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The cottage is opposite the owner's house and consists of two double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large living room with cooking area. The living area opens onto a patio and pergola and the downstairs bedroom also opens onto a small patio. There is access for the disabled and the garden is entirely fenced in and ideal for families, being perfectly safe for small children. There is an above ground swimming pool, 5.5 metres in diameter and about 1 metre deep, suitable for children but which can be enjoyed by the whole family. For those who do not need the whole cottage, it can be divided into two separate units. Use of the owner's washing machine is available on request, also use of iron and ironing board. The downstairs bedroom can be closed off to form an independent studio flat with kitchenette, while the upstairs bedroom and the downstairs living area form an apartment sleeping up to 4. Please note that the pool is in use from June 15 to September 15 weather permitting. Use of the owner's washing machine is available on request, also use of iron and ironing board.
Prices quoted refer to the whole cottage , maximum occupancy of 6 plus child's bed or cot. The unit formed by the downstairs bedroom is fully independent with a large double bed, space for child's cot and a kitchenette and costs € 390 per week or €80 per night, it also has its own small outdoor patio with table and chairs. The other unit is larger, consisting of the downstairs living area with double sofa bed, upstairs bedroom with double or twin bed and private garden with patio and pergola. Cost of this unit is €660 per week, or €125 per night. N.B. seasonal discounts apply to all these rates. Please ask owner for details Wine tastings at local wineries are possible, an outing in the woods searching for truffles with a local expert (subject to seasonal and weather conditions), or a day at the hot spring baths of which there are several in the area, either transformed into a swimming pool or the natural pools in the coungtryside.
The owner is always on hand, either personally or an English-speaking family member, in order to ensure that guests enjoy a trouble-free stay and have a contact should any problem arise. Help over anything is willingly given if asked for but guests always have the space to "do their own thing"! Convenient airports are Perugia, 45 minutes by car (Ryanair), Pisa, 2 hours max by car (Ryanair, Easyjet, British airways), Florence, 90 minutes by car (Meridiana, British airways), Rome, 2 hours - 2 hours and a half by car,( Ryanair, Easyjet, British airways). The exit for the main north-south A1 motorway is Valdichiana (15 minutes by car ). Best car hire deals are at the airports, although for the odd day there is a good local company a few minutes away.
The cottage was perfect and the hostess charming
By on 30-Sep-2018
The cottage was perfect and the hostess charming”
Reviewed 30 Sep 2018
The cottage was in a rural setting surrounded by grape plantings with only a 10-minute drive Montepulciano. Apparently the cottage was originally a farm equipment shed. According to local ordinances the shell had to be kept intact, but the interior has been completely redone with wood beams, air conditioning/heat throughout and everything beautifully finished inside. By the kitchen double doors led to a patio set up with a table and chairs for eating should weather permit as it did for us. The owner, Laura, lives in a separate house nearby and offered advice as to local restaurants etc. We wanted to do some cooking and were happy to hear there was a giant Conad supermarket at the edge of town with everything we might need. We ate out twice, once in Montepulciano and a second time eating authentic Tuscan food at Ristorante 13 Gobbi in Montefollonico another ancient hill town nearby. We loved our stay. Highly recommended.
The ultimate combination of a relaxing place to stay with nearby history
By on 01-Jul-2018
An absolutely lovely unit with an outdoor patio under a trellis where we spent every evening. The histories of both Montepulciano and Cortona are interesting and we rate those visits above Siena - largely walking visits, but lunch at the Vino Nobile consortium for the views atop Multepulciano and wine-sampling - and go to Il Totino in Cortona for a nice menu and spectacular view. Documented history back to the Etruscans, interesting shopping available nearby during the day, but the comfort of this apartment brought us home for the evenings. The regular hostess Laura was in England, but her daughter Geraldine did everything needed without intruding. Serious vineyards commence five feet outside the back yard. Bring a car because there is much to see nearby using good roads.
We will come back!
By on 30-May-2018
Reviewed 30 May 2018
It was great staying here! We found a nice little place to feel at home. The cottage is lovely furnished, very clean and has everything we needed for the week (including fast heating for some rainy and cold evenings (20minutes was enough to get the humid air out!) and free Wi-Fi, thats working perfectly and fast). We really loved sitting in the beautiful garden full of roses, looking over the wine-yards and listening to all the birds (also nightingales!!!). The cottage is set in a great surrounding - Tuscany like in a picture book! Laura was a perfect host. We felt very welcomed, we could ask her for everything and she could give us good hints for restaurants, hiking-paths and everything else you need to know for holiday. Thank you very much, Laura!
