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La Foce Estate

In the Val D’Orcia near Pienza, Montepulciano and Chianciano Terme





Estate with six independent farmhouses and ten apartments



Special Characteristics

The 2000-acre agricultural estate includes a main villa with a world-class formal garden, and a medieval castle. Eight buildings have been restored and refurbished for rental at a high standard, and none of them are in view of each other.

There are swimming pools for guests, a tennis court, and walking trails on the estate.

Extra services such as having a cook prepare typically Tuscan meals, dinner on the night of arrival, and laundry service are available at an additional cost.

The Farmhouses:

Casaccia (Sleeps 6) is a former barn that was restored in 2010 into a comfortable three- bedroom house overlooking the magnificent Orcia Valley. It is on the grounds of a farmhouse occupied by the son and his family of one of La Foce's owners, but guests at Casaccia have their own garden and secluded terrace for outdoor meals. The guests share the swimming pool (18x36 feet) with the family, as well as a playground with swings and a sandbox. The garden and pool views are spectacular. Casuccia has two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom; each bedroom has its own bathroom. There is an open kitchen with a dining table and a large living room.

Fonte al Gozzo (Sleeps 8) sits just in front of the famous cypress road that winds up a hill, one of the most photographed views of Tuscany. Fruit trees, olive groves, wheat fields and cypresses surround the farmhouse. In the main house, there are 3 double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, two living rooms with fireplaces, and a kitchen. There is also a double bedroom with bath in a small building in a nearby part of the garden. Fonte al Gozzo has its own swimming pool.

Montauto (Sleeps 10) is on its own in the midst of olive trees and Mediterranean “macchi” (scrub) and offers spectacular views of the Tuscan countryside. It is a jewel of local Tuscan architecture, built in traditional local stone around an enclosed courtyard. Special attention has been given to the garden areas around the house, and there are several areas for sitting and dining. The house has been restored to the standard of an elegant, private mansion with all modern conveniences. There are 3 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom, 2 single bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, along with an open kitchen and dining room with fireplace, a large living room with fireplace, and a laundry. Montauto has its own swimming pool, with lovely views over the countryside.

Gonzola (Sleeps 10) lies in the middle of open farmland surrounded by wheat and sunflowers on one side, and a small forest and the famous "Crete Senesi" on the other. It is a long rectangular house of local stone, in the midst of flowers and herbs, and shaded by many oak trees which grow in front of the farmhouse and along a nearby stream. The main floor has a large central living room with fireplace, a dining kitchen with fireplace, 2 double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, and 2 twin bedrooms and 1 bathroom. On the lower floor, the former cow barn has been turned into a large summer living room with 7 windows, and there is a double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. The rooms have been painted in soft hues, inspired by traditional Tuscan color schemes. Next to the large swimming pool is the former chicken/rabbit coop, now a poolhouse with a bathroom. A very lovely feature is the vine-covered pergola near the poolhouse with a large table for alfresco dining. Gonzola was restored in 2001. There is WIFI Internet access in the house.

Sassaia (Sleeps 14) is a comfortable, spacious and sunny family house in an area of the estate near fields of wheat and sunflowers. Restored in 2001, it has many features of the typical Tuscan farmhouse. On the first floor where the cows were kept, there is now a spacious and sun-filled summer living room. There is also a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom for easy access. The upper floor has a central living room with fireplace looking out over trees with windows on both sides, and a kitchen/dining room that is appealing to cooks. There are 2 double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, and two twin bedrooms that share a bathroom.

Next to the main house is an independent building converted into a loft-like "dependance" called Casa del Bove with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large living room with an open space kitchen, and massive antique beams running from one end of the house to the other. Casa del Bove can be rented separately from the main house in lower seasons for 4 people. Sassaia has its own swimming pool.

The Apartments:

Chiarentana was once a medieval fortress, then a main farm building on the estate, and now houses 6 apartments for rent. It is a large square building with climbing roses, lavender and deliciously scented lime tree. Each apartment has its own tables and chairs in the garden surrounding Chiarentana. Great care has been taken to turn the different apartments into welcoming and attractive places, with a mixture of comfortable furniture and antique pieces, lovely interior decoration and modern appliances. The six apartments sleep 2, 4 or 6 people. There is a specific room with WIFI Internet access for the guests at Chiarentana and Casaccia. The tennis court is next to Chiarentana.

Belvedere: This large two-story building is covered with vines and flowers, and enjoys magnificent views over the Orcia Valley. It has a beautifully maintained garden with stunning views of the medieval castle on the estate, and a generous swimming pool used by the guests staying in the two spacious Belvedere apartments and the Castelluccio. The restoration has been very carefully undertaken to preserve the terracotta floors and original wooden ceiling beams, resulting in an overall atmosphere of rustic charm. The bedrooms have been decorated in simple country style and have a fresh and cheerful atmosphere. Glass doors lead out into the garden, which has tables and chairs for al fresco meals. Belvedere 1 sleeps 5, with a large living/dining room with an open fireplace, a smaller sitting room with fireplace, fully fitted kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom, and 2 bathrooms. Belvedere 2 sleeps 8, and has a large living room with open fireplace, dining room, fully equipped kitchen, 4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 1 extra WC.

Castelluccio: There is a medieval castle on the grounds of La Foce. Special concerts are held in the Castelluccio courtyard in July. Two nicely furnished apartments are on the second floor, and they give guests the feeling of living in a castle. Tartaruga sleeps 5, with a living/ dining room, small kitchen, 1 twin bedroom, 1 bathroom, as well as a double bedroom with terrace, an adjoining study with a bed, and an ensuite bathroom. Etrusco sleeps 2, with a living/dining room with kitchenette, a double bedroom with fireplace and painted ceiling, and a bathroom.

Owners' Villas: Two high level properties used by the owners of the La Foce estate are now available for rental. The Villa La Foce, which dates to the end of the 15th century, sleeps up to 19 people. Built on three levels, the Villa is surrounded by a world-renowned garden that has its own swimming pool. Household staff is included in the rental price.

Donata's House, which sleeps 10 people, is located in a far corner of the Chiarentana fortress. The views from the house over the Val d'Orcia are stunning, and there is ample space inside and outside the property for groups to gather. The house has its own swimming pool, and a maid/cook can prepare meals.

For more details and prices for the owners' villas, please contact Italian Vacation Villas.

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