This large stone house, carefully restored and furnished with exceptional taste and sensitivity to the comforts of modern travellers, began its life as a place of refuge. You can read the owner's account of bring Eremo back to life here: Restoring Eremo. Now, coming full circle to its late 12th century convent origins, there is an air of protected peace and gentle retreat about this ancient residence. Set in a wildlife reserve in the hills overlooking the Arno valley, L'Eremo is positioned to enjoy long vistas to rising horizons and close-up glimpses of the shy animals that are part of the Tuscan tapestry. Yet it is the house itself that will be savoured by its guests, and it is to it and to them that the owners have dedicated their efforts.
In a lengthy labour of love, the owners laid gentle hands on the original structure and layout, the result of which has preserved spacious rooms and features not often found in a Tuscan home. One is seen as soon as you enter the arched door on the eastern facade, for no sooner are you in the house than you can see out of it - into the lovely inner courtyard at the heart of the house. In the living area another delight - a central stone pillar supporting four wide arches under which comfortable sofas and chairs afford the perfect place to recount the day's discoveries.
And so it goes throughout the house, everywhere there is something to appreciate. The kitchen areas would please any chef, both the spacious two-stationed professional kitchen as well as the handy kitchen next to the dining room, for they are nicely furnished to give the sense of home, yet equipped with everything necessary to cook for a crowd, including a high-speed dishwasher and a pasta boiler. Off the main kitchen is another living area perfect for younger guests, for with toys, TV and video equipment, a table for eight, an open fireplace and access to a furnished terrace outdoors, it can entertain for many hours running.
Beyond the dining room, which seats 16 comfortably, is the only ground floor bedroom, with ensuite shower room and a door to a small, furnished terrace. The last room on this floor is the studio, a restful place to read, play the electronic keyboard, write an overdue postcard or simply marvel at the treasure in the floor, the remnants of a foundation wall that stood 1,000 years ago - a humbling memento.
On the upper floor there are two additional living areas and seven charming bedrooms, each distinctive in look, but all beautiful places in which to wake up. In all the bedroom suites in this large house, in addition to the beamed ceilings and terracotta flooring, there is a lovely mix of well-selected country antiques, lovely fabrics and the whimsy of ceramics. Most bedrooms have ensuite bath or shower rooms, though two share a nearby bathroom and one has a lovely shower room just across the large Hall containing a beautiful pietra serena fireplace. One final suite remains; accessed off the wide enclosed loggia, it includes a sitting room with sofa bed, a shower room and a lovely bedroom under the eaves.
Despite the great comfort of the interiors, guests will probably want to head out into the six landscaped acres that surround the property - perhaps to gather around the pizza oven on a night someone comes to reveal a pizzaiolo's secrets, or else under the vine-covered pergola that will seat the whole group for al fresco dining. Across the wide lawn is a large swimming pool connected to a children's wading pool by a cascading waterfall, and a shaded furnished pergola and a poolhouse with shower room, changing room, and refrigerator to save the trek back to the house.
Add the fact that a charming Caretaker stands ready to help you realize all the excursions and in-house activities you may wish to build into your Tuscan holiday, and L'Eremo is just about perfect. A highlight for many guests is having a chef come to the property and prepare a delicious catered meal for you after a hard day's sightseeing. Eremo's chefs offer fabulous four course Tuscan meals - and can even teach you to cook the very same dishes if you would like a cooking course. For a more simple fare we can have a Pizzaiolo come to fire up the villa's traditional Pizza oven and show you how to bake perfect Pizzas on a woodfire.
This elegant villa is spacious with heavenly, breathtaking views. The pool and gardens are impressive and well-maintained. The different areas inside and out to work or be creative - including a Yamaha piano keyboard - were wonderful.
The breakfast service of coffee and croissants was appreciated. If it had included tea, milk, cereal and some fresh fruit it would have been ideal.
The main draw back was the loss of WiFi for much of the stay which resulted in eye watering roaming charges and missing deadlines as the stay had been planned with decent WiFi being available at the villa. This issue should be clarified on the website.
Also, a few more groceries on arrival including tea, bread, eggs, cheese and a few vegetables for example would have made for an easier start as it is a drive away from shops. (This has been done at other Invitation to Tuscany villas eg Villa Goga).
The pizza making option advertised on the website was not available and the cost of a chef coming to prepare a dinner was high for a large group. The meal was delicious but a simpler proposition of a light dinner at a more affordable cost would have been desirable. We were not able to eat the large quantity of food served.
We discovered the sizable train station down the hill in Pontichino (not apparent from the main road) and took the train to Florence which made for an pleasant day out.
