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Jonathan B. said...
22-Oct-2015
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Home away from Home, or better....
Celle Sul Rigo, Siena, Tuscany, 53040, Italy ()
Date of Stay
14 October 2015
Helpful votes:0/0
When traveling we generally do our best to "live like a local"... We try to get way from touristy places and attractions. Italy is one of the most visited countries on the planet, so if you want your space, you have to work for it (a little). We planed our trip to Italy around spending some time away from the crowds and boy is


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt

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Description

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Available year round starting October 25th 2012....Welcome to La Ginestra, a newly renovated cottage nestled inside Tuscany’s most romantic landscape, southern Siena Province. It’s an exceptional independent house for two, offering privacy, a perfect location, and stellar views.

The house is located on a ridge between the Val d’Orcia and the Val di Chiana, Tuscany’s evocative and classically characteristic valleys. It overlooks distant and fascinating hill towns, the occasional vineyard, pasturing sheep, orchards and rolling hills. It sits on an acre and a half of olive and fruit trees and produces its own olive oil. In an undiscovered part of Tuscany, untrammeled and off the beaten path, yet close to Tuscany’s hot spots, La Ginestra is nestled halfway between Florence (1¾ hours) and Rome (2 hours), and is a little over an hour’s drive from Siena. La Ginestra is an easy drive away from some of Italy’s most revered sights, most through breathtaking countryside.

La Ginestra has one bedroom and bath, and is fully equipped with everything needed for a comfortable stay. There are terracotta floors throughout, and French doors in both the living room & bedroom that open to the outside, where you can enjoy a meal or a glass of wine on one of the two patios. The modern, sleek and fully equipped kitchen has a professional style stove, quartz counter tops, a dishwasher, and a full sized refrigerator with freezer. The bathroom’s shower features locally quarried travertine.

The house’s additional amenities include a fireplace, free Internet, (USB port on your device required for the plug in modem key provided), Italian cell phone provided, CD player with CDs, TV, washer/dryer, barbeque, iron, ironing board and hair dryer. There are area maps & guidebooks on restaurants, museums, shopping, walking & biking trails, and sights.

The house offers privacy without isolation. The closest village, a five-minute walk, is the charming medieval hill town Celle Sul Rigo, pop. 400. It has been singled out for its wine, olive oil and beauty. Celle offers dining options that range from simple trattorias to full scale fine dining. The village also provides a bakery, butcher shop, pharmacy, grocery stores and a post office.

San Casciano dei Bagni, a five-minute drive, is one of the area’s most beautiful hill towns. It is an elegant village that is a mecca for artists and writers who flock to its quiet environs. It has been acclaimed as one of the 'Borghi più belli d'Italia', one of the loveliest villages in Italy.

Nearby flow some 40 thermal springs fueled by Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano and southern Tuscany’s highest mountain. The area is famous for its lovely therapeutic spas and the villages built around them. San Casciano dei Bagni’s Fonte Verde is rated one of the top spas in Europe.

The entire area is a treasure trove of hill towns, art, and history. Wine and food range from the simple to sublime. Walking trails abound. The region is dotted with Etruscan sites for history buffs. There are excellent roads for biking and trails for horseback riding. There is a wonderful public swimming pool in Sarteano, 20 minutes away.

Year round, the nearby villages hold festivals that include music, food, and medieval pageantry. Celle sul Rigo holds an annual Sagra dei Pici, celebrating the local hand made pasta.
La Ginestra is very close to many medieval hill towns such as Siena, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, and Cetona. Five minutes away is the world famous Fonteverde Spa, just one of many thermal baths in the area. One can enjoy fabulous food and wine at Daniela in San Casciano dei Bagni and at La Grotta in Radicofani. For walking and hiking, marked trails abound. There are wonderful village markets such as those in Cetona and San Casciano dei Bagni for the freshest local products. Plus local festivals occur year round, including Sarteano's marvelous jousting contest.
La Ginestra’s elevation (530 meters or 1740 feet) keeps temperatures cooler in the summer than the towns found in the valleys below. The changing seasons all offer their own magic.

Train service is at Chiusi, 25 minutes away, a hub that connects to all parts of Italy. Car rental agencies are within one block of the station. Chiusi is in close proximity to the A1 autostrada to Rome, Florence, and Milan.

