This place for four with a private pool is a delightful retreat, one of a handful of typical Tuscan stone houses situated in the tiny hamlet of San Martino, nestled between the Chianti hills and Valdichiana. Stay here to step back in time and enjoy the slower pace of a bygone age, which still remains in corners of Italy.
The apartment is on the first floor of the house, with an independent entrance approached by a wide flight of external steps, leading up to a covered portico. Below the house sits a large pool to relax and refresh on those long summer days.
The artist owners live in their own flat on the ground floor but the pool, the grounds and the outdoor seating area and pergola are always private for the guests.
The apartment is situated on the first floor of the house, with an independent entrance approached by a wide flight of external steps, leading up to the covered porch.
The snug sitting room is comfortably furnished and has an open fireplace. To the left is the dining area with an enclosed kitchen unit which is compact and practical housing all that you might need to cook. A corridor leads to two double bedrooms and a shared bathroom with shower and a small tub. There is also a reading room full of books to browse.
The laundry room is on the lower level of the house. To the front courtyard in one of the old farm buildings is a bread/pizza oven, characteristic of the Tuscan farmhouse, where once a week the bread would be made to last the whole week, hence so many recipes with bread! Here too is a dining table to enjoy summer evenings.
To the side of the house just above the pool is a furnished covered area, perfect for coffee or an aperitivo, to take time to read or just be.
Below the house is the swimming pool - 10x5 metres. Please note that it is deep - hence the warning about children. It is 1.7 metres at the shallow end, 2.5 at the deepest, so only suitable for good swimmers. There are loungers by the pool and it's the perfect spot to relax and refresh on those long summer days.
We loved to stay at this beautiful house, great location and amazing host. The area is nice and quiet.Khalid staying in Artist's Retreat . Aug 2022
We are on a 6 week Italian holiday and booked this beautiful Villa in middle of our trip . Was perfectly timed after a busy few weeks to relax in such a beautiful setting was magic . Loved the personal touches - bottle of wine in fridge, bowl of fresh fruit and fresh flowers . The pool is amazing and the peaceful surroundings are just as I imagined. Can not rate this villa highly enough .Andrea staying in Artist's Retreat . Aug 2022
Ideal for walking or exploring by bike, the area is full of small medieval hamlets and castles. The nearest village of Ambra at 2 km has all amenities; supermarket, post office, pharmacy, laundry and other shops to browse. There are also a couple of riding stables in the vicinity.
Siena, where the famed Palio horse race takes place twice a year in its unique fan shaped piazza, is within easy reach. A visit to it’s richly decorated cathedral is also a must.
For availability and pricing see the calendar above. If you have any questions or would like help choosing, we visit our properties regularly and can help you choose and book the best villa for your holidays.
We can hold dates for you for 48 hours while you make sure everything lines up, then you simply pay the deposit (30% of total) to secure your booking. The balance will then be due 10 weeks before you travel. You can also add "Booking Protect" to your booking for a full refund if you can't travel.
Many local administrations now charge a “Tourist Tax” for people staying in rented accommodation and these vary from town to town. The charges are generally per person per night with a maximum number of nights, usually around 5 but sometimes 7, beyond which they will not charge. The charges range between 50 cents to 3 euro. Children are sometimes included, sometimes not and these charges should be collected by the property owners.
It can often be faster to contact us to ask for advice - we visit all the houses so can give you first hand advice based on your wishlist. Once you find a villa you like we can hold dates for you for up to 48 hours while you check flights or make sure everybody is on board.
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