Tuscany: La Foce Vespa
A stunning, vast estate in the Tuscan countryside.
- Name: La Foce Vespa
- Sleeps: 4 + 1
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 2
- Price: From €1340/week/low season, 3 night min
La Foce Vespa was much than we expected.
A stunning, vast estate in the unspolied southeastern Tuscan countryside. Unparalled views and tranquil olive orchards characterize the La Foce estate. The property is large and is comprised of several groupings of villas and apartments spread across over 2000 acres of agricultural land. The main building, where the welcome office is located, was once the private villa of the owners. The formal English-style gardens, that date back to the 1920`s, are a beautiful counterpoint to the open vistas and natural beauty of the magical Mediterranean countryside. This enchanting property is located in the Val d`Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Val d`Orcia is a special part of Tuscany with picture-postcard views of rolling hills dotted with cypress trees, and famous for its wines and olive oil. The upper areas of the estate are woodlands, the lower are olive orchards and wheat fields. Conveniently located between Florence and Rome it is a reasonable drive from either direction via the A1 highway. Excursions to the well-known medieval towns are easy, whether you enjoy wine-tasting, savoring the riches of Tuscan cuisine, bike riding, hiking, or simply lounging by the pool you can savor the best that Tuscany has to offer. Imagine a leisurely morning over a cup of cappuccino, followed by lunch and wine tasting in Montalcino, a visit to the Etruscan ruins nearby, back for a late afternoon dip in the pool, cocktails at sunset and homemade pizza prepared by the on-site housekeeper (chef services with advance arrangement) or dinner at one of the many country restaurants nearby.
This set of apartments is located in handsome stone building a 5- minute drive from the main villa where the welcome office is located. Before becoming a farm building that housed several families that worked on the estate, it was a medieval fortress now converted to six luxury vacation apartments. Each apartment is named after the farming families that once lived there. A central courtyard is planted with a fragrant lime tree, lavender and roses. In the courtyard are several stairways which lead up to the apartments, all located on second floor (first floor European designation). Patio furniture is in the garden during summer months for enjoying meals outdoors. A communal dining room on the ground floor and professional kitchen is available with advance arrangement for cooking classes, large group dinners or meetings (fee applies). Also on the ground floor is a communal office where the WiFi router is located, and a self-service laundry room with washer, dryer, iron and ironing board.
Included in each apartment and villa
Herbal toiletries and hair dryers in the bathrooms.
Free wi-fi Internet connection in the business center room where there is also a printer.
Mid-week change of bath towels.
Basic grocery items, a complimentary bottle of wine and of home-grown olive oil in the kitchen.
Information on local restaurants, shops, health and sports resources.
Map of local hikes and walks
Gourmet cookng class with fresh seasonal products three evenings a week in the Chiarentana dining room.
Tuscan meals prepared in your accommodations.
Playground for smaller children
Beautiful walks, both up into the oak and beech woods, and down into the crete senesi, the unique clay hillocks that characterize the Val d`Orcia landscape.
In late July an outstanding chamber music festival, Incontri in Terra di Siena, is held at the Castelluccio.
The manager can advise you on restaurants, shopping, and sight-seeing excursions. Some of the most beautiful Renaissance, Romanesque, Medieval and Etruscan sites are close by, and in summer, digs for an Etruscan necropolis are ongoing in the field next to the main La Foce villa.
Private guided tours of secret, or less well-known, Tuscan treasures.
Swimming in volcanic hot water pools.
Wellness and beauty treatments.
Riding in Val d`Orcia.
Mountain biking through the woods and the crete senesi.
An historical 15th century granary, is available for meetings, conferences, brain-storming sessions, and exhibitions.
The interiors of each apartment have been carefully restored and furnished with optimum taste, just what you wish for in a Tuscan country property with stone or terracotta floors, exposed wood beam and tasteful, casual-chic furniture. The windows have screens, a feature not often found in Italian homes.
The Vespa apartment is a spacious luxury apartment for four. A comfortably furnished living room has one set of windows that overlooks the courtyard. It is furnished with an antique empire sofa bed, an upholstered setee and a comfortable armchair which are grouped to encourage comfortable conversations.
