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Limoneto
Property # 8445

Limoneto

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Listing Type: Vacation Rental

Bedrooms: 6

Bathrooms: 5.5

Sleeps: up to 10 guests


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Property Description
This exclusive castle, owned by one of the oldest families of Italy, lies fourteen kilometres south-east of Siena. It is within easy reach of such cultural gems as Florence, San Gimignano, Volterra and the Chianti area. Lucca, Pisa and Arezzo are about one and a half hours by car and Perugia, Orvieto and Assisi are equally easy day trips.

The estate has the quality that dreams are made of. A castle with turrets surrounded by a formal garden, a Renaissance chapel and a beautifully converted conservatory - the Limoneto - look accross the valley towards the skyline of Siena, surrounded by 250 hectares of private land.

This Castello is one of Italy's best kept secrets as it is not open to the public, but those fortunate enough to go there are invariably awed by the sheer elegance of its interiors and the mystique that surrounds the place which has not surprisingly been featured in a number of books and publications on the beauties of Tuscany.

The true beauty of the estate lies in its silence and the spectacular view over the surrounding countryside, at a stone's throw from the magical city of Siena, a landscape that has not changed for centuries ...

The former Limoneto, so called because it was a conservatory where lemon trees in terracotta vases were kept in winter, has recently been restored and furnished with an exquisite sense of harmony, space and comfort. (The Limoneto location can be seen on the aerial photo: building with pool in front of the house).

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Accommodations
The ground floor consists of a spacious sitting room with French windows, a dining room that sits twelve, a comfortable country kitchen flooded with sunshine where guests like to have breakfast, and a single bedroom with bathroom. Glass doors lead from the living room and the kitchen onto a charming terraced garden with a pergola for outdoor meals, a large pool and spectacular views towards the skyline of Siena. Old fashioned Musk roses, rosemary bushes, cyandrus, yellow broom and blue tinged sage fill the air with their fragrances on the Limoneto's landscaped grounds.

The first floor has two double bedrooms with adjoining dressing rooms and en suite bathrooms, two twin-bedded rooms, a single bedroom, two complete bathrooms and an extra WC.

This house has been appealingly decorated with the understated elegance typical of patrician homes in Tuscany. Antique furniture, the muted coloured walls, the comfortable furniture, all blend harmoniously with the well-proportioned architectural features of the house.

The pool is for the exclusive use of guests. There is also a tennis court on the premises.
Amenities
Pool View
Garden View
Deck or Patio
Dishwasher
Washer/Dryer
CD Player
Stereo
Cable TV
VCR
DVD
Fax
BBQ
Tennis
Fireplaces
Telephone
Private pool
Parking
Activities & Attractions
The local village: The sleepy hill-top village of Sovicille is a ten minute drive from the house. At the centre of the charming main square is a fountain and there are just three tables in front of the bar which doubles as the village food store, a perfect spot for the morning cappuccino before you venture out on sightseeing tours or more serious shopping at the weekly markets in the neighboring villages.

Distances: Sovicille, the closest village is at a 10 minutes' drive. Siena can be reached in 20 minutes, Montalcino in 30 minutes, Arezzo and Pienza in 45 minutes, Florence in 1 hour, Lucca and Porto Ercole in 1,5 hours and Pisa in 2 hours.


Staff, Service and other pleasant Surprises:

ARRIVAL
You will be welcomed by the housekeeper who has lived on the estate for years and who knows everything about taking care of guests. She will show you around the house and garden and answer any questions.
The house is equipped with underfloor heating which is included in the rent. In colder seasons the house will be comfortably heated for your arrival.
The housekeeper will have prepared typically Tuscan refreshments for you on arrival: fresh bread, local salami and tomatoes fresh from the vegetable garden on the estate as well as a bottle of the famous Brolio wine and mineral water.
The house provides a directory of local services as well as suggestions for eating out, shopping, sight-seeing etc.

SERVICES
The housekeeper will come in on Monday to Saturday for five hours a day from 9 am to 12.30 pm. She will clean and tidy the house and if necessary she can also shop and prepare a meal.
The gardener will come early in the morning to water the plants and do any necessary upkeep in the garden. He will also clean the pool and tidy any outdoor areas and garden furniture.
The house is fully equipped with a TV, CD-stereo, telephone and fax. There is a selection of CDs and DVDs in the house. Your computer can be connected to the telephone socket for use of Internet.
The house has first class equipment, upmarket cutlery, crockery and glassware, embroidered bath towels and luxurious bed linens. In the house you will find salt, pepper, sugar, oil and vinegar. Furthermore you will find washing up liquid and new sponge, a soapbar in every bathroom, toilet paper, detergent for the bathrooms, dishwasher detergent and soap powder.
The private swimming pool is seven by fourteen metres large. It lies in a terraced area with a magnificent view, surrounded by irrigated lawns. It is open from May 15th until September 30th.
There is a tennis court on the premises to which guests of Limoneto have free access.
Car park for two or three cars with automatic illumination.

SERVICE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
The larder can be stocked with the basics upon arrival.
After a long trip, guests might welcome a typically Tuscan meal on arrival with an antipasto according to the season, a freshly made pasta dish, salad, cheese and a dessert, with of course red wine and mineral water. The table will be laid under the pergola or in the dining room.
We will suggest a choice of restaurants in the immediate vicinity. However, the housekeeper is an excellent cook and is only too willing to prepare meals. For special occasions, a chef can come to the house and prepare the menu of your choice.
We can arrange for a chauffeur-driven car to collect you at the airport and reaccompany you upon departure as well as a rented car to await you at Limoneto.

