Do you want to experience the real Italian lifestyle of then and today - history and modern comfort? - then 'Antica Magione' is the place for you.
Located in the tiny medieval hamlet of Strove, closed to the famous fortress of Monteriggioni + mid way between Florence + Siena it is most central to all sights of Tuscany. This authentic townhouse represents 700 years of Tuscan history, renovated some years ago, it still has its typical flair thanks to its original old oak beam ceilings + cotto floors. It is elegantly but very comfortable furnished with beautiful 'Arte povera' pieces, most of them handpicked over years by the owners, the young, cosmopolitan Italian couple Alessandra and Emanuele.
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With its back and sides, the villa is incorporated into the external, fortified walls of Strove. Step out the back door and your are right on the old charming market place, within steps to shopping facility, a bar and restaurant.
The house's front with the lovely terrace is facing to the east with breathtaking views onto the close Chianti hills, the below gardens with private pool and the famous Monteriggioni Castle view. From the pool also a very nice view on the town of San Gimignano famous for its Medieval Towers.
Arrival is on the circular village road used only by very few locals. Since the house has a raised position, entry to the property is up some stairs to the airy terrace with plenty of garden furniture inviting you to a sun-flooded breakfast or "alfresco aperitif" admiring the surrounding scenery. A jasmine covered cast-iron fence guarantees privacy.
One enters into the vast ground-floor L-shaped reception area that also serves as dining room and cosy lounge (satellite tv and dvd) . Part of the room is also occupied by the well-furnished kitchen with its raised open fireplace for grilling. The kitchen offers a 4flame gas stove, electric oven, large fridge/freezer combination, dishwasher, microwave, American + Italian coffeemaker, toaster, plenty of dishes and pots.
A staircase of local grey sandstone leads upstairs to the sleeping and living sections of the house. To the left is a twin bedded room, with ensuite bathroom with shower stall. To the right is a beautiful double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower stall. A last door in the hall, to the left and down one step, opens into the formal living room with its monumental fireplace decorated as it is customs with the family's coat of arms . On the left of the living room are doors to two bedrooms: a double bedroom with delightful eagle nest-type balcony with breathtaking views and a twin bedded room, both with ensuite bathrooms with shower stalls. A bedroom with small queen size bed + fully equipped bathroom may be booked additionally .
A door on the right of the living room remains closed. On the right and down one step, is a landing with a door. External flight of stairs that leads down to the hamlet piazza where guests can arrive also by car to let off luggage. Another door in the landing opens into a laundry room with iron and ironing board. From all large airy windows (all fitted with mosquito screens) you may admire the countryside at your feet.
Across the road one enters through an cast-iron gate into the paradise of a 5000 sqm well-cared park with its pool (7x14m), extended lawn, laurel hedges, fragrant roses, a grape-covered loggia and bbq. A small cottage house with bathroom + shower + changing facilities. Inside this garden is also the unguarded parking area. Everything reserved for the private use of guests only. Olive groves, vineyards and fields surround the garden with views spacing from Monteriggioni to San Gimignano and the Chianti hills.
Only 6 km away is Colle di Val d'Elsa (Italy's crystal glass center) with major shops, facilities+ 6 hole golf course. Access to Siena-Florence freeway is at approx. 6 km in direction Monteriggioni, passing the old monastery of Abbadia Isola. Famous towns + cities such as Florence, Siena, Greve, Radda, Gaiole, as well as San Gimignano or Volterra are close, some less then 1 hour away. A must are also Pisa, Lucca, the coastal area as well as Pistoia and Arezzo. Don't miss the southern part of Tuscany with its important wine towns such as Montalcino, Montepulciano or the famous Cortona, the chocolate town of Perugia or the Pecorino cheese town of Pienza. Even day trips by train or car to Rome, Milano, Venice or the Cinque-Terre are possible.
The discreet owners, very busy with running a well known gourmet distribution shop, live in a separate, small wing of the Villa, with its own entrance. If you need assistance leave a message or call them. Try some of their products or some of their own olive oil or Chianti red wine.
They will help you arranging winery tours, tastings, tours to the crystal factories, hikes or bike rental as well as cookery classes and Tuscan specialties dinners at the villa itself.TripAdvisor property ID 3806274...Read more
14th century Townhouse w.pool in Chianti hamlet Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Additional Location Information
Monteriggioni (Strove) , Siena + Chianti Area, Tuscany, Italy, Europe (50km Florence, 15 km Siena, 75 km airport Florence, 125 km airport Pisa) 6 km to the large town of Colle di Val d'Elsa with more shopping facilities, pharmacy, hospital etc. and 6 km away to the Siena-Florence freeway, connecting Siena and Florence.
Other famous towns and cities such as Florence, Siena, Greve, Radda, Gaiole, as well as San Gimignano, Lucca, Pistoia, Arezzo
are very close, some less then 1 hour by car. If you drive a bit more, you will find Cortona, Perugia or Pisa; even day trips by train or car to Rome, Milano or Venice are possible.
rates incl. are all standard utilities (except heating and visitor's tax ) for occupation of 8 persons, extra charge of euro 100 for 5th bedroom housing 2 more person
taxes, insurance, sat-tv, bed-table linen, towels, pool towels, room fans, final cleaning, dvd, stereo, firewood, washer
extra bed surcharge € 50/week
early bird 10%, last minute 15%, 2nd week 10% - mid/high season sat - sat bookings preferred
services not incl. central heating- to be paid according to actual consumption, meals (bookings possible at least 1 month in advance for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cooking classes) daily maid service on request
security deposit: euro 300 to be paid cash on arrival day
/ week + / week + additional fees additional fees
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