Vico Basso

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms Sleeps 4

    This romantic house has a large living room with old style working fireplace, large eat-in kitchen and a study.

    Vacation Property Details

    Overview Vico Basso is part of a large and beautifully kept estate in the Crete Senesi just outside Siena. The location is superb; five minutes to Taverne d'Arbia or Due Ponti for basic shopping and services. Seven minutes to the Porta Pispini of Siena. The fast road to Florence is no more than 10 minutes away -- you can make the trip to the Uffizi in just an hour.

    Vico Basso is situated alongside a quiet dirt road, running past the owne’rs Villa and the stable. This is a cluster of stone structures that once housed farming families and their animals, perched on a hillside with wonderful views of trees, fields and adjacent farms. A private garden with olive trees and dining terrace with potted plants is set off one side, enjoying a lovely view and a quiet position for al fresco meals. A small summer kitchen with forno and simple barbeque has been created in the adjacent covered courtyard for ease of preparing and serving meals. A short flight of open stone stairs leads to the upper level apartment of Vico Basso. Next door, in the other half of the building but with a private entrance and their own outdoor area, lives a delightful young Italian family.

    The owner retained the broad wood beams and cotta floors of traditional country housing, but updated the look with a colour palette of whites and beige, set off by carefully selected antiques and objects.

    The counters in kitchen and bath are sandstone local to the area, blending beautifully with the neutral tones of the apartment.

    The large sitting room is dominated by an oversized working fireplace; ivory-coloured couch and upholstered side chairs for lounging; Bleached wood floors make for a lovely look. Two windows, with floor-to-ceiling drapes overlook the countryside.

    Adjacent study with TV with CNN and VCR, CD/Tape player and fax machine. The room is organized with a handsome desk for working and writng, and a pull-out sofa (double), which can be converted for sleeping, if arranged in advance.

    KITCHEN Large eat-in kitchen (4-burner gas stove, oven, fridge, separate freezer, dishwasher, washing machine) is all new, with plenty of space for a meal at the long, pickled-wood table. A window over the sink looks across the adjacent rooftop to the countryside beyond.

    BEDROOMS/BATHS Double bedroom (queen) with handsome antique bed and matching side tables. A draped window overlooks the view towards Siena. Full bathroom (open shower stall with curtain). Double bedroom (twin beds cannot combine) also with wonderful antique beds and floor-to-ceiling drapes, this time with fabric-draped, glass-topped side tables. Ensuite bathroom (tub with hand-held shower, curtain).

    Distances:

    • Taverne d'Arbia (basic shopping, bar, banks, simple dining): 5 minutes
    • Siena (restaurants, supermarket, autostrada to Florence): 7 minutes
    • Florence: 1 hour
    • Florence airport: 1 1/2 hours

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    Excellent position just outside Siena on large working estate Outdoor dining area with adjacent kitchenette Perfect for two couples or a family

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