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La Ripa

 

La Ripa
Tuscany
Perfectly placed near San Gargano’s famous roofless abbey and the trendsetting Hotel Borgo Santo Pietro, this large Tuscan family villa has generous outdoor living spaces and marvelous views. While La Ripa lies on the historic Castello di Frosini estate, it is nestled in a secluded space, surrounded by meadows and remarkable oak trees.
people
12
bedrooms
6 BR
bathrooms
6
airport
85 km to Florence
pool
Daily maid
wifi
Air condition
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OVERVIEW

Newly-restored villa La Ripa is an expansive, peaceful oasis. With two large houses, generous bedrooms, luxurious indoor and outdoor living rooms, an outdoor courtyard, terraced pool, and open-air piazzetta, outdoor living spaces blend seamlessly with the indoors. The villa lies within a vast expanse of meadows and oak woods, with nothing to disturb the eye, save for the few majestic oak trees giving shade near the pool.

When you arrive, you enter a brick paved courtyard which doubles as a summer dining room and living room. On the ground floor of the main house lies a spacious living room and large country kitchen, which opens onto the sheltered courtyard. On the upper floor, you will find a TV room and 2 bedrooms and bathrooms.


The second house sits across a piazzetta. On the ground floor, you’ll find a double living room, with a second kitchen and dining room. On the upper floor is a TV room and 4 bedrooms and bathrooms.

On the brick-paved, sheltered courtyard, you’ll find a large dining table and living room, creating the perfect space to enjoy a welcome breeze and a bit of shade. On the other hand, the piazzetta connecting the two houses is open-air, which is lovely in the mornings and on summer nights. Here, you will also find a barbecue.

The nearest villages are only a 10-minute drive away. Within those 10 minutes, you can find yourself at the mesmerizing Borgo San Pietro, a trendsetting hotel with 2 restaurants and a spa, or at the stunning San Galgano abbey, which holds a festival each summer that makes the entire area come alive.

As an added bonus, the housekeeper, and caretaker of the villa, lives in a separate building next to the house.
Outdoors
● Private location on a gated 5-hectare property, reached by a 1,5 km dirt road
● 2 adjacent buildings connected by a piazzetta
● Sheltered, brick-paved courtyard with dining space and open-air living room
● Many other outdoor living and dining areas
● Barbecue
● Pool 5 x 15 metres, 1,40 metres deep, surrounded by century old oak trees, open from end of May through September
● Pergola with comfortable furniture by the pool
● Sunbeds and deck chairs in wood and canvas
● Ping pong table and portable soccer net
● Near the San Galgano Abbey and Hotel Borgo Santo Pietro
Indoors
● Generous layout with many French doors creating an easy indoor/outdoor lifestyle
● Elegant Tuscan country interior design
● 6 large en-suite bedrooms, the main house has 2 bedrooms, the second house has 4 bedrooms
● 2 fully equipped kitchens
● 4 living rooms
● Piano in one of the living rooms

DETAILS

Amenities
• A/C available in all bedrooms
• WiFi in the house and on the terraces
• Smart TV
• Toiletries
• High-quality bedding
• Car park
• Ping-pong table
• Barbecue
• Laundry with washing machine, ironing board, and iron
Staff | Service included
• Daily maid service for 3 hours of cleaning in the mornings
• Garden and pool maintenance (the lawn is mown once or twice a week)
• Mid-week towel change
• AC
Staff | Service on request
• Villa pre-stocking
• Chef service
• Additional maid service
• Change of bed linen
• Cooking classes in a nearby estate, both for adults and children
• Spa treatments at the nearby Hotel Borgo San Pietro
• Local trekking can be organized along numerous trails
• Electric mountain bikes and road bikes can be hired locally
• Cinta Senese pig tour with tastings on a nearby farm
• Vegetable Garden tour on a nearby farm
Distances
• Bar di Frosini 2 km, the nearest place to get a coffee, some groceries and a glass of wine and a sandwich
• Abbazia San Galgano 10 km - 12 min
• Hotel Borgo Santo Pietro, with restaurant and spa 11 km - 15 min
• Chiusdino, local village 12 km - 15 min
• Rosia, local village 12 km - 15 min
• Torri 15 km - 20 min
• Siena 28 km - 35 min
• Bagni di Petriolo hot springs 32 km - 35 min
• Colle Val d'Elsa 33 km - 35 min
• Massa Marittina 38 km - 40 min
• San Gimignano 50 km - 55 min
• Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco 53 km - 55 min
• Montalcino 62 km - 1 hr 10 min
• Florence 90 km - 1 hr 10 min
• Rome 260 km - 2.5 hours
Things to do
- Riserva Naturale Alto Merse: The Upper Merse Natural Reserve is a 12 hectare natural reserve, perfect for hiking, cycling and horseback riding. Discover rolling hills, meadows, mountaineous areas, dense woods and natural hot springs. This reserve is also home to a number of animals, including wildcats, martens, skunks, snakes, eagles, and three species of woodpecker, among others.

