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

cultural sightseeing, winemaking area, tennis, spas, hiking, good food

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OVERVIEW Chiarentana – Fonte

Chiarentana was once a medieval fortress and has been ‘de-gentrified’ over the centuries, becoming one of the main farm buildings on the property.

The 6 holiday apartments are still named after the peasant families who last lived here. The square building surrounds a large, shady courtyard planted with climbing roses, lavender and a deliciously scented lime tree. The arched entrance admits a cool breeze and leads out into the wide landscaped garden with a pool (15×7 m) and a tennis court.

The view from here is spectacular and surveys the entire valley, but your eye will finally settle on the dominating Monte Amiata, Tuscany’s highest mountain.

The garden is furnished with tables and chairs for all apartments, each far enough from the other to guarantee each party sufficient privacy.

Fonte, the last apartment to be restored by the owner of Chiarentana, is comparable in charm and size to Casa di Bersagliere. It is reached over an exterior staircase. The owner’s aim has as ever been to create a warm and welcoming interior, which affords all the comfort we are accustomed to today.

The rooms with beamed ceilings and terracotta flooring are well sized and open onto the most exciting views of the valley, looking out over the garden and the Val d’Orcia on one side and the Mount Amiata on the other. The walls have been washed in a light terracotta glaze, creating a light and friendly atmosphere.

The decoration of Fonte is an eclectic mixture of family antiques, furniture made by the local carpenter and modern paintings made by the artist Seboo Migone, who is a son of the owner. In his work he was often inspired by the nature surrounding La Foce.

On this video, listen to the owner Donata Origo as she talks about the restoration of Chiarentana, which took up to 20 years.

Amenities and services

Villa is equiped with:

  • Pool: 15 x 7m
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Hifi stereo
  • Satellite TV
  • Dishwasher
  • Washingmachine

Rent includes:

  • Bed & bath linens
  • Midweek change of towels
  • Baby equipment
  • Final cleaning

Service on request:

  • First shopping
  • Arrival dinner
  • Cook
  • Babysitter
  • Central heating

Floorplan of the villa

First floor
Living room with open fireplace
Kitchen with dining table
Large double bedroom
Bathroom with shower and tub

Garden :

The garden is furnished with tables and chairs for all apartments, each far enough from the other to guarantee each party sufficient privacy.
The salt water pool (15×7 m.) is shared with the other guests of Chiarentana.
Tennis court (artificial grass)


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