Journey down an unpaved road to your own corner of the Tuscan countryside at Villa Salute. Located in Italy’s Selva National Park, the renovated five-bedroom stone farmhouse offers quiet, privacy and beautiful views, but is still close to shopping and dining, and within day-trip distance of the towns around Siena.
Though the farmhouse dates to the 17th century, the villa’s outdoor spaces are a blend of age-old countryside views and modern features like a large pool and charcoal grill. Sunbathe on a chaise longue under an umbrella on the pool deck, or sip a glass of wine in the shade of a pergola at the outdoor dining area. Inside, you’ll find a TV and Wi-Fi access as well as a crib and high chair for the youngest guests.
The villa’s past is evident in its terracotta floors, the brick archways between rooms and the living room’s large fireplace. But today, a modern slipcovered sofa and armchairs are pulled up to a glass-topped coffee table in front of the fireplace, and there’s plenty of room for everyone around the traditional-style table in the dining room or at pale wood stools around the island in the sleek, state-of-the-art kitchen.
Each of Villa Salute’s five bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan and hairdryer. There are two bedrooms with queen beds, and three bedrooms with two twin beds each, which can be combined to form king beds. The bedrooms have charming beamed ceilings and terracotta floors, and several have antique dressers and cheerful floral bedspreads.
While you’ll find peace and quiet at Villa Salute, it’s only a 10-minute drive from the property into the hamlet of Pievescola, which has a grocery store, restaurant, mosque and synagogue. It’s a 20-minute drive to the train station, hospital and a gym, and a 60-minute drive to the Florence airport. You can also drive to the beach at Follonica or the Montefiridolfi golf course, each 75 minutes away.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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