There is no smoking allowed inside La Ginestra. Rates are seasonal. See the enclosed Rate Sheet for more information

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San Casciano dei Bagni, a five-minute drive, is one of the area¹s most beautiful hill towns. It is an elegant village that is a mecca for artists and writers who flock to its quiet environs. It has been acclaimed as one of the "Borghi più belli d'Italia", one of the loveliest villages in Italy.

Nearby flow some 40 thermal springs fueled by Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano and southern Tuscany¹s highest mountain. The area is famous for its lovely therapeutic spas and the villages built around them. San Casciano dei Bagni¹s Fonte Verde is rated one of the top spas in Europe.

The entire area is a treasure trove of hill towns, art, and history. Wine and food range from the simple to sublime. Walking trails abound. The region is dotted with Etruscan sites for history buffs. There are excellent roads for biking and trails for horseback riding. There is a wonderful public swimming pool in Sarteano, 20 minutes away.

Year round, the nearby villages hold festivals that include music, food, and medieval pageantry. (Celle sul Rigo holds an annual Sagra dei Pici, celebrating the local hand made pasta). For specific events, it is best to contact the local tourism office of the locality you will be visiting.
Here is a good link to some of the many Tuscan fairs and festivals:

The towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano have become famous because of their outstanding red wines: Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile de Montepulciano respectively. So wine tasting is a fun way to spend an afternoon there. Don¹t forget to designate a driver!

For terracotta lovers, Petroio's factories are a treat.

The garden at La Foce, located near Chianciano Terme is a wonder and the story of its American creator, Iris Irigo, is an inspiration.

Pienza¹s Palazzo Piccolomini also has a gem of a garden, set in its courtyard. The Palazzo is just one of the town¹s many architectural treasures.

Orvieto¹s magnificent duomo, (one of Italy¹s greatest cathedrals) is fabulous. Orvieto also has some fun shopping and one of Italy¹s best white wines, Orvieto Classico. Also you can take an underground tour to visit the city under the city, with its caves, recesses and an amazing ancient well.

Volterra has a fine museum of Etruscan treasures, the Museo Guarnacci, and some great medieval architecture, as well as alabaster workshops.
Last but not least, Tuscany offers one of the most unspoiled coastlines in Italy, a 2 hour drive from La Ginestra.
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Interaction with guests

Bruce said...
Jun 29, 2016
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ReviewNo Rating
1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117)
Date of Stay
June 28, 2016
Exceeded expectations Left on Jun 28, 2016 for a stay in Jun 2016 Arriving at the cottage took our breath away with the intimate private garden setting overlooking the olive orchard and beyond to the expanse of shouldering Tuscan hills and valleys and the bucolic villages, fields, and sheep farms. The cottage itself is tastefully decorated, clean, and well appointed with every convenience. Richard and his manager Maurizio together were attentive, prompt, and hospitable, providing detailed, helpful information on the cottage and the area sufficient to stay and explore for months. Within hours we were talking about coming back as soon as possible.

Dean S. said...
Aug 25, 2016
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Perfetto!
1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117)
Date of Stay
May 13, 2016
Helpful votes:0/0
Since this was our second trip, Maurizio gave us the “short briefing and welcome” which was just perfect as we remembered how helpful he was on our first stay and we came right from Rome airport! For tired American travelers, we thoroughly appreciated the comfortable bed, well-appointed kitchen, great shower and romantic fireplace and outdoor tub (a great addition!). Thanks for all the details to keep Americans happy in Italy while feeling like locals! Much appreciated Richard! Love the non-tourist but central location and our ability to walk and wander from a very charming home.
Recommended for: Romantic Getaway

