Quercia 2 to 3

Tuscan farmhouse apartment near an historic abbey

Nice little touches

  • Staying here is a chance to experience an older time, a slowing of lives fast rhythms to something more human and healing.

Good to know

  • The Wifi is centered around the common room (which also has games and books) in order to give guests a little internet downtime.

This is a charming apartment for two on a small farm-holding south-west of Siena.

Quercia means "oak" in Italian and this house is surrounded by hills covered with dark-leaved evergreen oaks. With Between Siena and the sea there are tree-clad hills rich in history, minerals and all the edible bounty the woods have to offer; in the northwest corner of Tuscany's 'Maremma', a region appreciated for its unspoiled beauty and crystalline coasts, the young owners of a centuries old farmhouse have prepared space to welcome their guests. This apartment sleeps two adults plus a child under 12 on the sofa-bed in the kitchen.

Today visitors are invited to share in the produce of the organic garden and try the golden olive oil of nearby trees. If asked, Lucia may well share a secret or two that good Tuscan cooks are raised with.

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.

Accommodation

On the ground floor of the main farmhouse and on the corner nearest the lawn leading to the pool, Quercia's large main room is entered through a glass door off a stone walkway at the back of the house.

The door, curtained for privacy, allows light to flood into the large room in which there are kitchen facilities, a wood stove, a dining table for 4 and a sofa that can be used as a single bed when desired. Off a short corridor at the back of this room there is a shower room and a large bedroom, which can be set up as a double or a twin with prior request.

While guests staying in Quercia have use of all shared areas of the property, they also have a furnished area on the lawn to the left of the entrance reserved for them. Here there are lounge chairs, an umbrella and a dining area for meals al fresco.

Features

Villa Details

  • Heating by firewood stove - firewood included
  • Shared pool
  • Insect screens
  • Free wifi available in the common room and in some areas of faggio and outdoor areas

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

  • 1 double/twin bedroom
  • 1 sofa-bed
  • 1 shower-room

Kitchen equipment

  • Coffee maker (american and italian)
  • Kettle
  • Oven
  • Toaster

Amenities

  • Baby bed and high chair on request
  • Portable barbecue on request
  • Fans (on request)
  • Iron and ironing board on request
  • Washing machine in shared laundry

What's included

  • Final cleaning included
  • Pool towels provided

Extras on request

  • Arrival groceries available on request

Outdoors

  • Shared pool - dim: 8 x 20 m., depth .1.40–3 m. pool has circular steps in a corner of the shallow end. patio at one end for sun loungers. infinity edge and very panoramic position
  • Mountain bikes for hire
  • Events and excursions can be organised
  • Furnished outdoor areas

Nearby

  • Tennis court in montieri, 9 km.
  • Restaurant nearby bistro in ciciano, 4 km and pizzeria in montieri, 9 km

Photos

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Reviews

“ Quercia was something special ”

Quercia was something special. The whole complex is beautifully laid out, in a stunning position in the hills, and has the best pool I've experienced. Lucia, the owner, is friendly, helpful and generous. Our initial journey was considerably longer than it should have been because of an accident on the motorway, but she waited up till midnight to welcome us. Fresh tomatoes, eggs, and onions just for us to help ourselves. Local wine at 4 euros a litre. Everything is quite simple, but having been to Montestigliano in 2000, that seems to be the Tuscan style. We didn't lack for anything. The only drawback for some might be the hill track to get there (1 km driving from the main road), but it's OK as long as you take everything slowly!

G.D. from UK staying in Quercia . Sep 2017

“ we were blown away by the infinity pool ”

Service rating : After a number of years booking holidays online through big brand travel agencies (i.e. Booking.com, Expedia etc), what a refreshing experience booking through 'Invitation to Tuscany' was! As this trip to Italy was for my first wedding anniversary, I wanted to ensure that this trip was extra special for my wife and I.

From the outset, the booking process was very clear. Moreover Lyn was always on hand to respond promptly to any questions I had about the area plus any additional queries I had in advance of my trip.

The personal touches were the bits that really stood out over previous experiences booking through more recognised, but less personable providers. The information pack received before our trip was fantastic and proved to be a very handy guide on our day trips. All of the information we had received both before and to take with us on our trip meant that it wasn't necessary to contact Lyn or our designated contact provided in advance during our stay in Italy. No doubt the level of service would have still been great though had we needed to.

What more can I say other than it was a pleasure to book with you. The villa and our hosts were brilliant. Thanks also for all of your tips which helped me to plan our activities. We wouldn't hesitate to book again with Invitation to Tuscany when looking at our next stay in Italy. Product: A very picturesque drive down from Bologna to Southern Tuscany where we had coordinates in our Sat Nav, allowing us to find our villa in Quercia with ease.

We were greeted upon arrival by our host Lucia. After unloading the luggage from our car, Lucia showed us around the property. Not only were we impressed by our villa with complimentary touches (bread, olive oil, coffee etc) we were blown away by the infinity pool, with incredible picture postcard views overlooking the sprawling woods. Couldn't wait to jump in...and we did, a number of times during our stay.

For my wife and I, the villa was situated in a great area for us to drive to various areas of Tuscany (such as Siena) in good time, and certainly to have quick access to purchase essentials, typically from Coop in nearby Ciciano. I must stress though that we barely needed much food as Lucia and her husband were happy for us to pick at their homegrown produce of garlic, butternut squash, onions, tomatoes etc at any time, which we did! We both enjoy throwing meals together so it was great to use local Italian produce for this purpose.

Being young and adventurous, we often didn't return to the Villa from our day trips until fairly late. When we did, there was a communal area where we sat down with Lucia, her husband and some German guests staying at another villa on the estate to share stories (in GCSE German and broken Italian) over a bottle (or two) of tuscan wine and nibbles. This was lots of fun.

We couldn't have asked for a more idyllic, authentically rustic Italian villa with nicer hosts. The location was also great. If ever in Southern Tuscany again, I will definitely head back.

Note: the only thing I would say would be to take or purchase some insect repellant in Italy for your stay if you are susceptible to being bitten, especially if venturing into far flung regions away from any of the cities.

O.P. staying in Quercia . Sep 2016

Where is Quercia ?

Getting here

  • Pisa Airport: 1hr 45 mins
  • Florence Airport 1hr 30 mins
  • Rome Airport: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Piombino Port for ferry to Elba 1hr

Around Quercia

At first glance it may seem that the woods go on forever, yet 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.

Just down the road is 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.

Nearby

  • Restaurant and Sunday a.m. grocery in Ciciano, 4 km, Chiusdino, 6 km
  • Historic Abbey and concert venue at San Galgano, 8 km
  • Pizzeria, tennis court, horseback riding at Montieri, 9 km
  • Restaurants and festivals in Massa Marittima, 22 ams & Radicondoli, 27 km
  • Seaside and train connections at Follonica, 41 kms
  • Medieval cities of Siena, 50 km, San Gimignano 60 km

Local Towns and Places to Visit

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Booking Notes

  • This property requires a 200 euro cash deposit on arrival. This will be returned minus any costs or damage on your departure.

Worth knowing

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.

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