About this listing
Newly renovated apartment in an old (XVIII-XIX c.) stone country house nestled in the Tuscan countryside.
The apartment (45 m2) on the first floor has 1 bedroom, a bathroom, a living room with a sofa bed and a kitchenette. It’s fully equipped and can provide accommodation for 4-5 people. From its windows it offers a wonderful view on the opposite hills, down to the valley and reaching the sea and the Tuscan islands in the brightest days.
It's the perfect accommodation if you're looking for a relaxing holiday, off the beaten path surrounded by the green fascinating Tuscan landscapes with vineyards and olive trees, if you want to rest reading a book or listening to some music or just sunbathing in the silence of nature, only surrounded by bird songs or bleating sheep.
It’s your ideal destination if you are a hot springs lover, the ancient steaming hot springs of Petriolo (both spas and wild/free option) lurking in the natural park along the Farma river are only 15 minutes by car.
It is also great for active travelers who want to be in direct contact with nature and go hiking/trekking to discover the local fauna or flora or bird watching in the natural park Parco dell’Uccellina or in the Diaccia Botrona. We can organize hiking tours with an official hiking guide.
You will enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of our 2 ha parkland where on sunny days you’ll love swinging (or even sleeping) in a hammock in our little pinewood or go look for blackberries and then make a delicious jam. Private terrace outside with table, chairs and barbecue. Parking place just outside the house. Free wi-fi in the house and in the garden. Washing machine and baby cot available upon request.
Interaction with Guests
We speak Italian, English, French, Dutch and a little bit of German and Spanish. We live here on the ground floor, so please feel free to ask us for tips and suggestions on what to do, where to eat, or whatever you may need. We'll be very happy to help you out and make your stay unforgettable. We really look forward to welcoming you as our guests.
The house is only 1.2 km on a dirt road from the picturesque medieval village of Roccastrada where you will find groceries, bakers, a butcher, a supermarket, 2 banks, a drugstore and a postal office for all your needs. There are a couple of restaurants/pizzeria’s in the village and plenty of outstanding trattoria’s and little restaurants in the nearby small villages or in the countryside where you’ll enjoy great wine and food.
It's an excellent home base for daily trips to the world famous art cities Siena, Florence and Pisa; it is only 45 minutes by car from the beautiful sandy beaches of Castiglione della Pescaia and Punta Ala, from the wonderful wine region of Montalcino, the deeply wooded Orcia valley and the volcanic peaks of Mount Amiata, the highest mountain in Tuscany (1738 m), covered with snow in the winter with ski facilities.
Anche in campagna valgono le regole basilari del vivere civile.
Host gentile disponibile e puntuale, casa immersa nel verde, pulita ed accogliente. Consigliata
Ci siamo trovati molto bene, in un'oasi di tranquillità. L'ospitalità è stata ottimale, il posto suggestivo e comodo per raggiunegere diverse mete. Siamo stati accolti e aiutati in tutto: informazioni e suggerimenti. Persino il nostro gatto ha apprezzato il posto e si è goduto il clima e il (website hidden) torneremo e spero presto perchè è come sentirsi a casa. Grazie Mark, Francesca e Alessandro.
Nous avons passé une très belle semaine. Mark est un hôte charmant, disponible, capable de nous mettre rapidement à l'aise.
Ses conseils nous ont été très précieux !
L'endroit est également magnifique ! Rien ne manque dans l'appartement. Les soupers sur la terrasse en fin de soirée resteront parmi nos plus beaux souvenirs !
Un gros merci !
Nathalie et Yves
Volevamo passare 2 giorni di completo relax immersi nella natura e la casa di Mark si è rivelata la soluzione che aspettavamo. L'appartamento è pulito e offre tutto il necessario. La vista dalla camera ti lascia senza fiato. L'ospitalità di Mark ci ha fatto sentire a casa nostra. La posizione è ottima anche per rilassarsi alle terme di Petriolo. Sicuramente ci ritorneremo!
What shall we say... our time in Mark's and Francesca's apartment was just wonderful in every respect! We've seen a lot of apartments and places but we've hardly ever encountered an environment so friendly and hospitable and an apartment so lovely and beautiful!
Mark and Francesca are perfect hosts and wonderful people (not to mention Alessandro, their sweet, creative and generous little son) - they helped us feel instantly at home and we had the feeling that they really cared about our well-being - that was absolutely fabulous!
It's a perfect place for families (we've travelled with our two kids) as the garden surrounding the house is huge, rich in variety and the perfect adventure playground for kids but also a perfect place to relax after exciting trips to the many interesting sights (the roofless abbey of San Galgano, the hot springs of Petriolo, waterfalls (!), Siena, the ruins of Roselle, the wilderness of the Maremma national park, the sea and many other places..) The apartment itself is beautifully decorated, very clean and organized, the beds are super comfortable, the view is great and it really leaves nothing to be desired. We also absolutely liked the fact that the apartment is fortunately not too close to the touristic and crowded hot spots and therefore perfect to experience the very beauty of a wonderful, unspoiled, particularly appealing landscape - and to fall in love with Tuscany...
We had a swell time there and ABSOLUTELY recommend Mark and Francesca's Cassettone!
Mark and Francesca are great and very (email hidden)e view is world class and the location is about as peaceful as you can imagine. Wifi comes with the unit and the shower has plenty of hot water. Tutto Perfecto
Dit is een heel mooi appartement, de mooiste van de drie in deze vakantie. De laatste kilometer vanaf Roccastrada is hobbeldehobbel, maar dan …. Zo’n adembenemend uitzicht, zo vrij gelegen en zo rustig. En echt prachtig zoals het appartement in de woning van de huiseigenaren is. Je hebt een eigen ingang met een imposante zware deur (slot ’s avonds 4x omdraaien), een stenen trap van ruim 1,5 meter breed en dan een kamer met moderne kookhoek, een ruime slaapkamer en een ruime badkamer. Alle vertrekken even mooi van kleur en inrichting. Omdat we laat aankwamen en we mogelijk geen boodschappen hadden kunnen doen voor de cena en collazione, had Francesca hiervoor gezorgd. Zij is echt een schat van een mens en doet alles om het je naar de zin te maken (man Mark doet niet voor haar onder!). En raad eens? Ze spreekt ook nog een vloeiend Nederlands en doet dat maar al te graag om het vloeiend te houden.
About the Host, Mark
my name is Mark, I was born in England and raised in Rome. Almost 10 years ago, after having worked as a barman in the centre of Rome enoying the international environment of the eternal city, I decided to move to South Tuscany with my family where I bought and renovated an old stone house in the countryside. My aim in life is living in harmony with nature and let my son grow up this way, hoping he will take on those same values.
I've been working in a wine cellar for years being among oak barrels, tonneaux and barriques and learning how to transform must into wine. I'm really happy I can live in Tuscany, a wonderful region where you can enjoy culture, art, history and a stunningly rich nature.
Being in contact with nature I fell in love with the world of bees whom I dedicate a lot of my daily hours right now hoping to turn my new passion into a real business.
Francesca is a freelance professional translator and interpreter. She speaks 6 languages, she loves to travel and get to know people from all over the world with different stories and cultures. She's also fond of movies, books and makes a delicious Tiramisù!
Alessandro is our little rascal, he'll be 5 in August and he's very active, loves swimming a lot and he's a fruit-addict.
We hope we can share all this with you. So just be our guest!
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion."
Henry David Thoreau - Walden