guest said...
Jun 23, 2016
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guestNo Rating
1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117)
Date of Stay
Decemb-Dec-2014 - Guest CommentsNo Rating Celle Sul Rigo, Siena, Tuscany, 53040, Italy () Date of Stay 31 December 2014 We stayed at La Ginestra in early September 2014 and it was fabulous. The property is situated just outside of Celle Sul Rigo where you can get all that you need for your stay in a 5 minutes walk. However, when you are in the house or its nice garden, the property seems quite remote and we liked that. From the terrace you have a perfect view on the Tuscan hills and valleys. The facilities of the house are perfect starting with the gas powered oven to a bedroom where you can take a look outside in the Tuscan hills while lying in the bed. Special thanks to Maurizio who is the property manager. He is very obliging and helps you out whenever you need something. Perfectly organized. Don't miss out: - Breakfast on the terrace of La Ginestra with the fog floating in the valley below - A drive from Pienza via Radicofani to Celle Sul Rigo at sundown - A bath in the public hot springs in San Casciano - A meal at La Pace in Celle Sul Rigo My husband and I absolutely loved our stay at this charming home this summer. It is beautifully decorated, extremely comfortable and has magnificent views of the Tuscan countryside. I loved waking up to the views from the bedroom. Absolutely wonderful inside and out! The owners have paid close attention to detail in ensuring the house is equipped with everything their guests may need. They have also put together an informative binder of all the best places to visit and eat at. They even provide and pay for a cell phone and internet key for their guests. They are genuinely interested in their guests having a great experience. It is well located and close in proximity to several authentic villages that are not overly crowded with tourists, our favorites were Pienza and Cetona. There is a farm we liked very much, called il Poggio, in the village that the house is in, Celle sur Rigo, selling their own products which were delicious. There is also a small grocery store in this village that has everything we needed, which is very convenient. The owner is nice and be sure to ask him if you don't see something you are looking for because he most likely has it. The property is private, very clean, well maintained and is accurately described and presented in the owners description and photos and the owners are very kind, available and helpful. I can say enough good things about this property and would absolutely, with

Alessandro T. said...
Jan 4, 2016
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Grande accoglienza, bellissimo posto
1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117)
Date of Stay
Decemb
Helpful votes:0/0
Una casetta nel verde delle colline, piccola, ma perfettamente curata in tutto e per tutto. Splendida anche l'accoglienza: Maurizio, il ragazzo che fa da manager, ci ha accolti con gentilezza, venendoci a prendere e ci ha persino salvati, con suo padre, tirando su la macchina in panne e in posizione pericolosa, con un gancio e la jeep. Da tornarci (tornando a mangiare alla Parolina, stellato di grande qualità). Alessandro
My Response
Thank you very much for your kind review. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay at La Ginestra. I am also glad that our property manager Maurizio was able to make your stay a comfortable one and that he was able to help with the automobile that was stuck. We hope that you return some day!

Jonathan B said...
Jun 23, 2016
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Jonathan B.No Rating
1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117)
Date of Stay
Octob
Jonathan B. said... 22-Oct-2015 - Home away from Home, or better.... Celle Sul Rigo, Siena, Tuscany, 53040, Italy () Date of Stay 14 October 2015 Helpful votes:0/0 When traveling we generally do our best to "live like a local"... We try to get way from touristy places and attractions. Italy is one of the most visited countries on the planet, so if you want your space, you have to work for it (a little). We planed our trip to Italy around spending some time away from the crowds and boy is the southern part of Tuscany the answer!! But that doesn't mean you have to rough it, That's where La Ginestra comes in: An amazing little oasis located in the middle of one of the most spectacular places on earth. The house itself is a typical country cottage you would expect to find on a hillside, but it has been recently and thoroughly renovated. Fantastic fit and finish in every detail. And full amenities; this is a house you can LIVE IN. Stainless steal kitchen, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fireplace..... The furnishings were ample and comfortable. Everything was clean and fresh. The location is another great plus (for us anyway) Tucked away in a tiny Tuscan hill town, once we arrived at the house I understood why Richard insisted on meeting us in the next town over. Even with GPS you would be unlikely to find it yourself... It was wonderful just to be there, but also to explore the Marama by car.... within an hour there are hill towns, hot springs, Etruscan ruins and great hiking trails etc... And let me tell you about your hosts; Richard and Kelly. They clearly love this house and stay there when not graciously hosting us.... Their love is evident in the personal touches around that house, the furniture they've collected, etc. (but not so personal as to be uncomfortable). We were fortunate enough to be met by Richard himself, who provided a very thorough explanation of the house and its features and procedures. Kelly's contribution (again VERY thorough) was a binder of information for your visit. I think you could stay for a year and not exhaust the suggested places to visit and to eat.... If you have gotten so far as to be looking at vacation rentals in Tuscany, then we know you too want to get away from the tourist bustle. We highly recommend Richard and Kelly's wonderful cottage. It is perfect for a couple and very romantic....

