Pienza (Tuscany)

VILLA SAN GIOVANNI

  • Typology
    Typology Luxury Villas
  • Beds
    Beds 8
  • Bedrooms
    Bedrooms 4

Description

Independente residence sleeps 8

Within the UNESCO World Heritage Natural Park of Valdorcia, an entire organically conducted Tuscan hill to yourself. At its very top, a genuine farmhouse with high-grade specs and 360-degree views of medieval towers, vineyards and olive groves. A unique opportunity to observe wild life within the natural reserve is part of and pick the freshest ingredients from the herbs and vegetables garden. A pool where you can soak up the Tuscan sun and yoga/spa facilities to maximize your well-being.

The Space

Welcome to Villa San Giovanni, a place with no spoilers in sight!

Villa San Giovanni is situated on top of a hill connecting Nobile vineyards of Montepulciano on one side with the rolling hills of Valdorcia on the other. From the villa one can enjoy 360-degree views of all the medieval towers of Montepulciano, Montalcino and Montisi, amongst others.

The 350 sqm villa, dedicated to 8 discerning guests (+infant in baby crib + child in camp bed if required) across 4 spacious suites, dates from the 1800s and is entirely handcrafted from the original stone and wood collected over centuries from the estate. It has been completely refurbished to include all modern amenities and comforts.

The rooms are decorated in traditional Tuscan style, rustic-looking on the outside, modern and functional inside and with a strong focus on quality, natural materials such as wood, terracotta, wrought iron, linen and cashmere.

One enters the residential quarters from the courtyard connecting the main body of the property and the annex. In the main body of the building, the ground floor comprises a large kitchen and dining area with fireplace.

The kitchen is equipped with fridge, freezer, dishwasher, electric oven, microwave, gas stove, coffee machine, toaster, kettle, milk frother, slicer, blender, juicer, baby high-chair and pic-nic baskets for your explorations of the natural reserve is part of.

Washing machine, organic-certified laundry detergents, dryer, steam iron and professional hoover are available in the laundry room together with cleaning kit and organic-certified home detergents.

On both sides of the archway lie two bedrooms with spacious en-suite bathrooms, a storage room and the fully equipped laundry. Walk up to the upper floor to enjoy a full view of the surrounding estate. There, a lounge with a large fireplace give way to two bedrooms with large en-suite bathrooms, a storage room and a toilet.

Each room is equipped with laptop-size safety boxes, international adaptor plugs, hairdryer, 42’smart Sat TVs, BOSE wireless speakers. A baby crib is also provided. You can watch your own movies or choose from a selection of Italian movies and documentaries with English subtitles in the upper floor lounge and library where a home theatre sound system is also present. The DVD player can also stream videos online. Lastly, a vintage jukebox provides a selection of 45’LPs from 50/60/70ies.

Back to the annex, the unusually large wood-fired oven still reveals the efforts that went into baking the terracotta floor tiles and feeding the previous custodians of the estate. This area serves as a kitchenette for pizza lovers and cafeteria for the guests using gym and spa facilities. A large bright room with wood-fired stove was converted into a yoga studio and complemented with exercise and fitness equipment. From here, you access the bathroom and the hammam and emotional shower in the second floor of the tower.

The 72-sqm pool, in line with organic standards at the farm, is maintained using a salt purification system. From its dominant position, fully exposed to the sun from dawn to sunset, it offers throughout the day unparalleled views of the famed Tuscan landscape.

The nearby pergola equipped for a pleasant barbeque and venerable oak tree both offer shelter from the sun or a sudden and brief summer shower. With a bit of luck, comfortably lying in a hammock, you will be able to observe deer, wild rabbits and pheasants that inhabit the surrounding natural reserve.

In the courtyard, an ancient trough that once quenched the thirst of sheep that pastured here, now offers a heated air-pool to Villa San Giovanni’s guests. This area is also equipped with a fire pit and a projector for your private outdoor cinema experience under the starry sky.

Adjacent to the garden is a charming seasonal vegetables and aromatic herbs garden to provide the needed fresh ingredients. Wash them under the fresh water fountain and be inspired while sitting under the shadow of the oak tree.

Beyond the villa, the property of Villa San Giovanni includes vineyards, olive groves, lavenders, woods and truffle farms. At Villa San Giovanni, you can stroll through the property and literally “pick” your own dinner – which all the guests are welcome and encouraged to do. Your walks on the estate will be accompanied by a peaceful silence broken only by charming brushes with nature such as the chirping of the birds or the rustling of the bushes as wild boar and deer forage past.

So whether you want to spend some time meandering through the medieval cities of Tuscany, soaking up art and history, hunting and eating the freshest truffles, grapes and olives Italy has to offer, or just want to relax, lie in a pool and soak up the Tuscan sun – Villa San Giovanni is the place for you to experience the quintessential Tuscan lifestyle.

