Villa La Foce
Historical property sleeping up to 24 guests on a huge estate with one of the most beautiful gardens in Italy. From $30,000 per week
Tuscany-Southeast/Val D'Orcia Villa 24
This is where it all started in the Val d'Orcia, at least on a secular basis. This is the original manor house in the area from where a good portion of the Val d'Orcia was controlled and developed. The property is still owned by the Origo family.
It was originally built at the end of the XVth century as a wayside tavern, but soon became the centre of an estate belonging to the great Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala in Siena. In 1924 it was bought by Antonio and Iris Origo and turned into their comfortable home, from where they farmed and developed the land.
Two full-time maids (including a local cook) and an extra daily help care for the house and its guests. Meals are often held under the pergola in the garden, where guests can relax in the shade of roses and wisteria, lulled by the sound of water in the fountain nearby. The villa has some of the most beautiful Italian gardens in Italy and is both beautiful and historic. This house is the epitome of Tuscany. It is a traditional house built on three levels which is packed with old-world charm and filled with beautiful heirloom furniture, books and paintings. All rooms have stunning views over the classic garden and valley. The style is imaginative and opulent.The villa sleeps 19 guests, consisting of the main building and a separate apartment. The main building is for 14 people.
Through the woods, a path joins the garden and family cemetery, considered one of renowned landscape designer, Cecil Pinsent's best creations.
10 acres of landmark gardens, private chapel, four living rooms, two dining rooms, tennis court, children's play room, wine cellar, helipad, onsite staff.
Please note this is a historic property and an aristocratic villa in a traditional sense. There is an extreme amount of living space, and some of the bedrooms are singles. The kitchen can be used only by the staff and cannot be used by the guests themselves, though a couple kitchenettes are available for guest use.
Three gardeners look after the premises, including the swimming pool opposite the 'limonaia' (orangerie). Guests relax in the shade of roses and wisteria, lulled by the sound of water from the fountain nearby.
- Guest capacity is 24 people
- All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms
- Air-conditioning throughout the Villa
The house is extremely child-friendly, as Benedetta's family includes 4 children, now all married, and ten grandchildren, all of whom come to La Foce with enthusiasm.
Toiletries and hair dryer in every bathroom
13 Bedrooms/14 Bathrooms 1500 sqm/15,420 sqft
The villa consists of:
- 9 double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom
- 3 twin bedrooms with en-suite bathroom
- 1 guest bathroom off the entrance hall
There is a delightful library with fireplace and sofas, a central frescoed and balconied dining room for very special evenings, a second dining room closer to the kitchen (accessible only by La Foce staff), a breakfast room with double glass doors facing the private 'fountain' garden, and a study. An ample music room and living room, with fireplace and many comfortable sofas and armchairs, offers great opportunities for entertaining friends and family gatherings.
The main kitchen is accessible only to La Foce staff. Guests can use the two kitchenettes (one on each floor) equipped with electric kettle, induction cooker, microwave oven and fridge. Tea, Nescafé and tisanes are provided.
All rooms and bedrooms have stunning views over the garden and valley.
12 x 4 m. Adjoining the pool, next to the Limonaia, there is a bathroom with shower and WC.
The gardens are completely at the disposal of La Foce guests. On Sundays, Thursdays, certain holidays and Wednesday afternoons, parts of the gardens are open to the public (this is a requisite for many Heritage houses and gardens in Italy), though visitors are not free to wander, but taken on strictly guided tours. The fountain garden near the house, as well as the Limonaia and swimming pool, are private and not open to the public.
Wireless internet access. Two satellite TVs. Stereo. Books everywhere, and our postcards in every bedroom. Piano in the music room. Fully air-conditioned.
Daily breakfast and cleaning are included in rent.
Laundry service is available upon request, as well as extra meals prepared by the staff.
- Swimming pool
- Enclosed garden
- Washing machine
- Satellite tv
- Wood burning oven
- Internet connection
- Mosquito net
- Children’s playground
- Library room
What Makes this Poperty Special?
