While Casa Virginia is an excellent choice for two families or groups of friends, it can easily be let as separate units and Virginia B is one of the first floor apartments that faces south down its own lawned garden and has wonderful views across to the wooded hills and cypress avenue of the estate. This property has classic Tuscan farmhouse features, with airy rooms, terracotta tiled floors, wood-beamed ceilings and attractive farmhouse furniture.
Situated in exceptionally picturesque countryside, Montestigliano has all the characteristics of the classic Tuscan Great Estate: avenues of cypresses, vineyards, olive groves, woodlands and neat, cultivated fields. The estate buildings form a small complex with some farmhouses, the villa and agricultural buildings in a beautiful position on top of a hill, with extensive views of the surrounding countryside. Wide, sandy floored cypress lined avenues traverse the forested hills of the estate, often terminating in belvederes at the most impressive viewpoints. Through the tangled woodlands, across the cultivated plain below, one can see Siena and the Chianti hills in the distance, and there is a rare abundance of wild flowers and animals.
An external staircase leads up to a small loggia which which guests in the two Virginia apartments share and find a pleasant place for sitting out. The second door leads into Virginia B's living room with two sofas and a dining table for four.
A door off the living area lead to the bedrooms, a double and a twin/double, both furnished with country antiques and attractive fabrics. A compact, but well-equipped kitchen sits beyond the living area, well lighted thanks to the lowered dividing wall separating the two rooms. A newly refurbished shower room shared by both bedrooms is just off the kitchen.
In addition to the shared loggia, guests have an expansive front lawn bordered by grapevines and a pergola furnished for dining al fresco.
Some of the farmhouses and agricultural buildings on the vast Montestigliano estate have been very carefully converted into pleasing, comfortable houses and apartments. Guests on the estate share two swimming pools, one reserved for those who want peace and quiet, the other, further from the houses, for allowing free rein to summer holiday fun. Guests at all the properties may wander at will all over the estate. Part of the lands front the River Merse, which has excellent swimming and is protected for bathers by the Sienese authorities. The tiny village of Torri, with its famous monastery and striped cloisters is two minutes away by car, while there are pizzerie and restaurants within a few minutes' drive. A very important extra here is provided by the charming owners who will unobtrusively keep out of your way or happily go out of their way to help you, providing endless extra services if you require them, from sending faxes, arranging balloon trips, providing touring information, to translating at the doctor's.
During the summer concerts and exhibitions are often organised in the ancient granary, an extraordinary lofty space (14 X 28 m.) spanned by great arches laced with tie bars. This barn is also very suitable as studio space for art courses or conferences, and the rooms below, next to the estate offices, include a games room with billiards, TV, ping pong, a dining room, a catering kitchen and a small gift shop. The little restaurant provides delightful suppers twice a week.
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