Beautifully situated on a large estate with an olive grove and fruit trees, this Tuscany farmhouse offers spectacular views of the surrounding valleys, the hilltop towns nearby, and the Apennine Mountains. Dating back to the 16th century, this holiday accommodation in Tuscany has recently been renovated and now features a large infinity pool and furnished stone terrace. Plenty of entertainment is nearby, including a unique excursion of horseback riding with the local Countess or attending an orchestral and opera festival featuring world-renowned artists! You and your family are sure to love farm holidays in Tuscany!
(7,000 m2/75,347 ft2...)
Situated on a large estate with an olive grove and fruit trees, including plums and almonds, this two-story farmhouse dates back to the 16th century and was renovated in 2006. The exterior stonework has been carefully restored to its original condition. There is a large, elevated stone terrace with a dining table and deck chairs as well as a functioning pizza oven and barbecue. There is a large lawn in front of the house and a private infinity pool, which is open from the beginning of June to the beginning of October, (12m x 6m) with spectacular views of the valley, the hilltop towns of Toppole and Monterchi, and of the Appenine Mountains. The property is at the end of a valley of small farms cultivating sunflowers, olives, and grapes. The road leading directly to the property is paved and parking is available for up to three cars. Please be aware that about a kilometer of the road on the way to the property is unpaved, but well-maintained gravel.
235 m2/2529 ft2
Ground Floor: The main entrance opens to a living/dining room that has a couch, two armchairs, a fireplace with a wood-burning stove, and an antique oak table which seats up to 12 people. This room leads to the kitchen. The kitchen is equipped with a stove, oven, and a toaster. There is also a marble table that can seat four people. There is a glass wall overlooking the valley as well as skylights making the room bright. There is a large pantry connected to the kitchen which also houses the washing machine. To the right is a guest bathroom with a sink and toilet. A short hallway with three stairs leads to the master bedroom with a queen-sized bed (160 cm). The room's double doors open to an elevated terrace in front of the house and has a table and chairs. This bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, shower, and separate tub.
First Floor: A staircase of 12 steps leads to a quiet landing area on the first floor. Nearby is another living room with a sofa bed, suitable for one person, and a chair set around a fireplace with a wood-burning stove. This room has a separate entrance to the outside. The first bedroom has two single beds (90 cm each, which can be converted to a queen bed upon request), antique armoire, and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower. Three steps down from the hallway is a large second bedroom with a king-sized bed (200 cm), antique armoire, and rocking chair and a large ensuite bathroom with 2 sinks, a large walk-in shower, toilet, and bidet.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
* Chef Service Available: 42 Euro per person or 45 Euro per person with wine
* Pets Allowed: Additional 200 Euro security deposit
Additional amenities include: ipod dock, iron and board, fireplace - indoor, pool towels, housekeeping available - extra cost, cd, hair dryer, cook service available - extra cost, pets considered, outside area - private, independent villa, window screens - whole house, free parking on premises, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request, outside dining, american coffee maker.
Left on 07/06/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | Cindy
My husband, adult son and I, as well as my sister-in-law, her husband and their son, loved this property. Gorgeous setting with a perfect view. Great for relaxing, although we didn't spend enough time doing that during our week here. A bit of a ride to get here, but by mid-week, we were used to the drive down the mountain to the town and main roads.
The view from our bedroom window in the morning and enjoying a cappuccino on the terrace was priceless.
We visited the nearby goat farm one day, and the people we met there were so friendly and welcoming! They brought out a tray of different cheeses to sample and let us watch the milking of the goats and then we visited the young goats in their pens, who were very happy to have visitors! Also liked the town of Anghiari and the good restaurants there, particularly La Nena (where we ate twice) and another one run by a German lady which was excellent but I can't recall the name of it....
Julie's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 07/06/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | Julie
Wonderful property! Beautiful scenery.
The house and surroundings are lovely. Very enjoyable.
Anghiari is a beautiful town and we would not have gone to Arezzo if we hadn't stayed here.
Carol's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 10/27/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | Carol
We had a wonderful two weeks in Tuscany, not only "seeing the sites," but also entering into -- if only for a brief time -- the life of a small town and sharing our experiences with the friends we invited to join us. Our high expectations were surpassed.
Casa del Saraceno is stone farmhouse high on a ridge facing east, with ever-changing (Tuscan weather) views extending to Umbria, the Marches, and Emilia Romagna, and overlooking a valley of mixed woods, grape fields and olive orchards.
According to locals, Casa del Saraceno is the newest house in the village, as it dates only from the latter part of the 12th century. It is thoughtfully restored and beautifully appointed -- very attractive, comfortable, and efficient. The layout is such as to accommodate at least three couples with considerable privacy, or a very large family.
