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Bright And Lightly Romantic House Surrounded by Medieval Walls

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

200sm House,700smGarden,Pool,4 Bedrooms,3 bathrooms, 2 Terrace Fruit Trees

“Casa di Leo” Holiday Home is a big, wonderful and a bit Romantic house and it is located in Belforte, a small and delightful characteristic medieval village just 3 km away from Radicondoli.

Thanks to its strategic position on a hilltop, Belforte was founded as military fortress by the Romans. Largely preserved today, the walls which surround the village are in the care of Commission for the Architectural and Landscape Heritage for the Province of Siena . The latest written information about the village dates from 1215. The Holiday Home is ideal for families, groups of friends or simply perfect for people who desire to spend a relaxing holiday in the lap of nature and art, among the beautiful and sweet Tuscan hills. The Holiday Home is very big (200 sm) and it was largely reorganized in 2012. Building materials have been well-chosen, according both to quality and naturalness. Work and hand-painted Italian ceramics were used both in the big bathroom on the first floor and in the little one in the mansard; the parquet, which covers the whole area, has been totally made in Italy, it is natural and completely absent of further artificial treatments. All that has been done according to a philosophy which favours quality over quantity.

The house is organized on three different floors. On the lower floor there is a big typical taverna with wooden-beamed ceiling: there is a big living room with sofas, armchairs and TV, ideal for parties, for enjoying a film in front of the huge fireplace during the cold winter, or even just for playing board games with friends. Here it is also possible to find some local geographical maps and a big bookcase, if you want to relax and read a bit, and there is also a little musicians corner with piano and a guitar, so that musicians can feel at home and play.

The first floor is the bigger and main one. Here there is a wide living room, a modern kitchen, a dining room, three bright bedrooms and two bath rooms. On the second floor there is a bath room and the biggest bedroom of Leo’s house; in front of this one there is a panoramic terrace/solarium overlooking the amazing landscape.

The house is surrounded by a huge neat garden (700 sm) with flowers and fruit trees (cheery, apricot, plum, grape, apple and pear trees), two wonderful pergolas and a new swimming-pool! This one has been built in full compliance with the natural environment and the surrounding walls (in the care of Commission for the Architectural and Landscape Heritage). Near the swimming pool, there is an area with sunbeds, beach umbrellas and chairs.

Animals are, as general rule, welcome!

Casa di Leo’s owners are a young and friendly couple, active and efficient, always ready to help you to make your stay unforgettable. They both speak good English and French and are always available not only to give you simple information and suggestion, but trying to transmit you love and passion for such wonderful places, hoping that you could also fall in love with them.

More Details

Owner
Leo & Alessandra
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2018

About Leo & Alessandra

Alessandra and Leo were born in Turin, in the north west of Italy. They came in Tuscany in 1993 and they simply fell in love with the magic landscape of the region. They love art and nature: she's a painter and he's an actor and they are always avaiable to give information and advice.

Leo & Alessandra purchased this villa in 2012

Why Leo & Alessandra chose Belforte

This property was bought in 2011 by the owners. The House was on sale and the first time we saw it, we were struck by the elegance and the peculiarities of the villa. What we particularly liked is the garden: from the outside of the house, it was not possible to imagine how wonderful and spacious it was.

What makes this villa unique

The guests of Casa di Leo can have the possibility to enjoy a wonderful and relaxing holiday, according to their needs. On the one hand, they can decide to spend a restful time in a private, comfortable and spacious Holiday Home; on the other hand, they can choose to have an alternative holiday, travelling around the region, visiting historical and art cities and discoverinf natural areas of Tuscany.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Marie Cogoluenhes

Nous avons loué la maison à 3 couples + 2 enfants et un bébé du 10 au 17 Août 2013. C'était parfait. La maison est grande, bien aménagée, jolie déco. Le jardin est très agréable avec plusieurs terrasses et une superbe vue sur les montagnes. Plein d'arbres fruitiers et plantes aromatiques pour cuisiner. Le village est plein de charme et animé, il y a une petite supérette et un resto / bar. Merci à Léo pour son excellent accueil et ses conseils pratiques sur la région.
Aug 2013
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Amenities

Belforte Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , bidet
  • 3 bathrooms: 2 shower bathroom 1 shower and bathing-tub
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • 4 bedrooms for 8 people: 3 double queen 1 double twin
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Reviews

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average rating of 4.9666667 based on 31 reviews
5

Beautiful comfortable house with lovely views

  • 5 of 5

The house was as per all the photos but better. All the bedrooms were comfortable and the showers were excellent. We had the top room which was lovely, especially having a cup of tea on the sunny balcony. Everything worked and as we were cooking for 6 every night it was great to have everything we needed in the kitchen. Leo and Alessandra were so welcoming and gave us plenty of ideas for days out, we just needed to stay longer to do it all, especially since we stayed around the house and village for a couple of days as it was so peaceful and the views from the garden are so lovely. The village is very pretty and although the shop is very small it has enough if you don't want to go out. The fish van on the Thursday was excellent. We would love to visit again as we left feeling so relaxed. Thank you so much for all your help and care of the garden and house.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good evening Jacqueline, thank you soooo much for the amazing review, if we can work always with a guests like you , the work change in a pleasure, so what I can tell you.... I really hope to have you again here... Thank you again for you kindness and sympathy .. a big big big CIAOOO from me and Alessandra so much luck for everything Leo
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5

Beautiful rustic property well equipped and peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

Leo was a very friendly and helpful host sharing his local knowledge with us and nothing was too much trouble. Well maintained property and the children loved the pool. Well equipped for all ages.

Belforte is small but there is a restaurant/bar which is reasonably priced and a very small shop with the basics in stock.

