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Villa Iris

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Cetona | Bedrooms: 7 | Sleeps: 14

Rates: from £4,927 per week

Villa Iris is without doubt one of the most stylish yet welcoming properties on offer in Tuscany.  Affording an excellent location, great views, superb furnishings and expansive grounds, this villa is the perfect place to spend a holiday with family and friends. Renovated to the highest standard, luxurious Vila Iris offers seven en suite bedrooms, a private heated swimming pool and a tennis court, and also enjoys expansive views across the hills and hidden medieval towns of southern Tuscany.

This impressive country estate provides a delightful combination of a wonderful rural location, rustic ambience and modern amenities such as an under floor cooling system for summer comfort and contemporary art dotted throughout. On the ground floor there is an entrance hall with a grand antique tapestry and a spacious modern living room with comfortable sofas, a stunning fireplace and doors leading out to the garden. Doors from the kitchen open out onto the outdoor dining area overlooking the vineyards sprawling out below - there really is no better location for an alfresco dinner. A classic villa from the outside, inside nothing has been overlooked to guarantee the utmost comfort and relaxation for your Italian villa break. All seven bedrooms are generous in proportion, with each room showcasing the owner's private contemporary art collection and benefitting from private bathrooms with designer fixtures. Five bedrooms including the master bedroom are located on the first floor, with two further bedrooms in the annex where there is also a children's room with table tennis and toys. The pool house also has a living room with a daybed and an additional shower room. The outside area comprises a private heated swimming pool (16m x 4.5m), a tennis court, several outside seating areas and extensive manicured lawns where children can play to their heart's content. If you've had enough of relaxing by the pool and feel like exploring the region, Villa Iris is conveniently located for day trips to nearby Montepulciano and Mount Amiata.


Main Villa:
Ground Floor
Entrance hall with grand antique tapestry
Very spacious modern living room with comfortable sofas
Contemporary art and doors that lead to the garden
Professionally equipped kitchen with 2 dishwashers, steamer, ice-cream maker
Doors lead from the kitchen to the outdoor dining area overlooking vineyards
TV room
WC which also has a safe

First Floor
Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom with tub, shower and 2 washbasins
Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower
Double/twin bedroom with upstairs en-suite bathroom with shower
Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower
Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with tub and shower attachment

Ground Floor

Living room with kitchenette
Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower and views over vineyard
Twin/double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower and views over vineyards
Upon request it is possible to have a ramp for wheelchair access at the entrance. One of the shower room is designed for wheelchair access

Lower Ground Floor
Accessible from outside, the lower ground floor of the annex houses a children’s room with table tennis and toys, a relaxation room with sofa and bathroom with shower

Pool House:
The pool house has a living room with daybed and a shower room.

The terrace walls around the property are lower than 90cm; young children should be supervised in these areas at all times. The villa caretaker lives in an independent building on the property with her family, 2 cats and a dog.


  • The terrace walls around the property are lower than 90cm, young children should be supervised in these areas at all times.
  • The villa caretaker lives in a independent building on the estate with her family, 2 cats, and a dog.
  • The road to the villa is unpaved but in good condition (500 meters).
  • 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 at the time of confirmation and to 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.
  • 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.


Time Zone

GMT +1 hour



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Guest Book

10th June 2013
The Villa has also been a wonderful experience. It is quite comfortable and it is so special to see the views of Tuscany from anywhere on the property. We loved their wine and homemade preserves as well! Lina and Fernando are accommodating at any hour, and Lina is quite a good cook!

  • Closest town with shops, restaurants and banks: Cetona 3km
  • Closest airports: Florence Airport 170 km , Rome Airport 200 km
  • Other relevant distances: Montepulciano 25km, Pienza 40km, Orvieto and Montalcino 55km, Siena 88km, Perugia 94km, Rome 170km

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Availability Information

  • Villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year, however shorter breaks and alternative arrival days are available at some villas during low and mid seasons.

  • 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.


  • Maid service 3 hours from Monday to Friday.
  • Wireless broadband internet. Please be advised that due to the rural location of the property the internet connection might be intermittent and at an inferior speed than what you are used to. 
  • Cost of utilities (water, gas and electricity).
  • Arrival set of bed linen, bath and pool towels.
  • Final cleaning.
  • Use of the tennis court.
  • Use of the swimming pool.
  • Pool heating (up to 28 degrees Celsius).
  • Under-floor cooling system.
  • Exclusive Direct Wine Service: An International wine making consultant with 40 years of experience will help you in making a wine selection and have the cases delivered directly to the villa without delivery costs. Wine payable locally.

