Oppurtunity to stay in this beautiful 6 bed house with spectacular views. All white, high ceilings, 4 poster beds, open log fires, big kitchen. This house has featured in Magazines including being on the cover of The World Of Interiors. Drink in the beautiful countryside between Siena & Montalcino.
Prices are PER ROOM in this delightful house which is uniquely decorated with a mixture of simple furniture, unusual objects, tapestries and four poster beds with an emphasis on comfort. It has 3 bathrooms supplied with white towels and delicious soaps and one shower room, 3 double bedrooms and 3 twin bedrooms.The twin bedrooms can become double if necessary. All the bedrooms have plenty of hanging and proper bed linen. There is also a large sitting room upstairs with an open fire and huge DVD library. Downstairs there is a another big sitting room that spans the width of the house opening onto the garden on either side and a big, eat in, kitchen with an open fire to cook on, the kitchen opens out onto a shaded courtyard.Each room has incredible views. In the spring there are lots of areas to laze around outside on daybeds, or enjoy lunch under the pergola.
There may be slightly restricted access to some parts when the owners are there. But this can be discussed with the individual parties.
Interaction with Guests
We are really happy to answer questions or help out in any way.
This is the perfect Tuscan experience, from here there are so many places to go to. Siena, Montalcino, Pienza, San Quirico d'Orcia. . You can even ski on Monte Amiata. It is not far from the hot sulphur springs at Petriolo or Bagno San Filippo or the glorious Romanesque abbey in a field, St Antimo. Pecorino cheese is made locally and the famous Brunello wine comes from the vineyards around Montalcino. There are lots of good restaurants ranging from smart to homely. One of our favourites is Da Mario in Buonconvento, very basic and family run, very jolly. November is when you can visit the Truffle fair at San Giovanni d'Asso, while at Christmas you can go skating in Siena, enjoy lunch in the beautiful Piazza del Campo, listen to Gregorian chant at St Antimo or just put another log on and stay in by the fire. On New Year's eve you can see fireworks on the neighbouring hill tops. Glorious food and delicious wine, stunning drives or bike rides, cosy restaurants or cooking on the fire in the kitchen. Tuscany is not just for Summer.
Guests would definitely be better off with a car for getting to this spot. If guests arrive at Pisa there is a train to Buonconvento (the closest town) but you do have to change twice. There is even a direct train to Florence in the early morning and one back in the evening. There are buses as well, but It is not especially easy to get around without a car.
Other Things to Note
It is possible to have a cook at an extra charge and she would even be happy to give you cooking lessons if you wanted. Most things can be arranged. There is a lovely Yoga teacher who can come to the house otherwise she has a class in Buonconvento, and an ayuvedic masseuse who also comes to the house. Wine tastings can be arranged and there is a book at the house with all the local information.
We love having people in the house and want them to feel at home while they are there. Consequently we leave out all the DVD's and all our books. We really appreciate people looking after them and not leaving DVD's out of their boxes or books outside. We don't allow pets in the house, but if you want to bring a dog who would stay outside that is fine as long as you cleared up after them. We expect the house to be left as it is found and treated with respect. The only real rule is to have short showers as water is a precious.
I am an interior designer, and I spend half my time between London and Tuscany, Italy, where my villa is also available to rent on Air B'n'B. I have a passion for colour, culture and all things unique and interesting, and I enjoy visiting museums and exhibitions as I am always looking for things to inspire me. I have two daughters in their early twenties. One has flown the nest, while the other is at University so is back home in the holidays.
I enjoy travelling and visiting new places. The last place I went to was Sicily. but i love India, Kenya & America. Best of all Rome, where I go often.
I love the cinema and boxed sets. I am watching Homeland and The Americans at the moment and can't wait for the new season of Parenthood. I love Max. I think I am sounding like a real loser.
I wish I was more sporty but I do at least do Yoga twice a week. I like food and am a good cook particularly of Italian food having lived in Italy for many years.
I love to read most of all and have just finished The Interestings by Meg Wollitzer. I like American writers, Joyce Carol Oates, Saul Bellow, Phillip Roth, AM Holmes.
I love beautiful houses and my favourite thing of all is finding things at junk shops.
I am usually quite cheerful and laid back and I think you will like staying here. It has a nice homely and relaxed atmosphere at the same time as being clean and quiet.
I don't have a motto but generally I think 'just do it'.