La Primavera is a really cozy house - a comfortable spot where guests will immediately feel at home. We have visited it on both sunny and dull days - it remains just as inviting whatever the time of year. We found it to be a lovely place for a family!
La Primavera sits in Rocca d'Orcia, a small hilltop village in the striking Orcia Valley, an enchanting and miraculously unspoilt valley in southern Tuscany, listed as UNESCO world heritage in 2004. Just down the hill is the picturesque village of Bagni Vignoni, and it is just a short drive away from Pienza, a captivating town offering unexpectedly high-quality Renaissance architecture and the best sheep's cheese in Tuscany. The Orcia valley is above all renowned for its Brunello wine (as well as the less pricey Rosso di Montalcino) and the succulent T-bone steaks from the wide-horned white Chianina cattle. Siena, Cortona, Arezzo, Orvieto, San Gimignano, Volterra, Perugia, Viterbo and a wealth of sites and attractions are within easy reach.
La Primavera has keept the original patina and many antique features: cupboards built into the walls, terracotta floors, sturdy wooden beams, the arches in the former stables ... and last but not least the unique, ancient fireplace. This open fireplace is so large that one can step into it: there are wooden benches along the side, allowing one to warm oneself right next to the fire. La Primavera has three bedrooms: two double bedrooms (access to one through the other!) and a twin bedroom in a tiny attic (suitable for children). A family of 6 people could be accommodated, the house is best suitable for a family of 4.
About Rocca d'Orcia and the region
The house is located on the edge of the peaceful Rocca d'Orcia. This hamlet with about 150 inhabitants nestles up to one of the typical hills in the region and has sprung up around a medieval fortress (Rocca). The height of the fortress (600 m) provides outstanding views of the surrounding countryside. The alleyways of the hamlet are cobbled and romantically lit-up with antique lanterns at night, the houses are made of natural stones. There is a wonderful old square with the old village well and a trattoria with the inviting slogan: 'It's easy to come in but difficult to leave us'. We can confirm this. The next grocery shop is in Castiglione d`Orcia, 1 km from the house. Castiglione has also an Internet point in a shop for stationery (approx. 700 m from the house / 9 minutes walking).
Although La Primavera does not have a pool, children will not be bored here. Just below the Rocca we find the town of Bagno Vignoni (3 km), with its particulary impressive ancient square: the houses are built around a central pool, the palazzi around the square look out onto steaming water... in the Quattrocento people used to bathe here... Today there are beautiful open-air thermal baths and next-door, the spa center. The relaxing spa atmosphere is wonderful also during the summer months. San Quirico d'Orcia, roughly 7 km away, has also a large open-air swimming pool. Another option is theBagni San Filippo spa (20 km). It may go into the books as the world's smallest thermal spa - a few old houses, outdoor spring in the middle of the woods with glistening limestone formations and one small hotel with a public pool. The waters of the thermal spa centre of Bagni San Filippo are of best quality. The surrounding countryside is full of surprising cultural treasures suitable for excursions.
Additional amenities include: small garden with lovely views about 100 m from house, ceiling fan in the two main bedrooms, car park about 200 m from house, small bbq, mini-terrace near entry to house....Read more
Left on 07/15/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 15, 2011Stayed Jun 2011
I visited La Primavera with my mom and kids, ages 9 and 13, this June. Upon arrival we were greeted by the homeowner who immediately made us feel like we were family and she was more than happy to share her home with us. The house is adorable. Quiet, quaint, impeccably clean, not one ammenity was desired that wasn't there. My 9 year daughter said it felt like her own personal doll house and it was the favorite part of her trip. From the sweet little dishes to the comfortable beds to the amazing views it was perfect all the way around. We very much look forward to coming back soon. The only negative comment I would have is getting there. The directions weren't clear and the village is in a very confusing location so a very detailed map with landmarks in addition to road names would be helpful. Other than that it will go down as one of the highlights of our month long stay. We will definitely be back.
"Cosy house with a great view in an atmospheric village"
Left on 05/10/2011 for a stay in April 2011 | ReHaVieReviewed May 10, 2011Stayed Apr 2011
We enjoyed our stay in this beautiful cosy little house with a great view over one of the most beautiful parts of Tuscany. The owners welcomed us warmly, the house is very well equipped, the location is impressive non touristic and quiet, near to many very beautiful destinations, a wonderful restaurant is just around the corner. The second, bigger living room is not usable during colder periods, but with the other rooms it is no problem, they are big enough and beautiful.
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