Villa Astro

Monticiano - Siena - Italy

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This is a country villa sitting on a secluded mountain top in the countryside not far from a tiny stone village called Tocchi, which is located approximately 20 minutes drive south of Siena. Records show the villa dates back to 1204. The villa was inhabited until the start of World War II, after which it was left to fall into ruin. In 1995 the present owner bought the property and has painstakingly restored it, transforming it into a wonderfully villa that allows guests the opportunity to pamper themselves.

In the extensive gardens there is a beautiful large pool (20x10 meter and deep 1,60 meter) positioned below the villa. The lawn surrounding the pool is dotted with sunbeds, chairs and umbrellas, providing guests the perfect sunny position to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views of the river Merse valley. Next to the pool there is a sauna that is open for use during predefined times of the day, the exact times will be provided on arrival at the villa. The sauna area also has showers and changing rooms.

The external part of the complex is complete and includes three tubs heated to different temperatures, a frigidarium (cold), the tepidarium (tepid) and a caldarium (hot) nestled on the edge of the forest with the perfume of the nearby lemon and orange trees wafting past. Guests can start their circuit of the bath complex with a sauna in the fine Finish sauna, progress to the solar heated swimming pool and then to the roman styled tubs.

Villa Astro exudes such tranquility and natural beauty that it will be very tempting to just stay there, enjoying the fresh air, walking through the forest, toiling in the organic vegetable garden with the gardener, assisting the chef to prepare dinner or simply lazing around and listening to the sounds nature. Scattered around the gardens are several furnished terraces where it is possible to enjoy the Tuscan sun in total tranquillity. The forest has several hiking trails with benches located at several points to admire the view. These trails pass various livestock that belong to the villa owner. These animals include a rare breed of pigs, the local Cinta Senese pig, Chianina cattle highly prized for their meat for Florentine steak, chicken and sheep.
There are also a couple of small lakes which are filled with trout which, on request, can be cooked for you by the chef.

Villa Astro can accommodate up to 27 guests in 14 bedrooms. The main part of the villa is divided into 9 double bedrooms for a total of 18 sleeping places. Each bedroom has its own bathroom, with bath and handheld shower and complimentary Florentine soaps and shampoos. The beds are made up with fine linens. All the bedrooms have flat screen televisions. The suites also have comfortable sitting areas.
For guests at the ancient residence, stylish interiors in natural materials: terracotta tiles, wooden beams, wrought-iron and great care taken over the combinations of colors. Fourteen of the villa's rooms are large (15-20 sq m), with spacious bathrooms en suite, filled with light and furnished with period pieces. Every detail is a homage to nature lovers: the windows open onto the park, the swimming pools and the woods, stretching as far as the eye can see.

The bedrooms are composed as following:

- In the main building: bedroom 1 which has a double bed, en-suite bathroom with tub and shower and outdoor entrance.
- In the guest house, bedroom 2 with double bed, en-suite bathroom with tub and shower, bedroom 3 with double bed, en-suite bathroom with shower, bedroom 4 with double bed, en-suite bathroom with tub and shower.
- Suite C with bedroom 5: double bed, en-suite bathroom with tub and shower, bedroom 6: double bed, en-suite bathroom with tub and shower, bedroom 7: twin bed, en-suite bathroom with tub and shower. In the suite A: bedroom 8 with double bed, en-suite bathroom with tub, bedroom 9 with double bed, en-suite bathroom with tub and shower, small windows, bedroom 10 with double bed, en-suite bathroom with tub and shower.
- Suite B on the 2nd Floor with: bedroom 11: double bed, en-suite bathroom with shower. Shared living area with fireplace and access to steps leading down to main courtyard. Bedroom 12: double bed, en-suite bathroom, shared living area with Bedroom 11 (ideal for friends sharing). Bedroom 13 with double bed, bathroom with shower, small living area and outdoor entrance.
- Guest Suite with bedroom 14: double bed, en-suite bathroom with tub and separate shower, living area, dining area, kitchenette, separate building, entrance from courtyard.

The property is completed with the following: Astronomical observatory (although it cannot be used without qualified supervision, the Astronomical Society of Siena is at guests disposal by appointment, to show and explain the wonders of the night skies.).
Something new to discover in every season: from the splendid colors of the autumn foliage to gazing at the stars in the clear winter sky, from rides on horseback to relaxing in pools of water at different temperatures, all amidst breathtaking scenery. Ideal for friends on vacation, for gatherings of stargazers, yoga courses or incentive groups, for managers who need to recharge their batteries, for team building programs, small-scale meetings or original events.

The villa can only be booked from Saturday to Saturday.

Pricing Information:
Weekly price (28 guests): High season: 29.700,00 €, mid season: 24.975,00 €, low season: 22.275,00 €.
Weekly price (16 guests): High season: 19.950,00€, mid season: 16.800,00€, low season: 14.950,00€.

Included in the Price: House, pool and garden maintenance; towels and sheets provided; Internet wi-fi connection; use of swimming-pool, sauna and hot tubs (including supply of towels).
Excluded from the Price: Air conditioning or heating charged 180,00€ per day (or fans in the rooms for free); use of the telephone and fax.
Security Deposit: All customers are required to pay a deposit of 2.000,00 € (cash) at check-in. It will be returned after check-out in full, subject to deduction for damage caused.


Parking:
The property has plenty of car space for hosts.

Destinations:
The villa is located at Tocchi in the municipality of Monticiano, between the ancient Roman baths of Petriolo and the Cistercian abbey of San Galgano, in the province of Siena, at a distance of 25 km from the city. It is easy to reach by air, car and train and is able to provide guests with a chauffeur-driven car and a shuttle service from and to airports and railway stations. It also has its own small heliport: the villa is just a 40-minute flight from Rome.

Main distances:
15 minute drive to: Monticiano, tennis court, restaurants, grocery store, nearest train station, clinic
25 minute drive to church and hospital
60 minute drive to ski slope
75 minute drive to punta Ala Golf Course and Castiglione della Pescia beach
120 minute drive to Pisa Galilei Airport (PSA)
180 minute drive to Rome Leonardo da Vinci International Airport

Booking conditions

  • Inclusions Internet
    Initial cleaning
  • Available methods of payment: Wire transfer
    Credit Card
    PayPal
  • Check-in time: 16:00 - 19:00
  • Check-out time: 09:00 - 11:00
  • Cancellation Policy The full rental amount paid will be retained.

Reviews

  • 5.0/5 We would like to thank all the people that helped us booking this amazing villa. The owner was really welcoming and helped us during the whole stay. The villa is spacious and there are lots of things to do all day long. You never get bored. The surroundings are amazing and left us all breathless. If you have a big group of friends or a family this place is a must see! The only little tiny thing that I couldn't bear it's the mosquitoes, but it hasn't been nothing particularly dramatic. Warmly suggested!
  • 4.9/5 Lucky to find this gem in Tuscany, booking at the last minute. Eleven days enabled us to take in all that this glorious area has to offer - within easy driving distance of Florence, Pisa, Arezzo and other beautiful towns. It was a perfect stay. Beautifully decorated throughout in Tuscan style, the atmosphere and welcome were both warm. A delightful pool set in attractive, peaceful, informal gardens. Really suggested!

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