We find the house exactly as displayed in the photos. It is new, clean, functional and well designed. Key handover was smooth, Andrea welcomed us as Cristina the owner was out of town. The wood which sorrounds the property allows nature contact and privacy. We found easy to explore the sorroundings and the main locations around Siena beacuse of the very good position the cottage is located.
Have just spent ten days in the cottage whose location is as peaceful as we hoped. We were glad of the newly installed air con as us Brits don't cope well with heat but it was always comfortable
The cottage is well placed to explore the general
Area we got as far north as Lucca and as far south as Civita- a car is essential and there is a good co-op supermarket in Rosia. We tried a couple of the recommended restaurants- the nearest one in Torri is particularly friendly
The cottage is quite contemporary in style but comfortable enough
We did catch sight of local wildlife, a baby Wild boar paid us a few visits ( we had a careful eye out for mummy) the only thing that could be improved is some more comfortable garden furniture to enjoy it
We wouldn't hesitate to go again next time we want to visit Tuscany
The cottage is set back from the road on a bumpy little track. There isn't much around it. If you keep really quiet and still, wildlife wanders through the garden in the evening including a family of wild boar, deer and lizards. There is also a firefly display when it gets dark.
The air conditioning is a great addition. We were the first to benefit from it and I can imagine the nights would have been rather sticky without it. The property manager Andrea was really helpful and speaks excellent English.
We had great weather and were able to sit in the sun and eat our meals outside on the very pleasant patio.
There are plenty of places to eat nearby. The gelateria in Rosia and San Marco de Pilli are highly recommended. There are nice little restaurants in Stigliano and Torri.
Siena is a 15 minute drive. There is a direct train from there to Firenze which is definitely the way to go. Parking at the station costs 2E for the day. That's also a very good place to park to go into Siena as there's an escalator link to near the city centre.
Most of the famous sights of Central and Southern Tuscany are less than an hour's drive. It would make a fabulous base for a cycling trip as the course of the Eroica is a few km away.
The only thing that could be better is the rural Italian electricity supply. There isn't much the owner can do about it. Too many appliances at once would overload the limited supply and trip the circuit breakers. You just have to be careful.
We enjoyed our stay in this cottage at the edge of the Messe Nature Preserve. While outside of towns, the two mountain villages within 3 or so km next to it both house very nice restaurants. The cottage is modern inside, yet architecturally in the regional idiom, with very high tile covered ceilings. Inside accommodations are on two floors: upstairs is essentially empty, except for the bed which is king size, with a mattress that gave us back aches and is very low off the ground. The well equipped bathroom is downstairs, over a staircase that is architecturally pretty, but may not be everybody's cup of tea to maneuver in the middle of the night. The kitchen is well equipped, but the sitting arrangements in the large living room space are a bit spartan again. An IKEA like plastic table clashes and like chairs clash with the Zen philosophy of the house. You definitely need a car, even to get to the adjacent villages, though those villages are on local, regional, and interregional hiking trails.A nightingale was singing through the night when we stayed there in May.
Cristina was a perfect hostess as she was easily accessible before our stay but left us in peace to enjoy our holuday. A car and a good map is essential but the property is well positioned to enable visits to neighbouring places such as Stagiliano and multiple picturesque and awe inspiring locations such as Sienna, San Gimigiano, Montelcino and Assisi. It was good to have a 'home' to return to at the end of the day and the resident pheasants were a delight.