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EcoTourism In Tuscany Secluded 4Bed Organic Farmhouse, Own Pool In Lovely Area

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Organic Farmhouse in Roccalbegna, Grosseto, Maremma, Monte Amiata, Tuscany, Italy - Undiscovered Tuscany, Flowers, Butterflies, Wildlife - Yet 45 Mins Beach.

Roccalbegna is a tiny unspoiled medieval town in the Maremma hills, close to thermal spa of Saturnia with new 18-hole golf course. The surrounding countryside is stunning, "underdeveloped" meaning wild and lovely, with rock faces above Roccalbegna plunging down into the Albegna valley below. Bellavista is a typical stone farmhouse set in its own organic fields, recently restored using traditional materials. It is 10km from Roccalbegna, making it secluded, yet easily accessible via a 400 metre private drive. It has four good-sized double bedrooms, each equipped with either bathroom or shower room, one of which is downstairs. The big farmhouse kitchen leads into a cosy living room with open fireplace, as well as opening on to a large veranda complete with tables and chairs for 8. The huge garden has a 6x12m pool, a hand-built barbecue, and merges into the surrounding fields. You can watch deer, may catch sight of boar or porcupine, as well as rare and interesting birds, butterflies, frogs...

Fantastic for birds and wildlife, you can expect great food, great wine, great countryside for riding, cycling, walking yet easy reach of beaches and cities. Cookery classes, olive oil and wine tasting available by arrangement. Easy day-trip distance from Rome, Florence, Lucca. Siena, Pienza and Montalcino are even closer. Bellavista is a peaceful spot to relax and listen to nightingales, scops owls. Being in one of the least light-polluted areas of Italy you get a rare view of the night sky and can look forward to some lovely shooting stars.

My other half and I live 5 minutes away and will be on hand for anything you need, as well as coming twice a week to do the pool maintenance. We will be happy to share the produce from our vegetable garden and fruit trees with you, and you can help yourselves to the herbs and fruit growing at Bellavista.

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More Details

Owner
Arabella Rodriguez
Member since: 2006
Speaks english, italian
Calendar last updated:
17 December, 2017

About Arabella Rodriguez

Hi, I'm half English and half Italian and used to be a sound engineer in London until I moved here in 2004. I'm now an organic farmer, I grow saffron on another little farm near here as well as spelt at Bellavista. I live with my Italian partner nearby, (we came here in the same year and met here), and we can be around to help you settle in and tell you about things to see and do.

Arabella Rodriguez purchased this farmhouse in 2004

Why Arabella Rodriguez chose Roccalbegna

I've absolutely fallen in love with this place, I've never been anywhere where the wildlife is so rich, and it's great to sit outside at night and listen to nightingales and crickets and watch the shooting stars. The "locals are friendly", and the area has also become home to numerous funky types dotted around in the hills, so it's never boring, even in winter.It's easy to get to Rome to see family, the sea is less than an hour away, it's strategically placed for all the major cities in central Italy, yet it's unspoilt and utterly beautiful.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Benefits? lots - peace and quiet, clean air, wonderful nature, plus all the mod cons (pool, bbq, Sky TV), the Etruscan plain (Pitigliano, Sorano, Sovana), unspoilt medieval towns, fantastic countryside.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Steve T.

Villa "Podere Bellavista, Roccalbegna"

Review Submitted: 30 January 2012 Date of Stay: October 2011

An outstanding villa set in the stunning hills of Tuscany. Great facilities and beautifully presented throughout.The owners were lovely and so welcoming and helpful. Ideal base for trips to Rome, Florence and Siena and it was just lovely to come back to Bellavista, open a bottle of wine and watch the breathtaking sunset in pure peace and tranquility.There is also a lovely swimming pool for lazy relaxing days in and the children loved exploring the grounds and spotting the different birds and wildlife. We would not hesitate to recommend this property to friends and relatives and probably the best recommendation of all is that we can't wait to go back!

Steve, Lesley and children, Derbyshire, UK

Rating5 out of 5
Mar 2006
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Map

Nearest Airport
180 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Santa Caterina
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Civitavecchia
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Saturnia
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Grosseto
Nearest Motorway
45 Kilometres
A12
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Santa Caterina
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Monte Amiata
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Giannella
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Birding, cookery courses, olive oil and wine tasting are available by arrangement. The area offers some lovely walks among the various nature reserves and along many traditional "white roads". The director of the WWF reserve at Rocconi would be glad to take you round. Being an organic farm in an "underdeveloped" location, Bellavista provides a rare opportunity to experience both a rich natural environment and, being located in one of the least light-polluted areas of Italy, a wonderful view of the night sky, Milky Way, and shooting stars.

