We heard of this house from a friend who lives in the village of Paciano (5 minutes' walk from the house and an absurdly picturesque mediaeval hill town). We stayed there twice, in April and October of 2011; the first time three of us rented half the house, the second my wife and I and four friend took the whole thing for the week. The price is very reasonable, especially if you share the cost with a group of friends.
The house and setting are wonderful: five bedrooms (three upstairs in a self-contained unit), two kitchens - one of them large - a big dining room with a large table that allowed us to feed a dozen people on a couple of occasions, all set in olive groves with views across to Umbria, Tuscany and Lake Trasimeno. There is a lovely terrace upstairs with great views - perfect for sitting out with a glass of wine on a fine day. Plus a pizza oven, a fireplace and a grill (wood is provided for all these). Oh, and there's wireless for the email- and Internet-addicted.
The village is a short walk, and the countryside is dotted with lovely hill towns. Castiliogne del Lago is 20 minutes' drive and has good supermarkets and some lovely lakeside walks as well as some fun shopping (especially for food in the old city itself). Siena - one of the most glorious of cities - is 70 km away. Paciano itself is midway between Rome and Florence, and easily accessible by train to the nearby town of Chiusi... from Chiusi you can rent a car from Hertz or Avis and drive the 20 minutes through lovely countryside to the village and the house.
Overall, the house is the perfect place to relax for a week (or more) with friends or family. We cooked, swam in the pool, read, hung out, chatted, and took occasional trips to nearby villages or other sights. The local house manager is Leslie Busby, a warm, absolutely delightful American woman who has lived in Italy for many years.
Will definitely go back.
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