Between Siena and the sea there are tree-clad hills rich in history, minerals and all the edible bounty the woods have to offer. No surprise then that in the northwest corner of Tuscany's 'Maremma', a region newly appreciated for its unspoiled beauty and crystalline coasts, the young owners of a centuries old farmhouse have prepared space to welcome their guests. This in itself is a long tradition, for this hilltop venue and its welcoming farmhouse was a favourite even in the days when the owner's grandfather was one of the local farmers who, with woodsmen and miners, came to enjoy the music and dancing that enlivened the threshing floor. While a fiddler may no longer strike up his bow, hospitality is still the order of the day. Guests are invited to share in the produce of the organic garden and try the golden olive oil of nearby trees. And if asked, Lucia may well share a secret or two that good Tuscan cooks are raised with.
While this is not a place of golden-tapped baths and satellite TVs, it is an invitation to savour the land and the Tuscan way of life. Your hosts will help you arrange for bikes or horse-trekking to discover the environs at a slower pace and, depending on the season, guide you in the harvest of mushrooms, chestnuts or wild asparagus. And in nearby villages perched on their hilltops there are weekly markets and coffee shops and summer festivals in wide piazzas - all reasons to make this hilltop your home.
Upon arriving, guests are welcomed into the large Common Room that occupies the entire ground floor of the restored hay barn. Here there is an open fireplace and a long dining table for 14 that provides the space to gather for a meal or a board game or, thanks to the available WiFi, just to send an e-mail home. A side door from the Common Room leads to a furnished terrace, with steps down to an even larger terracotta patio that takes in the sweeping view of the large infinity-edged pool and the wooded hills beyond.
Enjoying their own slice of this view are three apartments - one on the top floor of the hay barn and two on opposite corners of the ground floor of the large farmhouse. The apartments are furnished simply with an eye for clean comfort and a respect for tradition. Ensuring privacy for the couples or small families that share the wide lawns, each apartment has its own outdoor space furnished for meals al fresco or a quiet moment of lounging in the sun.
Around Monte del Bosco
While at first glance it may seem that the woods go on forever, the property is not far from the quintessential spots one has come in search of. Bocccheggiano, seen on an opposite hillside, thrived for its silver and copper mines for over six centuries; yet today people make its way to the town for a much praised restaurant and for the 'Garden of Sounds' sculpture garden which gives wind a voice. Other sounds are found just down the road at the historic Abbey of San Galgano; this Gothic church is now roofless but nonetheless a marvellous venue for concerts throughout the summer and stands near the frescoed rotonda tomb of the saint who had planted a sword in a stone to mark the end of his association with warfare. Less than a half hour away is the beautiful medieval city of Massa Marittima, where opera is performed in the cathedral square and people flock to see the 13th c. fresco of the Fertility Tree. The beaches of the Tyrrhenian coast near Follonica can be reached in under an hour and only slightly more and you could catch the ferry for a day's trip to the island of Elba. Heading in the other direction brings you to the heart of Tuscany in the ancient city of Siena and its famed shell-shaped Piazza del Campo. And at the end of the day out, how pleasing to return to a hilltop home and relax, recharge and simply think back on the day.
When needed, there is a double bedroom suite available, located between the two ground floor farmhouse apartments. This suite, with a double bed, single sofa bed and ensuite shower room, does not have kitchen facilities, apart from a kettle and drinks fridge. Please contact your agent for further details and rates.
Our Customers say:
"What a haven! This place is possibly the most tranquil place on earth. Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, Lucia came out to find us and lead us to her beautiful villa. From that moment, she was the most attentive and generous host. Nothing was too much trouble and we enjoyed her recommendations of placed to visit that were a little off the beaten track. She recommended and booked restaurants for us and even arranged bike hire. She told us about some tours too, although we didn't end up doing any. The place is gorgeous. We particularly enjoyed hearing the stories that Emilio told us about how he built the place. And everything functions brilliantly with small details to make your holiday super comfortable. Huge trays for carrying food to your individual patios, enough nooks to sit and enjoy every view at every time of day and I counted at least four different coffee making gadgets in our cupboards. The pool is possibly the nicest pool I have ever swum in. It's stone lined, three metres deep at one end with an infinity edge. It's also salt water and kind on the skin. It's fresh and the views are spectacular. It's a tranquil spot, even if you children are charging around further up the hill. What sums it up is its simplicity. It's elegant a beautiful but it's uncomplicated which is exactly what we wanted for our holiday. All in all, it was a refreshing and relaxing holiday but it was the little things which exceeded expectations. We'd love to return again, perhaps in October for the wine, olive oil and chestnut festivals which sound amazing. "
From Mrs. D.P. and family, UK, guests July 2016
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