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Podere Il Sogno

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Pienza | Bedrooms: 6 | Sleeps: 12

Rates: from £3,025 per week

Podere Il Sogno lies within the most scenic yet pristine area of Tuscany, Val d'Orcia. It enjoys full views of Renaissance city Pienza, famous for its pecorino cheese, while from the garden you can admire Montepulciano, the medieval village of Montichiello and Mount Amiata. Recently restored with great care using only original materials, this luxurious farmhouse now offers 6 en-suite bedrooms, a private swimming pool and air conditioning.

This luxury villa sits surrounded by rolling hills and colourful wheat fields with Pienza just 4km away. Pope Pius II commissioned architect Rossellino to design a model Renaissance town in his own honour in the 15th century and the grand piazza and duomo in the heart of the town remain, surrounded by the shops of this agricultural town. Podere Il Sogno is stylishly furnished retaining its unique character, combined with 21st century conveniences such as air conditioning, Wi-Fi internet access, heatable 18 x 4 metre swimming pool with salt water, DVD player and satellite TV. Facilities for active families include a table tennis table, toys for children, a gym, vegetable garden and three mountain bikes. All bedrooms have private bathrooms decorated with typical Italian tiling and fly screens on the windows for comfort. The gardens make the ideal spot for appreciating the panoramic views of the Val d'Orcia.

ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES:

House A - Ground Floor

  • Large open plan living area with sitting room and a few steps down a generously sized TV room with satellite TV and comfortable sofas.
  • Dining room with direct access to a small but equipped kitchen.
  • Double bedroom with four poster bed, en-suite bathroom with an antique wash basin, double-headed shower and washing machine. This bedroom has an independent entrance from outside.

House A - First Floor

  • Elegant sitting room with 18th century armchairs. Doors open onto a little charming terrace (not over 1 metre high wall) facing south from which you can enjoy the spectacular view of Monte Amiata.
  • Double bedroom with a large round 170x170 Villeroy Boch Jacuzzi tub veiled behind a hand made silk screen. This room also has a private bathroom with a shower.
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom which has a double shower and double wash basins and walk in wardrobe.

House B - Ground Floor

  • Spacious loft with 6.50 m high ceilings. Romantic round stairs in cast iron by Fonderie Viterbesi lead to the mezzanine; large antique wooden dining table for 12; Tuscan-style kitchen with modern amenities.
  • Cosy living room with fireplace and comfortable couches.
  • Double bedroom with an ancient iron bed, adjacent bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub.
  • Double bedroom with its own bathroom with shower.

House B - First Floor

  • Double room with baldachin and bathroom with Jacuzzi bath with shower. From the windows there are spectacular view on the surrounding rolling hills and wheat fields.

On a lower level, in a separate building find a gym equipped with bathroom, tatami, wall bars, punching bag and massage table (massages and personal trainer available on request and extra cost).

  • Orcia Wine Festival in san Quirico (April)

Tourists can sample and buy wines directly from producers and learn about the features and quality.

  • Infiorata of Pienza (June)

Locals create grand flower tapestries on the town roads. There is also a religious procession and live music.

  • Medieval Feast at Bagno Vignoni (June)

Locals dress in mediaeval clothes and there are ancient games and shows.

  • Festa della Musica in Montalcino (June)
  • Jazz & Wine Festival in Montalcino (July)
  • San Galgano Festival (July)

International music festival held in the abbey of San Galgano

  • “Sagra della Val d’Arbia” in Buonconvento (September)

A special event of music, sport, art and food.

  • Sagra del Tordo in Montalcino (October)

A procession and traditional archery competition.

  • Olive Oil Feast at San Quirico d’Orcia (December)

Local restaurants prepare traditional food and visitors get the chance to sample “olio novo” bruschette from local olive oil producers.

