Tuscan hilltop villages are picturesque, fascinating and wonderful for exploring - a maze of intricate streets, some architectural gems to discover and if you are lucky a nice little café or restaurant. It is a great rarity to find a rental property in the midst of all of this and in that sense Villa Velino is a needle in a haystack, a Tuscan rarity made up of all those things, positioned in the medieval fortress of Castelmuzio, with spectacular views out towards Pienza. Castelmuzio, silhouetted against the skyline on its volcanic limestone mount with ochre yellow walls and 9th century ramparts is as quintessential a Tuscan sight as any in the region. Villa Velino commands a fortuitous position overlooking the village walls, just a few hundred yards from the centre of the village and to the south in the foreground is the emblematic 14th century Abbey of Santa Anna remembered most recently for its starring role in the film of The English Patient where Count Ladislaus de Almásy attempted convalescence.
The property sleeps 10 in 3 doubles and 2 smaller twins and is delightfully well put together. The grounds are unexpectedly extensive and contain a large, fenced, private infinity swimming pool overlooking the landscape. Inside, there is a spacious dining and sitting room area with solid oak table and high backed dining chairs, the ceilings are whitewashed and beamed giving the property an authentic Tuscan feel. Patio doors lead out into the gardens and the shady pergola area where there is a barbeque and an outdoor dining table, large enough to seat all the guests, with comfortable wrought iron chairs. The kitchen has a gas hob, large fridge and oven and an all-important dishwasher. All rooms have direct access to the garden and ceiling fans.
- Bedroom 1: Small twin bedroom
- Bedroom 2: Double bedroom with queen size bed, en suite bathroom with bath and overhead shower
- Bedroom 3: Double bedroom with canopy queen size bed, en suite bathroom with shower
- Bedroom 4: Double bedroom with queen size bed, en suite bathroom with bath and overhead shower
- Bedroom 5: Small twin/king bedroom. Separate bathroom with shower
Bedroom 4 and 5 are located on first floor and can be accessed via an external staircase.