The eat-in country kitchen looks out over the garden and towards the valley and the blue hills in the distance. It has a dining table, seating for six and is fully furnished with refrigerator with separate freezer compartment, 4-burner gas stove, electric oven, dishwasher, marble countertops, pots, pans and dishes. It has a waist high open fire place. A few steps up lead to the Livingroom and Bedrooms.
The master bedroom with queen size bed has high beamed ceilings, windows overlooking the the garden and orchards, antique armoire, dresser, chair. The attractive bathroom is en-suite, with fitted tub, shower, sink, toilet, bidet.
The twin room has two single beds and an antique settee, It has high beamed ceilings and one window overlooking the courtyard. Bathroom has a step-in shower, toilet, bidet, sink and a nice courtyard view.
Property and area amenities
|Location||Val d'Orcia near Montepulciano|
|Sleeps||4 + 2|
|Bedrooms||1 bedroom with queen size bed and 1 bedroom with two single beds (single beds cannot be joined). A rollaway can be added for an additional guest.|
|Bathrooms||1 en-suite with bathtub and shower and 1 in common area with bathtub and shower|
|Floor||Two levels, entrance on 1st floor Italian, 2nd floor North American designation|
|Mobility||Flight of stairs to reach the apartment 10 steps up from kitchen to the living room and bedrooms|
|Size||1240 square feet, 115 m2|
|Outlook||There are two different views. One looks out at the garden and further toward the valley and the blue hills. The other is the view of the courtyard and linden tree.|
|Dining||Large eat-in kitchen with dining table and 6 chairs|
|Kitchen||4-Burner gas stove, refrigerator, oven, pots, pans, dishes.|
|Laundry||Shared laundry room with washer & dryer, iron & ironing board|
|Crib||Available on request|
|Recreation||Tennis courts, swing set, see-saw, slide|
|Internet||Yes, WiFi router is in shared office/lounge on ground floor for all guests. WiFi signal does not reach the apartment.|
|Cleaning||Final cleaning included|
|Cook||Yes available with advance arrangement|
|Parking||Yes ample free parking|
|Pool||Small, pleasant and sunny pool with pool furniture. Pool towels provided|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
PLEASE REQUEST AVAILABILITY
|Prices in Euros||3 Nights||4 Nights||5 Nights||6 Nights||7 Nights|
Apr 20 - May 3 2019
Jun 15 - Sep 7 2019
Oct 31 - Nov 4 2019
May 3 - Jun 15 2019
Sep 7 - Oct 31 2019
|€ 720||€ 960||€1200||€1440||€1680|
Mar 16 - Apr 20 2019
Nov 4 - Nov 30 2019
|€ 580||€ 770||€ 960||€1150||€1340|
Minimum price is for 3 nights.
The price includes: Bed linens, 1 set of 3 towels/person, one pool towel/person, mid-stay change of towels for stays of 7+ nights, utilities except heat, wood for the fireplace, final cleaning, personal welcome during standard hours and free WiFi. We welcome you with a snack with bread and salami or cheese along with a bottle of wine, a bottle of water, and one bottle of our own olive oil in your kitchen and a small breakfast supply of bread, milk, coffee, tea, jam and butter. For stays longer than one week, linen change and weekly cleaning included.
Check in time is 3pm to 6pm. Check out is by 10am. If early arrival, luggage can be left on site.
Not included: Security deposit - credit card imprint taken on arrival. Heat paid as used, charged at check out. For Tuscan hospitality tax see www.italyperfect.com/tax.
-Extra household help is €10/hour, upon request.
-Extra set of three towels is €5/set.
-Arrival dinner - A dinner of traditional Tuscan recipes can be served on request at 7:30pm on Saturdays in the Chiarentana restaurant for your convenience. €35/p and €15/p for children under 12.
-Pre-arrival shopping - €75 Includes bread, butter, jam, eggs, 1 liter milk, 1 packet Earl Grey Tea, 1 packet coffee, natural yogurt, orange juice, 1 kg fruit of the season, 1 kg pasta (noodles), 1 jar tomato sauce, 1 piece fresh Parmesan cheese, lettuce and tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, 2 liters mineral water, 2 bottles of beer.