Would highly recommend the property only difficulty we had was our 2 yr old son who was into everything and was just the wrong age for trying to climb up everything and there are several stair cases. Our family would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you soooo much Jenny, I hope to see you again here, and in this case we will do a little discount. For the house to buy I'm looking for, and if I find something I will send a e-mail. Thank you again say ciao ciao to everybody!! Leo & Alessandra
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Charming villa-in-town with garden

  • 4 of 5

We had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay in Leo & Alessandra's villa in Belforte.

We were 3 couples with more than enough bedrooms to choose from; there were also 3 separate full bathrooms which was important for our group. The main living and cooking area facing the garden is bright & cheerful, and where we spent most of our time. The garden is as charming as in the photos and offers great views of the valley; unfortunately it rained much of the week so we were not able to enjoy it as much as we would have liked. The pool at the bottom of the garden would be a welcome feature in warm weather.

Leo & Alessandra were very responsive and helpful during our stay; we opted for a cooked dinner one evening and were treated to a sumptuous feast of Tuscan cuisine. Truly amazing. Another night at Leo's suggestion we dined in nearby Radicondoli at Agriteca - also delicious food and a cozy, welcoming ambience. Leo's friend, Federico, gave us a tailored, full day Chianti wine tour, capping it off with a visit to the local butcher for some fabulous bistecca to grill. Everyone we met was friendly & accommodating.

We would return to this charming villa and part of Tuscany in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Casa di Leo is a perfect Tuscan vacation home.

  • 5 of 5

Leo and Alessandra have created a warm, lovely and restful home that made it possible to love our family vacation from day one. They welcomed us and shared their hosting priority that we would be in Italy and enjoy ourselves. They added much to our vacation time with ideas and enhanced maps of our planned area visits and as good hosts do, they also made suggestions of visits we didn't know to make. Their suggestions turned out to be some of the highlights of our ten days in Tuscany. We took advantage of Chef Luana and Alessandra for two evening meals cooked in 'our' home and we were given absolutely beautiful food, both in taste and presentation. We cannot thank Leo and Alessandra and Belforte enough for a holiday time that was close to perfect for all five of us. Grazie, grazie!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jean, thank you soo much for your visit, company and Kindness, when guests like you come to us , this work is transformed into pleasure and Alessandra and I understand that working with travelers is first and foremost an exchange of cultures. Thank you again. Say a big big CIAO to everybody... Leo & Alessandra
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5

Fantastic holiday in a lovely villa

  • 5 of 5

My family and I cannot recommend this holiday home highly enough. It was comfortable and spacious and well equipped to accommodate the family. There are three double bedrooms and one 4-bedroomed family room, which was en suite. Apart from the house was wonderful outside garden areas with a large table so that we could eat outside all the time. THere was lovely area to sit mor quietly and then a large garden area with the pool - necessary to cool off in he lovely Tuscan sun.

The owner was so welcoming, friendly, informative and helpful. he provided information about where we might like to visit locally and worked hard to ensure we could enjoy our holiday.

this was a brilliant holiday in the most beautiful house in a lovely part of Italy.

Best holiday!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ursula, it was really funny to have you and your family like a guests, thank you for the wonderful review, and if you think to come again to belforte, we will be here,with open arms.. A big big CIAO to everybody Leo & Alessandra
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Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We absolute loved our stay here. We had a great welcoming from the owners, who were very helpful with anything we wanted to know, they are a very chilled friendly couple! The place is extremely well equipped, it has everything you need- toilet paper, salt, pepper, oil, washing up liquid, hand soap etc.... so you don't need to worry about buying any of that before you arrive (we are used to staying in villas/apartments with none of this stuff). The whole place is very spacious and it's very clean and comfortable, we couldn't reccomend it higher. Our only niggle (other than the fact we only had a week) was that it was pretty hot at night and they could do with some fans in the bedrooms.

The location is perfect if you have hired a car, Radicondoli is only 10 mins drive with some nice restaurants, and a festival with a great atmosphere every Thursday. Other towns to visit (Siena/ San gimignano/ monterigioni) only 30-40 mins away.

There is not much in belforte, it is a very cute typically Italian town with one shop, a cafe and a post office- opening hours are all a bit dodgey, but they are only about 1 mins walk from the house so it didn't really matter.

Hopefully we shall return some day.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lorna, thank you soo much for your amazing review, precise and professional, we hope that you can be again our guests, or much probable, we will come to you.... I'm joking. thank you again and say ciao to everybody, please say to Guy to cut the hairs, otherewise he became like me.... I'm joking again, obviously. Ciao Ciao Leo e Alessandra
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Map

Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Le Mura
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Piombino
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Siena Or Poggibonsi
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
SS 2
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Le Mura
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Follonica
Car: necessary

“Casa di Leo” is situated in Belforte, a little village on the North of Siena and it is an Hamlet of Radicondoli. Radicondoli is a town of about 1300 inhabitants located in the northern part of the 'Metalliferous Hills' on the borders of the Alta Maremma between the Val d’Elsa and the Val de Cecina. It is about 40 km from Siena and similar distances from Volterra, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano and Massa Marittim. The local economy is based mainly on forestry, sheep farming and employment in geothermal areas of the Val di Cecina where electricity is generated and boric acid is extracted. It is a lovely and peaceful area, but, at the same time, it lies close to the main world-famous cities of Tuscany, such as San Gimignano, Siena, Volterra, Firenze. The Tyrrhenian Sea is about 45 Km far from the house and so, it is around the corner. In Radicondoli it is possible to find two little supermarkets, a pharmacy, two restaurants (La Pergola and il Nazionale), a tobacconist’s, a theatre, an information point for tourists and everything you need! Sport facilities nearby Cycling, Hiking, Horse riding, Mountainbiking, Swimming, Tennis,

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.