Cutinolo is an ensemble of two houses bordering a large lawn. Cutinolo Podere sleeps 10 people. The other house, the former stables Cutinolo Forno(also featured in our portfolio), sleeps 6 people. Furthermore there is a dependance which is let to long term tenants. Although not fenced, each accommodation has a separate entrance and outdoor sitting area.
Cutinolo Podere is a generous, colourful and cheerful house. Filled with sunlight, large French windows on the ground floor rooms allow you to move freely between indoors and outside. The front of the house has a spacious pergola with table and chairs. The decoration of the house is the result of a family collaboration in choosing the colours, actually doing the paint-work, designing the kitchen and finding the right furniture at antique shops and markets. The swimming pool 7 x 15 metres is equipped with sun beds and deck chairs. The house is surrounded by vineyards and open landscape. Next to the house a road (cars can be heard from the house) leads from a hamlet in the north (where is located the Castello Maremma / also featured in our portfolio) to Capalbio, a charming Tuscan hilltop village which has become fashionable over the last 10 years.
The sandy beach is at a distance of 14 km. The main hamlet of the estate is 5 km away. This is also the closest shopping area with a small supermarket, a bar, a bank and a post office. The closest village is Albinia at 10 km distance. In the vicinity there is an excellent restaurant. Many more are to be found at not more than a 15 to 20 minute drive. Daytrips to Capalbio, Tarquinia, Saturnia spas, WWF National Maremma park, islands of Giglio, Giannutri and Monte Argentario are possible from here.
About the estate and the Maremma
A lesser known and therefore all the more captivating part of Tuscany, the Maremma extends along the southern Tuscan coast. As it moves away from the sea, the land slowly rises, shaping hills covered in olive groves, fields and woods. Cutinolo belongs to a large private estate which consists mainly of woodland and Mediterranean 'macchia'.
Since several hundred years the estate belongs to the same family. The estate was originally 8000 hectares, reduced to 3000 by state expropriation. Over 95% remains woodland, and of the remaining 150, just 18 hectares of the finest land has been transformed into vineyards by the owner, since 1995. In 1759 the owner brought agriculture to the previously malaria infested swamp that was the Maremma. Today it is the new frontier for Tuscan agriculture. Here the owner continues to forge new ground and is at the forefront of those bringing new wine making techniques to the region.
The Maremma is the last stretch of unspoiled coastline in Italy. The hills of the Monti dell’ Uccellina form the core of the Parco Naturale della Maremma, an incredibly beautiful nature reserve with a breathtaking landscape of cliffs, forested hills, coastal marshes and beaches, a haven for deer, boar, wild horses and the ghostly Maremma cattle. Visit Scansano, Grosseto, Castiglione and the trendy harbor of Puntala. Birdwatchers will not want to miss the lagoons at Argentario, Orbetello, and Burano, stopovers for migrating waterfowl. Think of the Maremma for nature, bird-watching, views, hilltop villages, and wines.
Geographical location: the hamlet lies close to the village of Albinia and the town of Orbetello, at the beginning of the peninsula of Argentario. The closest larger city is Grosseto.
Distances: Siena is a 1 hour's drive from the estate, Rome, Florence and Pisa are 2 hours. Viterbo, former papal residence is at less than an hour's drive, and Tarquinia and Tuscania are reached in one hour.
Closest shopping: in Albinia at 10 km away you will find an excellent supermarket and many specialized shops. Near the house, just at the bottom of the hill at less than 1 km, there is an alimentari (small grocery shop), bar, bank and post office.
The beach and the sea: a beach of fine sand, the Gianella beach, stretches along the coast. The water is clean and ususally warm enough to swim in from Mid-May to October. The sea is generally not rough. The shallow sandy beach is suitable for small children. Giannella beach is a free public beach with many bathing establishments, bars, restaurants. It is ideal for families with small children. Car parking is possible all along the coast. During July and August Gianella is more busy, but newer crowded. You can hire a boat to visit the hidden creeks of the islands Giglio and Giannutri.
Sightseeing in the vicinity: the breathtaking towns of Pitigliano, Sovana and Sorano, the papal city Viterbo, the village of Manciano and the medieval hilltop village Capalbio, just to name a few. Not far are the hot springs at Saturnia, with the famous sulphorous waters and the elegant SPA with its beauty treatments.
Nature: in the National Park 'Uccellina' marked footpaths will lead you through incredibly beautiful pine woods to hidden creeks, past romantic ruins of fortified watch-towers and the abbey of San Rabano, built by monks who arrived from Rhodes in the 10th century.
The Etruscans: a trip through what was known as Etruria is one of the most interesting archaeological excursions in Italy. Tarquinia and Tuscania, only 25 km away from the estate, boast worldwide famous archeological excavations which should not be missed.
The Argentario: a peninsula just south of the estate, famous for the mediterranean 'macchia' and the jet-set holiday resorts Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole.
Horseback riding: a tradition in Maremma. At a 20 minute drive there is a riding stable with horses of Maremman breed.
Golf: there are two golf courses in the area. At a 20 minute drive the Golf Club Maremmello has 9 holes, Par 70. The famous Punta Ala Golf course is at an hour's drive away and has 18 holes, Par 72.
Wine and food: fresh vegetables, tender salads, ripe tomatoes, wild boar and game, Pecorino - the local sheep cheese and of course the excellent red wine Morellino di Scansano which is gaining considerable attention from experts. We have written out a list of restaurants we can recommend in the immediate neighbourhood which you will find in the house.
Additional amenities include: pergola, barbecue only upon request, to be advised upon booking, iron and ironing board, air conditioning in the bedrooms on the first floor.TripAdvisor property ID 2050071...Read more
Left on 07/10/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 10, 2013Stayed Jun 2013
We had a great holiday in Cutinolo Podere with two families of four sharing. The houses is mid-countryside and surrounded by crops and farms. The location is not the typical hilly and picturesque tuscany as one finds further north towards Sienna, but the countryside is lovely, there are some charming local villages and the beach is only a 20 min drive.
The house is huge and extremely well equiped. We loved the big country-style kitchen with masses of plates, platters, glasses and cuttlery so that we never ran short even when cooking for 12. The upstairs bedrooms are lovely and light with views over the garden. Our only criticism was that there are 3 twin bedrooms upstairs and only one queen, so both couples can't sleep upstairs near the kids. There are plenty of bathrooms so thats make sharing a breeze too. We also loved the huge lawns and massive pool, which is much bigger than a standard home pool.
We had great service in checking in and with recommendations for local dining and shopping from the friendly manager. The house is also stocked with wine from the local vineyards which is avalable for sale at very reasonable prices.
I can definitely recommend this place for a family/friends get-together. The only 2 other things I would wish for would be: 1)a view- the land is quite flat so there are no views over the countryside from the garden or terrace, and 2) to be able to walk to a village or restaurant- it is too far for that.
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