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Historic House in the Heart of Valdorcia Near Pienza and Montepulciano.

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Garden side of the exterior. 'The tower' Back entrances.

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:4
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Ideal place from which to explore the most beautiful part of Tuscany!

Explore the beautiful Valdorcia from an ideally located historic house in a hill top castle village with stunning views of the surrounding valley. This property is ideal for couples or families looking to explore the most famous and picturesque part of Tuscany, and is located only minutes away from Pienza, Montepulciano, Montichiello, San Quirico, and and many other beautiful small medieval Tuscan towns . Drive, hike, or bike through the picturesque rolling countryside covered in Sangiovese vineyards, and see the famous and familiar landscapes where the English Patient and parts of the Twilight movies were filmed. The famous cypress lined drive of Villa La Foce is minutes from this property, as is the fortress of Radicofani, and the famous hot springs of Chianciano.

Approx. 3,000 sqft, this historic residence was totally renovated and furnished with original antiques. The main part of the house consist of a medieval watch tower built around 1250 AD. The house has three levels
The top floor has three bedrooms each with a private bath.

The main floor has a Foyer, Living, dining, kitchen equipped with all modern appliances.

The lower floor opens onto a private garden and has it's own large dining / living area, a small second kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom.

The house has all modern appliances and internet service.
Amenities in the castle/village include spectacular swimming pool, about 150 yards away from the house which provides a spectacular view of the Valley, open during summer months. There is a Grocery/convenience store, Pharmacy, Pub, and restaurants in town.

CONTIGNANO, onto of a hill 1,200ft high is conveniently located only 2 1/2 hours from the Rome Airport and 30 minutes from the major A1 interstate
Some of the most popular destinations in Tuscany/Umbria are in the immediate proximity : Pienza 15 minutes, Montepulciano, 15 minutes, Siena 40 minutes, Montalcino 45 minutes, Chianciano 15 minutes, the Amiata mountain 30 minutes, Orvieto 1 hour, Cortona and Perugia 1 1/2 hour.

Excellent restaurants and shopping facilities are abundant in the area,famous for its Wines such as Brunello and Nobile and for the best pecorino cheese.

Contignano, is best known for the reenactment of the Betlehem Nativity during the Christmas holidays and for the Ravioli festival that takes place in mid August.

The total population of the village is approx 230 : everybody is most friendly and helpful, a happy small community that always welcomes the foreign visitors . Agriculture and Tourism are the most important economic activities.

The region has been awarded the orange flag for it's air purity.

Come discover Tuscany at it's best!
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Owner

Member since: 2015

Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/12/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 3000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

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  • Guest Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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  • Guest Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

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  • All rooms have a full private bathroom. All rooms have windows. The downstairs guest suite has a kitchen, it's own dining room, and opens out onto the private garden....moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Master Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, bidet

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  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower, bidet

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  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower, bidet

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  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower, bidet

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  • Guest bathroom has clothes washer and drier.

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Art books about local artwork that can be found in the region, also maps and tourist guides....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Billy Holiday...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Eco Tourism
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Monument View
  • Mountain View:

    You may climb Mt. Amiata, a graceful sloping volcano that dominates the landscape....moreless

  • Resort:

    There are famous nearby resorts and spas in the town of Chianciano, 15 minutes away....moreless

  • Rural:

    This house is in the beautiful Valdorcia valley and is surrounded by rolling hills covered by farmland, olive groves, cypress, and Sangiovese vineyards....moreless

  • Village:

    Contignano is a medieval hilltop village with roots going back to Roman times see the main castle tower, ancient small church, and balconies built into the wall with beautiful views of the countryside...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Main Dining room table seats 8 Downstairs dining table seats 6 +...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Living room has a television, fireplace, couch, and seating....moreless

  • Parking:

    There is plenty of parking outside the village walls, roughly 25 feet from the front door....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All utensils provided...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    THE HOUSE HAS TWO KITCHEN Main kitchen has all modern features and appliances Small kitchen downstairs has gas range,oven, refrigerator...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Electric oven...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Private patio in the back garden for outside dining....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    This private garden is accessed from the lower floor....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    There are local ski slopes in the winter....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    The newly added pool is open in the summer and can be used for a small daily fee. There is a full bar and some snacks, and an unbelievable view of the Val Dorcia where one can see for miles....moreless

  • Sauna:

    The famous hot springsand spas of Chianciano are 15 minutes away...moreless

 

Reviews

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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$2,250

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Please, no pets allowed, no smoking, and no baby cribs available. Cooking and cleaning services can be made available at addition cost, please contact me with inquries.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

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This house is in the heart of Valdorcia and is minutes away from beautiful Pienza, Montepulciano, Radicofani, and Villa La Foce.( the filming locations made famous by the ' English Patient', The Twilight and other movies ). This region features some of the most well known natural Tuscan landmarks, and is surrounded by famous vineyards ( Nobile di Montepulciano,Brunello, the best known ),and numerous excellent restaurants making it ideal for wine and culinary tours. . The local cuisine specializes in truffles, wild boar, pheasant, rabbit, the Fiorentina (a porterhouse style steak of the Chianina breed), local excellent olive oil, strozza preti, pici, ravioli, and other regional pastas,many vegetables dishes and, of course, the famous pecorino cheese,one of the best in Italy.

