Casa del Pastore

Near Sarteano in the Val d'Orcia

A restored farmhouse and pool in a spectacular setting

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Private Pool
  • Wifi
  • All ensuite

Set in the picturesque landscape of a UNESCO World Heritage site, a restored farmhouse of golden local stone has generous spaces reflecting the wide Val d'Orcia valley just outside its doors. This makes it the ideal location for relaxed family reunions or a holiday retreat for friends happy to eschew snarled traffic in favor of uncluttered hillsides and willing to leave full agendas behind. Owned previously by a local cheesemaker, the house sits easily amongst the cultivated hills and towns perched on rocky outcrops which have been captured by artists since the Renaissance. It was certainly not chance that brought the Sienese Pope Pius II to build his Ideal City in this valley, though these days, the area is feted more perhaps for its Brunello wine and pecorino cheese for which the area is famous.



As the drive up to the house will lead you to the covered parking area at the back of the house, the easiest point of entry will be the time-honoured Tuscan one - directly into the large country kitchen. Since in former days this was the room that produced delicious cheese, the dimensions are generous, yet a thorough and respectful face-lift have provided modern appliances, travertine countertops and a wooden table good for preparation or, as with the furnished patio just outside, room for the first up for breakfast. A doorway from the kitchen leads to a games room with table soccer and a door to the front garden. To the right of this room is the dining room with a table for 8, while to the left is a room set up with a ping pong table. This room connects through a doorway cut in the house's thick walls to the main hall that runs deep from the wide glass doors to the garden to the corner fireplace at the end of the room. With its original beamed ceiling, terracotta flooring, comfy sofas and golden walls, this is a room that will draw the crowd.

The top floor is reach either by doors from the front garden to an internal staircase or a hallway from the dining room that accesses the same stairway through a room with the original bread oven and a handy washing machine. From a landing near the top of the stairs a glass door leads to the first of four bedroom suites, this one with twin beds under the eaves, the same view enjoyed from the pool and an ensuite shower room. A long hallway with arched brick ceiling leads to three further suites - two doubles and one twin/double bedroom, all with ensuite shower rooms. All the bedrooms are very spacious and furnished with country antiques suiting the style of the house.

Nice little touches:

  • The spectacular views of the wide valley under Mt. Amiata somehow make you breathe more deeply.
  • Nearby Sarteano offers both a notable archeological museum as well as an August Jazz and Blues Festival
  • The Val d'Orcia is famous for its wine and cheese, so expect to enjoy some fine tasting experience.

Good to know

  • The last section of the road to the house is a dirt track - it is well maintained and easy to drive on but worth knowing.
  • While mobile phone coverage is good overall, it is better in some rooms than others.

Villa Details

  • Private pool
  • Fireplace
  • Central heating (Extra)
  • WiFi internet
  • Barbecue

What's included

  • Final cleaning included
  • Pool towels provided

Extras on request

  • Central Heating is charged on consumption
  • Arrival Groceries organized for a small fee
  • Cooking lessons available on request
  • Babysitting organized on request
  • Additional Fold-down Beds if required

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

  • 2 double bedrooms
  • 2 twin bedrooms
  • 4 ensuite bathrooms with showers
  • Hair dryer in each bathroom
  • Portable bedroom fans
  • Extra single bed available on request

Kitchen equipment

  • Full kitchen
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee Maker (Italian Moka)
  • Microwave
  • Kettle
  • Toaster


  • HD TV and DVD player with collection of DVDs
  • Televison for DVD use only
  • BOSE Bluetooth
  • Record Deck and large vinyl collection
  • iPod reader
  • CD player/radio
  • Computer available for internet use
  • Washing machine
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Baby bed and high chair available
  • Table football
  • Ping pong table (Table Tennis)


  • Infinity Swimming pool: Dim: 4.5 x 16 m.; Depth: 1.6 m.
  • Furnished terraces and dining pergola
  • 8 acres of surrounding fields, lawns, fruit and olive trees


  • Tennis court in Sarteano, 20 min.

Local area

An early outing may be to Castiglioncello di Trinoro, the 12th century village that crowns the hill behind the house and offers restaurants, an art gallery and summer concerts. The Jazz and Blues Festival takes place in August in the nearest town, Sarteano. Dominated by its 15th century castle, this lively town has been inhabited for thousands of years. demon from Chairot from HellThe Etruscan 'Tomb of the Chariot from Hell', unearthed only in 2001, merits a visit. A half-hour's drive leads to Bagno Vignoni, whose underground acquifer made the small village the spa of choice for popes, saints, and politicians, or to Iris Origo's beautiful villa 'La Foce' and its famed gardens designed by English architect Cecil Pinsent, both venues for concerts throughout the summer. The restaurant Dopolavoro is nearby the Foce gardens and an excellent choice for drinks or dinner after you visit to the gardens. For wine tasting try to local producer of the excellent Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Boscarelli.

Bagno Vignoni

An easy day trip could take in one of the cultural and artistic centers of the Val di Chiana: Cortona, of 'Under the Tuscan Sun' fame, which spills down the hillside and offers stunning views over its medieval walls or Arezzo, whose Piazza Grande fills with jousting knights for the Giostra del Saracino or with bargain hunters at its monthly Antiques Fair. With the medieval gems Siena and Perugia only slightly further, it will simply be a choice of where to head next. Of course, if contemplation of this happens while lying in the sun near the long pool or tucking into a Tuscan meal under the furnished pergola, the option of staying put may take the day.

Where is Casa del Pastore?


  • Rome Fiumicino Airport 2hrs
  • Florence airport 2 hrs
  • Perugia airport 1 hr
  • Pisa Airport 2hrs 30 mins
  • Closest Train Station: Chiusi 15 mins
  • Bar & restaurant in Castiglioncello di Trinoro 15 min
  • Supermarket and restaurants in Sarteano 20 min
  • Spa at Bagno Vignone 30 min
  • Cortona 1 hr
  • Siena 1 hr 15 mins
  • Perugia 1 hr 15 mins

Prices and availability

From € 488 a day for the villa.
€ 3416 to € 5814 per week.
That's from € 61 per person per day, based on 8 sharing.

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