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Val d'Orcia (Siena) - Tuscany

Donata's house offers all the special charm, character and seclusion of a private home and garden, with the additional advantage of having the restaurant, tennis, playground and other children's activities within easy reach. 


At the far corner of Chiarentana is the house lived in by Donata, one of the two Origo sisters. When, in the early eighties, Donata began to renovate the square fortified farmhouse for many centuries occupied by 7 peasant families, an open informal garden was designed to blend into the surrounding countryside, and rambling roses, shrubs and bulbs planted to soften the stone-flagged courtyard shaded by a large linden tree. Two sides of the courtyard became the home of Donata and her children, who still live there when the whole family gets together.


The house is on two levels with windows facing south over the Val d'Orcia, west beyond the horse paddocks to the sunset beyond the distant hills, and over the courtyard. From the front door steps lead down the lower garden level and an open living space with rattan sofas and armchairs and with a spectacular view over the valley and beyond it to the Monte Amiata. Large clumps of rosemary, lavender and thyme rise from the open lawn with areas where walnut, apricot, cherry, plum, quince and fig trees provide shade and seclusion. There is a rectangular swimming pool (15X5m), also looking out towards the view but tucked away where bathers cannot be seen, with a shower and changing room next door.


The garden and pool are looked after by two gardeners. From 8.30 to 2.30 the services of a maid/cook who has been working for Donata for many years are included. She will prepare breakfast and lunches with fresh products from the vegetable garden and orchard, and leave dinner to be heated up on request. She can also be available to cook and serve evening meals at an additional cost.



Ground floor

  • Entrance hallway
  • Cloak room with guest WC
  • Library/study
  • Living room with fireplace and wireless connection
  • Twin guest room with en suite bathroom
  • Informal living room with fireplace and satellite TV
  • Adjoining pergola for outdoor dining, with wood oven
  • Dining room
  • Adjoining kitchen

First floor

  • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom
  • Double bedroom with en suite shower room
  • Suite with double bedroom and twin bedroom sharing a full bathroom + additional WC/washroom

Lower garden level

  • Large outdoor living space


Arrivals and Departures:

  • Minimum stay is one week, maximum is four weeks.
  • Arrivals: Saturday around 4pm
  • Departures: Saturday before 11am


Price on application

Extra charges:

These charges are not included in the rental price and must be paid locally to the owner or his representative:

  • Telephone (as per meter reading)

Other service that can be arranged

  • Wines and food for all the meals
  • Personal ironing and laundry
  • Cooker for evening meals
  • Please refer to our Concierge Service
- Washing machine and dryer
- Iron and ironing board
- Fridge
- Sat TV
- Swimming pool
- Dining out area
- Wood oven
- Tennis court
- Playground for kids
- Pergola for cars
- Twice a week bed and bath linen change
- Maid service from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm (except on Sundays)
- Final cleaning
- Garden and pool maintenance
- Heating
- Electricity
- Firewood
- Baby cot (upon request)
- Shops in Chianciano (nearest village 5 minutes)

- Chianciano: 10 minutes
- Pienza: 25 minutes
- Montepulciano: 20 minutes
- Montalcino: 45 minutes
- Siena: 1 hour and 20 minutes
- Florence: 1 hour and 30 minutes
- Arezzo: 1 hour
- Cortona: 1 hour
- Rome: 2 hours and 20 minutes
- Pisa: 2 hours and 30 minutes
- Orvieto: 50 minutes




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