Val d’Orcia boasts a majestic landscape of medieval castles, olive groves, vineyards, hilltop towns and stunning rolling hills, so it’s no wonder this wonderful region has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The beautiful landscape characterizes this region, however the many little villages that are dotted around hide fascinating ancient histories that must be explored. A must-see is Pienza, a village known as the "Ideal City of the Renaissance" which was created by the great humanist Pope Pius II. Make sure you visit the beautiful Palazzo Piccolomini. Other intriguing villages to explore include Castiglion d'Orcia, Abbadia San Salvatore, Radicofani and the striking medieval city of Montalcino, which has a truly spectacular landscape. This town is home to one of the world's best Italian wines, the Brunello di Montalcino – where you can sample a few glasses of wine.

After a long day of sightseeing, unwind in one of the region’s many thermal baths. Bagno Vignoni is a favourite and it is utterly stunning with its central Renaissance swimming pool surrounded by ancient buildings.

A visit to Val d’Orcia would not be complete without trying the high quality local specialities such as the "pecorino" cheese, olive oil, superb wines, truffles, mushrooms, saffron and many, many more – the region is truly a foodie paradise!

One of Tuscany’s most charming abbeys, the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, should not be missed by anyone visiting the Val d'Orcia. Not only is the surrounding area breathtakingly beautiful with rolling hills and olive groves, but the abbey itself is equally as stunning and is one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture. Make sure you catch the monks singing the wonderful Gregorian chant at mass and in July and August, there are also organ concerts.

To really experience the true beauty of this area, take an excursion on an old steam train. The opportunity to lose yourself amongst the open vistas of sown land, sloping hills, vineyards, cypresses and umbrella pines, castle towers and isolated farmhouses is an opportunity not to be missed! You can stop off at different stations and explore the unique villages of the region, and the train journey can also be combined with activities such as hiking and cycling for those craving a faster pace.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR TUSCAN VILLA HOLIDAY

Time Zone

GMT +1 hour

Language

Italian

Currency Information

The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

Money Matters

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

Tipping IN TUSCANY

You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.

Arrival & Departure Formalities

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

Weather IN TUSCANY

In general, the climate in Tuscany is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and milder; however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.

Health

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

Electricity SUPPLY IN TUSCANY

Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz - a converter/adaptor may be required.

Driving IN ITALY

There are some important rules of the road -

  • At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
  • Always carry your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
  • The minimum driving age is 18.
  • Traffic drives on the right.
  • Seat belts must be worn - children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
  • Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
  • In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways.
  • Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
  • For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked " biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyzer tests carried out regularly by the police.

Parking in Italy

  • In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying " Zona a traffico limitato".
  • Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use. Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard. In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.

LOCATION:

  • closest shops/ restaurants: Pienza, 5km
  • other towns: Monticchiello 7km, Bagno Vignoni 12km, San Quirico d'Orcia 14km, Montepulciano 15km, Montalcino 27km, Siena 57km, Florence 121km
  • airports: Florence 138km, Pisa 190km, Rome- Fiumicino 210km

 

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Availability Information

  • Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available on request. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.
     
  • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Rates Information

  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K hosted services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs - simply complete the quick 'Make an Enquiry' form or call us on 0845 618 2205.

Inclusions

  • Typical Tuscan dinner on arrival evening (exclusing wine).
  • Maid service 4 hours on Wednesdays.
  • Wireless broadband internet.
  • Exclusive use of the swimming pool (18 x 4m / 59 x 13.1ft).
  • Cost of utilities (water, gas and electricity).
  • Arrival set of bed linen, household linen and pool towels.
  • Final cleaning.
  • Wine delivery: buy an excellent selection of good quality wines and have them delivered to the villa for free (cost of wine not included).

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service available on request at EUR 15 per hour.
  • Cook service available on request in advance at EUR 35 per person, min. 10 people.
  • Central heating as per consumption.
  • Pool heating as per consumption.
  • Air-conditioning - EUR 350 per week.


