Tuscany

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Villa Tancredi

Villa Tancredi
Tuscany
This enchanting aristocratic castle, with a spa and pool, offers an exceptional setting for gathering family or friends in the famed Montalcino wine region of southern Tuscany.
people
22
bedrooms
12 BR
bathrooms
11
airport
Florence airport 100km
villa concierge
pool
gym
spa
Daily maid
Cook
wifi
Air condition
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OVERVIEW

Elegance, authenticity and modernity are wonderfully married at this 600-hectare top wine estate, dating back to the 1300s and found a 40 min drive south of Siena, close to Montalcino. Historic details such as painted wooden ceilings, original floor tiles and vast stone fireplaces are complemented by modern luxurious bathrooms, a deluxe spa and a unique pool overlooking rolling hills and vineyards.

The estate is surrounded by an intact landscape of rolling hills dotted with historic villas and farmhouses. The drive alone is a delight, and the excitement grows as you reach the cypress-lined drive that leads up to the castle. A double staircase takes you up to a noble entrance hall, decorated in family heirlooms and vintage paintings and a grand piano. A natural flow leads you through the ground floor rooms; a living room, a more intimate sitting room, a formal dining room with seating for 16, and a large well-equipped country kitchen. From here a door leads to the main outdoor area with comfortable garden chairs and a long dining table. The main living room and an additional study/TV room lie on the floor above.

The 12 bedrooms are spread over the castle’s upper floors, the attached tower and an attached vicar’s house. Within the main castle are five double bedrooms, three twins and one single. The two-story vicar’s house has one double and two double or twin rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, and a living room and kitchen. Each bedroom is uniquely decorated and some have canopy, wrought-iron or carved wood bed frames. The en-suite bathrooms have all been entirely renovated and have large rain showers, stylish wash basins, attractive mirrors and other decorative features.

Guests can soak up the castle’s serene setting within its Italian-style rose garden, manicured lawns and various outdoor sitting areas or during your meals on the alfresco dining terrace. Enjoy a game of tennis on the private court or take a refreshing dip in the large pool, before relaxing on a sunbed facing the sweeping views of the rolling hills and vineyards. Further relaxation can be enjoyed in the villa’s private spa with a gym and a sauna.

The property produces really good red and rosé wines from 8 hectares of vineyards, and wonderful organic olive oil. Wine tastings and cooking demonstrations with the castle’s local cook can be arranged.

Please consider Villa Tancredi as an adult property. Only 12 years old and up would be preferable.
Outdoors
• Historic wine estate dating back to the 1300s
• 600-hectare property of rolling hills, vineyards and agricultural fields
• 3.5 hectares of organic vineyard producing DOC ORCIA and IGT Toscana wines
• Italian-style rose garden and manicured lawns next to castle
• Panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside throughout
• Several outdoor sitting areas, including in the tower courtyard and under mature oaks
• Alfresco dining terrace, barbecue and wood-fire pizza oven
• Rounded swimming pool (12x8 m) with pool gazebo and sun beds
• Private artificial grass tennis court

Indoors
• Recently restored interiors with an elegant, aristocratic ambiance
• Historic details including painted ceilings, terracotta tiles and large fireplaces
• Rooms are furnished with antiques, vintage artwork and family heirlooms
• Three living rooms and a TV room/study in main villa
• Formal dining room seating 16 and fireplace
• Large country kitchen equipped with modern appliances
• 12 bedrooms in total: 9 bedrooms in main villa (5 doubles, 3 twins & 1 single), 3 in vicar’s house (1 double & 2 twin/doubles)
• Three suites with private living rooms (2 in main villa, 1 in guest house)
• Most bedrooms have en suites, all newly refitted and featuring tubs or large showers
• Wellness area with sauna and gym with several exercise machines in a separate building
• Satellite & Sky TV, DVD player and Wi-Fi throughout
• Air conditioning

