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5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, lovely pool & gardens, max 8 people, children 10 yrs+
Surrounded by lovely gardens in 33 hectares (79 acres) of unspoilt, peaceful and private woodland, olive groves and farmland, a beautifully restored spacious & luxurious old farmhouse in a dramatic position on a south facing hillside with spectacular views of the Val d'Orcia, now an UNESCO World Heritage site. The house is finished to a very high standard with hand-made terracotta tiled floors, antique furniture, a super large kitchen and other modern comforts including underfloor heating and cooling systems, and well-appointed bathrooms with excellent showers. The windows have integral insect screens. Meals can be enjoyed outside relaxing in beautiful settings including the two courtyards and there are lots of quiet places to sit and read. The 6 x 12 m heated pool with electric cover is surrounded by travertine paving with plenty of space for teak sunbeds under large sunshades. For the energetic there is table tennis. Pool maintenance and house cleaning on 4 days per week plus Saturdays are included. Free Wi-Fi, high speed broadband internet included in rent.
Further information about the house, (see also www.LuxuryVillaTuscany.com) : Ground floor: Double doors open to large entrance hall with wood burning stove. Large sitting room with open fireplace & doors to courtyard from which steps lead to garden and pool area. Dining room with table seating up to 14 & doors to second courtyard. Large extremely well-equipped kitchen with 2 full-sized ovens, combination microwave oven, large 5 ring induction hob, double sink, vegetable preparation sink, dishwasher, electric espresso machine & food processor. TV room with 50 inch TV. Sonos wireless sound system, iPod docking station. Laundry room with washing machine & drying area. Cloakroom with WC & basin.
First floor: 5 bedrooms, all with ceiling fans: 3 bedrooms with large double beds (160 x 200 cm), 1 bedroom with 2 single beds and 1 single bedroom with a double bed. 5 bathrooms: 4 are en-suite, 3 with showers, 1 with bath & 1 with bath & separate shower. Second sitting room / loggia with wood burning stove. The underfloor heating system can also cool the house in the summer. Windows are double glazed with integral insect screens.
The house has recently completed a total restoration, rescuing it from dereliction & near collapse. Situated in 25 hectares of its own secluded land which includes woodland, a 700 tree olive grove & open fields, there is an abundance of wildlife. You may not see a wild boar but they are there! You probably will see porcupines, hares & deer, and the numerous birds include large birds of prey. The land has not been intensively farmed and there are masses of wild flowers. Terraced landscaped gardens lead down to the heated pool (approx 1.2 - 1.5m deep), which has an electric cover. There is plenty of flat space for games and table tennis and there are lots of quiet and secluded spots to sit and read or chat over a glass of wine while looking out at the sweeping views of the Val d'Orcia. The ancient brick-lined wood oven has also been restored. The house is at the end of a 2.5 km (1.5 miles) dirt road (strada bianca) maintained in good condition and there is plenty of space for parking.
Location: Pienza and Montepulciano are world famous perfect Renaissance towns, with a good range of shops for food, wine, cheese and other supplies as well as artisan shops and workshops and excellent restaurants and bars. The Val d'Orcia is unspoilt and much less developed than some other parts of Tuscany and its UNESCO World Heritage status ensures that it is protected from future development. Monticchiello, Montefollonico, Castelmuzio, Bagno Vignoni and San Quirico are only some examples of lovely little nearby towns and villages with excellent restaurants. Wine lovers can visit Montalcino and Montepulciano, those needing pampering can chill out at thermal baths in Bagno Vignoni or Bagni San Filippo, while Siena and Florence are easily accessible. There are concerts (classical, brass band, jazz, modern), opera, art shows,and a host of other events throughout the area, mainly in the summer months. www.LuxuryVillaTuscany.com The rent includes Italian sales tax, cleaning and free Wi-Fi.
The large kitchen is extremely well equipped and has plenty of space for communal cooking and chatting. Children under the age of 8 years are not accepted and smoking in the house is not permitted
Idyllic stay in Villa Luisa
By Catherine Percy on 27-Jul-2018
We had an idyllic stay in Villa Luisa in June 2018. The location is secluded in a rural setting amongst olive trees and distant woodlands. It sits on a hill with extensive and stunning views over the cultivated fields of the Val d'Orcia.
The spacious villa has every conceivable comfort. Every bedroom is beautifully decorated, soundproof and private. Each has its own well-designed bathroom. The living rooms are tastefully, luxuriously and stylishly furnished with beautiful art works. There is an excellent sound system. A large television screen is in a separate room with an extensive choice of movies for night time entertainment. The large kitchen is extremely functional with every piece of cooking equipment one could think of, all in spotless, as new condition. There is plentiful crockery, cutlery together with multiple serving dishes and utensils of every kind. The appliances are in perfect condition each accompanied by detailed instructions. (This was helpful as we were not used to an induction cooktop).