An Opportunity to live in an authentic, aristocratic villa on a still functioning estate,surrounded by some of the most beautiful formal gardens in Italy, and with views of the magnificent Val d'Orcia.
- Property Type
- Tuscany-Southeast/Val D'Orcia
- Special Selection
- Deluxe World Class Property
- Outdoor pool
- Historic Property
- Fantastic Formal Italian Gardens
Swimming pool (12x4m), a bathroom with shower and wc near to the swimming pool next to the lemon trees grove. One of the premier Italain gardens in Italy
Three gardeners, 2 fulltime maids 6 days per week (from 9 am to 3 pm & from 6 pm to 9 pm .Two maids, who also prepare breakfast. Lunch and dinner can also be prpared on request.
Refundable security deposit. Staff charges 25 Euro per person for lunch, and 40 Euro per person for dinner, not including wine.
Chianciano Terme 5 km, Montepulciano 10 km, Chiusi And train station 14 km, Florence 1.5 hrs by car. Rome airport 2 hrs 40 mins
Recommended Local Restaurants
Dopolavoro La Foce Strada della Vittoria, 90 - Località La Foce (SI) - Tel./ Fax: 0578/754025 www.dopolavorolafoce.it/ Open all day, nice atmosphere, good food and friendly people. 8 minute walk from villa. Very reasonable prices.
10 minute drive:
Monteverdi-Via di Mezzo Castiglioncello del Trinoro Tel. 0578 268 146 http://monteverdituscany.com/dining/ In this little village, there is a fine dining restaurant, Ormea, and a wine bar featuring lighter meals and 32 wines by the glass. All in a beutiful location with great views, and decor. Expensive.
Hostaria Il Buco-via Della Pace 39 53042 Chianciano Terme Tel. 057830230 Just below the old town centre in the upper part of the town stands this small establishment with a warm, family atmosphere. The menu offers typical Tuscan recipes, homemade pasta, mushrooms and truffles. Inexpensive to moderate prices.15 minutes drive:
Within 30 minutes:
Osteria Da Gagliano-Via Roma 5, 53047 Sarteano Tel. 0578268022 Nice regional specialities. Inexpensive to Moderate prices.
Hostaria Il Buco-via Della Pace 39 53042 Chianciano Terme Tel. 057830230 Just below the old town centre in the upper part of the town stands this small establishment with a warm, family atmosphere. The menu offers typical Tuscan recipes, homemade pasta, mushrooms and truffles. Inexpensive to moderate prices.
La Frateria di Padre Eligio-Convento St. Francesco, Cetona Tel. 0578/238261 - 0578/238015 www.lafrateria.com/pagina.asp?num=6 In a park, a medieval Franciscan monastery, managed by a community of former drug users, creative cuisine: mystical influences and tempting "sins" such as wine. Truly, one of the most beautiful, peaceful, and uplifting places that I have ever visited, and the food is exceptional. too. Expensive.
Castello Di Fighine-Localita Fighine 53040 San Casciano dei Bagni Tel. 0578 56158 One Michelin star. A dirt track leads to this magical spot, where a medieval castle offers views of the surrounding hills. Meals are served either in the attractive dining rooms or on the romantic wisteria covered terrace in fine weather. Fresh cuisine with a personal touch. Upper moderate pricing.
I Salotti-località Querce al Pino, strada statale 146 53043 Chiusi Tel. 0578274407 One Michelin star. Creative. This excellent restaurant with an elegant ambience and just a few tables offers two tasting menus. One that focuses on Tuscan traditions (meat only) and another that is equally balanced between meat and fish dishes. Expensive.
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Prices include all taxes, agency fees, foreign exchange fees, and credit card fees.
2020/2021 Prices: From $30,000 per week depending on season and the number of guests
Prices might be a little less if guests do not require the full use of the whole garden.
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