Jonathan B. said...
Oct 22, 2015
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Home away from home, maybe better...
1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117)
Date of Stay
Octob
Helpful votes:0/0
When traveling we generally do our best to "live like a local"... We try to get way from touristy places and attractions. Italy is one of the most visited countries on the planet, so if you want your space, you have to work for it (a little). We planed our trip to Italy around spending some time away from the crowds and boy is the southern part of Tuscany the answer!! But that doesn't mean you have to rough it, That's where La Ginestra comes in: An amazing little oasis located in the middle of one of the most spectacular places on earth. The house itself is a typical country cottage you would expect to find on a hillside, but it has been recently and thoroughly renovated. Fantastic fit and finish in every detail. And full amenities; this is a house you can LIVE IN. Stainless steal kitchen, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fireplace..... The furnishings were ample and comfortable. Everything was clean and fresh. The location is another great plus (for us anyway) Tucked away in a tiny Tuscan hill town, once we arrived at the house I understood why Richard insisted on meeting us in the next town over. Even with GPS you would be unlikely to find it yourself... It was wonderful just to be there, but also to explore the Marama by car.... within an hour there are hill towns, hot springs, Etruscan ruins and great hiking trails etc... And let me tell you about your hosts; Richard and Kelly. They clearly love this house and stay there when not graciously hosting us.... Their love is evident in the personal touches around that house, the furniture they've collected, etc. (but not so personal as to be uncomfortable). We were fortunate enough to be met by Richard himself, who provided a very thorough explanation of the house and its features and procedures. Kelly's contribution (again VERY thorough) was a binder of information for your visit. I think you could stay for a year and not exhaust the suggested places to visit and to eat.... If you have gotten so far as to be looking at vacation rentals in Tuscany, then we know you too want to get away from the tourist bustle. We highly recommend Richard and Kelly's wonderful cottage. It is perfect for a couple and very romantic....
Recommended for: Sightseeing, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway
My Response
Thank you very much for your kind words. You certainly described our house well and our intention to provide a comfortable, private environment. As you say, we consider this our home away from home and have outfitted it accordingly. We love our stays at La Ginestra and never tire of the many medieval hill towns to visit, foods to eat and most of all, the Italian people to interact with. We have been coming to Italy since 2001 and it just keeps getting better and better!

teffi G said...
Jun 23, 2016
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SteffiNo Rating
1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117)
Date of Stay
September 9, 2015
Steffi D. said... 09-Sep-2015 - Amazing!! The most perfect location Celle Sul Rigo, Siena, Tuscany, 53040, Italy () Date of Stay 10 August 2015 Helpful votes:0/0 La Ginestra was beautiful - the pictures really don't do it justice - tucked away on the most amazing hillside over looking a gorgeous valley with beautiful sunsets, sunrises and clear star filled nights. The cottage was perfect with everything a couple could need, small but perfectly formed. Richard provided lots of great advice and tips for our stay and his property manager Maurizio was beyond helpful giving us a tour of the village and local areas on our first night even though we were hours later than expected due to Rome traffic. The area of Tuscany is beautiful and there are lots of great day trips from the area and San Casciano Dei bagni is the perfect neighbour town for a lovely meal and the chance to enjoy local Tuscan life and you can even bathe in the hot springs for free! There is so much to see and do far to much to mention - every neighbouring town seemed to be a perfect medievil hill town (Montapulcino, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, Sovana etc..) lots of fantastic archaeological sites if you like those - I would recomend the via Cave at Pitigliano even if you dont like history these spooky roads are carved out of the rock and make beautiful walking trails. You can reach further afield - Siena was easy by train. The coast is two hours away but Bolsena is much closer and is a lovely lake side town with markets and a gorgeous old town plus you can swim there! So much to do we didn't have time to squeeze everything in although a day relaxing in the property was just magic in itself! I would definately recomend this property (though I'd rather no one knew about it so we could go there always!!) perfect for a couple it was a little slice of heaven. We'll definately be back.... My Response Thank you for the awesome review! You really summed up what La Ginestra is all about! Totally relaxing yet very close to all of the "hot Spots" and exciting things to do in our area. I'm very happy you enjoyed your stay and also happy that you might return some day! I'm constantly making improvements inside and outside of LG...gardening...art on our walls...outdoor patio improvements...etc. Once again..I thank you for your kind words and based on this review..you really got around!! My wife and I love Pitigliano, Sovana and Sorano and the Via Cave hikes. We're avid walkers and we constantly d

