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Former pig house converted into a cosy loft

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80 m²
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Florence: 150 km

cultural sightseeing,winemaking area, tennis, spas, hiking

Siena, Florence, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza, Orvieto, Cortona

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OVERVIEW Casa del Bove

Casa del Bove was once Sassaia’s pig’s house, chicken coop and barn for the ox (bove). It has been converted into a loft-like dépendance, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and a large living room with an open space kitchen and massive antique beams running from one end of the house to the other. When the pool season is over, the little house can be rented separately. It has a separate entrance from the car park and looks out onto a perfectly private garden facing the woods.

Amenities and services

Villa is equiped with:
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Hifi stereo
  • Satellite TV
  • Dishwasher
  • Washingmachine
Rent includes:
  • Maid service
  • Bed & bath linens
  • Midweek change of towels
  • Baby equipment
  • Final cleaning
Service on request:
  • First shopping
  • Arrival dinner
  • Maid service
  • Cook
  • Central heating

Floorplan of the villa

Stylish cottage/Agriturismo rental Tuscany La Foce Casa del Bove Floorplan
Groundfloor
1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom
1 large living room with open kitchen and fire place


garden :
Private garden equipped with table and chairs.

ESTATE: La Foce

Hospitality and Tradition

The property of La Foce extends over the hills overlooking the Val d'Orcia, an enchanting and miraculously unspoilt valley in southern Tuscany, listed as UNESCO world heritage in 2004. Midway between Florence and Rome, La Foce is also within easy reach of Siena, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi and Orvieto. Renaissance and medieval gems such as Pienza, Montepulciano, Monticchiello and Montalcino and the abbey of Sant'Antimo are only a few miles away from the houses you can rent at La Foce.

In 1924 the Irish-American Iris Origo - the famous author - and her Italian husband, Marchese Antonio Origo, acquired the La Foce estate- a combination of olive groves, widespread cultivated fields and woodland. In those days, their management of La Foce brought prosperity and cultural and social changes to the poverty-ridden land it was then. Today their daughters, Benedetta and Donata, run the La Foce estate and their personality pervades in the hospitable atmosphere.

The garden at La Foce was designed by Iris Origo and the famous English landscape gardener Cecil Pinsent between 1925 and 1939.

La Foce's farmhouses have been luxuriously restored and provide wonderful holidays in this remarkably unspoilt valley.

The countryside around La Foce 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.

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ACTIVITIES

  • After having bought the estate of La Foce in 1924, Antonio and Iris Origo commissioned the English architect Cecil Ross Pinsent, who had previously done extensive work on Bernard Berenson’s Villa I Tatti in Florence, to restructure the main buildings and create a large garden. The latter was conceived to enhance the Renaissance house, built in 1498 as an inn for the travellers to Rome on the Via Francigena. On Mondays guests at La Foce are invited to a private tour followed by a drink.
  • 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 to La Foce 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.

RATES

(rates in € / week)

2014 2015
Beds Low season Mid season Mid season 2 High season
4 1010€ 1540€ - -

* Low season : 01 January 2014 - 11 April 2014, 26 April 2014 - 17 May 2014, 11 October 2014 - 31 December 2014
* Mid season : 11 April 2014 - 26 April 2014, 17 May 2014 - 14 June 2014, 30 August 2014 - 11 October 2014

GUEST REVIEWS, Casa del Bove, La Foce

Wir waren rundherum sehr zufrieden! Das Haus liegt wirklich abseits, da wir die einzigen Bewohner waren - das grosse Haus Sassaia war nicht bewohnt - war es für unseren Hund ideal, ich hatte nachts ein bisschen Angst, aber mein Mann hat mich beruhigt. Signora Benedetta war reizend und hilfsbereit, sie holte uns am ersten Abend sogar mit dem Auto an einem Treffpunkt ab, wir hatten uns verfahren, und war jederzeit für uns da. Das Essen am ersten Abend war liebevoll vorbereitet, das ganze Haus festlich dekoriert, es gab sogar einen hübschen Weihnachtsbaum. Weihnachten in La Foce ist ein Ereignis, alles sehr festlich und gut, sogar die beiden Damen Origo widmeten sich ihren Gästen und verhielten sich als ob wir i h r e Gäste wären. Ein ganz spezielles Ambiente und eine angenehme Atmosphäre. Das Haus hat allen Komfort, ist geschmackvoll und angenehm eingerichtet, leider keine Geschirrspülmaschine, die wäre im Nebenhaus. Für zwei Personen war das aber kein Problem. Eine gut funktionierende Heizung, frische Wäsche, und nach unserer Reklamation kam sofort am gleichen Tag ein neuer CD-Player, der wirklich gut klang! La Foce und das sehr gute Restaurant Dopolavoro sind eine Welt für sich und idealer Ausgangsort für Erkundungen in der Umgebung. Danke für die Vermittlung. Eine sehr empfehlensswerte Adresse!

Frau E.M., Schweiz, Dezember 2012

LOCATION

La Foce lies south of Siena, overlooking the wide and open Orcia valley, close to Montalcino, Montepulciano and Pienza. The nearest village lies at a distance of 5 km.

  • Montepulciano 10 km - 15 min
  • Pienza 20 km - 25 min
  • Cetona 20 km30 min
  • Montalcino 35 km40 min
  • Arezzo 75 km - 55 min
  • Orvieto 60 km - 50 min
  • Siena 90 km 1 hr
  • Cortona 65 km - 1 hr
  • Florence  140 km - 1 hr 30 min
  • Rome 180 km - 2 hr

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