Heating and Air Conditioning:
Villa San Giovanni’s room temperature is kept at an ideal 20 C (or 68 F). You can increase or decrease to your needs room temperature.

Wi-Fi:
Internet connection is provided freely to the guests, both indoor and outdoor.

Sat-Smart-TV:
Use your TV to browse foreign and local TV channels, music, videos, movies and internet.

Toys:
A small selection of toys including badminton rackets and net, soccer ball, boomerang, hula-hoop, bocce, tombola and playing cards are available in the annex for the entertainment of the younger guests.

Gym:
Use Swing workouts in the property annex to gain body tone and resilience. All Swing free-weights are filled with an iron granulate, which support the dynamic imbalance of the movement by shifting within the leather sack. Your hand's extra movements deliver varying exercise stimuli for your joints, muscles and connective tissue. The free weights tower's top features a tablet mounting, so you can watch the training videos easily on your IPad. Alternatively, you can use the included training book for training.
The TriaTrainer bench in a closed position serves as the perfect abs and core trainer. Unfold one side into first position and convert the chair into a semi-bench for working your back muscles and glutes. Opened into full extension the TriaTrainer can be used for all well-known bench workouts with or without free weights.
Wall bars are ideal for multifunctional workouts. The upper bar foldout is perfect for chin-ups, pull-ups or hanging and swinging exercises. Enjoy simply moving your body but also specific stretching exercise. Working out on wall bars strengthens your core and back muscles and proves effective for treating back pain. Attach the MultiAdapter and hook in the CombiTrainer bench to turn the wall bars into a full-body multifunctional training station.
Yoga and Pilates mats and BOSE docking speakers for your favourite tunes are also available.

Heated Air-Pool:
Villa San Giovanni’s heated air-pool is located in the courtyard to relax under the open sky in any season.

Wellness Centre:
In conjunction with the heated air-pool and the rituals of a balanced training, Villa San Giovanni is pleased to offer to its guests the chance for ultimate relaxation and self-care with its Jacuzzi home wellness centre designed by Alberto Apostoli and featuring a hammam and emotional shower.
While using the hammam you can choose among three programmes: Tepidarium (35/40° - medium humidity), Hammam (40/45° - high humidity), Calidarium (45/48° - high humidity), the synthesis of a spa tradition that has crossed the world from east to west.
The emotional showers also delivers three functions: Cold fog (a very thin vapour jet with a velvety feel, ideal for cool or cold showers), Thin rain (raindrop jet, with medium size droplets and cone-shaped spray), Tropical rain (a stronger and energetic jet with a “massage” effect), for a total engagement of your senses and feelings of purity, energy and relaxation.
Plug-in your music player and listen to your favourite tunes while enjoying our facilities.

Swimming Pool:
Villa San Giovanni’s salt-purified pool is 12x6 mt. with a 1.1 mt. depth. It is surrounded by a safety fence and equipped with anti-fungal system.

On request: Truffle Hunting Excursions, Cooking Class and Personal Chef, Artistic Stuccos Class, Baby Sitting, Additional Wines, Olive Oil, Coffee and Verna Flour, Special Events (Lastly, intimate ceremonies and social events are permitted)

Villa San Giovanni is only reachable by means of own transportation. The nearest urban locations with supermarkets, banks, post offices, pharmacies, newsagents, weekly outdoor market, etc. are Montefollonico (5km), Pienza (7km), Petroio (9km), Montepulciano (10km), Torrita di Siena (10km), Monticchiello (11km), Trequanda (12 km), Sant'Albino (14km), Montisi (15km), San Quirico d'Orcia (18 km), Chianciano Terme (19km), San Giovanni d'Asso (20km), Bagno Vignoni (23km), Lucignano (24km), Torrenieri (26km), Castiglione d'Orcia (27km), Contignano (28km), Montalcino (32km), Asciano (34km), Bagni San Filippo (34km), Campiglia d'Orcia (35km), Rapolano Terme (35km), Buonconvento (36km), Castiglion Fiorentino (38km), Cortona (40km), Radicofani (41km), Monte Oliveto (44km), San Casciano dei Bagni (44km), Arezzo (53km), Siena (62km).

The nearest beach is in Castiglion della Pescaia (111km).