a W. said...
Aug 21, 2015
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Tuscany Delight!
1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117)
Date of Stay
August 3, 2015
Helpful votes:0/0
We stayed at La Ginestra for three nights and it was absolute heaven! We booked at the very last minute and Richard was so accommodating and in great communication from beginning to end. The photos are beautiful, but believe it or not, they don't capture the immense beauty of the home and surroundings. The home is so lovely and you can tell Richard has put in so much love and work into it to make his guests stay an unforgettable experience. The views are spectacular and it was so nice to sit outside, enjoy the view with some Prosecco, eat on the terrace area while enjoying the breeze, and even take in an outside bath! The kitchen is well equipped and has everything you will need to cook up a great meal. The bathroom shower is great, with plenty of hot water and there is plenty of space for all your toiletries. The bedroom has a fantastic view of the Tuscan countryside and it is just unbelievable. There aren't enough positive adjectives to describe this place and it was exactly what we needed to get away from all the tourists in Siena and Florence! The location is private, quiet, and Celle Sur Rigo and the surrounding towns are fun to explore. Each day we visited a new town, went to the thermal baths, wine tasting, and inside the various duomos. It was a quick 3 nights and we will be back to stay longer. Maurizio, the property manager, was great and also in great communication with us throughout. He met us in a neighboring town, took us to the local grocery store, made a reservation at an excellent restaurant, and had lots of great tips. Richard also has an extensive notebook at La Ginestra with tons of helpful information about the area, restaurants, hikes, vineyards, thermal baths, things to do, etc. I only wish we could have done them all! It just means we will need to go back and stay longer. Thank you for an unforgettable few days in Tuscany!

ary v. said...
Sep 9, 2015
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I'd give this 10 STARS
1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117)
Date of Stay
July 27, 2015
Helpful votes:0/0
Planning our stay at La Ginestra was smooth from start to finish. Richard was exceptional in all the arrangements. Maurizio happily welcomed us and gave us a magnificent tour of San Casciano dei Bagni and Celle Sul Rigo. He was very thorough is providing us with all the special places that made our stay fantastic! The gentleman at the grocery store was delightful and so very helpful, also the young man who assisted us at il Poggio (specialty market) plus the restaurants staff and organic food/wine were superb. All the above and we haven't even begun to share our experience at La Ginestra! It's really difficult to describe how incredibly beautiful their home and location was for us. The kitchen had everything one would need or want plus the view of the olive grove right out the window. The CD's were lovely to listen to in the evening and the bedroom provided a most excellent night of sleep with a comfortable bed & pillows. I liked the personal touches and the handmade bed frame. Richards information and the other reviews are very accurate. It was truly awesome from beginning to end. (We wished that we had allowed a couple more days/nights there)
Recommended for: Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway

Kate said...
Jul 31, 2015
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Beautiful, private, quiet... a perfect getaway
1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117)
Date of Stay
July 15, 2015
Helpful votes:0/0
My husband and I stayed at this property during our anniversary trip and we could not have asked for a better experience. The little villa is beautiful - exactly as shown in the photos. It is clean and comfortable; although we were in Italy during a heat wave the location cooled down to a beautiful temperature at night and we never had problems sleeping. The views are astonishing. It is supremely private but so close to the little town nearby (Celle Sur Rigo), which has everything one could need and a welcoming, sleepy attitude that kept us feeling relaxed and at home. It is a great location from which to explore a myriad of hilltowns in the area. Maurizio, who showed us to the property and around the town, was incredibly friendly and helpful, providing many great suggestions on where to eat and things to do in the area. This place really feels off the beaten path and the majority of tourists we saw were Italian, giving the sense that you're seeing a part of Italy many don't ever experience. The wifi and satellite TV did not work while we were there but they were working to have that repaired. Who wants to watch TV in Italy anyway? And there was free wifi at the grocery store in town, which was easily accessible. We cannot recommend this property highly enough and will definitely be back the next time we are in Italy.
Recommended for: Sightseeing, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway

Jan B. said...
Jul 15, 2015
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Tranquility in Tuscany
1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117)
Date of Stay
July 5, 2015
Helpful votes:0/0
We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 days at La Ginestra in July 2015. The views of the surrounding Tuscany countryside and the peacefulness of the small Celle Sul Rigo hill town were just what we needed after being in a large city. La Ginestra is tasefully appointed and has all the amenities you need including high quality appliances and kitchen items for cooking a wonderful Tuscan meal. Celle Sul Rigo and nearby San Casciano have a bakery, butchers and small grocery stores where you can get everything you need. The people we met in town and in the surrounding villages were friendly and welcoming. Also, the local restaurants were excellent. La Ginestra is a perfect place for visiting many hill towns of Tuscany. We hope to return again soon.
Recommended for: Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

