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Casa Faraona

Enjoy an authentic and idyllic rural holiday at this secluded villa with a pool found deep in Chianti. Sitting on the edge of a hamlet, the beautifully restored farmhouse is on a vast private estate and boasts sweeping views over vineyards, fields and oak forests. All on one level and with one wheelchair accessible bedroom and bathroom, the villa is ideal for visitors with mobility difficulties.

The compact villa is encircled by a manicured garden. The pool with sun beds and a covered dining pergola both overlook the bucolic vista. To make the most of al fresco meals, there’s a pizza oven and BBQ.

Indoors, wooden beamed ceilings and terracotta tiles are combined with contemporary furnishings, art prints and creative lighting. The interiors are bright and airy thanks to large arched windows and French doors. A door leads from the dining terrace into the well-equipped kitchen which has a round table with a table seating six. There is also a living room with a flat screen TV.

Of the three en-suite bedrooms, two have double beds with lovely iron bed-frames and the wheelchair accessible room can be set up with a king bed or two twins. The bathrooms feature modern fixtures and large walk-in showers.

Next to the villa there is a larger house which is lived in, but which only has two small windows onto the garden and pool of Faraona. Two trees have been planted in front of the windows, therefore, guests still have wonderful privacy. Directly from the villa you can enjoy excellent hiking through the forests and fields of the area. Wine lovers need not venture far to savour some of the best Chianti wines, plus a short drive away are charming villages and cultural destinations of Tuscany including Florence and Sienna.

Casa Sampieri

Along the south-eastern coast of Sicily, and near the famous baroque towns of Noto, Ragusa and Syracuse lies the charming seaside village of Sampieri. Until a decade ago Sampieri was a small fishing village. Today there are still few stubborn fishermen, but the main economic activities have become agriculture and tourism. It’s a charming village inhabited by less than a thousand people and has featured in numerous movies as well as a popular Italian television series called Montalbano.

The village is interesting with well-maintained buildings and an attractive historic center which consists of a maze of paved streets that develop along the main promenade. This is where all the necessary conveniences are found including nice cafés, a bakery, a small supermarket and a drug store. It’s on this promenade, tucked away in a niche between other seafront buildings, that you’ll find the charming freestanding home called Casa Sampieri.

Discovered in 2021 by a Milanese architect and his Sicilian wife, restoring the derelict house soon became a labor of love. The home was full of typical features such as floors in locally made cementine as well as a local lava stone. The interiors recuperate this charming historic character, paired with designer furniture and local antiques.

The ground floor living room has a large sofa and wicker armchairs. For centuries the open square in front of the house has been used by residents as a place to sit and say hello to passing neighbors. You too can take advantage of this tradition as the living room armchairs are perfect to position outside to sit and enjoy an aperitif. It’s a wonderful way to meet the locals, all while taking in the view of the sea, which is directly in front of the home and only 40 meters away.

The large fully-equipped kitchen, with a dining table, opens onto a private airy courtyard on the back of the house, where an additional dining table is found. Between plants of bougainvillea, jasmine and rosemary is a sofa, hammock, and outdoor private shower making the space a type of oasis. there is a large dining room, seating 8-12 people, inside if by a slim chance the weather would not permit you to dine outside.

The house has 3 double or twin bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, 2 of which are ensuite and one in the corridor. A staircase in the kitchen leads you upstairs to a laundry area with washing machine, drying rack, iron, and ironing board.

Casa Sampieri is definitely off the beaten track and the village is still quaint and friendly. All in all, a stay in this location will allow you to feel part of the true Sicily, and most certainly leave you relaxed and delighted by its way of life.

The beach of Sampieri is one of the most beautiful in all of Sicily, with crystal clear waters and golden sand accompanied by a unique view of the Fornace Penna, a wonderful ruin of industrial archeology. The long beach extends two kilometers and is protected by a long series of dunes and a verdant pine forest. There are several beach establishments and a restaurant along the beach. Further past this beach is another more natural, secluded beach which is definitely worth the walk.

San Savino

A luxury villa newly refurbished and providing comfortable accommodation for eight to enjoy a relaxing retreat in the center of one of the most beautiful private nature reserves in Italy.

San Savino is a XIV century farmhouse and chapel set in the heart of an immaculate nature reserve, affording beautiful views across endless woods, olive trees and green valleys. This used to be the church of the estate, until the ‘70ies the Carabba family and the farmers living on the estate would meet here for Sunday mass, which was followed by a market.

