This spacious village home was built in the early 20th Century, leaning against the medieval town walls. Following traditional village practice, it forms a part of many houses, each intertwining with each other; but unlike many medieval houses, this one has tall rooms and airy windows, taking in the panoramic views from the village.
Previously owned by the director of Invitation To Tuscany, the house has been carefully restored and enjoys beautiful views of the Tuscan landscape from its windows and from the terrace. The main bathroom is striking, as the original medieval village walls are the backdrop to a deep club-footed bath-tub.
From a private parking space on the street level a stepped lane leads up to the front door and then continues on up to the main village street. The accommodation, all on one level, is based around a tall 'L' shaped vaulted corridor. Beautifully restored, the house is comfortably furnished and light. The big kitchen has modern equipment, a large dining table, an amazing trough of a yellow marble sink as well as a traditional Tuscan store cupboard and a sofa. Leading off the kitchen is a breakfast room, with a door to a large, furnished corner terrace, partially shaded by a pergola and having extensive views.
Opposite the kitchen is the spacious master double bedroom which has a curtained opening leading to a spacious living room with an L-shaped sofa, sat. TV and views towards the hills of Chianti. Across the corridor from the living room is another large double bedroom also enjoying the same views. Off the entrance hallway are a a full bathroom with a separate shower stall with a beautiful marble floor, a store room/laundry room and a separate WC and washbasin. The stone wall at the rear of the bathroom is part of the medieval village wall, exposed during restoration. It stitches an evocative juncture from the Middle Ages through to the elegant 19th century feel of the house with modern equipment completing the transition to the present day.
The front door opens directly onto the stepped street called Via Vannini
The vaulted entrance leads to a light-filled corridor
The central corridor has a beautiful view at the end from french windows
The french windows have a small Juliet balcony and wonderful Tuscan views.
The kitchen is perfect for testing Tuscan recipes if you can tear yourself away from the excellent local restaurants.
The kitchen has a large ancient marble sink, rescued from a demolished building
The central focus of the kitchen is this large dining table
The living room is part of the main double bedroom, giving a long space of nearly 10 metres, with high windows and beautiful views
The main double bedroom enjoys views out over the Tuscan countryside
The wall behind the bath was once the village fortified walls, so it is at least 5 or 6 hundred years old, most likely 800 years old!
The master double from the living room - curtains can be drawn across for privacy.
Another view of the double bedroom
The view from the little window. The light has burned out the view here but the human eye can see it perfectly : )
The shower is in a room of its own, with a special window to see the view down the corridor.
The second bedroom has twin beds, though these can be joined together.
The bathroom is spacious, with a shower and a full bath tub.
The house is reached via a stepped street that climbs the hill to the heart of the village. There is an excellent bar at the top of the steps for breakfast cappuccinos and evening aperitifs
This a painting of the Chianti hills from Dan's house, by Dan on his last visit to the house in September 2021
Dan’s House gave us the opportunity to stay within a friendly Tuscan hilltop town community which we thoroughly enjoyed - from eating and drinking to strolling and shopping (we were able to buy everything we needed in the town). A highlight was listening to a concert of live music in the square one evening along with other visitors and residents. The property is equipped to a very high standard with fantastic views - the marble shower cubicle deserves a special mention! The location is great for visiting other towns and villages too.Mark and family, UK staying in Dan's House . Jul 2022
Dan's house provided a superb and comfortable base to explore the delights of Tuscany. The view was incredible and the well equipped apartment made it cosy and comfortable for our family stay. The on the door step village and facilities/ restaurants were truly lovely.Jacqueline staying in Dan's House . Jul 2022
We loved our week's stay here. On the first floor of a big old house, this very spacious and comfortable apartment has been carefully restored. It feels much more like a home than a 'rental'. There is a terrace to dine on with fantastic views to the Tuscan hills. Charming Moroccan style bathroom and well appointed kitchen with 'horse trough' sink. The village location is great, a couple of minutes walk up to the pretty main street with cafes and shops. The sights of Sienna, San Gimignano, Volterra etc are all within a half hour's drive, but mostly we enjoyed staying home in Dan's House!J.K. from UK staying in Dan's House . Jun 2022
What a wonderful treat to be able to venture from the gloom of lockdown to an Italian idyll that is Dan’s House, fabulous location in a Village steeped in history. We felt privileged to be welcomed and part of it it for two glorious weeks The warmth of the villagers was on a par with the heat of the Tuscan sun. We had copious wishes for a good morning, afternoon and evening and they were fulfilled daily
We walked from the house into the Tuscan countryside to explore. The landscape was amazing and every vista deserved to be photographed and it was. Although late summer there was still an abundance of colour from the blue chicory to yellow of crocus. Scents of wild fennel mint and rosemary delighted with nature’s gifts pocketed for recipes or a cheeky cocktail enjoyed on the lovely space of the house's terrace
Dan’s House is a happy house. Lots of homely little touches and treasured possessions and furnishings. We felt pampered and very much appreciated the care taken to make our stay so enjoyable
A very special place indeed and one we hope to return toB&T frm UK staying in Dan's House . Sep 2021
There is always a chance of disappointment on a return visit but not Dan’s House; we loved it again. A real gem!Beverly staying in Dan's House . May 2022
From the terrace you might just catch an aroma of tempting pastries made in the patisserie around the corner on the street below. If you climb the steps beyond the front door you reach the main village street. Here you can enjoy daily life in one of the best Tuscan hill villages, where many of the friendly residents trace their ancestry back over five hundred years.
There are bars, restaurants, a pizzeria, excellent local food shops, banks, an enoteca, a good museum and a castle for a town hall. You can walk round the village walls and admire the brand new amphitheatre on the other side of the village, relax in the main street and enjoy the many concerts and festivals put on during balmy summer evenings.
This area is a paradise for walking, and good road connections make touring by car a delight. This house would also make a great base for a cycling holiday - there are wonderful road and off-road routes in the area, bike hire is easily arranged (including top-end road bikes and electric bikes) and the village is very bicycle-friendly.
Life is lived on the main street of the village
The whole village participates in the local Palio horse race, in early July
The whole village participates in the local Palio horse race, in early July
The ancient spa of Bagno Vignoni is less than an hour away
You can see the medieval towered town from the windows of Dan's House!
Siena is less than half an hour away
Colle val d'Elsa is a ten-minute drive and has a Michelin starred restaurant, as well as a Friday market
Pienza and the Valdorcia are around an hour and 30 minutes away by car
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.
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