In the early mornings, at certain times of the year, clouds gather amongst the lower reaches of the now extinct volcano Mont Amiata, and encircle the village of Seggiano in the volcano’s foothills like a protective nest. Gradually the clouds dissipate as the Tuscan sun warms the landscape, revealing silvery olive orchard and stone farm buildings, suddenly in high definition.
From the swimming pool, beyond where the water’s edge curls off to infinity, the view extends far down the valley to a small, ridge-top village on the horizon and below, a peek of a castello, hiding amongst woodland.
The large window in the salone of Podere Olivastra, adjacent to the grand, original fireplace, beautifully captures the landscape, framing the cascading village of Seggiano like a painting. In the foreground a neatly-tended vegetable garden grows tomatoes and courgettes which grow abundantly in this rich volcanic soil.
Spaciously laid-out and comfortably furnished, the Podere is very well-presented throughout. Recently restored, the property retains several original features and a great sense of place, with an original fireplace, thick, stone walls and oak-beamed ceilings. A well-equipped Italian kitchen immediately fires an inspiration to tease down one of the many cook books and run into the garden to gather fresh ingredients.
Upstairs, three comfortable, air-conditioned bedrooms and newly-fitted bathrooms line a hall-way and have views over the surrounding gardens. A fourth bedroom in the tower, La Torretta, also features a copper bath-tub, perfectly positioned to prevent any attempt to read whilst soaking by capturing the idyllic Tuscan landscape from the window.
Three outbuildings include an orangerie with ping-pong table, a Finnish sauna and gymnasium, and large dégustation room for testing the locally-produced, award-winning olive oil (be prepared to find space in suitcases for taking bottles home).
- Living room with lovely fireplace and large windows onto Seggiano and surrounding Italian gardens
- Bedroom 1 – Single with en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom 2 – Double with en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom 3 – Double with en-suite bathroom
- Separate bathroom
SECOND FLOOR/TOWER ‘La Torretta’
- Bedroom 4 – Double bedroom
- Degustation room
- Orangerie with ping-pong table
- Finnish sauna and gymnasium