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Farmhouse Santa Maria - holiday accommodation in Tuscany with swimming pool is for discerning travelers wishing to spend their holidays in Tuscany. This rental farmhouse is wonderful for a family holiday and located between Pienza (where the english patient was filmed) and San Quirico (a lovely historic town in perfect condition with many shops) (5kms from each town). There is also a small village at 1.5 kms with a bar, Pizzeria and small goods. There are many superb restaurants in all these towns and also at 3 kms the antique thermal spa baths of Bagno Vignoni and the village boasting the Roman remains, enoteca`s, restaurants, pizzerias, breathtaking views and quaint shops.
This area is one of the most sorts after one by the Italians as it has remained un spoilt. Also this is made famous by the photographers who photographed the area for postcards, books and calendars. The area offers so much due to its closeness to Siena, Pienza, Montalcino, San Quirico; the antique thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni and San Fillipo. Florence is an easy day trip. Numerous beautiful medieval villages that have been restored to perfection, yet still maintain their original beauty and lifestyle of the Tuscany of years gone by.
Farmhouse Santa Maria is located in the Siena area in the middle of a nature reserve full of pheasant, deer, hares, owls and other wildlife. At 20kms there are the towns of the Mount Amiata. The area is also a gastronomic heaven producing cheeses (famous pecorino cheeses of Pienza), fresh handmade pasta, some of the best and most noted wines of Italy, truffles, the famous Porcini mushrooms, wild boar, safron, honey and the Chianina meat.
The locals boast a love of their land; they are very hospitable, friendly and relaxed. The typically Tuscan villages are charming, characteristic and full of history and culture. Small shops with local produce and artifacts line the shaded stone lined streets. For the wine lovers one can sit outside and taste the famous wines of the region at many of the enotecas and bars. The enoteca also serves meals, platters of cheeses and cold cuts (prosciutto, salame etc.).
These characteristic Tuscan towns grasp onto the history of the region with honor, celebrating all the medieval and local festivals as they have done for centuries.
Driving through this area is a treat in itself; Cyprus lined rolling hills spotted with medieval villages and towers. Large country homes and a constant changing landscape depend on the crops of the season. From this location one can easily embark on day trips to Florence, Siena, Cortona, Montepulciano, Montalcino and venture over the hill to discover the magnificent coast line of Maremma only 40mins drive.
Perugia, Cortona and Arezzo are all within easy reach.
Rome is 1.5hrs away.
Beautifully restored 320m2 on 2 levels, the rental farmhouse has a huge open living room that accesses the terrace with outdoor furnishings for dining and relaxing. Santa Maria has 1 double bedroom with fly screens and a full bathroom accessible from both the bedroom and living room. There is a laundry on the ground floor. Stairs lead to the first floor with an open dining/ kitchen with high ceilings, wooden beams, original terracotta floors and open fireplace. To the RT there is a door separating the sleeping area:2 bedrooms with screens on the windows and 1 bathroom between them with tub/shower. To the LT, another door with a further 2 bedrooms with fly screens and bathroom with shower are there. There is a door from the dining room/ kitchen leading to the exterior staircase. The 3 bathrooms are accessible from all rooms. (2 with bathtub/shower/bidet and handbasin; 1 with shower, wc, bidet and hand basin) The house is equipped with Tuscan country furnishings typical for a farmhouse.
Beautiful views of the medieval towns surrounding the property, the valley and fields. Mount Amiata is the backdrop.
There is a Pool 12.5mx6.5m with lounges and a pergola for shade.
Garden: Typical of the area with Cyprus trees, roses, lavender, ginestra and a large pine.
This holiday rental farmhouse accommodates 10+2 PAX and can be rented also on a non sat-sat basis.
There is a tourist tax of 2.5 euro / person / day for the first 4 nights for adults above 14 years old and the heat charges are extra upon on consumption.
In summary: great house, rude owner.
The photos are very accurate and the house is lovely with gorgeous views of the Tuscan countryside. It was large -- perfectly comfortable for 9 of us. It was quick and easy coordinating with Darren leading up to the trip, and house manager Klaudia was equally great to deal with.
The only issues with the house were that we ran out of hot water on the first day and got locked out of the patio door. However, once we let Klaudia know about these issues they were resolved quickly, so not a problem.
However, Meagan - the owner ((website hidden))- demanded additional fees in cash after we arrived. I called Airbnb and confirmed that because this was not mentioned in the listing nor in our communications, we did not owe anything. Meagan did not like this and refused to call Airbnb, as they suggested. She instead told me she was going to report me to the authorities and to 'deal with it' before hanging up on me. She seemed to know nothing about Airbnb or its policies and had no interest in complying with them. Airbnb customer service was great and suggested we leave, which we did. Needless to say, after wasting an entire morning of our vacation trying to sort this out, the owner's unprofessional and rude attitude was not appreciated!
Overall the experience was great, but I would beware of booking a property from this owner.
Hello Noreen, It is disappointing to hear your review after we hosted you so happily and we even left a happy feedback for you. It was clearly stated in the listing that tourist tax and heat charges are extra. The Tourist tax is mandatory everywhere in Italy which needs to be paid to the local tourist office. We just collected the rent and final cleaning fee from you and not the tourist tax. Also I sent you a doc on 15th July which clearly stated about the tourist tax that needs to be paid at the villa on arrival. After all this if you still say we demanded for additional charges it is worrying us.
The house is very nice and big in a wonderful place... some misunderstanding with the owners, now resolved!
Une maison parfaite pour les grandes familles, avec un paysage magnifique dans une superbe région.