Sofia, Sara and Corrado did their best to help us and we appreciated their efforts. Owner Arthur called as well which was also appreciated. Overall we had a special and memorable extended family gathering in a beautiful villa.Nadia & family staying in Eremo . Aug 2022
Dear Arthur, Martha, Henry & Teddy — Eremo was the perfect spot to gather together our large family. The setting from the villa to the pool to the beautiful scenery was fantastic. The pool was a favorite gathering spot in the afternoons and we enjoyed several relaxing evenings dining on the chef’s wonderful meals. Thank you for creating such a wonderful villa to visit.C&B S, Conneticut, USA staying in Eremo . Sep 2016
Villa Eremo and all its charms have been the perfect spot for our family group of 14 to be together to help celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Over the past four weeks, this formed our base for exploring Tuscany & over to Venice, on to Cinque Terre, down to the Amalfi Coast, Rome and even a day of boating on Lake Trasimeno. Everyone felt very special in our beautiful bedrooms decorated so beautifully with lovely linens and draperies. Our evenings playing card games, reading, sharing stories and laughter in the roomy family room & of course the pool. A special shout out & mille grazie to the staff who could not do enough for us. The chef’s special torta della Nonna — twice! during our stay made everything even more wonderful. Arrivederci & grazieThe R. family, Conneticut, USA staying in Eremo . Jun 2016
We had a fabulous time at your beautiful villa. It is a perfect venue for a group gathering. The staff and the lovely chefs were so wonderful and accommodating. Many thanks for a wonderful vacation!Carolyn & David W., Kristine & Rick S staying in Eremo . Jun 2017
Thank you for making our stay so special. It was perfect for our large family, the staff were very kind and helpful. The pool was an excellent way to spend long, hot days during our stay. We also appreciate all the support leading up to our arrival. The property is very special and we will always have great memories from our stay.K and R s. and family, UK and Mumbai staying in Eremo . Dec 2017
Words cannot express our heartfelt gratitude for your hospitality and for making all of our wedding dreams come true. We had a wedding in a beautiful villa with the hills of Tuscany in the background surrounded by all our favourite people. It was truly a fairy tale! We enjoyed every minute spent at Eremo and all the great experiences we shared. What wonderful memories!K, P, J, S and E from Ontario staying in Eremo . May 2012
Thanks to our hosts and their wonderful staff for making our stay at Eremo the most amazing seven days imaginable. Whether it was lazing by the pool side on hot sunny afternoons, enjoying a glass of wine on one of the many patios, the fabulous dinners in the dining room, or watching the sun set over the Tuscan hills, every moment was a dream come true. On behalf of all of our family and friends who stayed here with us, thank youTom & Jane, Ontario staying in Eremo . Dec 2012
Thanks for the great hospitality. The villa is beautiful and we enjoyed our stay. Italy is also beautiful and we cannot wait to come back. Special thanks to Rosetta, Roberta and Simone for taking great care of us. The dinners were spectacular!Mike and Jean, VA staying in Eremo . Feb 2012
A wonderful week with family – such a beautiful villa. Lovely fragrances, excellent dinners with Roberto. Rosetta & Simone – such wonderful people and so pleasant and helpful. Rosetta made our stay a great pleasure. Also a great thunderstorm over the valley – quite a spectacular light and sound show. Pool lovely – a respite from the heat. This is our second stay – enjoyed it so much.Ann & John, Ontario staying in Eremo . Dec 2012
Thank you Rosetta and Simone for two wonderful weeks. Eremo is a great family home. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. This is a magical place for family and close friends to enjoy. An unsurpassed ‘villa’ experience.J.B. from California staying in Eremo . Feb 2012
Just got home and wanted to thank you personally for all your help particularly on our first day . The trip was great - the villa was wonderful & the staff fantastic. Please accept our sincerest thanks for all your kindness and helpMr. R.C. and family, USA staying in Eremo . Dec 2011
If you'd prefer to eat out there are a number of excellent local restaurants. For a luxury experience and an excellent wine list we recommend Osteria del Borro on the Ferragamo estate, 20 minutes drive away. For something more intimate - and for a chance to see the fabulous views from the hilltop town of Civitella in Val di Chiana, try Osteria Antico Borgo just 10 minutes away.
Meat eaters will enjoy Ristorante Neda, a typical simple Tuscan restaurant that makes an excellent "Bistecca alla Fiorentina", a thick tender steak (3" thick!) that is served "blue" as the French might say, or very rare. If you're visiting Arezzo, you should try the Lancia d'Oro in the city's Piazza Grande - go in the evening and enjoy the city's evening walk up the Corso where everybody strolls to admire and to be admired.
And if you want to enjoy the restaurants' wine list without guilt we can arrange a car and driver for you.
Whether for large family reunions, festive events or a business retreat, this house can accommodate it all.
Villa Eremo is in Chianti, giving plenty of scope for wine-tasting trips. We can help you book these - but here are our main tips on local wine-tasting venues:
Il Borro is a large estate once owned by the Savoy dynasty, the Italian ex-royal family. Today it is owned and run by the Ferragamo family and is home to boutique and artisan shops, a fine restaurant and excellent cellars. Book a wine tour and stay for lunch or dinner.
In nearby Montepulciano you could visit the Tenuta Valdipiatta known for its excellent Vino Nobile. If you'd prefer the Classic area of Chianti, you could visit Brolio Castle near the village of Gaiole or nearby Badia a Coltibuono.
Beyond the famous art cities many of the local villages and towns have their own festivals - sometimes medieval re-enactments like the Giostra del Saracino in Arezzo, normally held twice, once at the end of June and then again in early September. Or the famous Palio of Siena, held on July 2nd and August the 16th.
Or celebrations of local foods, like the Sheep's Cheese Festival in Pienza Pecorino Festival or even the Frog festival in Brozzi, close to Florence. For more usual foods, try the Pasta Sagra in Fratta, close to Cortona.
Eremo is well placed to get to Siena - you could stay here to go and the famous Palio race around Piazza del Campo. And famous Florence is close by too, and can be easily and conveniently reached by train from Arezzo.
The fact that its location makes it a great base for exploring local hills on horseback or reaching medieval city festivals and antique markets in less than half an hour can only make it better.
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 "XCover" 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.
Please ring us with any queries - there are a lot of answers in our FAQ page too. If you want to keep searching, have a look at our suggestions below!