Luxurious 5 Star Villa with heated pool south of Siena in the Val d'OrciaCasellana Via del Pellegrino Tuscany
Casellana is the masterpiece of interior designer Ilaria Miani. This L-shaped building was a ruin when she and her husband Giorgio bought it. Luckily some old drawings, found in the local archives, could be taken as guideline, but for the rest they were given plenty of rope to style the house in their own very personal way, not limited by existing features, but armed with a huge knowledge of local architecture and contemporary design. The result is a balanced blend of old and new, which has been published by the most renowned interior design magazines (House&Garden, Elle Décor, Coté Sud).
Located on top of a hill with a broad view over the Orcia valley (classified UNESCO World Heritage in 2004), Casellana is surrounded by 3 acres of landscaped garden. The terrraces for alfresco dining are paved with stones from the piazza in Arezzo, and offer unbelievable views over the Val d'Orcia. Adjoining is an outdoor oven and barbecue. There is a heated pool as well as a seperate hot tub for 6, again taking advantage of the views. The vegetable garden produces delicious fresh produce (vegetables, herbs and flowers) which guests are free to pick.
Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a/c, equivalent to a five star hotel.
The rent includes daily breakfast prepared by the maid who also cleans the house. Full staff can be arranged. The cook Marcella is so highly regarded, that Maxine Clark, food writer and cook-book author, staged the photographs for her book Flavours of Tuscany at Casellana with Marcella hands on preparing Tuscan cuisine.
The house sleeps up to 19 in 8 very spacious bedrooms: 2 twins, 5 doubles and a lofted bedroom containing a sofa bed, a twin and a double bed.?Fax machine. Wifi in most of house. No radiators, heating is provided by an under floor system. Satellite TV, VCR, DVD, CD player.?
- Household help included
- Welcome dinner
- First shopping
- Baby equipment
- Hifi stereo
- Satellite TV
- Air condition
- Internet access
- Dogs welcome
- Parking next to the house
Empire: double with en suite bath (tub)
Exterior: twin with ensuite bathroom (tub)
Large outddor spaces
Amiata: double with ensuite bathroom (tub)
Tower: twin with ensuite bathroom (tub)
Corner: double with ensuite bathroom (tub)
North: double with ensuite bathroom (tub)
Loft: room on two levels with double, twin and single sofabed, en suite bath (shower)
Master: double with ensuite bathroom (shower)
Heated jet stream swimming pool 20x4 meters (66x13 feet), hot tub, two patios for outdoor dining and lounging, landscaped garden, vegetable garden
- The nearest village with grocery, bakery, butcher and gas station is 5 to 15 minutes away (depending on the house).
- Hot springs and spas are 10 to 30 minutes
- S. Quirico is 15 to 20 minutes
- Pienza is 15 to 20 minutes
- Montepulciano is 15 to 20 minutes
- Sarteano is 15 to 20 minutes
- Train station: Chiusi is 25 minutes
- Montalcino is 30 minutes
- Siena 1 hour
- Arezzo is 1 hour
- Orvieto is 1 hour
- Perugia is 1 hour
- Assisi is 1 hour
- Florence is 1,5 hours
- Rome is 2 hours
(rates in € / week)2013
Mid season 2