Maramai, now a charming country house, used to be a small farm with 3 separate buildings. It is named after the Tuscan farmer’s family who lived there until the early ’70s. The ground floor of the main house was used for storage while cattle were tethered in the vaulted room. The family would live on the second floor and the central room with the big chimneypiece used to be the kitchen.
The other tall building – we call it the dépendance – was used for drying tobacco, a major crop in the region (a typical Italian cigar is called “toscano”), and the small elongated building behind, now the pool house, used to be a pigsty.
The house was renovated and transformed into a comfortable country house with modern facilities that could be lived in all year round. The ground floor is light and spacious with many doors opening onto the garden. A remarkable massive stone table under a pergola of vine is the perfect spot for al fresco dining.
The living room with fireplace on the upper floor used to be the farm's kitchen. A door leads to the original outdoor stairs which have been kept even though indoor stairs were added. The house was given a special flair by mixing and matching traditional rustic furniture from Brasil, Mexico and India.
The house comfortably sleeps 9 plus a further person on the sofabed in the dépendance. The house can be rented without the dépendance at a reduced rate for a maximum of 7 guests.
Meet the owners, and see more of the house and the surrounding estate on this VIDEO.
Amenities and services
Villa is equiped with:
- Pool: 11 x 5m
- Private Pool
- Internet access
- Hifi stereo
- Maid Service
- Bed & bath linens
- Baby equipment
- Final cleaning
- Pool towels
Service on request:
- First shopping
- Arrival dinner
- Central heating
Floorplan of the villa
Living room with sofa bed
Hall with fireplace and comfortable armchairs
Large living room with French windows on 2 sides
Dining room/ kitchen with French window onto terrace
Living room with open fireplace and TV
2 double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom
1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom
1 single with bathroom
About 2 acres melting into the surrounding fields
Terrace behind the house with pergola for dining outdoors
Swimming pool 11 x 5 m with artificial waves. Depth of pool: min. 1m max. 1,50m.
ESTATE: Tenuta di Gracciano
A wine estate between Cortona and Montepulciano.
The Gracciano Estate lies in the lush and ample Chiana valley which runs south of Florence from Arezzo to Orvieto. The valley is above all renowned for its wine, the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and the succulent T-bone steaks from the wide-horned white Chianina cattle.
This area between Montepulciano and Cortona was described by Frances Mayes in her bestseller „Under the Tuscan Sun“. Her beautifully written memoir about taking chances, living in Italy, loving a house, and, always, the pleasures of food encaptures the delights of a Tuscan holiday. Mayes often portrays life in Cortona as timeless, and this sense of serendipity is only one of the reasons to come to Gracciano.
The Tenuta di Gracciano belonged to the Svetoni family since the beginning of the 1800’s. From this family of historic wine makers from Montepulciano the property passed down some 40 years ago to the present owners, the della Seta family from Florence.
A spectacular new winery was built in 2013 and in 2015 the estate converted to organic farming. The favorable microclimate, the exposure of the vineyards, and the clay and limestone soil combine to produce a full-bodied yet supple and elegant wine. In 2016 their Riserva was awarded « bicchieri » the highest award by the Gambero Rosso, Italy’s most prestigious wine guide.
The estate extends over 100 hectares of which 20 are planted with vines. The vineyards are spread over the Gracciano hills at 300 meters above sealevel, one of the best wine-growing areas of Montepulciano. Fields and woodland form a picturesque patchwork over the rest of the estate surrounding the Maramai farmhouse which can be rented by the week.Read more about Tenuta di Gracciano
- Maramai lies on the the Gracciano della Seta wine estate, for more information visit http://www.graccianodellaseta.com/en/. A spectacular new winery was built in 2013 and in 2015 the estate converted to organic farming. The favorable microclimate, the exposure of the vineyards, and the clay and limestone soil combine to produce a full-bodied yet supple and elegant wine. In 2016 their Riserva was awarded « bicchieri » the highest award by the Gambero Rosso, Italy’s most prestigious wine guide. The careful management of the estate has improved the quality year by year, through a drastic reduction of the yields (now only 35-40 hl/ha), and the purchase of new French oak casks for the aging of the wine. The cellars can be visited by guests of Maramai by appointment and different vintages of Vino Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano can be purchased here. The family’s own olive oil, produced in small quantities for family and friends, is also for sale.
- The house is surrounded by 3 villages at a distance of 1 to 3 km. Here you will find shops, cafés, newsstands, banks and simple restaurants. In the house you will find a detailed list of restaurants we recommend in the surroundings. The hospital of Montepulciano is 5 km away.
- Florence and Siena, Tuscany’s most important cultural milestones, are easy to reach from Maramai.
- 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).
- 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.
- San Casciano dei Bagni with its luxurious spa in a Medici villa, 35 km.
- Fashion addicts can splurge out at the famous Prada factory outlet, which lies on to road to Florence
(rates in € / week)2017
|Beds||Low season||Mid season||Mid season 2||High season|
* Low season :01 January - 08 April 2017, 04 November - 31 December 2017
* Mid season :08 April - 06 May 2017, 30 September - 04 November 2017
* Mid season 2 :06 May - 01 July 2017, 26 August - 30 September 2017
* High season :01 July - 26 August 2017
GUEST REVIEWS, Maramai, Tenuta di Gracciano
Nous sommes rentrés samedi soir d’une très belle semaine de vacances. La maison est magnifique et à la hauteur de ce que vous nous avez proposé. Nous avons profité pleinement et avons eu beaucoup de plaisir dans ce lieu paradisiaque.
Anna et sa fille nous ont accueillis avec une grande gentillesse et leurs services sont parfaits.
Au nom de nous tous, je vous remercie pour la qualité de votre travail et nous n’hésiterons pas à vous contacter à nouveau ou à vous recommander si des amis ou connaissance cherchent une maison dans cette belle région.
After exploring Venice and Rome for a week, our wonderful stay at Maramai ended this 25th wedding anniversary trip with family and friends. Maramai was absolutely tranquil, beautiful, and a great break from the crowded, touristy areas of Italy. While we stayed here, we returned across Tuscany & Umbria to Siena, Assisi, Cortonoa, Arezzo, Florence, and the heart of Montepulciano. Each city was as beautiful as they were unique in their own sense. We enjoyed our home-cooked meals with the fresh pasta, bread & olive oil. Our stay here at Maramai was overall our favorite fromm all our Italian travels. Everything from sitting poolside in the evening to making our own flower arrangements and listening to the wide variety of chirping birds. Maramai was the perfect escape for all of us. Grazie Mille to your family and Anna and Ersilia.J.A., USA, North Carlina, June 2009
Fantastic scenery and food. Fabulous place to spend a holiday with our son and daughter and their families before our son and his family emigrate to New Zealand. Best wishes.M.T., UK, 29th August 2009
We are here celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary with our children and friends. Your home has made our milestone a truly memorable holiday. Everyone truly enjoyed themselves. The house far exceeds the publicity, we will recommend it to our friends.Lorraine, Richard, Sarah & Andrew, New York, August 2005 10/01/2009
Maramai lies in immediate vicinity of 2 villages whith all the necessary shops, but from the house all you can see are fields, olive groves and vineards.
- Montepulciano 7 km – 10 min
- Pienza 20 km – 25 min
- Cortona 25 km – 35 min
- Cetona 30 km – 35 min
- Arezzo 50 km – 45 min
- Siena 60 km – 1 hr
- Orvieto 65 km – 1 hr
- Perugia 60 km – 1 hr
- Florence 115 km – 1 hr 25 min
- Rome 185 km – 2 hr 15 min
- Pisa 190 km – 2 hr 10 min