|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Bedroom 1 (upstairs) with double bed and antique wardrobe.
En-suite to bedroom 1 with bath, bidet, basin and WC.
Bedroom 2 (upstairs) with double bed, antique wardrobe.
En-suite to bedroom 2 with shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom 3 (upstairs) with 2 single beds.
Bedroom 4 (upstairs) with single bed plus pull-out single.
Bathroom 3 (upstairs) large between bedrooms 3 and 4 with double shower, basin, bidet and WC.
Large kitchen/family room with huge open Tuscan fireplace, comfortable corner seating unit, antique rectangular table seating ten, large Smeg retro fridge/freezer, gas hob and electric oven. Microwave, toaster, food processor, dishwasher, CD player.
Sitting room with Scandinavian log burner, comfortable seating, six foot oak table, chest full of toys/games, many books, Bose radio/CD. Double glazed doors to garden.
Sitting room 2 with piano, convertible double sofabed.
Bathroom 4 with shower, basin and WC.
Batignano is a mid-eighteenth century Tuscan farmhouse situated on its own hill outside the village of Monte Antico, twenty minutes drive from the small medieval town of Paganico. Set at right angles to the farmhouse is a large stone barn. The two buildings are set in three acres, with a large swimming pool, and command unspoilt views of the lovely, wooded, hilly Tuscan countryside. Both barn and house are recently converted and are very well equipped. They may be rented together or separately. Only one party is accepted in any visiting period: you wll therefore have the house or the barn (or both) to yourselves. Siena is a 45 minute drive away, Montalcino 40 mins. Maremma Coast 45 mins. Florence is 90 minutes by road, slightly longer by train.
I am now retired, but spent most of my working life as a producer or commissioner of television programmes and feature films, finishing my career as Head of Drama at the BBC. See Who's Who for more detail...
My wife also worked at the BBC for a time, and is a historian and published writer specialising in Art History. Look out for "Seaside Surrealism: Paul Nash in Swanage" in our/your local bookshop!
The family property in Tuscany was bought for/by our children, and has provided many happy times for children, grandchildren, grandparents and friends. It is well furnished and comprehensively equipped, and provides a base in the Tuscan countryside, ideal for exploring this unspoiled part of Italy, or simply for relaxing away from everything...
Charles Denton purchased this farmhouse in 2002
We bought Batignano on behalf of our children in 2002.
It was in a ruinous condition, but occupied a magical site, with 360 degree views and an atmosphere of unspoilt rural peace. We spent two and a half years restoring it completely, and then furnished it as two interlinked houses where our large family (and their friends) could be really comfortable. We rent it out for a few weeks each year with the objective of covering annual outgoings. We have never sought to maximise commercial income. Currently our focus is on the garden, which we set out from scratch on a terrain of mixed clay and builders detritus(!). It now, miraculously, looks established and flourishing, and in Autumn 2011 we planted 27 fruit trees in a sheltered field below our swimming pool.
We have travelled a lot in Italy, but Southern Tuscany takes some beating, and we are still pleased with the outcome of our restoration. The house and barn seem able to absorb a lot of visitors and still have peaceful corners away from the children (or adults). I can think of nothing more satisfying than, in the evening, to gaze out over the Tuscan landscape with a bottle of cold prosecco to hand... For the more energetic the glories of Montalcino and Siena are easily reached in a day's outing, and the province abounds in hill villages. None, however, impinge on the peace of Batignano.
‘We felt very privileged to be living in such beautiful surroundings in such a lavish house’
‘Thank you so much for letting us rent the barn, we had a terrific time. The teenagers were calling it "the Grand Design" and we are in awe at what you've achieved at the top of that steep hill. We would be very keen to rent it again’
‘Our party was a fortieth birthday reunion, with eleven children! and everybody seemed to have a fabulous time. I don't know how you did it, but it always seemed possible to find a peaceful spot despite all the kids. Eating out in the evenings was truly magical, especially when followed by a late-night swim in the floodlit pool! Thanks again’
'The house is fantastically equipped. The Batignano Bible proved very useful!'
'Lovely to be in a home! We have had a wonderful time in your amazing farmhouse and barn. We would definitely like to return next year'
'A little piece of Paradise! Bliss! Thank you for the perfect break from city life'
This home from home in a very quiet part of Tuscany really encourages you to relax. Very clean and well presented. The owner is helpful and informative. I would highly recommend this farmhouse. Very suitable for a large group. Wine tasting in Montalcino and Montepulciano in easy reach. The monastery at Sant Antimo is a peaceful gem.
