Villa La Foce
The countryside abounds in lovely walks in the woods and the typical "crete senesi" (clay hills) of the region. The food is considered the best in Tuscany and famous wines such as the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino can be sampled in the local cellars.
Originally built at the end of the XVth century, the villa develops on three levels, following the lie of the hill. Completely renovated in 2019, the house is full of old-world charm and modern comfort offering plenty of space for family or friends gatherings such as the large music room with the grand piano, the frescoed dining room or the delightful library with fireplace.
A little history: In 1924 an anglo-italian couple acquired the estate- a combination of olive groves, widespread cultivated fields and woodland. In those days, their management brought prosperity and cultural and social changes to the poverty-ridden land it was then.
• Formal Italian garden created by the owner and the English architect Cecil Pinsent. The garden is divided into geometrical ‘rooms’ by box hedges with lemon trees in terracotta pots.
• A winding wisteria-covered pergola bordered by lavender hedge where the guests can enjoy their meals lulled by the sound of water from the fountain nearby.
• Private swimming pool 12mx4m and changing room with shower and WC
• Limonaia: a wedding or celebration venue for up to 100 guests
• The villa boasts its own vegetable garden from where the cook hand-picks fresh products
• A restaurant at walking distance from the Villa, serves traditional Tuscan dishes, flavoured with the delicious home grown extra-virgin olive oil and created with the best seasonal local produce.
• Tennis court at 4 km (shared)
• Please note that the gardens are completely at the disposal of guests. However, on weekends, certain holidays, and Wednesday afternoons, parts of the gardens are open to the public (this is a requisite for many Heritage houses and gardens in Italy), though visitors are not free to wander, but taken on strictly guided tours. The fountain garden near the house, as well as the Limonaia and swimming pool, are private and not open to the public.
• Large music room with grand piano
• A central frescoed and balconied dining room for very special evenings
• Informal dining room
• Library with fireplace
• Further living room with satellite TV
• Children's playroom with TV, games, and many children's books
• Ping-pong table and other games
• 12 bedrooms all en suite
• Please note that only staff members are allowed to use the villa kitchen. There are two small kitchenettes at clients disposition with a microwave a water boiler and electric stove
• Wi-Fi throughout
• Grand piano fully tuned
• 2 Satellite TVs, one of them with Sky channels
• Large selection of books and CDs
• Herbal toiletries and hairdryers in each bathroom
• Baby equipment available on request
• Central heating
Staff | Service included
• Daily preparation of continental breakfast
• Gardeners for pool and garden maintenance
• A/C and heating
Staff | Service on request
• House laundry with washing machine and tumble dryer
• Arrival dinner
• Cook for all meals
• Babysitting service
• Personal laundry and ironing
• Cooking classes
• The nearest private and commercial airport is Perugia Airport 106 km - 1hr and 15 minutes drive
• Montepulciano 10 km - 15 minutes drive
• Pienza 20 km - 25 minutes drive
• Cetona 20 km - 30 minutes drive
• Montalcino 35 km - 40 minutes drive
• Orvieto 60 km - 50 minutes drive
• Cortona 65 km - 1 hour drive
• Arezzo 75 km - 55 minutes drive
• Siena 90 km - 1 hour drive
• Florence 130 km - 1 hour and 30 minutes drive
• Pisa 216 km - 2 hours and 15 minutes drive
• Rome 170 km - 2 hours drive
Things to do
• Montepulciano is a graceful Tuscan hill town, best known for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which was being praised by connoisseurs over 200 years ago and can certainly contend with Italy’s best today. The many churches and handsome palazzi, the steep cobbled alleys and vine-trailing stone bastions are essential viewing for anyone venturing south of Siena. On a clear day from the top of the town you have tremendous panoramic views across the countryside, stretching towards Assisi’s Monte Subasio, Monte Amiata, the Val d’Orcia, Pienza, and even the towers of Siena.
• Montalcino is beautifully situated on a hill inhabited since Etruscan times, swathed in vineyards and olive groves. It is a quiet, affluent, attractive town with pretty buildings and flower-filled squares, and many shops selling the Brunello di Montalcino.
• Pienza, the unfinished “utopian” city, was commissioned by Pope Pius II in 1459. In just three years the cathedral, the papal and bishop’s palaces and the central part of the town were completed, but the extensive project ended abruptly when Pius died only two years after the consacration of the cathedral.
• The Val d’Orcia is a wide valley south of Siena through which the old Via Francigena (the chief route linking Rome with the north) used to lead, passing castles and fortified towns, some of them dating back as far as the eighth century. In San Quirico make sure you see the Horti Leonini, an early Renaissance garden, as well as the western door in the city wall and the Collegiata (main church).
• Florence et Rome can be reached by train in one and a half hours from the nearby station Chiusi.
• Monte Oliveto Maggiore. This abbey was founded by three Sienese noblemen who left the city to live a life dedicated to prayer, religion, etc. and who founded the Olivetan order - an off-shoot of the Benedictines. The most important thing to see at this still active and working Monastery is the cycle of frescoes that decorate the monumental cloister. They describe the live of Saint Benedict and were painted by Signorelli and Sodoma. There are also some beautiful marquetry stalls in the church itself. It is a very magical and serene place set in the midst of exceptionally beautiful countryside. It is home to a dozen monks who specialize in restoring old books, and make wine, honey and olive oil.
• Sant’Anna in Camprena is a rambling monastery on the road between Pienza and San Quirico d’Orcia. A very romantic setting which served as location for the film The English Patient. In the refectory there is a fresco by the renaissance painter Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, known as Il Sodoma.
• Sant’Antimo is surely one of the loveliest Romanesque buildings in all of Italy. It is hard to imagine a more sympathetic combination of architectural grace and natural setting. Originally founded by Charlemagne in 800, the abbey was once home to a prominent Benedictine community. Creamy stone bricks, luminous Volterran alabaster, playful carvings and frescoes of animals give it a peculiarly sunny air. A group of French Cistercian monks now runs the abbey, celebrating Mass with Gregorian chants several times a day.
• Tuscany is famous for its hot springs, belonging to a geothermical system that more or less encircles Monte Amiata, the most spectacular being Saturnia in the south west of the region. Close by is Bagno Vignoni which has been popular since Etruscan times. St Catherine of Siena is said to have appreciated its therapeutic qualities, as is Lorenzo the Magnificent, whose family built the splendid arcaded pool – a kind of flooded, bubbling piazza, famously used by Tarkovsky for some of the more surreal passages of his film Nostalgia. Bagni San Filippo may go into the books as the world’s smallest thermal spa – a telephone booth, a few old houses, an outdoor spring in the middle of the woods with glistening limestone formations, and one small hotel with a public pool.
• Fashion addicts can splurge out at the famous Prada factory outlet, which lies on to road to Florence.The village of
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