The house was completely restored in 2004 and refreshed in 2016. With immaculate furnishings in warm, rich colors, comfortable furniture, and en suite bedrooms, the villa has all the comforts of a modern home with the services of a 5-star resort.

The villa sleeps up to eight people and has three king bedrooms (one of which can be converted into two twins) and one queen bedroom. The ground floor has a spacious, open-plan living and dining room. The dining table seats up to eight. The sunny kitchen with breakfast table has French windows leading to gardens and outside dining area. A corridor leads to the converted chapel which contains a further magnificent sitting room with TV and other facilities and a king double bedroom with en suite shower room. All the bedrooms have their own individual color schemes and are of a good size with excellent facilities and magnificent views.

There are various outdoor spaces for all times of the day from shaded sitting areas to the panoramic deck next to the pool. There is also hot tub that the guests can use in different seasons of the year.

Highlight: 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, golf clubhouse and restaurant facilities in the same estate at 5 minutes from the villa. All guests staying have discounts on the golf green fees on Golf shop and on golf lessons.

Chiarentana – Tiglio

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 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.

Just a few steps lead from the courtyard into the light and friendly living room. The windows of both bedrooms look out over the entire valley.

Warm colourings, terracotta floor tiles and open fireplaces are part of the Tuscan lifestyle.

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

 

 

 

Chiarentana – Ronda

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.

This apartment has a large and friendly living room with fireplace, a dining kitchen and 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The windows of the living room look out over an extensive paddock and the Amiata Mountain in the background. In the garden, a table with chairs invites for all fresco meals.

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

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.

Chiarentana – Bersagliere

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 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 shared salt water 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.

Hand-made terracotta floorings, the warm yellow of the walls, friendly colourings and comfortable furniture and above all, lots of space, make this holiday apartment exceptional.

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

Chiarentana – Vespa

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.

You will reach this apartment over an external staircase which is grown with luscious roses and climbers of all sorts. The light and friendly rooms create an appealing atmosphere. The apartment has been decorated with interesting antiques.

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

Chiarentana – Beco

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 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.

This apartment is an unusual place. Upon entering the house from the courtyard you will be stunned by the large and beautifully decorated living room, which has 3 windows looking out over the valley. The sofa and armchairs are grouped around a grand fireplace, whereas the antique dining table stands at the other end of the main room. A lovely old refectory table serves as a sideboard. Large modern paintings by the son of the owner complete the eclectic decor. The kitchen has a traditional look, but the technical equipment is up to most modern standards.

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

Sassaia

Sassaia sits on the slopes of the famous Orcia valley and is surrounded by magnificent evergreen oak trees typical of Tuscany. Beyond are open fields and views across the valley to the Radicofani fortress on the far-away blue hill.

On the ground floor what used to be the cows’ barn has been converted into a large summer room leading out to the garden. Seven windows flood the room with light, the mangers have been turned into benches with cushions. An open fireplace, comfortable sofas and armchairs make this room pleasantly informal and comfortable. In one corner a simple kitchen with fridge caters to outdoor life. A double room with an en-suite bathroom opens out onto the garden and has been adapted for wheel chair use.

A spiral Renaissance-style travertine staircase leads to the upper floor. Here a stunning central living room with windows looking out on both sides, a fireplace and a large African hardwood dining table communicates with a large Tuscan kitchen with an old beam and local travertine hood running along one wall. A waist-high fireplace is a local feature which makes it easy to cook over the fire. The kitchen walls have been painted a stunning blue lime wash in the characteristic style of the old kitchens in peasant farms, as blue was supposed to keep the flies away in the summer. As you will see from the plan of the house two bedrooms have en suite bathrooms while two share a bathroom.

The garden, shaded by old oak trees, has been designed to blend in naturally with the surroundings. Climbing roses, hydrangea petiolaris, lavender, cystus, rosemary and honeysuckle mix well with the old oak and fruit trees. Meals can be taken under a pergola covered by wisteria, roses and grapevines. A 10 by 5 meter fenced pool is tucked away at the far end of the garden.

A small house, which used to be the pig pen, hen house and ox barn, Casa del Bove, and is now a charming and cosy loft with old tie beams and a large fireplace, has two further bedrooms and bathrooms.