Villa Arpicella

PROPERTY

Property facilities

Location: 
Val d'Orcia area
Nearest town: 
Pienza 2 km
Sleeps: 
4
Square meters: 
120
Bedrooms: 
2 (double: 1, twin: 1)
Bathrooms: 
1 (shower: 1)
High season price range: 
< 1,500 €
Internet
Private villa
Private outdoor area
Barbecue
Parking
Baby cot + Highchair
TV
CD player
Phone
Fan
Fireplace
Heating
Oven
Toaster
American style coffee machine
Hair dryer
Dishwasher
Washing-machine
Iron + ironing board
Walk to town
Countryside

Villa Arpicella really does offer the best of both worlds! Despite its prime location at just 10 minutes’ walking distance from Pienza, it enjoys the peace and quiet of a beautiful countryside setting with spectacular panoramic views. It is a large, traditionally Tuscan 17th century farmhouse, now fully restored, with bright, spacious and comfortably furnished interiors. Its historic architectural features have been carefully preserved and tastefully combined with all modern comforts.

The villa’s extensive gardens are sheltered and secluded, with no other properties in sight, and open on to superb vistas of the surrounding olive groves and gently hilly farmland, which stretch right up to the outline of Mount Amiata on the far horizon. The living quarters are all on the upper floor, so can likewise embrace this wonderful scenery and benefit from light-filled dayrooms.

There are many opportunities for open-air relaxation and dining, including a shady portico-terrace adjoining the house, fully equipped with garden furniture. Some of the original, typically Tuscan structural details that have been attractively retained are: the whitewashed walls; terracotta-tiled floors; narrow-beamed, terracotta-tiled ceilings; and, of course, the massive, wood-burning fireplace.

ACCOMODATION

The property is centrally heated throughout and its ground floor, which traditionally used to accommodate the farm animals, now houses only garages and cellars.

As in past centuries, the accommodation is located solely on the upper floor, accessed by an external flight of stone stairs with a porch at the top. From here, you enter directly under the pitched roof into a spacious living-room, comprising sofa, armchairs and coffee table grouped round the large, wood-burning fireplace. Open-plan in one corner is a modern kitchenette, fully equipped with electric cooker; fridge; separate freezer; dishwasher; washing machine; pots and pans; crockery and cutlery for 12 people; and a 6-seater table.

Issuing from this dayroom is a corridor which leads to the following: a large dining-room with 8/10-seater wooden refectory table; a twin bedroom; and a spacious double bedroom. Centrally located between these last two, at the far end of the landing, is a large shared bathroom, tiled in Delft-style blue and grey, with modern fittings, including corner shower cubicle and a mirror extending across two walls.

GARDEN & SWIMMING POOL

The villa is approached from Pienza (2 km away) on an asphalted road, past a lovely Romanesque church (Pieve di Corsignano), and then along a rough gravel track, bordered by olive groves, stone walls and hedges. The gates access a driveway leading to a gravel parking area, around which extend the lawns, all fenced-in. These are dotted with a host of mature, shade-giving native trees, such as Cypresses, holm oaks, pines, olives and figs, as well as with flowering shrubs like labernum, broom and rosemary, and lemon trees in terracotta pots. Here only birdsong punctuates the silence.

Scented floribunda roses bloom in profusion, while rambling varieties cover the little stone outbuilding, where the fully operational, wood-fired, brick pizza-oven and barbeque are housed.

The grounds can be illuminated at night and a little footpath connects directly with the centre of Pienza, about 10 minutes’ walk away.

In the vicinity are a number of excellent hiking paths, as this is ideal walking country, set within a nature reserve, whose wildlife is protected. This area of the Val D’Orcia (Orcia Valley), including Pienza itself and Mount Amiata, an extinct volcano and now a very popular winter ski area, is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and, as a result, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Low/hight season cost: 
826.00
1155.00
There are no valid special offers for this property, right now
 
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LOCATION

Nearby Pienza is a charming, typically Tuscan, medieval, walled hilltop-town, celebrated for its historic buildings, spectacular scenic backdrop and the production of its very own, delicious “pecorino” ewe’s milk cheese.

OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE NEARBY: Tennis, golf, the beach, horse riding, bike riding, hiking, wine tasting, fabulous dining, thermal spas, Hot air balloon flying, designer out let shopping, Etruscan ruins and Renaissance and medieval art and architecture.