There are two outdoor terraces set up with large dining areas to enjoy alfresco eating and the views. The villa is surrounded by wonderful gardens providing not just vistas of flowering plants and hedges but usefully, smaller herbs and aromatic banks of lavender and rosemary. There is a large swimming pool together with comfortable sunbeds and umbrellas. The pool is automatically covered overnight to maintain its pristine condition as well conserving the temperature of the water.
A great feature of the villa is the housekeeper who comes six days a week. She is discreet, very helpful, kind and meticulous in ensuring everything is in immaculate order. A gardener tends the gardens regularly. The owners generously provide little luxuries such as lovely soap and shower gel, high quality linen and general basic necessities. The Miele equipped laundry is stocked with detergent and other washing and cleaning products. There are plentiful guidebooks together with pages of excellent, well-researched suggestions for local excursions, restaurants and hikes.
Villa Luisa is best described as staying in a super luxurious much loved home in beautiful surroundings with every comfort and facility provided for a memorable holiday.
Exquisite home in Tuscany
By David D. on 12-Jul-2017
We had a wonderful time in this exquisite home in Tuscany. The house was superb with every detail thought of. The pool and scenery were just what we were looking for. The location, between Montepulciano and Pienza was ideal and allowed for day trips and then a return home to this lovely secluded home with beautiful vistas. We split our time between dinners at excellent local restaurants and also having gourmet italian meals prepared in the fully equipped kitchen.
The home could not have been better appointed. We have rented many homes over the years but this was, by far, the best one. The owners have thought of everything and their detailed instructions made for a very easy stay. We cannot say enough nice things about the villa and hope to return for another stay.
An idyllic stay in a first-class villa
By Janet W on 28-May-2017
5 of 5stars
We were a group of 3 couples, long-time close friends celebrating turning 70 years old. We had set a high benchmark for this special occasion, and Terra Bianca exceeded our expectations in every way. After spending time in this lovely villa, the ladies in the group are inspired by its luxurious and tasteful décor. The color schemes, furnishings and renovation of the villa are fresh and current. From the artwork down to the bathroom fixtures and modern appliances, everything was of the best quality. We all agreed that the villa, its grounds, pool area, numerous patios and dining options could be featured in an issue of Architectural Digest Magazine. The house manager/keeper, Samuella, was so pleasant and helpful, and our personal chefs Alessandro and Eleanora from Tuscan Chef were outstanding. We were very glad we had chosen to dine "at home" because the comfort, ambiance and customized menus were perfect. The view of the valley from the villa is unmatched at any time of the day. All plantings and gardens are well kept by the gardener and a true delight, filled with fragrant roses of many colors and types. We have been posting on FaceBook and have received many comments from "envious" friends. The members of our group are well traveled and have been privileged to stay in the finest lodging throughout the world. All agreed that for many reasons this was one of our favorites. We truly hated to leave this idyllic setting and plan to make a return visit.
Submitted: May 28, 2017 Stayed: May 2017
By Cathy Steagal on 02-Oct-2016
This beautiful villa exceeded our expectations. It looked gorgeous from the photographs but it was even more breathtaking in person. The views out over the valley could be seen from the 2 outside patios and the bedrooms. There was plenty of seating for the 4 couples that were in our party. The kitchen and the rest of the house had every amenity you could want. There was ping pong, bocce ball, badminton, board games and of course a pool that was surrounded by hotel quality chaise lounges and umbrellas.
Samuela, the housekeeper was so friendly and kept the villa spotless while we were there.
Renting it was a simple and easy process and the owners are so accommodating with suggestions of restaurants, things to do in the area and general information about the house and the area.
We simply can't say enough good things about this villa!!
• Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
• Date of Stay: Sep 2016 email@example.com sent request
The Villa Luisa exceeded all expectation
By R And PG MA USA on 21-Jul-2016
"Villa Luisa is a beautiful villa located off the main road where you are surrounded by mountains, olive gardens and vineyards. The grounds are impeccable landscaped and the outside pool is truly breathtaking The main house has all the charm of a historic Tuscany farm house however every modern luxury convenience is provided for. The gourmet kitchen, the indoor dining room, the beautiful outdoor dining space and the various patios with unbelievable views surround the house. We cooked in nearly every night as two of our guests were outstanding chefs and we would eat wonderful Italian meals outside to the sound of Italian music - It does not get much better than that. The Villa is perfectly located between Rome and Florence and nestled among numerous historic Hill Towns - Pienza, Montepulciano, Orvieto, and on and on. The train station to Florence or Rome is only 25 minutes away. We cannot write a complete review without mentioning Samuela, the housekeeper. She was such a wonderful treat to see every morning and she was so helpful. Since we did not speak Italian and she does not speak English we had fun communicating to one another thru Google Translate. All in all, this Villa exceeded all expectations. The owners were meticulous in their design and thoughtfulness. We could not have picked a better place to stay and will certainly stay again on our next trip to Italy. R &PG MA USA July 2016 "