I should also mention the excellent local information provided with the house from Rentvillas, from the property's owners and from Giuseppe Dini, the caretaker, and from the information about the area gathered by previous guests and placed in the "Green Binder." Because of this wealth of local intelligence, and because the house is fully equipped, it takes no time at all to "get your feet on the ground."
Anghiari, a ten-minute drive from the house, is a wonderful town well off the beaten track of tourism, but loaded with civilized amenities, including at least three first-rate restaurants set in a walled town not very much changed from the time of the Battle of Anghiari -- the village's chief claim to historical fame. Setting aside the fine local museums, the art, and the sheer beauty of the countryside, there are numerous wonderful things to see and do. There is a local linen factory which produces exquisite work, an olive press which offers tastings, and of course, a goat farm. There are also ample small roads and trails for exploring the area on foot.
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Kate - Tvl Agt's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 10/06/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | Kate - Tvl Agt
It was fabulous! The villa was very comfortable, clean, and well equipped. The beds were comfortable, with great linens and towels. The kitchen was easy to work in and had all that is needed (pots, pans, etc). There are 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, one of which is on the main level. The terrace was a wonderful place to read, eat and visit. The pool was stunning with the most amazing views. We would certainly go back. You definitely need a car to get back and forth to Anghiari (closest town) for supplies and such. Guiseppe, the owner, was very sweet, helpful, and responsive. He met us in town and we followed him to the villa, about 4 miles out of town. No Internet at the villa, but that was just fine. There is a WiFi cafe in town.
Geri's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 09/29/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | Geri
Renovations were very well done.
Town and people were wonderful.
Amanda's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 09/08/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | Amanda
We travelled with 3 adults and three kids aged, 11, 11 and 14. All of us will have wonderful memories.
Very clean and tastefully decorated with well sized rooms, excellent bathrooms, and a good kitchen. The pool overlooks the spectacular valley. Warm, generous property manger. Thank you, Guiseppe.
Scenery and views are beautiful.
Peter's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 08/25/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | Peter
Our week in the villa was without a doubt the highlight of our two-week trip to Italy. It took our breath away when we arrived to see how beautiful it was in every way.
We enjoyed using all the rooms of the house, and all the outdoor amenities including the swimming pool, shaded outdoor dining area, BBQ grill, etc. If I had to choose one thing, I would say the large, well-designed, well-furnished kitchen was a pleasure to cook and dine in.
Anghiari is a beautiful Tuscan hill town with some lovely restaurants, beautiful views, Internet access if you want it at the central coffee shop on the square, a fantastic local market one day a week, and a very serviceable grocery store. We visited Anghiari several times and found it quite convenient. We also took 2 day trips, one to Florence and one to the Chianti region that were both very enjoyable.
Helene's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 08/18/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | Helene
The house is in an amazing setting, on a hill, with stunning views of the Tuscan countryside.
It has been beautifully renovated and has very functional bug screens on the windows.
The Infinity pool is beautiful and is about 100 m away from the house, which is safer with young kids.
We had the most relaxing and restful vacation at the house and saw a lot.
The setting and the old stones .
The views and quiet.
There are different levels outdoors and great fruit trees that made it very interesting. Great hiking trails from the house.
The pool is very nice
Bruce 's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 06/09/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | Bruce
The villa was well-appointed and the setting was beautiful looking down into the valley.
The views and the setting on the side of the mountain.
We were looking forward to watching the European Champions League final but could not pick up the station covering it on the satellite TV.
Anghiari was a beautiful, interesting, medieval town that is closest to the villa. It has a cafe with internet access and a fine restaurant; the ladies purchased some jewelry at Giuseppe's daughter's shop.
Martha's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 11/05/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | Martha
Wonderful experience from the moment we arrived. Giuseppe the keyholder was very helpful and warm. The house was wonderful. I love to cook and found the kitchen to be very well equipped. The views are wonderful and majestic. The town of Anghiari is absolutely gorgeous and has wonderful food.
The location is spectacular and of course, the house.
There was not much to dislike. Maybe the fact that i had to kill two scorpions.
Very close to wonderful towns.
Lottie's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 10/29/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | Lottie
Very pleasant experience.
We liked the view, the privacy, and the authenticity and design of the house.
The road to get to the property is narrow with steep drops on the side. There are no posts, barriers or reflectors to indicate the edge of the road on the cliff side and so we hoped not to meet anyone on the road and would not travel the road at night. The armoire for the bedroom on the top floor was inadequate for a couple and would only be useful for a child, even though there was a queen size bed in the room. There was no place for clothing, or luggage.
The town of Anghirari (which was 15 minutes away) was very charming.
Martha's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 10/22/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | Martha
Very relaxing. We felt right at home. Well-equipped kitchen. The pool was wonderful.
Remoteness, quiet, the pool, the house set up. We had everything we needed.