Nearby facilities

  • Nearest town: Pienza km 2
  • Restaurants: Pienza km 2
  • Supermarket: Pienza km 2
  • Grocery: Pienza km 2
  • Shops: Pienza km 2
  • Outlets: Foiano della Chiana km 25
  • Bank: Pienza km 2
  • Post office: Pienza km 2
  • Chemistry: Pienza km 2
  • Golf: Valdichiana golf Club km 25
  • Horse riding: Pienza km 2
  • Tennis court: Pienza km 2
  • SPA: Bagno Vignoni km 15
  • Train station: Sinalunga km 25

Airports

  • Florence - Amerigo Vespucci: 135 km
  • Pisa - Galileo Galilei: 195 km
  • Roma Fiumicino - Leonardo da Vinci: 215 km
  • Roma Ciampino - Giovan Battista Pastine: 205 km
  • Milano Malpensa - Città di Milano: 470 km
  • Venezia - Marco Polo: 380 km
  • Perugia - Sant'Egidio: 90 km
  • Bologna - Guglielmo Marconi: 220 km

Art Cites

  • Firenze: 120 km
  • Pisa: 200 km
  • Siena: 50 km
  • Lucca: 190km
  • Arezzo: 60 km
  • Perugia: 80 km

    San Gimignano: 95 km
  • Volterra: 105 km
  • Montalcino: 20 km
  • Forte dei Marmi: 225 km
  • Pienza: 2 km
  • Montepulciano: 15 km
  • Cortona: 50 km
  • Assisi: 105 km
  • Seaside: 95 km

RATES & CONDITIONS

from 06 January 2018 to 30 March 2018 € 118.00 per night (5 nights min. stay)
from 31 March 2018 to 22 June 2018 € 141.00 per night (5 nights min. stay)
from 23 June 2018 to 24 August 2018 € 165.00 per night (7 nights min. stay)
from 25 August 2018 to 26 October 2018  € 141.00 per night (5 nights min. stay)
from 27 October 2018 to 21 December 2018  € 118.00 per night (5 nights min. stay)
from 22 December 2018 to 06 January 2019  € 141.00 per night (5 nights min. stay)

 

These prices do not include booking fees: Euro 20 per reservation

Price includes

water, gas, electricity; towel and bed linens; final cleaning; Wi-Fi internet connection; welcome basket.

Price excludes

city tax: 0.70 per person per day (the owner will pay the first 7 nights); heating (if used): on consumption (Euro 4.5 m3).

Extra services (upon request)

extra cleaning: Euro 10 per hour; firewood: on consumption. 

Check in

from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Swimming pool

-

Check out

within 09:30 a.m.

Security deposit

Euro 250.00 in cash

Any day changeover; 5 nights minimum stay in Low and Mid season, 7 nights in High season.
Conditions: 

DEPOSIT: A deposit of 37% of the total letting price is payable at the time of booking. It may be paid by credit card or wire transfer. Upon receipt of your deposit you will be sent notice confirming your payment with contact and arrival information.

BALANCE: The balance is due no later than 56 days (8 weeks) prior to the beginning of the letting period and must be sent to InTuscany via credit card or wire transfer. If the balance is not paid by the appropriate date, the letting agreement will be deemed to be invalid and the deposit forfeited. ‘InTuscany’ will send you a reminder when the balance is due and advise you how to send the money.

CANCELLATION: In the unfortunate event of you needing to cancel all or part of your holiday we will have to charge either:

a) deposit only - if cancellation is received more than 8 weeks before letting, or
b) Total rent - if cancellation is received less than 8 weeks before letting.

INSURANCE: All tenants are advised to consider insurance needs in relation to travel, accident, medical and personal cover; 'In Tuscany' can not accept liability for any accident, injury, loss or damage sustained by tenants.

IN THE EVENT OF DISPUTE: all disputes will be heard in the court of Montepulciano.

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REVIEWS

We're having a wonderful time: the house is so peaceful and the garden lovely. Thank you for the olive oil, we shall enjoy it!

Jane and Lynn from Canada • 2012

Hello Luciana! We had a great holiday and staying at the villa was a highlight for us, especially meeting you and your charming family.

Jan and Ron from Australia • 2013

Dear Luciana, thanks a lot for all the lovely things: the use of the nice house and wonderful garden, your hospitality and kindness and the very good dinner. We have had a very pleasant time here, the country is so beautiful we have enjoyed it very very much!

Nynke from Germany • 2013

Dear Luciana, thank you for a wonderful vacation at possibly the most beautiful place on earth. We will never forget your villa! It was great to have dinner at your beautiful home and to taste the local Italian food and wine. Thank you for your warm hospitality. We hope to come back some day.....

Deb and Richard from USA • 2014

Suggested activities:

Suggested activities for this property:

Tuscany Holiday Packages
With this property we can provide our tailor made packages which include tours, transfers, cooking classes, wine tasting and much more. Everything that Tuscany has to offer can be enjoyed to the utmost relaxation without the stresses of organizing daytrips and driving. Contact us and choose your package - MORE DETAILS

Palio di Siena tickets
While staying at this property we would like you to consider the possibility to attend the famous Palio di Siena, a world wide renowned event. The Palio takes place twice a year on July 2nd and on August 16. You can contact us to reserve your tickets - MORE DETAILS