In addition to the many historic and artistic sites ,the rolling hills of the area are great for walking, biking,trekking ,horse riding.

The Orcia Valley is an ideal site for vacationing in all seasons due to the varied landscape and a moderate climate,however it is during the Spring and Fall seasons that one can enjoy the most beautiful and colorful landscapes.

The local inhabitants are traditionally friendly and courteous and very proud and conscious of the historic and the cultural importance of the area : for centuries the Val d'Orcia has been considered a destination for the the elite traveler rather than mass tourism and this is reflected in the care and attention given to the environment.

This is truly Tuscany at its best.

Upon request transportation and driver can be provided and special services are available for visiting the wine country, gourmet tours and art tours

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: We (the owners ) live in Atlanta ,Ga We have a lot of friends in Tuscany and,during a summer vacation in Montepulciano we fell in love with the area and decided to come back and possibly have our own residence there. After a long search we purchased the house in 2001 and spent more than a year ,assisted by most qualified local professionals,renovating it according to the strict codes and regulations covering historic buildings.

Why the Owner Chose Contignano SI, Italy:
This property is ideal for couples or families looking to explore the most famous and picturesque part of Tuscany, and is located only minutes away from Pienza and Montepulciano. Drive, hike, or bike through the picturesque rolling countryside covered in Sangiovese vineyards, and see the famous and familiar landscapes where the English Patient and parts of the Twilight movies were filmed. The famous cypress lined drive of Villa La Foce is minutes from this property, as is the fortress of Radicofani, and the famous hot springs of Chianciano. This house offers a great amount of flexibility and conveniences. The house downstairs guest suite with it's own kitchen, dining area, bedroom, and bathroom that opens out onto a private garden with outdoor dining table making it ideal for large groups. The village /castle of Contignano is located in the heart of the Val d'Orcia one of the most beautiful and interesting locations in Tuscany, declared a World heritage by UNESCO for its pristine beauty and historic significance The friendly atmosphere,temperate climate, the beauty of the rugged and pristine landscape,the history and the monuments, the delicious food will make your stay one that you'll always remember. Many people that visited wanted to come back and see more. It's easy to understand why the Valdorcia area has become one the most popular destination in Tuscany.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The flexibility that this house has to offer makes it ideal for small to large groups, and perfect for a family getaway. The property is spacious and open, and the garden offers a great deal of privacy, while still being located inside a small village town with conveniences such as an ATM, grocery stores, restaurants, pool, and pub. The ground floor apartment ,ideal for a couple,with entrance from the garden could be rented separately


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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/12/2017

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Photos

  • Garden side of the exterior. 'The tower'
Back entrances.

    Garden side of the exterior. 'The tower' Back entrances.

  • Lower floor great room opens out into the private garden.

    Lower floor great room opens out into the private garden.

  • Main FloorLiving room.

    Main FloorLiving room.

  • At the main entrance, the foyer and stairs leading to upstairs bedrooms.

    At the main entrance, the foyer and stairs leading to upstairs bedrooms.

  • Master bedroom.

    Master bedroom.

  • Upstairs guest bathroom 1.

    Upstairs guest bathroom 1.

  • Main living room.

    Main living room.

  • Outside street entrance.

    Outside street entrance.

  • The village pool has amazing views and a full bar that can be visited at night.

    The village pool has amazing views and a full bar that can be visited at night.

  • Summer, view of famous Cypress Lined drive of 'Villa La Foce', just down the roa

    Summer, view of famous Cypress Lined drive of 'Villa La Foce', just down the roa

  • 'Fosse Bianchi' Ancient volcanic hot springs, 10 minute drive

    'Fosse Bianchi' Ancient volcanic hot springs, 10 minute drive

  • Upstairs guest bedroom 2,  bathroom.

    Upstairs guest bedroom 2, bathroom.

  • Private garden with patio, outdoor table included as well for al fresco dining.

    Private garden with patio, outdoor table included as well for al fresco dining.

  • Main floor kitchen.

    Main floor kitchen.

  • Main floor dining room.

    Main floor dining room.

  • Master bedroom.

    Master bedroom.

  • Upstairs guest bedroom 1.

    Upstairs guest bedroom 1.

  • Downstairs great room.

    Downstairs great room.

  • Downstairs guest bedroom with doors that open onto the private garden.

    Downstairs guest bedroom with doors that open onto the private garden.

  • Gate to private garden and downstairs entrances.

    Gate to private garden and downstairs entrances.

  • Upstairs master bath tub/shower unit.

    Upstairs master bath tub/shower unit.

  • Tower of Radicofani, 15 minute drive.

    Tower of Radicofani, 15 minute drive.

  • Upstairs guest bedroom 2

    Upstairs guest bedroom 2

  • The town of Contignano.

    The town of Contignano.

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 20, 2017

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