Set in the green outskirts of the medieval city of Siena, Fienile is wonderfully located to take in the countryside, for apart from the hospital seen on the horizon all else is olive groves, cultivated fields, and large distant villas which sit where the land rises. While this lovely feeling of expanse carries over to the property, thanks to the furnished poolside terrace stretching the width of the house, its fenced grounds also give it a sense of protected privacy. The only visitor who might come calling is the owner's elderly father, who tends the vegetable garden and tinkers in the garage below the house. Fienile is the perfect house for family reunions - not too elegant to feel stifled by, yet equipped with all the elements that ensure a relaxed comfortable holiday with space enough for everyone.
As its name implies, this stone building was once a hay barn, and you might recognize this in the various levels that allow vehicles to stop at a lower level, while entrance to the living space is on higher ground. If the formal entrance is into a front hallway, the life of the house happens at the side. Here from the wide terrace two French doors lead either into the living/dining room with comfortable furnishings, an open fireplace and a dining table for 10 or else into the bright eat-in kitchen. There are two large double bedrooms and a small single bedroom on this floor, as well as a bathroom and a shower room. A staircase off the front hall leads up to two double bedrooms, one with en - suite shower room, a single bedroom and an additional shower room. All the bedrooms have cheerful bedspreads and good country furniture and all the shower rooms are nicely tiled and fitted out with ingenious folding showers, which allow more space but dryer floors.
When you step out to enjoy the Tuscan sun you will find ample space for activity or relaxation. In the well-tended grounds there is a terracotta solarium with views of the Chianti countryside and the spacious terrace with sun-beds and a furnished gazebo that overlooks the pool. Outdoor lighting around the property and in the pool mean you can linger over al fresco dinners and continue to splash until you tire.
For all of its country feel Fienile is less than five minutes from the nearest coffee bar and market and about ten minutes from the heart of the city. Known in present times for its Palio horse race and its wonderful shell-shaped piazza Il Campo, Siena was once a strong rival to Florence and a stopover must on the Via Francigena trail for pilgrims heading to Rome. That it fell to its adversary and lived in obscurity for centuries is now only a benefit, for its winding streets and striking architecture have survived the ages to delight the modern traveller. Whether you spend hours exploring the city centre, follow the Chiantigiana out to the wine hills, or simply linger by the pool, this corner of Tuscany is guaranteed to please.TripAdvisor property ID 3967839...Read more
Left on 08/31/2014 for a stay in August 2014 | Simon JReviewed Aug 31, 2014Stayed Aug 2014
Great location - 20 mins from easy to access car park in Siena (Il Campo). Supermarket on road by from Siena to villa.
Villa - Very clean, great use of space, comfortable furniture inside and out. Pool very clean and large. Lots of places to sit. Shade from the Sun if required at all times of the day. Wifi worked well. Villa well equipped. Air conditioning very cheap (25 Euros for two weeks, used every night). Owner was helpful and responsive. We had a very enjoyable two week stay.
Left on 09/27/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 27, 2011Stayed Aug 2011
Il Fienile is a very well equipped house, lovely location, pool and gardens very well maintained and attractive. Helpful owner, all round a perfectly relaxing place to stay. We would definitely recommend it to others.
Left on 07/15/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Westall familyReviewed Jul 15, 2011Stayed Jun 2011
The house is lovely, very comfortable, clean and well-appointed. The pool is clean, close to the house and a good size for proper swimming as well as playing, though would not be suitable for very small children. The whole outdoor area, seating, dining etc is very well arranged. The owner was extremely helpful, and responded quickly when we had a couple of small issues or queries. The age range of the party was from 7 to 74 and all of us loved it.
Left on 06/06/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | loubelle64Reviewed Jun 6, 2011Stayed May 2011
Il Fienile is a wonderful villa! There are six bedrooms (four double and two single) which were clean and comfortable with lots of wardrobe space, extra pillows, blankets and available plug-ins. There are four bathrooms with showers, 2 also have bidets. Hairdryers are provided as well.
The kitchen is spacious with a large refrigerator and five burner gas stove with an electric oven. The kitchen is well-stocked with the cookware necessary to create your own gourmet meals. A stained glass window makes the atmosphere even more special. Three complete sets of china and a wide assortment of stemware are available for dining in the dining room or outside under the covered terrace beside the pool.
The gardens are splendid and the pool, complete with a diving rock, is clean. There are lots of lights which allow the deck and gardens to be used after sunset. Access to the gardens is easy from one of two garden doors equipped with screens and shutters.
The property, although not far from Siena and other villas, is secluded on a hillside from which the views are fabulous. The overall ambience of this stone house furnished with antiques and semi-precious art work is luxurious.
The owner lives near by and is available to answer questions and deal expeditiously with any concerns. The available WiFi worked well but downloading was sometimes slow in the evening.
Il Fienile was a wonderful home during our two week stay. It is centrally located for easy access to many Tuscan must-see places like Siena, Montepulcino, Castello di Verrazzano, Lucca and San Gimignano.
For an extra special treat, contact Emily at a Tuscan Table (www.atuscantable.com). She can prepare a scrumptious meal for you at the villa.
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