A wonderful stay
By on 10-Apr-2018
Reviewed 10 Apr 2018
We loved this place! We stayed here with our two young children and found it so comfortable and clean, with plenty of room, a well-equipped kitchen, everything beautifully finished and a cot and high chair for our little girl. The owner was really friendly and helpful for anything we needed, but we always had our own space and privacy. The children loved running round in the garden, completely fenced in so perfectly safe, and we enjoyed walking in the surrounding vineyards. You can visit many lovely places really easily from here, we went to Pienza, Bagno Vignoni, Lake Trasimeno with a ferry ride to the island, Siena and Cortona which was amazing, however you do need a car. It was a little chilly over Easter so we were glad of the heating which was quick and efficient. We will definitely come back, with a visit to Florence planned for next time!
Lovely place in the heart of Tuscan countryside
By on 19-Jan-2018
Reviewed 19 Jan 2018
Il Saraco is a lovely property situated approximately 1.5 miles from the village of Gracciano, Montepulciano. It is a beautifully restored barn with far reaching views amidst acres of vines. Our host, Laura, is very friendly and accommodating. The apartment is well furnished and spotlessly clean with a well equipped kitchen, large living area, good sized bathroom and two double bedrooms, which are air conditioned (if required). there are stone floors throughout. All windows are fitted with the bug blinds and shutters. We simply closed all the shutters during the heat of the day, then opened all of the windows and the air flowed through during the night, keeping the place comfortably cool. The towels and linens are of good quality and our bed was very comfortable. There if a lovely private shaded patio and large mature garden with plenty of natural shade and a swimming pool. Free, reliable and fast wifi is available to stay in touch with the outside world. Nearby there a several very good, reasonably priced, restaurants. The location is great to exploring Tuscany and you catch a high speed train to places such as Rome from Chuisi. We will definitely visit again in the future.
Perfect location and lovely hostess
By on 05-Sep-2017
Reviewed 5 Sep 2017
The location is fantastic close to everything. The home is wonderful and so is the Hostess. My husband and I rent a home in Italy every year but this was our favorite location and home. We had everything we needed including a lovely patio to have a glass of wine and relax every night. Our Hostess was fantastic and honestly I am happy we meet Laura. We will be back for sure. Thank you Laura for making our stay great.
Fantastic stay, great hostess, beautiful country!
By on 26-Apr-2017
Reviewed 26 Apr 2017
We stayed in this beautiful Tuscan cottage at the end of July for 2 weeks. It was perfect for our family including a 5 year old and a baby of 7 months - who both loved the pop up pool and big garden to run around in. Laura couldn't do enough for us, ensuring we knew all the local spots to try out and some great tips for more unusual places to try including a natural spa which you can take children into. Montepulciano is such a lovely hill top Tuscan town - just make sure you've got good walking shoes and you'll definitely need a car to visit some of the other fantastic places nearby. Would love to come back one day!
What a welcome!
By on 09-Jul-2016
Reviewed 9 Jul 2016
This charming conversion was perfect for the two of us. The owner could not have been more friendly, helpful and caring for our comfort. The property was spotless, the beds so comfortable, the shower and kitchen area excellent. The pretty garden was a delight to to relax in and the pool, though small, perfectly adequate for cooling off and enjoying a gentle swim. The location is on a minor road, no long, steep road for access, and is perfect for beautiful Montepulciano and easy for Cortona, Assisi, Siena, Perugia (to where we flew and hired a pre-booked car) and further afield if desired. But the area is so outstandingly beautiful that we didn't want to go very far! The fruit, vegetables, meats and cheeses in the markets make your mouth water just to look at and there are lots of good buys in clothes, leather goods and shoes. AND there is the WINE, for which Montepulciano is rightly famous! One poster in pretty Pienza read, 'The hills have been always calling you'. It's true!