-Dinner - Beyond the arrival dinners, Chiarentana also offers traditional Tuscan dinners, with ingredients from the Chiarentana vegetable garden and the surrounding countryside and woods. On Mondays estate-produced olive oils are tasted and paired with different recipes. Fridays we offer a farewell dinner. These are served under the linden tree in the courtyard in summer, or in the large dining room with fireplace in the colder months. Please book at least one day in advance. Special menus for children are available. €35/p and €15/p for children under 12, for the farewell dinner, and €45/p and €20/p for children under 12 for the oil-tasting dinner.
Guests are invited to a guided visit to the La Foce gardens, created by Iris Origo and the well-known garden designer Cecil Pinsent in the 1920's and 1930's.
Guests also benefit from a 10% discount on evening meals at the restaurant Dopolavoro, which belongs to the family. Dopolavoro was originally built in 1939 as a meeting place for the workers on the La Foce estate. Today the restaurant serves traditional Tuscan dishes, created with the best seasonal local produce. The restaurant is closed on Mondays and from November to the end of March.
- Luxurious and welcoming
- The location is absolutely beautiful, wonderful homebase for exploring the region
- Very tastefully furnished, many amenities
- No A/C but windows have screens
- Clothes dryer in shared laundry room is a rare find
Our Guest Reviews
La Foce Perfect
When it came time to book our Tuscany countryside lodging, I contacted Italy Perfect. I booked a Rome apartment 7 years ago and loved the ease of working with Lisa and team. Like the apartment in Rome, the lodging was amazing. The location is postcard perfect, the host Lorena a doll and the accommodations were clean and roomy for our group of 6. The property is perfect for all ages with a pool that has an incredible view of the rolling hills. Try to be onsite for the most beautiful sunsets. The proximity to every town small and large is manageable. Montepulciano is a must for the scenery, wine and food.
Thanks again Italy Perfect for making the daunting task of finding the perfect lodging so easy.
The apartment was exceptional!
La Foce Vespa was much than we expected. We loved the county side views and the apartment was exceptional. The staff made us feel at home. I highly recommend La Foce Vespa.
[Thank you Paul! The Italy Perfect Team]
We (parents and 3 kids, 7-11 years old) had a fantastic trip to Tuscany in July 2016. La Foce was a perfect base for exploring the region, and just as wonderful for relaxing in between adventures. The pool is nicer than the photos suggest, and is set in between a playground area for kids and a panoramic Tuscan countryside vista. Highly recommended for families. Make sure to sign up for the gelato-making class when you arrive.
[Thank you Mark, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
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One of the most beautiful places ever
We recently stayed at La Foce. Our family of 4 was in Beco and my mother stayed in Tiglio. La Foce is an extraordinary destination, and the apartments there are beautiful. They are located in a historic farmhouse on the estate, and are a lovely combination of old Tuscan feel and modern comforts. Our apartment was very comfortable, with a great kitchen and living areas. We were there in June and even though the weather had been very hot in Rome and Venice, it was so pleasant in the hills at La Foce, and we were amazed to be able to sleep with windows open at night. The estate has stunning views with olive orchards, woods and gardens. When combined with the views of the surrounding landscape – cypress trees, ancient hilltop towns and Monte Amiata in the distance – you feel as if you are in a movie. The staff at La Foce is gracious and welcoming, the food is wonderful, and the garden tour should not be missed. Finally, its location is perfect for day trips to any number of beautiful towns. We highly recommend La Foce for an unforgettable trip.
Accommodation within Multi-Unit Property
Map and Location
|Chianciano Terme 7 min drive|
|Monticchiello 16min drive|
|Montepulciano 18min drive|
|Valdichiana Outlet Village 40min drive|
|Montalcino 40min drive|
|Lake Trasimeno 45min drive|
|Orvieto 50min drive|
|Cortona 1 hour drive|
|Siena 1hr15 min drive|
|Perugia 1hr15 min drive|
|Florence 1hr35 min drive|
|Assisi 1hr35 min drive|
|San Gimignano 1hr45min drive|
|Rome 2hr drive|
|Montepulciano 18min drive|
|Montalcino 40min drive|
|Radda 1hr35min drive|
|Greve 1hr44min drive|