DETAILS

Amenities
• A/C
• Wellness area with sauna and gym in a separate building
• Artificial grass tennis court with racquets and balls supplied for guests
• Full supply of Luxury bath towels, bed linens and pool towels
• Tuscan Soul by Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries in each bedroom
• WiFi
• Sat TV with Sky and DVD, one in the TV room and one in the Tower suite
Staff | Service included
• Local cook who will prepare your lunch or your dinner according to guests daily schedule. Ingredients not included
• Continental Breakfast served every day from 8:30-10:30 Monday to Sunday including coffee, tea, milk, fruit juices, bread for toast, yogurts, eggs, jam. Ingredients included
• Organic Extra-virgin Olive Oil from the estate’s own production (Tank of 1 lt) and a selection of estate’s wines
• Housekeeper service every day including Sunday till 1:00pm.
• Mid-week changing of bath towels, bed linens and daily change of pool towels
• A/C and Wi-fi
• Garden and pool maintenance
• Please note that guests are not allowed to use in villa laundry facilities but a laundry service is available at extra cost

Staff | Service on request
• Pre-stock Service with client’s specifications and to be reimbursed with shopping receipt. This includes wine from our cellar to be charged on consumption only
• Ingredients for lunches or dinners cooked by the local cook
• Laundry service. Guests are not allowed to use the villa's laundry facilities
• Pizza night in the ancient wood-fired oven to be reserved ahead of time
• Complimentary Wine tasting tour in our cantina (Wine tasting harmonized with a light buffet of typical products and delicacies)
• Private Massage at the Villa or in the Spa
• Horseback riding
• Hot Air Ballooning organization (costs vary according to number of guests)
• Guided bike tours with option of wine tastings
• Vespa tours around the Orcia Valley
• Yoga classes at the villa
• Personal trainer

FLOORPLANS

To receive the floor plans of this villa contact Katharina or Gaia at contact@excellence.villas
Distances
• The village of Buonconvento is only a 5 minutes by car and has shops selling local products, supermarkets, cafés and restaurants. Saturday morning local market
• Montalcino 20 km, 20 minutes driving
• San Quirico d'Orcia 20 km, 25 minutes driving
• Asciano 20 km, 30 minutes driving
• San Giovanni d'Asso 30 km, 20 minutes driving
• Pienza 30 km, 40 minutes driving
• Bagno Vignoni 30 km, 40 minutes driving
• Abbey of Sant'Antimo 30 km, 40 minutes
• Siena 30 km, 40 minutes driving
• Montepulciano 45 km, 1 hour driving
• Radicofani 60 km, 1 hour driving
• Florence 115 km, 1 hour and 30 minutes driving
• Rome 200 km, 3 hours driving


