Set in the green outskirts of the medieval city of Siena, Il Fienile is wonderfully located to take in the countryside, with olive groves, cultivated fields, and large distant villas which sit where the land rises. While this lovely feeling of expanse carries over to the property, thanks to the furnished poolside terrace stretching the width of the house, its fenced grounds also give it a sense of protected privacy. The only visitor who might come calling is the owner's elderly father, who tends the vegetable garden and tinkers in the garage below the house. Il Fienile is the perfect house for family reunions - not too elegant to feel stifled by, yet equipped with all the elements that ensure a relaxed comfortable holiday with space enough for everyone.
As its name implies, this stone building was once a hay barn, and you might recognize this in the various levels that allow vehicles to stop at a lower level, while entrance to the living space is on higher ground. If the formal entrance is into a front hallway, the life of the house happens at the side. Here from the wide terrace two French doors lead either into the living/dining room with comfortable furnishings, an open fireplace and a dining table for 10 or else into the bright eat-in kitchen. There are two large double bedrooms and a small single bedroom on this floor, as well as a bathroom and a shower room. A staircase off the front hall leads up to two double bedrooms, one with ensuite shower room, a single bedroom and an additional shower room. All the bedrooms have cheerful bedspreads and good country furniture and all the shower rooms are nicely tiled and fitted out with ingenious folding shower doors, which allow more space but dryer floors.
When you step out to enjoy the Tuscan sun you will find ample space for activity or relaxation. In the well-tended grounds there is a terracotta solarium with views of the Chianti countryside and the spacious terrace with sun-beds and a furnished gazebo that overlooks the pool. Outdoor lighting around the property and in the pool mean you can linger over al fresco dinners and continue to splash until you tire. And just below the house is a home spa, with jacuzzi, sauna and cascading shower that all guarantee you arrive at the end of the day relaxed. And just to make sure, on request, the owner can organize a professional massage on site.
Around Il Fienile
For all of its country feel Il Fienile is less than five minutes from the nearest coffee bar and market and about ten minutes from the heart of the city. Known in present times for its Palio horse race and its wonderful shell-shaped piazza Il Campo, Siena was once a strong rival to Florence and a stopover must on the Via Francigena trail for pilgrims heading to Rome. That it fell to its adversary and lived in obscurity for centuries is now only a benefit, for its winding streets and striking architecture have survived the ages to delight the modern traveller. Whether you spend hours exploring the city centre, follow the Chiantigiana out to the wine hills, or simply linger by the pool, this corner of Tuscany is guaranteed to please.
- Guests are welcome to use the facilities in the Spa and will only be charged for electricity consumed, as indicated on the meter.
Our Customers say:
"The property was delightful, beautifully situated in the peaceful hills with amazing views, yet only a very short drive (10 minutes) to Sienna. The property was spacious and very well equipped. Wonderful gardens with terraces, a pool and fabulous views of the surrounding Tuscan countryside. The owner, Marco was most welcoming on arrival, showing us all round the property and ensuring us of his assistance should there have been anything we needed while staying. We enjoyed a brilliant evening when a local family came and cooked an amazing Italian feast for us - absolutely delicious! Plenty of beautiful places within easy striking distance. We would certainly recommend the villa as an excellent base to explore this part of Italy."
From Ms. C.A. and family, U.K., guests August 2014
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|Low season||7th Jan - 2nd Jun / 23rd Sep - 29th Dec||
|Mid season||3rd Jun - 23rd Jun / 26th Aug - 22nd Sep||
|High season||24th Jun - 25th Aug||
* This property rents at Mid Season prices for Christmas, New Year and Easter.