The Estate dates back to 1820 when 2 families lived on the upper floor of the main house, whereas cattle were raised on the ground floor and their breathing would warm up the people living above. Next to the main house there was a barn for the grain storage. The property was abandoned soon after World War 2 when people were leaving the Tuscan countryside and moving to the main cities as they couldn’t make ends meet. Silvia and Paolo bought Podere Salicotto in 2000, moving from Milan. They renovated and rebuilt the existing buildings then opened their home to travellers from Italy and around the world from mid-May 2005.
Podere Salicotto is situated in a strategic location on the top of a hill, straddling the Crete Senesi and the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO heritage site, and so enjoys stunning views rolling away in every direction. To the north-west the profile of Siena merges into the horizon while the sky burns with the sunset colours, to the south Montalcino’s hilltop lights and Mt Amiata, and to the east the colours of dawn and the village of Chiusure, near the abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore.
The Villa is just 2 km away on a paved road from Buonconvento, a medieval village dating back to 1100. Here you can find everything you need including: a pharmacy, doctors, 3 banks with Cash Machines, COOP supermarket, shops, restaurants and pizzerias, bars , car tire dealer, mechanic, train station (with trains to the North: Siena, Florence, Milan and to the South Grosseto, Rome, Naples), bus station, local police.
Siena is 27km north of Podere Salicotto, Florence is at 100km, Pisa at 150km, Rome at 210km, Naples at 410km.
Podere Salicotto is a beautiful versatile property set in a nature reserve with unparalleled 360-degree views of the Tuscan countryside. A successful Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast for over 15 years and an extremely popular villa for Exclusive Rentals.
The villa consists of 2 units: the main house and the completely renovated former hayloft.
In the main house there are 6 double bedrooms, each with private bathroom and air conditioning and heating.
The kitchen is fully equipped including an electric oven and the adjoining dining room has a working fireplace.
Outside is a pergola with tables.
Please note that the bedrooms do not have internal access. Instead they are accessed by two external staircases with a well in the middle, just as it was back in 1820. In the converted barn located a few meters away you will find a 60sqm / 646sq ft open-plan area on two levels. There is a lounge area for relaxation and office area for working on the ground floor. Upstairs is a fully equipped suite with kitchen, eating area, double bed and lounge area with sofa bed.
The cellar on the floor below this space is available 24/7 with Rosso and Brunello wines from niche Montalcino producers.
Facilities outside include an outdoor kitchen with barbecue, a 7x14m saltwater infinity pool with panoramic views and solarium, and benches and deck chairs at various locations for you to enjoy sunset views.
Podere Salicotto is an organic farm with 28ha/69 acres of land and its own production of extra virgin olive oil.
It is a charming country home where we carefully consider the environment, using solar panels to produce both hot water and electricity.
NOTES ABOUT THE ROOMS:
Each room is equipped with a double bed that can be divided into two single beds.
See below for bed sizes.
- Only 1 out of the 7 bedrooms is equipped with a double bed which cannot be split.
- Double bed 170 cm x 191 cm (66.92 “x 75.19″) divisible into 2 single beds 85 cm x 191cm each (33.46″ 75.19”).
- Non-divisible double bed: cm 164 x cm 189 (64.56″ x 74.40″).
- Additional sofa bed in the open-space room: for 2 people 162 cm x 191 cm (63.77″ x 75.19″).
Silvia & Paolo, the owners, live all year round in a secluded section of the main house. This lovely, discreet and adventurous couple is happy to welcome you on arrival, salute you on departure and, if you wish, give you all the information about the region for a wonderful stay off the beaten track. It is our pleasure to carry out a daily cleaning service of the pool and daily maintenance of the garden areas during your stay to ensure that the property is always at its best.
- Air conditioning / electricity
- Gas / heating
- Bed linen and towels
- Including pool towels
- Final cleaning
- Mid-week cleaning and linen change for stays from 6 nights.
- As there is no washing machine available we offer a free laundry service every 3 nights.
- Sweet and/or savoury organic breakfast
- Additional laundry not already included
- Additional cleaning
- Cooking classes
- Guided tastings in the cellar
- Bike rental
- Daily sailing excursions
- Massages and yoga classes