The Old Schoolhouse – Tuscany – Chianti

Accommodates 10 - 5 Bedrooms - 5 Baths - Pool - Wi-Fi - Tennis

After exploring central Tuscany for nearly 40 years, we thought we had traveled on literally every single road: 4-lane, 2-lane, gravel, and dirt. But no. Recently, we found ourselves on a road hitherto untraveled, and not a remote one. Indeed, we were no more than 5 miles from the heart of Siena, complete with a marvelous view out to that incomparably beautiful city’s cathedral towers.

We were on our way to visit what turned out to be the old schoolhouse of a noble estate whose villa across the way is still occupied by descendants of the original family. They have beautifully fitted out The Old Schoolhouse as a holiday home particularly suitable for a number of couples traveling together, as each of its more-or-less-equal bedrooms has its own en-suite or immediately adjacent private bath. But it equally suits a group of single friends, an extended family, or two families.

Again, Siena is just a short distance away. But one does not need to go all the way to Siena for either food shopping or restaurants. The nearest villages are Taverna d’Arbia and Pianella, which have all services.

The setting is delightful, with terraces, patios, gardens, lawns, and swimming pool area all enjoying uninterrupted views over the vineyards and olive groves surrounding the estate. Inside, you’ll find a characteristic Tuscan atmosphere highlighted by brickwork floors, vaulted ceilings, and whitewashed walls.

    • Spacious living/dining room
    • Two additional sitting rooms, meaning that in inclement weather, for example, a large group can be inside and be able to watch TV, cook, and play bridge simultaneously but in separate spaces.
    • Two kitchens
    • Guest half-bath
    • Two bedrooms with indivisible matrimonial beds
    • One bedroom with divisible matrimonial bed
    • Two bedrooms with non-joinable twin beds
    • Five bathrooms, either en-suite or immediately adjacent, two with shower over tub, three with shower only. All showers are excellent.
    • Bedrooms are more or less equal, with some differences but not hugely significant
    • All bedrooms with ceiling fans and window screens
    • Taverna d’Arbia – 3 km
    • Pianella – 4km
    • Siena – 7 km
    • San Gimignano – 37km
    • Montalcino – 26km
    • Florence – 56 km
    • Rome – 250 km
    • Rome FCo airport – 265
    • Rome Cia airport – 245km

    We love The Old Schoolhouse. It is not a luxury property, but it is a very nice, comfortable, homey property. It feels like somebody’s home. Bedrooms are not 100% equal, but we’ve had 4 couples stay here comfortably on several occasions. It’s perhaps best suited to two families traveling together or to one extended family. The two bedrooms with non-joinable twin beds are somewhat inferior to the other three, but perfectly decent.

    There is no air-conditioning, but we like the ceiling fan solution, especially in combination with the window screens. So you don’t suffocate, and you don’t get dive-bombed by kamikaze mosquitoes all night long!

    The owners are particularly welcoming. Depending on how busy they are with the wine production, they offer a guided visit to their vineyard, along with wine tasting and a visit to their magnificent vegetable garden.


    • Housekeeping Tue/Thu
    • Fireplace
    • Swimming pool, 6×12 meters
    • Tennis court at the owners’ adjacent villa, by easy arrangement
    • Ceiling fans in all bedrooms
    • Window screens
    • Wi-Fi
    • Telephone
    • FAX
    • Satellite TV
    • CD player
    • DVD player
    • Two dishwashers
    • Microwave
    • Pizza oven
    • Barbecue
    • Two clothes washers
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Crib/cot
    • High chair
    • Safe for valuables
    • Additional housekeeping
    • Personal laundry and ironing
    • Gourmet cooking
    • Cooking lessons in the estate villa
    • Childcare
    • 1 Jul - 26 Aug

    • 27 May - 1 Jul
      26 Aug - 30 Sep

    • Other Periods


    Minimum Stay: 1 week
    Arrival: Saturday, but flexible in low season
    Extras: Tourist tax if imposed; €150/week flat fee for housekeeping and utilities
    Pool open: Jun - Sep