Villa Corsano is a large imposing villa situated in one of the most picturesque areas of Tuscany, the Sienese "Crete", a surreal landscape of wide, rolling clay hills just south of Siena. Approached by an impressive, cypress-lined avenue, the villa itself dates from the 16th. Century and the estate was once one of the most important in the whole district of Siena, dating back more than 1,000 years.
The villa has luminous rooms recalling a splendid past, with the addition of high quality kitchens and bathrooms. There are extensive gardens, with tall shady trees on one side, beautiful, flower filled antique urns, while wooden tables and cushioned chairs provide plenty of possibilities for relaxing.
At the front is a wide lawn with long box and laurel hedges on either side. Beyond these lawns, the large swimming pool has beautiful views through olive groves and gardens across to Siena and the rolling cornfields of the Crete.
These views have been a continual source of inspiration for artists over the centuries, and they appear today much as they did when used as a backdrop by painters in the early renaissance; a number of versions of "Madonna with child" and the "Annunciation" are set in these rolling hills, standing in for Bethlehem.
The villa today has been used on many occasions by artists, photographers, historians and cooks for specialist courses, and is the subject of prestigious coffee table books; its caring, professional owners and staff are internationally renowned.
There are two entrances, one through french doors from the parkland at the rear, into a delightful painted reception hall, the other at the front.
The enormous dining room comfortably seats 25/30 people and has reputedly the largest fireplace in Tuscany - it is practically a room unto itself. The kitchen, nearby, has first class professional equipment, including a food processor, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave. It is a kitchen to match the number of people that may stay in the house, so is seriously efficient looking, in stainless steel.
Also on the ground floor there is an elegant drawing room with a vaulted ceiling and walls entirely covered with "Trompe l'oeil" paintings of exotic flowers and plants, birds and oriental tents. French windows from this room open onto the parkland to the rear of the villa, which has rare trees, grottoes and remains of a 19th. C. aviary; the whole property is a delight, with panoramic views as far as Siena.
There is also an additional sitting room on the ground floor, and a shower room. From the front entrance there is access to the colonnaded courtyard of the villa, part of which may be used by guests, and which provides a delightful place for meals in spring and autumn. On the first floor, the former ballroom is now an enormous double bedroom with frescoed ceiling, tall windows, and a huge Murano chandelier. It has its own shower room. Another double bedroom, with its own bathroom, is frescoed by Dario Neri, a famous 20th century Sienese painter.
A twin bedroom with a bathtub and a wash basin in the room, a bedroom with a fireplace, three single four-poster beds and a shower room en suite, and another double bedroom with a shower room and very simple kitchen equipment complete the accommodation on this floor. On the top floor, there are three double and two twin bedrooms, a bathroom, 4 shower rooms and an extra, small kitchen.
Back outside, the pool is at the end of a wide lawn. The former poultry houses near the pool have become charming changing rooms, a barbecue, shower room and sun furniture store, while pergolas provide shade on the patio and pool surround. Around and beyond the pool an extensive olive grove forms a lovely setting for walks and games. A brother and sister share the estate (but not the pool), and you will be renting one half of the villa - but the split is perfect and harmonious; the only point of contact is in the interior courtyard, on photo number 13.
Around Villa Corsano
A holiday here is a very special treat; a chance to live in an historic villa in extraordinarily beautiful and peaceful surroundings, at a very short distance from the wonderful city of Siena. Villa Corsano lends itself as well to a very special family holiday as for a film setting or business convention.
The aristocratic owner is a charming and hospitable hostess. Occasionally she stays in a small, independent apartment, with access from another staircase. Her son runs the Corsano Agency, able to arrange cooks, baby sitters, photographers and extra staff to suit the most exacting requisites. He will personally organise guides, shopping trips and courses. His knowledge of this wonderful part of the world and its personalities allows him to arrange personal tours for guests around public and private homes, museums and collections, to create a unique and memorable holiday.
Our Customers say:
"Truly a beautiful house and location. We all feel in love with Tuscany. Our hosts Rosa and Jacopo were wonderful hosts. It was the perfect location for a large group of friends to come together. We enjoyed the home cooking of two of the lovely local ladies. They cooked the most amazing meals for us. Best cooks in Italy. I would recommend Villa Corsano to anyone wishing to go to Tuscany. We all want to go back."
From Mrs. J.F. and friends, guests from Australia, April 2015
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|Low season||2nd Jan - 18th Mar / 2nd Apr - 6th May / 1st Oct - 16th Dec||
|Mid season||19th Mar - 1st Apr / 7th May - 1st Jul / 3rd Sep - 30th Sep / 17th Dec - 23rd Dec / 24th Dec - 6th Jan||
|High season||2nd Jul - 2nd Sep||
* This property rents at Mid Season prices for Christmas, New Year and Easter.