About the property
- Apartment1291 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Spacious 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment, both cozy and elegant,
Casa al Frate is your perfect home in Tuscany. So close to the city and yet deep in the countryside, it makes both exploring the region and relaxing at home easy and fun.
Close to Chianti, the Crete and the Montagnola, from here you can as easily go winetasting at our neighbouring wine estate Montechiaro, hop into town for a tour of the Lorenzetti frescoes and a great meal at Boccon di Prete or sightseeing in Pienza. And if you prefer the beach Marina di Alberese, a natural reserve within the Maremma region, is only one hour by car. Plenty of signed hikes all around us, north and south and many good meals to be had in our little hill top towns of San Gusme' or Monteriggioni. If you are interested in relaxing at home and getting immersed in the culture we can easily arrange for italian language instruction, photography workshops or art history mini-courses. Just tell us what your expectations are and we will do our best to make your holiday at Casa al Frate the best way to experience Italy!
miriam grottanelli de santi
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- english, french, italian and italian sign language
- Calendar last updated:
- May 1, 2018
About miriam grottanelli de santi
I was born and raised in Siena and after studying in Cambridge, UK and living in Prague and Paris and then Florence and Rome for a number of years I came back to the place I started from! This is indeed the most beautiful place I have ever lived in and I love to be able to share my family's property with our visitors.
Why miriam grottanelli de santi chose Siena
Casa al Frate was part of my grandparents' property and it is now my responsibility to look after it and make sure it provides the most comfortable place wherefrom to explore Siena and the surroundings
What makes this Apartment unique
The views of Siena from Casa al Frate are what I most look forward to whenever I come back from a trip abroad. There is nothing as perfect as them. Sipping wine with friends on a balmy night, smelling the grass and the spring flowers while watching the sun as it sets behind the towers of my city... this is what life is about!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
The Quintessential Toscana
2018: Our 3rd consecutive year of staying with Miriam. That probably tells you how much we enjoy the apartment and Miriam. It is PERFETTO. Centrally located to explore the riches of Toscana. Yet also, it is like you have arrived in the early 1800's and you get to experience life at a much slower and magical pace.
Beautiful surroundings, comfortable and rustic home
We really enjoyed our time in Siena, and this property is lovely. The grounds and view are stunning. It's a little tricky to find tucked in a rural area, but it is truly away from it all and relaxing. We found the mattresses/beds to be very comfortable. Parking was ideal, right in front of the property. We had an issue with the Wi-Fi connection not working on more than one device, and we brought this to the attention of the owner upon our departure. Also - be aware the home is fairly rustic. We loved it, but there is no television, microwave or dishwasher in this home. This was not an issue for us, but I could see how it might be for some. I would definitely recommend this property to our friends.
Beautiful house, beautiful countryside
I love this place. I've stayed here twice and will come again. The house is simple but beautiful in a traditional, rustic way. The views are spectacular, and there are lovely walks to be had in the countryside. The place is very quiet, private, and clean. I was very happy to find there is no TV, although there is very reliable wifi connection. Though the house feels like it's deep in the countryside, it's actually only three kilometers from the center of Siena. I'd recommend having a vehicle here, although several times I walked into the city in 40 minutes. The owner, who lives next door, is very helpful and cheerful and pleasant. I can't wait to return.
Lovely Farmhouse overlooking Siena
We loved this apartment! This is an old family farm, shared with the owner who resides in the other half of the house. Amazing views of Siena and the surrounding area from inside, or outside the apartment. Sitting in the courtyard with a glass of wine, watching the sun set over Siena is breathtaking. Miriam had provided guidelines on travel in the area as well as dining options. Each recommendation exceeded our expectations. Centrally located as well, so we were able to easily travel to Assisi, and Volterra and back again daily.
After the hustle and bustle of Rome, this was a beautiful, serene location to enjoy Tuscany and the rest of Italy.
We are looking forward to returning and spending more time exploring the area and enjoying this lovely house.
Lovely spacious farmhouse set on a hill
The house is quite large and spacious with beautiful views of Siena and hills out each of the large windows. The front half of the house (living room, dining room, kitchen, fireplace) is separated by a door and corridor from the back of the house where the two bedrooms are situated with a very large bathroom in between. Thus each of the bedrooms are insulated from each other and from the common living space. This is great if you have smaller children that need to be put to bed early, or teens that like to stay up late and sleep in late! The house is spotless and nicely decorated with ample sitting space in the living room and very comfortable beds with extra bedding/linen. There's a lovely sitting area outside with a garden and an olive grove - it's Tuscan living at it's best! House is only 5 minutes from grocery store and key amenities - 10 minutes from Siena and all the lovely restaurants. Perfect place to stay for cyclists, as the road is paved with less traffic. We hope to be back for a much longer stay next time! Miriam is such a generous and lovely person and amazing to deal with.
We absolutely loved this apartment! The apartment was exactly what was pictured on the listing. The apartment was also spotless and equipped with many amenities. I was unaware the apartment came with a washer which is a definite plus when traveling with kids. We had not trouble communicating with Miriam. Miriam also recommended nearby towns to visit. We would recommend this apartment and would gladly stay here again!!
Casa al Frate is literally 10 mins away from Siena but also on the edge of both the Chianti region and the Crete Senesi, two of the most spectacular areas of Tuscany. A 20 min drive to Monteriggioni, a 40 min drive to San Gimignano or to Pienza, Montepulciano and Montalcino. Everywhere you will find both 13th century paintings and gorgeous Tuscan wines and cheeses, small romanic churches and golden fields of wheat. Our famous horse race - the Palio - is of course a must-do and I will be happy to provide you with all the insider knowledge you need to understand and appreciate its intricacies!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Should heating be required between May 1st and October 1st it will be charged aside from regular rental rates