You know you are in for a treat when you drive up tree lined avenues first past a grand old Villa and then onto the Cypress lined final ascent to the (15th century?) farmhouse, surrounded by grape vines, olive trees and an impressively laden fig tree (sadly a few weeks to early for a quick munch!) We booked this about a year ahead and were lucky enough to get the two weeks in July we wanted. As a 3 generation group of 5 the accommodation was perfect for us. The only slight hesitation I would have is for those with more limited mobility, the accommodation is up a straight flight of stairs, and one of the en suite bathrooms is up a couple of large steps. OK, so that was the only limitation we found! The property is exactly as described, but what we did like was the spacious layout of both the rooms, and the outside seating areas and large terrace which are separate from the main building but have simply stunning views over the tuscan hills and beyond. The window views from every room were equally stunning; the location really is what you can imagine as a perfect Tuscan setting. We felt completely at home here, Gianna was on hand if needed to assist and made us welcome on arrival. At this point I must also commend Kati, ably assisted by Lorenzo, who cooked for us on 3 occasions over our fortnight stay. Kati is a gifted cook, Carola and Adam are right to commend her for guests. Kati also helpfully provided some recipe tips for our 15yr old to try out. The property is well located for a variety of great single day excursions and opportunities to sample local cuisine and wine. I have posted a few more reviews of those which stood out. Back to the villa. If you are cooking here, there is mains gas in the kitchen and the laundry room/outside kitchen has bottled gas. There is a BBQ and a fabulous full wood fired pizza oven, which makes delicious pizza! There is also a separate WC within the out building which was helpful on occasion. Overall it is picture perfect, which more than sufficient amenities on site. As a base to explore Tuscany, it is fantastic. As a simple chill out and relax, it is superlative. It exceeded our expectations and if you get the chance to stay here I do hope it exceeds yours too!
A wonderful holiday location.
Short distance from downtown Siena and all the sites and history it has to offer. Charming farmhouse villa nestled on a hill overlooking incredible countryside. Each window offered breath taking views which felt like we were being taken back in time. Numerous villas, castles and walled villages within a short drive from the property. The villa was extremely comfortable and welcoming with the only problem being that we did not stay long enough. A special touch was Cathy's welcoming pizza dinner cooked in a outdoor pizza oven. There were 6 in our party and all agreed that this property was one of our favourites during our stay in Italy. Highly recommend this villa.
We stayed here for 4 days while visiting nearby sites. The rooms were well furnished with beautiful furniture, some of which looked like antiques. The beds were comfortable, the ability to open the windows allowed the wonderful evening breezes to come through; there are ceiling fans in each bedroom as well. We easily were able to drive to Constalpino nearby for wonderful pastries, and into Siena for sightseeing and larger grocery stores. The ability to arrange a welcome dinner, and then a wood-fired pizza party was such a treat. Katy is a wonderful cook, and to sit down to a feast and relax on the beautiful patio with a bottle of wine was priceless. The owners are easy to communicate with via email, and answered our every question before our stay.
After staying in Florence for four days, we were ready for some peace and quiet and the Belvedere was the perfect place for us! The villa is located in a tiny town called Costalpino just about 10 minutes from Siena. As you drive through the dirt road and between the tall Cypress trees, you know the something magical is waiting for you on the other end. The Belvedere is a perfect place if you want to be away from the crowds and the noise as it sits in-between the farmland of the Tuscany region. The rental property is on the upper floor of the two story villa. As soon as you walk in, you can feel that you're right at home with the cozy living room, fireplace and large dinning room table. The kitchen is generously equipped with a gas stove, oven, dishwasher, full size refrigerator, pots & pans, dishes, coffeemaker, basic food such as olive oil, tea, condiments etc. The bedrooms are large and very decorated very nicely. There are large wardrobes in each bedroom and extra warm blankets. The beds are super comfortable and all of them have comforters. The three bathrooms have walking showers, modern toilets and sinks and bidets. Hairdryers are available too!!
Now, here's the most spectacular feature of the Belvedere: The lovely views and parklike gardens around the house. Because the house is located on a hill, the views are spectacular and breathtaking. There is an outside patio table and chairs near a BBQ grill that can be used by the guests. There is also a pizza oven out side of the house if you're feeling brave enough to cook your own pizza.
The Belvedere is the perfect stop if your touring the Tuscany region, it's near Siena, Florence, San Gimignano and other towns. I would highly recommend the Belvedere to all travelers as this is truly a gem in the Tuscany Hills.
Me and my family went yo Belvedere for Christmas week and it was simply astonishing. The house was very comfortable, cozy, spacious and all utilities were duly covered (including wifi, laundry, etc,). The neighbours were other friendly families, with whom we are still in touch. The house it is placed on a very favoured spot, because it has the typical Tuscan peace and landscape, but it is just 10 minute drive to Siena. Also, it is very easy to drive from the house to breath-taking Tuscan towns, such as San Gimignano, Volterra, Arezzo, Pienza, Montepulciano, and so on. We even got to see a real-life size manger! We cant wait to return to Belvedere, I would definitely recommend it!!
We spent 4 nights, with friends and 3 kids (between 4 months and 2 years), in this amazing old tuscan villa. We had the special request of 3 cribs, which was not an issue!
The house is welcoming, warm and its HUGE fireplace invites you to open a bottle of Chianti! The views are just breathtaking and Siena was 10min by car, which was very convenient to do some historical tours. We had a great time and would definitely repeat!
When you're in Tuscany looking for an authentic experience, yet still wanting comfort and convenience, a restored farmhouse in the country close to a big town is ideal. That's what you get with Belvedere. It's a good-sized, charming house set amongst olive groves and horse paddocks in the quiet countryside. Yet it's close to everything you need. There's a well-equipped kitchen, good heating and homely feel. The house is very welcoming. The tree-lined gravel road to the house is charming.
You need a car to stay here. It's an easy 10 minute drive to Siena. Gorgeous hilltop towns such as San Gimigniano and Montepulciano are an easy drive. A day trip to Florence on the train is fun.
We highly recommend Belvedere for those wanting a Tuscan countryside holiday without feeling isolated.
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