Scorpions. It would have been very helpful to know about them in advance. They were discovered in many places inside the house. I was stung and it was painful.
Toby's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 09/10/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | Toby
The house is in a lovely spot and has a well appointed kitchen although no pasta maker, despite the description, and Giuseppe is charming.
The location is stunning and Anghiari is a beautiful town to have nearby. Pool is also lovely. House is charming and so is Giuseppe.
Too many scorpions - at least 3-4 every day. The heat was also oppressive. If I was coming to the same area again at the same time of year I would look for a property with air conditioning.
The tranquility and views, and Anghiari. We weren't there to see sights, although did visit and enjoy Arezzo and Siena, and the short trip to Monterchi to see Piero de la Francesca's Pregnant Madonna. The frequent sightings of wild boar, with their young, were also a highlight.
Susan's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 08/20/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | Susan
We had an outstanding time. Perfect place for two families--enough space to be together and apart. The pool was essential for kids.
We loved the view, the outside access, and the care and detail on the interior furnishings. We also loved the well stocked kitchen, the pizza fireplace, the infinity pool, and the peace.
Not much. Landscaping would enhance the look.
Loved the rural setting--such a contrast to the populated medieval towns.
Henry's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 07/23/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | Henry
Peaceful and very relaxing
The remote location, view, and rustic nature of the house.
The location relative to the house and the path to the swimming pool. It was hard to use at night.
The wooded countryside and the many hill towns within easy driving area.
William's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 07/02/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | William
It was sublime, like living in a Renaissance painting.
We loved the views down into the valley, the families of wild boar that we saw in the distant fields, the infinity pool, the lavender garden, the tranquility and beautiful rusticity of the rooms in the villa, especially around the dining table, the peace and spaciousness.
The narrow, twisting road up to it.
The fields, the old part of Anghiari, the back road to Arezzo, the overall pace and peace around town.
Petko's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 06/18/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Petko
The garden and the swimming pool
Maxwell's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 06/11/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | Maxwell
Great place--as good as in the photos.
The whole package.
We brought some kitchen things, as suggested. Turns out they weren't needed, so it was just wasted space to carry them.
Angihari is the nearest town.
Dianna's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 06/04/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | Dianna
We had a wonderful time! The relaxed and peaceful atmosphere are great for a a more laid back vacation. We hiked, read, and the well appointed kitchen inspired us to try our hand at Italian cooking. The pool is excellent and although the water was cool, 4 in our group went for a swim.
The comfortable villa and the lush grounds surrounding it combined with the beautiful Tuscan scenery made every day special.
We really had no complaints, but a few in our group of 8 found the steps a little challenging.
Plenty of interesting plants and a few interesting animals with lots of areas to hike. There are a few other restored houses in the area and a few that have not been restored so plenty to see. There is also a goat farm where they make wonderful cheeses nearby.
Denise's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 11/13/2010 for a stay in October 2010 | Denise
On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give our experience a 9.5.
The overall appointment of the villa was wonderful. The IPod player and satellite TV were enjoyed. The kitchen had more in it than we expected, including an American coffee pot and a dishwasher. We stayed 3 weeks and appreciated the weekly cleaning services and tipped the cleaning service when we left. The one thing we did miss was WIFI and would hope the homeowners could provide that for future guests.
The bugs and spiders. We so wished we could have found a bug "bomb" that we could have set-off during the day when we were gone. The little mountain drive to the villa was not great but we got used to it.
We absolutely HIGHLY recommend the area. The small mountain villages were ideal. Very few tourists which was great. Although it was not easy to find locals who spoke much English, with our dictionaries in hand, we survived wonderfully. I will ONLY stay in country towns when I visit anywhere in Europe again. We took many day trips and saw all we wanted. We took one overnight stay to Cinque Terra and that was perfect.
Sergey's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 09/11/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | Sergey
The pool was refreshing - even in the August heat, the pool was nice and cool.
It's a dream come true. The location couldn't be beat.
Sharon's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 08/21/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | Sharon
Very peaceful and relaxing! Just the holiday we needed!
The setting and authenticity.
We enjoyed the town of Anghiari and the immediate countryside of the area. Really felt like you were in a different world.
Marianne's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 08/14/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | Marianne
The setting, the renovation and the high quality furnishings.
The charming town of Anghiari.
Victoria's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 07/31/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | Victoria
we were happily surprised by the house especially the views which were utterly jaw dropping.
The views of course!
The nearest town was quite fabulous and very few tourists which is always wonderful!!! There were great local restaurants and everyone was very friendly.
Nancy's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 07/24/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | Nancy
A lovely home on a ideal perch of land looking over the rolling hills of Tuscany, and the infinity pool is absolute perfection! It exceeded our expectations. It was hard to leave.
The peaceful setting, the garden, the amazing pool and views. The house has been beautifully renovated and well furnished. The kitchen was very well stocked. We enjoyed dinner at the large outdoor table many of the nights.