Things to do
• Montalcino. To the south of Siena is a classic fairytale hilltop town, set within a full circle of fortified walls and watched over by a mighty castle of medieval perfection. Montalcino, west of Pienza, is a beautiful village immersed in the breathtaking Val d’Orcia Natural Park, renowned all over the world for the production of its precious Brunello red wine. The town has scarcely changed in appearance since the 16th century. Once you get up to the town, a magnificent spectacle unfolds for your eyes: rolling sunny hills dotted with yellow and red flowers, ancient oak trees, picturesque olive groves, scenic country roads winding through perfect vineyards and isolated cypress trees atop hills. The town has been made incredibly rich and famous by its Brunello wine, one of the world’s best and most appreciated Italian wines. Montalcino was already well-known for its fine red wines during the 15th century. However, the precious formula of the fantastic Brunello was invented in 1888 by Ferruccio Biondi Santi, who first had the idea of leaving out the grapes used in the traditional Chianti recipe, such as Canaiolo and Colorino, and using only the Sangiovese variety.
• San Quirico. In the heart of the Val d’Orcia, nestled amidst hills of incomparable beauty, sits an ancient village that probably dates back to the Etruscan era, immersed in a landscape dotted with olive groves, vineyards and oak forests. The territory is one to be admired for its perfect balance honed over the years between the natural landscape and man-made marvels. San Quirico d’Orcia, with its splendid fortresses and medieval parish churches, is in this area so famous for its stunning landscapes – one of those places that must absolutely be visited if you’re in this enchanted territory. Among the must-see attractions are the parish church of San Quirico, a Romanesque building that preserves an altarpiece painted by Sano di Pietro, a 15th-century painter of the Sienese school, and, in the town’s central piazza, the Church of San Francesco, whose interior contains several Gothic elements. The center of the town is particularly picturesque thanks to the inviting paved streets and beautiful stone fountains. Something that stands out in the history and, partly, the appearance of the town is the fact that it sits along the Via Francigena, whose importance for San Quirico is evidenced by the presence of the Ospedale della Scala, where pilgrims were once offered refuge. Visitors won’t be disappointed should they stop by the ruins of the Cassero tower and the Horti Leonini, a typical 15th-centuy garden that can be accessed through an entrance between the wall and the piazza.
• Bagno Vignoni, the thermal station that has been known since Medieval times for its celebrated piazza d’acqua. Bagno Vignoni is a small spa of medieval origin, although it was already know in Roman times. Bagno Vignoni sits on a hill above the Val d’Orcia just south of San Quirico. The fascinating tiny village is clustered around a large pool closed on three sides by the town walls, with water that flows at 52°. The pool essentially fills the square, surrounded by a 1.5 metre-high wall on three sides. All around are buildings designed by Bernardo Rossellino in honor of Pope Pius II, while on the fourth side is the archway from which St. Catherine of Siena admired the view. This place also fascinated Lorenzo il Magnifico of the Medici family, who spent part of 1490 here. The old Francigena road passes near the village, and as the diary written in 1581 by Michel de Montagne confirms, piligrims and travelers heading toward Rome frequently stopped in Bagno Vignoni to find comfort in its hot springs. Nowadays Bagno Vignoni is well-known and appreciated the world over as an esteemed thermal locality situated in the heart of the Val d’Orcia.
• Pienza is a tiny village in the beautiful Val d’Orcia we highly recommend you visit. The village is located about 20 kilometers east of Montalcino and a few kilometers to the west of Montepulciano amidst gentle undulating hills and wonderful natural landscapes. Pienza enjoys a strategic position standing high atop a hill, dominating all the Orcia Valley with extraordinary views. This charming village is widely known as the “ideal city of the Renaissance”, the creation of the great humanist Enea Silvio Piccolomini who later became Pope Pius II. Piccolomini had the money and influence to transform his birthplace village, the humble Corsignano, into what he considered the Utopian city should be, exemplifying the principles and philosophy of classical times and of
• The Abbey of Sant’Antimo, located 9km from Montalcino in Tuscany, is one of the most beautiful of all Romanesque churches in Italy. Local legend attributes its foundation to Charlemagne in the 8th century AD, a miracle that helped cure his army of a plague and a promise to build an abbey on the land where they were saved. Recorded history, however, has a different tale to tell and puts the foundation further back, to the Longobards and the Monastery of St. Savior. The site also is thought to have originally been the location of an ancient Roman villa. The existence of Sant’Antimo, itself, is recorded since at least the 9th century. By the 12th century, this abbey had become rich and the most powerful monastic landowner and foundation in Tuscany. Located along the Via Francigena, the pilgrims’ route to Rome, it benefited from the gifts of pilgrims and the faithful. It even owned large portions of land stretching from Lucca, in the north of Tuscany, to Orbetello, in the south. These times of great property did not last and by the 19th century it was in dire need of care and repair. When it came into the possession of the State, there was a long period of physical restoration that, ultimately, saved the whole building. Begun in 1872 and finished in 1895, it allowed for the current appearance of the abbey.
• Radicofani. On a hill at the southern border of the Val d’Orcia sits one of the most spectacular fortresses in Tuscany, for centuries one of the most important strongholds in Italy: Radicofani. The castle can be seen from dozens of miles away, and it appears to dominate the village, where it guarded the border between the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Papal States for hundreds of years. Built just after the year 1000, the fortress was renovated many times over the centuries, partially knocked down in the 1700s before being officially restored in the 1900s. From the balcony at the top of the tower, you can enjoy a vastly extensive view, from the entire Val d’Orcia to Monte Amiata, the Apennines and the Trasimeno and Bolsena lakes.
• Siena is the capital of the province of Siena. The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation’s most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Siena is likely Italy’s loveliest medieval city, and a trip worth making even if you are in Tuscany for just a few days. Siena’s heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer. Mo- vie audiences worldwide can see Siena and the Palio in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.
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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