature and landscape: large stretches of natural parks, gentle rolling hills with olive groves and vineyards, plains of wheat and sunflowers, dense forest, Etruscan towns perched dramatically on cliffs of tufa, and a stunning coastline with long sandy beaches and idyllic islands close by.
Even though it’s hard to tear yourself away from the peace and quiet of Stretta Carraia, there’s loads to do just close by.
Only eight kilometers away, Pitigliano, during medieval times an arch rival of nearby Siena, holds great historical interest, with sites such as the 15th century Orsini castle, and one of the oldest Jewish ghettos in Italy, 'Little Jerusalem', with a 16th century synagogue, a museum, and even a Jewish bakery and butcher. The town’s maze of tiny medieval streets makes it a great place to explore, with interesting shops run by craftsmen and women, local food and wine specialists, a weekly market (Wednesday mornings) and of course a variety of excellent restaurants
Stretta Carraia is in the Etruscan heartland, with the beautiful towns of Sorano and Sovana close by. The remarkable Etruscan tombs in ancient Vulci are also well worth a visit.
For the wine-lovers we recommend the Maremma wine route, famous for the red Morellino di Scansano.
Walkers, swimmers, horse-riders and bike enthusiasts should be in heaven here. There are trails through the Selva del Lamone, a beautiful natural reserve that lies just beyond our garden, and walks along the Vie Cave, a series of ancient pathways carved out of the rock around Pitigliano. The magnificent volcanic lake of Bolsena, almost 500 square kms, is just 30 minutes away by car. The much smaller Mezzano lake is a 10 minute drive away. There are several horse riding stables around us too. We recommend the Maneggio Belvedere.
In the winter, ski enthusiasts can reach the 1800 meter Monte Amiata in less than an hour.
And when your feet are tired, the hot springs of Saturnia, only 20 kilometers away, offer a luxurious respite for the tired traveler. If you want the full spa experience visit the 5 star Terme di Saturnia for a massage or thermal water treatment. But the best experience (and free) is just outside Saturnia where the thermal waters gush out of the ground and form a powerful waterfall and a series of natural pools where you can bathe.
If you prefer the seaside, there are beautiful beaches not far away. The renowned Monte Argentario, about an hour’s drive, has a stunning coastline, and in the evening you can visit the pretty village of Porto Ercole for an ice-cream, a pizza or a seafood dinner. The islands of Giglio, Giannutri and Elba are also within easy reach
Keywords: farmhouse, rural retreat, olive estate, country house, villa
Member since: 2011
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Private Chef
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
- Pets Considered
- Smoking Allowed
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Equestrian Events
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Parking Off Street
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Fireplace
We have a fabulous lady looking after the property who is a superb cook, and is happy to come and cater relaxed family meals or dinner parties with fresh, local ingredients for a meal you will never forget!...moreless
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Deck / Patio
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- Housekeeper Included
Rates per week: US$2,950 low season, US$3,850 mid season and US$4,550 high season. Rates include twice weekly cleaning and use of all amenities. Rentals are from Saturday to Saturday. Special rates for longer rentals. Guests are also required to leave a refundable cash deposit of $200 for breakages. 30 per cent of payment due on reservation. This is non-refundable. 70 per cent of payment due 60 days before arrival. Cancellations from 12-6 weeks before arrival, 70 per cent of payment NOT refunded. Cancellations from 6-0 weeks before arrivals, 100% of payment NOT refunded.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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View of the house from the idyllic swimming pool
Another quiet corner to enjoy the gorgeous wide open views
Large living and dining area, with antique terracotta floors and beamed ceilings
En suite bathroom
Side terrace and gardens, private access to two en suite bedrooms
Beautiful, newly renovated, Tuscan-style kitchen, with all modcons
Double sitting/dining room
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Saturday, December 31, 2016
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- Calendar last updated 01/28/2011
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