Nestled at the base of a Montagnola hillside not far from Siena exists a tribute to relaxed well-being and excellence in gardening. For in a former stone quarry, nurtured greenery has reclaimed a rock face and modest offices have become a sprawling home whose comfortable rooms all access its gracious gardens. The striking juxtaposition of stone and foliage is present throughout the property - from the pool encircled by rock walls and shady holm oaks to the gracious wisteria arbour which outlines the perimeter of the quarry to the wide flagstone paths and patios edged by fragrant lavender and rosemary. This mix can only help one relax in the natural beauty of this corner of Tuscany.
The house is approached via wide furnished patios facing the olive grove and the main entrance through wide French doors leads into a bright living / dining room with hardwood floors, an open fireplace and a dining table for 6. Steps down from the dining area lead to a very large country kitchen where marble counters and a stone-hewn sink mix well with professional equipment. From the kitchen there is direct access to the long shaded pergola furnished with a circular table for 10 as well as sofas where the friends can gather for a pre-dinner cocktail or conversation long into the night. Across the walkway to the pool picnic tables under large umbrellas offer another option for an informal lunch.
There are bedrooms on various levels of the house, two of them on the ground floor off the hallway from the living area. One is a modest twin bedroom, which uses the shower room across the hallway and the other a large master double bedroom, with a corner fireplace, direct access to the front patio and an ensuite two chambered bathroom. From the front patio two external staircases lead up to independent double bedroom suites, one with an ensuite bathroom, the other with a shower room. The arrangement of the sleeping accommodations make this the ideal choice for extended family holidays where different generations can retreat to private quarters yet still meet in large common areas.
This charming property underwent a significant renovation in the autumn of 2014, which brought marble or hardwood floors to bathrooms and bedrooms and beautiful new linens and draperies throughout. With a high standard of furnishings in the house and experienced personnel to assist with requested extras, this is a place you may feel discreetly pampered.
Around Cava di Calbello
This is great walking and biking country and once out of the property gates there is easy access to country roads that meander up to ancient castles or down to the River Merse. In the nearby village of Orgia the Museum of the Woods reveals how local woodsmen once made their living in the green hills that are still a haven for chestnut or mushroom gatherers. Yet there are good connections to medieval Siena, renaissance Florence and the crystal waters of the southern Tuscan coast. With easily arranged catering and transport, this Tuscan retreat can pamper and fascinate, and leave you with memories that linger.
Our Customers say:
"We are currently in our 3rd week here. We are absolutely delighted. The property lies below the village of Orgia, location of Restaurant Cateni, which in itself is worth the visit. The house is located in massive gardens all of which are well maintained. The house has 4 double bedrooms, and a small single. The conversion of old quarry buildings is outstanding and reflects attention to detail and a fine design. The kitchen is first class with, for example, twin Miele dishwashers and a professional Ilve range. It is located about 2kms down a farm track, and is totally isolated. The gardens have multiple vine covered pergolas, and the pool has a lovely covered gazebo. The outside living area which is fully roofed is lovely. The property would ideally suit an extended family or 4 couples. You wake to the sound of...bees...and the smell of lavender,rosemary, thyme and Jasmine. Just a wonderful home. We'd return in a heartbeat."
From Mr. M.B. and family, Australia, guests July 2013
"I recently stayed at this beautiful property with my family, and it could not have been any more perfect! It's a wonderful farm house in the country that's quite secluded - but also a quick drive to Siena, Montalcino, Montepulciano, etc. We love to cook, and the kitchen was extremely well-equipped with pots, pans, bowls, and every accessory and utensil you could think of. It was a bit cold the first week in October, but we were able to build a fire each night, which was very warm & cozy. The wireless internet worked very well for us american workaholics. There was also plenty of space and bedrooms, and the property manager/housekeeper made us feel right at home & were just a quick phone call away if we needed them. They even welcomed us with a lovely spread of fruit, bread, cheese & meats, and of course, Chianti. Would highly recommend this property to anyone, and we can't wait to return!"
From Mrs. J.B. and family, USA, guests September 2013
"We have just returned from a blissful week in this gorgeous Villa, and it really exceeded all of our expectations. We received very warm welcome from the caretaker who showed us around the property and had arranged a welcome pack of breads, fruit and wine for us which was much appreciated. The property and grounds are huge, much bigger than they appear on the website, plenty of room for our party of 8 adults, there was even an extra unused single room which wasn't even mentioned on the website. The kitchen was fantastically equipped with everything you could possible need and more (Except maybe an ice bucket for the wine). Every room was spotlessly clean and very tastefully decorated. The living room didn't see much use, as were outdoors most of the time, but also as it was very hot in there as it had no ceiling fans like the bedrooms but wasn't a problem. The property itself was very isolated, which suited us but we did end up eating at home most days in the gorgeous outdoor dining and barbeque areas. The local co op in Rosia was only about 10 minutes drive away and supplied us with most of our needs. All in all this is the perfect getaway if you looking for a chilled out holiday in a beautiful Tuscan setting."
From Mr. N.H. and family, UK, guests August 2012
"Hidden away in the most peaceful of locations with outstanding gardens and grounds we found this house to be just pure bliss. Visiting the area for the first time we were delighted by the local villages, proximity to Siena, and the quality of the fixtures and fitting this house provided. From the most comfortable of beds with the finest linens to the amazing kitchen fitted to professional standard we loved every minute. The house is perfect for several couples or as in our case, two couples and a single adult, with two external bedrooms there is a high degree of privacy. Sadly the weather during our stay was dreadful so we were not able to enjoy the pool which looked delightful. We can only thank our future daughter in law for finding this gem and the owner for providing such a perfect retreat."
From Mr. A.R. and family, UK, guests September 2012
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