Tuscany: La Foce Donata
Large & Luxurious Tuscan Home
- Name: La Foce Donata
- Sleeps: 10
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 4
- Price: €10,800 Euros per Week
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).
The home has a beautiful veranda with a pergola covered in roses and wisteria that runs along one length. There are multiple seating areas on the veranda and a large round table. This becomes an outdoor living room during late spring, summer and fall. There are beautiful views of the Val d'Orcia hills and the lush plantings of lavender, thyme and rosemary.
The Donata house has its own private pool, sheltered from view from other guests. There is a changing room and outdoor shower. The unheated pool is 49' x 16" (15 meters x 5 meters).
Donata 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).
A communal dining room on the ground floor of the building and professional kitchen is available with advance arrangement for cooking classes, large group dinners or meetings (fee applies).
Included at the Donata House:
- Herbal toiletries and hair dryers in the bathrooms.
- Free wi-fi Internet in the house. Separately, in the shared business center room there is a printer.
- The Donata house includes maid service Monday thru Saturday 8:30 am to 2:30 pm to do housekeeping, breakfast and lunch preparation if desired. Maid can also do food shopping during this time for you. Guests pay for the cost of the groceries (except wine purchases which are the responsibility of the guest).
- 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
On request, please request a price quote:
- Welcome dinner.
- 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 on the property.
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.
Conferences: 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, quality furniture. The windows have screens, a feature not often found in Italian homes.
The Donata house is the largest unit, a beautiful 5 bedroom home on two levels. Enter from the courtyard into an entry foyer off of which is a cloak room. There large living room with two sofas and two upholstered chairs.
There is also a den with a television and French doors that lead out to the terrace. The TV receives a few English language news stations.
A third area for relaxing is the library, with sofa and two armchairs and a desk. The modem is in this room so it gets the strongest WiFi signal.
The dining room is casually elegant, with a raised fireplace and an expanding table that seats up to 14 people. Along one wall of the dining room is a kitchenette, however the full kitchen is thru the doorway just off the dining room. A den, also on this level, is a nice retreat for reading and relaxing.
The Donata house includes maid service Monday thru Saturday 8:30 am to 2:30 pm to do housekeeping, breakfast and lunch preparation if desired. Maid can also do food shopping during this time for you. Guests pay for the cost of the groceries (except wine purchases which are the responsibility of the guest). Bi-weekly change of sheets, towels and pool towels. Maid does not provide laundry and ironing service.
There are five bedrooms. On the ground level there one bedroom with 2 single beds. On the upper floor are the remaining four bedrooms. Three bedrooms have queen sized beds. The other bedroom has 2 single beds.
Ground floor: Half bathroom and bedroom with an en suite bathroom. Bathroom has tub with shower over.
Upstairs: Two bedrooms have en suite bathrooms, one with a tub with shower over, the other with a walk-in shower. The remaining two bedrooms share a bathroom with tub with shower over.
Property and area amenities
|Location||Val d'Orcia near Montepulciano|
|Bedrooms||5 bedrooms: 2 with queen beds. 1 with divisable king. 2 with 2 single beds each (single beds cannot be joined).|
|Bathrooms||1 Half Bathroom. 4 Full Bathrooms.|
|Floor||Home is on two levels: ground floor and floor above.|
|Mobility||There are some steps to reach front door. Several internal steps on ground floor and a set of stairs to the upper level where 4 of the bedrooms are located.|
|Outlook||Beautiful views of hills and olive orchards|
|Dining||Dining table seats up to 14.|
|Kitchen||Stove, Oven, Refrigerator,|
|Laundry||Washer, dryer, iron & ironing board|
|Heating||Yes. Included in the price. In winter firewood is also provided.|
|Recreation||Tennis courts, swing set, see-saw, slide on the property. Shared with other units.|
|Internet||WiFi in the den. Signal does not reach entire house.|
|Cleaning||Final cleaning included|
|Cook||Yes available with advance arrangement|
|Parking||Yes ample free parking|
|Pool||Private pool accessible only to Donata guests. 49' x 16" (15 meters x 5 meters).|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
PLEASE REQUEST AVAILABILITY
The home rents by the week, starting on Saturday for €10,800 Euros/week, year round.
The price includes linens, 1 set of towels/person, including a pool towel, mid-stay change of towels,utilities except heat, final cleaning, personal welcome during standard hours and free WiFi in business room.For stays longer than one week, linen change.
Not included is €300 security deposit paid in cash at check in and heat paid as used charged at check out. Tuscany tourism tax of €1.50/pp/day is payable in cash at check in.
Check in time is 3pm to 6pm. Check out is by noon. If early arrival, luggage can be left on site.
We inspected this property in the Autumn and were pretty much overcome with the beauty of the location. The vistas are cinematic whether you want to relax and view the landscape or want to hike in the fields and woods. The office will give you hiking suggestions. When we were there, they were harvesting and pressing the olives; you can taste the oil year round. Donata's villa is of the highest quality with a lot of space and opportunity for people to gather in different places.
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.
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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|