Driving up along the quiet lane approaching Villa Strega, past vineyards and olive trees, it is hard to believe how very close this prestigious villa is to Siena, and yet, when you arrive, drive through the gateway flanked by two palm trees, and step out onto the broad terrace at the side of the villa, there is Siena across the valley - you can almost reach out and touch its evocative silhouettes! In an airy position on the edge of Chianti countryside and with possibly the best view of Siena, La Strega is a large, elegant villa in ample grounds, including a pretty, walled, rose garden. It has a wide terrace overlooking Siena, with a well and a private chapel. Built in the 16th Century, the villa has been carefully and totally renovated, and provides an high class accommodation.
Entrance hall, drawing room, large dining-kitchen with excellent equipment including a dish washer, study/single bedroom, shower room, separate WC and wash basin, boiler and laundry room, underground wine cellar. The gracious dining-room has glazed doors leading to a terrace where one can dine outside, overlooking the walled rose garden with lemon trees and a lemon house at the rear. A marble staircase leads to a sitting room on the first floor, off which are two twin bedrooms, two double bedrooms, and a bedroom with a small double bed. There are three bathrooms and a dressing room on this floor.
Villa Strega combines by-gone elegance with modern fist class equipment. As may be imagined in a villa of this nature, the rooms are beautifully proportioned, large and very light and airy. The furniture includes many antiques and there is an Art Nouveau atmosphere, enhanced by prestigious draperies and decorative granite flooring. Every room has a TV point and a telephone plug. The ground floor of the lemon house holds sun furniture for the swimming pool set in the olive grove below the house. The pool, in contrast to the house, is simple and unadorned; but it has a wonderful view of Siena, and serves its purpose for swimming, cooling off and having fun after a long day's sight seeing. A lane nearby leads onto the Chianti road, for exploring the castles and famous vineyards, while the main arterial roads from Siena, less than a km. away, allow easy access to Florence and San Gimignano, Arezzo and Assisi. You can drive to shops and restaurants nearby, and take a bus or even walk the 2km to the historic centre, with all Siena's wonderful museums, art treasures and fascinating streets and shops to explore....Read more
Left on 06/18/2009 for a stay in September 2007 | PJDReviewed Jun 18, 2009Stayed Sep 2007
We loved this property. The grounds were lovely, the pool inviting. The
accommodations were spacious and comfortable. It was perfect for our
group of eight; people had plenty of room, we could come and go as we
wished, and everyone had their own privacy when wanted.
The view of Siena was magnificent. Sitting outside on the patio, we enjoyed
wine and cheese and watched hot air balloons float over the valley between
Villa Strega and Siena. Once in Siena, we enjoyed the town immensely -
wonderful food, interesting history, friendly people. It was also easy to
drive to other hill towns in Tuscany for a day visit.
On the negative side there were some dogs in the neighborhood that
barked all night and kept some in our group awake. We also had some
difficulty communicating with the local caretaker as he did not speak
English and we did not speak Italian. It is a distance from the city and you
must drive. Parking in Siena is a chore. Since we traveled in three cars,
having only one working gate opener was inconvenient at times.
Overall, I would rate our experience with Invitation to Tuscany and Villa
Strega as excellent with only a few negatives. I would definitely come back.
Left on 06/05/2009 for a stay in June 2006 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 5, 2009Stayed Jun 2006
What a great way to fully experience Tuscany! So close to Sienna that we could actually hear the cheering of fans when Italy won a soccor match. This home is a perfect base to come back to after touring the area. Just go!!!
Left on 06/04/2009 for a stay in September 2007 | Sea_urchinReviewed Jun 4, 2009Stayed Sep 2007
Great location and a wonderful home for us for a week. We had
planned to dine out in the evenings, but discovered quickly the
pleasure and joy of preparing our own food (in turns) and dining in
at a fantastically leisurely pace.
It really was a lovely place. The view was spectacular and the
proximity to Siena was fantastic --- though some members of our
group of 10 (aged 65-71) found the walk to Siena to be almost too
hilly (and challenging). Others managed with some sweat and a
rest here and there.
I think everyone in our group loved "The Witch" and they all agreed
that it would also be an excellent place for anyone who just wanted
to lounge about and read/relax and dabble in the pool. (Most of
our group wanted to travel to other places on day-trips and that
also worked perfectly.)
Left on 06/04/2009 for a stay in May 2007 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 4, 2009Stayed May 2007
I have spent 3 weeks in this extraordinary house in the hills above Sienna in 2 separate trips. It is a private home set amid olive trees, and surrounded by a lemon garden and the most beautiful peony plants I have ever seen. We traveled around to other Tuscan cities during the days and bought local meats and cheeses and veggies from all over Tuscany to cook great homecooked meals at night. Mostly we had dinner around the massive marble table in the kitchen but there is also a formal dining room and a table in the lemon garden to eat around as well. The house has its own chapel and drips comfortable elegance and history. We loved it and continue to talk about going back again.
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