Alexander said...
Nov 1, 2014
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Tuscany as it should be
1 Via Pasqualino Manciotti, Celle Sul Rigo, Tuscany, 53040, Italy (433117)
Date of Stay
September 8, 2014
Helpful votes:0/0
We stayed at La Ginestra in early September 2014 and it was fabulous. The property is situated just outside of Celle Sul Rigo where you can get all that you need for your stay in a 5 minutes walk. However, when you are in the house or its nice garden, the property seems quite remote and we liked that. From the terrace you have a perfect view on the Tuscan hills and valleys. The facilities of the house are perfect starting with the gas powered oven to a bedroom where you can take a look outside in the Tuscan hills while lying in the bed. Special thanks to Maurizio who is the property manager. He is very obliging and helps you out whenever you need something. Perfectly organized. Don't miss out: - Breakfast on the terrace of La Ginestra with the fog floating in the valley below - A drive from Pienza via Radicofani to Celle Sul Rigo at sundown - A bath in the public hot springs in San Casciano - A meal at La Pace in Celle Sul Rigo Thanks again Richard and Maurizio!
Recommended for: Sightseeing, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway

The neighborhood

La Ginestra has one bedroom and bath, and is fully equipped with everything needed for a comfortable stay. There are terracotta floors throughout, and French doors in both the living room & bedroom that open to the outside, where you can enjoy a meal or a glass of wine on one of the two patios. The modern, sleek and fully equipped kitchen has a professional style stove, quartz counter tops, a dishwasher, and a full sized refrigerator with freezer. The bathroom¹s shower features locally quarried travertine.

The house's additional amenities include a fireplace, free Internet access*, CD player with CDs, TV, washer/dryer, barbeque, iron, ironing board and hair dryer. There are area maps & guidebooks on restaurants, museums, shopping, walking & biking trails, and sights.

There is no smoking allowed inside La Ginestra.

The house offers privacy without isolation. The closest village, a five-minute walk, is the charming medieval hill town Celle Sul Rigo, pop. 400. It has won awards for its wine, olive oil and beauty. Celle offers dining options that range from simple trattorias to full scale fine dining. The village also provides a bakery, butcher shop, pharmacy, grocery stores and a post office.

Getting around

Location


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La Ginestra is located in Tuscany's unforgettable Siena Province, between the Val d¹Orcia and the Val di Chiana. It is situated halfway between Florence (1 3/4 hours) and Rome (2 hours), and is a little over an hour¹s drive from Siena. La Ginestra is an easy drive away from some of Italy's most revered sights.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM CHIUSI TRAIN STATION TO SAN CASCIANO DEI BAGNI:
Follow the directional sign to San Casciano dei Bagni. The route is well marked and the trip takes about 25 minutes.
At the roundabout in front of the train station, drive southwest on Via G. Mazzini or in the direction of the post office, which is the building that says Poste and also has a yellow sign that says P.T. The route to San Casciano dei Bagni is clearly marked the whole way, just keep following the signs and arrows to it.
After about 1 kilometer from the station, go left at the yellow "Terme San Casciano dei Bagni" sign.
After 1 more kilometer, and at the roundabout, again follow the sign to San Casciano.
After 6 more kilometers turn right after the gas station.
After another 6 kilometers you will reach the village of Piazze.
Pass through the town of Piazze, again following the signs.
After leaving Piazze and after about 10 minutes, you will turn left towards San Casciano off the main road. After about a block, on your left you will see a pet store, a bakery, the Banca ValdiChiana bank (with an ATM machine), and the hotel Sette Querce. There is a parking lot next to these buildings. It is a free lot, also free for overnight parking. You will meet our Manager, Maurizio here in this parking lot. There are usually plenty of parking spaces. You will then follow him on to La Ginestra from there. If needed, there is a gas station in Celle sul Rigo.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM THE A1 AUTOSTRADA TO SAN CASCIANO DEI BAGNI:
The driving time to San Casciano from Rome is about 2 hours, from Florence about 1 ½ HOURS.
Whether coming from the north or south, take the A1 Autostrada, a toll road. Take a ticket at the entry gate that says biglietto.
When you exit the Autostrada you may pay the attendant with cash or a credit card.
Take the Chiusi/Chianciano Terme exit.
After the pay toll station turn left at the stop sign in the direction of San Casciano dei Bagni.
From here you will be following all directional signs to San Casciano.
After about 6 kilometers, you will reach the town of Sarteano.
At the first roundabout, follow the signs to San Casciano.
Take the next left toward San Casciano.
After about 1 kilometer, take the next left toward San Casciano.
After about 14 kilometers, the road will end; turn left at the brown sign “Centro Termale.”
Turn right at the corner.
After about a block, on your left you will see a pet store, a bakery, the Banca ValdiChiana bank (with an ATM machine), and the hotel Sette Querce. There is a large free parking lot next to these buildings. You will meet Maurizio, our property manager, in this parking lot. There are usually plenty of parking spaces. You will then follow him on to La Ginestra.
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 2PM