Coast/Beach:

45 mins driving to sought-after Monte Argentario (Gianella and Feniglia, part of Feniglia is equipped with restaurant and sunbeds etc.) also Alberese, Castiglione della Pescaia, Torba, Osa, and many others. Ferry from Porto Santo Stefano (Monte Argentario) to islands of Giglio and Giannutri, or from Piombino to Elba. Or hire a dinghy from Porto Santo Stefano and chug round the beautiful coast!

Travel:

Pisa and Rome airports are both two and a half hours away by car, trains connect both to Grosseto. A car is essential.

Distances:

Nearest village 5km, lovely Roccalbegna (restaurant, groceries, butcher, chemist, bank) 9km. Grosseto (renaissance city centre, shopping) 45km, Pitigliano (Etruscan ruins, old Jewish quarter, beautiful renaissance city) 50km, Siena and Montepulciano 70km, Montalcino (wine and honey) and Pienza (art and cheese) 60km. Major cities Florence, Pisa, Rome 2 1/2 hours.

A must for birders and nature lovers, this uncontaminated oasis has been spared the intrusions of modern farming and intense tourism and is home to an unusual number of rare birds (Lanner, Short-Toed Eagle and many others) and plants. Bird visitors include skops, tawny, screech and barn owls, nightingales, stone curlews, hoopoes, common and honey buzzards, bee-eaters, wall creepers, peregrine falcons, kestrels, sparrow hawks, goshawks, while on the ground you may see porcupine, deer, hare, boar, martens, foxes, badgers.

That said, Podere Bellavista is strategically placed for day-trips to central Italy's great attractions - Florence, Rome, Siena etc. are in easy reach, as is the sea.

Great local restaurants include Il Cacciatore at Santa Caterina, La Grotta at Roccalbegna, 900 at Semproniano, too many to mention in Scansano and Saturnia, I keep a selection of business cards at the house for ease of booking. Local wines are Morellino (a very good small organic producer can be found at Villa Patrizia, who will happily do tastings) and Monte Cucco, and the world famous Brunello di Montalcino is 50 minutes away. Olive oil tasting at prize-winning Monte Nero (provides oil to both Fortnums and Asda!)The area is a favourite with cyclists. Many important Etruscan sites as well as mystical Monte Labbro with its mountaintop hermitage, and of course the lovely medieval villages. I particularly recommend shopping in medieval Roccalbegna, with its array of small shops that together with the Monday market provide just about everything in a manner reminiscent of days gone by.

I live locally and will be very happy to help with settling in and any other information.

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Roccalbegna, Italy

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
  • All bathrooms en suite: Bathroom 1 with bath/shower over, wc, bidet, basin. Bathroom 2 with bath/shower over, wc, bidet, basin. Bathroom 3 with shower, wc, bidet, basin. Bathroom 4 with shower, wc, bidet, basin.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8+spare bed +cot (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Bedroom 4 with twin beds. Spare single bed and cot also available.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: The house has four big bedrooms, two double and two twin, each with its own ensuite bath or shower. There is also a camp bed and a cot available which can be set up in any room. The farmhouse kitchen has a big table which seats eight people comfortably, and opens on to the veranda with further seating for 8. We have a chair/table for a small child which can be fixed to a dining chair or put on the floor. Wood-fired boiler keeps the house very warm in winter. We will come and feed it for you! Gas and wood for heating are charged at cost price. All the windows have mosquito blinds. The kitchen is well equipped and we provide a weekly cleaning service as well as pool maintenance. We are also happy to help with any requests or assistance guests may require. Outside: 12x6m private pool, large garden surrounded by 12 hectares of private organic farmland. Hilly rural setting. Stone-built barbecue. Sun loungers, table and chairs on veranda overlooking valley. Well-placed Hammock! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are included (but not beach/pool towels), cleaning and laundry change once-weekly. More frequent cleaning by arrangement in advance.

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average rating of 4.875 based on 25 reviews
5

Tuscan Tranquillity

  • 5 of 5

Villa was restful, well equipped, and clean. Great views especially from the pool area, and also wonderful night skies: the Milky Way looked amazing. Lovely area to visit, miles and miles of beautiful hills of the Maremma. Roccalbegna is a charming local village, and we enjoyed the produce from the market and the butcher We had very good visits to the local WWF reserve and also the organic vineyard. Arabella was always contactable to sort things out/give advice /translate as needed!

  • Review Submitted: 07/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Rural Isolation

  • 4 of 5

Stayed in the property with two families - house coped well with 4 teenagers. The pool is lovely. Fabulous setting and perfect rural isolation. The best night skies I've ever seen and the Persieids were amazing. Roccalbegna is 15 minutes drive away with shops and is really special and unspoilt. Internet access was sluggish but we weren't visiting for the net...Would love to stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 22/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderfully tranquil and relaxing location.

