If you’ve come to Italy for the views, look no further than Villa Alfieri. The restored stone country house has gorgeous views of the Tuscan countryside and medieval city of Siena, and plenty of outdoor space from which to admire them, from a shaded pergola to a lawn around the pool. Inside, magazine-worthy decor creates a refined yet comfortable ambience.
The U-shaped villa surrounds a central courtyard, but the manicured garden beyond also beckons. Start the day with an espresso under the pergola, then move to the pool to take a dip or just relax on a lounger and listen to the waterfall. End with a glass of wine on the second-floor loggia and a movie via satellite TV or Wi-Fi; there’s even air conditioning to keep you comfortable all night.
The interiors combine striking contemporary design, like the sleek white stucco fireplace in the spacious living, with the best of classic Tuscan style, like stone walls and vaulted brick ceilings in one of the two dining rooms. The fully equipped kitchen pairs the rustic charm of beamed ceilings and sage green accents with modern touches like stone countertops.
Each of Villa Alfieri's five airy bedrooms has its own marble bathroom. The master suite has a king bed and two bathrooms: one with shower and one with tub. Two more bedrooms also have king beds and en-suite bathrooms; one has a walk-in closet as well. The remaining two bedrooms each have a queen bed, and one has an en-suite bathroom while the other has a private bathroom. For families traveling with children, an additional bedroom can be set up with two twin beds and a shared bathroom.
A daily continental breakfast is included in the rental, but if you’re curious about regional specialties, you can request a dinner prepared by a local cook. Work off the Tuscan cuisine at the tennis court, a 15 minute drive away, or the golf course and riding stables, a 30 minute drive away. Explore the gardens of the Villa di Geggiano, the estate to which Villa Alfieri once belonged, and don’t miss a nearby 14th century convent. Plus, Siena is just twenty minutes away by car, and the Florence airport only 60 miles away.
Left on 11/02/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 2, 2011Stayed Sep 2011
Everything was just perfect. the staff was great, the accommodations were just right and the amenities were great. We did not have to eat out for dinners as the on-site staff cooked extremely delightful meals. Absolutely fabulous where you can relax or be active. The villa property manager (not on-sight) was always available and wanting to know if she could be of assistance or make our stay better.
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