- Town / Urban
- Linen provided
- Log Fire
- Washing Machine
- Beach within 30km
- Horse Riding
Built on the cliff edge of an ancient hill-top Tuscan town, on the shoulder of Monte Amiata, this beautiful house has been lovingly and authentically restored and boasts unparalleled views along the Fiora Valley to the rolling hills beyond.
Bought as a ruin in 1970, the house has been sympathetically transformed into a magical holiday hideaway, with chestnut-wood beamed ceilings, terracotta-tiled floors and white-painted walls. Comfortable and simply furnished, it is the ideal place to relax and unwind. The house is situated on a quiet narrow street of the historic old part of the charming medieval town of Santa Fiora, just one minute`s walk from the main piazza. This is a place where you can experience the peaceful, gentle pace of traditional community village life.
If you want to get out and about there is plenty to see and do. Monte Amiata is an extinct volcano and its woods are wonderful for walks and picnics. Alternatively you can head for the coast and visit the sandy beach at Marina di Alberese and the Parco Naturale della Maremma nature reserve. Another quiet seaside place is La Rochette or you can go snorkelling in Talamone, Port `Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano. There is a fun local pool just beyond the neighbouring village of Bagnore, there are hot sulphur springs at Saturnia, and just beyond the village of Monte Amiata Scalo you can swim in the River Orcia. In winter Monte Amiata even becomes a lively little ski resort. Not many runs but not too many people either! And if you want history and culture, take a day trip to Siena, Chiusi, Orvieto, Arezzo, Assisi or Montalcino, to name but a few of the stunning towns and cities in the region.
If you`re travelling by air you can fly into Pisa (2.5 hours` drive) or Rome (3 hours). By train you can get to Grosseto via Paris and then buses from Grosseto to Santa Fiora take about an hour and a half. Alternatively you could put your car on the Auto Slaap Trein at Hertogenbosch in Holland and travel overnight to Livorno, from where it is a 2.5 hour drive. For detailed driving directions please see the website.
Pisa 2.5 hours
Nearest Train Station:
Grosseto 1 hour
Nearest Bus Stop:
Plenty in the village
1 hour's drive
In the village
Usually the first Thursday in the month
The house is built on the side of a cliff and is split over 3 levels. On the ground (top) floor there is a bedroom with an antique wrought iron double bed and views over a spectacular renaissance landscape, as well as a bathroom. A stone stairway leads down to the rest of the house. The sitting room and the kitchen/dining room occupy the middle floor, both of which lead out onto a balcony and terrace, and on the lower floor there is a second bedroom.
The sitting room and kitchen lead out onto a balcony and a terrace which is shaded with a thick canopy of grape vines. And from the lower bedroom a glass door opens onto a larger terrace, tiled with old terracotta paving, which gets the sun all day long. There are a couple of sun-loungers, some bamboo armchairs with cushions and a comfy hammock, and the garden is full of roses, oleander, lavender, rosemary, abundant spring bulbs, a fig tree and a venerable old pear tree.
Within the medieval centre of Santa Fiora you'’ll find a good selection of shops, a baker (opposite the front door), a bank, a barber and hairdresser, a laundry, a pharmacy, a newsagent and a little supermarket. Tuscany is a paradise for food and wine lovers and there are lots of fantastic local restaurants and trattorias just a short stroll from the house, not to mention 4 lovely bars.
Conditions of Rental
The rate (which varies depending on whether you'’re using 2 bedrooms or 1) includes gas, electricity, linen and towels. Logs for the fire in the sitting room are