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La Casa dell’Artista is a delightful, characteristic Tuscan farmhouse located at the edge of the borgo of Asciano, in the magnificent, unmistakable scenery designed by the hills of the Crete Senesi, a few kilometres south of Siena.
It was an old farmhouse that the current owners have completely renovated. The result is a cosy country retreat and its heart is the beautiful built-in kitchen with pizza oven and barbecue, connected to a bright veranda that opens onto a lush park, a real botanical garden studded with multiple blooms and covered with a huge expanse of lawn. Although located in the historic centre of the lively borgo (reachable through a pedestrian gate at the back of the house), with its cafés, restaurants, supermarkets, bus stop and train station, the back of the property looks out over the open countryside bordered by wooded landscapes and is the ideal location for you to enjoy your privacy and tranquility without having to forgo the amenities found in the immediate vicinity. Unmissable tourist attractions of Tuscany such as Siena, Cortona, Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano, Chianti and the Val D’Orcia as well as spa resorts like Rapolano Terme and Bagno Vignoni are all easily and quickly reachable. NB: in an annex inside the property live the friendly and discreet owners who will not interfere in any way with the use of the park and swimming pool which are for the exclusive use of guests.
The villa has two floors connected by an internal staircase. The entrance on the ground floor leads into the living room; from here, continuing to the right you come to a bathroom with shower, the kitchen with pizza oven and barbecue and, finally, the veranda with dining table, connected to the outside by French windows. In a back room with access from the kitchen is the laundry. The upper floor comprises the sleeping area with three double bedrooms (one with a queen-size bed) and a bathroom with whirlpool tub. The bathroom is shared by two rooms and has two access doors.
The house is surrounded by a large green park set in the tranquillity of the countryside (despite being located at the edge of the borgo), which extends for about three hectares between a vast expanse of manicured lawn and rich, dense Mediterranean vegetation of shrubs, flower beds, roses and tall trees. Completing the garden is an orchard and an assorted vegetable garden with seasonal vegetables. Close to the entrances to the house is an area set up for outdoor dining, with a table protected by a large umbrella and a stone barbecue. The property is naturally bounded at the back by dense woodland (accessible directly from the garden) crossed by many paths and where it is possible to catch glimpses of hares, porcupines or roe deer. At the end of the driveway, and just a few steps from the main entrance, is a 3-car covered parking area.
The swimming pool, open from the first Saturday of June to the last Saturday of September, is located on terracing at a lower level in regard to the house, which is about 15 m away, and is reached down a short flight of steps and along a paved pathway across the grass. It enjoys a picturesque view of the beautiful expanse of woods stretching out in front. The pool, interred on three sides only, measures 6 X 9 m with a constant depth of 1.50 m. Lined in PVC, it has a wooden edge and a ladder for access to the water. It has chlorine purification. All around the pool is the stone-paved sunbathing area, bordered by hedges, with sunbeds and umbrella. Next to it is a pergola covered with wisteria, providing a shady and relaxing area with table and chairs. There is also a cold-water shower.
The property is located in the centre of Asciano, a little town with a fascinating historic centre, in the heart of a superb geographical area bordering the city of Siena called the Crete Senesi, which also includes the little towns of Montisi, San Giovanni d’Asso, Buonconvento, Trequanda, Monteroni d’Arbia and Rapolano Terme, characterised by the peculiar morphology of the territory composed of clay-rich hills and the so-called “biancane” (whitish dome-shaped formations) which give the crete (clays) their typical cuneiform elevation. The area of the Crete is an unspoiled oasis of spellbinding and changing landscapes, where the territory and the environment have maintained, over time, a rare integrity and purity. The fortunate position of the property allows you to take advantage of the services offered by the town (railway station, supermarket, bars and excellent restaurants) and it is also ideal for exploring the Chianti area and all the most famous attractions around Siena, which is about 20 km away.