The Val d’Orcia has the best of everything people love about Tuscany: a handful of little hill towns that are not too touristy, the wine area of Brunello di Montalcino and some of Italy's most beautiful landscapes. Think 'The English Patient' or the breathtaking panoramic countryside scenes of Russel Crowe’s 'Gladiator'.
Cover shots of coffee-table books are snapped right here. Its no surprise to see the influx of hip hotels and cool new restaurants as the valley has become a destination in itself. It has long been an getaway for Italians and foreign travellers alike who come for the relaxed sophistication, the renowned wine and food, the Renaissance culture and the many hill top swimming pools or boutique spas.
The village of San Quirico d'Orcia sits on the ancient pilgrim route to Rome surrounded by the famous hill towns of Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano. Tuscany’s second city Siena, 24 miles away, rivals Florence for it Renaissance architecture, museums, galleries and designer shops.
San Quirico d'Orcia is famed for its tiny churches, Italianate gardens and festivals. There is a quietly vibrant atmosphere. Here you’ll find artisan olive oil producers, several boutiques and cafes all on your doorstep. The handful of great restaurants serve pici pasta freshly rolled each morning.
The house has been renovated to a high standard with 3 large bedrooms sleeping up to 6 over 4 floors. The high spec kitchen and bathrooms, comfortable beds with crisp white linen, a log fire, plasma TV, extensive DVD library and Internet Wifi make the house a perfectly relaxing home and an ideal base from which to explore Southern Tuscany.
Alternatively - take it easy soaking up 'la dolce vita' sipping capuccinos in a local cafe or head to one of the spa hotels for a long lunch and a day by the pool.