- River Merse: Swimming is possible in this unpolluted river, in the hills above Brenna, with many beautiful swimming spots.

- Torri: Torri is a quaint Renaissance town with a little-known Romanesque cloister (open from 9-12 on Mondays and Fridays), which is the only example of a Romanesque cloister still standing in Tuscany. And it is stunning. The weekly town market is held every Thursday.
- Rosia: Rosia is a small village, built around an ancient church and a castle. Sienese noblewoman Pia de’ Tolomei, who is mentioned in Dante’s “Divine Comedy” once lived here. There is now a Farmer’s market held here on the first and third Friday of every month.

- Chiusdino: Best known for the Abbey of San Galgano and the Hermitage of Montesiepi, Chiusdino celebrates its medieval atmosphere. Inside the small, historic village where San Galgano was born, you’ll find the Church of San Martino, parts of the city wall, and the Church of the Compagnia di San Galgano, which house a fabulous bas-relief of San Galgano thrusting his sword into a rock. The Hermitage of Montesiepi and its basilica, one of the preeminent artistic symbols of Tuscany, are the most important religious monuments in the Sienese territory and one of the first and most impressive examples of Romanesque and Gothic-Cistercian architecture in Italy. Here, you can also find the legendary sword in the stone.

- Abbazia di San Galgano: Situated in the historic town of Chiusdino, the Abbey of San Galgano was founded as a Cistercian Monastery. Today, only the Gothic style walls and an apse rose window of this 13th-century Abbey remain.
- Hotel Borgo Santo Pietro: Located in the heart of Tuscany, this 5-star boutique hotel was once a healing stopover for medieval pilgrims. This restored 13th-century estate also houses a Michelin-starred restaurant, holistic spa and working farm. 

- Radicondoli: Resting atop the metalliferous hills, Radicondoli is a medieval town known for its fabulous views, narrow, winding streets, authentic Tuscan restaurants, and its cozy feel. A small Energy Museum details the local renewable energy sources, with a focus on geothermal energy.

- Colle di Val d’Elsa: Best known for its crystal glass production, Colle di Val d’Elsa is a charming, medieval town with nice restaurants, breathtaking views, a Duomo, and many museums. In fact, 95% of Italian crystal glass production and 15% of production worldwide come from Colle di Val d’Elsa. After a visit to the Archaeological Museum and the Civic and Diocesan Museum, spend some time at the Crystal Glass Museum, which houses a collection of handmade crystal glass from medieval times through today and details different manufacturing techniques. On the first Sunday of the month, you can watch an open-air glass production demonstration, and visit the local market, which offers products like local cheeses, sausages, glassware, plants, pets, clothing, and more.
- San Gimignano: A stunning UNESCO world heritage site, San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. While only 15 of the original 72 towers are left standing, you can climb those that remain for impressive views of the Tuscan landscape. The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, grown in the area, and delicous gelato in inventive flavors.
- Montalcino: Montalcino is a lovely, medieval village nestled in the Val d’Orcia Natural Parks, known for its production of Brunello red wine. In the historic center, you’ll find an impressive fortress with spectacular views from its ramparts. This fortress is also home to the famous Jazz & Wine Festival each July. In addition, Montalcino is rich with churches and museum, including the Glass Museum, which sits inside the Poggia alle Mura castle.

- Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco Hotel: Located with the UNESCO-listed Val d'Orcia Natural Park, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is a 5000-acre country estate boasting a Brunello di Montalcino winery, two restaurants, a spa, a pool, and a private golf club.

- Bagni di Petriolo: Famous for its natural hot springs since Ancient Roman times, Bagni di Petriolo is an oasis of calm surrounded by nature reserves and beautiful landscapes, set well away from tourist crowds. Soak in the 43°C thermal waters thanks to two wellness centres and direct access to thermal pools located along the River Farma. Indulge in spa treatments or simply enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the free thermal pools.
- The Chianti Region: Once a battlefield for fights between Siena and Flornence, Chianti is now one of the most beautiful regions in all of Italy, with verdant, rolling hills covered in luscious vineyards and olive groves; charming stone villages, winding roads, and flowing rivers. Villages are typically characterized by Romanesque churches and fortified medieval castles. Chianti is perhaps best known for its namesake red wine, which received its designation all the way back in 1932. 

- Siena: The Sienese have no doubt, their town is the most beautiful in all of Tuscany, if not all of Italy. Siena has remained a Gothic city. Renaissance, one of the major influences in Florence, hardly affected the urban development of Siena. The city unfolds around the main shell-shaped square called “Il Campo.” Twice a year the famous horse race known as the “Palio” takes place here. The narrow streets are lined with old shops and small cafes, while churches and museums are real treasures of the fourteenth century.

- Florence: The city lies on the Arno River and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance; in fact, it has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. It was long under the de facto rule of the Medici family. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. The historic centre of Florence continues to attract millions of tourists each year and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.
To receive a complete overview of activities and sightseeing in the area, contact Katharina or Gaia at contact@excellence.villas We will promptly email you an exhaustive document.

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