COOKING CLASSES
Cooking classes with Mr. Giancarlo, a talented restaurant owner, cook book author and cooking tutor. His cooking lessons (in English) take 4 hours (either from 9.30 to 12.30 am or from 4 to 8 pm), after which the group gathers to enjoy the meal.

IN HOUSE MASSEUSE
In house massage: Mrs. Gigliola, who has worked at the famous spa Spadeus in Tuscany, will come to the Limoneto upon request on Monday and/or Fridays mornings. Her specialities are Ayurvedic massage with essential oils, Cranio sacral therapy and Reflexology.

SPECIAL TOUR OF SIENA
Guided tour of Siena: we are paticularly happy to be able to suggest an excellent guide Mrs. Vittoria who is also a friend of the owner of Limoneto. She will take you on a tour of Siena covering the most famous locations, ending up at the Duomo. The tour will take a max. of 3 hours, special interests can be discussed at the beginning. A light lunch in Vittorias beautiful home before the tour is an extra option which ads a further personal touch to the experience.

Seasons Daily Weekly Monthly Minimum Stay
All year 10500

Additional Rate Information
THE PRICES ARE STATED IN EUROS.

Reservations from Saturday to Saturday only.
Pool size: 14 x 7 m / opening dates: mid of May - end of September.
1 baby bed and 1 children's bed with linen as well as 1 high chair available on request: free of charge.
Pets not allowed.

Extra services available on request (domestic help, tuscan meal on your first evening, cook for lunch and dinner during the week, first shopping), to be specified when booking and to be paid in cash in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:

Extra domestic help (house cleaning, washing and ironing) * : EUR 10 per hour. * This extra services should be discussed with the staff at least one day ahead.
Typical tuscan meal on your first evening, after a long trip: EUR 30 per person. The first dinner consists of an antipasto, a pasta dish, salad and pecorino cheese or raw ham (both made in the area), fruit pie and fresh fruit of the season to finish. Also included is bread, 2 bottles of mineral water and one bottle of red or white wine for up to 4 adults. The dinner can be ordered for a minimum of 8 people.
Lunch or dinner during the week * : the lady in charge of the house is also a good cook. She can come to the house to preapare dinner upon request. The cost is Euro 10,00 per hour plus the shopping. * This extra services should be discussed with the staff at least one day ahead.
First shopping: EUR 130 (expenses for a few basics and shopping time included). The following items are included: 2 kg bread, 500 gr. butter, 2 jars of jam, 1 pot of honey, 12eggs, cheese, 2 litres of milk, 1 packet Earl Grey tea, 1 packet coffee, instant coffee, 750 gr. natural yoghurt, 3 bottles of orange juice, 3 kg fruits of the season, 1,5 kg pasta (noodles), 2 jars tomato sauce, 1 large piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and 1 kg tomatoes, onions, garlic, 1 bottle extra virgin olive oil, 6 bottles mineral water, 4 bottles of beer, 4 bottles of red wine. dishwasher detergent.
Shopping service * : no extra charge will be made if the shopping is requested during the hours of household help included in the rent. Outside those hours an extra Euro 20,00 will be charged for this service. * This extra services should be discussed with the staff at least one day ahead.

In house massage available on request, to be specified when booking (we will provide you the contact details of the masseuse after booking) and to be paid in cash in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:
The masseuse, who has worked at the famous spa Spadeus in Tuscany, will come to Limoneto upon request on Monday and/or Fridays mornings. Her specialities are:
Ayurvedic massage with essential oils : full body massage which aims at healing internal organs through a massage of the meridians in our body (the same as in acupuncture) and at liberating energy by working on the chakras.
Cranio sacral therapy : is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the cranio-sacral system, comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams - or about the weight of a nickel - practitioners release restrictions in the cranio-sacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for ist ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Reflexology : "A natural healing art, based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands which correspond to every part of the body." By stimulating and applying pressure to the feet or hands, you are increasing circulation and promoting specific bodily and muscular functions.
Appointments: on Monday and Friday mornings (until 2 pm), please notify at least 1 week ahead. The cost is EUR 75,00 per hour. Having to come from Siena, the masseuse would prefer to treat at least 2 persons every time she comes.

Guided tour of Siena available on request, to be specified when booking (we will provide you the contact details of the guide after booking) and to be paid in cash in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:
We are paticularly happy to be able to suggest an excellent guide, who is also a friend of the owner of Limoneto. She will take you on a tour of Siena covering the most famous locations, ending up at the Duomo. The tour will take a max. of 3 hours, special interests can be discussed at the beginning. A light lunch in her beautiful home before the tour is an extra option which ads a further personal touch to the experience.
Tours are from Monday to Friday, and should be booked 1 month ahead. Short term bookings might also be possible, it is always worthwhile to ask. The cost is EUR 150 for a group of 8 to 10, EUR 50 per person for lunch.

Security deposit, telephone to be paid in euros on the premises:
Security deposit: EUR 800.
Telephone: metered.

Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, gas, heating, maid service (3.5 hours house cleaning per day, 6 times per week from Monday to Saturday), final cleaning, pool cleaning service all included in the price.
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