  • 5 of 5

A lovely characteristic Tuscan farmhouse hidden in the depths of the countryside yet close enough to small villages and towns to provide all that you need for a truly special holiday. The house is large and spacious and can comfortably accommodate 8 or 9 people. It is well equipped with a fabulous swimming pool with it's own panoramic views. Needless to say it was in great demand as the temperature regularly reached 40C during our stay! Arabella looked after us very well and was always on hand if help were needed. To be in such a peaceful location with nature on your doorstep was a special experience.

We cannot wait until our next visit and thank Arabella for being such a great host.

  • Review Submitted: 08/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear David, You have been the MOST wonderful guests, I really look forward to your next visit and to seeing more of you!! Very best wishes, Arabella
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A beautiful hidden gem that we can't wait to come back and visit again!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here in June and had one of our best holidays. The views are breathtaking and the pool was large, clean and a very welcome break from the lovely hot sun we had all week! The small nearby towns had some lovely little restaurants and bars and the locals were friendly. The house was beautiful and had everything we could possible need during our stay and it was also lovely and cool at night despite the hot weather

The owner arabella couldn't have done enough to help us and we will certainly be booking to stay here again.

If you are seeking a peaceful and private location for some time in the sun then we couldn't recommend this beautiful place highly enough!

  • Review Submitted: 24/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much!! We're very much looking forward to seeing you again, you've been lovely guests, I hope you come again soon!
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Beautifully tranquil Italian farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

We needed a relaxing holiday away from it all and this was it - just perfect. Very quiet, in beautiful country, with a great pool and bbq and great facilities of internet (intermittent but enough for us with 2 early teen children), music, the odd DVD (maybe take your own) and card games. Only 2.5 hours from Rome by car, and only 50 minutes to the most amazing beach in a nature reserve, or just over an hour to Siena and other beautiful towns worth visiting. Arabella couldn't have helped us more with booking it and with helpful information. The perfect hideaway.

  • Review Submitted: 28/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A fantastic, comfortable and well equipped villa in the Tuscan countryside

  • 5 of 5

The villa is situated in a very rural setting well off the road with only the sound of occasional farming from neighbours to be heard. Arabella met us at the nearest village and waited whilst we bought a few groceries at the local shop, and then escorted us to Bella Vista.

Initially the villa seems a long way from anywhere (which is one of its many attractions), but once you are familiar with the winding and undulating roads, you tend to measure travelling in time rather than distances. The kitchen has all the amenities that you need to create some interesting Italian dishes, but there are many excellent Trattorias and Pizzarias in local villages and towns, and we were welcomed very warmly by them all.

We went to the beach at Marina di Grosseto one day, and Siena another. Both are well worth a visit and don't miss the surrounding villages and towns.

The weather at the end of August could not have been better - with clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine, so the large swimming pool was most welcome.

The owners Arabella and her husband Pier Luigi are the most congenial and friendly hosts and nothing was too much trouble. Help is only a phone call away should you need advice. We had only 1 week at Bella Vista and it was with sadness that we had to bid farewell to the villa and the friendship of Arabella and her husband.

  • Review Submitted: 29/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Geoff and family, You have been such wonderful and appreciative guests, it's been a real pleasure having you and I hope you'll come again - we would really love to have you back! With warmest wishes, Arabella
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in Roccalbegna, Italy

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
AU$1,956
 
 
Christmas 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
AU$3,493
 
 
Winter 2018
7 Jan 2018 - 30 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
AU$1,956
 
 
Spring 2018
31 Mar 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$2,236
 
 
Summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
AU$3,493
 
 
Autumn 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 23 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$2,236
 
 
Late Autumn 2018
24 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$1,956
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
AU$500
From
AU$500
Sat,Sun
AU$3,493
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$922.17
Cleaning AU$153.7
Tax Rate 10.0%

Booking Notes:
One-third deposit within one week of booking to secure. Balance 8 weeks prior to holiday. €600 security deposit on arrival
Cancellation charges:
Up to 8 weeks – no cancellation charge
4-8 weeks – 50% of rate refunded
2-4 weeks – 25% of rate refunded
Less than 2 weeks – no refund.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day Saturday, offpeak bookings flexible. Arrival between 4pm and 7pm, departure Saturday 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are calculated for a minimum stay of 7 nights. During mid- and low-season periods we would be happy to consider shorter stays, although the price may have to include a surcharge for heating or other extra expenses. In order to avoid unbooked days in high season bookings during July and August can only be accepted for blocks of 7 days from Saturday to Saturday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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