  • KINDLY NOTE:
  • A security deposit of EUR 500 is due on arrival in cash. This will be refunded at the end of the stay minus any damages to the house.
  • There are some unprotected drops in the surrounding villa garden. Young children should always be supervised.
  • The villa is accessed via an unpaved road in fairly good condition.
  • Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
  • A deposit is due on arrival in cash euro for the payment of extras charged "per consumption".
  • Extras are subject to availability and specific terms & conditions. Please enquire with your Tour Consultant for details.
  • Your stay might be subject to a city tax which is raised by the municipality in which the accommodation is located. This tax is payable locally in cash euro only.

Your Villa Rental

Because everyone's concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula to offer flexibility and the freedom to design run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities.

Our Villa-Only rental option comes as standard and is ideal for those seeking pure independence whilst travelling.

Every A&K Villa Only rental includes:

  • Dedicated Pre-Arrival Concierge service
  • Villa rental on an exclusive basis
  • Utilities (gas, water, electricity), unless otherwise stated
  • Towels, pool towels and bed linen as standard
  • 1 cot & highchair (cot linen not provided)
  • An A&K Local Representative who is on call 24/7 in case of emergency. Your Local Representative will also meet you once during your stay (on your arrival weekend) to help you to settle in, explain Health & Safety and answer any questions you may have regarding the villa.

(In some cases an A&K Representative is not required as the villa will have its own competent, local manager.)

  • A 24 hour A&K Emergency Duty Manager contact service based in the UK
  • Comprehensive information book
  • VAT and administration charges
  • Villa's own services - please check what additional services are provided as standard with a particular property – such as maid service, usage of air-conditioning, central and pool heating, as these can vary from property to property. This information will be available online or via your sales representative.

Should you wish to further enhance your villa experience, our thoughtfully designed A&K Concierge Packages are the perfect solution for those seeking additional support and comfort during your stay. In addition to the amenities offered within the Villa Only rental, a large number of our properties offer the following packages of upgraded services including a knowledgeable local concierge, providing complete piece of mind whilst travelling:

Gold Concierge Package – seamless support throughout your stay...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A dedicated local A&K Concierge whose knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations

Following on from your pre-arrival Concierge team, upon arrival you will be seamlessly handed over to your local A&K Concierge who will have been briefed about all aspects of your holiday.

Your local A&K Concierge will personally welcome you to your villa and can be called upon at any time to assist you in any way throughout your stay. This can include anything from confirming itinerary arrangements; suggesting, making and booking additional services locally as required, such as restaurant reservations, visits and guided tours; trouble shooting; language assistance; providing a check-out service, and much more.

  • Introductory morning orientation tour of local area with your A&K Concierge on your arrival weekend - the best way to familiarise yourself with the local area (own transport required if villa is not within walking distance)
  • Complimentary pre-arrival grocery shopping service. Simply tell us in advance what groceries you require and your Concierge will pre-stock the villa accordingly (cost of groceries excluded)

Platinum Concierge Package – creating your ultimate stay with complete convenience...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A continental buffet-style breakfast provided on your first morning, including a selection of breads and fresh pastries, cheese, meats, fruit, yoghurts and fresh fruit juice
  • A pre-stocked drinks fridge (typically consisting of four bottles of wine, beer, soft drinks, juices, mineral water)
  • Fresh flowers and initial provisions, including jam, sugar, olive oil, tea, coffee, vinegar as well as cleaning provisions
  • Starter pack of luxurious toiletries per bathroom
  • Daily maid service (Monday to Friday and on Saturdays for multiple week bookings
  • Mid-week linen and towel change
  • A light, self-served supper on your arrival evening pre-prepared by your Concierge
  • Complimentary mid-week grocery shopping service (cost of groceries excluded)
  • Complimentary private chef service for a lunch or dinner, once during your stay (pre-booking necessary; cost of groceries excluded)

  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue Facilities
  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • Library (CD's/DVD's)
  • Mosquito Nets/Fly Screens
  • Swimming Pool (Heating Available)
  • Swimming Pool (Private)
  • Table Tennis
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine

Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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