Villa La Foce

Historical property sleeping up to 19 guests on a huge estate with one of the most beautiful gardens in Italy

Tuscany-Southeast/Val D'Orcia Villa 19

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, not all bedrooms have bathroom ensuite, and some of the bedrooms are singles. The kitchen can be used only by the staff and cannot be used by the guests themselves.

The main building is for 14 people. On the higher ground floor, changing room with guests bathroom, library, studio, frescoed dining room, living room with satellite TV, three double bedrooms, a single bedroom, a double bedroom, three bathrooms with baths. On the first floor a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom, a double bedroom with private bathroom with bath located in the hallway, a single bedroom. On the lower floor, big music area with fireplace and access to the garden and the swimming pool, breakfast room with access to the arbor and the garden, dining room, kitchen. The separate apartment has 5 beds, on the first floor a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with changing room and bath, a double bedroom, a single bedroom, two bathroom with bath, big living room, kitchen with table and fireplace.

Toiletries and hair dryer in every bathroom 

11 Bedrooms(seven double, 4 single)/10 Bathrooms  1500 sqm/15,420 sqft

  • Swimming pool
  • Enclosed garden
  • Washing machine
  • Satellite tv
  • Wood burning oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Internet connection
  • Parking
  • Forno
  • Mosquito net
  • Children’s playground
  • Dryer
  • Library room
Property Type
Villa
Region
Tuscany-Southeast/Val D'Orcia
Capacity
19
Special Selection
  • Deluxe World Class Property
Features
  • Outdoor pool
  • Historic Property

Ground Floor

Entrance hallway, Guest Bathroom, Library, Study, Dining room with frescoes, Living room with satellite TV, 2 suites, each with 1 double and 1 single bedrooms and en suite bathroom,1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. RAISED GROUND FLOOR: Entrance hallway
Guest Bathroom, Library, Study, Dining room with frescoes, Living room with satellite TV, 2 suites, each with 1 double and 1 single bedrooms and en suite bathroom, 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom  
 

 

First Floor

Overlooking the balconied dining room: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 1 double bedroom with its own bathroom across the corridor, 1 attic bedroom with 1 single bed (large). FIRST FLOOR SEPARATE APARTMENT(sleeps 6): 1 double bedroom (with TV, and en-suite bathroom and dressing room), 2 twin bedrooms, 2 more bathrooms, Large and luminous living room. The view from all these windows overlooks the garden and the valley – this used to be the private apartment of Iris Origo. There is also a kitchen, with a dining table and a fireplace

Annex/Guest House

1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and dressing room, 2 twin bedrooms with bathroom, Living-room

Exterior

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.

The garden is completely at the disposal of La Foce guests, except on Wednesday afternoons, when it is open to the public from 3 to 7 pm (this is a requisite for most ‘Heritage’ houses and gardens in Italy). From March to October the gardens are also open to visits also on Saturdays, 10am to 1pm / 3pm to 7pm  These garden visitors are not free to wander, but are taken on strictly guided tours. An additional rental fee is requested if the garden is used for weddings, receptions and other special events   

Staff

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.

Exclusions

Refundable security deposit. Staff charges 25 Euro per person for lunch, and 40 Euro per person for dinner, not including wine.

Distances

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

Walking distance

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:

Santa Chiara-Via costa Santa Chiara 30 - 53047 Sarteano  Tel. 0578/265412  www.conventosantachiara.it  Regional food in a 15th century convent in the country. Moderate prices.

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.

Deposit

55% of rental

Availability

Spring-Autumn

Rates

Prices include all taxes, agency fees, foreign exchange fees, and credit card fees.

2016 Prices for up to 14 guests $26,500

2016 Prices for 15-19 guests $30,700

Prices are a little less if guests do not require the full use of the whole garden.

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2017 Prices on Request

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