Villa Sant’Antimo – Tuscany – Montalcino

Accommodates 8 - 4 Bedrooms - 4 Baths - Pool - Internet

Whenever people ask us what we consider to be THE most beautiful part of Italy, our answer is the valley of the Orcia River, a half-hour or so almost directly south of Siena. It’s more open country than Chianti, fewer cypresses, more chestnuts and other deciduous vegetation among the vineyards and olive groves. It’s a countryside that literally makes you weep, it’s so lovely.

And precisely here is where you’ll find our Villa Sant’Antimo, an old farmhouse transformed into an elegant villa with all modcons and a definitely contemporary feel, yet retaining its essentially Tuscan character. Villa Sant’Antimo overlooks the river Orcia itself from an elevated position among 30-plus acres of Brunello-producing vineyards, plus oak forest and olive trees. As the name suggests, we’re just 2 or 3 kilometers from Sant’Antimo, perhaps Italy’s most beautiful abbey church — and that’s saying something. Montalcino, with all shops, services, and excellent restaurants, is 10 kilometers away. Some of Tuscany’s most celebrated hilltowns are not much further: Pienza, Montepulciano, Cetona, Massa Marittima, Cortona, and, of course, Siena itself. The whole of the Val d’Orcia is a spectacular natural, sport, and cultural attraction in itself, full of old ruins, abbeys, churches, wine-producers, golf courses, castles, and hilltowns.

    • Airy, open-plan double living room with with terracotta floors, exposed-beam ceiling, and Tuscan stone fireplace
    • Dining room comfortably seating 10, leading via another archway into:
    • Fully equipped modern kitchen
    • Studio/den with satellite TV and music system
    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed
    • Adjacent shower room
    • Laundry room

    Up a travertine and marble staircase:

    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed
    • En-suite bathroom with tub and separate shower
    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed
    • En-suite shower room
    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed, fireplace, and independent access to the outside
    • Nearby shower room
    • Wonderful views in every direction
    • Gazebo with barbecue for alfresco dining
    • Swimming pool – 10×6 meters – reached via a 100-meter steeply stepped downhill path
    • Castelnuovo dell’Abate- 2km
    • Montalcino – 10km
    • Pienza – 32km
    • Montepulciano – 45km
    • San Qurico d’Orcia – 25km
    • Siena – 60km
    • Maremma beaches – 60km
    • Punt’Ala golf – 60km
    • Florence – 130km
    • Rome – 220km

    A wonderful house for couples traveling together, as bedrooms are equal, with excellent matrimonial beds, and with each bedroom having its own en-suite or nearby bath.

    We don’t consider Villa Sant’Antimo right for first-time travelers to Italy. It’s location far from highways means that daytrips take longer. And the roads do wind, and wind. But for people who have already done Florence and the major hilltowns of Chianti, and want to immerse themselves in a beautiful corner of less-traveled Tuscany, the Villa Sant’Antimo is just great.

    Another issue: The driveway, which DESCENDS about 800 meters to the villa, isn’t particularly rough. But it is STEEP, and once you descend (the easy part), you’re going to have to drive back up. You just can’t be an amateur driver here. You can’t use this driveway as a place to re-learn your skills on that stick shift which you haven’t used since you were 20. And you might not want to rent the Villa Sant’Antimo if you’re worried about that brand-new BMW that you’ve just bought in Germany. In fact, the road is not suitable for ANY low-slung car. We ourselves (in our 60s) have absolutely no problem with the driveway. But you must know what you are doing.

    Finally, the path down to the swimming pool is rather steeply stepped, so we don’t recommend the villa to anyone with mobility issues if access to the pool is going to be important.

    • Mid-week housekeeping
    • Bed linens changed at end of each week
    • Bath linens changed midweek
    • Wine tasting once during the week (depending on time of year)
    • Fireplaces
    • Swimming pool, 6 x 12 meters
    • Internet connection via satellite
    • Satellite TV
    • Cell phone (metered)
    • ipod dock station
    • CD player
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Microwave
    • Ceiling fans in the three upstairs bedrooms
    • Barbecue
    • Screens in two bedrooms
    • Alarm system
    • Additional housekeeping
    • Personal laundry and ironing
    • Cooking
    • Advance food shopping
    • Cooking lessons
    • 1 Jan - 31 Dec


    Minimum Stay: 1 week
    Arrival: Saturday, but flexible in low season
    Extras: Tourist tax
    Pool open: 12 May - 29 Sep