La Bandita - Tuscany, Italy

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La Bandita - Tuscany, Italy

  
 

Overview

Located between Florence and Rome and about 45 mins south of Siena, La Bandita is an old farmhouse and stone side building sitting within the Lucciolabella Nature Reserve with sweeping views of the Val D’Orcia UNESCO heritage park and the hilltop towns of Montalcino, Pienza, Bagno Vignoni, San Quirico D’Orcia and Radicofani.

The Val D’Orcia is the quintessential Tuscany of post cards and calendars, and has been rigorously protected from modern development. The result is a breathtaking and unblemished landscape. The area is also rich culturally and historically, with small, walled villages still beautifully preserved, frescoed monasteries, and imposing medieval fortresses guarding the hilltops. Less than 20 minutes away, Tuscany’s twin wine capitals of Montepulciano and Montalcino produce Nobile and Brunello, some of Italy’s top wines, in vineyards on their sloping hillsides. Visiting small producers nearby offers the chance to sample spectacular--and difficult to find—wines in beautiful settings.

But what makes La Bandita truly unique is how designers Ab Rogers in London and DA Studio in Florence collaborated to set aside the “rustic” aesthetic (dark woods, heavy fabrics, small windows etc) of most Tuscan houses, to create a luxury retreat with a fresh contemporary design. Although all the materials are traditional and local, and the original external features of the old farmhouse have been maintained, the open common spaces and spacious, light-filled guest rooms are totally modern.

Inside, you’ll find cream-colored stone floors, brand new queen size mattresses with luxury white linens from Bussati, massive showers with Santa Maria Novella and Hotel Sirenuse skin care products, and in several rooms stand alone bathtubs with views over the valley.

The totally new kitchen is outfitted with professional appliances and is designed as the center of the loft-like main common area downstairs. There is a long wood table for dining, a record player with the owner’s personal collection of classic LPs and a flat screen television in front of an oversized designer sofa. Upstairs, there is a second common area in front of a large open fireplace. High-speed wireless internet is available throughout the building.

The property itself sits on a four acre property surrounded by rolling sheep pasture and grain fields. There is a 36 square meter infinity swimming pool with infinity edge facing west across the wide valley, a hot tub with Jacuzzi jets, and a covered dining pergola for outdoor dining and relaxing. Your nearest neighbors are only sheep, so there are no noise restrictions on late night parties!

Daily breakfast is provided free of charge. Our full time gourmet chef is available for all shopping and meals. Lunches are dinners are charged at a flat rate of 25 Euros and 40 Euros per person not including wine. The chef is also available cooking instruction and market visits. You’ll also have access to the owner’s personal wine cellar and a humidor packed with fine Cuban cigars.

Property Details

The property sleeps 16 adults and 3 children comfortably. There are 7 double rooms in the main house and 1 suite in a stand alone stone cottage about 15 meters away from the main house. We have two cots for infants that we offer free of charge.

Renting this as an entire property comes with full time access to our English speaking concierges and a full time gourmet chef to arrange your activities, meal reservations, a welcome basket of groceries, and daily cleaning. Any meals on the property, shopping service, car and driver as well as guided tours can all be arranged for additional fees.

There is a shaded outdoor dining area with views over the wide valley. This has a wood decking floor, a bar with a sink and long wood tables that seat up to 20. There are also two soft outdoor sofas.

By the pool is a large shaded, rain-proof pergola. This has wood decking and also has a bar with a refrigerator that is kept stocked by the staff with wine, soft drinks, water and beer. There is a card table here with games, yoga mats and blankets, an I-Pod dock, and a soft sofa. Pool towels are included and replaced by the staff each day.

The property is reached by a 3km bumpy dirt road in between Chianciano, Montepulciano and Pienza. The road up to the property is not appropriate for low clearance cars.

La Bandita is 2.5 hours by car from Rome airport to the south and Pisa Airport to the north. The smaller airports of Florence and Perugia are around 1-1.5 hours away. Train access is at the town of Chiusi about 40 mins away where all major car rental agencies are located.

 

 

 

Property Highlights

  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 7 Bath
  • Sleeps up to 19
  • Large infinity pool
  • Gourmet kitchen
  • Staff
  • This property was featured in:

    Tuscany in the Off Season