Nearest acces to A1 highway: South-bound - Chiusi Querce al Pino, 32Km; North-bound - Bettolle Valdichiana, 18Km

Nearest railway station: Chiusi Chianciano Terme, 34Km

Nearest airports: to the South - Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Roma, 225Km; to the North - Amerigo Vespucci, Firenze, 128Km

House Rules

No smoking

  • INTERNET: NOT FOUND
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Other services

  • PRIVATEPOOL: NOT FOUND

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Terms and conditions

MAIN FEATURES: accomodation for 8 GUESTS (4 rooms: 2 double rooms + 2 double/twin rooms, all equipped with laptop-size safety boxes, international adaptor plugs, hairdryer, BOSE wireless speakers and 42' smart Sat TVs, mosquito nets; 4 ensuite bathrooms + 1 bathroom) + baby crib for infant up to 2 years old (no rollaway beds are available) ; the kitchen is equipped with fridge, freezer, dishwasher, electric oven, wood-fired oven, microwawe, gas stove, espresso machine, filter coffe machine, toaster, kettle, milk frother, ice maker, blender, children dinnerware and a baby high-chair; internal stairs are equipped with safety gates and bed rails for kids are also provided; washing machine, organic-certified laundry detergents, dryer, steam iron are available in the laundry room together with cleaning kit and organic-certified home detergents; outdoor sofas, hammocks, sunbeds, pergola and barbecue for alfresco dining and relaxation with bluetooth sound system; a petanque court is conveniently located by the pergola for the enjoyment of kids and grown-ups; guests can watch own movies or choose from a selection of Italian movies and documentaries with English subtitles in the upper floor lounge/library or project them in the courtyard as a private outdoor cinema; a selection of toys is available for the entertainment of the young ones; 2 bycicles and 1 child seat are also provided; guests can freely access the organic kitchen garden and pick their own herbs and seasonal vegetables; the pool (surrounnded by safety fence and equipped with anti-fungal system) is open May through October; outdoor heated airpool, indoor gym, yoga studio and spa (hammam and emotional shower) are accessible all year round; the property is equipped with fire extinguishers, fire blankets, smoke detectors, gas detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, home first-aid kit and swimming pool first-aid kit, remotely controlled gate and alarm system. INCLUDED: utilities, tourist tax, initial grocery shopping service if needed (actual cost of groceries is settled in cash upon arrival), air conditioning and heating, firewood, initial and final villa cleaning, additional villa cleaning (exclusive of kitchen equipment and dishes) and change of bedroom bed sheets/bathroom towels and robes/kitchen tablecloth and napkins/pool towels/gym towels on Monday and Thursday between 2.30PM and 6.30PM, gardener, indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi, toilette amenities (including organic-certified shower gel, shampoo and hand soap, dental set and flip-flops); a generous, tasty and informative welcome basket (valued at over 400EUR) including seasonal vegetables from our kitchen garden when available, a selection of fruit and some basic initial necessities (may vary depending on availability and diet preferences) such as salt, sugar, black pepper, Illy coffee (54 capsules), gound coffee, earl grey tea, green tea, chamomile tea, 2 bottles (X1 Lt) of organic milk, organic cereals, bread, organic plain and fruit-flavoured yogurt, organic butter, Parmesan Cheese, organic farming eggs, jam, honey, Cantucci biscuits, 2 bottles (X1 Lt) of organic apple juice, 1 Kg pici pasta, sauce for pici, 2 bottles (X0.75 Lt) of Verna beer (produced with our ancinet wheat variey, Verna), 2 bottles (X0.75 Lt) of prosecco, 1 bottle (X0.5 Lt) of organic IGP Toscano extra virgin olive oil produced with Bona Dea’s olives, 2 bottles (X0.75 Lt) of Brumesco white wine from Montepulciano, 2 bottles (X0.75 Lt) of Rosso di Montepulciano red wine, 2 bottles (X0.75 Lt) of Vino Nobile red wine from Montepulciano, 1 bottle (X0.50 Lt) of Vinsanto dessert wine, 1 bottle (X1 Lt) of mineral water per guest per day, firewood for barbecue, oven, stove and fireplace, 1 Michelin Green Guide Tuscany, free use of a mobile (EUR 20 prepaid Italian SIM included). CHECK-IN: between 3.00PM and 7.00PM. CHECK-OUT: before 10.00AM. PETS: one pet is welcome at no additional cost. DEPOSIT: EUR 880 deposit against damages collected upon check-in. ON DEMAND: daily continental breakfast at EUR 840/weekly; truffle hunting excursions can be arranged in October, November, December and January depending on availability; in-house chef service and cooking classes can be provided by external caterers upon request; in-house sessions with a yoga teacher can also be arranged upon request; exclusive balloon tours followed by traditional champagne breakfast can be arranged with UK and IT aviation licensed pilot; intimate ceremonies and social events are permitted (upon request only). "• weekly cleaning service will be adjusted to Monday and Thursday afternoon (2.30-6.30) both days including complete change of linen and towels.For clarity, this is on top of initial and final cleaning;• Continental breakfast can be provided upon request for the additional cost of 840 Eur/week (to be paid net to the property at check out)"