(Minimum of one week rental required) Minimum rental one week rental Saturday to Saturday except for urban apartments. Villa Cypress is a 6 bedroom historical villa in the countryside of Montepulciano, a vibrant city at the heart of the Siena region of Tuscany. The villa has breathtaking views of Montepulciano and is surrounded as far as the eye can see by vineyards that produce some of the finest wine in the region. The beautiful panorama also includes views of Cortona and the historical center of Chianciano Terme, a city of thermal baths built on ancient hot springs. Encircled by cypress trees, inspiring its name, Villa Cypress offers guests an authentic Tuscan experience. Encircled by cypress trees, inspiring its name, Villa Cypress offers guests an authentic Tuscan experience.
Villa Cypress was built in the 1850's and was originally part of a large estate of Montepulciano. The estate was owned by a wealthy family that produced wine and olive oil for the region. Today, the owners of Villa Cypress carry on the tradition, producing a boutique wine and also cultivating olives and a large fruit orchard (with five types of fruit each in several local varieties).
As part of the experience, visitors of Villa Cypress are invited free of charge to take part in a wine tasting with the owner, who not only makes wine but is a graduated sommelier trained in Montalcino, Tuscany.
Also, guests will find a welcome basket of breakfast items and snacks for the first full day. And guests are also encouraged to sample fruits directly from the trees of the orchards, of which there are fruits that mature May through October. All cultivation processes of grapes, olives and fruits are strictly organically.
Villa Cypress has recently been carefully restored, respecting the traditions and original materials of Tuscany and the Montepulciano area. The villa has been returned to its prime, uncovering the span of arches, terracotta tiles and chestnut beams of the 1800's. The villa is decorated with a timeless, classic Italian style that combines country charm with modern luxury such as air conditioning,spacious bedrooms, and tiled showers.
On the ground level, guests will enter through arched doors and find several large open areas to be used for entertaining and family time. At the front of the house is a Great Room which has two separate areas divided by an arch the entire width of the room. There are several sofas and chairs and the walls feature bookcases and shelves made of old chestnut beams recovered in the renovation. Guests will find this a comfortable area to visit with each other over a glass of wine, play games or watch a DVD or curl up with a good book. There is also a dining room area that seats 12 for formal meals, and also serves as the Enoteca where guests will enjoy wine tasting events.
The large family style kitchen attached to the Great Room features a stove with 6 burners, dishwasher and large refrigerator. There is a table that seats 12 so guests can sit around the kitchen together while preparing a meal. The kitchen has several large windows that overlook the garden, terrace and pool area and have views into the surrounding vineyards.
The kitchen leads out through a large arch door with four glass panels to the main terrace, where guests will enjoy a large table to linger over long meals on warm summer nights. There is also access to the pool, which is 10x5 meters and has several deck chairs and covered seating areas. The pool is in an excellent position on the property with views of Montepulciano and vineyards of the valleys and benefits from sun exposure all day until sunset. There are several other patios and terrace areas all around the property with table and chairs to enjoy a glass of wine, or the sunset, as the property faces Montepulciano in the west and has a spectacular sunset every evening.
Also on the ground floor of the villa are three large bedrooms, all air conditioned each with their own bathroom. Bedrooms have queen sized beds, which can be separated if guests prefer twin beds. The largest bedroom on the ground floor is a suite with seating area that has a full sized sofa bed, allowing the room to sleep 4 for a family with children. The bedrooms are spacious and all decorated uniquely but in classic Tuscan style. All bathrooms are very comfortable and have spacious walk-in showers.
The upstairs can be reached by both a large internal and external staircase made of original travertine marble. The upstairs is spacious with open plan living room and kitchen (fully equipped including dishwasher) with high ceilings made of chestnut beams with terracotta tiles. There are 13 windows upstairs with panoramic views and sun all day. Guests will find two large bedrooms, both air conditioned each with own attached bathroom. The largest bathroom has both a large corner bathtub and walk-in shower, with two windows that have spectacular views.
The sixth bedroom is inside a cottage that is next to the property, although not attached internally. The bedroom is very large, and sleeps up to four with a normal queen sized bed, and seating area that includes a full-sized sofa bed.
Villa Cypress is ideally located in Montepulciano, referred to as the gem of Tuscany, a place that has been used as the backdrop for several movies because of the beauty of the city and surrounding landscape. The road that leads to the villa is particularly beautiful, and is part of the Strada di Vino Nobile (touristic scenic wine road). Montepulciano is one of the closest cities in Tuscany to visitors flying into Rome.
Montepulciano is famous for its wine, the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, considered one of the top three reds in Tuscany along with Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino. Visitors of Montepulciano can enjoy local specialties such as handmade pici pasta that compliment Vino Nobile. Montepulciano is within 45 minutes of the Chianti region and Montalcino for guests that want to experience other top winemaking regions of Tuscany. Villa Cyprus is also 20 minutes from Pienza, a beautiful historical city known for its cheese, the Pecorino di Pienza.
The historically most important cities of Tuscany - Florence and Siena - can be reached by car in 1.5 hours and 45 minutes respectively. Other cities of interest such as Pisa, Cortona, and San Gimingnano are all easy day-trips and can be reached by car, train or bus from Montepulciano.
More locally, visitors of Villa Cypress can enjoy nature on long countryside walks and bike rides. In neighboring Chianciano Terme, guests can enjoy spa treatments and in the thermal baths. This is a wonderful place to discover the beauty of Tuscany!
Additional amenities include: living room, car recommended, views, caretaker, family room, heating, crib, dining room, video player DVD, cook available please inquire, study room....Read more
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