The hungry bugs outside. The upstairs bedroom with the 2 twin beds could use a ceiling fan for better air circulation.
Peaceful setting. We enjoyed visiting the goat cheese farm down the road from the house.
Kollol's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 07/17/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | Kollol
The villa was wonderful. The setting is absolutely gorgeous, marvelous vistas. The pool was great, particularly after long day trips to the wonderful surrounding towns.
The setting was so peaceful. Our two families enjoyed the surroundings very much. We saw deer and wild boars. We enjoyed walking on the winding country roads.
We did have some bugs in the evenings. Mosquito nets in all the bedrooms would be a nice touch.
The scenery was very peaceful. The views from the infinity pool was amazing.
Cam's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 06/26/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | Cam
Our week at the villa was wonderful and relaxing.
It was very peaceful and quiet there.
It is not very close to the freeway system and so it took lots of time to go to other cities in Tuscany.
It was very lush and green.
Donna's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 06/05/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | Donna
Excellent, despite rather disappointing weather. The clouds and the rain couldn't mask the gorgeous setting.
Spaciousness and comfort, right down to the quality of the linens and the dishes and utensils.
A little isolated; must have a car even to get to closest town.
Green, forested hills goat farm just down the road small villages of historical and artistic interest within short distances.
Kevin's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 10/31/2009 for a stay in October 2009 | Kevin
The views are spectacular! The house is very comfortable and all amenities are provided. Kitchen is excellent. We made some great meals with the local fresh pastas and vegetables.The beds are very comfortable and beautifully decorated. Due to the location of the house high on a hill, the drive to the villa is challenging to an unfamiliar driver.
The view! Shangri-La like!!!Infinity pool is beautiful.
Anghiari is a charming Tuscan hill town.
Christina's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 10/31/2009 for a stay in October 2009 | Christina
We went to Casa del Saraceno to celebrate my mother's birthday. There were nine of us in all, including 2 small children and it was perfect for a big group. We all loved it and highly recommend it for groups.
The property was beautiful. Peaceful with stunning views. The whole house is very well equipped and the property was designed so that there was enough privacy for everyone.
Good walks near the house - into the hills or down to a small stream. The view from the swimming pool is breathtaking.
Sophie's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 08/31/2009 for a stay in August 2009 | Sophie
A beautiful setting, a perfect way to relax.
Its privacy and setting.
That during the day it needed more shade in order to eat outside.
The local town of Anghiari was lovely and had everything we needed.
Meily's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 08/31/2009 for a stay in August 2009 | Meily
We had a wonderful time, very relaxing, amazing views.
All amenities were available. Giuseppe, the caretaker, was always available for any queries. The pool is beautiful. Extremely peaceful and quiet. Also great that the cleaning was included in the price.
The area around the pool the pool deck was full of small pebbles which stick to your feet and make it a bit difficult to walk on.
Conveniently close to Anghiari by car for groceries. Beautiful hikes in the area, the kids enjoyed hiking down to the stream below, which was full of tadpoles and frogs eggs!
Ann's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 06/30/2009 for a stay in June 2009 | Ann
We had a wonderful holiday. It was a beautiful, peaceful
place, the perfect location for a reunion with old friends,
plenty of reading and relaxing too.
The property felt like home without any of the hassles.
It was a 15 minute from the nearest town.
It was amazingly unspoilt. We felt the views across the valley were unchanged from hundreds of year ago.
Julie's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 11/30/2008 for a stay in November 2008 | Julie
What a fantastic place to stay relax and enjoy. Beautifully renovated peaceful villa. 2 Moms, 5 kids, and a super place to unwind and enjoy.
Loved the homey atmosphere. A super rental spot with all the amenities.
We spent a week in the rain so really did not get a chance to explore the immediate surroundings. The bugs, however, did also want to get out of the rain and visit us inside.
The quiet secluded area. Incredible view.
Stephanie's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 07/31/2008 for a stay in July 2008 | Stephanie
It was simply an outstanding experience on all levels comfort, luxury, view, decor...from cooking utensils to poolside chairs, the property has everything you'd ever need.. and then some.
The property combined the best elements and benefits of staying at a hotel, while enjoying all the comforts of home. We truly could not have asked for more.
The bugs.. but not much anybody can do about them -
The peace, the quiet, the view, the pool -
Flemming's review of Casa del Saraceno
Left on 07/31/2008 for a stay in July 2008 | Flemming
Our families, including the kids, really enjoyed the stay and we all hope to come back
A marvelous house at a fantastic place. We appreciated that the house was restored in Tuscany style, at the same time as it was very luxury. The pool was simply the best.
We found some scorpions.
Completely isolated place, but only 10-15 minutes from the beautiful town of Anghiari.
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