An 18th century country house set in the rolling limestone hills famously known as the Crete Senese, Villa Le Focaie is a warm and welcoming Tuscan hideaway ideally located for touring the regions to the south of Siena. Tiled floors and high ceilings, fully air-conditioned. Although life at Le Focaie typically centres on a lovely loggia facing the swimming pool and furnished as an outdoor living area and dining room. Medieval towns and villages of every shape and size are liberally sprinkled throughout this area, which is well known for a variety of wines, food and crafts. The owner of the property, a very well-known jockey and long-time record-holder at the Palio of Siena, keeps thoroughbred horses at a stable nearby and in the meadows around the property.
Max Occupancy: 8
Villas near Siena, Tuscany
Fully Air-conditioned villa
Asciano, 5km/3 miles from the property [with the nearest shops], lies at the heart of the Crete Senese, an area known for its starkly beautiful scenery. A very scenic road leads south-west from Siena, 25km/16 miles, through Asciano to the magnificently sited Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, 13km/8 miles, an active monastery with gorgeous frescoes and a Renaissance library. Further south are Pienza, a failed Renaissance utopia, and the medieval hill towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano, all about 45 minutes.
Upper ground floor
Spacious air conditioned living/dining room with an open fireplace, a large dining table and a TV area. Well-equipped kitchen with a fireplace. Two air conditioned double bedrooms, one with a fireplace. Two air conditioned twin bedrooms. Bathroom with bath and shower. Bathroom with shower. Laundry room. Bathroom with shower. Large loggia with seating area, dining table and barbeque.
Lower ground floor
Small independent apartment for the caretaker and his wife.
An open lawned garden studded with umbrella pines and bordered by working farms. The swimming pool, 7 x 14m/23 x 46 feet, which has a diving board, is set on a sunny stone terrace about 10m/30 feet from the villa. Please note that this is very much a country setting with horses, dogs, cats and other animals around.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's very helpful caretaker, who lives on the lower ground floor of the house with a separate entrance and garden; he speaks very little English. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Microwave. Portable barbeque. Wood oven. Washing machine. Satellite TV [No Sky channels] with DVD/video. CD player. Portable fans in all bedrooms. Central heating. Three working fireplaces. Fully air-conditioned. Wireless ADSL internet connection [computer not provided].
Tennis within 10 minutes at Asciano. Horseback riding near Monte Oliveto Maggiore. Golf course La Bagnaia 47km. Thermal spas at Rapolano Terme, among others. Hot air ballooning available over the crete senese, also a terrific area for walking and mountain bicycling. A selection of biking itineraries in the area is available online at www.terresienainbici.it/index_eng.asp (in English).
Kettle. Mixer. Toaster. Two hair dryers. Iron and ironing board.
The swimming pool, 7 x 14m/23 x 46 feet, has a depth of 1-2.5m/3-8 feet. and a ladder for entry/exit. Outdoor shower.
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