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service - available on request at EUR 15 per hour
  • Telephone as per consumption.
  • Under-floor heating as per consumption.
  • Cook service - available on request in advance at EUR 20 per hour plus the cost of groceries.
  • Chef service (professional service) - available from EUR 80 per person (based on a minimum of 6 guests) to include 4 courses, groceries, time to do the shopping and clearing up afterwards.
  • Cookery class - available from EUR 110 per person (based on a minimum of 4 guests).
  • Pre-arrival grocery shopping - available at EUR 30 (up to 8 guests) or EUR 50 (up to 10 guests) plus the cost of items. The service is available up to a grocery cost of EUR 200. This service is included within our A&K Hosted offering.
  • Transfer from Florence Airport to the villa (one way): Mercedes Sprinter (for 8 passengers) available from EUR 455. (Please note: between 7pm and 7am a supplement of 20% applies).
  • Transfer from Rome Fiumicino Airport to the villa (one way): Mercedes Sprinter (for 8 passengers) available from EUR 905. (Please note: between 7pm and 7am a supplement of 20% applies).
  • We are also able to arrange all manner of additional activities to enhance your villa experience such as transfers, guided touring and sightseeing options, tutored wine tasting, art classes and hot-air ballooning. Please see the Activities tab for further ideas and discuss with your Travel Consultant for further details.

  • The terrace walls around the property are lower than 90cm, young children should be supervised in these areas at all times.
  • The villa caretaker lives in a independent building on the estate with her family, 2 cats, and a dog.
  • The road to the villa is unpaved but in good condition (500 meters).
  • Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
  • In case extras are requested, a deposit might be due on arrival in cash euro.
  • Extras are subject to availability at the time of confirmation and to 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.


  • Enjoy fine Tuscan cuisine - the villa is within walking distance of one of the local villages with excellent restaurants, such as Corso Borgo.
  • Take a hike - the area is encircled by mountains with pathways ripe for exploration.

The villa

Because everyone’s concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula designed to offer privacy, flexibility and the freedom to run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities. Our villas are normally rented on a villa-only weekly basis and are ideal for those seeking independence and privacy. We’re on call in case you need us and we provide a change of towels and bed linen during the week, but otherwise there no inclusions. 

A&K Concierge upgrade

For additional support, comfort and a slice of pampering why not upgrade to our A&K Concierge service. Included is an airport welcome on arrival with assistance for onward transportation; the services of an A&K Concierge – whose local knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations; an orientation of the local area; a fully stocked drinks fridge; maid service; the ingredients for your first evening’s supper and breakfast delivered on the first morning of your stay. For full details of concierge inclusions speak to an A&K Travel Consultant on 0845 618 2205.

The finishing touches

Ever dreamt of driving through the Chianti hills in a red Ferrari, or along the Moyenne Corniche to Monaco in a Bentley? How about sailing along the Cote d'Azur to St Tropez in a private yacht or speed boat? Sometimes the home is all that you need, but if you're lured into culture, excitement, activity, improving your cooking or simply dabbling in landscapes, then speak to one of our Villa Specialists for an insight into what we can arrange. These are what we call our ‘Finishing Touches’.

The list is by no means exhaustive and we always welcome requests, however obscure you may think they are! Our local offices enable us to control the quality of the services on offer and the depth of knowledge our local teams have is impressive. Our aim is to provide guests with the authentic sights, flavours and experiences of the region they are staying in.

If you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements, whether it’s in relation to the property or about your stay in general, please do contact us using the Enquire page or please do give us a call for a chat.

  • Barbecue Facilities
  • Bicycles
  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • Computer for Client's Use
  • Cooling System (Under floor)
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • Library (CD's/DVD's)
  • Mosquito Nets/Fly Screens
  • Phone
  • Safe
  • Swimming Pool (Fenced/Gated)
  • Swimming Pool (Heating Available)
  • Swimming Pool (Private)
  • Swimming Pool (with Cover)
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine & Dryer


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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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