In terms of the facilities and location you couldn't ask for more. Unfortunately, this was somewhat tarnished by our interactions with the owner who is unapologetically rude. I wouldn't stay here again on principal and would not recommend it to others based on this experience.
Having retrospectively reviewed the details of this villa there is admittedly some mention of it being split into 2 parts, but it’s certainly not clear. We made the honest mistake of believing that we had access to both parts of the house during the first 2 days of our 10 day stay. On the 3rd day the cleaner visited, found this to be the case and immediately informed the owner. We subsequently received a phone call from the owner which reduced my ordinarily resilient sister to tears, despite the fact that she immediately apologized and explained we would rectify the situation.
The owner has since justified his actions claiming that the cleaner was equally upset to find the 2nd half of the house occupied, despite the fact that she left the property that day with a smile on her face and a cheery goodbye.
Unusually the owner also chose to describe us as 'interlopers' in subsequent communication on the matter, the definition of which is 'a person who becomes involved in a place or situation where they are not wanted or are considered not to belong'. Perhaps this better than anything else sums up his attitude to paying guests. If guests are 'not wanted' in your house, don't rent it out for large sums of money.
If you have thick skin go for it, it’s a beautiful villa, unfortunately it’s just not matched by the owners approach to customer service.
This eight-bedroom architecturally restored farmhouse and barn with in-ground pool was truly spectacular and as a previous reviewer stated, a true Grand Design.
This holiday was enjoyed by 3 different generations from one family and equally loved by all. Our ages ranged from 5 years to 85 years. This truly is a stunning location, overlooking the most idyllic Tuscan countryside. The property could easily accommodate 20 people; there were many little hideaways that you can sneak to with a book for a more private Italian retreat.
The farmhouse itself consisted of many beautiful rustic furnishings whilst the barn conversion boasted more modern contemporary finishes. There are lots of arched doorways letting in plenty of Tuscan light. This property is beautifully maintained and has exquisite gardens. I would definitely recommend this property and found it excellent value even with our weaker Australian dollar.
We all loved starting the day with our morning coffee and breakfast al fresco at the table and chairs in the courtyard. The days were then either spent lazing at the pool or exploring the nearby sights. We loved Siena and the medieval town Paganico. The huge pool was stunning and beautifully maintained and one hot afternoon all 14 of us were swimming in the pool at the same time! Loved and still miss our late afternoons, early evenings sipping ice cold Prosecco watching the sun set, whilst the kids were entertained in either the swimming pool or playing chess. Pure bliss.
We even had a meal cooked for us one evening, which was incredibly good value, and I don't think I have ever had such a tasty lasagne. I also loved the little local restaurant in Monte Antico; it overlooked fields of sunflowers and was literally a 5 min drive away.
Thank you Charles and Pennie for letting us share this bit of paradise. We can't wait to visit again.
The owners have created a little piece of paradise in the Tuscan hills. Beautifully finished and furnished with everything you could need, this house was a real find. The surrounding area is superb with much to see and explore. The guide left in the house by the owners was extremely informative and allowed us to make the most of trips out. When not visiting the local sights we relaxed by the pool and enjoyed the scented garden with a glass or two of the delicious local red wine. As a keen cyclist I can strongly recommend the roads around the nearby hills, even riding the strada bianche is a great experience.
All in all, one of the best holidays we have ever had.
Nearest beach 45 minutes drive in National Park South of Grosseto. Unspoilt, uncommercial, sandy beach backed by woods. No ranks of deckchairs!
PISA airport strongly recommended, two hours to us door to door by good roads. Florence and Rome Airports also feasible and much the same distance, but on worse roads. Car essential. Fourteen and a half hours driving from Channel port (Caen) via Monte Bianco tunnel. Train from Waterloo, via Paris, to Florence and then Siena. Believe it or not you can get to Monte Antico from London by rail with two changes (Paris and Florence). But you still need a car!
Driving: Monte Antico 5 minutes. Paganico 20 mins. Grosseto 40 mins. Montalcino 40 mins. Siena 45 mins.
Good restaurant in Monte Antico. Local shops, bars and restaurants, two supermarkets, banks and cash machines in Paganico. More sophisticated shopping and very good daily covered market in Grosseto. Local farmers will sell very drinkable wine, oil and fresh produce as available. Our maid will cook for you occasionally (by individual negotiation, she has a family of her own).
Our English-speaking factotum, who farms and is married to an English woman, is available to resolve any problems.