Our vision of Tuscany
By on 23-Oct-2015
Reviewed 23 Oct 2015
Four friends shared this lovely cottage for two weeks in September and felt that it was an ideal choice for touring around Tuscan hill towns. It's located within 1-1.5 hours of most destinations that we planned to visit and near Montepulciano, a lovely town with many restaurants, shopping, and beautiful views. We rented the entire cottage with was comfortable, well equipped, and adjacent to vineyards coming into harvest. Our host was very helpful with directions, suggestions on places to visit, and a good resource when we had questions. Train station in Chiusi is convenient although we had cars and enjoyed the driving. Would definitely recommend and hope to stay there again in the future.
Ideally positioned for a Tuscan stay
By on 08-Sep-2015
Reviewed 8 Sep 2015
Laura was a lovely host who did all she could to make our stay comfortable Great position for visiting Sienna, Assisi, Perugia. Montepuluciano is beautiful. Laura recommended restaurants and they were wonderful.. Beautiful outlook. Can cook at home in a small countertop oven. Would have liked a washing machine but didn't ask for use of the owners. Gps didn't find straight away so put in full clear address.,
By on 12-Aug-2015
Reviewed 12 Aug 2015
We stayed in the studio apartment and found it to be very nice. We were greeted by Franco as Laura was away and he was absolutely amazing! He had a map ready for us and highlighted towns we should visit and gave us the best driving and parking instructions for our day trip to Siena. He even showed us where the cherry trees were and told us where to go if we need to buy food. The accommodation was great, I just wish the kitchenette was a bit more geared towards making proper meals as it's tiny. The road out front can be a little busy during the day, but at night it's really nice and quiet. Having a little seated area out front was also nice. We really enjoyed our stay here. I also agree with other reviewers, if you've got kids this place would be great as there's ample space for them to run around.
Perfect place for family holidays
By on 28-Apr-2015
Reviewed 28 Apr 2015
We spent wonderful week in this place. The host was nice and warm, trying to help in any case we asked. Clean and in very good condition house, suits perfectly to all you may need during holiday. Very good location for quick trips around to see many interesting places in Tuscany. In this location you can feel real atmosphere of contryside. Beautiful landscape, surroundings and owner making this place fantastic. I'd recommend this site and we want to be back there.
Awesome place, highly recommended!
By on 05-Jul-2014
Reviewed 5 Jul 2014
We stayed in Agriturismo Il Salarco for one week the end of July. It is an amazing place, great location, close to Montepulciano, Pienza and Sienna. The house is very clean, nice comfortable beds and a great layout. Laura, the owner lives close by and she is very helpful and accommodating with any request ( iron, towels, bedding etc..). We had an awesome stay! Thank you Laura!!!! We hope to be back...and definitely recommend it to our family and friends!
Un super séjour
By on 25-Aug-2013
Reviewed 25 Aug 2013
Le lieu est charmant au milieu des vignes, très calme et le logement est très confortable. La maison est tellement bien orientée et isolée que nous n'avons jamais eu besoin de la climatisation malgré les 38-40° diurnes. La propriétaire est très accueillante et très attentionnée envers ses hôtes. Nous ne pouvons que recommander chaleureusement ce lieu de vacances très reposant.
Des vacances idéales!
By on 19-Aug-2013
Reviewed 19 Aug 2013
ous avons passé 2 semaines merveilleuses dans le petit studio avec notre petit garçon de 16 mois. L'endroit respire le calme et la tranquillité. Le studio est aménagé de façon charmante et reste frais tout au long de la journée, ce qui n'est pas négligeable vu la chaleur que nous avons pu avoir. Laura, le propriétaire est une femme charmante, accueillante et énergique qui prend bien soin de ses locataires (sa confiture aux cerises est un délice) tout en respectant le besoin d'intimité de tout un chacun. La piscine est bien agréable, tout comme son magnifique jardin qui donne vue sur les vignes et le village perché de Montepulciano. La situation est idéale pour visiter la Toscane tout comme le début de l'Ombrie. Pour nous, c'est évident: nous y retournerons!!
Excellent centre for exploring Umbria and Tuscany
By on 23-May-2013
Reviewed 23 May 2013
We stayed in the studio apartment. The standard and quality of the accommodation was excellent and the support and helpfullness from Laura could not have been better. In an hour you can be in Florence, Assisi, Siena, San Gimignano and Orvieto to name a few. The countryside and local villages to the West are delightful. Would definately like to visit again.