Posts tagged ‘Siena’

April 13, 2011

Invitation to Tuscany: Campalfi, Stigliano, Siena

Campalfi, Stigliano, Siena

Three apartments in farm buildings.

Campalfi, set back from the river Merse by about 200 metres, is a group of ancient farm buildings that once had all the necessities for the self-contained life of a small community. It has been converted to provide seven spacious dwellings. There is a central open-sided courtyard entered through an archway, around which are arranged the apartments, and to one side of this is a large dining-room where the English-speaking owner, a renowned chef, serves wonderful meals every Saturday night and on alternate evenings. The old granary has made a delightful cottage with a patio and an outdoor oven; a large ground floor apartment for five people is at right angles to the granary; and on the ground floor below the old tower is a light and airy apartment for two people.

The conversions are a harmonious blend of ancient tradition and modern comforts. All the apartments have a quiet, cool and restrained atmosphere and make excellent use of attractive fabrics and materials including old terra cotta floors, and simple, traditional Tuscan furniture. The hand of the artist owner is seen in the soft colors that grace the apartment walls and in the blossoms that drape arch and pergola alike.

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March 9, 2011

Invitation to Tuscany: New Properties for 2011!

New Properties for 2011
We have been gathering some wonderful new properties for this year: large ex-farmhouses with never-ending views (Casa Michelangelo, Casa Cerfone), luxurious villas close to Florence (Villa da Vinci, Villa Lucia), Eco-friendly homes by to the sea (Casa dei Fichi, Bernardino) and many more – you can find them all listed under “New for 2011”. There is even a beautiful sailing boat, an elegant sloop moored in a Marina south of Livorno and available for sailing round the Mediterranean, visiting little coves and bays and seeing a very special side of Tuscany and Italy.

Goodbye Ortone
Many of you will have stayed at Ortone and met Elisabetta, the charming owner there. She has now decided to sell the house and move to France. We’re very sad to see Ortone and Elisabetta go – I think we’ve been renting it for around 25 years!

Visit Sicily
We now also have villas for rent in Sicily! Sicily is a wonderful region and is an excellent place to visit out of season; March, April and May are as warm and summery as one could wish for, and just the thing for blowing away those winter blues. See the whole (growing) selection here: Western Sicily.

Royal Offers
If you want to take advantage of the flurry of Bank holidays around Easter and the Royal wedding, take a look here: Special Offers. We have 10 days for the price of a week, or 2 weeks with a 20% discount in selected properties. Pipistrelli, a beautiful house for 14 close to Siena, has a 50% discount! Pipistrelli.

Contact me to see all your options.

Colleen Lamont
503.546.1058 – direct

866.297.1058 – toll free

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