The large stone house is approached via a 2.4 km gravel road (strada bianca), maintained in good condition. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens in classic Tuscan countryside. The interiors achieve a fresh airy feel thanks to traditional hand-made terracotta tiled floors, light-washed chestnut ceiling beams and many windows casting in natural light and showing the exceptional panoramas. The house is a family home and has been beautifully furnished with antiques and pictures.
The ground floor is home to a spacious sitting room with open fireplace, comfy sofas and Sonos wireless sound system, a dining room with a gorgeous antique French fruitwood table that seats up to 14 and a well-equipped gourmet kitchen decked out in pale-washed oak, specifically designed by the owner.
Throughout the property, careful thought has been given to the ultimate comfort of guests. Bedrooms are generous and well planned with handmade wrought iron beds, excellent mattresses, down pillows and ensuites with high quality fittings, from lighting to mirrors and from powerful showers to ample storage for toiletries.
The outdoor spaces are equally exquisite. Guests are treated to two spacious terraces with areas for relaxing and alfresco dining, where you can continue to take in the unbelievable scenery. Further lounging can be done next to the large saltwater pool. It has an electric cover and is surrounded by a terrace of travertine stone paving on which are luxurious teak sunbeds and sunshades. For a moment of calm, retreat to the villa’s mature garden, beautifully landscaped by Nancy Leszczynski of the Mediterranean Garden Society. For more active pursuits, the villa has plenty of flat space for games, such as badminton and table tennis, and the vicinity provides various hiking and biking opportunities.
A key factor considered during the villa’s restoration was the reduction of its carbon footprint. Photovoltaic panels generate electricity and solar panels heat the domestic water. In the summer, excess energy from the solar panels heats the pool. Additional pool heating can be provided by gas boilers. Since the owners have a supply of renewable wood from their own forest, they installed a biomass furnace to power the under-floor heating system and to heat the hot water when the solar panels need a boost. Gas boilers can also power the central heating and hot water systems as well as heating the pool. When temperatures peak in summer, the under-floor heating tubes can be used to cool the house. The high tech and ecological system is coordinated by a computer that can be accessed via the internet from anywhere in the world.
We regret that, due to the nature of its interiors, Villa Serena is not available to children below the age of 12.
• Teak sun-beds and steamer chairs shaded by large umbrellas
• Beautifully landscaped garden designed by Nancy Leszczynski from the Mediterranean Garden Society.
• 2 large terraces with unbelievable views, tables and chairs, shaded by large pergola or parasol
• 70 acres (29 hectares) private property which includes woodland, a 500 tree olive grove and open fields with wonderful opportunities for walking and exploring
• Plenty of flat space for games such as badminton and table tennis
• The pool can be additionally heated and has an electric cover to keep the heat in at night
• 5 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom
• The whole house has luxurious fittings, careful thought was given to the comfort of guests
• Furnished with an eclectic mix of antiques, and art work
• Light and spacious kitchen equipped to a very high standard and a joy for anyone who likes to cook
• Well-appointed bathrooms with 5-star quality fittings
• Beautiful views from every window enhanced by exceptional landscaping and gardening
• Underfloor cooling and heating systems
• Silent ceiling fans in each bedroom
• Wi-Fi throughout the house
• Sonos wireless sound system with large music collection
• IPod docking station
• 50 inch TV, SKY with film, documentary and sport package, DVD player with large collection of DVDs
• Kitchen is professionally equipped with 2 full-sized ovens, microwave oven, 5 ring induction hob, double sink, second sink, dishwasher, marble worktops, espresso machine & food processor.
• Laundry room with washing machine and drying area
• Insect screens and internal shutters
• Italian mobile phone
• Weather station
• Bedrooms and bathrooms have Egyptian cotton linens and towels, hairdryers, bath set with welcome soap and shower gel
• Fireplace in the living room and 2 cast iron wood stoves
Staff | Service included
• Samuela, the villa manager and house keeper, will welcome the guests, and show them around the villa. Although not a concierge, she is happy to assist with booking restaurants, bicycles and guided tours, within reason.
• Samuela comes five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 12am to tidy up kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms. She will also take care of closing the swimming pool electric cover around 9pm
• Enea, the gardner, opens the pool everyday around 7am and takes care of the garden, assisted by Samuela
• Linens and towels are changed on Saturdays
Staff | Service on request
• Cooking services are available from excellent local chefs
• House heating and pool heating
• House cooling
• Closest commercial and private (private jets) airport: Perugia 92 km - 1 hour and 10 mins
• Pienza 8.5 km - 13 min drive
• San Quirico d’Orcia, 18 km - 25 mins drive
• Bagno Vignoni, thermal baths & spa 22 km - 30 mins
• Montalcino, Brunello wine production 33 km - 40 mins
• Chiusi 30 km - 40 mins drive
• Siena 70 km - 1 hour drive
• Orvieto 80 km - 1 hour and half drive
• Perugia 80 km - 1 hour and half drive
• Florence 120 km - 1 hour and a half drive
• Rome 185 km - 2 hours 10 mins
Things to do
• Wine lovers can visit Montalcino, Montepulciano and Chianti: producers of Brunello, Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the Super-Tuscans.
• Not surprisingly, the breathtakingly beautiful Val d'Orcia has been the setting for many films. The English Patient was set in Pienza and at the Monastery of Sant' Anna in Camprena, Romeo and Juliet was filmed in Pienza, scenes from Gladiator feature the Pienza countryside, and Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed in Montepulciano.
• Those needing pampering can chill out at the thermal baths in Bagno Vignoni. However, it doesn’t get much better than sitting outside the bar La Posta opposite the cathedral in Pienza enjoying a morning coffee or a drink after dinner, and watching the world go by.
• Both Pienza and Montepulciano are perfect little towns with plenty to see and excellent restaurants and if you want to stay close to home, other captivating nearby little towns with excellent restaurants within 15-20 minutes drive include Monticchiello, Montefollonico and Castelmuzio.
• Rome is 1.5 hours by fast train from Chiusi (40 minutes drive), or 135 minutes by car from the house
• Orvieto and Perugia
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