About this listing
The ancient Haybarn near our XVIIth century farmhouse, not far from Siena and Arezzo, is now a spacious, comfy, independent cottage, full of light. It enjoys the view of the river Ambra Valley. Suitable for 2-6 guests. A perfect writing retreat!
In the beautiful countryside between Siena and Arezzo, known as Valdambra (the Valley of the River Ambra), the top floor of an ancient haybarn has been converted into a spacious apartment full of light, overlooking a perfectly preserved Tuscan landscape: a unique, harmonious blend of luxuriant oak tree woods and of well kept farmland, ( a hospitable natural environment for roe deers, foxes, porcupines, squirrels, badgers, and all sorts of birds, such as skylarks, blue-tits, nightingales, hawks as well as, near the river, kingfishers, and white and grey herons); thanks to several years of organic farming, an increasing number of butterflies dance around wild flowers . At a short distance, a century-old castle still supervises the peace and quiet of the site
Carefully renovated by the owners, a couple of academics who live since 1995 in the near farmhouse , the apartment has already proved to be a welcoming holiday home, and a perfect retreat for writers, artists, composers, academics and... lovers.
Comfortably furnished and well equipped (fireplace, tv, wi-fi, central heating, a.c., stove, fridge, microwave, washing machine, kitchen tools, bath towels and bed-linen), it also benefits from a private outdoor area , with gazebo (ideal for meals, reading, conversation, daydreaming and relax) .
Excellent for a couple , but also for a small family ( the first floor apartment, a spacious loft, sleeps 2-4 people). An extra room on the ground floor of the haybarn , ( a separate cosy studio-bedroom- with kitchenette and bathroom, with shower) is also available, upon agreement.
Nearby, horse stables and riding centre, polo grounds, swimming pools, thermal springs and spas; pleasant walks through the woods lead to farmhouses, watermills, vineyards, medieval towers and charming villages where one can enjoy concerts, festivals, theatre, entertainment, food (and outlet shopping).. The haybarn is also a very convenient starting point for visiting museums and galleries of the neighbouring art cities: Siena is only 25 min away, Arezzo, 40 mns; Florence, just over one hour.Fra Siena e Arezzo, nel verde, spazioso,
luminoso, indipendente, alloggio (spazioso open space) recentemente
restaurato con cura, per 2-4 persone;
adeguatamente arredato e attrezzato
(caminetto, tv, riscaldamento autonomo,
piano cottura, refrigeratore, forno microonde,
lavatrice); ampio spazio esterno
riservato, con pergola. Un luogo perfetto per scrivere, sognare, dipingere, riposare. E per innamorati. Un grazioso e romantico monolocale attrezzato di angolo cottura e veranda è disponibile previo accordo. A breve distanza,
possibilità di equitazione, polo, trattamenti
termali; escursioni, nei boschi, e verso piccoli
villaggi tutti da scoprire (arte, concerti,
teatro, feste). Siena è a soli 25 minuti di
automobile, Firenze a poco più di un’ora.
Our guests enjoy perfect privacy, private outdoor area with gazebo and garden. They have access to the conspicuous library of the owners, both academics.
I nostri ospiti godono una perfetta privacy, un ingresso, un giardino con gazebo indipendenti. Hanno accesso alla ricca biblioteca dei proprietari, due docenti universitari.
Interaction with guests
Meeting our guests, when they wish, it is always a pleasant and interesting experience. We are anyway always nearby, since we live in the adjacent farmhouse.
Incontrare gli ospiti, quando lo desiderino, è sempre piacevole e interessante. Sarò sempre comunque a disposizione, nella vicina casa colonica dove vivo, per qualunque necessità.
Many lovely villages in the neighbouring countryside, as well as art cities, historical gardens, museums, music and theatre, folk festivals, spas, pools, riding schools, shops (even fashionable ones), food markets and restaurants.
Car park is not a problem near the Haybarn. Hiring a car is advisable for exploring a beautiful and not very well known territory.
Other things to note
An excellent riding school, run by an extraordinary Lady of the Horses, is located within walking distance. Guided tours to art cities and museums, can be arranged.
We love the quiet of the place, where we moved 18 years ago. We wish our guests will cooperate in preserving this aspect of country living.
The presence of pets can be negotiated. Smokers are invited to do so preferably outdoors.
This host has a Strict Cancellation Policy
Cancel up to 30 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 30 days of the trip and get a 50% refund of the nightly rate, as well as a full refund of fees.
I am an Academic and my research field is Iconology and Philosophy. After being brought up and educated abroad, I finally moved to the Sienese countryside, where I live with my Husband, an academic as well , 5 cats and a dog (no kids, but many friends, and friend's children around). Our house was formerly a large farmhouse, so we have plenty of space. We enjoy making the Haybarn available to people who like nature, books, art, music, good food and quiet. We offer marvellous isolation without solitude, since a very lively and interesting human and cultural context is just round the corner. Long walks, horsebackriding, yoga and cookery classes are among the pleasures of this area, as well as rejuvenating spas; both in winter and summer there is so much, concerts, parties, exhibitions, festivals, to choose that sometimes we just want to stay at home and entertain ourselves with relaxed conversation and a candle-light dinner, on the terrace overlooking the valley. The river Ambra, the evening breeze, and the crickets, provide the music.