No smoking. No pets. Sleeps two only.


Cancellations

This host has a Flexible Cancellation Policy

Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 24 hours of the trip and the first night is non-refundable, with the exception of fees.


Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
3 nights minimum stay

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Hanodin User Profile
July 2016
Loved the place and the view, everything was excellent thank you Richardi don't know when but I'll be back there once again . Thank you again
Richard User Profile
Response from Richard:
Thank you Hanodin...I hope that next time that you return you spend more time at La Ginestra. There is a lot to see in our area of Tuscany. I can send you a list of more things to see, do and experience while you are at La Ginestra!
July 2016

Bernadette User Profile
August 2015
Five stars! This place is such a gem! Your own magical, private cottage on a sprawling olive grove. The photos don't capture how magical this little retreat is. Beatifully updated modern kitchen and bathroom, this place is so special. We had our own little cottage to ourselves. Private, yet walkable to the town, you could not ask for more. We recommend this place to everyone we know! And thank you to Richard who provided so much valuable information on everything we needed in our travels. Maurizio was super helpful as well and showed us all the little hidden gems of the area...thank you!!! Invaluable assistance and such a magical place. We are coming back here again!

Josh User Profile
July 2015
Thank you so much for sharing this incredible and special home with us. La Ginestra is private and quiet while still being accessible. There is a wonderful restaurant just up the hill, which we walked to one night. We also cooked and enjoyed the storybook view and basked in the sun. I can't recommend this place enough!

Matthew User Profile
May 2015
This is a wonderful retreat in the Tuscan countryside. It's totally private and the view is absolutely stunning. It's one of the best places I've ever stayed at. The house is lovely and perfect for a couple to stay. The bedroom view is amazing and a treat to wake up to each morning. Its got modern technology and appliances but keeps the traditional Tuscan feel. You will want to stay forever and look at the view! The garden has a nice area to sit, drink and eat whilst enjoying the view. There's plenty of room to sunbath and relax too. The local town has lots of nice things to see. There is fab restaurant called il poggio that's a must visit! There's lots of other towns to visit nearby too with plenty to see. Richard is a great help to make sure the trip is easy and smooth. He made sure we had lots of information about what to do and see during out visit and was super helpful with any questions. Overall I really really really recommend staying here. If you're looking for a lovely quiet private holiday in Tuscany-this is the place. The house is gorgeous and the view is stunning. We loved it so much, I even proposed to my girlfriend here!!!

John User Profile
November 2013
Richards place was ideal. Just what we wanted in Tuscany. A beautiful home, very modern, emasculate and well equipped. A fantastic view, especially waking up in the morning and seeing the valley below from your bed. All modern appliances. Richard was so helpful with all our plans and Maurizio was great in welcoming us and showing us all the things in the house. Celle Dui Bagio is a beautiful little village.

San Casciano dei Bagni, Italy · Joined in August 2012
Richard User Profile

We've been coming to Italy since 2001, when we first fell in love with it. We bought an apartment in Varenna, Lake Como in 2004 and La Ginestra in 2010. We love Lake Como but Tuscany offers an entirely different environment. We enjoy the history, culture, architecture, food and wine and above all, the warmth and generosity of the Tuscan people.
My wife and I enjoy taking daily walks, exploring the towns, museums and villa gardens all around Italy. Our area of Tuscany has many Etruscan and Roman ruins which we never tire of.
We love our newly restored house in Tuscany and can assure you that you will enjoy our little corner of "heaven"!

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