The Tenuta Senese estate lies in the lush and ample Chiana valley which runs south of Florence from Arezzo to Orvieto. The valley is above all renowned for its wine, the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and the succulent T-bone steaks from the wide-horned white Chianina cattle.
This area between Montepulciano and Cortona was described by Frances Mayes in her bestseller "Under the Tuscan Sun". Her beautifully written memoir about taking chances, living in Italy, loving a house, and, always, the pleasures of food encaptures the delights of a Tuscan holiday. Mayes often portrays life in Cortona as timeless, and this sense of serendipity is only one of the reasons to come to this region.
Tenuta Senese belonged to a family from Montepulciano since the beginning of the 1800`s. From this family of historic wine makers from Montepulciano the property passed down some 40 years ago to the present owners, a family from Florence.
The estate extends over 100 hectares of which 20 are planted with vines. The vineyards are spread over the hills at 300 meters above sea level, one of the best wine-growing areas of Montepulciano. Fields and woodland form a picturesque patchwork over the rest of the estate surrounding the farmhouse which can be rented by the week.
Tenuta Senese, now a charming country house, used to be a small farm with 3 separate buildings. A Tuscan farmer´s family lived there until the early ´70s. The ground floor of the main house was used for storage while cattle were tethered in the vaulted room. The family would live on the second floor and the central room with the big chimneypiece used to be the kitchen. The other tall building - we call it the dépendance - was used for drying tobacco, a major crop in the region (a typical Italian cigar is called "toscano"), and the small elongated building behind, now the pool house, used to be a pigsty.
The ground floor is light and spacious with many doors opening onto the garden. A remarkable massive stone table under a pergola of vine is the perfect spot for al fresco dinings. The house was given a special flair by mixing and matching traditional rustic furniture from Brasil, Mexico and India. The house comfortably sleeps 9 plus a further person on the sofabed in the dépendance. The house can be rented without the dépendance at a reduced rate for a maximum of 7 guests.
Additional amenities include: large fridge with built-in freezer, outdoor shower, iron and ironing board, private pool with artificial waves at the deep end, pool house with changing room, covered well-lit parking area, screens on all bedroom windows, filter coffee machine, portable fans in all bedrooms, terrace with pergola for outdoor dining....Read more
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